Friday, October 19, 2012


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as you know, and for every purchase of this "Special Edition" of Ronni Feuer's Funky Chunky Popcorn, 10% of all sales will go to the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Foundation.
It's a win/win!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


A friend told me about a survey her firm conducted in which the results revealed that the majority of people thought the lunch room at their work was simply a place for people to gripe about their jobs. 

It went on to say that a large number of people had started to eat elsewhere because they didn't like the "negative energy" of the lunch room.

Another friend and I chatted about this over lunch (outside the office), the other day and he said that he thought the purpose of the lunch room was to have a place to commiserate and "vent" with your colleagues.

I do notice that at my firm, most of the people in the lunch room are staff.  There is one obvious reason for that - staff people (i.e. secretaries and support staff) don't have offices.  Paralegals usually do - but they sort of fall in the "gap" somewhere between secretaries and attorneys. 

Anyway, it made me think .  Should the lunch room be a place where you have an hour to "let loose," or should we have to be on our "best behavior" and mindful of what we say regardless of where we are on company property?

I, for one, have noticed that office lunch rooms often take on the feel of the "middle school cafeteria," with different groups of people sitting together and lending itself to "cliquish" behavior.

For me, when the weather is nice, I like to get outside and at least take a short walk to clear my head.  If I have a particularly busy day I do tend to eat at my desk, although I think most office managers frown upon it, as they want to ensure that you take all necessary breaks as mandated by law.

I'd love to hear from you.  Should the lunch room be a place simply to eat lunch or an unofficial therapy lounge, so to speak.

Monday, October 15, 2012


I'll begin by saying that after you read this book, you may appreciate your job a lot more.  If you thought law firms were brutal, you ain't seen nothing yet.

In Jordan Okun's first novel,  the narrator is the 23 year old son of a studio head, newly graduated from USC and has just landed a job in the mailroom trainee program of THE talent agency in Los Angeles.

I don't think I would describe this as chick-lit.  It reminded me a lot of "The Devil Wears Prada," and "The Second Assistant," except it's darker - much darker.  At times, it was a little too, shall we say "descriptive," but I couldn't stop reading it!

Honestly, I might have to celebrate "Boss's Day" this year because now I know - there's always someone who's got it worse!!

And if you're star-struck like me, this is just the ticket.

A Simon and Schuster novel.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Martini Lunches – Should You or Shouldn’t You?

I have never been one to enjoy a cocktail at lunch.

And, you may call me na├»ve, but I pretty much thought the days of “Three martini lunches” were over. I know some firms that have specific written policies that forbid drinking during work hours, even if you’re outside the premises for lunch, etc.

Of course, there are those exceptions when the office is having “happy hour” to celebrate a big win or holiday or partner promotion or “just because.”

That said, after talking to a couple of secretaries in the last few weeks, not in my office, of course, but colleagues of mine, who like to enjoy a little “liquid lunch” every now and then, I think that a better option is to drink after work. It’s called “Happy Hour” for a reason.

Remember – loose lips sink ships.

Don't drink and type.