the city chicken


A new blog perhaps?
06 20 2009, 9:54 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The gist of this long post is that I am testing out a new place to host my blog – http://blninja.tumblr.com/

The rest of this post is a discussion of why and hopefully will get others on the bandwagon to join Tumblr and try it out!!

So for anyone who has checked it out, I tweet way more often than I blog here at WordPress.  Sometimes I just feel like I don’t have enough time to blog and I think that is because blogging suggests thinking about a post, sitting down, writing it out, editing it for errors/length, etc. . . That is a lot of work when you are busy.

Twitter provides a quick place to update but you are limited to 140 words a post which suggests the other extreme:

post: “I’m at the coffee shop”

post 2:”now I’m leaving the coffee shop”

post 3: considering taking a poop . . .

You get my drift.

I have found what might be the perfect in-between – Tumblr

Tumblr is fairly new and has been neglected thus far due to the popularity of Twitter and Facebook. Tumblr also provides updates to my Twitter if I would like but I have the option of whether or not to post to both. I like the idea of being able to update friends and family without forcing my updates on other readers who may have no interest (ala Facebook news feeds/Twitter).

The best part, the posts are clearly intended to be smaller than typical blog posts however I can write as much as I want and I am able to upload movies, pics, even audio files without any hassel.

So I’m going to give it a fair shake and see what Tumblr is all about.  Catch me at my newest place on the net: http://blninja.tumblr.com/



Rooster in the Coop!
05 29 2009, 2:35 pm
Filed under: daily grind, moving

I’ve been lacking in updates lately but can you blame me? 

Bar review began this Tuesday, I have a trial coming up, oh, and did I mention Brian lives with me now??

Yup, we got Brian almost all moved in on Saturday. He is still paying rent on the old place for a couple weeks – his old roomie is still there until the 10th so we haven’t gotten everything out of there yet, but all of the important stuff has been moved. 

We utilized a storage unit because my place is fairly small but I am pretty impressed with how well everything has fit so far. We are making it work. We are getting ourselves situated with the new arrangement and it is going along fine. The only clear downside I have noticed so far is that the housework, dishes, and just general daily upkeep has tripled. If I were to just toss my clothes from the day on the floor or bed in the evening like I used to, things would get out of control in no time. I’ve worked hard so far to keep the place as well organized as I can and it seems to be working out pretty well.

Things are good otherwise. This is going to be a very busy summer with studying for the bar but so far it hasn’t been too bad. I am sure things will start to get hectic this weekend/next week. 

 

Well, I wish I was better at updating but right now I need to do some cleaning, check on supper, and organize a plan for weekend studying.

Ciao!



Today blew
05 19 2009, 1:18 am
Filed under: daily grind

Today was a fairly crap day. . . frustrating and lame.  I thought about telling you all about it, I’ve decided it isn’t worth reliving in too much detail but here are the highlights: 

multiple technological issues from printer to phone to computer,

having to smile and make small talk with guy who deferred me from job,

bumping into the girl who I think got my job,

deposing incompetent detective from hell,

and having to haul a 35 lb box across 3 city blocks in a skirt and heels.

All while in the midst of the most mind-blowing cramps and back ache known in PMS history.

Needless to say, I was not a pleasant camper today.

Fortunately, after a long afternoon nap, I have managed to be fairly productive tonight getting the rest of my packing complete.

Now I just need to get to bed and forget this whole lame day.



Life update
05 15 2009, 12:07 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Got news on the job yesterday – essentially deferred. I don’t plan to dwell on it. I am going to study like mad for the bar (because if you don’t pass that, who cares what kind of job you have lined up!) and the MPRE and do my best and look for jobs in whatever spare time I have.

As for today, I have Brian’s future closet, the linen closet, and the bathroom all prepared for his arrival over Memorial Day weekend. Now I just have to finish organizing my closet and the bedroom and pack up the bar and barware. Everything else will be taken care of when he moves in; the bar, bed, tv, trunk, boxes, and maybe some other random items will be moved into storage. Brian’s fabulous bed and television will be moving in here. The only other really large items coming here will probably be his dresser and desk.  It will all be good.

 

Otherwise, I am working on a case that will likely go to trial in the next two weeks. I will know for sure if it will go on Monday after we see who shows up for our depositions – we aren’t expecting much. 

 

Well, that is it for now – ciao ya’ll! 

 

wow, that was quite the closing combo . . . .



Frozen Fiasco
05 14 2009, 6:33 pm
Filed under: current events, food, recommendations

CongAgra foods makes Banquet PotPies. We always had some in the freezer when I grew up. Well they were tainted with salmonella not so long ago making many people sick. CongAgra tried and tried to figure out just what ingredient it was that was at risk of killing their customers but dagnabit, they just couldn’t find the culprit.  That isn’t surprising considering the fact that they don’t even know who supplies most of their ingredients or if those suppliers actually check the foods for contaminants!  ConAgra’s solution? To put your health into your own hands (where it ought to be) and tell you to check several spots in your potpie with a food thermometer and check the internal temperature for a reading of 165 degrees.

I have a better idea. Literally take your health into your own hands and tell ConAgra where they can put their potpies.

I would like to give a product shoutout to Amy’s Kitchen – the maker of wonderful foods including MANY frozen entrees and pizzas which are healthy, organic, sometimes vegan (but not always), and tasty. I haven’t had any Amy’s product that I wished I hadn’t bought and I am in love with their Roasted Vegetable Pizza. The products are sold at most major retailers – no need to go to an expensive health food chain and they appeared on the Food Network at one point with a look into their factories – clean, beautiful, safe, and sanitary in appearance.

While I can’t deny that owning a food thermometer is not a bad idea and I won’t suggest that no Amy’s product could ever be contaminated by some food borne pathogen, I will suggest that it is probably safer (and will make you feel good) to purchase products from a company that really seems to care and at the very least knows who supplies their ingredients!

 

Oh, bonus: I see that Amy’s now features diet plans on their website – a regular plan, gluten-free plan, vegan plan, and others for those of you with illness or allergies. You could most certainly lose weight eating their products which are very filling, nutritious, and not full of empty calories. I think I might just give that a go!



Pantry party
05 3 2009, 11:39 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

I’ve decided to do something I have read about on some other blogs a while back – a pantry challenge. I will only use up the foods that I already have in the house. This is really great timing for such a thing – Brian moves in less than a month from now and I have lots of good food that will go bad unless I take the initiative to eat it up. I figure I will allow myself to purchase one ingredient per meal if I need it but otherwise, nothing else can be bought and brought into the house (besides Diet Coke🙂 ). I’ll keep you all updated as I am sure things will get . . . interesting here soon.

 

In other news, Oliver is feeling better and can now see out of both eyes.
Here is a picture of Oliver on Friday:Photobucket

versus today:PhotobucketPhotobucket

Feeling much better apparently🙂



Meh
05 1 2009, 8:11 am
Filed under: daily grind, Oliver

Not much going on around here this morning. I’m getting ready for some taped statements later today. Oliver is sick. I came home yesterday and he greeted me at the front door with a meek “arg”, one of his eyes total glued shut with goo. 

I hauled my little pirate off to the vet and we came home with an arsenal of all things cats hate; the pink stuff that usually ends up all over me rather than in the cat, ear drops for both ears, and an eye SALVE. Yea, try holding open a cats eye so you can smear something on it – that is going over real well.

 

He seems a little less lathargic this morning fortunately. Yesterday afternoon he was like a limp rag. 

 

Otherwise, I’ll be doing taped statements today and then studying the rest of the weekend for my final final on Tuesday!