This week has been among the most stressful I've ever had in my working life.
I'm sure everyone has experienced the stress of having too much to do in too little time. But to know real stress, try having NOTHING to do.
I don't think I worked more than two hours this entire week. Oh I still showed up and sat at my desk from 9 to 5, but I definitely turned my monitor away from the doorway so no one would walk by and see the new J.Crew sale items emblazoned on my monitor. Or the cute new shoes at Target. Or the pretty fall basics at the Gap. You get the idea.
The whole time I'm internet shopping under duress I'm thinking three things:
(1) Any moment now, the partner is going to have a talk with me and "let me go."
(2) When the other two new associates come in a couple weeks, how can we possibly split this 2 hour work week between the three of us?!
(3) I wonder if I should move to a firm in which I'll actually learn some real skills instead of being a very well paid chair warmer...
But on the plus side, I'm slowly amassing a pretty kick-ass wardrobe.