To say I’m exhausted would be a grand understatement. Its been a crazy first week of trial. We get paid bi-monthly, and turn in our time accordingly, we aren’t to the end of this pay period yet, and I currently have 122.6 hours of OVERTIME. That’s not including the probably 20-22 hours of work I’ll put in this weekend. I think I deserve a nice yarn purchase. It is at least somewhat interesting, I’ve been put in charge of running all the technology in the Courtroom. Meaning I prepare and present video clips of deposition, run the trial presentation to present the exhibits to the Court, etc. So I sit in the Courtroom for 8 hours a day, waiting till the pressure is on, then bam put the exhibit on the screen/monitors. Its actually quite fun for a tech geek like me. But the hard part is I had to purchase, install, and learn to operate a brand new program in just two days. Fortunately for the first two days of trial I only did the video clips and they used an overhead type projector (called an Elmo) to present the exhibits. Then my boss figured out I could do what the Defense teams were doing and look more professional and the pressure was on. But I’m doing it, and I’m proud of my accomplishments considering three years ago I started at this firm as a secretary. And I’m the first secretary promoted to paralegal, and now trial presentation expert. :-)
With 122 hours of overtime your guess that there has been no knitting. I’m hopeful tonight, but they keep wanting everyone to go out to team dinners. I don’t mind, except it’d be nice to have some personal time. Tonight though is Japaneese, and I don’t think I can resist. I only brought the little toys to knit, left my jacket at home. Today I need some time to get to the mall that is attached to our hotel by a skywalk to get a coat, as I don’t have one and its in the negative numbers here. Although this week its going to warm up a tad, to 30. I didn’t want to buy a coat this year because of wanting to lose another 50 pounds. Nick is insisting I need to, I’m trying to figure out how not to. And I found this gorgeous necklace that I’m coveting, and really isn’t that a better use of funds a necklace over a coat?
The stress level is high, the team is tense, and we’ll never forget the horrendous occurences of this week of what happened in St. Louis. Everyone is exhausted and you can imagine how emotional and physically tense we all are. People are stressed and everyone is taking it out on each other. The meeting I’m in right now people are feeling under used, over used, wrongfully used, and annoyed at each other. I’m glad I’m just a peon on the grand scale.
Well i’d better get back to the meeting. Hopefully I’ll get some down time tonight to knit, but I have a feeling it might be like last night where I got back to my room and just crashed. And that’s okay too. Sleep is sometimes more important thank knitting, sometimes.