Thursday, December 16, 2010
I forgot to wear my pedometer today! I hate it when I forget it. I had to estimate what I did.
Work is completely nonstop. I have not even had time to address my Christmas cards because I come home completely exhausted. But it has had good moments. Today, our top attorney asked me to find a US Supreme Court case (my favorite thing!). It's actually not a case yet, but it was announced last week that the Court would hear the oral arguments next year. She wanted me to find the filings associated with the case. It took me moments to find the docket number, but, since the case is not yet before the Court, I had to hunt for the documents. I found them and was thrilled. She was amazed that I found the docket number so quickly. The letter about the case that she received did not contain the docket number and that surprised me because it came from one of our outside counsel firms. It may be that the docket wasn't assigned when the letter was drafted and did not get updated when it was done.
Our legal department director supports my interest in mediation, thinks I will be good at it and was impressed that I have a support letter to the county court already lined up.
Yvonne's boss has yet to express any appreciation for my work for his department. His emails have been very high and mighty which makes me react very negatively. I have to watch that! He sent an email to my boss about something else, some sort of contemplated system upgrade and wanted to know all about our department's internal workings. He has probably been tasked to spearhead the effort, but the tone of his email was very rude and condescending. UGH. He was my boss for a few months and, while we were civil, we just did not click.
I had the opportunity to spread the Spark today. Two people wanted to know how I had lost 25 pounds this year and I was happy to answer the questions...! Next year, I need to do a lot more! It may take close to 3 years to lose this tonnage and I keep telling myself that that is ok because I am learning very good habits while on the journey.
My internet connection is unreliable, so I will log off for now and beg indulgence for not thanking y'all for comments and spark goodies.
Cyberhugs to all!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I decided I was going to live victoriously today. What did I do? Nothing differently, but I had a very positive attitude. I usually do, but today was a high energy day and I needed it.
The workload is nuts and it does not feel as if it will drop off until after the break. I was a bit upset when I saw Yvonne was on Facebook but I have to remind myself that I don't know everything. She was probably on a break. Normally, I would not care except that I have been working very hard on her desk! My boss might get upset if he heard, but I also don't want to come across as if I am tattling. I hate office politics!
The last meeting with my supervising attorney was postponed until tomorrow afternoon. She sounds really, really stressed and, of course I don't want to add to it in any way.
The interesting conference call was all that and more. It went a different direction than I expected, but I learned a few things. Before the call started, our VP asked for an update on the matter and I started to answer when the outside counsel called. She asked him the same thing and he used the exact words I did! That was pretty cool!
I got in over 9K steps, some strength training and ate within range. Yes, it was a victorious day!
Monday, December 13, 2010
I registered for the Alternative Dispute Resolution certificate class today. I've been intending to do so for a while, but I had to juggle some things and scrounge for the money. The company is not covering this, it is all me. I view it as a chance to earn some money on the side, make contacts with other paralegals and local attorneys and judges. Who knows what the future holds? I have six months to complete the certificate work. The material should arrive next week. Aside from the money issue, I like the idea of having the communication skills to bring people together to work things out so they don't have to spend the money on a trial. In California, most civil cases require some sort of mediation before a trial can be set.
I had no trouble getting my steps in - I made countless trips between two of the buildings on our campus. Additionally, my routine round trip walks to the cafe (one in the morning, one at lunch time) took longer because I had to detour around the work being done to repair some asphalt. No complaint from me! 9222 steps. Plus, I am back to doing hip flexors, squats and other exercises in the elevator. If I take the elevator, it saves my knee and I can walk every day. If not, I set myself back by a day or two.
I am still covering part of Yvonne's desk. She came in today and, other than being tired, is over her cold. BUT her dad had surgery this morning and she was there with him and her mom. He is in very bad shape due to age, diabetes and the heart issues. Her mom is, we believe, in the beginning noticable stages of Alzheimers, so Yvonne has a lot on her plate. I know she feels alone but part of that is her doing because she puts walls up and doesn't allow those who care about her and her parents to help. She also is one of those people who, when things go wrong, sees everything negatively and as if she is the only one who has a problem. I find myself biting my tongue a lot...!
Tomorrow afternoon, I have a conference call with our top attorney and the outside counsel. The question is interesting and I am excited to listen in on the discussion. I am honored to be included!
Tomorrow is also my last one on one meeting with the attorney who is leaving. She came up to me today and asked if we could still have the meeting (I had not deleted it from my calendar) and between what and how she spoke, it sounds personal. Despite her sometimes prickly manner, I will miss her. She knows I respect her legal knowledge a lot. It will be poignant.
On top of the "must finish this before Christmas shutdown" push and workload, we have to do our self-assessment in preparation for the personnel reviews. These are a big deal because the review impacts a significant amount of the bonus. My boss gave me until next week to fill it out, but I did it today in case he wants to get feedback from the departing attorney. I also added a new category based on the comments our new CEO made last week: leadership. I noted that I will be the secretary for the company Toastmaster club and that I am going to be mentoring the new club. I have also joined the "read to lead" program at work. My cynicism rears its head. All that is fluff because the company has the philosophy that every review MUST have something negative. Not to say I am perfect, but I have received unjust criticisms in the past. On the other hand, I have also gone into a review meeting expecting to be hammered for some transgression and have received a pass! Go figure!
The list of people who are leaving the company gets longer and longer. By law, they don't say why the person is leaving, but the rumor mill does and is usually pretty accurate. I have been surprised! So far, I am ok and I said many prayers of thanksgiving for that today!
I will end the day within range in nutrition, got the steps in and did some light strength/balance training. I should have run some errands this evening, but I am taking care of myself and relaxing. (If you can call paying bills relaxing...But I am on my couch.)
Please pray for Yvonne and her parents. I would appreciate it!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I spent most of the day with a very good friend and her partner. We met as coworkers years ago at one company. She left the company and I lost track of her for a few years. We got reacquanted at a holiday lunch. She is the one who brought me to my present company. She was laid off from there almost 2 years ago, but our friendship has only deepened.
I took the train to San Jose and we went to lunch. I can only guess at the food metrics. After lunch, we enjoyed a musical based on the life of Ginger Rogers. After every song, I was sure it was my favorite and then the next one was better. The staging was lovely and some of the voices were amazing. We had the chance to participate in the Q&A with the cast.
Now it can be said. The attorney who is leaving is the one I have been working with for part of the work week. This coming Friday is her last day. I am sorry to see her leave...Several others are leaving that same day, so there is no joy in mudville for me.
Tomorrow - back on track with exercise and food! I am determined to keep moving forward. I am .7 away from -25 pounds gone since I started my SP journey. It has gone a lot more slowly than I ever expected. At this rate, it will take almost 3 years to lose this tonnage! But, along the way, I am learning and changing. If I stick with it, these pounds truly will be gone for good!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I thought I was going to put in about 3 hours at work today and it ended up being almost twice that without me achieving as much as I thought I would. I picked up the work that Yvonne could not do (she's worked from home while sick, but, when you work from home, you don't have full access to all the systems). Her student did not get as much done as I thought, so, when I came in this morning, I discovered that I needed to go back and fill in what was not finished. On top of that, the systems were running slowly. I guess IT was running some maintenance programs.
I ate different foods today and ended up on the low end of the range in most things. I feel really huge today and it's probably because I chugged diet sodas yesterday...
I am tired, tired, tired!
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