Monday, July 28, 2008

Home Alone!

So, my wife and kids have been gone the last few days, visiting Laura's parents up in Spokane. Good time to leave, too. We've hit 100 degrees here in Utah Valley more than once since she left, and while we've had a couple of good rainstorms in the evening, they never last long enough.

Kyle's fourth birthday was yesterday, so I missed that by virtue of the fact that he's not here. But, apparently Laura's parents feted him appropriately, and he'll be having another good party here when he comes back home in two days. Funny, how those two boys can drive me nuts after mere minutes around them, but how much I miss them when they're gone. Yep, I love my boys. I really do.

So, how have I passed my time in the meanwhile? Let's just say, lots of guy movies. Rocky, "Dirty Jobs" episodes, and Michael Clayton. OK, so normally I don't go for the R-rated movies, but I talked myself into this one. It was fantastic, actually. It certainly deserved the 7 Oscar nominations it received, and the fact that it was written and directed by the screenwriter of the Bourne trilogy didn't hurt, either. I'm becoming a fast fan of not only George Clooney (who I loved in "ER," back when it was worth watching), but Tom Wilkinson as well, who plays a major part in Clayton. Laura and I just watched him in John Adams as Benjamin Franklin, and he's just a fantastic actor all around. I suppose it's kind of ironic that I enjoy a good legal thriller, since I'm not a litigator-type lawyer (I mean, when did you last see a film with a transactional lawyer as the hero???). A Few Good Men is also up there on my list, as well as the film and book A Civil Action. And don't get me started on 12 Angry Men, The Rainmaker, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Even John Adams had a riveting scene in a courtroom. But, me...I hate courtrooms. I've been in a few as an observer (only once at the counsel's table for my job, but not counsel of record), and I just hate them. I'm intimidated. Maybe it's still because I'm a law newbie. Or, maybe it's just because my lawyering consists of lots of pencil-pushing (touche' to my friends from high school who swore I'd be nothing but a professional pencil-pusher when I grew up).

Speaking of lawyering--the best (and worst) ad tagline for a lawyer I've ever heard has been popping up on the Salt Lake media recently. It's for a DUI attorney who proudly states, "If it were me, I'd call me!" Yikes. Is it just me, or is that a little egocentric? See...I'd never cut it as a litigator. Can you pass me a pencil?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Finally, Quiet on the Horizon

I've finally had some time to recharge. I've had a 4-day weekend, which has been fantastic. Last week ended off busily, as we had our annual Lavender Days festival down at Young Living's farm in Mona. Normally, not such a bad deal, but as my lot fell to push kids on heavy "medieval" (read: non-motorized) rides, I was exhausted at the end of each shift. And sunburned. And sore. But, we had pretty good turnout, and we were proud of our efforts.

This last Thursday, Laura and I took Kyle to see Wall-E. I personally have a real love for Pixar movies...up until Cars, I had seen every one of them the day the movie opened or sooner. We eventually had kids, which killed that streak, but I still look forward to each Pixar opening, and this one was no exception. Brilliant, as always. I think my favorites are still Nemo, Toy Story 2, and Monsters, Inc., but this was still excellent. It had a good message without being too heavy-handed, and they were able to do some amazing things with non-human expression in the case of the robots in the story. I'd never make it as a movie critic, but it was quite fun. Certainly not quite as over the top as the latest Indiana Jones movie was!

So, now, I'm facing a full week of work. But, as I've mentioned before, I really enjoy my job, so aside from having to leave my two adorable sons behind each day, it should be a good week. I have certainly had far worse jobs than this one!!