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08 April 2014 @ 11:20 pm
I spent half the weekend at the County Courthouse, watching our son's team compete in the county's Moot Court semifinals. They tied for 3rd, which is pretty darn good—especially for a freshman team in the school's first year of the program!

About five weeks ago, it was our daughter's Mock Trial team in the county semifinals for that. Her team finished second. Competitive fake law has had a big year at our house. :D

Moviewise, we finished Miracle at St. Anna. Good cast and performances, much more explicit violence than I would have liked. I suspect it was more depressing than audiences wanted—injustice ran in all directions throughout.

Bookwise, I'm still working on Haunted, and still considering bailing out. The farther in you go, the grosser and more disturbing it gets (kind of like a Quentin Tarantino movie). It's a creative and interesting story, but also really unpleasant (and becoming moreso). Hrm.

We're heading up to Oregon for Spring Break, mainly to visit my parents. This is like signing yourself up for days of boredom, and I know the kids would rather do something fun... but my parents are in their late 80s, and I'm trading off this trip for going in the summer (because I'd like to take at least one 'fancy' trip before our daughter goes off to college, and the kids' summer schedules usually make any sort of planning difficult). I've done some web research to see if we can find much of anything to do up there, but... not looking promising. My parents like to either go out to eat, or sit and watch TV, but not much else. Makes me restless just thinking about it!

Still not done with taxes (time is running out!), and work has taken on a hamster-wheel quality. Boy, the weekends are just much too short. :(

Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on April 9th, 2014 07:42 am (UTC)
I have to wait for this week's paycheck before my taxes can be sent. I get them done every year, and I keep saying I shouldn't because what they're charging now is criminal. But the guy who does them always does an awesome job, he worked with my mother, so...

Mock trials weren't as big a deal around here as Model UN's. I don't think any of my high-school age nieces/nephews do either nowadays -- they're all playing 1001 sports.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 9th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the guy is doing any more than TurboTax would though (or worse, using Turbo Tax as the last guy WE paid did). In that case, the $50-$55 cost of TurboTax Federal and State would be cheaper.

In my day, there was only Moot Court, and I don't know how popular that was. I did Model UN, and enjoyed it, but mainly I was in the drama club. :D

Dan: Peregrinemuchtooarrogant on April 9th, 2014 11:54 am (UTC)
Yay for fake law successes! *grin*

When I was a kid, trips to Grandma's were always boring, but it was understood, "This is what we do." Obviously, it never even occurred to me that my parents might have been bored as well.

We haven't done our taxes yet either. *sigh*

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 9th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
My Dad is a very sedentery guy, and he only wants to do what HE likes to do, so getting him off the sofa or out of his LayZ-Boy is a real effort. Sadly, since he always has the TV on, it's also hard to have conversations.

We generally have to make day trips to do something, or our family will go nuts. Last trip there, we discovered my Dad had thrown out the only board game in the house-- one that was unusual and difficult to find, too!-- because HE never played it. There was plenty of room for it-- the cupboard it used to live in is almost entirely bare. *sigh*
Danmuchtooarrogant on April 11th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
Ouch, too bad about the board game.

What you do is say, "Okay Dad, you threw away the board game, so now we HAVE to go out." *evil grin*

angels3angels3 on April 9th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
I hear they can be very stressful. My sister-in-law is a lawyer, and she loves it. I love to argue if I feel there's a misdeed done, but I'd get so irritated at stupid people I'd probably bop them on the head.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 9th, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
Our daughter likes the "thinking on your feet" part of it, and it has made her VERY confident with public speaking (she has a naturally shy personality, so that previously was torture. Now, she's just more introverted than shy). Our son really likes arguing, period, so he was made for that kind of activity. Oy.

I hear you on the stupid people thing, though. I wish I was a more patient person...
Seantalon on April 9th, 2014 10:41 pm (UTC)
moot court! awesome :P just got done with my moot court segment for law school ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 10th, 2014 01:17 am (UTC)
I thought you were working with the SoftWarez, or some other tech field. No?

You'll certainly have the mind for law school, so no fear there!
Seantalon on April 10th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
Working in legal at Dropbox, doing law school part time on the side. I do a little bit of coding, a bit of law, a bit of this and that ;)