Despite my very loud and whiney ambivalence about my career (well, mostly career-related choices, and yes, I’m mincey about words), my identity was very much tied up in being a lawyer. This is what I wanted to do since I saw Tom Cruise get all uppity with Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Man.

I spent the first year of my career working as a litigator in a large, Wall Street law firm in New York City. When the job was great, it was the best job in the world. Fascinating, cutting-edge, brilliant colleagues, flexible hours, etc etc. When it was bad, though, it was horrid; it just didn’t “work” with having two kids even when Josh was home full time. I moved to another Big Law job, this time in Toronto, and kind of hated it and missed New York desperately. I’m going to be a little secretive about my new job as it involves working with the federal government in an enforcement role but suffice to say it is legal-ish but not a practising legal position and best of all, so long as nothing crazy is happening at the office I will be leaving before 5 every single day, forever and ever. I don’t even get a Blackberry.