Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
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
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. :(
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
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
"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
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
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
Sunday, October 19, 2008
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
Acorn registers Mickey Mouse
Acorn pays to sign up teenager 73 times
Ohio catches bogus Acorn registrant casting vote
Sunday, September 28, 2008
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
Any suggestions about dealing with a one-upper?
Friday, September 12, 2008
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
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
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
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
- I work extremely long hours during the work week. Umm, going corporate does not mean a straight 9-5 schedule.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Overall, I am happy to have my current job! It is awesome!
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:
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 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.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
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.
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
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
Good luck to everyone taking the bar exam!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"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."
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?
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
Also see this editorial.
Well, I'd better get to work. I will post more about the book another time.
Friday, July 18, 2008
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.
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
"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
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Anyway, I'd better get my stupid self back to work.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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
Good luck to everyone cramming for the bar exam!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
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!