thanks to finishing up jury duty in time, i was able to go to new york for thanksgiving and it did not disappoint! sadly, i don't have many pictures to document the trip since everyone got sick after the first day. a lot of time money we had planned to do fun things ended up being dedicated to extra sleep and lots of emergen-c.
but here are a few from the first night while i still had the energy to take out the camera:
lady gaga partnered with barney's and opened up a holiday workshop there she is above cutting the ribbon with a giant pair of scissors
she took good care of us who braved the cold weather by sending cute mini cupcakes and cocoa you can't really tell from the photos but the cocoa was topped with glitter!
chad and i in the workshop with our gaga treats
we were out and about in the city when i spotted this billboard across the street.. mathew gray gubler from criminal minds [i love him!] the picture above was actually taken at the spiderman theater, which we happened to see we also saw how to succeed in business and daniel radcliffe winked at chad from the stage it was quite the experience we ate way too much pizza at grimaldi's and chocolate at max brenner saw justin beiber perform on the today show [although we couldn't hear him over the screaming] enjoyed the holiday window displays saw quite a few celebrities out on the streets and walked in our soggy wet shoes until we couldn't walk any more
i also got to spend thanksgiving with some of my very favorite people the nielsens were so kind and generous to invite chad and i to eat with them and then i lost a coin toss and saw the muppet movie instead of breaking dawn you win some, you lose some
chad and i had flights back around the same time so once we got through the insane security lines, we had a farewell treat which of course we had to document
yep, that's right. i was selected to be a juror
for a dental malpractice trial and they didn't even try to get rid of
me! i was quick to point out that my dad was a dentist and i had also
worked in a dental and other doctor offices in the past. i knew there
was no way they'd want me on their jury! well, i was wrong and that was
the beginning of three and a half weeks of jury duty.
doodled a lot in my notebook to stay awake, learned more than i could
ever want to know about dental implants, made lots of friends in the
other jurors, and listened to hours
and hours of testimony from what seemed like an absurd amount of
witnesses. speaking of witnesses, i decided that i need to become an
'expert' in something because one of the expert witnesses was paid twenty thousand dollars to testify for about an hour and a half!
this time, i decided to go to new york for thanksgiving. the judge
assured us the trial was coming to an end and would be over by thursday.
I had a sunday night flight so i was feeling pretty good. until two
surprise witnesses were called in and new evidence appeared out of thin
air. closing arguments ended thursday afternoon which gave us only
friday to deliberate if i was going to make my flight. no pressure. we
almost didn't make it. we had a hung jury but after meeting with the
judge and a little more deliberation, we came up with a verdict and
presented it with just three minutes to spare!
asks me if the dentist was innocent or guilty. that's how i thought it
was going to work as well but actually, we were given a series of
questions to answer and decided the punitive damages and percentage of
responsibility for both the plaintiff and defendant. so really no one
'won' but the plaintiff did not come out with as much money as he
wanted, which i was very happy about. half a million dollars for some
teeth you didn't like does not seem fair to me, no sir.
actually loved the experience. it was interesting to see how the whole
process worked and our bailiff told us he had never seen a group of
jurors get as long as well and have as much fun with each other as we
did. i even got a thank you note in the mail from the judge just the
other day. i'd love to do it again but hopefully next time i'll get
something a little more exciting than dental malpractice.
update: these pictures aren't that great but this is almost everyone from the jury. as you can tell, we took our deliberating very seriously...we brought treats and everything! i loved these people! even if we were in the middle of the most stressful part of the three weeks...
I know you're all just dying to hear more about my jury duty experience but first, I have to play catch up to my catch up. October!
I went to Utah and got to see this beautiful lady at Neena's wedding! Jann was a bridesmaid, made Neena's wedding dress, and threw some fabulous wedding decorations together at the last minute. What doesn't that girl do?
We fed goats and I kissed a horse. I also discovered I am in fact allergic to goats. Can't say I was too heartbroken over that one. I loved being in Utah and being able to spend time with some of my very favorite girls!
As soon as I got back from Utah Chad came to LA to shoot his first two commercials. Exciting, right? You can see them here and here. While he was in town we went to the UCB Theater (one of our NYC favorites) where we got to see Ben Schwartz, who some of you may know as Jean-Ralphio.