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."