The Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge: Work

I’m doing the Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge, started by A Little Unhinged.  As I go on in the challenge, I decided that some questions are easier answered on their own, and some will be put into a post together.  Today I am answering question #6.

6)  Where have you worked?

Oh Soup Nazi, you were so misunderstood. Much like me…

Oh boy, what a question to ask.  Probably because I currently don’t HAVE a job.  I’ve been in the market for a few months, and haven’t worked full-time in almost a year and a half.  I lost my one on one associate job at an elementary school due to a drop in students needing services.  In the dog eat aardvark world of public schooling, there are no promises.  Because I didn’t have nearly the seniority as other ladies that I worked with (some had been there going on 30 years!) I was the one bid adios to.  This was after my part-time job in the after school program (run by a different organization) was eliminated for attendance reasons the previous year. Gosh darn it, what’s a girl to do?  Short of going out and recruiting children to come and be a part of either program, there really wasn’t a whole lot within my realm of control.  Which is really, well, poopy.  The kicker is that I left a pretty good job that I had done for a long time to take that one.  Previously I had been working in childcare, but could no longer afford childcare for my own kids.  How is that for irony?

I really was the Wonder Woman of Part-Time Employment by then, I worked part-time for another organization that I had taught a few classes for here and there.  My wonderful supervisor that I adored offered me a job that was more than I had been doing.  She, however, was losing HER job.  How sweet is that?  Someone who is losing her job thinks of someone else who is pretty much unemployed?  Almost unheard of!  This particular organization is going to remain nameless, because, well, I haven’t exactly had a lot of nice things to say about them.  I did a lot of different jobs for them for quite awhile, that is until they decided to make my job into an on-call position.  After awhile you REALLY start to take that stuff personally.  Other than when I was on maternity leave, I’ve always worked some sort of job since my senior year of high school.  So it is really strange to be unemployed!

I am still Wonder Woman, but not like you’d think…

I’ve been riding the unemployment train for going on five months now.  It feels like a train going nowhere.  I’ve sent off the applications, probably close to 100 by now, and I still spend a lot of time checking to see if the phone really works.  I know it does, because the bill collectors know how to call pretty frequently.  If nothing else, my frustration of looking for a job makes for excellent blogging opportunities.  You can read my tales of woe here:  What I Think Prospective Employers Are Really Saying About Me, Let’s Build Something Together Shall We? Like A Paycheck, The Job Search:  How It’s Kind of Like Dating.

I’m not totally a loser, I make my whole fifty some dollars a month teaching a class for a local youth service provider.  I’ve plead my case to them on a number of different occasions trying to get them to actually hire me on a part-time versus an as needed basis.  They aren’t buying it, which is really disappointing.  Times are tough man.  Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen, nobody knows the sorrow…

But I digress, I’ve done some interesting jobs in my life.  I was a cashier and later a checkout supervisor and service desk associate at Kmart.  By the time I left that employer, I had worked in every department except sporting goods.  I did lots of different jobs at a waterpark, including managing the kitchen and teaching swim lessons.  I’ve worked with every age group possible at several different daycare centers.  And for a long time I worked at Eddie Bauer, which is still my favorite clothing store in the whole wide world.  Sigh… now I can’t afford to shop there.

As for now my job is being Mom, and I’m working on what I hope to be my new career on the side.  I am slowly working my way into being a writer, a PAID one.  Right now I’m blogging and trying to submit different things to some websites that take writer contributions.  So far nothing has been published, but I’m hoping that will change.  Eventually I’m hoping to have my own website where I can show off my stuff.  For now I post each and every day here on this little blog.  I hope you’ll keep reading, because I’d like to think that I’ve still got a little flash of awesome left to show the world.

I don’t think it would be NO work to do what I love. But the kitty is pretty, so I’m using this picture.

Previous Blogger Challenge Posts-This Could Be Fun:  I’m Doing The 15 Day Getting To Know The Blogger Challenge, Where I Grew Up, Favorite Childhood Memories, School

This Could Be Fun: Doing the15 Day Getting To Know the Blogger Challenge

Here we go. This could be fun!

I’ve never done a challenge before, I think this could be fun!  This is from the blog “A Little Unhinged”, a site chock full of information about blogging.  For people like me who are still learning the ropes, this is fabulous!  If you want to participate, follow the information down below.

I’m still not sure how I’m going to do it, but this is my post to get started:

Introduction to the Challenge and a little bit about myself:

I started my blog in June when things in my life were spinning out of control and I just needed a place to write my feelings down.  I didn’t seriously start blogging regularly until the end of July, when inspiration struck and I started having what I can only characterize as “Idea Diarrhea”.  I decided to try to brush off the stuff that was not so great in my life and try to focus on the stuff that was more funny, with maybe a little heartfelt post in there here and there.  I made a promise to myself that I would try to post something every day of the week, because I have had difficulty staying with anything.  I did, and although I may not be the most popular blogger on the planet, as the months have progressed I’ve built myself a nice little following.

My real name is Sarah.  I am 38 years old and live in the Midwest with my husband, Evil Genius (aka Travis), whom I have been married to for thirteen superstitious years.   I have two children:  my son The Professor (Ezra), who is seven, and my daughter Princess Whatever We Are Calling Her That Day (Brynn), who is four.  I started out as a music teacher, but through many unfortunate incidents and a realization that it wasn’t what I was meant to be, I’ve followed many other paths since but still haven’t found quite the niche I’m looking for.  Hence the name of the blog, The Sadder But Wiser Girl.  Currently I’m an unemployed wanna be writer and relatively unknown blogger who hopes to one day be paid to do what I do right now.  Through this blog I have found a whole world of wonderful people to talk to every day from all different walks of life.  I’ve me many moms who blog like me, but lots of other interesting people too!

I don’t really consider myself a Mommy blogger, I try to write about all different kinds of things.  But it all comes back to my family, which is what is most important to me.  I do have Attention Deficit Disorder, which has been good and bad for me.  Good for the creativity, bad for concentration!  I also have an Anxiety Disorder, which together with the ADD causes a whole lot o fun in my life.  I’m also a geek and a recovering vegetarian who enjoys long walks, caffeine, and wine.

That’s all I’m sharing for today.  I hope you’ll share too!  Copy below to get going if you want to participate.

15 Day Blogger Challenge – Getting to Know the Blogger

This challenge is open to any and everyone who wants to get to know each other a little better in the blogosphere. I encourage you all to make this challenge your own. There is no special format to follow or rules on posting. Do your challenge in 1 day by answering all the questions at once or do it in 90 days. Just have fun!

Add your link below. The link you add should only be to your post about starting this challenge. Please do not link up your homepage or any other post. Feel free to grab the button at the top to advertise this challenge. The only thing I ask is that you follow A Little Unhinged via GFC and provide at least one link back to me at some point during your challenge.

Challenge Questions:

1. Introduction to this Challenge and tell us a little about yourself!

2. Where did you grow up? Small town or Big City?

3. What’s some of your favorite memories from childhood?

4. What type of student were you in school?

5. Who was your closest friends as a teenager?

6. Where have you worked?

7. Has your life gone the way you expected it?

8. Tell us a bit about your family!

7. What are your hobbies?

8. What are some of your fears?

9. What are your goals? Parenting, Life, Career?

10. Why did you start blogging and what is your blog about?

11. What are a couple of your favorite blog tools that you use?

12. Your top 5 posts and why you think they were successful.

13. 3 blogs you visit and read enthusiastically.

14. Social Networks/Blog Communities you want others to know you’re a part of.

15. Closing and any upcoming posts or raffles you would like to share with us.