Archive for October, 2008

Battle of the Yard Signs!!!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Who will it be?  Barack/Biden, McCain/Palin, or Original Landscape by Hawks Nursery?  The suspense on my street is getting thick!

 Battle of the yard signs

Eat Your Hearts Out, Other Trick-or-Treators!!!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Two Little Kittens!

Another Day

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Turns out that my friend didn’t forget our mom/kid playdate!  She just thought that the 18th was a Sunday, not a Saturday.  So she showed up on Sunday and wondered where the H-E-double-toothpicks I was!?  So we both had that experience this weekend.  A real bummer.  But we’ll get together another time.

In other news, our new neighborhood has never seen the likes of the cuteness that is going to spring forth from our house this Halloween night. 

I’ll post a picture of them trying out their costumes soon…..

Tomorrow is another day

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Wasn’t that a Scarlett O’Hara line…?  Normally, I would Google it to confirm, but I’m too tired for that right now.

Anyway, it’s the same sentiment that my mother always expressed as “Everything always looks better in the morning.”

And since I know that’s generally true, I guess I’d better get to bed.

It was kind of a rough week on the office front, and then, today, I got stood up for a mom/kid play date. 

Well, stood up isn’t really an accurate description.  I’m sure my friend would never have been a no-show on purpose.  And we made the plan to meet up at a playground with our kids quite a while ago, and didn’t confirm since then – I almost forgot about it frankly, myself.  It’s partly my own fault for not remembering to confirm, and for not having her home number.  But still.  I was so looking forward to this little social get-together with an old co-worker who left our old firm before I did, and with my two kids and her two kids.  

The funny twist is that, although I never knew of her until I started that job four years ago, I learned after meeting her (and learning that her maiden name was the same as my husband’s last name) and doing some genealogical calculating, that she is Paul’s 4th cousin, and therefore that our kids are 5th cousins!  Her ancestor came from the same tiny Austrian village from which Paul’s ancestors hail – and which we had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago.  I know – that’s a pretty distant relation.  But it’s still funny how that connection – even though my ‘family’ connection to her is by marriage – still makes us feel some kind of an urge to keep up to date with one another.  We have a lot of lifestyle issues in common, as well, though.  We’re working attorney moms, who had children (her second, my first) within two days of one another, and can relate about having one the exact same age.

Anyway, she’ll see the e-mail at her office on Monday morning, and feel terrible, I’m sure.

I’m not taking it TOO personally.  I know that life is busy, and that I’d forget every obligation I ever made, almost, if I didn’t write it down.  But even so, I just felt kind of bummed. 

Still, the girls and I played at the playground for about an hour or so.  It was a beautiful Fall day here in Wisconsin.  Then we did a little grocery shopping (Sarah slept through all of that), and then came home and shared a little dinner with my dear old Mom, who kept us company while Daddy Koog is away on an overnight golf/casino trip with some pals.

Nice that he has such good buddies. 

I wish I had more local lady friends.

And From the files of “You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me…”

Monday, October 13th, 2008

In other law firm news, Paul found a current press release from a local law firm (with offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota), that reads as follows.  No, I’m not making it up:

Wessles & Pautsch, P.C. Proudly Changes Name to Wessels Sherman Bailey Joerg Liszka Laverty Risch P.C.!

All I can think is ‘poor, poor, miserable receptionist…’

It appears from their website that they’ll be going by ‘Wessels Sherman’ for short, but still, man.  That’s a toungue twister even up here in Wisconsin where we’re used to pronouncing funny names.

Mega-Law

Monday, October 13th, 2008

OK, so among the changes I mentioned below is that now I work for a large law firm.

I had thought that I’d already been working at a large firm for the past four years.  (A firm with about 140 attorneys is among the top five or six largest law firms in a town like good old Milwaukee).

But the firm I work for now (although I’m based mostly our of the tiny Milwaukee satellite office), is huge.

Over 660 attorneys nationwide huge, and a member of “Am Law 100” (I’m not even sure what that really is).  Also, according to a new report (that I read about on the firm’s Intranet) it is now  the 98th highest grossing law firm in the world. 

Some of their marketing materials I read also boasted that they are “among the country’s 70 largest firms.”  I thought that was pretty funny. Most people don’t go around bragging about being one of the top 70th of anything….

But anyway, it’s new and interesting to be exposed to a company of this size.

I get intra-firm e-mails all day from all around the country.  And they’re from my co-workers, but they might as well be from strangers, almost.  Of course the people I work most closely with are ‘real’ people, and very nice.

But I’m still getting used to the phrase “time-zone appropriate food will served,” which keeps popping up in the description of the lunch that can be expected for various firm-wide teleconferences and satellite video meetings.

I traveled to and from the Chicago office today, and my exploration of mega-firm continues.  My route from the Chicago train station to the Chicago office can be described as walk to the Sears Tower, turn left, walk six blocks.  Pretty simple.

Maybe in a couple of years, I’ll have at least have met 5% of my coworkers… 

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

So Sarah’s over the ear infection that I last blogged about.  But who knew – the antibiotics caused her to have a ‘yeast rash’ on her bottom!  I’d never seen that before, but Sarah broke out in the worst-imaginable-looking red, almost blistery, diaper rash, and I figured out, thanks to some Googling, what the problem was.  A lot of lotramin and a Dr. visit later, and she’s fine again.

But that seems like a minor happening in light of all the other things that have been going on around here.

It’s going to be a Christmas letter for the record books.  Almost everything about our lives has changed since the last holiday season.

New house, new daycare, new bi-weekly housecleaner, new tenants in the old house, new status as long-distance-landlords with respect to the old house, new baby, new degree (Paul graduated from law school), and now, new job for Kelly(!) and, as of today, new (well, used) minivan for Kelly, too.

That’s right, I said new job for Kelly.  Life is full of surprises, and this was a good opportunity. 

So now I’m a newly initiated member of a subculture of Milwaukee people (when I show up at the station in the early morning, I tend to think of us as ‘the bedraggled masses’) who travel on the 6:15 a.m. Hiawatha Service Amtrack train to Chicago (I come back on the 3:15 p.m.) occasionally for work.  (My new firm has a large office in Chicago that need to visit sometimes).  It’s a new situation for us, but a good one.

All the changes are good, even if they all require some adjustments.

I think I’ll be fine if we don’t have too many other changes this year, though.  We may just be up to our quota for the year!!