Friday, April 29, 2011

New Office "Supplies"

Okay, so the Balance Bar Company sent me an assortment of their new flavors to try. And, of course, I did what moms do. I packed them up to send to my daughter at college. Except - I snagged one of each flavor for myself.

Well, yesterday was a crazy day. So, I never got out to lunch. And that means that I ate one of each - Lemon Meringue Crunch, Double Chocolate Brownie and S'mores!

They are not only filling, but they gave me the shot of energy I needed and they are delicious. I can't decide whether I like the Lemon Meringue Crunch or the S'mores better. And the Double Chocolate Brownie is pretty darn good too.

Suggested retail price is $1.49 per bar.

Make sure to keep a stash in your drawer. You never know when one of those last minute court filings might pop up!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Administrative Professionals Day - Yay or Nay?

Tomorrow (April 27th) is Administrative Professionals Day (formerly known as Secretary's Day). I won't get into the long history of where it all started and how. Truth is, I don't know if I can be sure of which "urban legend" to believe. I still call myself a "secretary" although most of my co-workers prefer to call themselves "Assistants." Po-ta-toe, po-taw-to.

Over the years, it's been a day that has made me feel either a) really appreciated b) really unappreciated c) underappreciated or d) mad as hell.

It seems the people I've done the most for have acknowledged me the least. I know that the economy isn't what it used to be and most offices/firms have significantly scaled back their celebrations.

I don't know what my firm has planned but I'm fairly certain that if it involves free food and drinks, the attorneys will knock us poor staff out of the way to serve themselves first.

Anyway, Happy Administrative Professionals Day. I'm reminding myself to be thankful I have a job.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Taxes Got You Down? Get Happy!

HG Litigation Solutions

Thursday, April 21
Max’s Diner & Bar
500 12thSt. | Oakland City Center

We invite you to mingle with others in the legal industry and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with HG Deposition & Litigation Services.

Please contact Danette at or 415-265-8403 by April 20th

Monday, April 18, 2011

"Rawhide Down" - The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

March 30, 1981

I remember it like it was yesterday. That was the day that President Ronald Reagan almost died in an assassination attempt.

Now, the real truth about what actually happened that day.

"Rawhide Down" by Del Quentin Wilber

In bookstores now.

Review coming soon!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Barkley Court Reporters E-MCLE

Barkley Court Reporters eMCLE Series Presents:

Deposition Realtime Software Utilization
Complimentary Webinar MCLE
(1 credit will be awarded to participants for CA, IL & NY)

April 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PST

(1:00 p.m. CST, 2:00 p.m. EST)


Current realtime software utilization
Troubleshooting realtime connections
Searching transcripts
Working with case issues
Annotating transcripts
Creating case and transcript reports
Updating transcripts with final versions
Internet depositions with video streaming

Learn to utilize the most advanced realtime software to instantly view the deposition on your laptop as it transpires locally, or connect via the Internet to depositions occurring remotely. Also receive training in transcript management, how to create annotations, run searches, and create reports. Paralegals will also benefit from learning the techniques of these powerful programs.


One Lump or Two?

Raise your hand if your boss asks you to fetch coffee for him or her?

I happen to be "old school" so I don't have any problem getting a cup of coffee or lunch for my busy partner. Or my busy associate. Or another busy secretary for that matter.

However, on more than one recent occasion, other secretaries have commented on how they think it is completely inappropriate for a boss to expect a secretary to get coffee.

I know we've come a long way but unless it's illegal or immoral, I simply don't care. Plus, if my boss needs caffeine to keep turning out those magnificent briefs, then I'm here to help. I mean "support" means just that, right?

But, where do you draw the line? Some of you may be too young to remember Melanie Griffith in "Working Girl." You should rent it on DVD. I will never forget the scene of her pushing the dim sum cart down the hall. I admit I'm a sucker for a good pork bun.

What about "The Devil Wears Prada?" Now, that was no easy job for sure. But Anne Hathaway was an amazing assistant.

I think there's something to be said for being there to assist in whatever capacity is needed.

What are your thoughts? Do you do coffee? I'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

WEBINAR - April 20, 2011 - Best of Automation & Timesavers in MS Word 2003


Best of Automation & Timesavers in MS Word 2003


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Increase your efficiency in MS Word 2003 and save valuable time creating documents! This class will show you how to use Automation tools, including, AutoCorrect, AutoText, Customizing Toolbars, etc. Plus, how to Create Forms with Text Fields, Drop Down Lists, or Check Boxes.

For more information and to register: