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.