Thursday, November 5, 2009

Battle Walls

It's been a week. That's all I can say. Dealing with the past. Dealing with the present. Work mostly, but I'm absolutely wiped out from a writing standpoint. If a zombie attempted to access my brain tonight it would be the Weight Watcher meal of cerebral activity. I'm mentally and emotionally done. The wall is up and I just want to hunker down with my best friends.

Let's just say - picture me, picture large opposing attorney type person that's going to grill me as an expert witness. Picture said attorney spying Barkley's picture on my laptop screen saver and saying "I don't like dogs, I like cats!" Picture said attorney looking at me and my black skirt and long hair like I was the spitting image of the dog loving floozy their ex-husband left their short haired visage and cats for. Blood ensued. We won the battle, but not without some scars.

Then the news tonight. I can't even talk about it without anger and tears.

So, I can only leave you with a dinner photo. Smothered Steak. Almost rare, but not quite, with a gravy made of red wine, beef gravy stock, horseradish cream, pepper and fresh mushrooms. Recipe is in the sidebar, it's beyond easy to make.


I'm off until Monday. Armed with that, I'm going to go meet friends at the theater to watch Zombieland tomorrow and call it a week.

30 comments:

Matt said...

Brigid,

Thanks. Enjoy your weekend, it sure sounds like you earned it.

Lorimor said...

About damn time you saw Zombieland.

On a Wing and a Whim said...

Brigid,

Hope your weekend is refreshing and renewing - take care of yourself, as there's only one of you!

Steve R said...

As hard as it is right now, try to remember that this too shall pass. The sun WILL come out tomorrow, but know for now that you are not alone. I'd loan you my shoulder for a cry, but you're a mite bit too far away.

Bruce B. said...

Brigid,

Relax, recharge and refresh this weekend.

Jefiner said...

I still see the small, scared face of the patient I sent out to the ER with chest pain--then hearing that she did indeed die of a heart attack (the last of four) in the hospital nine days later.

When I saw the news today, I couldn't help but have that dear lady's face come into my mind. It was a mix of fear and anger, hope and despair, all wound around the special person that she was. And there were twelve equally special people today who suffered greatly--as well as their families--in that very same flux.

Thank God for the "lady cop" who tagged that bastard so that he could be brought into custody.

And thank you, Brigid, for giving a voice to those who can't speak.

Rev. Paul said...

But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. (Ps. 10:14)

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. (Ps. 68:5)

Sean said...

Sorry you had a rough one miss - keep your chin up, endure and let those days off help you regroup.

Warthog said...

I'll just send you a cyber hug.

Enjoy the weekend.

danontherock said...

Take care Brigid. Enjoy you long weekend.
regards
Dan

reflectoscope said...

I hope the weekend treats you kindly, it sounds to me like you could use it.

Jim

Seabat said...

Brigid,

Rest well and enjoy Zombieland. It's one of the most entertaining movies I've seen in years. There's a nice surprise in it. I'm glad no one ruined it for me, so I'll let you enjoy the surprise for yourself.
Get the large popcorn, you deserve it.

Popgun said...

Hi, Brigid;

God bless!

You'll like Zombieland.

-Popgun

Paladin said...

Comfort food (especially when it's easy to make) along with a good movie makes for the perfect prescription for the brain drain.

And having to deal with a "cat person"?... She's obviously just a mindless servant of her feline overlords. Everyone knows dogs are on the side of liberty and freedom.

Did it MY way said...

Brigid;

We live in a crazy world, but this to will pass. Enjoy your weekend.

The time is comming when we will take our country back. I know you will never give up.

See Ya

Rick Kratzke said...

Enjoy the meal and the movie and take the weekend to just veg out.

Roscoe said...

Hopefully, no one spoiled the big surprise cameo in "Zombieland" for you.

If you can believe this, the surprise is even cooler than Nimoy's much-much-more-than-a-cameo appearance in JJ Abrams' "Star Trek".

(Anyone who doesn't know about Mr. Spock in this summer's movie truly lives under a rock, but I won't spoil my favorite line -- the origin of the nickname "Bones".)

Courts. Lawyers. They're why I don't blog anymore -- a long, sad story.

immagikman said...

Virtual Hugs Brigid, Hope you get some rest this weekend.

The Ft. Hood incident was tragic, its hard to see how things like this can get past the people around the person in question. How no one could notice..

I think Profiling needs to be reexamined.

idahobob said...

Yup, Sometimes we eat de bear, sometimes de bear eat us.

I understand how a week like that can go. My remedy.....head for the hills, take water, food, shelter, guns and lots of ammo. Be alone with myself and with God.

It is times like this that I need to be alone with my Heavenly Father.

Come back Monday, refreshed, knowing that you are in the prayers of many.

Bob
III

spamtrap19990601 said...

Having faced the wrath of the legal profession as an expert witness myself, I can well sympathize. All I can say is relax and recharge.

Regards,
Jerry in Detroit

Michael W. said...

Hi lady,

Been there, done that, and I know what fun it can be. Couple of times I almost came out of the witness box to choke the crap out of the "lawyer" but self-control always got the better of me. -grin- I would always think as I left the stand, "Well your client is going to jail and I am going home so all is good." Hey remember that you won and they didn't and living well is the best revenge.

Pamper yourself this weekend, you deserve it.

ruralcounsel said...

Deep breaths. This too shall pass.

I rarely comment, but really enjoy your writing. Thanks for putting it all out there for us.

Here's some relaxation fodder:
http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/photos/2009/10/shades-of-fall.html#more

Ed Foster said...

Navy brat here, born in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. That's my world that sick bugger invaded.

Sometimes the only thing to do is put it all on the back burner. The batteries will recharge if you give them time.

Enjoy the weekend, and may you sleep late and wake to a beautiful morning.

Anonymous said...

If you read the back of the book, we win. They can make us bleed, and they can hurt us some or a lot in the meanwhile, but that is all. We win in the end. We have God's word on it. That knowledge has gotten me thru a lot in this life. I may not be around to see it, but that change is a-gonna come.

But for now, barbecue has been known to cure a multitude of ills. Hie thee hence.

DirtCrashr said...

Cats are good for mopping-up the floor, you might get a scratch but it's ultimately satisfying - so are cat-lawyers. Sounds like short-haired small-minded boss I once had.
Enjoy the flick.

TmjUtah said...

It has gotten to the point that I just don't emote any more. Politics, the war, the economy...

I hope your weekend brings a little rebound, a little breathing space. The fight will still be here Monday.

For all of us.

I will be at Lee Kay (100-200 yard line)in West Valley City after one p.m. tomorrow. My veterinarian friend is going to find out that he can indeed put three in a two inch circle at a hundred yards with his P17.

Me... I'm just going to shoot my favorite Mosin until I can't shoulder the damned thing.

Breathe...

MOBro said...

Sorry this is late, but you sure are Great.
Rest, and recharge, drink deeply from the Well that flows from Heaven. You are MORE than a winner, MORE than a conqueror! Hugs and peace be to you.

Clark Kent said...

Zounds! Even as a zombie your writing works its healing power. And it brings out the best in your friends, as well. The Stephen Spender poem is perfect.

As for dealing with lawyers, I look to the spirits of Alan Shore and Denny Crane to keep me steady. Oh, and mustn't forget Henry Gibson on the bench.

And remember this: lawyers are secretly terrified of expert witnesses, because they know you can always bluff and get away with it. You are the expert.

Just picture them as naked in the courtroom, and do your thing.

Don said...

Your opposing counsel sounds like my mother-in-law. There's a certain kind of woman who can't resist testing everyone, and it only gets worse if they have a reason to test you in particular.

You did just right; once you stand up to them, the test is over.

Maureen said...

Brigid, the Smothered Steak was teh AWESOME. Had mine with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and a nice cabernet franc. Thank you for sharing your recipes and your outlook on the world here. Glad I found you.