These are the thoughts and observations of me — a woman of a certain age (56). I'm single. I'm successful enough (independent, self supporting). I live in the burbs and work in the city (Chicago, the best city in the world). I'm an aunt, a friend and a colleague. I feel that voices like mine are rather underrepresented online or in print. So here I am. If my musings resonate with you, please visit my blog again sometime.
We moved offices overnight and today it took me literally three hours to unpack and slip into the corner of the former conference room I'm now sharing with three other creatives. I believe I'm going to hate this set up, but there's nothing I can do about it. At least not now. But I'm sooooo freaking tired!
1. What kind of work do you do? I'm an advertising writer.
2. During the course of your lifetime, which job or career has been your favorite or most fulfilling? This is really all I've ever done. I was an administrative assistant for 4 years, but that was a long, long time ago.
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? It's very important to me that I feel connected emotionally to what I'm doing.
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? Nope.
5. Tell us your worst boss story. I once had a boss who was a complete nut job. She actually told me that the reason why we clashed so much is that we were adversaries in a past life, and that if we didn't work it through now, we would keep meeting for all eternity.
6. Have your ever been the boss? Do you like this this role?Yes. I hated it. And I learned that lay-offs suck, no matter which side of the desk you're sitting at.
7. What is your dream occupation? I think I'd be a good pet sitter. I have a way with critters.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently
reading?Sisters in Crime edited by Marilyn Wallace. A collection of short mysteries by "today's women writers." I should mention that "today" is a relative term, since this paperback came out in 1989. Still, I see Sue Grafton, Sara Paretsky and Linda Barnes, so I have high hopes. Plus, I picked it up for 25¢ at a library book sale in another town. I happened to wander by en route to getting my hair cut. I love finding treasures like this. It originally belonged to Mary Ellen Gast, who wrote her name on the title page in blue felt tip.
• What did you recently finish reading?The Meryl Streep Movie Clubby Mia March. “A
novel of love, family and movie night.” I thought this was a missed opportunity. The author created four very original, very individual women characters (no mean feat!) and gave each a compelling backstory (even better!) and then put them in incredibly predictable situations where really handsome men with crinkling, twinkling eyes and cute buns just happen to fall into their lives. There was only one plot twist that I didn't see coming. I don't expect chick-lit to be as intricately plotted as a mystery. But in this book, as soon as a male character was introduced I knew how the plot would be resolved. Disappointing, considering how much I liked the women characters.
• What will you read next?Anne Frank's Family
by Mirjam Pressler. It's been 70 years since Anne breathed free. I
think she deserves to be remembered, and this scholarly book fits the