Well, one of these years had to be Lindsay Lohan's. And 2012 might just be it.
LiLo appeared in court this morning—15 minutes early and appropriately, conservatively dressed, to boot!—for a second lightning-quick progress hearing in her ongoing, but waning, probation.
So, was it another glowing report for Lohan?
Well, it probably would have been glowing, had the judge had the time. But since this was of blink-and-you'll-miss-it length, she had to make do with a simple pat on the back and congratulations on a job so far well done.
"I'm pleased to say she's done it all," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said in court after commenting on the positive reports from both the morgue and the probation department.
"Just keep doing what you're doing, you appear to be doing it well," she told LiLo. "The probation officer has written a favorable report, as has the volunteer center."
Lindsay indeed has been adhering to the terms of her probation and completed the last month's carefully parsed-out requirements: the completion of 12 more days of community service at the morgue, four psychotherapy sessions and meeting with her probation officer.
At the start of the hearing, Sautner announced that Lindsay's next court date would be postponed one week, though unlike in times past, not because of LiLo's scheduling problems—in a nice change of pace, it's no one's fault this time: the court is simply dark that day.
And we're guessing it's no coincidence that as Lindsay's behavior improved, so too did her choice of presentable, court-appropriate attire.
Gone (thank God) are the days of wearing bandage dresses to probation hearings, as Lindsay today turned up quite smartly and conservatively in black slacks, a pale pink jacket, white blouse, tortoiseshell glasses and her blond locks loose and flowing.
Well, make that startlingly white locks. Hey, she can't concede on all parts of her former style, right?
Meanwhile, as for her sentence, because of the added time before her next hearing, Lindsay's next batch of requirements were slightly altered from when they were originally doled out. Before her next progress hearing, now scheduled for Feb. 22, Lindsay must complete 15 community service days at the morgue and undergo five psychotherapy sessions.
She's also on schedule to complete her probation, as planned, on March 29.
—Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum