Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wasting time

A few months ago, I transferred my cases to a trial lawyer -- a real trial lawyer, with more than 175 trials under his belt, not a glorified paper pusher like me (and most big law firm partners I worked with over the years).

The transfer came after weeks of overwhelming stress. We have a nanny who comes about 20 hours a week, and I easily had enough work to fill up 40. As a result, Jeff and I had been - for a series of weekends - negotiating how to split the weekends so that we could each get done all that we needed to. The first weekend of February, I worked most of Saturday, and Jeff had most of Sunday, even though we took a break in the middle to go out for lunch and a stroll -- to celebrate my birthday. When he asked me how I wanted to celebrate, my response was, "I really don't have the time to celebrate right now."

I had days when I was so overwhelmed with work that I couldn't work. I never had those before. I would sit down in the front of the computer and my mind would be reeling with the list of tasks in front of me. Unable to focus. Touching this paper and that, piling them up, and then reshuffling them again. When I worked at firms, I remember having a lot to do at times, but I never shut down with stress. A partner once commented what a cool cucumber I was under pressure, and that's how I remember myself. I don't know when she wilted.

Ever since I handed off my cases, I've had the luxury of having free time. Little T goes down for his nap around 2pm these days -- and happily snoozes until 6pm. Four whopping hours. Along with the luxury of free time has come the luxury of wasting them. After I've picked up his toys, thrown the clothes in the laundry, folded the ones in the drier, and filled the dishwasher, I look for other tasks to keep me busy. On some days, I read a book from cover to end in one sitting. On others, I watch a movie - and then immediately start another. There are days when I surf the net and then stare out the window.

Why haven't I been writing more? Well, the last couple of months, I've been blissfully napping. Overtaken by overwhelming drowsiness that comes with pregnancy. I'm about to start my 20th week of pregnancy -- and so thrilled with the news that this one is a girl. The last three pregnancies, including two miscarriages, have all been boys, and I assumed that we were only capable of making little men. I was almost ready to tuck away my dream of shopping for little dresses, adorning a little one with frilly hats, and making time for girl to girl talks. It never felt so much better to have beaten the odds.


  1. Yay! Welcome back and congratulations, S. I was wondering what happened to you and am happy to hear your news. I'm 34 weeks along and just realized that our first and second set of kids will be the same age. Too bad we live in different states - instant playmates for them and a break for us - lol!

  2. I am so, so happy for you and your family. :)

  3. Congratulations!! What wonderful news! :)

  4. missed your posts, but so glad to hear you are doing well. congrats on a baby girl!!!!!

  5. Hi,

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you! I've missed your writing and was hoping everything was ok.

    Btw - I used to work for PH's Atlanta office and your name is said amongst associates with awe and reverence!!! :-)


  6. Welcome back! Your posts were missed -- you inspire more people than you think :) Congrats on the little girl!

  7. Congrats! I have been following your blog for a few years now, and haven't checked in awhile, as I being a corporate lawyer was tied up in a large deal. So happy to hear about you having a girl. I have a boy, then a girl and I love them both, but there is something about having a girl.

  8. Congratulations Shinyung!! That's wonderful news. Missed your posts.