So I guess my posting has slowed now that I have rejoined the ranks of the employed.
My week started off slowly, with a little bit of thumb-twiddling. Now my desk is covered with projects and I already feel like I'm behind. I have worked later than I would prefer nearly every night this week. It seems that the lawyers there come in fairly late and stay really late. I don't want to look like a slacker my first week in by leaving when the clock strikes 6, but at the same time I'm not sure how this comports with their assurances that I would not be putting in nearly the hours that I was at old firm. But I am in earlier than everybody else, so hopefully I can maintain a more regular schedule once I've settled in a bit more.
I've already been given a case to call my own, and I'm being added as a second chair on a couple of others. I'm being sent to a conference in November. (I have my choice of attending it in Boston, San Diego, Fort Lauderdale, Denver or Nashville--suggestions??) And next month they're sending me to a luncheon for women in my new industry (which is really not a female-oriented industry).
It is very, very different from old firm--which is definitely not a bad thing, but there are some adjustments to be made.
Overall, I think it is going well. I am happy to be working again, and I think I am doing ok with learning my new practice area. I know enough about the basics that I can concentrate on the details. But boy am I tired.