Friday, May 15, 2009

Status Update 

The other day I read a few of my old posts from a few years ago – I was much more witty and entertaining then, I think. Or I managed my time better, you pick.

I’ve been feeling sort of adrift for the last nine months or so. I know – get over it, right? I had been transitioning into an in–house legal position at my company, and away from project management. Then a corporate giant acquired the small company, and a few months later they informed me that they only take on attorneys with five-years’ software licensing experience. They did recommend that I find a small company where I could grow into the position with the company. Yeah, thanks – that’s what I had until you bought the place out!

Unfortunately, this placed me smack dab in the middle of the economic downturn, and each week’s ABA newsletter featured headlines of how many attorneys had been laid off in the previous days. Law school friends were suddenly back in the market, and it just wasn’t the best time to attempt launching my law career, either at a firm or on my own. Plus that would mean leaving my current job, where I have several years’ seniority, a better salary than I would get as a new attorney (excluding big law, but they’re not hiring and I wouldn’t want that lifestyle), and where the company is doing well and I have career advancement opportunities.

So now where am I? Trying to climb out of the swirl of “what to do,” and I think I’m finally making some headway.

The Girl got me onto Facebook, and I’ve reconnected with a lot of friends. Last year someone got me to sign up for Twitter but I just didn’t get it. A couple of months ago I decided to throw myself into it to see if that made a difference, and of course now I’m a tweeting freak. I’m also finally making headway at getting rid of those forty law school pounds (down 12 so far), and have made exercising part of my daily (well, most days) routine. It helps that I have iPhone apps that I can use as part of the routine, and that make it easy to send workout updates to FB and Twitter.

My inner geek is making itself know again, and I’ve been listening to some great podcasts. My favorite now is The Anomaly Podcast, followed closely by Treks in Sci-Fi. The gadget obsession continues, and I was pleased with the test run of the handlebar mount for the flip mino a couple of days ago. The iMac is working out great, but I still have to dive in to some of the programs in greater depth.

But something’s missing. My extended rants and raves. The Guyfriend and I are at different companies now, so we don’t get our daily lunchtime dose of geek analysis, and I haven’t been blogging at all. Perhaps I can remedy that. I’ve actually been pondering the idea of talking The Guyfriend into doing a podcast of our own. Think he’ll go for it?

In the meantime, a big project at work finally got the green light, which may be a source of blog fodder. At the least, it means some trips, which is always good for a few stories. Keep your eyes open!

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 10:17 AM