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wedding vows that keep it real

In exactly one month, Tim and I will stand in front of the altar and vow, under God, to love and cherish one another as long as we both shall live. (We felt weird saying the word “death” at our joyous ceremony). While these vows are symbolic, holy & beautiful, they’re also very vague. So, being the extremely blunt and modern gal that I am, I’ve come up with some REAL promises to my future husband.

He’s welcome.

1) I promise to tell you I love you every single day. Sometimes two or three times.

2) I promise to never get a “mom” haircut.

3) I promise to put your needs & the needs of our family above all else. I got to be selfish for 26 years, and that’s plenty.

4) I promise to never own more pairs of sweatpants than pairs of jeans. And these jeans will be of a flattering fit & current style.

 

5) I promise to kiss you in front of the kids. Even if they hate it. One day, they’ll appreciate having parents who are still in love.

6) I promise to always be on your side.

7) I promise to represent you in a positive light to friends & family. Unless you beat me. And then I’m telling the police.

8 ) I promise to consult you before making a large purchase.

9) I promise to take care of you when you’re sick. Even though I will always think it’s disgusting.

10) I promise to not expect you to remember everything. You’re not perfect and neither am I.

11) I promise to let you relax after work. You’re on your feet all day doing manual labor, and I’m sitting at a desk. I’ll make dinner and take the trash out.

12) I promise to not gain more than 15 pounds over the course of our marriage. Unless I’m pregnant.

13) I promise not to nag you. No one likes a nagging wife.

What would you promise/did you promise to your husband? Did you follow through with it?

Meg

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weekend talkin’ ’bout the weekend

Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night before you pass out! Fall back, spring forward. Works everytime.

And here’s a random but awesome quote I read today:

Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.

(Zig Ziglar)

Also a picture of kittens… just because.

Yours in randomness,

Meg

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sounds

Love

The sound of construction in the distance. I think this stems back to when I was little and my Dad was in the garage with his power saw.

The sound the plant waterers make when they come in the office once a week. Leaves rustling, water pouring… ahhhh.

The sound of Tim learning a new song on his guitar. Reminds me of why I fell in love with him ;-)

The sound of deglazing a pan with wine. Smells pretty darn good, too!

The sound of birds chirping early in the morning. I want to know what they’re saying in their cool bird language.

Can’t Stand

The sound of a group of children singing. Tim passed this on to me. It’s so creepy.

The sound of loud chewing. Especially anything sticky. It makes me want to punch the chewer in the face.

The sound a car makes when it’s belts are out of whack. That awful high-pitched squealing when the car starts… so awfulllll.

The sound of footsteps behind me when I’m walking back to my apartment in the dark. Law & Order: SVU plays in my head.

The sound styrofoam makes when it rubs up against other styrofoam… uggghhhhhhhhh. Horrifying.

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things I don’t know

I’ve always liked knowing things. That sounds so generic, but I can’t really explain it any other way. Like in college, I was a “Husky Ambassador”… the person in the burgundy blazer & khakis who showed prospective students & their parents around campus, so naturally, I had to know what I was talking about. This building is for these majors, that statue of the naked woman gets covered in scarves & hats during the winter, etc. When I was little, I wanted to be a detective and called myself M.T. Private Eye. I would ride my bike around the neighborhood (without fear of being kidnapped) and jot down people’s license plate numbers in a notebook. I figured they would come in handy when I had to crack a case or something. And now I’m a paralegal, which involves acquiring information, finding missing pieces of information, and organizing it all so it makes sense.

After taking our first dance lesson for the wedding last night, I realized how much I don’t know… that I WANT to know!

1) Ballroom dancing. Nothing Dancing with the Stars-esque, but just enough knowledge to dance for real without getting my feet stepped on.

2) Canning. I grew all these tomatoes over the summer and ran out of things to do with them. I wish I could have made sauce or stewed tomatoes and saved them to use over the winter.

3) Tailoring. I can sew rudimentary things. Pillow covers, aprons, curtains. But I so wish I could take in my work pants that are too big! No one likes having a saggy butt.

4) Self Defense. Yeah, I carry mace with me when I’m walking somewhere alone at night, but what would I REALLY do if some thug grabbed me from behind? Probably pass out.

5) Bartending. Extra money. It looks cool. Tom Cruise in Cocktail. You get the idea.

6) Speed Reading. I am such a slow reader and my to-read list on GoodReads is a mile long.

7) Living off the Land. What would I do if there really was some type of grid-down, government overthrow, civil war? Besides pray…

8 ) Herbal Medicine. God put this stuff on the Earth for a reason. We should probably be putting it to better use.

9) Calligraphy. Extra money. It looks cool. Sense & Sensibility. What? I don’t know. Now I’m just naming movies I like.

10) Photography. Or at least getting a sweet SLR camera and pretending I know what I’m doing.

I’m giving myself to age 80 to get these things accomplished. Better get started!

Meg

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legal gal

People always ask me about being a paralegal, and I love to tell them about it. So now I’m going to tell you!

I was about to graduate from college with a Communication Studies degree. One of the most generalized degrees ever. I was gung-ho about getting a job in Human Resources, but when I started applying in that field, nothing was open. Before graduation, my mom sent me an article about being a paralegal and how it was a new, fast-growing career path. To be honest, I’d never even heard of it before. I did some research and applied to Villanova’s evening paralegal program where I would graduate with a certificate one year later. During that year, I started my first job as an office manager (let’s face it, secretary) at a small law firm outside of Philadelphia. It was fast-paced & challenging, I came home with crazy stories about crazy clients, and even though the attorneys I worked with were sometimes pompous jerks, I loved it. Hey, they were working 80+ hour weeks and slept at the office in their clothes, who can blame them?

Sex & the City's glamorous lawyer portrayal

I was like a sponge that year, absorbing everything I could about the legal world. Words like correspondence, arbitration & voir dire became part of my everyday language. I did secretary things like offer clients water, coffee or tea and order office supplies. I did paralegal things like review deposition transcripts and prepare complaint filings. The thrill of my life at this law firm was when I got to assist during a trial. You realize once you start working in the legal field that cases rarely even go to trial, so this was exciting. Our clients didn’t fare so well in their “our contractor’s subcontractor put up faulty stucco” case, but just sitting in the courtroom made me feel like I was on Law & Order. Or in Legally Blonde. The only references to law & courtrooms that I’d ever known.

All those opposed to chaffing, say I.

My year of night classes was thankfully winding down (2, 3-hour classes per week… ugh) and there wasn’t any room for me to progress at the small law firm, so I started job hunting. After having no luck on Craigslist, I hooked up with a recruiter who set me up on an interview with my current company (a small cable company with 2 in-house attorneys). I guess I interview well because they loved me and the fact that I was young and (soon-to-be) fresh out of paralegal school. I even beat out a woman with more work-experience for the job. In yo’ face, old lady!

I’m currently obsessed with my job and becoming a paralegal was the best decision I’ve ever made (besides flirting unabashedly with my fiance to make him realize he just had to get to know me). Paralegals can make anywhere from $35k to $75k and up, depending on where you work. If you work for a huge law firm in D.C you’re looking at $75k and up. But then you will probably be working around the clock and good luck having free time or a family. No thank you! I like my free time to sew, decorate and putz around my apartment.

Not me.

If you like these things, you’ll probably love being a paralegal:

1) Paying close attention to detail

2) Proofreading & editing

3) Organizing anything

4) Alphebetizing anything

5) Following directions to a T

6) Medium-sized binder clips

7) Mailing, faxing, e-mailing & making phone calls

8 ) Doing online research

9) Being a sleuth (figuring things out, getting info from people)

10) Drafting letters & other various documents

11) Making copies (sounds weird, but it’s kinda fun…)

12) Navigating county, state & federal websites (and then complaining about how awful they are to navigate)

13) Making lists

14) Knowing top-secret company/personal information (and not telling anyone!)

15) JUSTICE

Justice is probably my favorite thing on the list. I love making things right and keeping things fair. Annnd medium-sized binder clips are a close second. I’ve got kung-fu grip from squeezing those bad boys all day long.

Handy

I’ll never be that person to complain about my job. It’s great. I love it. And it’s a shame that I’ll have to quit & have babies one day. BUT, another great thing is that it’s flexible and tons of part-time paralegal jobs exist. Can’t say the same about many other careers!

Meg

More reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paralegal

http://www.villanova.edu/vpaa/continuingstudies/programs/certificates/paralegal/

http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos114.htm

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sugar high

I was 30,000 feet in the air during trick-or-treating this year but somehow managed to succumb to a candy binge. A month out from my wedding. Thanks, co-workers…

I even waited until no one else was in the break room to raid the candy bowl. And then hid them under my desk while I stuffed my face. I’m pretty sure that’s not normal.

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