Thursday, December 17, 2009

Random Happiness!!!!!!!!!!

I only have two more work days until I leave for my two week vacation! I am so excited! I feel like a little kid, all excited for a trip to Disneyland or Lagoon (Utah reference). It has been about two years since I last saw my parents. I am very excited to spend Christmas with them in the desert!

And today is my 6th wedding anniversary! It is pretty cool to think that my hubby and I have been married for 6 years! As evidence of how geeky we both are, whenever someone asks about our anniversary, we both tell that person that we were married on the 100th anniversary of flight, haha. For some reason we find that little fact very cool!

Alright, back to cranking out client reports!

Friday, December 11, 2009

More Random Updates

I received my bonus check today, well, at least half of it. That is right, the government took half of it. Ugh, I might as well start viewing my annual bonus opportunity differently. Specifically, I need to view it has "target divided by a little over half." Good to know someone else (the government and the spend happy politicians) are enjoying my hard work. Enough griping..

On a positive note, I have decided that I am going to start my trek back west for the holidays a little earlier than planned. The hubby, Lobo and I will start our drive on Saturday, the 19th versus leaving on the 22nd. I know it is a long drive, but I seriously am so excited to go somewhere warm for a few days. The crazy drive will be worth it. Plus, driving allows us to bring the dog on our little vacation. I really did not want to leave her in boarding for two weeks.

Alright, back to cranking out client reports..Have a nice weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Updates

Well, I am still as busy as ever. However, I learned earlier in the week that I am getting promoted and will be getting a big salary increase and a bigger bonus opportunity. Apparently, all this hard work is getting me somewhere!

I cannot wait for my Christmas vacation. I am taking two weeks off. I am not bringing my work laptop and am refusing to do any work on my vacation. Here's to hoping that I get away with this..

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hindsight

If someone would have told me a few years back that I would end up taking out thousands of dollars in debt so that I could work 15 hours a day non-stop, I would have said that did not sound very smart..Hmmm.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Burned Out

Everyone in the office is gone, EXCEPT for me.....I think I am going to head home in a few minutes as well, and just finish up my remaining projects on Friday. I am burned out right now.

Morning Update

I incorrectly assumed traffic would be light this morning. My regular 20 minute commute was over 40 minutes! And I am super tired this morning. My little sister's flight did not arrive until 9:45 pm last night. I tried to stay up late with my husband and sister to watch the latest episode of NCIS, but I crashed around 11:00 pm. Anyway, I am hoping that I can get caught up at work today and get out of the office by about noon or 1:00 pm at the latest. I would have stayed home today, except that I still have two outstanding projects to complete. If I can get them done today I won't have to work on Friday.

On a fun note...There was a guy playing a trumphet by the parking garage in the O'Hare Airport last night. As we approached the parking garage elevators he called my little sister out and played the Air Force fight song for her. It was pretty cool.

On another fun note...I ordered a bracelet from Lisa Leonard Designs. If you are interested in buying some neat, cusomized jewelry for someone, I recommend ordering from this site! The bracelet I ordered turned out awesome.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving

I am very excited for the Thanksgiving holiday. My little sister is flying out from Colorado Springs to spend the week with me and my husband. I am looking forward to relaxing, shopping, watching the Packers beat the Lions and hanging out...that is, if I can get all of my work projects done by Thursday. I made the mistake of saying I was bored last week. The result of that confession was 5 gigantic client files being dropped on to my desk. Luckily, I have completed 3 out of the 5 projects. So, I am going to guzzle some coffee today and move at incredible speeds to complete the remaining two projects!

Also, I feel like I am getting a cold. I have swollen glands and a headache. I am in denial about being sick. I am the only one in the office who has not had a cold, yet.. Alright, I am off to work!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Running

I had an awesome run last night. I started out a slow pace and steadily progressed until I was basically running as fast as I could go for the last two minutes. It was the first time in a long time that I felt as strong as I used to feel back when I was competing in college. A positive side effect of my running schedule is that my confidence is increasing everyday as I become physically stronger. Here is to hoping that I can continue to balance my running schedule with my work schedule. Sound mind and sound body, right?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Busy, But Not Stressed, But Maybe Slightly Angry

I have way too many outstanding projects with deadlines fast approaching, but somehow, I have managed to avoid being overly stressed. I think working out every night definitely helps me manage my stress levels. It probably also helps that my husband is super laid back. He balances out my wacky, high strung self. Anyway, the only projects that are driving me crazy are the non-billable ones I have been assigned. I have not had a chance to finish these internal projects, and have been emailed almost everyday regarding when I plan on completing them. It is starting to make me mad. I have a crazy billable hours goal, and I have plenty of billable projects. But, somehow, I am expected to not sleep or something, and to complete these two time consuming non-billable, internal bs projects at the same time..The other crazy part is that there are plenty of associates sitting around here with nothing to do..Maybe one of them could take these internal projects off my plate.And let me say that I am not avoiding pro bono work or something similar to that, I have been assigned to basically go through some data and check it for accuracy...Ok, done venting...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Chicago is weird...

Ok, well technically, I live in a far north suburb of Chicago...so I should say North Chicagoland is weird...Why do I think it is weird? Well, my husband and I went Halloween candy shopping at around noon on Saturday. We went overboard, buying 20 bags of assorted candy for all of the neighborhood kids on our street. As we drove home from the store we noticed that there were a few kids already trick or treating at 1:00 pm..Wtf? Apparently, kids in our area do not wait until night to trick or treat. The city I reside in has a pre-established window for kids to trick or treat in the middle of the day! I have never seen such a weird set-up. In Utah, kids wait for night to fall, and then head out for candy. Anyway, we only handed out candy to three trick or treaters, as we missed most of the kids while we were at the store!

I would blog about the Packer game last night, but I am too bummed to do so.. Stupid Favre! Stupid Vikes!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Daily Emails & Halloween!

Living away from all of my friends and family has added a daily complication to my life. I am slammed at work and do not get home until late at night, so I pretty much have to email everyone. Which means that every morning before I start cranking through my work I go through all of my emails and reply to them. What would I do without email? Seriously, it is such an efficient way of keeping in touch with everyone..I am not sure why I am posting about this. I guess I am a tad boring lately haha.

On a fun note, I am going candy shopping with my husband tonight after work. I cannot wait to hand out candy to the cute trick or treaters in our neighborhood. And I am going to buy good candy (i.e., peanut butter cups, Snickers, etc.). My little sister will like what I am about to say..I am dressing up as Samantha Carter from SG-1, haha. And my hubby has still not figured out what he is going to be. I think Lobo will just wear my old Brett Favre jersey, with a sign on it that says "Traitor."

Alright, off to work! T.G.I.F...



Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Emergency Pants

I apparently need emergency pants (i.e., spare pants in case of coffee spills, etc.).

My day in a nutshell:

So I go to lunch with two co-workers. We drive in one of their cars, a Jeep Commander. I sit in the back where his kids sit.. Anyway, we go to the place, we eat, and then leave and go back to work. About two hours later I go to the restroom. On the way out I notice that I have some food smeared all over my ass from sitting in my co-workers car! I wipe it off, but it leaves a nice greasy stain on my ass, making it look like I had some sort of bathroom accident.. I think I want go home, hahaha.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Have You Ever...

Unknowingly broken your bright blue pen and then touched your face? Yup, that would be what happened to me today.

Updates

Last week was slightly crazy for me. I was in the office by 5:00 to 5:15 am every single day last week, and did not head home until about 7:00 pm on most of those nights. At least I know that I will meet my billable hours goals this month. Days like those are strange because I get in to the office and then the next thing I know it is time to go home. It is amazing how fast the day flies by when you are cranking through a project. Anyway, the end result of last week was that I crashed on Friday night. I fell asleep super early...But then I woke up super early on Saturday. The early week last week apparently reprogrammed by internal alarm clock...Not good..I am not enjoying that I automatically wake up before 4:00 am!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Labor Day Weekend!

I am looking forward to the long weekend! I am desperately hoping that I will not walk out of the office today with a stack of work that has to be completed by Tuesday morning. We do not have any specific plans, other than relaxing and playing outside as much as possible! Long weekends make me miss living out west. If we were still living in Utah, we'd be out exploring in the desert this weekend. You would find us jeeping in Moab or hiking some peak. Don't get me wrong...There are plenty of outdoor activities out here, but it's not the same experience. I think most people as they get older grow fonder of where they grew up. And I am definitely missing the west.

Well, have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Team Projects

I have been working on a team project with two other co-workers over the past few weeks. It has been a simple project, with each of us researching a few examples of recent chapter 11 filings. The only real issue with this project has been that the default team leader holds meetings to discuss the project almost everyday. His meetings have been such a waste of time. Two of us finished our research last week. The only one who has not finished his research is the the team leader who holds meetings to discuss the project. He needs to shut up and do his stupid research. And when the boss asked the team leader yesterday why the project was not finished, he responded it was because there were too many of us on the project. WTF?? Nothing like passing the buck..

Update: Just sat with the team leader on this project, and I now understand why he has been taking forever on this project. The other member of the team put incorrect information in our report. I just spent the last two hours redoing her research..Ugh!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Disgusting

I just finished up a conference call with a major client. I sat next to a junior attorney during the call. This junior attorney picked his nose, popped his knuckles, and then proceeded to bite every single one of his nails throughout the 1.5 hour long call. I thought I was going to die. It was freaking disgusting! I almost threw my notebook at him!

Random Updates

1. I have to speak on a practice community conference call tomorrow, regarding some newly proposed legislation. I am super nervous to present my thoughts to the hundreds of associates at my firm. The fact that I have been asked to do a lot of research in this area makes me think that I might be transferred to a different team at the beginning of the new fiscal year. It wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, but my role would likely change.

2. One of my former high school track and field teammates recently emailed me. Super cool to see that she actually became successful in college pole vaulting and is now a fairly successful actress. I look forward to catching up with her on the phone and to comparing college competition war stories!

3. The weather is gloomy today. The grey skies make me feel like fall is on its way. When I think of the fall I think of peppermint mochas from Starbucks and NFL games on the weekends! I love the fall! Go Pack Go!

4. I think I may possibly have the most awesome husband in the world. Not only does he get up super early with me in the morning, but he also makes me coffee and packs my lunch. How sweet is that?

Alright, back to drafting my little speech for the call tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Football!


I went to a preseason NFL game last Saturday, the Packers vs. the Browns. Of course, the Packers won the game 17 to 0. I know it is only a preseason game, but gosh, the Packers looked awesome. It was the most balanced game I think I have seen them play in a long time. The offense and the defense both looked good! Here is to hoping that they do well this year!Obviously, I love football season. I am not quite ready for the fall to be here, but I am definitely ready for football season to be here!

And on an annoying note, I cannot stand that Brett Favre is playing for the Vikings this year! Of all the teams he could play for, he goes to the Vikings..It is outrageous.


Friday, July 31, 2009

Eye Issues

Somehow I managed to get a piece of a potato chip in my eye. I not only frequently spill coffee on myself, I also apparently harm myself with food. I never realized how dangerous eating and drinking could be!

Mini-Vacation


I am flying to Colorado Springs next week for my little sister's Acceptance Day ceremony. Acceptance Day is the day that the cadets officially graduate from basic training and become full-fledged cadets at the Air Force Academy. It is the first time that the cadets are allowed to have contact with family and friends. Additionally, it is the first time the cadets can receive care packages, full of snacks and personal items. I remember how hard it was for me during my freshmen year of college. I had a crazy, always screaming, cross country coach, which stressed me out all the time. I can only imagine how much tougher my little sister's situation is right now. So, I cannot wait to spend some time with her next week at this important ceremony, to let her know just how proud all of us are of her!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Good morning

Good morning everyone!My attitude has improved since last week. I cannot explain why, but for some reason I was in a bad mood all week long. I took last Friday off from work and caught up with random errands, and now I feel refreshed mentally and physically. I cannot claim that I accomplished much, but maybe that is what I needed.

On a side note, I have been going through pages of posted photos to find pictures of my littlest sister at Basic Training at the Air Force Academy. The military posts daily pictures of all of the cadets as they go through training. Additionally, someone is posting a blog that explains what events are taking place each day. It is pretty cool. My little sister appears to have lost some weight, though I am not sure that she ever needed to!

Alright, back to the grind. I am going to guzzle some coffee and move at incredible speeds!

Monday, July 13, 2009

One of those days!

I am not exactly sure why, but I am feeling slightly grouchy today. I feel overwhelmed by my projects at work and if I did not have twenty things due today I would probably have called in sick this morning. I hope my attitude improves, or it is going to be a long day, and possibly a long week.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Nervous for littlest sis...

88 Air Force Academy cadets have been quarantined for swine flu....... I hope lil sis is alright. The worst part is that we have no contact with her and do not know if she is one of the affected cadets.

Update: I heard from my little sister this morning and she and the other cadets are fine, despite feeling sick. What a relief to hear from her!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Not Enough Time

Typical Day
Wake up at 4:30 am and run for 20-40 minutes. Get ready and head out the door by 6 am. Arrive at work between 6:30 am-7:00 am and crank through client files and business proposals and sit in on client conference calls or meetings until 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. Leave the office and arrive home at around 7:00pm -7:30 pm, depending on how bad traffic is. Eat dinner and watch a tv show, while studying or working on a client file. Head to bed around 9:30 pm... Not much has changed since law school. I still find myself sprinting from one task to the next. Life is crazy..

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Dear Secretary

Dear Secretary,

I treat you with respect everyday. I do not get mad or yell at you or even criticize you when you hand me back documents with typos on them everyday. I do not get mad or yell at you whenever you get angry with me for handing you something to work on. But, I will admit that I am starting to get mad and angry with your lack of respect towards me. I do not think it is too much to ask that you use spell check, read your work for typos, and that you do not get angry with me whenever I ask you do your job.

Ugh!!!! I do not think I can put up with this anymore...

Boot Camp and Random Stuff

I have a stack of letters that I need to send out to my littlest sister this week. She is at the Air Force Academy boot camp, which means that we cannot talk to her until mid-August. Here comes the bragging about my little sis. I am so proud of everything she has accomplished. She was the first female high school ROTC commander in her state (commanding over 100 kids). She scored insanely high on both the SAT and the ACT. And she is probably only one of a few kids who was admitted to every military academy. However, she chose to go to the Air Force Academy so she could study astrophysics. Freaking cool!

We went up to my family's cottage in Wisconsin last weekend. It was a blast! I played so many games that I feel like I ran a marathon. I am seriously that sore. And the dog played in the water so much on Friday, that she stayed inside the cottage all day Saturday, sleeping through everything. It was great to get outside and play a little bit.

And now I am back to work. My mentor at work left me a stack of client files before he left for vacation. Which means that I will be busy all day today, finishing up some reports for him to review when he returns tomorrow. Alright, back to cranking through reports...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Duh

It is always fun when you drive 35-40 minutes to work, only to realize that you left your computer and work papers at home.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Almost the weekend!

It feels like Friday at work this morning. My boss is out for the week. Many of my co-workers are also out for the week. It is just me and a small group of fellow employees churning out client documents today and likely, tomorrow. As noted in previous posts, I actually enjoy when the office is quiet. I can work in peace, and be productive, without a ton of people stopping by to chat. I am especially happy that my boss is not in today. He pulled a little Robin Hood move on me yesterday. Basically my boss took a portion of my June billable hours and allocated them to someone who "needed" them more than I do. WTF? Last I checked, I am the one who produced the client deliverables and interacted with the client...This had better not happen again!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Overwhelmed again....

I went from being bored out of my mind at work to totally overwhelmed again. Why is there never a happy median? I have three non-billable projects due this week (which are not my favorite type of projects). Additionally, I have four billable projects and a business proposal also due this week. It is going to take a lot of coffee and late nights at the office to get my work done this week!

On a happy note, I bought a new desk for my home office this past weekend. Now I do not need to push all of my husband's papers, books, and pop cans off of his desk to get some work done! It looks awesome, and I love it! Unfortunately, I have already made use of my home desk. I spent all day yesterday verifying the data in a client report. :(

Alright, back to work I go..

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Work Anniversary

I started working at my present job exactly one-year ago!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Playoffs and everything else..

Well, apparently the fact that my kickball team has not won a game does not prevent us from being in the playoffs. We play some undefeated team tonight. My quad is starting to feel better, so I should be able to play. However, the only way I can kick without pain is by keeping my leg straight when I kick the ball (which means I can not swing it back at an angle). I am sure I will look ridiculous tonight!

Work is still going well. Things are pretty slow here this month, which means that I spend most of my time writing articles that we can forward to clients. It is a lot easier to write articles now that I have a specialty and I am somewhat competent in it. Compare that to when I first started and my boss asked me to write an article about a subject I was clueless about. It was a ton harder to draft something back then.

Additionally, I am taking some PTO in two weeks. One of my sisters and one of my husband's friends are flying out to visit us. We plan on taking them all over Chicago. It should be a blast.

Alright, I am done rambling...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ouch!

Well, I pulled one of my quadriceps muscles playing kickball last night. And if that was not embarrassing enough, I fell flat on my face while diving to catch a ball. Last night did not go well for me or my team, haha. The highlight of the night was when our college intern scored our first and ONLY run of the night!

Anyway, my leg is beyond sore this morning. I thought the burning sensation would go away, but it has not! Getting older sucks! I pole vaulted on a broken ankle in college. Now, I strain a leg muscle and I can barely walk...Kinda funny.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Double Header

I am participating in a double header at kickball tonight. Yup, I am on the corporate kickball team. My team never wins. We are very similar to the Bad News Bears. Wish us losers a bit of luck, cause we will need it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Morning Routine

I am a lucky person...Every morning while I am ironing my clothes, my husband makes me a lunch and a thermos of coffee for work. How freakin nice is that?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Brain Fog

I came in to work early this morning, to finish up a document before my boss got in to the office. However, my brain did not want to cooperate. I would open up a folder and then almost immediately forget why I opened the folder. I would pull out a document, only to forget why I pulled out that particular document. It was not until my coffee kicked in that I was able to finish up my document. Apparently, I had a major case of brain fog this morning. I have no clue why I had so many issues this morning!

Other than brain fog, everything else is going just fine.....

Friday, May 15, 2009

Updates

I went to the Cubs game yesterday with a bunch of my co-workers. It was a lot of fun eating hot dogs and watching the game. The only downside to the game was that the Cubs won (I am an avid Brewers fan). I look forward to dragging my co-workers up to Miller Park for a Brewers game within the next few weeks.

Work is definitely slowing down a little bit and you can see the anxiety on everyone's faces. Throughout the game, conversation would turn to questions regarding everyone's monthly utilization numbers. It is hard disclosing my utilization rates to co-workers because my numbers have not been that bad the last few months. If I disclose my numbers, then my co-workers may turn more competitive with me. Anyway, so I basically dodge the question and say that the last few months have been rough for a lot of people...I feel like a jerk, but I think that I would be a bigger jerk telling people that my numbers have been pretty good..

Ok, I am off to finish a project. Have a nice weekend everyone!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I have a problem...

I have a problem. It does not matter how careful I am, I spill coffee on myself or my desk or my keyboard or computer on almost a freaking daily basis. It is getting ridiculous! I cannot plan my daily wardrobe based on whether someone will be able to tell if I spilled coffee on my lap...I am sick of black pants!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sunny Day

It is supposed to be 87 degrees today! I am stoked for a warm and sunny day here in Chicago. Heck, when it was only 56 degrees on Tuesday I made my husband play basketball outside with me after work. I am still deciding what outdoor adventure I will make my husband endure after work today. I am also looking forward to a warm weather weekend. I think we will probably shoot some hoops, go for a run, canoe, or do something else outdoorsy and fun.

Things are going well on the work front. I just received my year-to-date utilization report, and my numbers are tracking well above my targeted goals. So, barring some unforeseen dry spell, I should meet my billable hours target.

Other than work and outdoor play time, nothing too exciting going on with me. I would talk about politics, but it offends most of the people who read my blog. Besides, I think I would rather focus on the positive things going on around me now adays.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Random

Things I miss
1. Living in the desert
2. Living by the mountains
3. Seeing my family more often
4. Del Taco
5. Sitting at the coffee shop with old friends

Things I don't miss
1. Law school (except for some of my classmates)
2. High school
3. Terre Haute
4. College cross country running
5. My Fundamentals of Marxism undergrad course

Favorite Food
1. Tacos
2. Filet Mignon
3. Prime Rib
4. Spaghetti
5. Peas

Favorite TV Shows
1. NCIS
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. Fringe
4. Sarah Connor Chronicles
5. House

Newspapers/Websites I Read Daily
1. Wall Street Journal
2. Drudgereport
3. Bloomberg.com
4. Financial Times
5. A bunch of blogs

Off to work....

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Vacation?

My bosses are all on spring break vacation this week. I asked if I could take Monday off and was told no. I took last Friday off, and ended up working from home anyway. I need a freakin vacation, whether my boss agrees or not. Just a day or two would be nice. Granted, the reason I was told not to take this week off is because I am the only trained back-up for one of my bosses and need to be available to take all client and consultant questions this week. So, here is to hoping that I will be able to take a few days off next week!

Work has been beyond hectic this week. I have a new found appreciation for what my boss (the one trained in the same specialty as me) actually does. I walk in to the office every morning to 20-30 more emails than I normally receive. As soon as I log in to my computer, a million little instant messages pop up from other consultants. All of the questions are supposedly life or death and need to be resolved ASAP. To say this week has been slightly stressful is a bit of an understatement!It is only Wednesday and I feel like it is Friday!

Ok, back to work.

Friday, March 20, 2009

TGIF!!!!!!

Hopefully I will not have to work this weekend. I could use some relaxation.

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Law School

A lot of people have asked me if I thought law school was worth the money. My answer has always been that I made it worth the money. As is the case in with any type of school, law school does not force you to learn, provide you with a job, and it certainly does not provide you with automatic competence. My experience ended up being a good one because I found an area of the law that I truly enjoyed (tax). I worked as hard as possible to learn the subject, with the ultimate goal of being employable in the field. My grades were not the highest in the class, but I was always knowledgeable and had real world experience in my chosen area of law. That stupid little quote that many of us heard growing up, "life is what you make of it," certainly applied to my law school experience. As I have mentioned before in previous posts, I received a ton of job rejection letters, which was at times disheartening. But in the end, it only took one acceptance phone call to get where I am now. So, overall, having a J.D. gave me to the opportunity (although maybe an overpriced one) to work for one of the largest consulting firms in the world.

The next famous lawyer/author!

One of my law school buddies has made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. You can download a free excerpt of the novel here. I cannot wait to get a copy of the entire book! Awesome job Matt!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Updates

Friday was a crazy-busy work day. I sprinted from one client file to the next and sat in on a bunch of conference calls in between drafting reports. To cap it off, a few of my clients did not send me the data and files that I needed to complete their projects. So, I fully expected Monday to be a hectic day of catch-up. Surprisingly enough, Monday was boring. Again, my clients did not submit their data sheets and files to me yesterday, even though important deadlines are coming up for them. Instead of writing reports and modeling out scenarios all day long, I organized my desk and started researching for an article that I want to draft. It was strange not to feel rushed for once.

After work I came home to an awesome meal cooked by my husband. He makes the best tacos in the world. We ate tacos and watched re-runs of NCIS until we passed out. I know I sound slightly boring, but I'll take boring over a dramatic any day.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Competence

I am finally half-way competent in my specialty at work and it feels awesome. My analysis and preliminary client reports are usually error free and I can answer a fair number of questions on client calls. The best part about feeling competent is that I have really started to enjoy my job. I look forward to new projects and fast approaching deadlines. It doesn't even bother me that I have to work a lot on weekends lately. I am progressing every day and becoming a better consultant. I know I have a long way to go, but I feel like I am on the right track.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Am sick of getting sick!

It seems like I feel ill once every two weeks or so. I cannot figure out if I keep catching bugs from my co-workers, who keep catching bugs from their kids.. Or do I keep getting ill because I have been working too much?? Or is it a combination of both? All I know is that I feel sick again today. But I cannot take today off because I have too much work to do. Hopefully the caffeine from my cup of coffee will give me some temporary energy and help improve my outlook on the day.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Weekend, what weekend?

I billed twenty hours this weekend. Need I say more?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Office Silence

I am usually the first person from my practice group to arrive at the office in the morning. I love it! The lights are all off on my floor of the building. There is complete silence on the floor. And I am able to finish a lot of my projects before my boss shows up for the day. I know that I probably sound a bit geeky, but I love having the mornings to myself.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Weekend Plans

Sleep in...Eat breakfast and read the WSJ with the hubby. Play Frisbee and run with the dog...Mindless reading of mindless novels....And...finish up a few work-related projects!

Those darn attorneys....

For clarification purposes, I did in fact graduate from law school last year. However, I currently work as a business consultant, not as an attorney.

Anyway, now for my story... I have participated on a few client calls lately, where our client corporation has had their outside counsel sit in on the call as well. And the most frustrating part of dealing with outside counsel has been their lack of understanding regarding the business side of transactions. They seem to know the law inside and out, but cannot grasp the business and even corporate governance rationale behind some of the provisions we add to plan documents. And instead of admitting that they do not fully understand these concepts, these attorneys recommend certain courses of action to our client corporations that are not good business or corporate governance practices. I cannot believe some of the bad business advice these attorneys have been doling out to our clients. Everyone on my team at work is not only trained in accounting and tax, but is also an attorney. We get the law side and the business side of transactions. I think it is inexcusable for some of the attorneys we interact with to try to provide advice that they have no basis for providing... I know this rant is vague, but I don't dare disclose the actual details of the story. Suffice it to say, that the recommendations from outside counsel would result in horrible business consequences to our clients. It's crazy to me....

Thursday, February 5, 2009

No Sleep...

When interviewing for my current job last year, I was told that the work-life balance at this company was much better than I would experience at a law firm. Ummm, I do not think it is possible to work more than I currently do. I have worked 13-15 hour days for the last few weeks. And when I am not in the office, I am working at home. I am grateful to have a good job during crappy economic times. However, I would like to get some sleep sometime in the near future....

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Busy, as usual

Work: I have been working long-long hours the last few weeks. Everyone at the firm told me that work slows down in December and January, but so far that has not been the case. The worse the economy gets, the more help our clients seem to need from us. The hard part about advising in this environment is that no professional has dealt with a economic climate like this before. But, despite the uncertainty, we seem to be helping a lot of clients solve important issues.

Life: My husband and I have slowly started moving in to a new town home. I say slowly, because we literally are taking over a few things at a time to the new home. The best part about the new home is that the dog absolutely loves the new place. She sprints up and down the stairs with that stupid, goofy grin on her face.

That is as much as I can write for now. I'd better get back to work.