Emerald City Solo

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

What's A Girl To Do?

So...I never did find that $1.26 in orders, got distracted, and hence let those books get away. Many an impulse purchase dies in this fashion!

About half an hour ago,I finished up an article that I write for a local newspaper. It was due yesterday morning. Since it doesn't absolutely positively HAVE to be in until 9 am the day after the due date, it rarely is in until 4 minutes prior to the drop dead hour. Like most attorneys, it appears that I am a procrastinator. Ah well, I am in good company at least.

I haven't posted for a few days simply because life heated up to a frenzied pace. Wednesday and Thursday of last week were filled with meetings and must dos, and Friday and Saturday I was helping host a CLE in Seattle on Trial Advocacy. It was put on by the WSBA WYLD...and there were some phenomenal speakers! This is good, because my litgation schedule is intense the first part of the year. I have client with an upcoming arbitration re a construction dispute, a trial that has been scheduled for Feb. 6, and I am second chairing a 3 week trial in January on the eastside of the mountains. Rather an amusing schedule for someone who said she would never be a litigator.

I am very curious how one plans ones time in these things...after all, most cases settle. While I know that the 3 week jobbie won't, I am reasonably confident that the other two will. Even so, they might not, and I will need to be prepared for that possibility. How does one plan for the least amount of wasted time in these situations?


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Less than 24 hours later...

I have an order pending on Amazon for David Allen's 2d book...the title of which escapes me at the moment. No surprise - it is a time management book. I find that I am more inclined to keep up my good habits if I reinforce them with some topical and interesting reading. Yep, I'm a geek...I actually enjoy curling up with a good time management book at Starbucks - I find it strangely soothing to realize that someone seems to have a handle on being organized!

Right now, I am $1.26 away from getting free shipping, because I also ordered Frozen Assets Lite - a highly recommended "cook once a month and freeze it all" manual. Some more discriminating palates might cringe at that idea, but it will be a step up from the present diet of dried cereal and chicken nuggets that I currently consume. My husband rejects such a diet, and fixes himself top ramen most nights. While I realized that our eating habits were odd, they were exposed as amusingly disfunctional last week. I described them in a church group I was in, and a guy in his early 20's looked up incredulously and said "all of that education to eat like THAT?" I wasn't sure whether I would die from my laughing, or from the embarrasment. But...it did inspire me to, at long last, get off my rear and address the travesty that is our diet. I am hoping that the Frozen Assets approach will eliminate my most obvious excuse of no time.

Of course, that is less likely if I don't get the book, and it would probably kill me to give up free shipping for lack of spending $1.26 more. Time to go solicit orders from officemates.