Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year

Welcome back and Happy New Year! Sorry for that brief but necessary blog vacation. In knitting news, the mittens were a great success…



Hopefully they are keeping the recipient’s hands toasty warm as he snowboards in chilly New Hampshire. Only the coolest of cousins would love mittens so goofy. I had to crop his face because I am more like a protective old aunt than a cousin, but teenage girls – he’s quite a catch! (Gah – I hope none of his friends ever see this, how embarrassing to be pimped out by your old cousin!)

In other news, I left my job at the big law firm!



That was my rubber band ball (with staple remover shown for scale). In the beginning, it was springy and firm, but as those years (6!) of lawyering under the fluorescent lights for hours upon long hours trudged past, it became dry and desiccated and pathetic. Perhaps this was the natural deterioration of the rubber, but I wasn’t about to risk the same fate – I finally got the hell out of there. On my last day, I practically danced out the door, even though I was dragging my two 300 lb diplomas (now purely decorative, since I suspect I am through with the law for good).

I’ll be heading back to school in February to pursue a totally new career; something very different from the law. But for the next 7 weeks, I’m free to do whatever I want. Today, unfortunately, “whatever I want” means clean out my closets. Got to get rid of some of those lawyer suits to make room for my new wardrobe of jeans and very funny t-shirts.

I’m planning to donate the suits to Dress for Success – anyone have any experience with other charities in the NY area that might also be interested? The suits aren’t fantastic (basic Ann Taylor stuff) but definitely could be useful for someone in need.

Hope everyone is recovering from the hectic holiday season and enjoying a peaceful start to the new year.

14 comments:

Mintyfresh said...

Congrats on your big life change! And much good luck for the new venture you're beginning.

Veronique said...

Congratulations! Do you feel as if a big weight has been lifted off your shoulders? And 7 weeks of "vacation"?! Talk about lucky.

carrie said...

congrats! (i bought my boyfriend that scrabble t-shirt. too funny!) i hope you really relax and enjoy the next 7 weeks. dress for success is a great charity, but they don't always accept every size of clothing. i'm sure there are tons of great charities around the city.

--Deb said...

What an exciting way to start the new year. Congratulations!!

And--don't forget, I need your address for your prize for finishing Tannenbaum.

Megann said...

Wow! That's big news! Congratulations, and best wishes in the next phase of your work-life. I can't wait to hear about what you're doing next.

Jeff in MD said...

Woo! New adventure - yay! Best wishes!

There were many times in Minnesota when I would have given my left arm for mittens like that.

kaitlyn said...

can't wait to hear what you are up too! And the foundation I work for makes a grant to dress for success each year and I can't say enough good stuff about them. I am sure the suits will be well used and well deserved :)

Katie said...

Wow, congrats! Enjoy those free weeks ~ they will certainly fly by. Lots of knitting time for you, though!

heather said...

from someone who really knows what you're ditching - congrats and whohoo! can't wait to see what you embark on next...

amandamonkey said...

wow. WOW! Congrats!

(awesome lobster-claw mittens, btw)

=joy= said...

CONGRATULATIONS! and i will be joining you with the threadless t-shirt brigade! apparently i went bucknuts one day and bought 6. we will have to model them with sandra and hers! ^_^

amanda said...

WOW congrats on the life changes! You sound very confident and happy. Bottomless Closet is a great organization in NYC that is always accepting clothing donations for women. http://www.bottomlessclosetnyc.org/

Ashley said...

A belated and repetitive congrats--but sincerely meant. I have numberless friends who are miserable lawyers--they all insist tht they're going to get out, but they never do. Props on making the leap.

Stephanie said...

You and I must be on the same wavelength - the need to start the Jaywalkers (although I haven't started yet, but I do have the yarn!), the desire to leave a law firm. I'm working towards that as well. Congrats to you, and have fun on vacation! My word verification is wfuaayz, which kinda sounds like a celebratory cheer - how appropriate!