Month: July 2012

Employment Enjoyment

The Employment Enjoyment Meme

1. What kind of work do you do?
I am a freelance copy editor and proofreader.

2. During the course of your lifetime, which job or career has been your favorite or most fulfilling?
Anytime I get the chance to edit materials meant for primary school I get super excited. My most fulfilling work is when I get to make really cool stuff even cooler.

Fruits of My Labor
this was one of my favorite projects.

3. Do you think it’s necessary in your life to have a day-to-day “career” that is meaningful and service-oriented or do you function better in “just a job” with a steady paycheck?
I have to do meaningful work, but I admit that it taks a certain amount of privilege to be able to say that. Any time I’ve worked on a position that was just a “paycheck”, I felt like I was dying inside. When it’s Sunday night and you’re wishing you’d get sick so you can call off? That’s a problem. When you’re crying on the commute home? That’s a problem. But some people don’t have a choice, and I respect that.

4. Was there ever a time in your life when you wanted to stay home with your children instead of working, even if it meant less money in the household?
Yes, especially when Aidan was first born. Now I am fortunate enough to be able to do most of my work from home.

5. Tell us your worst boss story.
Hmm, there was the time I went to leave work and the boss said, “You have five more minutes.” When I showed him the clock on my computer that did NOT indicate I had five more minutes, he reset the clock and made me sit for five more minutes before I could leave.

6. Have your ever been the boss? Do you like this this role?
No. I purposely avoid those types of roles. I’ve been sort of a “leader” in a way, but I feel that’s different from being a boss. And even then I was dragged kicking and screaming into the role.

7. What is your dream occupation?
New York Times Best-Selling author as well as someone who gets to edit awesome fiction.

Here are some pictures from some of my past jobs:

Working the Front Desk
working the front desk at the stadium scholarship dorm at ohio state university
(yes, i actually lived in the stadium. it was awesome.
this gave me the opportunity to live in less expensive housing.
it actually should’ve been called the stadium workstudy dorm.)

First Day
first day working as a desk attendent at the apt i lived in from 1995-1998

Another Work Picture
i took pictures of myself during breaks when i worked at Nationwide

Grey Contacts

And a couple past workspaces:

Work My Desk at Work

Wanna hire me? Check out my LinkedIn profile. :)

OK speaking of work, I need to get back to it. Ta ta!


Sunday Stealing (13)

The Too Tired to Think Meme part 1

1. You have 10 dollars and need to buy snacks at a gas station. What do you get?
Water, Doritos, and something chocolate.

2. If you were reincarnated as a sea creature, what would you want to be?
A mermaid.

3. Who’s your favorite redhead?
Oh this one is hard! I adore Karen Gillan, but I also like Ron Weasley! And Ginny Weasley. SO basically ALL the Weasleys.

4. What do you order when you’re at IHOP?
A Rooty-Tooy Fresh & Fruity, but with all bacon.

5. Last book you read?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (for the millionth time!)

6. Describe your mood.

7. Describe the last time you were injured.
Can’t remember.

8. Of all your friends, who would you want to be stuck in a well with?

9. Rock concert or symphony?
Symphony! Went to a bunch when I was in grade school. Had no idea how awesome it was. Would love that opportunity again.

10. What is the wallpaper of your cell phone? The number? (We’ll just say “hi” – promise.)
My wallpaper is a picture of Aidan and me. Not posting my number.

11. Favorite soda?
I don’t drink soda.

12. What type of shirt are you wearing?
I’m wearing a purple tank top under a black one.

13. If you could only use one form of transportation?
Seems like some of this question is missing….

14. Most recent movie you have watched in theater.
The Hunger Games.

15. Name an actor/actress/singer you have had the hots for.
I had a big crush on Adam Brody about eight years ago.

16. What’s your favorite kind of cake?
Jello cake.

17. What did you have for dinner last night?

18. Look to your left, what do you see?
A door. Table piled with books and toys. Adam’s overflowing trash can.

19. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

20. Favorite toy as a child?
I loved my Barbie Dolls.

21. Do you buy your own groceries?
Sometimes. Adam buys most of them.

22. Do you think people talk about you behind your back?

23. When was the last time you had gummy worms?
It’s been a minute. I’ve had bears more recently. (And when I say recent, I mean sometime in June.)

24. What’s your favorite fruit?
Peaches (in season) and Rainiar cherries.

25. Do you have a picture of yourself doing a cartwheel?
No, but I have a picture of myself trying to do a handstand.

Attempting a Handstand


The Sucky Part of Being a Mom

Now I know what it meant when a parent (mine never said this, mind you) on TV says “This hurts me more than it hurts you.” Because having to be strict and discipline your child, seeing him upset and crying, is NOT the thing. And I fought it. Boy did I fight it. I’m not a confrontational person, so it was really hard for me to do it and follow through.

BUT he did something that broke my trust, so all the fun stuff had to be taken away (in all fairness, I think he got off VERY easily considering), and I hated doing it. But I know that I have to. I’m not trying to be on Jerry Springer or something like that duking it out with my kid. No way.

Being a mom is hard. But not hard enough for me to EVER say, “This is hurting me more than it hurts you.” Heh.




I had a bumbley week, emotion-wise. For some reason over the weekend, I started feeling really down on myself in regards to the teacher training, in regards to my diet, in regards to everything! I tried to keep it on the down low, but it kept coming out in the form of random irritability and crankiness. I haven’t been to a yoga class in well over a week, and well, some days it was just not good. :( I felt resentful of yoga, and the yoga lifestyle, and the…things required in my life to be a good yogi. Which you know, is just as messed up as when I was really into the evangelical church and always worried about being a good Christian. I just need to be ME, and “me” is a girl who does yoga but also likes to scarf down candy bars and eat bacon.

But I’m better now, sort of. Tonight we had a homework review and the leader, who is also our counselor, said that my feelings are normal and will come and go. It’s a roller coaster; she said to enjoy the ride!

I think part of my problem is that it’s mid-July, and that it feels like summer is practically over already, even though the Solstice happened less than a month ago. It’s been super hot outside, even uncomfortable for ME at some points (and y’all know I like the heat!), and it’s totally been feeling like summer. I’ve been craving a scoop of chocolate ice cream in a sugar cone, and I haven’t had enough cookout food. I’ve had TONS of pizza though….and I am covered in mosquito bites from hanging out outside with the neighbors from the next block Sunday night. Worth it.

I’ve been MISSING Disney World like a missing thing that misses stuff (not that I really fancy going in the middle of July, however). I want to eat loads of Iowa sweet corn. I want to visit my mommy in her new apartment. I want need a pedicure. I want to go to Half-Price Books and lose my freaking mind. I am LONGING too much and that is no good!

I’m sure I’ll snap out of this soon. In the meantime, here are some photos:

Aidan and Mommy
Aidan and Mommy!

I Love Summer!! #nofilter
I love summer!

I Has a s00j!! :D
I briefly got to have a s00j last week!!!!!

Drying Off
Best Curls Ever

The Birthday Boy
Adam, the birthday boy on July 13

We’re having a thundershower right now. The breeze feels nice. I was going to take a shower (just got a big ass bottle of Dr. Bronner’s baby mild soap. I don’t care too much for the way it smells WHILE I’m washing with it but love the way I smell afterwards. Weird, I know), but because of the storming, I will wait until tomorrow. Now it’s time to play around on some websites before taking a book and heading to bed. Possibly a snack first. I’m still hungry.

Till next time!


OK, Then.

Perfect in my Imperfection

I almost put “Happy Monday” as my subject, then I looked at my menu bar and saw that it is indeed, Tuesday. Of COURSE it’s Tuesday; I had my teacher training today. We worked on seated twists. It was good. One of the twists–I went into a bind (with some help) and I DEFINITELY felt it where I get my side pains. I’m hoping the twist wrang out whatever causes that pain. Cause that’s what twists do, you know. They wring out your organs and detoxify them.

I kinda got my wish Sunday. I didn’t get to be in a TON of nature but I did get to sit under a tree and read. :) I had to do some yoga poses. Here’s my favorite:

Rock 'n Roll Ustrasana
Rock ‘n Roll Ustrasana

I had a good time at the park. The weather was perfect, I had my tree, and it was peaceful. Definitely needed that recharge. :)


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