Thank goodness for Nicole at Moments That Define Life for her idea bank. I have a ton of things to write about and some of it I can’t really write about here. I will just say that sometimes I think I live in Crazyville and raising a teenager and two tweens makes me want to move to St. Thomas or the Cayman Islands. I am completely addicted to House Hunters International because I am in awe (and a little jealous) of people who can pick up and move to a different country (I am mostly jealous of the island ones).
Anyway, back to the post. Thank you Nicole for the idea.
5 Jobs I’ve Had:
1. I babysat from the age of 11 (if not 10) and my first “real” job was for a teacher at my dad’s school. They lived in a townhouse a few blocks from us. The funniest thing was that my sister, Gina and I babysat together and the first time we did, we kept thinking the baby pooped and kept changing his diaper. There was never any poop in the diaper but it finally dawned on us that it was the waste management plant at the end of the street that was the cause of the smell.
2. My nana got me a job at Osco Drug (she worked at the adjoining Jewel) in the cosmetics department. I was 16 and trying to make money so I could afford to go to cheerleading camp. I was pretty good at stocking the shelves but sucked at working the register. The only memory I have is that my boyfriend at the time would come and keep me company while I stocked the shelves. My boss called me a slut and said that all he wanted to do was get in my pants (a simple, “Your boyfriend can’t come visit you” would have done). I told my nana and she marched right up to my boss, stuck her finger in her face and said, “If you ever say another nasty thing about my granddaughter, I’ll have your ass.” And then very loudly, she said to me, “She’s just jealous that no one wants to get in her pants.” She was my hero. She was the toughest lady I knew and I love that I have her blood coursing through my veins.
3. I worked at Movies to Go which turned into Blockbuster Video. I loved that job. I got my best friend a job there, too so it was a lot of fun when we worked together. It was an easy job that paid for a lot of extras my freshman year of college (mostly the long distance phone bill and eating out).
4. Every summer and every break while I was in college, I worked at Children’s World Daycare Center. I started out an assistant in the 4′s and then was promoted to the head teacher in the 3′s. When I stayed up at school, I got a job at Sycamore Child Center and was the head toddler teacher. I LOVED that job. I loved the kids and it felt like it was what I was born to do.
5. I was a teacher. I was a supervisor for an at risk summer school program where at risk high school students tutored at risk elementary school students. That job had scary moments but really rewarding moments, too. I worked in Carol Stream as a 2nd grade teacher. I don’t know if it was the team of teachers, the principals or the job itself but it was one of the best times in my life. I miss it every single day.
5 Jobs I Want:
1. I would love to be a private practice counselor. I think I’d mostly want to do children and family.
2. I would love to know how to do hair. Cut, dye and style it. I just think that is such a cool thing to know how to do.
3. Another job I’d love is to be an actress. Okay, so more specifically, an actress who happens to play the love interest of Taylor Kitsch or Chris Hemsworth. Yes, I know there is a huge age difference but in the movies that I would be in with them, they would fall in love with an older, wiser woman. I have absolutely no acting skills (a flair for the dramatic, maybe, but actual acting, not so much) but I think it would be pretty cool to escape for a little bit and be someone else. I feel like I do that in a small way when I write in the books I am working on.
4. Which leads right into an author. It’s obvious but I can’t do a post on jobs I want and not include it.
5. I eventually want to go back to teaching. I don’t know that I could do elementary school anymore. I’m not sure it is the same (I know I say that all the time). I think preschool would be a better fit. I would still need to manage the chaos at home since I have a small one at home and will for a loooong time and I like the idea of going to work and not having too much to do outside of it. Plus, I think preschool is so important in establishing a love for school that I find that challenge rewarding.
There you have it. Could you have guessed them? Surprised by some?
What about you? What was your most memorable job? What is your dream job?