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30 April 2006 @ 02:05 am
Living crud  

Well, after an exhausting 4 days of work, and a night spent with the window open so that smoke from the brush fire could invade my lungs, I feel like hell. (Note that I did not intend to breathe the smoke. It didn't occur to me that there would be smoke here from a fire 45 minutes away.)

It's the dry season in Central Florida, apparently, and there's a brush fire that's been going on for 3 days now over on the Atlantic coast. That plus the lack of humidity is killing my throat and lungs. I hope I feel better Monday, cause I have to go back to work.

The job involves flagging potential conflicts of interest between this firm and a smaller firm they're acquiring. So far I've found maybe two, which is good. I'm having to go through a mountain of paper, all of which has very small print. This resulted in stabbing headaches on Friday. Now I know that I don't want to do this permanently, or even longer than the month I'll be there. :) But for the money they're paying me, I can put up with it for another 3-4 weeks. I think attorney temping is probably the only temping that you can actually support a family on. If I'm careful, I'll be able to pay 2 months of mortgage.

I also think that it's possible that this interfered with the hiring process for the job that I interviewed for earlier. And I suspect that, if I don't screw up massively or prove unreliable, I might be hired for that job when this temp thing is done.

If so, I will take it, but keep my eye out for other things. I found out one of this firm's clients, and I won't even tell you who it is, because I'm ashamed that I'd work for a firm who had them as a client. But right now, I just need a job. Any job.

I slept for 4 hours this afternoon. I'll likely do that tomorrow as well-- stocking up on sleep for another week of going through tons of paper. Lord, I'm tired.

I'll talk about my new garden plans and our new (used) bikes in a later post. Right now, bed.
Jerlugonn on April 29th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
I won't even tell you who it is, because I'm ashamed that I'd work for a firm who had them as a client

That's okay - you're allowed to want to eat regularly and have a roof over your head.

Feel better soon.
Elletheletterelle on May 1st, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
You know what? It's worse than Jeb. *hides head*

I hope I do feel better. I wanna sleeeeeep.
Galestormgalestorm on April 30th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Hope you feel better soon -- I always get sick when I start a new job. I think that it's so tiring that it just taxes the immune system beyond its limits.
Elletheletterelle on May 1st, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
You think so? I hope I don't have to go through this again in another month. Woe!
fangirlsays on April 30th, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
I hope you're feeling better soon, hon. And I had no idea Florida /had/ a dry season! Huh.

Spam: beach monstermadbodger on April 30th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
The coast doesn't so much (although there was the time Daytona caught fire, but central Florida can get quite dry between the thunderstorms.
Elletheletterelle on May 1st, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
I didn't either! I found out from the paper. :)
High-velocity pie of death: evil geniusnixieq on April 30th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
is it possible to get hold of some kind of magnifier, to help avoid the splitting headaches? even if it's just the old-people magnifying bar that you slide down the page as you go?
Elletheletterelle on May 1st, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
Not really. I look at each piece for an average of 3 seconds. I'm scanning for a few specific things, so it's just focus and move on. Adding a magnifier to that would slow me down tremendously, and wouldn't really help, as my eyes would automatically focus on where the magnifier was going, and read the small print.

I brought Advil today. It's only a month. I shall prevail!
Maureen Lycaonmaureenlycaon on April 30th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
Not one of the Bush family! Oh, dear gods, not one of the Bushes!

Seriously . . . maybe you could wear some sort of glasses or a magnifier, like nixieq said? I'd hate to see you miserable from doing something that earns real money and uses your legal training.

I've had ashes fall on my sidewalk from brushfires out in Angeles and even Los Padres National Forests, more than 60 miles away.
Elletheletterelle on May 1st, 2006 06:54 am (UTC)
It's worse than Jeb. But I need money.

I told nixieq above, I go through them so fast that a magnifier wouldn't help. I will just swallow Advil and get through it. It's only for a month.

60 miles? Dayum. I totally bet that's what happened to me.
Maureen Lycaonmaureenlycaon on May 1st, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)
Good lord. Anne Coulter? Saddam Hussein? *blurts out guesses before reminding self it would probably be better not to know*

Yep, 60 miles. Get a good Santa Ana wind screaming through the hills while an out-of-control brush fire is burning, and you can get smoke, ashes and debris for a loooong way -- up to a hundred miles.