I know it's been a whole week since the last time I wrote. This is mostly because I've had an awful cold. Thursday, lost my voice all together. Glad it happened the day after the interview, because that would have just been difficult. Muddled my way through the weekend, only to wake up Tuesday feeling like I hadn't slept in days and could barely breathe. Knowing that if I went to work I'd be stuck there all day, I decided to stay home and go to the doctor. And of course, my doctor decided to take an extra extended weekend. That found me in an urgent care center for 2.5 hours yesterday trying to be brave and playing solitaire on my PDA. Long story short, yes, I do have a sinus infection, no, I don't have strep, and I now have medication. And things are finally looking up. The kicker? My firm thought I was trying to take an extra extended vacation. I don't appreciate people assuming that I was being a slacker. I don't do that. And, I've never been accused of that in any other job I've ever held, let alone as a professional. Heck, I came in without a voice, only to find myself at work all day long. Had I gone with my first instinct and called out that day, perhaps I wouldn't have gotten this bad. But no, I came in and kept working even though I felt like crap. So, do not accuse me of taking sick days without being sick.
And with a nod and a handshake it was done. I am now a lawyer in the great state of New York. To be honest, I feel no different than I did yesterday. I got all dressed up, waited for less than 5 minutes, did a very short interview about my current job and my prior experience as a game show contestant (which while on my resume, I wasn't aware I had submitted that...need to review the document stack when I return home). The interviewer told me I had glowing recommendations and had no reservations about my becoming an attorney. A paper was signed, I turned that in for a card which I signed, and poof. I did wait for the obligatory ceremony, which was being held conveniently every half-hour this morning. The whole thing was done by 9:40. So much for my plans for lunch. We went home, I changed my clothes (far too dressed up for work), grabbed my keys and went to work. All very anti-climactic if you ask me. But I got to change my .sig file at work to remove the "admission pending" bit. That made me happy.
Labels: Bar, job
It's Monday, I'm at work. What else is new, right? I think I'm coming down with a cold...again. I survived my CLE experience and ended up with a cold. Figures. Though really, it was a very good experience and I'm glad I had the chance to go. And hey, come Wednesday I'm going to be a real lawyer finally. I finally get sworn in! No, really! Talk about a long time coming. Yow. I'll believe it when I have a Bar number.
Well, I had a really nice lunch. Actually, the CLE itself is quite good, but I have found I know nothing about legal writing. I did know this in law school, but I love being face-to-face with the knowledge once more. One thing that is working in my favor, however, is that I write in this blog. Seems that writing on a semi-daily basis in a "diary" is a good thing to improving my writing. Seeing as I have been doing this now going on 4 years, I don't see it. I do know I use too many ellipses. I also should buy a style guide at some point, since I don't seem to know my minuscule from my octopuses. Day two is editing. Of course to edit, one must write. This is a leap.
Labels: blog, CLE
Tomorrow evening, I get to head out on my first business trip! Nothing exciting like depositions or trial stuff, but rather a CLE. Still, it gets me out of the office for 2 days and that's always good. Maybe I'll even learn something. *gasp* Of course, this means I have to pack...and I have no clue what the dress code is for this thing. Eh. I'm a professional, it can't be that hard.
Labels: CLE, job
This weekend is Mother's Day. For some it's graduation, for others it's Prom. I have a mother. I had to buy her a gift to show her that I love her mother-ness. To this end I did not buy her candy. I did not buy her flowers. I did not buy her jewelry. I bought her a lawnmower. Now on the surface it seems rather odd. However, it's thoughtful. Not as thoughtful as a lawn service, but hey, I have student loans! Her lawnmower is old, decrepit, and quickly disintegrating. The new mower is shiny, efficient, and has a key start. Since I don't have the time to mow her lawn, I picked the next best thing. Happy Mowing Mom!
Labels: mother's day
When 3L's thoughts turn to graduation and studying for the Bar Exam...when the trees bloom and the crazy red-wing blackbird outside my office window keeps screaming at his reflection. Me? I'm doing okay. Played golf over the weekend, sunburned myself, came back to work anyway. Hope your spring week is looking good. It's already Tuesday!
Labels: Bar, job, spring
Seems this morning, about 20 minutes ago, the NY Bar results were released. I had no idea. In fact, because I run the versions of the browsers I do, I truly never saw the scroller that said they were being released today. Which means I never wished my friend good luck last night...because I didn't know. I feel really bad now. And since I haven't heard anything, I'm not holding out a lot of hope. That makes me feel worse. And yet, I feel good since I didn't have to suffer through it again. This in no way implies I support the concept or that anyone should be forced to go through what I did, rather it's just one of those events in my life that I look back at with loathing and contempt yet joy in that I did actually pass it. It's a very odd feeling. So instead, I'm here, wondering how all of you did who were out there slogging in February. I have a vested interest.
Yes, I actually got excited when my assignment this morning was to research something on Westlaw. This job hardly ever requires research, and that makes me sad. I love to research things. But when the opportunity arises, I'm there! And sure enough, one juicy search on Westlaw and I was good. Glad to know the skills haven't decayed too much. I've missed my calling.
Labels: job, westlaw