Awkward & Awesome Thursday

11.17.2011

AWKWARD
- Um, the fact that I apparently forgot how to spell "awkward."  It took about four tries before it finally looked right.

- At my pro bono clinic this week, I had about 3 out of my 5 clients come in and start our consultation with, "Are you a real lawyer?  Did you pass the bar?" and some of them added in "Really?  Because you look too young to be a real lawyer."  Um, yes, obviously I'm a "real" lawyer.  I wouldn't be giving legal advice at a pro bono clinic called Lawyers in the Library if I were not actually a lawyer.  Believe it or not, that's illegal.  And while in real life I'd love to think I look younger than I actually am, it's not so cool in my professional life.

AWESOME
- Kids in Target crack me up.  I was in the toy section shopping for a bday present for my nephew when I heard a kid pleading with his mom for a certain toy the next aisle over.  This kid could not have been more than about 5 or 6 years old.  After a few minutes of pleading, the kid gave up on the whiny "pleeeeeeease mom, pleeeeeeease" technique and said, in a very straightforward and serious tone, "I don't think you understand how much I need this."  To which the mom replied in the same straightforward and serious tone, "I don't think you understand what I mean by 'No'."

- A little while later, I'm in the frozen food section at Target debating whether I should get some Ben & Jerry's when I hear another kid throwing a little fit over some ice cream.  Finally, I hear the dad say, "If you want ice cream you'd better quit throwin' them tem tans."  Yes, that's right.  Tem tans.  Which I can only assume means "temper tantrums."  Way to totes discipline and teach your kid the art of abbrevs at the same time, Dad!

- This is totes obvi but ... Thanksgiving is only one week from today!!!  I can't wait to be on the couch in a prone position with a belly full of turkey and pie whilst watching my Cowboys (hopefully) win big on Thursday!

24 Comments:

  1. I feel you on looking young! Granted, I am young but I look EVEN younger and at my job people question whether I'm old enough to work there... REALLY? But I'm sure once you start talking they feel like idiots for saying those things!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

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  2. I think your 2nd "awkward" is actually amazing even if it's not always helpful... We don't have Thanksgiving like you do over here, so I'll wait until Christmas for turkey or a goose. Great, fun post xo

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  3. Ha! I love this post!
    It made me laugh!

    Love
    Amy
    x

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  4. "TEM TANS". oh my lord. that definitely just made my entire day.

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  5. i'll have to remember tem tans and use it on my niece. i don't actually think she knows the real words and only knows the abbreviations.

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  9. hahaha at the abbreviation thing. and the kid's conversation with his mother. I'm in my second year of law school right now and people NEVER guess that I'm older than 16, so I'll probably get the same thing once I become a lawyer :)

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  10. Oh my gosh I love the tem tams. Hahaha. Oh man I shouldn't laugh...I have a 9 month old girl...and she's already starting with tem tams. Ha.

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  11. I look young too and I have gone to HR when people call me honey or sweetie. I had one boss you even told me "You'll understand when you're older." Well I'm sure he understood when I didn't have to report to him anymore!

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  12. I love kids and how honest they are. Maybe you just met a future little lawyer in the first case!

    Annndd.... I'm so excited for Thanksgiving! I never host, since my husband's family has a very old tradition, but I just love that holiday!

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  13. LOL at the person asking you if you were a "real" lawyer! :O

    Also LOL at the mum's answer to the whiny child! Good for her! :D

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  14. i just DIED!
    that looks delish!

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    Xx,
    Jay

    http://JAYSTRUT.com

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  15. God, people are cheeky, questioning your age! Still, I guess it's better than people saying you look old.

    When I hear about kids chucking tem tans, there's a part of me that is SO glad not to have kids. I don't think I could handle it!

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  16. "i don't think you understand how much i need this". oh my gosh. i die. too funny.

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  17. Found you from Story of my Life and I'm glad you are a Cowboys fan. I will be spending my Thanksgiving the same way!

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  18. I'm kind of in love with the first kid you overheard at Target!!

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  19. LOL, Stephanie! I have had some interesting kids at Target experiences too. One time I heard a little girl arguing with her mother over the kind of toilet paper she was putting in the cart. The mom was visibly frustrated and said to the child (who was about 4 or 5), "how is it that you have an opinion about toilet paper," in a very angry voice. I started cracking up (but she didn't think it was very funny).

    *Erin

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  20. Goodness, this cracks me up. I love the opposite technique that kid used. I wish I was there just to hear him and see his face.

    And I think it's so cute (probably not what you're looking for) that people are surprised that you're a lawyer. :-)). Good for you for doing pro bono work Stephanie!

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

    Reese
    http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com
    http://rambleswithreese.blogspot.com

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  21. temp tans must be a common occurance if they have to abbreviate it. I keep thinking my kids won't do that....muahahaha!

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  22. aahaha this post made me laugh. tem tans. and i know how it feels for people to question your age...i'm a pediatric nurse and parents are always looking at me like "you're going to be taking care of my child?!" it gets so old!

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  23. This is hilarious. My CTO asked me this week if this was my first job out of college. I'm trying to chalk it up to youthful looks, but it's not exactly awesome for an executive to underestimate your age by 8 years. Sheesh!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

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