Thursday, May 30, 2013
Bake sale? Count me in. Book Club? I’m there. Memorial Day Celebration? I’ll volunteer. Welcoming Committee? I love meeting new people.
After much anguish and one too many committee meetings that seem to go on forever and accomplish nothing, my new motto is “Just Say No.”
The weather is getting hotter, tempers are getting shorter and it’s just not worth it.
Being a team player is great. Being “sociable” with your co-workers, that’s cool too.
But sometimes, you just have to stop, focus, prioritize, do your work and go home.
Work should be pleasant because you’re with these folks for at least 7 or 8 hours a day.
However, maybe too much fun isn’t really fun at all.
For now, I’ll save my social activities for “after hours.”
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
The older I get, the more I worry.
When I was younger, I never gave a second thought to what color nail polish to wear. I used to jazz my nails up with decals and I'm going to date myself here, but, I even remember the 14 carat gold fake fingernails. I didn't say I ever wore one. Just said I remember them.
Should there be any rules applied when it comes to which shades of polish to wear for work? Obviously, if you're in the fashion industry or the music industry or arts and entertainment, even publishing, you have a lot more fashion freedom. But law offices are supposed to be conservative. Or are they?
I tend to opt for more subdued colors, light shades of pink, nude or maybe french tips. Partly, it's due to the fact that the last time I painted my nails blue, my daughter told me I needed to "quit it." The other reason I don't wear dark shades, (can you say 'Linkin Park After Dark?') is that the dark colors tend to rub off on paper. And I handle lots and lots of paper. But I must admit I do love those dark colors. Black is the new red when it comes to nails, you know.
I just tend get a little self-conscious when I hand one of my bosses a file and my hands are screaming, "look at me!"
There must be a book out there somewhere on "appropriate nail polish for the law office." I haven't run across it, but if you do, give me a shout. Better yet - raise your hand.
Unsure in San Francisco
at 9:22 PM
Sunday, May 12, 2013
“If I were a professor and taught a class on the legacy of violence,
I would make everyone read this book.”
—Dr. Joel Fay, retired police officer and psychologist
at 7:55 PM
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Most law firms don't allow secretaries to have radios on their desks. Of course, I don't suppose anybody has a radio these days.
At any rate, you're not allowed to have a docking station or anything that emits noise out into the open that could possibly disturb your co-workers, or God forbid, attorneys.
So, many years ago, I took to using headphones. There are times that require me to completely focus, such as when I'm entering time or transcribing or preparing documents for filing in court. But, when I'm doing tasks such as simple data entry or pulling cases, I can easily listen to a CD or Pandora at the same time.
Music allows me to enter a space where I'm in somewhat control. Meaning, I can decide what I want to hear, I'm not bothering anyone else and I have a little bit of freedom.
If you haven't tried it, consider investing in an inexpensive pair of headphones - or an expensive pair if your budget allows.
Either way, I'll bet you'll be surprised at what a difference it makes.
Don't disturb this groove.*
"Don't Disturb This Groove" by "The System" (circa 1987)
at 10:03 PM