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Website Triumphs

If you have spent any time around me in person over the last few weeks (or really, last two years) you will know that my work’s website has been the bane of my existence for quite some time.

I don’t have a really good shot of what it used to look like, but here is a screen shot I took a few weeks back:

Tolerable but dated. I could point out the numerous problems (including the fact that the e-mail address listed doesn’t work), but I think it speaks for itself.

And while it is not quite finished yet, this is what the website looks like today…

Isn’t it so much better?! I could just sit and stare at it.

I like to think that if the law thing doesn’t work out, I could go into designing websites. (Just kidding, I still don’t know what I am doing.)

Thanks to everyone who offered advice and put up with my constant, unsolicited questions! (And to Kayla who helped me figure out how to upload photos…but that is a story for another post.)


Bethany Suggests TikTok

Me: “And so I finally got the Twitter up and running for the Foundation.”

Bethany: “What you need is a TikTok.”

Me: “For…a legal foundation? That can barely manage Twitter?”

Bethany: “My generation likes TikTok. I bet not a lot of lawyers have it but it could be really funny. You could totally inspire them to grow up and work for your Foundation some day.”

Me: “I’m not sure we have the subject matter for it.”

Bethany: “You sue the government. Gen Z hates the government. It totally would work.”

Me: “Our current case focuses on extra regulations placed on high capacity well petitions by an agency acting outside its legislatively delegated authority. How do we turn that into a TikTok dance?”

Bethany: * long pause* “Yeah, maybe not. Pity you don’t have anyone really, really attractive in your office. We could have made that work.”

#priorities


“First” Day of Work!

I am officially a salary woman again! I started my new position today as Counsel and Director of Development at the Foundation.

And I spent the day on my couch in my PJs, much like every day since quarantine started. My boss is out of town and work is still on lockdown. Exciting stuff.

But hey, it is a start.


Have a Picnic

I e-mailed my boss a question about an article I’m writing for work. He responded:

“Hello there. It is Memorial Day. Go have a picnic.”

If you are looking for me, I will be wandering around aimlessly outside.


Promotion!

I have not heard back from the interview I mentioned a few days ago, but I did get a promotion at work! I am officially the Foundation’s Director of Development. I am pretty excited for the opportunity. I have fancy business cards and everything

In other news, today kicked off spring break! Soooo ready to for the next few days of rest and catch-up. 


“Normal” Amount of Posts

As I mentioned in an earlier post or two, part of my job at work involves updating the Foundation’s blog. I actually quite enjoy it. But I realized, the fact that I blog on Fernweh’s Call every day has given me a skewered perception of what is “normal” for a healthily updated blog.  

For example, my work’s blog is accessible through the website and the website lists the most recent 8 or so posts with links to get there. I seriously over-analyze how recent those 8 posts should be. Is it okay to have one from May? Should they all be June and July? Or just July? Can July have a few more posts than June? Or should I evenly space out posts so I don’t post more than 4 a month? 

But when you are used to writing 30-31 posts a month, 4 sure seems weak! 

I think I am going to go stalk all the organizations like us and see how often they post.


Blogging For Work Part II

We’ve run into a bit of a backlog with consistently updating the blog at work. Thus, my main role today involved back-dating posts to reflect updates we previously sent out to our subscribers. 

The thing is, it didn’t occur to me till I was halfway through the project that I don’t follow our blog and I have no idea if everyone who does gets an e-mail when I backdate something. 

In other words, a whole bunch of people might have an inbox right now that looks something like this:

  • Foundation to file join as intervenor in case (January)
  • Foundation submits motion to join as intervenor in case (February) 
  • Foundation receives permission from Supreme Court to join as intervenor to case (March)
  • Foundation files brief as intervenor in case (April)
  • Foundation files reply brief as intervenor in case (May)
  • Update on Foundation case (June)

 

Update: Good news. We don’t actually have subscribers to our blog.
Bad news. Just found out we don’t actually have subscribers to our blog.


Blogging For Work

Boss: “You blog every day, right?”

Me: “Yup!”

Boss: “So you can whip a few posts up about our last case, right? Should be a breeze!”

Me: * thinks about the story of the runaway watermelon that took 5 minutes to write *

Me: * thinks about the complicated civil procedure litigation we just finished that took weeks of research *

Me: “…yeeeeeep.”


Elevator Dependent

Today the electricity went out in the building where I work while all of us were showing up to work.

Guess what runs on electricity? 

Elevators. 

Guess what none of knew how to do? 

Get to our floors without an elevator. 

There are no staircases in the main lobby. Only elevators. 

There are no staircases in the parking garage. Only elevators. 

I wandered outside and started circling the building before one of my co-workers pointed me in the right direction. He was headed for a coffee shop (no electricity also means no WiFi) but suggested I take the flight of stairs accessible from another portion of the building.

I entered yet another lobby and saw three doors.

Opened the first. Pitch black. Must be a broom closet. 

I tried the second. Locked.

I tried the third. Locked.

Back to the broom closet. Turns out, it is actually the stairs. They are just pitch black. 

I turn on my phone flashlight and start meandering up them. Someone was actually leaving my floor so he held the door open for me. This turned out to be an unexpectedly helpful move because guess what I learned after the fact?

The stairwell doors all lock behind them

AKA: once you are in the pitch-black stairwell, you are trapped in there until someone opens a door. 

Does this seem like a fire hazard to anyone else?

Anyway, electricity came on not long thereafter, but what an adventure getting into work this morning! (At least it gave me an excuse for running behind!)


Commute

In theory, living with my parents comes with several perks. I get to see my family every day, not worry about paying rent, eat cooked meals. What’s not to love? 

My daily commute, that is what.

Since my drive falls during rush hour, I am on the road anywhere from 3 to 4 hours on any given day getting to and from work. 

It was much worse before I got glasses. I’d squint into the darkening sky and feel tired and cranky. Then I got glasses and everything got better. (No, seriously, lack of eye strain is the BEST. #Iloveglasses)

The other perk of my job is that my boss doesn’t have me come when he is on vacation. And as he is mostly retired, he goes on vacation a lot. I have yet to go more than 3 days driving in at a time. 

Anyway, I’m apartment hunting and plotting my return to Madison. Until then, I’m grateful for:

  • glasses
  • vehicles that run
  • family 
  • an awesome job 
  • retired bosses