Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Doodle: Dress for Success

With the current economic climate being what it is, and the fact that many young people are now pounding the pavement looking for hard-won jobs, I thought I would offer some timely advice from my years of experience and wisdom. I am, after all, 27 years old -- which is almost 30. And 30 is basically the same as 40. So you could say I'm heading over the hill, really.

I have what -- in my opinion -- is one of the most enviable jobs. Two jobs, in fact. I am both a stay at home mom (or a SAHM if you read mommy-blogs [which I don't if I can help it]) and a writer. More specifically, a novelist. Except for when I moonlight as a blogger. And also those times I write articles. But you get what I mean.

What I'm trying to say is that you all want my job, I promise. Granted, I have yet to make any money at it, and I am almost guaranteed to only ever make a pittance if anything, but that is beside the point. So my big tip for those out looking for a job is: dress for success. I doubt anyone else has shared that pearl with you. They probably don't even really want you to find a job, but I do, so I'm going to share what I consider to be my work uniform. My day hasn't really begun until I've put on these inspirational and hard working clothes.

Momvelist Work Uniform
Awww yisss.

Firstly, I make sure my pajama pants are mostly clean. Or at least don't have any visible stains. Secondly, I wear whatever t-shirt I find that is closest to wherever I threw my pajama pants the night before. On top of that I layer some well-loved flannel or house coat. Preferably something that the thrift store wouldn't even try to sell. Then, lastly, socks. Matching not required.

I promise, if you dress like this, people will ask you to stay home to work.

On second thought the above example really only applies to the writer part. If you also want to be a stay at home mom then I suggest auditioning for the part dressed like this.

Though, to be perfectly honest, I have a pretty high success rate getting SAHM endorsements (ie, kids) dressed in the previous uniform.

Happy job hunting!

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Heavy: A Sacred Battle

Marriage is not just an exchanging of hearts and minds but also of swords. It's saying "I will think of you first," and "I will love whom you love and care for what you care about," and it's also "I will fight your battles for you."

And even more importantly one needs to understand that the battle to stay married is a fierce one, and sometimes enough blood gets in our eyes, enough grief enters our hearts and poison enters our minds, that we turn against one another.

Sometimes your most intimate ally becomes the one who has the most power to devastate you, and still you must fight for them while they are doing their best to destroy you. This is the only way marriage survives.

Marriage is wonderful, and terrible, and sacred, and glorious. It is not for the faint of heart.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kidversations: Disappointing News

Liam, after being told he had to stop asking if he could sleep in my bed: I'm really sorry to tell you this, mommy, but I have to sleep in your bed tonight. I'm really disappointed.