Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Random Dreams

For some reason I have been dreaming a lot about pole vaulting. The dreams are always the same....I return to my college track team and step in for an injured teammate and compete. It is a very stressful dream because I think about how unprepared I am for the competition. I haven't trained or practiced for years, and yet I am thrown in to an important competition....Hmm, sounds a lot like graduating from law school and being thrown back in to the corporate world... :)

Billing

One of the higher ups at work decided to teach me and the other new associates how to do the billing for our corporate clients. Luckily, I am only in charge of 5 client accounts. The process is crazy. Coordinating between our corporate headquarters and our world wide locations for any hours worked on behalf of my clients is so time consuming. I know the process only occurs once a month, but it takes approximately 10 hours to complete all of the paperwork. Somehow I need to find the time this week to finish my billing, my 4 open client projects, a marketing project, and study for the bar exam. If it wasn't for coffee, I am not sure that I would be able to get anything done!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Travel Nightmares

Last Friday I flew out to SLC, so I could drive back to Chicago with my husband. The interesting story is not that I flew out to SLC, but the adventure of getting to the airport, and eventually getting to SLC.

So, I arranged to be picked up by a shuttle service to get to the airport at a reasonable time. I am still new to the Chicago area and driving to the airport and leaving my car makes me nervous. The driver was supposed to be at my place at 6 am. Of course, I get a phone call at 6:15 am from my lost driver. I spent the next 15 minutes standing in the freezing blizzard falling around me, giving directions to the driver. After finally spotting my driver, I turn around to go back in to the apartment building to grab my luggage. Unfortunately, I realized I had locked myself out and was staring at all of my luggage from outside. So, I had to buzz one of my sleeping neighbors to let me in.

I finally get in the car, freezing and soaking wet from standing in the snow fall. We make it about a half mile down the road and my driver drives us in to a ditch. Yup, in to a freakin ditch. So, he asks me to get out and push, haha. Did I complain? Nope. I got out and tried to push us out of a ditch. I was not able to push us out of the ditch, and basically just made my clothes dirty. After my unsuccessful attempt to get us out of the ditch, I thought the driver would call his boss or someone to get us out of there. Instead he just sat there. It was ridiculous! Please note that I could not really get mad at this guy, he was really old, and just working to make enough to support himself and his wife. So, I called a tow truck. Seventy-five dollars later we were pulled out of the ditch and on the way to the airport.

It was the worst ride ever! We got stuck 4 more times on the way to the airport. And every time we were stuck, I had to get out and push us, haha. But 3.5 hours later, I made it to the airport.

I headed over to my gate only to see the word "delayed" behind every posted flight. My flight was delayed for 2.5 hours. But lucky for me, at least my flight was not cancelled. The flight itself was not too bad, except that the lady behind me did not change her baby's diaper until the end of the flight. I basically had dirty diaper smell permeating the area for a four hour flight! Yup, the 3.5 hour flight took a little longer than normal too, because of a nasty headwind. And SLC was in the middle of a huge snow storm, so my plane had to circle and wait its turn to use the one open runway!

But eventually I made it to SLC! That is just my flight story...The drive story was semi-crazy as well.. However, I think I am done posting about my travel nightmares!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Glad I Don't Live in NY!

The NY Governor is proposing to tax everything. You can read about it here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Zombie

I'll start the post with another pic of Lobo smiling..

Work and Bar Exam

I am a walking zombie now adays. I get to work early and study for the February bar exam for a few hours. After listening to one of the IPOD bar lectures I start my work projects for the day. I work and study all day long. It isn't really anything new to me, considering I worked and attended law school at the same time. However, it feels like I am more tired now than I used to be in law school. It is truly strange to come in to work when it is dark outside, and to leave for home when it is also dark outside..It as if I don't have any days, only nights for Mondays-Fridays.


Christmas

I am excited for Christmas. I had a lot of fun gift shopping over the past weekend. Now I just need to get myself to the post office to mail off my gifts! And I have been watching a lot of Christmas movies on tv lately. I have watched "White Christmas" and "Its a Wonderful Life" over the past few weeks. Both of them are truly great movies. It is funny to watch them and realize how little you understand about the plots of movies when you are a child. Watching these movies as an adult is a truly moving experience, mostly because how sentimental you become as you get older. I'll stop being cheesy now.




Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Perfumed...

A co-worker of mine has recently begun wearing a noticeably strong perfume. It is giving me a headache every time I have to work with her. Everybody has noticed and agreed her perfume is horrible. So, yesterday I knocked on her door to ask her a question about a project. As soon as I opened the door I wanted to gag and run out of her office. She apparently does not put the perfume on only at home, but in the office as well. The smell is totally permeating her office. It is horrible.....That is my office rant for the day.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Life after law school.....

Work is going well. This week was less busy for me, so I spent a lot of it helping other co-workers with their client files. And on Friday I found out that I am going to start training in a speciality area that I am extremely interested in. I am very excited for the opportunity to train in this area. The great part about it, is that 5 other consultants were competing against me for this training opportunity and I apparently won. I feel cool because I am the youngest and newest associate and I beat out a bunch of experienced people for this slot.

Generally, life is going well. I work a lot of hours, but somehow I still manage to have some fun. Life after law school is a lot more enjoyable than life during law school. I am busier than I was during law school, but actually working and applying the law and receiving a paycheck, makes the work worthwhile. The best part of life after law school, is the time I spend reading fun books. I have re-read a lot of my favorite philosophy books over the last few weeks. Additionally, I have been able to keep up with the new Dune series books. I have also been able to read the morning paper, which has been my favorite morning ritual.

I have also been able to have more non-law related discussions with friends and my husband. I have enjoyed discussing politics over the last few weeks with non-law student types (no comment on why I find this enjoyable).

Additionally, I have started playing guitar again. It is very relaxing to come home and play an instrument after a long, hard day of work. The next hobby I went to resume is attending star parties. My husband and I are both major astronomy geeks. I cannot wait to star gaze again.

Ok, I will stop listing the details of my life. Have a great weekend!

p.s......CONGRATS to my little sis, who has decided to attend the Air Force Academy next year. She has been in the hard place of deciding whether to attend West Point or the Air Force Academy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Random Updates

I am nervous for the election results tonight. Of course I will be up as late as necessary, watching the results pour in. I voted a few weeks ago and so today I will just be a passive observer.

In addition to obsessing over the election results, I will be busy all day at work. I have six open projects, all with due dates of a week or less. I am going to have to move at incredible speeds to make a proper dent in those files today. But, I will admit that I wll be extremely distracted by news reports of the election.

On a random side note, my dog is an escape artist. She has learned how to open the sliding glass door to my porch. So, as I pull up to the apartment after work I often see my dog sitting on the porch, with my comforter and whatever else she has decided to bring out there with her! I have tried putting a rod in the door frame, so she cannot open the door. But, somhow she moves the rod and still opens the door. Today I moved a box of weights over to the door frame area, which she should not be able to move. I hope that I do not come home to my dog and my comforter sitting on the porch today. :(

Palin and Troopergate

Sarah Palin was vindicated on the Troopergate allegations late last night. Of course the front page stories on most media websites are not related to the Troopergate investigation, but that Palin's health is excellent. Nice, the media smears her for weeks on this Troopergate issue, and then doesn't cover the story when it is positive for her.....

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Go Packers!!!!!!!!!

I am heading to the sports bar in a few hours to watch the Packers-Titans game. Hopefully the Packers upset the undefeated Titans.

GO PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My Halloween..

I spent all Halloween night with a bucket of candy on my lap, waiting for little ones to come by. And not one child came by! So, I am left with a bucket of candy, that I apparently will have to eat all by myself! I am hoping that I will be able to bring it in to work on Wednesday morning, as a post-election party favor.

The weather has been nice the last few days, with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees. But judging by the chilly air this morning, those warm temperatures are probably going away for awhile. I used the impending winter chill as a justification to spend some money on new sweaters. And my husband actually bought my argument and agreed that I was justified in purchasing a bunch of new sweaters.... Cool. :)I will admit that I am nervous about my first winter in Chicago. Everyone here says winters can be pretty brutal in Chicago. It is a good thing I have a gas guzzling Jeep to help me make it to work in the mornings.

I'll end with a cool quote of the day. This is for my co-workers and friends who cannot believe some of the books and articles I read on a daily basis. "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."-Aristotle

Interesting Election

It may be an interesting election night. Here is the latest from Zogby:

"ZOGBY SATURDAY: Republican John McCain has pulled back within the margin of error... The three-day average holds steady, but McCain outpolled Obama 48% to 47% in Friday, one day, polling. He is beginning to cut into Obama's lead among independents, is now leading among blue collar voters, has strengthened his lead among investors and among men, and is walloping Obama among NASCAR voters. Joe the Plumber may get his license after all... "

Additionally, here is the latest from Slate.com:

"Of 20 new statewide polls, 15 show a shift in McCain's direction. The biggest comes from a SurveyUSA poll in Kansas, where McCain leads 58-37; he led 53-41 in the same poll a week earlier. CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corp. and Quinnipiac polls in Florida showed shifts toward McCain of one and three points, respectively, though both polls still show Obama ahead. The same CNN/Time poll in Missouri shows a one-point shift—within the margin of error—to McCain, who leads 50-48. The largest shift to Obama was in a SurveyUSA poll in Delaware, where he increased his lead from nine points to 30 points. The previous survey was conducted in February. The CNN/Time poll in Georgia shows a three-point shift toward Obama. McCain is still ahead in the state 52-47.—Abby Callard"

Here is agood article about McCain's Character. An excerpt from the interview:

"If the 2008 election were solely about character and experience, Mr. McCain would be winning in a walk. Few Presidential nominees have been better known or more admired. A McCain Presidency would have its surprises, but they would not be from personal vice or political scandal. His courage has been tested far more than most -- both in a personal sense in Vietnam, and in a political sense during the Iraq war."

Here is a good, recent interview with Sarah Palin. An excerpt from the interview:

"She is equally blunt in her retort to those who say she's not up to the job. "I'll tell you, some within the party who have criticized me -- or John McCain's pick of me -- I think some of this underlying criticism is again coming from the hierarchy. It is because I haven't always just toed the line in the party. I'm not wired to do that. I want reform of our party, I want to be able to prove that our party is worthy of leading this country. And I'm not going to just go along to get along. I've never been able to do that. It bodes well for someone's character, I believe, and is a strength."

Friday, October 31, 2008

TGIF Again...And Job Hunting Thoughts.

I am very thankful it is Friday. I cannot wait to sleep in tomorrow and relax a little bit. I am pretty worn out by Thursday every week. In fact, I can barely keep my eyes open for an entire episode of Grey's Anatomy (and its not because its a boring show).

But despite being constantly tired and worn out, I am grateful for my job. I have great bosses and co-workers. The building I work in is pretty cool, and has a nice cafeteria that serves breakfast and lunch. And the work itself is interesting to me. I know that the job market is tough for a lot of students right now, and I feel bad for everyone. But a lot of friends have recently said that I was "lucky" to get this job. So for all of you who think this job landed on my lap, let me tell you exactly how I got this job!

I had fully planned on going on to get an LLM in Tax Law following graduation last May. I had applied to about 10 different schools and was accepted by every one of them. I also planned on going back to Utah, to work in estate planning. But being the OCD person I am, I made sure I had other options. I was a little worried about taking on the extra debt of an LLM. Don't get me wrong, an LLM in tax law is a very good investment. But I wanted to see if anyone would consider giving me a job right away. I started looking for jobs like crazy in September of my 3L year.

So I applied to every tax law job and even business law job that popped up on the career services website. That was a bust for me. No replies for any of those positions. While I had done well in my tax law and business law classes, I had not done well in other classes and that hurt my overall GPA.

I went to Craigslist and poured through the legal and accounting/finance job postings. This approach provided me with a few responses, but nothing ever panned out.

I went to Monster and posted my resume. I received a few interested inquiries from some tax consulting firms. That was actually a good tactic. If anyone is interested in tax law, I recommend posting on Monster, and indicating you are willing to work in any location. I received calls from Chicago and New York for tax positions. But, I will warn you that you will also get a ton of stupid emails from insurance companies trying to hire you.

Another good tax jobs website I tried was Taxtalent.com. However, unless you have a decent amount of experience it is hard to get a job from this site.

The last and most successful tactic I used, was going through the Intercollegiate Job Bank. I would highly recommend asking career services about it. It provides the job postings from schools in every single state. I poured through postings from schools everywhere, and applied to jobs everywhere. This was by far the best place for me to get interviews. I found my current job in a posting at a law school in Georgia. The Intercollegiate Job Bank literally has thousands of jobs posted.

In the end, I applied to thousands of positions. I am not exaggerating. Anything business, tax, estate planning related, I applied to it. I was flexible in terms of location and it paid off. Out of all of the emails I sent, I only received 3-4 interviews. But it only takes one offer to have a job. I guess my point is that I was not lucky in getting my current job. I spent all of September and much of October of my 3L year sending out applications. I wasn't too disheartened by the rejection letters than came in the mail daily, because I made sure I had a back-up plan (LLM school).

That is my job hunting story..Good luck to all of you.. Trust me though, use the Intercollegiate Job Bank!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My morning..

I woke up early this morning and biked for a half hour before getting ready for work. I could barely keep my eyes open for the first ten minutes of biking. It brought back memories of my morning training runs back in college. I hated/liked those morning runs. I hated about the first ten minutes of the run, when all the girls on the team were silently dragging their feet around the town with me. The last part of the run always ended up being fun. We would all wake up a little bit and talk the last part of the run away. Ok, boring story..I know... Just funny how memories get triggered.

So after getting ready this morning, I decided to take Lobo to doggy daycare. She has been so bored the last few weeks, with me staying late at work almost everyday. I love that when I tell her that she is going to daycare that she runs wildly around the house for a few minutes. It is hard not to be happy when watching my dog act like such a dork!

And now I am the first one at the office, as usual. I am caught up on all of my projects and am anxiously awaiting the next client file. In the mean time, I'll probably pull out one of my barbri books and start reading. Yuck...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Weird Interview

The Obama camp punished a Florida TV station for asking so-called hardball questions. The last time I checked this was America, not Iran or Russia. You can watch the video on the second link. What a strange reaction to semi-hardball questions.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Updates

I am still very busy at work. I have a list of projects on the whiteboard in my office. Every day I knock one off the list, only to have another one added to it. It is overwhelming, but also exciting at the same time. I am used to feeling overwhelmed, because that is what I felt like in law school 24 x 7. The exciting portion of my job is that I get to work with a lot of very interesting clients and complex transactions. And better yet, I feel half way competent at work. So, work is going well.

The busy season at work supposedly ends around early December. The timing is perfect because I will be cramming for the February bar exam at that time. Yup, you read that correctly. I have not taken the bar exam yet. I started work right after law school and have been working as a consultant. So, wish me luck!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Voter Fraud

Is anyone surprised about all of the voter fraud going on in swing states? Felons, children, and even dead people are being registered to vote. I guess the acorn doesn't really fall far from the tree, does it?

Acorn registers Mickey Mouse

Acorn pays to sign up teenager 73 times

Ohio catches bogus Acorn registrant casting vote

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sports

My Packers are self destructing. Aaron Rodgers is letting himself get frustrated early in the game, which is hurting the Packers offense. And the play calling has been pretty bad lately. I know that McCarthy wants to get Grant back in to the offense, but come on, start handing off to Brandon Jackson instead for awhile. At least Jackson is producing! And if I can pole vault on a broken ankle, Rodgers can keep himself in the game long enough to hand the ball off. Putting in a very very very inexperienced rookie, like Flynn, at a crucial point in the game is ridiculous. Ok, done with my rant.

On the bright side, the Brewers looked great today. So, I am taking off the Packers jersey and donning my Brewers jersey for the remainder of the day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The One-Upper

I work with a one-upper (someone who has to outdo every comment or story I discuss). It does not matter if she actually knows about the subject I am talking about, she has an opinion and it will always differ from whatever my perspective is. It is seriously getting to the point that I cannot stand to hear her voice.

Any suggestions about dealing with a one-upper?

Friday, September 12, 2008

T.G.I.F. !!!

I am ecstatic that it is Friday. This work week has beaten me up pretty badly, and I need some relaxation this weekend. Even though work has been brutal, it has also been good. I have developed a bit of a specialty at work, and now have people coming to me fairly routinely to do certain things. It feels good to be competent at something, versus the awkward feeling of constant inadequacy. So, while I am still new and learning, I am starting to become valuable at work. Feels good.

My weekend plans consist of trail running, cleaning the apartment, and relaxing and watching football. Go Packers!

Hope all of the newly graduated law students are doing well, and enjoying their new found careers too.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Politics in the classrooom/workplace

I do not care what party or belief system you adhere to, if you are a teacher or boss, please keep your political opinions to yourself. It is slightly intimidating to have a teacher flat out make fun of your beliefs and state that he thinks all people in a particular party are stupid. I actually had a law school professor (last year) rant about our old law school dean and make it very clear what he thought about a certain political party. I seriously was scared to give my opinion about certain issues in class, for fear of how he would grade my papers. That just isn't right.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Today's Inspiration


Lobo...She is always happy.


The Latest Polls

USA Today Poll: 10 point lead for McCain/Palin among likely voters.

Zogby: 4 point lead for McCain/Palin.

Gallup: 3 point lead for McCain/Palin.

This election is going to be close!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Lazy Saturday


Got up early. Ran a few miles with Lobo. Now am relaxing and watching Center Stage, while Lobo is busy snoring next to me.


Monday, September 1, 2008

Update

Everything is going well for me now adays. Have been slammed at work, which is a good thing. I even ended up coming in to the office on Sunday for a few hours. But, it was nice to get a big part of my project done while no one was in the office to disturb me. Overall, work is still going very well.

I have started running regularly again. I have been biking instead of running the last few weeks, and weirdly enough, biking hurts my knees worse than running. My quads are getting so tight that they are pulling on my knees. So, running more has been a nice break for my legs. Besides, mentally I feel a lot better when I run vs. bike. Running was a big part of my life when I was a college athlete, and I feel empowered when I push myself on a nice, long run.

Also, I went to an alumni cross country meet this past Saturday. It was neat to see how nice the team cross country course looks now. I can see why the Division 1 Nationals meet is being held there this year. Anyway, I had a good time seeing old friends and debating politics with my former coach. We do not have the same political philosophy and we have a great time debating about candidates and issues. He is tolerant and rational, and isn't offended that I have a different political perspective. It is nice to debate with someone, who does not think I am stupid or arrogant for being a Republican.

Anyway, back to work for me.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Business Friendly States

Forbes has a great article about the effects of being an anti-business friendly state. The article is entitled, "Anti-Business States Awash in Red Ink." The article notes that the states that push businesses out of their state, through increased regulations and taxation, often rely on the federal government to bail them out for their budget shortfalls. Check it out at this link.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Strange

I saw the weirdest sight on the way home from work yesterday. In the rear seat of the minivan in front of me was a child (around 8yrs old or so) buzzing his hair off with an electric razor. No one in the van seemed to notice or care that this child was both shaving his head in the car and probably making a gross mess by doing so! Strange!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Reflections about my new job.

  1. I work extremely long hours during the work week. Umm, going corporate does not mean a straight 9-5 schedule.
  2. My job is a million times more complicated than what I thought it would be. There are so many aspects to completing a large corporate transaction.
  3. I already interact with clients. It is strange to have clients rely on my work product and ask me for guidance regarding their most important transactions.
  4. It is funny to notice how most lawyers do not understand the business side of a transaction, and most business people do not understand the legal side of the same transaction. It is very difficult bringing both groups on to the same page.
  5. It is a business-casual work environment, but the bosses all wear formal attire. So, I follow the "dress for the position you want" philosophy.
  6. I learn something new every minute I am at work. It is strange to look back on a work week and reflect about the different things I have learned.
  7. Nothing in tax law is as simple as it is presented in law school! If it seemed hard in law school, it is a million times more complicated in practice.
  8. My co-workers are awesome. Every single one of them is extremely competent and nice. They genuinely care about the company, the employees, and the clients.
  9. Overall, I am happy to have my current job! It is awesome!

Bad Day

I woke up extremely tired today. I pretty much showered with my eyes closed this morning. After I got myself ready for work I headed out to my car. Because this day is destined to be bad, there was a ticket sitting on my windshield. I would care more about the ticket, except I am too dang tired to care. I just hope the rest of my day goes alright.

Oh, and on a strange note... I heard an excerpt from an Obama speech on the way in to work this morning. Apparently if we all just inflated our tires and got regular tune-ups America's oil crisis would be solved. Hmm, I am pretty sure most Americans already know to maintain their vehicles, so I sure hope he has a back-up energy plan. Here is Obama's exact quote btw:

"There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy," Obama said. "Making sure your tires are properly inflated – simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling – if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You'd actually save just as much!"
Obama's quote about inflating tires is not funny. If he really does think this could replace the amount of oil that could be drilled offshore than he is not dealing with reality. And if the legislature is equally as confused regarding oil prices, supply and demand, drilling capabilities, it is no wonder that nothing is being accomplished in the House or Senate.

Additionally, McCain did a similar stupid thing earlier this week when he was discussing his economic plan. When asked about his policies regarding increasing the social security tax for certain taxpayers, he stated that all options are still on the table. Well, that contradicts everything he has said for the past few months. It is interesting to see how both candidates mess up when they veer away from their scripted responses.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I love the Nasa Pic of the Day Archive!!!!!!


The Nasa Pic of the Day Archive! If astronomy is one of your hobbies, you probably already know about this site. But even if you are not an astronomy geek, these space pics are pretty cool.




Random Quotes and Thoughts

Thomas Sowell has a few good quotes in his "Random Thoughts" post today. Here is my favorite: "Government bailouts are like potato chips: You can't stop with just one. " Between the stimulus checks and corporate bailouts this country is acting crazy.

I know we all enjoy having a few extra bucks in our pockets from the stimulus checks, but that cannot be the answer to every economic issue this country faces. Yes, gas prices are high. But the government should not simply send us checks to deal with the issue. How about expanding U.S. oil inventories and production, wind power, nuclear energy, etc., etc. ? Simply decreasing or stopping the strategic oil reserves and mandating conservation efforts does not help the average American get to work in the morning. Increasing domestic oil production would have a positive effect on the futures market and potentially on the motivation of OPEC to increase their oil production. Additionally, while I agree that increased drilling won't have an immediate effect on supplies, it will have a long-term effect on both supply and prices. The sooner we start, the sooner we feel those effects. And why is it that we cannot drill and implement other alternative energy programs? It should not be an all or nothing proposal. I am all for creating innovative technology to deal with energy concerns, but it will not happen over night. That is why I find it so strange that the same people who spout that increasing U.S. domestic oil capabilities will not help in the short-term are also saying that we need to push everyone towards using wind power, hybrid technology or whatever. It's not like pushing people towards alternative energy will really be faster than drilling for oil. So, lets do both and hopefully we won't be in this situation again.

Also, I have had it with the politicians on this issue. The latest polls suggest that 70% of Americans would like us to drill offshore for oil. Well, the politicians know this stat and are scared to tell the American people that they oppose drilling for fear of losing their power. It makes me sick that they won't vote on a drilling bill because they know they could lose power if they vote based on their beliefs. Take a position already, and make it known! We elect you to vote and propose bills to help us, not to protect your government pension!

Oh well, I am sure I will get emails telling me that oil drilling wouldn't even help oil prices for 20 years, global warming is going to kill us, nuclear energy will kill us, oil companies are involved in a world wide conspiracy, etc. All I can say is that there are two sides to these issues. And unlike a lot of individuals with opinions on energy, I have researched both sides. I'll stop here.

Interview Follow-Ups

The WSJ has a great article about interview follow-up emails. A lot of us now adays use emoticons or shorthand when texting or emailing friends. Apparently, a lot of us are also using them in interview follow-up emails as well. I am sure a lot of people are not even aware that they are doing so, and if they are, they are probably not aware at how offensive many hiring managers find these practices. Anyway, you can read about it here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

B-day weekend

I had a great b-day weekend. My husband took me shopping and exploring downtown, which was an absolute blast. We also made it to the X-Files movie, which was also pretty cool. And I capped the weekend off my by relaxing Sunday away. The only really negative thing that happened over the weekend was that I have a pretty nasty cut above my nose. I was horsing around with my dog and ended up bonking heads. Nothing happened to the dog. However, I walked away from the incident looking like an ultimate fighter punched or elbowed me in the face. Nice, huh?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Who Didn't See This Coming?

Crocs Sinks on Concern Allure Is Fading as Sales Drop

I hope people did not buy stock in this company as a long-term investment. Seriously, these shoes may be the ugliest things worn since jelly shoes. Sorry loyal Croc fans, this is what we call a fad.

John Edwards

So, I am sure most of you have at least heard of the latest National Enquirer scandal involving John Edwards. I haven't posted on it because, well, the National Enquirer is the source of the story. However, Fox News found an eye witness at the hotel to corroborate the story. So, Mickey Kaus, from Slate.com is asking why other news media sources have not picked up this story as well. What an embarrassment for both John Edwards and the media if this story ends up being true.

X-Files: I Want to Believe

I want to believe that my husband will buy me tickets to this movie tonight. :)

French 35-hour work week goes away!

I think it is great to have a good work/life balance, but you can do so even if you work more than 35 hours a week. I just read an article at Bloomberg, discussing how distraught many white-collar workers are over in France about the dissipation of the 35-hour work week. Seriously, they worked only 35-hours a week? I cannot understand how they actually finish all of their work projects within a reasonable time. But that is probably the issue right there, productivity in France is not as high and competitive as Sarkozy would like.

I have worked over 40-hours a week ever since my days as an undergraduate student, and I think I am physically and mentally fine. In fact, my husband and I live by the motto, "work hard to play hard." Monday through Friday, we work long hours and get as much as possible finished at work. And during the weekends we play very hard, whether it is jeeping, hiking, the movies, or whatever. It also does not hurt that both my husband and I enjoy what we do for work. Anyway, I could talk about this subject forever. But basically, I think the French will be ok if they have to work more than 35-hours a week.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Go Brew Crew!

Sabathia rolls over the Cardinals!!!!

Good Luck Annie!

Good luck to Annie, who is competing at the Bix 7 this weekend!

Iran is just a small country!

Does anyone else find Obama's Iran policies confusing? I am open to hearing from any Obama supporters on this issue. In May 2008 he said “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny, they don’t pose a serious threat to us.” Then yesterday Obama said “A nuclear Iran would pose a grave threat and the world must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. I will take no options off the table” in dealing with Iran. " So is Iran a threat or not? I mean, Iran still poses the same threat it posed in May when Obama said that they weren't really a threat. And will he still speak to Iranian officials without preconditions? And what will he say next month in front of a different crowd, in a different location? As far as I can tell, ever since becoming the official democratic nominee he has started adopting positions that Clinton was criticized by the left for advocating.

Apparently, Larry Elder wants to understand Obama's current positions as well. Read his post here. Thomas Sowell has a few good questions as well. Read his editorial here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Weekend Plans

Well, I am celebrating another b-day this weekend. My hubby has arranged a downtown adventure for me, consisting of a train ride in to the city, visits to various museums and cool buildings, and good eating! In addition to my downtown adventure I hope to make it to the new X-Files movie. I am so excited to see it! Other than that, nothing too exciting going on.

Good luck to everyone taking the bar exam!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Who is going to bail out the Federal Govt when it fails?

Mortgage giant rescue could cost $25b!

You can decide for yourself.

An editorial by David Evans.

"I devoted six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian government to estimate carbon emissions from land use change and forestry. When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming seemed pretty conclusive, but since then new evidence has weakened that case. I am now skeptical."
-David Evans

Political Ponderings

It has been reported that McCain might announce a VP this week. He might as well, other wise he might not get any media coverage with Obama and his brigade of network reporters touring the Middle East and Europe. I think McCain is going to ask Mitt Romney to be his running mate. Anyone else have a guess?

And with regard to the whole NY Times editorial issue, what a weird turn of events. After reading McCain's editorial and the email sent by the NY Times editor, I think it would be hard to say that the editor was being fair with his criticism. Seriously, he told McCain to "mirror" Obama's editorial and to define what "victory" means to him, as well as include his timetables for troop withdrawals. Umm, basically the editor asked McCain to re-write his editorial like he is from the Democratic party. McCain is opposed to firm time tables and thinks that victory means stability in both the short and long term. Weird....Shouldn't he be allowed to publish an editorial in the style that he feels is appropriate? The Volokh Conspiracy also has a post on this subject here.

And with regard to Hilary Clinton, where is she?

Advice for Summer Associates

The WSJ Law Blog has a funny post about summer associates. The post highlights a list of the “Top Ten Things Law Students Do that Annoy Your Hiring Partner During the Summer."

10) Ask to leave work early for various non-emergency related reasons (e.g. guests are coming and I need to clean up my house).

9) Put in a request for reimbursement for a $1.85 cup of coffee you had while on brief work travel.

8) “Personalize” your summer associate office as if it is your full time office — hanging pictures and diplomas on walls!

4) Leaving summer associate events early — an obvious “no no” is leaving before anyone else without a valid excuse explained in advance. This is especially bad if it is a small event and people will notice your absence.

2) Seeking to date support staff/attorneys. . . .You will have plenty of time for dating after the summer associate program is done. Be professional and focused.

1) Failing to show up — for work, events, etc. If you are invited to a hiring partner’s house for a summer associate event — RSVP (by the deadline!) yes and show up on a timely basis. It is not appropriate to “pop by” at 10:00 p.m. These are people at home. They are hosting the event for YOU. Show up on time - do not bring guests unless guests are invited and you have RSVP’d. Be charming and pleasant. Be respectful. DO NOT take off your flip flops (btw, don’t wear flip flops!) and put your bare feet on the partner’s couch/chair, etc — YES, I saw this one happen myself. YOU ARE NOT AT HOME. Talk to the host’s wife/husband/partner, talk to the other attorneys and guests. Leave when others appear to be leaving. It would be nice to send a handwritten thank you the next day or two.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fair Share

There is an interesting post at the Tax Prof Blog regarding the percentage of taxes paid by the wealthiest 1% and 5% of Americans. Apparently, the Bush tax cuts caused the biggest historical increase in tax payments by the rich ever recorded. The logical question to ponder is why increase the tax rates on the richest Americans when providing tax cuts brings in more revenue for the country? It is similar to an article I read in the WSJ a few weeks back regarding the repatriation of earnings for the foreign subsidiaries of American corporations. A law in 2005 allowed corporations to repatriate earnings at 5.25%, instead of the standard 35% corporate tax rate. Congress predicted revenue of approximately $200 billion from this action, but surprisingly U.S. corporations repatriated $362 billion from foreign operations. Many politicians opposed the measure and predicted a loss of revenue and a tax holiday for corporations. But instead of getting 35% of nothing, the Treasury received 5% of billions of dollars.

Also see this editorial.

Plenipotentiary

So, I was reading one of the many biographies on John Adams this past weekend when I came across the word "plenipotentiary." What a cool word! I will admit that I didn't know right away what this word actually meant. But with the help of a friend (who teaches English), we soon figured out that the word must mean something like "full powers." Anyway, in case you did not already know this, one of John Adams' many official titles was Plenipotentiary Minister to Great Britain.

Well, I'd better get to work. I will post more about the book another time.

Fleeced!!!!!

Dick Morris is 100% correct when he says the American people are being Fleeced by the government. Politicians call for gas conservation, and guess what, the American population does just that. Now because gas demand has decreased and Congress feels it is not making enough in tax revenue, politicians are quietly talking about raising the federal gas tax by another 10 cents a gallon. What about the "working class"? People are already trying to conserve gas because of sky rocketing prices. Not everyone can afford to live downtown, and not everyone works in a place that is accessible by public transportation. Raising the gas tax only punishes people trying to make ends meat. Blame whomever you want for this current energy crisis, but the fact is that normal everyday people are suffering, and punishing individuals for conserving is just plain stupid.

Friday, July 18, 2008

U.S. Downturn Boosts Shareholder Activism

U.S. Downturn Boosts Shareholder Activism

Like I said in an earlier post, it makes sense to link at least a portion of an executive's compensation to performance. But why don't we apply this notion to all jobs of importance. For instance, we should consider linking performance measures to compensation for members of Congress. It wouldn't be that complicated. For starts, we could require that they actually show up to 90% of voting opportunities that arise, instead of actually showing up about a third of the time. Or instead of giving them a lovely $160k + annual salary, how about we give them a base salary of whatever the average "working class" employee earns, with the remaining compensation dependent on individual and national performance measures (and no, getting sweetheart deals from Countrywide shouldn't be part of their compensation packages). And how about in addition to a "say on pay" we get to propose other taxpayer initiatives that are binding on Congress. It seems like I am a shareholder of one of the biggest entities in the world, the U.S. government. And if members of this government want to spend all their time reforming compensation for various members of society, shouldn't we apply the same standards to members of government? The last I checked politicians are supposed to "serve" the country, the country is not supposed to serve the government. So, to Mr. Waxman and other members of Congress out there who so proudly vilify the business world and push for executive compensation legislation, a lot of us think you are all hypocrites! When you start holding yourself accountable for results, then maybe we will listen.

Haha!

Chavez Pleads for Investment as Falling Output Fuels Inflation

Why would any business person invest money in a Venezuelan enterprise? As soon as it turns a profit, Chavez seizes the venture as a state asset. And apparently, it takes more than a warm body to make a company profitable. Chavez is having a hard time keeping the companies that he seized profitable....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tax Geek Link

This is one of the coolest tax law sites I have seen! Link.

Note to self...

Drinking too much coffee before you give an important presentation is not a good thing. Moving at incredible speeds during a conference call does not really earn you bonus points. :)

Favre Drama

I wish the Favre drama would end. Maybe this is why Favre is damaging his relationship with the Packers and basically pushing for a trade:

"The rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings just got a lot hotter. A National Football League source said Wednesday night that the Packers had filed a tampering charge with the league against the Vikings in connection with alleged contact with Brett Favre. The source said the Packers had provided evidence and information about the alleged contact. At this point, investigators for the league will look into the matter and decide what, if anything, to do. The source added that the Packers feel the case against the Vikings is strong. According to FoxSports, the report alleged that Favre had what it termed "inappropriate" dialogue with Minnesota offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, a close Favre friend and former assistant coach with the Packers."
-Fan Nation, Truth & Rumors

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thanks but no thanks!

I received a phone call last night from a firm I applied to last October. Yes, I really-really wanted this job last year. It is in a great location, at a great firm, and it pays an awesome^2 wage. But, I am committed to the job I have now. Despite the tempting and great offer last night, I am happy to be where I am. Anyway, it is flattering that they called and offered me a job last night. :)

Interesting

President Bush has lifted the executive offshore drilling ban. And the Congressional ban is set to expire on September 30. Will Democrats continue to call for Bush to release more of the strategic oil reserves as their method of combating the recent energy crisis or will they allow the ban to expire? I think gas prices are going to erase many of the gains made my various alternative energy lobbying groups, meaning that public support is only going to increase for offshore drilling. I might be wrong, but I think Democrats will eventually cave in and allow drilling to occur. Guess we will have to wait and see.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Arrogance

I just read a post on the Tax Prof Blog about why a certain professor (Kyron Huigens) is endorsing Obama. Mr. Huigens' perspective on intellectualism only confirms why I cannot stand to be around certain groups of lawyers and law students. I find people like Mr. Huigens to be extremely arrogant. Apparently, if you did not attend Harvard law or get A's you cannot be intellectual (referring to Pres. Bush getting C-'s at Yale as anti-intellectualism). Good to know! I really think that a lot of people in the legal field take themselves too seriously sometimes. Yes, there are very intelligent people in law. But there are also plenty of intelligent people in other fields. Being a lawyer, graduate student, or whatever else does not mean that you are automatically more intellectual or superior to other people. For example, law clerks at the last firm I worked at did not speak to the support staff because they felt they were superior to the staff. Umm, last time I checked, the law firm support staff typically knows a lot more than any newbie attorney. And so what if you know more, treat people with respect!

Anyway, I'd better get my stupid self back to work.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Career Change

Apparently I should have pursued a career as a Houston police officer! Check out this link. I wish I had both a high base salary and the opportunity to receive overtime wages. Anyway, I am not sure how I feel about the Houston newspaper that reported all of those people's incomes. On the one hand, those people are public servants and we (as taxpayers) pay their wages. On the other hand, I feel bad for those people due to the lack of privacy they are now experiencing. All I can say is that public officials are lucky that they do not have all of the disclosure requirements that corporate executives deal with every year. In fact, I watched a TV news story about the Houston story and it was reported that many of these police officers have union negotiated base and overtime wages. I find it interesting that many unions fight so hard to make sure that employees receive guaranteed wages and severance rights, and at the same time fight so hard to make sure executives cannot receive similar protections. Unions are institutional shareholders of many large corporations and are big proponents of "say on pay" proxy proposals. That is fine. I agree that a large portion of an executive's salary should be tied to company performance measures. It is in the best interests of everyone if that is the case. I just find it hypocritical that many union employees are not subject to the same performance standards. In fact, many union contracts do not require the same performance standards for their employee members. Therefore, an employer and the shareholders are penalized because they are not allowed to hold workers to the same level of accountability that unions and other institutional shareholders enforce against executives.

Oh well. Most of my fellow classmates and most of the public isn't sympathetic to what I am saying. I simply think that accountability for all individuals is a good thing, whether or not you are an executive or average worker.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sleepy Random Thoughts

I had a hard time waking up this morning. I am flat out exhausted. I am on my second cup of coffee and am still sleepy. The only cure for this zombie mode I am in is a much needed break from work. Luckily, my hubby and I get to celebrate the 4th of July with a three day weekend! So, we are dropping the dog off tomorrow at Camp Bow Wow and then heading up north for a weekend of fun at my grandparents' home. They live on a beautiful lake, which means plenty of jet skiing and swimming for us! Of course, this weekend will not be totally work free. I plan on bringing a few client files and some random projects to work on at night.

So what can I tell you about the new job? Hmm... I turned in my first real legal document last week and received very positive feedback. It felt awesome to receive a little bit of praise, especially since I constantly feel like an idiot here. I always knew that law school did not really prepare you for the working world, but it is crazy to me that I paid so much money for school when it was my clerkships that really taught me the law! Anyway, despite feeling dumb most of the time, I try to keep positive and learn whatever I can, as often as I can.

Well my rambling is over for now. Have a great 4th of July everyone!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of the best and worst things about my job are the cookies at the company cafeteria. I cannot resist the daily temptation to eat a warm, oven baked chocolate chip cookie almost everyday. Oh well, it motivates me to get my daily run or workout in every night.

On a side note. I put in my first 14 hour day of work last Friday, and it wasn't that bad. Helped a co-worker finish a project, and in a sick way, I actually enjoyed pouring over the documents!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Business Casual

So my new job requires associates dress up in at least business casual attire everyday. My company even went as far as having a presentation for new hires (people who have been here for 2 years or less are in this category) on this particular subject. The very high ranking associate giving the presentation had to point out that the tennis shoes, t-shirts, and even jeans worn by many people in attendance were not acceptable business casual attire. Fine. This speech seemed pretty obvious to me. Who in their right mind thinks it is acceptable to wear tennis shoes, a t-shirt, and jeans to a professional work environment? Well apparently, everyone my age! Many twenty-something associates proceeded to argue with the presenter about having to adhere to a business casual routine.

I cannot believe some of these people! First off, clients routinely walk around our offices. What will they think if they see associates dressed like their teenage kids? Secondly, we are in a professional work environment! Our bosses all dress up! What do you think our bosses think of associates in skater shoes? And lastly, who in their right mind argues with a high ranking associate about the dress code? Some people are crazy. I guess the current unemployment numbers don't scare some people!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Morning Commute

I had a weird morning commute yesterday. I was stuck behind an erratic driver for about 4 miles of my morning drive. The driver was swerving, speeding up and slowing down, and at times was half on the road, half on the shoulder. I guess what made the situation weird was that the guy had two parrots in the back of his car as well. They were just sitting on the top of the backseat, staring out the window. Anyway, I figured the driver was drunk or high, so decided I would pass him as soon as possible and get to work. So I finally go to pass the guy, and the next thing I know he is flipping me off and accelerating so that I would have a hard time getting in front of him. So I floored it and got in front of him and drove away. He then proceeded to tail gate me and flip me off, as well as kept coming to the side of my car. It was definitely scary. I just wanted to get to work and away from this weirdo. I would have called the cops, but I had left my cell phone at home. Eventually, I turned down a different street and got away from that guy. But all I could think about was how sad I was that those two parrots had to live with such a crazy man!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tired

I can barely keep my eyes open today. I have had a hard time adjusting to the time zone change and a very busy work schedule. I am hoping that once I get a more established routine (that includes a little more sleep) that I won't be a complete zombie in the mornings. The problem for me is that I cannot resist watching a million tv shows when I get home from work. So instead of going to bed at a reasonable time I stay up late watching tv. Oh well, it is nothing that a little coffee and a better routine cannot fix.

Also, I cannot really complain about my situation right now. My husband has been cooking me amazing breakfasts and dinners each day. I feel spoiled getting awesome meals and a paycheck. It is funny how deprived you can truly become during law school, haha. :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Post Law School Update

Hello everyone! Thought I would give a quick update. I am now living in a new town and working everyday. It feels awesome to actually apply what I learned in law school and receive a paycheck for my efforts! Life is good right now. I don't have anything to complain about. I work a lot, but I love it. And best of all, my husband and my puppy love our new home and life as well. Anyway, I need to stop smiling and blogging and get to work. I promise to start blogging again.

Good luck to everyone cramming for the bar exam!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Update

Well I have no clue what happened to my blog. I am still investigating.

Anyway, classes are over. Assuming I pass all of my law school exams this last semester, I will never have to attend a law school class again! What a feeling! I cannot wait to move on to the next chapter of my life. And for as much bitching as I have done about law school, it really wasn't that bad. I mean one second I was a one L, and the next I was a three L. It goes by so fast...

Ok, I need to review a little before I take my secured transactions final this morning. Good luck to everyone on their finals!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

OMG

Where did my blog go and all the posts I created over the past three years? I apparently need to speak to someon at Google. :(