Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What's New?

Hm, let's see.

Well, I originally intended for this blog to be a humorous account of the ridiculously normal stuff that happens to me as a stepparent.

Except, all this TOTALLY UNFUNNY stuff keeps happening to me.

Yesterday, I lost my job. Try laughing about that.

No seriously, I'm trying to find the humor in this.

It's downright hilarious to work at the same place for four years only to walk in one day and be told you're no longer needed wanted.


So, now I'm 30 and starting over. Again. And it's 8 years since I graduated college, and I still have NO idea what I want to do with my life.

I'm figuring it out by process of elimination.

Things I've tried and now know I DON'T want to do:

1. Work in a nursing home. Waaaay too depressing.

2. Work in a doctor's office. Considering I'm terrified of needles and blood, I probably should have known this was not the right path for me. Two years into it, I figured out doctors are batshit crazy. No really, it's practically a requirement to graduate med school. Next please!

3. Sell traffic lights. Yes, this is a real thing. Actually, this is how I met my husband, and he's worked there for 16 years. But, I personally did not find it fulfilling. Boring is a better word. I did make good money though. Either way, working there isn't an option because my husband and I can't work at the same branch. And I'm almost positive he wouldn't want me to move 3 hours away.

4. Which brings me to my latest trial and error experiment. Selling advertising for a newspaper. It was a relatively fun job, and I met almost all of my current Iowa friends there. But I don't want to sell anything. I never really wanted to, I kinda just fell into it. When I moved to Iowa, I still had a mortgage in the Chicago suburbs as well as rent here. (I refer to this phase of my life as The Love is All You Need Phase.) I had to find a job fast, and being picky wasn't an option.
The major problem with this job was that I'm not really motivated by money. Seminars that were meant to motivate me to want to sell just left me feeling like I was being trained to manipulate.
So, I did my job but always wondered where I was going with this. Sort answer, nowhere.


Now what?

I'm on day 2 of unemployment, and I'm already bored. So I'm pretty sure I'm not the Stay-At-Home Stepmom type. Especially since the kids are in school full time in less than 2 weeks.

I really don't want to go back to school either. School stressed me out because of my alwayshavetogetstraightAs-itis. Plus, I don't know what I want to do so what would I even go back for?

Decisions, decisions.

Maybe I'll just become a professional blogger. Does anyone want to pay me?


  1. I am employed but so unsatisfied. I am grateful but I am really trying to find that something that I have a passion for and that is why I started blogging. Maybe someone will pay you to blog I hope so well if that is what you want :) Good luck and hang in there!

  2. I am 38 and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I went to school to be a nurse, but I HATED it and I completely agree about doctors- a bigger group of asshats you will never find. When I was in the Air Force, I was a photo journalist and I loved it, but in civilian life all that equipment and competition for jobs made it impossible. Sad to say, the one job I really enjoyed in the last decade was stocking shelves on 3rd shift at Wal-mart. I found straightening cereal boxes very zen. I stay home now...long story...and I figure by the time I return to work the only thing I will be qualified for is med school cadaver.