Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Extending my Stay

My secondment has been extended through the end of August, which means I will spend 1/4 of my second year at the firm outside the firm.  Seems strange, professionally.  Been difficult, personally.  But the folks I'm working with are friendly and that goes a long way towards making the days pass.

I am also temporarily extending my lease downtown.  Haven't found a new place yet and can't manage a move during the secondment.  Thanks to those of you who provided encouragement--I'm hoping I'll move in the fall.

And this is the way it goes as an associate isn't it?  I've buckled down and gone into the same sort of survival mode that comes in handy when we've got a big deal running.  I subsist on whatever food they bring in at work.  I let laundry pile up and allow calls to go unreturned.  On weekdays there's only time for work and the commute (and a wee bit of blogging, apparently).  On weekends I play catch up.  I'll make it through.  I wish this job wouldn't snatch entire seasons, but I'll stay a little longer (and be grateful to be able to pay down my loans and save for a rainy day).

I'll stay, but I don't want to get stuck.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

What it Was and What I Hope it Will Be

Today was July 4th. I didn't make plans because I had been told to expect to have to work. Happily, the work project fell through and I had the day to myself. I spent my 4th sleeping in, walking the pups, shopping for groceries, cleaning the apartment, and working out in the complex's gym. Not a bad day, but nothing special... and pretty lonely too.

I hope that one day I'll be spending the 4th with a family of my own. A husband grilling in the backyard. A kid or two splashing around in the pool. A sunburnt little family waiting for the fireworks to start.

I hope I haven't missed out on the opportunity to be part of something like that.