Shews. Because shews.

Shews. Because shews.

Work is quiet for like a week and a half in February, and then I spend the rest of the year wondering when will the busy season let up? And why is it so darn busy, even with nary a trial in sight? After doing this for seven full years, you would think that by now I would realize that this is just what the job is like, and it’s busy all the time, because just because. But apparently I have not caught on.

I have a whole list of things to write about: Blogga lunch with Erin and Alex, Fancy dinner at Umi, a whole bunch of books I’ve read, the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, and so on and so forth. Eventually I will find a minute to tell yinz all these things, but not tonight. Because I’m about to fall asleep at this keyboard.

In the meantime, I need new black boots.  Particularly ones that can pull double-duty from work to happy hour.

Nila Suede Wedge Boots

Nila Suede Wedge Boots

Naturalizer Lamont Boot

Naturalizer Lamont Boot

Franco Sarto "Osteria" Boot

Franco Sarto “Osteria” Boot

Softspots "Oliva" Boot

Softspots “Oliva” Boot

And totally not within this description, but just because I want want want want them:



Banging My Head Against A Wall

Banging My Head Against A Wall

Despite my best efforts, I haven’t made any significant weight loss progress for months.  I’ve been going around and around trying to lose the next 5 lbs since at least May.  I lose a little, gain a little, lose a little, gain a little.  The net progress is none.  I’m not 100% perfect with Weight Watchers, but I’ve been close.  Still, I’m cycling around and around the same 5 lbs.  It’s extremely frustrating.

I’ve gone from restaurant take out multiple times a week, to a take out dinner maybe once a week.

No progress.

I’ve gone from working out maybe twice a week (at a total of maybe 5 activity points per week) to working out 6 days a week, most days at high intensity (earning me well over 30 activity points per week).

No progress.

I’ve gone from drinking about 2 bottles of wine a week to 2 glasses a week.

No progress.

I’ve replaced my daily late-afternoon sugar splurge with a cup of coffee and a WW mini bar (2 point little cakey thing).

No progress.

I’ve been working hard for months and have virtually nothing to show for it.  At this point, I feel like it can’t all be for lack of effort.  I am beginning to suspect that a prescription I am taking is interfering.  It’s a prescription that medical trials have shown is prone to cause weight gain when subjects begin to take it (and, upon reflection, I did put on weight when I started it).  Anecdotally, the internets are full of accounts of people who have been on it and have either gained weight or had significant difficulty losing weight. I’ve decided to go off this prescription (no, it will not be harmful to my health to do so)  but it’s also very frustrating that it’s going to take quite a while for it to get out of my system.  So even making this decision now, it’s going to be a long time before I see effects, if I even see any. 

In evaluating my weight gain or loss, I focus very strongly on my OWN actions.  I try not to blame anything that is not within my control.  But I had brunch with a friend of mine recently, and she was looking amazingly svelte.  She revealed that a medication she had been taking (different from the one I’m taking) had caused her to gain weight, and even with running and running and running, she couldn’t lose the weight.  Finally when the doctor changed her medication, the weight came off.  This made me start wondering whether the prescription I am on is likewise interfering, despite my best efforts.

I’ve been holding on to a stack of gift cards, promising myself when I hit the 20 lb weight loss, I can use them on some new workout clothes. But I’ve been busting my ass, with no weight loss to show for it.  Athleta’s running a sale, and I’m proud about how I’ve made 5am workouts a daily thing.  I’m going shopping.  It’s not the reward I anticipated, but I’ve been working hard and want to celebrate that.

Have you hit a weight loss plateau or have you had a prescription interfere with your weight loss?


Sandal time

Sandal time

The weather is FINALLY sandal friendly! For the last 2 summers I had a pair of incredibly comfy, incredibly cheap Target sandals that I lived in nonstop. Those sandals have quite literally fallen apart. When the sole cracks in half, shoes are no longer really wearable. Some favorites for this season are:


I’ve already added these Mia Limited Edition cuties to my closet. They are crazy CRAZY comfortable. You can walk in them for days. The platform isn’t very high and neither is the wedge, so they give you the comfort of flats with the look of something a little more sophisticated. I’ve never thought of suede or velvet as summer fabrics, but a number of designers seem to be coming out with suede and velvet sandals right now. Some look strange, but I think the suede in these Mia LE Baja sandals is a perfect contrast to the straw espadrille heel.


These Modcloth Drizzle Castle sandals are more on the casual end of the spectrum, but the design is whimsical enough to stand out. They are perfect for a an afternoon on a boardwalk, or better yet, a music festival.

anthropologie diamond t strap

In my imaginary world where I am enviably fashionable all the time, I would wear stilettos with ease. In reality, I have large feet and bad balance, and (with the exception of wedges), I kick heels over 1.5″ high off within an hour. Flats don’t usually have the pizzazz of a shoe with a heel, but the fancy sparkle of these Anthropologie Diamond Bow T-Straps could get me through a charity cocktail party while looking stylish, not frumpy.

tori burch sandal

I love the look of embellishments on sandals, but they are often metal or plastic and bound to irritate the foot. The delightful flowers on these Tory Burch Cori Thong Sandals are leather and unobtrusive, so your footwear is cute without getting annoying.

miss mooz

Miss Mooz Primrose sandals. Love the color, love the leather punch design, love the little wedge, love the velcro (but not dorky looking) ankle strap that fits feet like mine without cutting into the ankle. Love it love it love it.


Retail Therapy

A colleague remarked to me in the elevator “You look exhausted.”

My first thought was “I don’t think she really needed to tell me that.”  My second thought was “I look a mess.”

Granted, it was Thursday. Somehow Thursday is always the roughest day of the week.  I was exhausted.  Baby Beez had a 20 minute power struggle meltdown before we left the house for the day.  I’d already prepped a witness and done a deposition.  I was racing around preparing trial motions and briefs and all those things you have to get in order before the trial starts on Monday (back to back trials like I’ve had this month are not par for the course in civil litigation, it’s been quite a month).  So in short, I was exhausted. And I looked it.

Then it was Friday.  But not the usual kind of Friday.  It was one of those Fridays where you are staring down the barrel of a whole weekend full of work.  And I captured a few seconds to sneak out early from the office (by “early” I mean 4:30), to give myself a breather before kicking off that weekend.

So I strolled on down to the mall for some retail therapy.  I got myself a mani-pedi.  I never much liked pedicures until I was like 8 mos pregnant, huge, uncomfortable and swollen. I am incredibly ticklish and pedicures were just uncomfortable.  But when I was in that late stage of pregnancy,  I couldn’t see my toes, much less paint them.  I started getting pedicures because they made me feel pretty, more put together, while in that whale of a body.  Pedicures are still uncomfortable for me, but they make me feel put together.  So I strolled on down to the mall, got myself a mani-pedi, and felt human again.

Next stop was Sephora for some retail therapy.

Pre-tral de-stressing retail therapy, yes pls

I have a love-hate relationship with my Birchbox subscription.  I love that little box of beauty product samples that arrives each month, but then each box gets me hooked on more and more products. BeneTint Lip & Cheek Stain? LOVE IT.  Eyeko skinny liquid eyeliner? LOVE IT.  And so my Sephora points keep racking up.

Now I’m feeling a little rested and a lot more put together.  Bring it on, trial!