So, Charles and I are becoming regulars in the Henry County courthouses. I had jury duty a few months ago, and now he has it. I also got subpoenaed to be over at the juvenile court for the trial of the kid who stole my purse and committed credit card fraud 10 months ago. I saw the video of him using the card, and he looked like he could have been 18 years old, but I guess he qualified as a juvenile by the skin of his teeth. My favorite part of the subpoena is the top, where it says, "In the Interest of: Eric Bryant, a Child." Ah yes. He's a child. Just one of those precocious little kids who happens to be skilled in felony theft.
I am not excited about facing him in court. He has our address, and I feel pretty confident that he's not going to get life in prison, so if he's the vindictive type, we may be able to look forward to some vandalism later, or worse. I know this is not his first arrest, but don't know how involved his criminal history is. I plan to be smiley on the stand, and say that he's probably a nice kid who made a bad choice, and hope he doesn't decide to come smash our windows, or murder us in our sleep with an ice pick. The fact is that he would never have been caught, ever, if I hadn't worked so hard on my own to investigate the situation. If he knows that, then he could be mightily pissed at me for not taking the loss and keeping my mouth shut. Hopefully, he's just a harmless idiot. I know for SURE the idiot part is correct. He looked like Shaggy from Scooby Doo on the store video, but I expect in court he will be cleaned up to look like A Very Good Boy.
Charles is on a murder trial for a case that actually came about 5 years ago - a big one, with news crews and everything. The end of the stick doesn't get much shittier than being the alternate juror, which is, of course, what he is. Every day, they all have to bring a bag packed with a week's worth of clothes and toiletries, because they could end up being sequestered, but yesterday was the first day, and he got to come home. He is a pretty tough guy, especially emotionally, and he has always loved horror films - the gorier the special effects, the better. Last night he said they showed just one photo of the victim, and he has not been able to get it out of his mind. There will be plenty more photos to see as the trial progresses, and he is dreading them, to say the least. He was surprised by hard this has been emotionally, already, which surprises me, because Charles is really hard to break. The upside to being an alternate juror is that, as long as he does not have to go in as a replacement for anyone, when the time comes to deliberate, he will not be involved. If they do agree on the death penalty, which is what the State is pushing for, then Charles won't ever have to lay awake at night with the guilt of having a part in taking someone's life, whether he felt they deserved it or not. While I had been disappointed that the case I sat on was not a muder trial, because I am interested in the process as well as a huge fan of people being punished hard for committing horrible crimes, I would not want to be put on a jury who had to make a decision on capitol punishment. I look forward to Charles being able to tell me all the details from the trial, but I worry just a bit about the toll it might take on him.
Ever have one of those nightmares that lasts all night - you can tell it has been going on for hours and hours, but you can't make yourself wake up?
I had one last night, and can't shake it off. There's this dark cloud over my day so far because my brain isn't ready to grasp yet that none of it was real. At least I hope none of it was. It sure FELT real.
I will spare everyone the whole "This is why I have been missing for weeks on end" details, because they don't matter and are boring. I will just say that I am back and will really try to get back on a regular schedule. I can't even fathom how much I have missed in your lives, but am going to work really hard to catch up.
I hope you all are well!
I've had MANY days off from work (I go back tomorrow), and this is the first I have been on LJ the whole time. I'm surprised I haven't gone through a withdrawal phase, but I think Facebook has been serving as methadone. Any of you out there who are on Facebook and aren't already, you wanna be my friend? Just message me here through LJ and I'll give you my FB name. One thing I like about it is that I can check for updates and stuff in about a minute, and be on my way. When the holidays start rolling around, my headspace gets all mucky and sad, so the less I have to concentrate on thiings for long periods of time (like, more than 2 minutes), the better I seem to do right now.
We dragged all our decorations out of the attic, and the boxes are all just sitting around downstairs, waiting for me to do something about them. I feel more like having a nap, because it's cold and rainy, and everywhere I look a cat is sleeping. There is something about a sleeping cat that makes me want to just fling myself down and join them.
We are down to the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers, and once I make turkey and wild rice soup with what's left, we are officially done with the ginormous turkey/stuffing/greenbeancasserole/mashedpotato/cranberrysauce/deviledeggs extravaganza for one more year. All I have to do now is eat all the fudge and fruit and cookies that are going to be sitting in front of me for the next month, and then maybe I can consider starting a diet. MAYBE.
Catching up on all of your LJ's is going to take me quite a while, but I promise to dedicate my lunch time next week to reading up on how things have been. I hope everyone had a stellar Thanksgiving, or for those who don't celebrate it, a very nice week! Next weekend I am going to be working on Christmas cards, and would love to send one to all of you, so please send me your mailing address that I may add you to my list!
korpun tagged me with this one a little while back: I should expose five odd things about myself, and then challenge 5 friends to do the same.
The oddity number 1: I have many, MANY phobias. I am terrified of English peas, and the idea of certain foods touching makes me want to run away screaming. I am also afraid of search lights, being pinned down to talk to my neighbors, and swimming in lakes. Those are just a drop in the bucket of my neurosis.
The oddity number 2: No matter how obscure and actor or actress is, if we're watching TV and Charles says, "That person looks familiar" I can usually tell him their full name, and the last thing(s) we saw them in.
The oddity number 3: I am not at all fond of talking on the phone. Even as a teenager, I could only stand so much of it.
The oddity number 4: I am physically unable to throw away a photograph, no matter how bad, pointless or hard to see it is. There are overexposed pictures of my thumb from 1982 sitting in my photo boxes because if it was printed at a photo lab, it shouldn't be thrown away like...the garbage that it actually is. Thank goodness they don't take up much space. (I should amend that to disclose the one exception - there are many bad photos of me, because I am the most unphotogenic person EVER , and while I still have most of the bad ones of myself, there have been a few that were SO horrific that I actually broke my own rule and threw them away. There are some things the world just doesn't need to see, and even if the world would never see them, I don't want to either.)
The oddity number 5: I never sleep completely naked in case there is a fire, or robbers break into our house in the middle of the night. If I'm going to jump out the window or be held at gunpoint, I will at least be wearing a T-shirt and panties.
And now to pick 5 friends to challenge. I only get five? Shoot.destruct imrygels_ho macrame_owl nellymom queen_huston
Stolen from danatheb
I would love to see everyone's answers on these. Maybe it will help me feel less OMG! TERROR! NOOOOOOOOOOOO! over the fact that Christmas is coming upon us like a freight train.1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both, depending on the wrapability of the item, and whether I have a box large enough to fit it.
2. Real tree or Artificial? Always had real trees until 2 years ago. Now, I weep when we pull out the fake one, but Charles smiles wide because he doesn't have to lug around an enormous tree and saw down the trunk and balance it in the stand and then drag it back outside when it starts to crumble.
3. When do you put up the tree? The weekend after Thanksgiving, usually Saturday.
4. When do you take the tree down? January 1st, because we are always home that day.
5. Do you like eggnog? Very much, to an almost dangerous degree.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Lite Brite!!!!!!!!!! Sadly, it only lasted one day, because my mom's cat barfed all over my stack of pokable paper templates and ruined them all. My parents said they would get me replacements, but they never did.
WAAAAAHHHHH POOOOOOOR MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
At least I will always have this picture as proof that I did at one time have a Lite Brite:
7. Hardest person to buy for? My mother in law.
8. Easiest person to buy for? Christy.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I appreciate any and all gifts, but I was genuinely confused in 1987 when Charles gave me a boy's striped rugby shirt for our first Christmas together. I thought he had mixed my gift up with Wesley's, but no, for some reason he really wanted me to have a boy's rugby shirt.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? I like the Charlie Brown special.
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually in the autumn I will start, but inevitably there is always someone I haven't found the right thing for by December 23rd, so I have to go out with all the other wild-eyed, desperate lunatics hoping the right thing will leap out at me before the stores close.
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No way.
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Chocolate covered cherries.
16. Lights on the tree? White, non-blinking.
17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We go around to see everyone we need to see over the course of Christmas week.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Dasher and Dancer and Comet and Cupid. Donner and Blitzen and ... Someone and Someone? I had to sing that in my head and still couldn't come up with them all. I do of course remember Rudolf, the most famous reindeer of all.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel, the same one for probably 10 years now. Longer, maybe.
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning, but when I was little my mom always let me open one gift before bed on Christmas Eve, and if I unwittingly chose the traditional underwear box to open, she would gently direct me towards another gift that she knew I would enjoy more.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The obligations to everyone, which requires me to do some things and go to some places that I would much rather not.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? No theme, but the last few years I have found myself very much in love with rustic decorations.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Tradition has always been steaks on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas night I just try to fix something special, with no rules on what it has to be. Since we eat so many tons of turkey for Thanksgiving, I usually will do something completely different for Christmas, like lasagna or pork roast with lots of garlic.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? For the moisture problem in our master bath to magically go away without us spending a fortune to fix the shoddy work our builder did years ago. Did you know that if the steam from your showers accumulates and runs down your walls every day for 9 years because the room wasn't properly ventillated, that your drywall will warp and swell? IT IS AWESOME!
What's on Page 56? (pinched from korpun
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence along with these instructions in a note to your wall.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
"A generalized rule of thumb is that when three or more major unrelated trades are involved, the report is issued as a Project Report, and the word ITEM does not appear on the title line."
If I had been at home when I did this, the line would have been from Wicked
, and much more interesting.
What's on your page 56?
I am the proud new owner of the Mother of All Papercuts. It is astounding how much those buggers hurt.
Once again I am way behind on LJ. Missing a few days is NEVER A GOOD IDEA. It will take some time to catch up, but meanwhile I would like to out myself as an elderly dork, and say that I think Christopher Cross' song 'Sailing' is one of the most exceptional tunes to drive along to on a beautiful day. That means that I blasted it on my iPod in the car this morning like it was 1980 all over again, with the windows down. Sweet.
Dear, sweet collette
has given me the best news I have heard in a really long time:There is going to be an Arrested Development movie!!!!!!!!!!
I'm way too excited about this.
That actually reminds me of a story, that was kinda sad at the time, but now that some years have passed, I can see how funny it is. On the day my mom died, I had obviously done a lot of crying and such, and by that evening I was looking for distractions to take my mind off of it a little. I asked Charles to please rent us a movie - a comedy
- and then after we watched it, Arrested Development would be on, which was sure to help make the day a bit less horrible.
He ended up renting 'Garden State', so I guess he hadn't read the back to see it was about someone coming home for his mother's funeral. ...sigh... But it was still a good movie, and I had to chuckle a bit at the irony of his choice. Then, Arrested Development came on, and OF COURSE, it was the episode where Gob said, "So you take your mom to work every day? Bummer. Moms are such a pain in the ass, huh? It’s, like, die already!"
Best. Show. Ever.