The Worst Job

This morning’s “daily post” prompt asks us to write about the job you could never imagine doing.  The more I thought about that question, the more angry I got.  I have had nightmare jobs & unimaginable bosses, but there was never a job I couldn’t image doing.  Maybe that I had not thought enough yet that job wouldn’t occur to me, but never “not” doing.  Not Working has never been an option.

I’ve baby sat, done yard work.  I’ve cleaned houses, I’ve cleaned offices.  Cleaning offices led me to small accounting jobs.  I’ve served ice cream and I’ve sold sheets & linens.  I’ve answered phones and done payroll.  I’ve written copy for a small advertiser and I’ve done home mortgages.  I was hired to do office work but ended up packing electronics.  I’ve made collection calls and i’ve managed large multi-million dollar projects.  I’ve even owned my own business with my sis-in-law.

My worst job wasn’t the one with the boss that hit on me and thought it was okay to show off playboy magazines.  The worst was the silicon valley business that asked me to call the labor department to see how they could officially change work holiday hours so they wouldn’t have to pay their hourly employees a holiday wage.  They fired me and then lied to the labor department that I quit so they wouldn’t have to pay unemployment insurance.

My feeling on bad companies is that they are a lot like bad people.  You may not see them get their “due”, but what goes around always comes around.

Lessons learned from all of those jobs??

  • If it pays the bills, take the offer.  You can always trade up our out in the future.
  • Show up & WORK!!
  • Always do your best job.
  • Always be honest and follow your ethics.
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated.  No one is “beneath you”.  period
  • Acknowledge and thank the cleaning lady for keeping the restroom or locker room clean each and every day.
  • If someone gives you too much change you always give it back as they have to “tie” out their register sometime.
  • No one treat’s your business as well as you do.
  • Until you have had to meet your own payroll, don’t complain about the boss.
  • Never, Never, Ever complain about your company in public.  You never know who is listening.

 

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10 Questions . . .Inside the Actor’s Studio

I love this.  I love watching these interviews with James Lipton.  And here are the questions.

  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. What is your least favorite word?
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
  4. What turns you off?
  5. What is your favorite curse word?
  6. What sound or noise do you love?
  7. What sound or noise do you hate?
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do?
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
okay my turn.  everyone needs to play.  BE spontaneous (and honest)!!
  1. What is your favorite word?                    yes!   
  2. What is your least favorite word?           change
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?                          Seeing what others create.  I know i can’t/won’t duplicate it, but it always inspires me to do more.  
  4. What turns you off?                                 Pushy judgmental people
  5. What is your favorite curse word?         Crap
  6. What sound or noise do you love?         Ocean waves
  7. What sound or noise do you hate?        big piercing sharp noises
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?            doctor
  9. What profession would you not like to do?      police officer
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?                       nice job.  wanna go again?
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Weekly Photo Challenge: 1 Shot 2 ways

I love the perspective you get from changing your depth and vantage

More scenes from The Pirate’s Lady.  The photo is taken looking towards the stern of the boat near sundown.  The fishing poles are ready for trawling.

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Daily Prompt: Never Again . . . will I go to a Shopping Mall at Christmas Time

I’m repeating this again.  Never Again will I go to a Shopping Mall at Christmas Time!!!

I’m 46.  Mostly, I know what I like and I dislike.

I say “mostly” because, even at 46, I still find my self in places, situations, & eating things that I seriously don’t know “how I got from here to there”.  It’s not like most people who look back and say “well it seemed like a good idea at the time”.  For me, it starts innocuous enough.  More in the realm of someone asking, “do you want to do “______”?

“okay” I say

The event usually starts fine, but then it hits me.  “What the heck am I doing here????!!!!”

If I am with people I love and enjoy, the feeling may take a while to arrive.  But in the end, BAM!  It arrives like a ton of bricks.  In restaurants, the noise becomes deafening and I can’t hear across the table.  Smells take on a life of their own.  I can smell the perfume, the spices, the odor of everything and it turns my stomach.  In crowds, the movement of the people is like bobbing in the ocean and then getting hit by a rogue wave.  It slaps you in the face and you are gulping salt water down like a guppy.  The water goes up your nose and you can’t make the sick feeling leave quickly enough.

Until recently it didn’t occur to me that I can simply leave.

So, why in the world would I like to go to the shopping mall?  I’m sure I thought it would be a great place to walk indoors.  I pictured a nice afternoon walking with my hubby looking at christmas windows.  Maybe we’d get lunch.  It was an opportunity to get out of the house in the dead of a snow winter.  Most importantly, it was a “day” date.  This is what I pictured in my mind . . .

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Fast forward 2 hours later.  We parked in a sea of cars.  I pulled my hubby into stores we NEVER frequent just to get out of the moving crowds.  This is what it looked like.

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My chest was tight.  I am sure I looked severely uncomfortable.  Because  he said, “you don’t look so good.  Are you okay?  You keep grabbing your at your chest.  Do you want to leave?”

YES!!!!!!!  NOW!!!!!!!

This is what I felt like by the time we left to go to the car.

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As I reduced my breathing and got my heart rate to slow, I repeated the mantra and added the following to my “going-out” sub-routine.

“do not go to shopping malls at Christmas time.  do not got to shopping malls at Christmas time.  do not got to shopping malls at Christmas time.  do not got to shopping malls at Christmas time.  do not got to shopping malls at Christmas time.”

I am happy to say that I have not been in a shopping mall at Christmas time since. Generally, I’ll avoid the indoor malls like the plague, unless it is a Monday or Tuesday night when I know the place will be empty.  Happily there is an open air mall close to us.  I can easily whisk in and out of a store without much fore (or after) thought.  

 

Never Again will I go into a shopping mall at Christmas time.

 

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Daily Prompt: Beginnings

Today’s Daily Prompt question wants us to explore how long we have been blogging and what brought us here.

I have been writing forever in stashed away journals, scrapbooks, and steno pads.  I can not think of a point in my life that writing or drawing didn’t help me work through issues in my brain.  Whether it was working through a personal problem or working through the creation process, journaling, photo collection, and writing has helped me noodle in peace, let me sleep and generally allow me to function throughout any turmoil or problem.Photo Journals

I first started blogging in secret in July 2011.  Yes in secret.  I didn’t tell anyone or bring my blog live until October 2011.     http://moderndaydesigns.wordpress.com/2011/07/             I slowly categorized my quilts and wrote something about each of my pieces.  Putting pictures and captions on the blog was really no different than what I had originally done with my quilting scrapbook. This blog became a place to so the ladies how their quilts came out.  They were able to share their wonderful creations with the world.  I loved taking pictures and describing the process on how pieces came into being.

For example, take a look at the picture and drawing below.  I first took the picture of the vendorista on the beach in Mazatlan.  I knew I wanted to make a quilt out of the picture.  From picture, to drawing to quilt, I document the process.Mazatlan Fish IdeaGeometric Mexican Fish

Now, I document and share the process online.  I love to share the how and why I did what I did.  I know there are people that are secretive about their processes.  But in my opinion, It’s like creating a meal.  You can look at the recipe and get all the ingredients, but still not make it the same way as the original chef.  Artwork is the same thing.  You may have “borrowed” the idea as a jumping off point, but you wont be able to ever make a  Julia Original.

Getting from Art Quilts to Food & Fitness???

After I let my art blog go live, I actually found myself creating more in the kitchen than in the studio.  So, in the fall of 2011, I started Moderndayfitandfood.com

Modern Day Fitness and Food became the place to share what we were cooking in the kitchen and doing on the weekends.  My hope was to inspire more people to put some “ING” in their lives.  Playing and getting outdoors was brought back to the front of our family.  I had been that outdoor girl growing up. Bad habits, modern diet myths, poor choices, etc buried that girl under the layers of a big mamma bear grizzly.

Mazatlan 2001While I haven’t completed my journey (and don’t think I ever will), I have moved from just happy to WAY more Healthy.

A BIG THANK YOU to all the people that have given me encouragement!!  Whether it was writing, pictures, quilts, weight loss, or playing out side, this journey would not have been possible with out you!!

Julia 7-20-13