Wednesday, February 4, 2009

alternative occupations ... first edition

i like my job.

i do.

but there are these moments and days when it sucks bigtime ...
like when i have a new student that has a label of autism ... but so clearly has just been abused over her shortshort lifetime and is now in her 4th foster home. or when i have loads of paperwork to complete ... but no time to complete it in. or when a co-worker asks me for the million-th time to come and see a kid in her room ... but i'm not allowed to without parental permission ... like i've said a thousand times! or how about when i get spit on ... multiple times over the course of a day ... on the side of my head (ugh ... bleach anyone?).
or when ...

i can stop there ... i think you get the point.

so ... i've come to the point in my life where i am always keeping an eye out for possible occupations that just might interest me ...

the first?

the sidewalk snowplow-person ...
(and because i have at least one reader in an area of the world that doesn't require this occupation ... definition ... the person that moves the accumulated snow off of the sidewalk to allow pedestrians to utilize the sidewalk for walking purposes. you are so welcome.)

pro: instant satisfaction on a job well done ... just turn around and look behind you.
con: seasonal employment.

pro: peace and quiet.
con: too quiet.

pro: seasonal employment!! spring - summer - AND autumn off!
con: potential bank account issues.

pro: the chance to catch up on listening to the radio or books on tape or talk radio.
con: that would get old quick. maybe.

pro: time alone.
con: time alone ... without a computer at my fingertips.

ok ... fine. i'll stick with this damn job a wee bit longer. at least i'm not lonely. or broke.

anyone have any ideas for other occupations that might suit me well?? feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.

16 comments:

Keely said...

I can't suggest anything I haven't already considered and rejected for myself, sorry. Hope it'll pass!

DeeMarie said...

It breaks my heart to think of a child being beat and neglected like that. That's why you need to keep teaching. To show kids love.

Another con to the sidewalk plower? You catch a lot of flack when you throw the snow into someone's already-cleared driveway. And it's really cold!!

jenjen said...

You are soooo funny! I am cracking up. Congratulations on your 9 pounds. Isn't it hard having a husband who travels - I am in the same boat!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Jen

Sprite's Keeper said...

I recently applied for "boo boo kisser" in my house. The pay sucks, but the perks are nice!

little.birdy said...

Nobody said anything to me about bodily fluids when I signed up for this job! :O

Shangrila said...

I love the line "potential bank account issues"-lol! I've always wanted to be the person that names nail polish. I can totally see myself sitting in a fluffy spa robe at my DR table, holding bottles of polish to the light saying things like, "Tropical Paradise...no! Tangerine Dream!"

Raising Z said...

Hang in there....I always suffered from seasonal blues when I was teaching. The winter months just drag on and on and things that you are able to "tolerate" during the nicer months seem so much worse during the winter. Know that you are doing wonderful things for the children you work for and they (and your own children) are lucky to have you!!!

HeatherPride said...

I often wish I had applied to be a letter carrier. Exercise would never be an issue and aside from the 3 months out of the winter when it would suck, it wouldn't be a bad gig.

Connie Weiss said...

I think I would like to be an exotic dancer.

Pros: Cute little outfits, cool music, dancing (aka exercise), $$$, hair and make up, pretty shoes.

Cons: whiplash from swinging long, fake hair around and around, probably can't eat much (aka skinny), pole burns (from sliding on pole).

Lesha said...

Some days I dream of being a heavy machine operator. You know, like the back-hoe at the construction site. But only in the summer, when it's not raining, or too humid.

Allison said...

i HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THE SIDEWALK PLOW MAN FOR MYSELF....something just like that, but more pay and all year right? - I will be on the lookout!

Casey said...

Thanks for spelling it out for us FL folks but I probably could have guessed! ;)

How about you alternate between that and lifeguard?

Christy said...

I need a job that is insanely simple, but pays extremely well. When I find it, I'll let you know.

Christy said...

Oh, and I'd like to work from home.

CC said...

I soooo love this post! And can relate so much!!!

I have so many kids in foster care/abusive situations.

And spit? I actually have "spit goggles" that I keep in the pocket of my "spit apron" that I wear all day long. ;)

anymommy said...

Really? They spit at you? That would about do me in. But, I know you are wonderful at what you do.