Next week, I have a VERY IMPORTANT work moment. It involves putting on a suit, standing in front of a large crowd, and advocating for a position that will severely impact the rest of someone else’s life all while being interrogated by a panel of very smart people.
So, in light of having to face that special kind of professional hell in the near future, I need to focus and prepare.
One of the main pieces of my presentation involves discussing a legal case named United States v. Veal.
Whenever I say the word Veal, all I can think about is Anne Veal from Arrested Development.
And then I think about Amber Holt, who is the character that Mae Whitman plays on Parenthood.
And then I think about Amber’s ex-fiancée Ryan York.
And then I think about Luke Cafferty, who Matt Lauria played on Friday Night Lights.
And then I end up daydreaming about Tim Riggins.
I just lost 45 minutes of my day to Riggins.
At this rate, my entire presentation is going to be “Dear Important People, I know I am supposed to be talking about mortgage fraud, but, instead, let me tell you about what Texas Forever means to me.”
February 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM
I think science needs to study your neural pathways…
Good luck with the presentation. Sounds stressful, but I’m sure you’ll do well. Anybody who runs a marathon shortly after gallbladder surgery is a person who makes things happen. 🙂
February 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM
Seriously! I feel like maybe, if my powers of tangential distraction could be harnessed for good, we could totally solve world hunger.
Thanks for the wishes of luck — I’m going to need it with the way I’m “preparing” so far.
February 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM
I often am trapped by my own stream of conscience, but all of my roads invariably lead to chocolate, wine, or cheese. Or all 3.
February 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM
Why would you ever think about anything else? Ever?
I would like all three of those items, in no particular order, right now.
February 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Well crap. Now I’M only thinking about Tim Riggins, when obviously I should be working up this docket! Thanks a lot.
No really, thanks a lot. Mmmmm, Tim Riggins. Yum.
Good luck on your huge hearing/presentation. You’re gonna kill it. Let Tim be your guide! Texas forever.
February 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM
Riggins really does make everything better, doesn’t he?
February 21, 2014 at 3:06 PM
Somehow a lot if my thoughts always go back to Mean Girls, which leads to Lohan.
Break a leg with the presentation! (I usually say break a gallbladder, but…)
February 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM
Hahaha! You and that LiLo…
February 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM
Good luck with your presentation! It sounds totally daunting and I understand why your mind is wandering! Tim Riggins is a lot easier on the brain! I know you’re going to knock it out of the park!
March 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM
Thanks! I channeled my inner Coach Taylor and went at them with the quite yet confident demeanor that channels “do not ask me any questions and just believe me and do what I say” and it totally worked. It was all I could do not to end my presentation with “Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.”
March 6, 2014 at 5:42 PM
Awesome! I’m so glad it went well!
February 21, 2014 at 11:40 PM
Just think about Riggins naked and all should go well! 🙂
March 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM
It always does….
February 22, 2014 at 8:48 PM
Sigh. What about poor Country Boy? What is he going to think when he reads of your daydreaming? How difficult it must be for him to be associated with such world-renowned Blogger and Lawyer. To be reduced to second in her life after Tim Riggins and her fame. He must truly love you.
March 5, 2014 at 5:07 PM
Don’t you worry about Country Boy, he manages to hold his own and I’m pretty sure he’s had a few Lila Garrity based daydreams himself.
And at least I picked another farm boy with a crazy family and a heart of gold?
February 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Your thought process makes perfect sense to me.
Good luck on your presentation!
March 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM
Because we are totally logical, professional woman. Nothing but the utmost maturity and logic here…
February 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Good luck! I am sure you will do well. If it helps, when I get to Ann Veal, I think of Mae Whitman in State of Grace, with Alia Shawkat, and then I get stuck in a State of Grace/Arrested Development endless circle. It cuts out Tim Riggins, which may or may not be helpful 🙂
March 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM
Thank you! Oh Alia Shawkat — I could definitely go down the rabbit hole with her. I recently saw her in The Oranges which then loops me into both Adam Brody and Leighton Meester and then its all The OC and Gossip Girl all the time up in my brain. Hours are about to disappear from my life…
March 4, 2014 at 11:50 PM
Yep, this is exactly how my brain works.
March 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM
Because you are a genius. Obviously.
March 6, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Any excuse to think about Tim Riggins.
March 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM
What I would give to FNL back on the air…
March 13, 2014 at 10:48 PM
There’s a great Tim Riggins mention in here: http://www.vulture.com/2014/02/lorrie-moore-on-short-story-bark-nashville.html
March 14, 2014 at 9:59 AM
I knew FNL was high brow! I KNEW IT! Of course, I also think the real housewives is acceptable television programming, so my sense of high brow/low brow might be a little off.
March 10, 2014 at 11:32 PM
I am so embarrassed. I don’t even know who Tim Riggins is, but I’m gonna Google him immediately. Anything that can get you this sidetracked is worth investigating : )
March 13, 2014 at 10:47 PM
WHAT?! You must watch Friday Night Lights. MUST. As in not optional at all.
You are going to fall in love with this show, specifically Tami Taylor. I have a feeling that she and you are very similar kinds of moms.
March 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM
First of all, you will be awesome! If I’ve learned one important thing in my career, it’s that if you sound like you know what you are talking about and what you say isn’t completely outlandish, people go along with it and don’t question you. Next week I have to present a forecast of how we will do in Q2 based on our Q1 performance and past trends, blah blah blah. I will confidently get up and say that we will either make money, or possibly not make money and this is due to all the reasons. ALL THE REASONS!
Second, can we just talk about Mae Whitman for a second? She is supposed to be a little girl. I know this because I watched her in When A Man Loves A Woman, Bye Bye Love, One Fine Day. She is younger than me and now appears to be an adult. Am I an adult???
PS – If you need to use ALL THE REASONS in your presentation, it’s ok with me. It most likely applies to what you are going to say too.