friday five

  1. I can tell I’m going to have a hard time adjusting to my new paralegal set-up. I’ve had the same assistant for the last ten years, and now she’s transitioning into a different position. I will still be working with her in my crim/traffic practice, but now have a staff of three new bankruptcy paralegals to rely upon, and I don’t wanna. lol. I want K. K is my person. I’m trying not to panic.
  2. I woke up feeling pretty shitty today, but otherwise in a good mood. The spring allergies are definitely trying to kill me. I also might be a touch hungover from the tequila and prosecco M and I shared last night. My face feels like it’s going to explode. No bueno. I need to stop somewhere in stl county and pick up some Claritin D. (You can’t get pseudoephedrine in my county w/o a prescription, because my county is fucking stupid).
  3. Speaking of last night, I had such a lovely time. Our relationship has def leveled up these past couple of months, and I am here for it. He really does feel like my actual boyfriend at this point. It’s nice.
  4. I stayed up late reading last night, and now I need another book. I have several unread books nearby, and a long to-read list on Goodreads, and still I search. It has to be exactly the right book for right now. That’s just how it goes for me. #booknerd
  5. This weekend has a lot of potential. Tonight is Friday night dinner date with my love, which is always the highlight of my week. How it’s possible to adore someone so much is beyond me, but it’s amazing. We are going to the outdoor beer festival at our neighborhood brewery tomorrow afternoon, which will be tits. N&N want to hang out, so maybe we will invite them along. The kids will be home, and I’d like to spend some quality time with them assuming they allow it. Fucking tween/teens, bro. Oh and I have a Zoom date with MVS on Sunday that I am very much looking forward to. Our first (virtual) date!

Happy weekending, y’all.

friday morning five

  1. I have a very happy kitty sitting on my lap right now demanding all the cuddles. Whenever I stop petting her, she bites me. And the purrs are so loud I can hardly hear myself think. Lol. She’s come a long way in her tolerance for others, but I’m truly her one and only person. I love her to pieces, but I do hope our next cat is more social.
  2. I’m still lying about in bed at almost 9 am on a Friday morning, and it is glorious. I’m so pleased I thought to take this day off. I brought a bag full of stuff home to work on this weekend, but just getting a break from the office is nice.
  3. Around lunchtime, I shall go pick up the kiddos and treat them to a special lunch date. No school today or Monday. Nice!!
  4. Yesterday we were listening to the 90s alt-rock station (Lithium) on the way to school, and Madison (the dj) mentioned a disposable camera. Jackson asked, “What’s a disposable camera?” And I felt old. He doesn’t really understand cameras with film. I remember when he was two and didn’t understand that the TV wasn’t a giant touch screen. It’s still sort of weird to me how much different his childhood has been from my own.
  5. Weekend plans: the usual Friday night routine. I believe we’ve chosen a menu of salmon, baked potato, and asparagus. Exercise needs to happen; both cardio and strength training. Saturday night were going out for dinner and drinks with friends. As for Sunday, I’ve promised Freya a shopping trip. I also need to find a new book to read. Nothing is really standing out to me right now.

friday ftw!

  1. There was this female attorney in court this morning who reeked of pee, so of course she had to sit right next to me. Yuck. How can you not realize you reek? I understand people get noseblind to their own scent, but come the fuck on.  I now have the opposite problem: I can’t stop smelling it even though I am removed from the situation. I feel the need to shower. I can’t even with bad smells. I was cursed with a ridiculously sensitive nose so I smell EVERYTHING. I always dread going into people’s homes, especially if they have a lot of cats, because ughhhhhh. It gives me a headache and then the scent lingers on your clothes and just ugh gag-fest. Yes, I’m dramatic af. I know, I know. Hahaha.
  2. My joints are a mess, y’all. This cold weather can fuck off anytime. Gimme Spring, please.
  3. It’s an adults only weekend at RiekAlt manor and I am feeling it. We’re cooking a big, fancy dinner tonight! I ‘m sorry but I have to gush here for a bit: I just love our Friday night traditions so very much. Pre-dinner drinks and games, followed by cooking a big meal while listening to our favorite music, followed by eating (duh!), then smoking while we watch shows and/or a movie. We do some variation of this almost every Friday night. Obviously we don’t smoke when the kids are home, but otherwise it’s about the same. I dislike going out on Friday nights and usually try to avoid it. I’m a homebody anyway, but Friday nights after a long week are made for Netflix and chill, imo.
  4. Less than a week until Valentine’s Day, and I’m so pumped! I love V-Day so much. We cap the spending at $50, which requires some creativity, and I love it. I’m going out tomorrow to get my shop on. Then we’re going shopping again on Sunday, but for like clothes and stuff. I am anxious to get back to Nordstrom. I saw some super cute stuff when I walked through the Topshop yesterday on my way to the bistro.
  5. I was talking to KC yesterday about the photo challenges I’ve been doing. She mentioned that she enjoys seeing what I come up with. That struck me as kind of interesting, because, and I want to be clear here, I do not believe that I am good at taking pics or particularly creative in how I interpret the prompts. I do love taking pics (with my iPhone) of shit happening in my daily life, but I certaintly do not believe I am good at it. Many of the (mostly ladies) participating in these challenges are amazingly talented (like my pal Carrie), but I’m just in it for the fun of it. I do not think of myself as an amateur photographer or anything like that.

it’s friday, friends!

  • Woo lordy last night was fun. I’m feeling it today though. Mother’s Sunshine Chugsuckle is to blame.
  • I’m closing the office at noon today so we can all get home before #snowpocalypse2019 starts.
  • I love, love, love the way my stylist cut my bangs yesterday. I kept walking around last night talking about how cute I looked. Guess who’s back, bitches?
  • Speaking of — the bestie and I have the same stylist now, and we arranged it so that our appointments will always overlap. So I got to hang with my bestie while we got our hair done and it was delightful.
  • My husband told me that he loves 2019 Jenn’s new attitude, and you know what…me too!

Because I’m bored

  1. I’ve been stuck in this hearing room all morning.
  2. Last night, my husband promised to take me out to dinner tonight at our favorite neighborhood seafood spot. He was drunk, so I figured he wouldn’t remember, but he did.
  3. Also on the agenda tonight: a Christmas movie with the kids.
  4. This weekend is actually quite busy for me and I’m sort of bummed because I’m tired af.
  5. Last night was fun. We grabbed food after the concert and brought it to a local brewery. We spent the entire night talking and laughing until we had to go to bed.

five for friday

  1. I watched the inauguration today. It was painful and it made me sad. And teary eyed. And panicky. That’s all I want to say about that right now.
  2. My pal, Kara, flew in from Denver today. We have had a fun day catching up. She’s in bed now so I have some alone time before D and I hang out.
  3. My business partner’s wife is the lead organizer for the women’s march in Saint Louis. Our firm donated (because duh) and our name is prominently displayed on the back of the event shirt, which is really fucking cool. Not so much because of publicity (though that is awesome) but just because I’m so proud to support such a vital protest.
  4. Tonight Frey told me that she has thought of me as her step-mom for a long time now, that she calls me such to her friends at school, and also tells them that I’m the best/coolest step-mom ever. I almost cried. My heart is so full, you guys.
  5. Social media is so nasty today. I wish people didn’t have to be so hateful. Both sides are guilty of this.

five faves for friday

  1. One of my favorite things ever is cuddling Violet and feeling her purrs vibrating throughout my body. Cats are the best. I wish cat cuddles for everyone! I have been home from work most of this week, so I have gotten a bunch of cuddle time in.
  2. Our new furniture was delivered this morning, and I am so pleased with how it looks. This place is really coming together and starting to feel like a home. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s off to an excellent start. We are going to be busy little bees this weekend: unpacking, hanging, installing, cleaning, decorating, etc.
  3. I went to Chipotle for lunch (because yum) and, once I got up to the register, two dudes that work there told me that they had paid for my food. I was like, “Why?” Dude 1 goes, “Why not?” Dude 2 goes, “We want to make sure you come back.” These guys looked to be about 20-ish, so I must be looking particularly young today if they thought they had a chance. Anyway, it felt kind of weird, but was super flattering. I’ve still got it, people. Hell yes.
  4. I’m sneaking a chapter here and there of The Handmaid’s Tale (between unpacking boxes). I read it once a long time ago, and I loved it, but I had forgotten just how amazing it really is. If you are into speculative, dystopian fiction then this is a must read. I’m torn between reading slowly to savor it and reading quickly to see what happens (since I can’t remember anymore).
  5. We aren’t going to have internet and cable at home for a while because Charter still needs to put in their lines. I am so thankful for the ability to use my phone as a hot spot, because I hate writing long posts on my phone. Yay technology! The kids are also grateful because it means they can still watch Netflix and FaceTime with their other parents on their iPads.

finally friday

  1. D is on his way home from Boston!
  2. Everyone is talking about OITNB and I’m over here like, “Um, hello…Battle of the Bastards on Sunday night!!!”
  3. I love hair cut day. I go every five weeks because short hair is a pain in the ass and requires much maintenance.
  4. I can’t wait for dinner tonight. We are going to one of our favorite spots to celebrate D’s birthday. There will be wine and scotch and steak and cake. Oh my.
  5. Happy happy weekend! xoxo

friday i’m in love list

  1. I love my new haircut. 
  2. I love that I have an entire night to myself. 
  3. I love Red Queen. I finally got a chance to really dig into it this morning (while I was waiting at court for-fucking-ever) and I’m hooked.
  4. I love finding fun pics on my phone that I forgot I took.
  5. I love just how much I have to love about my life nowadays. 

**five for friday**

5 things I’m grateful for right now:

  1. Friday. Holy fuck this week was rough!
  2. Cat cuddles.
  3. Boar’s Head brand cheese.
  4. Naps.
  5. Books. Currently reading: Red Queen and Took

5 things I need to work on:

  1. Patience.
  2. Confidence (professionally speaking).
  3. My grocery shopping skills.
  4. Drinking less.
  5. Exercising more.

5 things I’m excited about:

  1. Extra time with Jackson.
  2. Seeing Dave tomorrow night.
  3. Kid free time with Dave on Sunday.
  4. My pizza lunch date with Jax tomorrow after his ukelele lesson. It has been a while. We usually go every other Saturday, but life has gotten in the way recently.
  5. The pre-construction meeting on Tuesday morning. Fucking finally!

5 things currently annoying me:

  1. That lame ass colleague I felt guilted into friending on Facebook who won’t stop making asinine comments on my statuses/photos.
  2. My ex. For reasons. Many reasons.
  3. People telling me how to feel.
  4. People whose default response in a text conversation is “lol.” I can’t work with that, sorry. 
  5. People. 

just 5 fucking things:

  1. I’m itchy again and it’s freaking me out. What if it’s just stress related because I’m fucking crazy and there is nothing that can be done and ugh?
  2. I gained five fucking pounds during the fifteen days I was on Prednisone. I’m hoping some of it is just water weight.
  3. I’m oh so tired. Even after a two hour nap.
  4. There is a hard run and relaxing bubble bath in my immediate future. 
  5. “Caught a lite sneeze / Dreamed a little dream / Made my own pretty hate machine.”


  1. I had an appointment with my oncologist this morning. He said all is well and to come back in six months. He did “prescribe” regular massages. He says it will help my stress and muscle pain. And he loved the idea of floating in the sensory deprivation tank. 
  2. I weighed myself this morning and now I’m depressed. 
  3. So I’m eating Valentine’s themed M&M’s…like you do in these situations. Depressed because you’re fat? Let’s get fatter!!
  4. Dave’s V-day present is going to arrive today and I’m so relieved because I thought I wasn’t going to get it until Monday. I really hope he likes it. I put a lot of thought/effort into it.
  5. I’m very much looking forward to the super chill, no plans weekend ahead. Well we do have plans on Sunday, but that’s it. Tonight we are cooking dinner and watching Crimson Peak!