"Adults are just children who earn money." -- Kenneth Branaugh
This pretty much sums up two preoccupations on my mind recently. First, I secretly (OK, probably not much of a secret) feel like a kid most of the time. Which is fine with me ‘cause I really don’t want to grow up anyway. After a long day I invariably end up watching cartoons and eating “kid food,” ie. Mac and cheese, PB&J, cereal, etc. Previous co-workers use to laugh at the types of food I brought in as my emergency stash… until they came around mid-afternoon trying to score Pop Tarts and Lunchables. See, it’s just too much fun being a kid… even if the other adults think you’re a little off.
The second and more pressing preoccupation… I have been desperately casting about for work. It’s not like I have any outstanding bills or anything… but Christmas is coming! I need cash, damnit, and my reserves are tapped. Here’s the background: I have a BA in English and have been working as a freelancer in high tech marketing for the last three years. So although I live in Silicon Valley and the job market here has sucked, project work for me was pretty steady until I got preggers. Then I had a sudden hiatus.
(I was also working on a MA in Literature until I got knocked-up (not that it wasn’t planned, I just didn’t expect to get pregnant so quickly). That’s another whole dynamic, because a lot of English academics think marketing and advertising are four letter words. Many directly attribute the decline in US literacy to diet food marketing campaigns. However, usually you have to WORK to pay for SCHOOL! Long story short, I learned to be quiet about what I did for a living.)
Naïve me, I really didn’t think it would be that hard to pick up work again, BUT IT HAS! I pinged all my contacts, been scouring good old craigslist, but nothing came through. Shit. I was starting to think about getting a job at Nordstrom’s for the holiday season. Or selling t-shirts on cafepress (yes, I know everyone’s doing it). I even saw the “hiring” sign at Toys R US, but I’m not THAT crazy. I needed something!
Until now. YES, I finally got a project! I am inordinately pleased. I’ve been celebrating by eating Baby Ruths and staring at my computer for way too long. I feel like a kid in a candy store… making money… by dealing chocolate.
Or, as my fellow students in the English program would say, “Whoring your soul to the corporate machine, eh?”
Yes. Yes I am. – the weirdgirl