About Me. (a/k/a Informed Consent)

I’m going to turn 40 years old on Monday.  It seems fitting that my 40th birthday falls on a Monday — the bittersweet coincidence that Monday is the worst day of the week but that it’s the start of a whole new period of time.

On the list of things I promised myself I would do before I turned 40 was to write more.  On reflection, that seems odd given I spend more than half my days doing just that.  But, my promise was meant to fulfill a desire to write more about things on which I want to spend time writing.  That, and launching this blog was only marginally less difficult than losing weight, running a marathon, saving money, becoming fluent in Spanish or earning a doctoral degree. I suppose that’s what happens when you draft a to-do-before-40 list when you’re 39.

So, what is it that I want to spend time writing about?  In a word:  Me.  Not in the I’m-so-wonderful-how-could-you-look-away-Kim-Karsdashian way.  I mean this in the I-have-so-much-going-on-there-must-be-something-you-can-relate-to way.  If you’re out there and can relate, welcome to the audience.  Participation is encouraged.

I am married to a great husband and mother to two wonderful kids, ages 4 and 14.  (No, that’s not a typo.)  That comes with all the usual stuff being a wife and mother entails, wrapped up in the semi-weirdness that will be simultaneously having a child in kindergarten and a child in high school.  Add to the mix that our 4-year-old was diagnosed last year with Autism, and you get anything but “usual.”  Truly — if I thought my life was full of acronyms after I became a lawyer, I had no idea:  ADA, IEP, SELPA, ASD, PDD-NOS, OT, PT, ST, MFT, LCSW … I could keep going, but you get the idea.

I’m a working-mom-type.  I’m a full-time lawyer, and I work at a law firm, which means I spend a good deal of my life locked in a battle between personal and professional commitments. I don’t know who is winning, but I’m guessing most days it isn’t me.  My husband is also a lawyer, so at least we have the assurance of knowing our children have no hope of winning an argument with us.  Ever.

I also teach legal research and writing classes to paralegal students.  I used to teach law students, but I found I like undergraduates more.  A lot more.  Teaching both reminds me why I wanted to become a lawyer and makes me question the entire human race.  If nothing else, students are a good source of material.

When I have a spare moment, I like to spend it in the kitchen or watching other people in the kitchen.  I love to read (which may explain how I ended up in law school), and I have no particular preference for fiction or non-fiction — just for well-written and meaningful stories.

So, there it is.  If you can find something to relate to in family, parenting, Autism, teenagers, teaching, learning, lawyering, balancing career and family, preparing a good meal or reading a good book, come on along for the ride.  Otherwise — no worries — as a mother and a lawyer, I’ve grown entirely accustomed to talking to myself.  It’s an occupational hazard.

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3 comments on “About Me. (a/k/a Informed Consent)

  1. […] Jim over at Just a ‘Lil Blog gave me this award after he wrote a story about poo and called my blog “themeless.”  Oh, alright.  He didn’t actually say my blog had no theme.  But it was definitely implied.  Definitely.  (I mean, why would he say such a thing?) […]

  2. you sound like one heck of an interesting and funny and intelligent person – maybe I should go away now while I am still just on the verge of jealousy – lol – look forward to being a “follower” and seeing how you deal with it all

    • ProfMomEsq says:

      Who told you that I’m interesting, funny and intelligent?!? Oh, wait.

      Thanks for the read and the follow. I hope I live up to my reputation. I sound fabulous! 😉

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