Thursday, February 26, 2015

Jobs I've Held Over the Years

Writing my Memoirs

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When we first retired here in Florida

I tell people I'm retired, it's easier than explaining I'm just living like I've always have.  Family first and small jobs here and there.  I always felt fortunate that I didn't have to be the responsible one to earn the living for the family as I am too flighty to stay in one job very long.  I would just quit when I felt like it, since my income was extra and not required for monthly bills.  We also moved seventeen times, most often due to my husbands job.

 I often frustrated my husband who was so solidly employed he worked for the same company all his working life, with just a stint in the Navy during his youth.  He started at Sears, then after the Navy he got a job in Kmart management and worked for them until he retired.  Kmart Corp bought Sears a few years ago and renamed the company Sears Holding, Inc.  But I digress and that was him, loyal to a fault.

I did have to work for time, when I did the portrait studio job to make ends meet, and it was the only job I actively disliked.  When you are good at sales, they push you to do better.  At one time I had the 16th best sales nationwide out of about 600 stores.  I didn't like the pressure to beat last weeks numbers and I didn't like how parents behaved when they wanted their children to smile. I was stuck in that job for five years.

My favorite job was running the large library at a Christian school.  I had student helpers but I had the full charge of the library.  I held classes to learn the Dewey Decimal System and all about each category.  I read my favorite books to all the classes through 7th grade during their library time.

Here is my list as I remember from age 16, each job has a good story behind it:

1.  Copper Kettle Cafe - Waitress
2. Dairy Belle - Counter
3.  Theater Concession sales
4. Jolly Burgers -counter
5. Sales Clerk,  Hancock Fabric's
6. Gal Friday in a small office where I commuted to the city
Credit Bureau Reporter
Home Child Care
Certified Home Day Care
Baker at Bintz's Apple Farm
Librarian, Christian School
Word Processing Lab Assistant
Word Processing Clerk
Telephone Solicitor
Portrait Photographer
Portrait Studio Manager
Front Desk Receptionist, Home Mortgage, Inc.
Front Desk Receptionist  Realty office
Personal Assistant to the Broker at the Realty office
Baker, Amish cakes & noodles
Clerk, Dress shop
Relay Operator for the Deaf
eBay business owner (Shooting Star Seller)
Mystery Shopper
Customer Service Operator, Nursery Catalog
Freelance Writer

From 16 to 56, forty years of working at interesting jobs!

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Managing a New Life

These days I am quietly navigating my way through my days and settling into a new routine. I want to change many things but haven't done much about it.  The house is still the same, I haven't changed anything to speak of except clean out the desk so I can use it, and re-file things so I can find them.  Bill and I had very different ideas about how to file.

The days are blending into weeks now.  I'm surprised to find it is again Sunday already.  I have more than enough to keep me busy.  I have church events, events through my art guild, and family time with my mother and sisters.

My sister Karan and my mom and I went on an impromptu cruise in January, taking advantage of the low, low prices.  We were upgraded at the last minute to a suite and I must say I felt quite grand!

We went to Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. This trip was a breeze as we had a wheelchair for mom to get from place to place without tiring her out.

And her cane was fine while in the shops or wandering as we explored! 

In Grand Cayman we had a lovely tour, my first time on the island, but the wind whipped up and a storm came in.  It was all quite exciting until the heavens opened and we got completely drenched just as we were getting back on the ship!  A lot of laughter at ourselves as we dripped all the way to our cabin! 

Once home it was back to work at the West Pasco Art Guild.  Karan and I paint on Tuesdays and once a month attend the general meeting which was on Friday of this week.  A visiting artist came and did a demonstration of watercolor landscapes.

Lynn Ferris  

After the meeting Karan and I went thrifting and then on to Michael's to pick up new brushes this particular artist uses and some other supplies. 

We finished up at Applebee's for a nice dinner.  
A broken (or more likely sprained) little toe rounded out the week, which was easy to cope with by elevating it for a day or two in my easy chair with my laptop in my lap!  It turned a lovely shade of deep purple which I have to live with for a while.  
A quiet Saturday went by and I rented the movie Boyhood, only the second Oscar nominated film I've seen.  I really loved watching everyone age and the dynamics of a mom trying to raise children though disastrous marriages.  It reinforced the good decision I made to always stay married to the imperfect but good man I had who always treated me well.  

The movie itself is actually quite dull and I can't imagine why Patricia Arquette is nominated and receiving such attention. I did not find her extraordinary but Ethan Hawke surely should win.  He brought the whole film to life.  
Today I have a family day going, After church I will be taking Mom over to Karan's for an early dinner.  I plan to spend Sunday afternoons with Mom, taking her out and running errands with her.  Karan is doing that on Wednesdays and my youngest sister Janet when she can.


So that is where I'm at right now.  Busy, Adjusting, Surrounded by love, 
I'm very fortunate.