Coffee Date Friday

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Happy Monday everyone!  Or, as my bootcamp instructor always says, “TGIM!  We shouldn’t spend 1/7 of our life dreading Mondays!”  Sorry I missed our Friday coffee date, but I’m soooo glad we were able to get together today instead.


If we were having coffee this afternoon, I’d tell you that work is busy and is only going to get busier over the next few weeks.  In one of my cases, we got an order about a week and a half ago that the case is actually going to trial the week of May 5.  That has set off a flurry of frantic trial prep as we work on pre-trial filings.  I filed evidentiary motions on Friday, deposition designations (i.e. parts of depositions that are going to be read at trial) are due today, jury instructions next week, etc.  And that doesn’t include developing trial themes, planning out direct and cross examinations, opening statement, closing argument, etc.  It’s going to be a busy few weeks!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my parents visited this past weekend and my dad and Albert finally built the kids’ playhouse that has been sitting in our shed for longer than I care to mention!  J and N are thrilled with it.  Especially N — she’s such a domestic little thing.

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We had a beautiful day on Saturday, so my mom and I took the kids over to Kauffman Memorial Gardens here in Kansas City to look at the fountains and the flowers.

Creative Counselor: Coffee Date 15

Creative Counselor: Coffee Date 15

And yes, that is J with my camera up there.  He loves taking pictures with it, and actually isn’t half bad.  Who knows, maybe this will be his thing.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I pre-ordered the new Colette knits reference book and new patterns.  They arrived on Saturday, even though the patterns don’t officially release until tomorrow — yay for preorders!  Frankly, I was surprised to see them show up so far in advance of the release date, but whatevs.  I certainly wasn’t going to argue!

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m in denial that tomorrow is tax day.  My federal tax liability more than tripled when I became a partner (and no, the salary did not go up enough to compensate), so in my opinion, April 15, June 15, September 15, and January 15 are pretty much the worst days of the year.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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  1. The playhouse is precious!

    Um, I just finished John Grisham’s novel Sycamore Row, so I TOTALLY followed your trial prep list. Because, you know, reading a fiction book about a lawyer makes me an expert. Ha.

    If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I have an obscene number of incomplete projects that are weighing heavily on my psyche, and I’d like two days alone to finish them.

    How is Colette’s first knit pattern? I’m really curious about this one.

    1. Haha! From what I understand Grisham’s novels aren’t too far off base. He used to be a civil litigator and I’ve always heard that he does a pretty good job capturing the day-to-day of civil practice.

      Oh, I would LOVE to have a two days alone to finish all my WIPs. I have a stack of cut but unsewn projects and about a million more swirling around in my head. Just think how much I could accomplish on them with two unbroken sewing days …

      The Colette patterns look like great staples. The dress pattern is one I won’t be able to wear for a few months (no nursing access) and it isn’t terribly different from a couple of other indie knit dress patterns currently out there. But Colette does such a quality job with drafting and presentation that I didn’t mind paying for it at all. The other pattern is one I’m actually pretty psyched about (the blurry “sneak peek” that Sarai posted last week was what made me excited enough about it to preorder everything) and hope I have time to make before we leave for California soon!

      1. Now that I’ve seen the release …

        I really like the gathered skirt dress. I’ve tried modifying a Renfrew to create my own like that, but it just didn’t work the way I know it should. And it’s not *exactly* like a Lady Skater.

        Does the Colette version look like it would work with a woven skirt piece? I didn’t see that in the description.

        1. It probably could work with a woven skirt piece, particularly if you use elastic thread in the bobbin when sewing the waist seam. Since it’s a gathered waist, rather than a circle like the Lady Skater, there should still be enough give with the negative ease in the bodice. I hope to make the dress this fall after I’m done breastfeeding. I really like the bodice as drafted and the collar options and I don’t feel like trying to hack it for nursing access!

  2. If we were having coffee, first I would say YAY! because I miss having coffee with you on a semi-regular basis.

    I would tell you my bar review books came in the mail and I plan on following your advice for outdoor studying. It’s hard to believe I only have 2 1/2 weeks left of class (plus finals afterwards). I may actually have a tan for the first time in a large number of years!

    I would tell you how excited I am to start sewing again in 4 1/2 weeks! I have a list of projects and hardly know where to start! I will shortly be asking for advice on good projects to start for sewing clothing. 🙂

    And finally, I would tell you how much I enjoy reading your updates, even if I don’t usually post comments.

    1. Yay! So glad you commented — I miss having coffee (or lunch or dinner or whatever) with you too.

      But bar review — yuck! Though I admit that beyond going to my review class religiously, I didn’t do much “studying” until 2 weeks before the exam. And I did just fine. You will too 🙂

      I will be more than happy to talk garment sewing with you soon — that’s one of my favorite topics!! Good luck making it through these last 2 1/2 weeks — they’re the longest 2 1/2 weeks ever!

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