Ok, so, I'll say it, yesterday sucked. And not in the positive, life-affirming kind of way. I now live in a state that has actually elected Jan Brewer as governor; the Democrats lost control of the House; and people like Rand Paul were elected to the Senate. Not. A. Good. Day.

Today I had to trek to Tucson and back to pick up my grandmother. That drive is brutal. And all I got out of it was a piña colada Eeegee. What I'm basically getting at here, is that, given the past two days, I could use some cheering up. So, how 'bout some random bits of awesomeness?

I know I always talk about Adam around here, but, in case I hadn't made it clear, let me say that Kris Allen is fabulous too!!! Only, you know, fabulous in plaid instead of glitter. )

Also awesome? Pink's new song, "F**kin' Perfect"!!! It's, well, FUCKING PERFECT!!! (Too awesome for asterisks!) If you haven't heard it yet, you should. You can check it out HERE.

And while we're on the subject of Pink's awesomeness, have you seen her video for "Raise Your Glass"? I dig it. *nods*

Raise Your Glass! )

Both of these It Gets Better videos were awesome in totally different ways: beautiful voices, beautiful faces, beautiful message (and one green frog). )

You know what else is awesome? The rest of that Eeegee from earlier today made even betterer with the addition of a generous amount of Malibu rum!!! Delish! :D

Ok, me and my rum laced Eeegee are feeling better about life now. *g* What's happening with y'all?
Every Friday Rianna wakes up and happily announces that it's Fun Friday! Yay! I'm assuming that Fridays at school involve things other than, or at least in addition to, reading, spelling, and math, hence the fun part. In any case, she's always a good deal more excited about school on Fun Friday than she is, for example, on Miserable Monday or Wretched Wednesday. So, this morning I thought, ok, I can get behind this Fun Friday plan. Let's have some fun, dammit!

But then my State government went and took all the fun outa this Friday. I am not surprised; I fully expected our Republican governor to sign this bill. Even though it didn't come as a surprise, I was still deeply ashamed, disappointed, and just freakin' sad when it happened. For those not following Arizona's immigration law debacle, our governor signed into law the harshest immigration legislation to date. It in effect gives law enforcement a free pass to racial profiling, making it a State crime to be in the United States illegally and allowing law enforcement to demand proof of legal status if they suspect someone doesn't have it. It requires legal residents to carry proof of their immigration status with them (I'm not sure how U.S. citizens who happen to have dark skin are supposed to prove their citizenship. Carry a passport with you at all times or risk jail?) And it makes it a crime to give a ride to an undocumented person. So, you know, no more taking nana to the grocery store; or that abused wife that needs a ride to the shelter, so sorry, can't help you; or if you have a medical emergency and need an ambulance, you better damn well hope you remembered to put your immigration papers in your wallet.

Gods, I hate it when ignorance and intolerance carries the day. Ack. I'm just so frustrated with our world today. Someone has something happy and hopeful to share, right? Come on, I need my Fun Friday back!
1. Was it just me or was this like the longest Tuesday ever??? Jeezus this day just dragged on forever. It probably didn't help that I was running on about 3 hours of sleep, had a massive migraine going, and really only wanted to be home reading Kris/Adam fic and watching video of their interviews. But seriously this day was like 3 weeks long. *sigh*

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3. While we're on the topic: The Epic KrAdam Bromance Guide for Idiots. Go on. Click it. The sheer awesomeness and glee contained in that one post cannot be textually rendered!!! I dare you not to be completely charmed by these boys!

4. Now while that post is brimming with awesomeness, it is admittedly a bit Kris-centric. So, let me balance out the scales a bit with some additional Adam love. I'm not sure if I can properly describe the fabulousness of one Adam Lambert. Seriously. This boy is fuckin' FIERCE. He says shit like "I'm gonna top you like whipped cream on IHOP pancakes"!!! Now I KNOW that you bitches can appreciate a man who speaks these kinds of endearments! *g* (Speaking of, this REALLY needs to be on an icon!)

Additional pictorial evidence of Adam's fabulousness. )

5. I know that we're all horribly disappointed by today's California Supreme Court ruling on the validity of Prop. 8. I've read the opinion and I could probably talk about what I think of the legal reasoning behind the decision. But, really, do we need more legalese blah blah blah at this point? I don't think so. At least I don't. What I'd like instead is a little damn hope. So, here. Have a song that made me cry the first time I heard him perform it:

Adam Lambert covers Sam Cooke's A Change is Gonna Come (studio version)

Be good to each other people. *mwah*
1. For a Thursday, it seemed disturbingly Monday-ish. I do not approve.

2. You'd think that in my line of work, I would no longer be surprised by the degree of asshatery, unadulterated meanness, and general bad behavior that people are capable at directing toward others. You'd be wrong. Today's example of fandom bad behavior was reprehensible, entirely inexcusable, and quite possibly criminal. It was, in every sense, a complete failure of human decency.

3. Trainer!Boy is moving to L.A. Great for him; less so for me. It seems I am in search of a new trainer. :-/

4. Today in the Obama Administration: on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade President Obama says the landmark case: not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters (Yes, THAT!); Guantanamo will finally be closed and the U.S. is no longer in the business of torture (both Very Good Things); this makes my heart swell with joy every time I see it.

5. I made the most delicious pasta with shrimp in vodka sauce for dinner tonight. I impressed myself with how good it turned out! Yum!
Barack Hussein Obama has now been our President for about 12 hours and 45 minutes. And it's been a DAMN GOOD 12 hours and 45 minutes!

I spent the day hanging out at [livejournal.com profile] annkiri's and watching all the inaugural goings on. I, unsurprisingly, cried like a baby during President Obama'a (*glee* I will NEVER get tired of writing that!!!) inaugural address. That man inspires me to do more, to be better, to do my part in creating the change that we all have banked our hope upon. I also especially loved the musical performance of John Williams' "Air and Special Gifts" and Joseph Lowery's poignant and funny benediction.

I called friends and family, and we gushed about the history we were watching unfold before us. I cried some more. I smiled when I saw those two beautiful girls walk out, all smiles and ease and charm. I furiously flipped channels so as to not miss a thing. I both fretted and rejoiced when they walked the parade route. I loved seeing the Obamas dance, and smile, and hold hands, and generally be wonderful with each other.

Other than obsessively watching all the inaugural coverage, I also spent the day whipping up some gumbo, which turned out delicious. Then [livejournal.com profile] annkiri, [livejournal.com profile] soylahtayplease, and I made a quick trip to Sugar Mama's for cupcakes, which we brought back to the house. Add a few bottles of wine, the recorded ceremony from earlier, and all the inaugural ball coverage and we had ourselves an Inauguration Party!!! It was, in so many ways, A VERY GOOD DAY.
- Even though the day was a typical December Sunday full of laziness and football, I did manage to get quite a bit accomplished, including conquering a mountain of laundry, finally getting my holiday cards written out and ready for mailing, and cooking up a delicious pot of Chicken Tortilla Soup.

- We shall not speak of the Cardinals, but it was good to see the Steelers pull out today's win and Matt Cassell take the Patriots to a win after the personally tragic week he's had.

- This has cracked my shit up all day:

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*laughs and laughs* He threw a SHOE at him! Twice! I think that journalist pretty adequately expressed the WORLD'S sentiments about Shrub. *laughs more*

- A certain Texas Boy is still making me ridiculously gleeful. I don't even KNOW. *shakes head* But, yes, happeh-making.
Keith Olberman's Special Comment on the passage of Proposition 8:



While I usually agree with him, I often find him bombastic and annoying, but tonight he was brilliant, sincere, and absolutely right on.
- Rahm Emanuel has accepted the position as Obama's chief-of-staff. People, Josh Lyman just got promoted! My West Wing fantasy administration is becoming a reality and I couldn't be more pleased!!!

- Speaking of President Obama (Hee! That's never going to get old!), the transition website is up at change.gov.

- I've got a pot roast in the crock pot for dinner and my house smells delicious. Yum.

- I know I just got back from vacation. But still, I'm rather excited about a four day weekend! (Since the courts are closed on Tuesday, I made sure not to schedule any meetings for Monday, giving me four days off! Excellent!)

- Jerrod Niemann is putting together a new CD. You can hear a few of the songs he's been working on over at Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury. If anyone wants any of the songs, let me know.

- Boys are confusing.

- [livejournal.com profile] wendy shared an awesome music mix today. "Change is Now," music spliced together with bits of Obama's speeches -- I love it! I'm too lazy to re-upload myself, though, so instead I'll link you to Wendy's entry here.
I got up at o'dark thirty, dragged my tired ass into the shower, and slurped down some coffee, before heading to my polling place. It was dark outside, people! I was in line at 5:40 with about 100 people ahead of me. Holy moly, I didn't think there would be so many early risers in my neighborhood! Lovely volunteers were setting up coffee and everyone seemed pretty damn excited to be standing out in the cold at the ass crack of dawn to cast their vote. The polls opened exactly at 6 a.m. with an exuberant "The polls are now open!" from a poll worker and a loud cheer from the crowd. By 6:40 I had my ballot in hand and was busy exercising my right to vote! All in all the process went smoothly and relatively quickly.

Never before have I been moved to tears in casting my vote. But, really, this was SO emotional for me. I can't even think too much about the result yet because I'm terrified of waking up tomorrow morning and Barack Obama not being our President. Just the process, though, the act of casting my vote for this man, for this time, was such a moment of pride. Amazing.

Now I'm going to take my nifty "I Voted Today" sticker and claim my free cup of Starbuck's coffee before heading to court. How about you? Have you voted yet? Tell me about your voting experience? *is curious*

ETA: My American prayer too. So mote it be. )
This is quite possibly the LOOONGEST Monday in recent history. There was tons of work to get through (and there still is) as I'm trying to ramp back up from vacation. On the plus side, though, I had a new, super cute dark pink swing jacket to wear to court today! I'm quite certain I looked stunning! *g*

This evening I spent several hours at the local Dem headquarters making calls, making sure voters knew where their polling place was at, and that everyone had a ride to the polls. It's pretty awesome to talk to so many people who are really excited about voting tomorrow. Spanish speaking voters are always so happy to get someone who can give them the information they need in their own language. Which makes the effort feel significant. And the place was swarming with volunteers tonight! We were spilled out in to the parking lot, on the sidewalk, in any strip of real estate we could find, with our cell phones, busily making calls! It's so cool to see such a ground effort for Obama here in McCain's home state. Exciting!

I'm now distracting myself from the alternating excitement and terror over the election by watching football. The Steelers are just owning the Redskins. But, oh, Ben. Why you gotta go and get yourself hurt? *sadface* I'm happy to report, however, that Hines still has the most stunning smile ever! *pets him*

Tomorrow I'm planning on being at my polling location when the polls open at 6 a.m. Dear gods, that's SO EARLY! *weeps* But my court schedule tomorrow is so screwy, that I don't want to risk getting back on this side of town too late. As soon as I've cast my ballot, I will hie myself off to Starbucks for much needed caffeine fortification. (Free coffee!!! \o/)

Speaking of free shit for voting, Babeland has a free Maverick sleeve or a bullet vibe for you tomorrow if you vote. Sadly, the free sex toys are only available at Babeland's New York or Seattle stores. But, regardless, is this not the coolest voting freebie EVAR???

Ok. Eight hours 'til the polls open here. *breathes deep and crosses fingers*


(And, yes, I did just quote ABBA. What? This election has me STRESSED. Don't judge me!)
I've got such a crush on Rachel Maddow. I love her sexy brain and her cool wit and her...well just her. *stares at the sexy smart girl on her t.v.*
- Congratulations to National League Champions the Philadelphia Phillies!!! *pops champagne and throws confetti* Also, I think I'm smitten with Shane Victorino. He was miked in yesterday's game and he's just adorable and funny and self-effacing and, well, ADORABLE! *g*

- OMG!!! ONE WEEK FROM TODAY WE WILL BE IN NEW ORLEANS!!!!!!! *spazzes* I have approximately two million things to do before then, including a mile-long work related "to do" list. But, I don't care because in exactly 7 days there shall be musical merry-making, drunken revelries, and all sorts of fun-filled shenanigans!!!

- Fuck you very much Senator McCain and your air quote disdain for women's health. (At this point of the debate my rage was maxed out, so I watched baseball and the adorable Shane Victorino instead.)

- I'm getting my hair cut this evening! Not a moment too soon. *studies split ends*

- Today I'm celebrating a slightly belated Love Your Body Day. What is Love Your Body Day? )

So, today I'm going to love my body exactly as it is. Today, because I love my body, I'm going to care for it by feeding it nutritional and delicious food, by being active, by giving it the rest it needs, and by treating it to loving and pampering care. Today I'm going to think and speak well about my body. Who's gonna join me in loving your bodies today? *beams*
1. I am loving Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles SO MUCH! I love the flash-forwards and the consistent movie tie-ins. I love John grappling with his fate. I love, love, LOVE Derek Reese! In short, I LOVE THIS SHOW! And, I really hope that the reports of its imminent demise turn out to be wrong.

2. The news that Obama's lead is widening is certainly heartening, but I'm almost afraid that this glimmer of hope will result in more complacency in the final days than we can afford to have. So I'm going to make an extra effort to do my part in the next 30 days and will be heading in to local Democratic offices on Wednesday for an afternoon of volunteer work, an effort that I hope to repeat as often as I can manage until Election Day. If you want to do something too, you can start here.

3. In case you didn't see this on MySpace, a PSA for the folks in L.A.: The Life Of Riley LIVE This Thursday for a GREAT CAUSE! )
A legal meme! *geeks out* But mostly, as these things tend to be, this is just a highly effective procrastination device on my part. *g* Also, I have NO DOUBT that everyone on my flist is infinitely smarter than Sarah Palin, so let's see those smarts!

As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your LJ. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your flist, feel free to take the meme to your own LJ to spread the fun.


Show me your legal briefs! *g*

Here are some of mine: In 2005, in Mayle v. Felix, the Supreme Court reversed a Ninth Circuit decision that I had written the opinion for during my clerkship. You'd think this would bother me, but, really, I had called the reversal. The case involved a procedural question about the timing of a petition for habeas corpus. I thought it should be decided one way; my judge disagreed. I did what clerks do and presented all the arguments and legal authority for my oh-so-wise opinion and he did what judges do and decided the case the way he saw it. It was still "my" case though, so I wrote the initial draft of the opinion and it ended up being published almost exactly as I penned it, only to be reversed the next year when the Supreme Court agreed with me! \o/

Another favorite of mine: Marbury v. Madison, (1803), which formed the basis for judicial review in our legal system. So, you know, despite the Conservative rhetoric about the evil of judges who "legislate from the bench," the basic principle of judicial interpretation of the law and the Constitution, well, it's sort of been around for a while and it's sort of an important part of what we like to call check and balances.

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Well, I don't have my tat yet, but I did meet with the artist and he's working up a couple of sketches. He thinks he can have them done for me tomorrow or Tuesday, so I should be able to get it done this week. Exciting!

While I waited to speak with the artist last night, I watched him work on this guy who had an amazing tattoo outlined on his chest that they were coloring in yesterday. Hot. Both the guy and the tat. He reminded me of a slightly younger Chad Michael Murray. He had another tattoo up the side of his torso, a rope with knots spaced through it. It was pretty awesome.

Speaking of awesome. Have you read this conversation between Barack Obama and Jed Bartlet? Hilarious!

Anyway. I'm enjoying my Sunday, watching my D'backs take on the Rockies. They finally broke that on-the-road losing streak and they're looking really good today with good stuff from Dan Haren and an actual offensive game. Which, you know, is kinda helpful in winning baseball games. *g*

Speaking of Sunday sports: Patriots defense, WTF??? I'm unimpressed.

Plans for the rest of this Sunday include some house cleaning, as I got a nifty new floor sweeper that I need to break in. (I'm SO easily amused. *g*)I also need to get a workout in now that I'm not feeling like death. And I'll probably catch up on Sons of Anarchy and the Sarah Connor Chronicles a bit later. How's your Sunday?

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