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Work Wednesday About 7 months ago, I lost my full-time job and experienced all 5 stages of grief just in time for Thanksgiving. ('Wallowing' is one of those stages, right?) Losing a job that you've gotten used to having is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at CurrentMom
Work Wednesday It's been a couple of weeks since the overheated media fight about whether Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has ever worked—so by the rules of American elections, by now nobody will even remember what I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at CurrentMom
Work Wednesday My last couple of posts on CurrentMom have been about mistakes to avoid as a manager and the little things that can make or break employee morale. Useful tactics, perhaps, but these also feel like stopgap measures to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2012 at CurrentMom
Work Wednesday If you’ve ever held a job of any kind, chances are you’ve reported to a manager. This is that annoying person who, at a minimum, periodically checks to make sure you’re still around and that your work is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2012 at CurrentMom
Work Wednesday A few years ago, my husband had a job that he hated. It seemed like every day he would come home in a depressed funk. I couldn’t understand it. The pay was good, the commute was short, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at CurrentMom
Work Wednesday Having recently found myself in the position of "not exactly employed," as I like to call it, I've had many opportunities to road-test all manner of job application methods: online forms, email boxes, "phone screens" by recruiters, skills... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2011 at CurrentMom
Thank you for your warm thoughts, Karen! You know, as much as I tell myself "do NOT let this get to you" the suspicion that I've messed up in some way always sneaks in. The rules and job landscape definitely have changed in the last few years, but at the same time, it seems to me that people are also looking out for each other a little more. Maybe social media has something to do with this because we're more aware, even if peripherally, of things going on in other people's lives. I've been truly heartened by the sheer number of friends who have reached out to me, even if it's just to say "I'm in the same boat, let's meet sometime soon and catch up."
Work Wednesday In the days following the untimely death of Steve Jobs, the genius behind Apple’s world-changing i-devices, several variations of this meme made the rounds of social media: “Ten years ago, we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope, and Steve... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at CurrentMom
LOL - sorry for hijacking your future post!
You're right - the need for multitalented employees hasn't quite been the sweeping zeitgeist that I made it out to be. In some professions, a talent for seeking out and learning a variety of skills might not seem like an asset, especially if you want your hire to consistently perform a defined set of tasks and those tasks are not expected to change much over time. I also see a lot of resistance in academia. Although there's been increased interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration, when it comes to publishing, getting funding, and getting tenure, the old models are still very much in place and you may not be taken quite as seriously if you haven't dedicated yourself solely to your field. But I think if universities are going to educate the workers and teachers of the future, they need to start modeling interdisciplinary work environments by reaching across departmental lines.
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2011 on Jill of All Trades, Master of Awesome at CurrentMom
I really appreciate your honesty. Sometimes I envy moms who stay at home because you get to make your own schedule and spend time just hanging out doing fun things with your kids. I don't have much of a choice - if I didn't work, we would be poor. But I don't resent having to work. Most of the time I think "I'm so glad I get to go to the office!" I do envy other working moms. I hate the unfair standards set by the perfect moms - successful at work, fit and fabulous, house always clean, home-cooked meals every night. I'm pulling my weight, I should not be expected to also be Martha Stewart! I'm sure our self-loathing is in equal measure. I hate that I'm sometimes late picking up my son from day care because of an "important" last minute phone call. What kind of monster am I? I think we working moms have less loathing of our husbands, though. Unless we happen to be married to cave men, they seem to understand that we're a team. It's nice to have someone to kvetch about work with, and because we start out on more equal footing, it's easier to negotiate whose turn it is to procure/cook food, tidy up, give baths, etc. But it's not all wine and roses. We're both exhausted and annoyed at the end of the day, a mood that tends to magnify the other person's irritating quirks by a thousand. I don't think either of us would have to struggle with our choices if social pressures weren't part of the equation. I think we go on the defensive a lot because we are keenly aware of what other people think of us, and therefore where we fit in whatever artificial social hierarchy we've all agreed to construct. I find myself avoiding other moms because I just don't want to have those conversations. But that's not terribly healthy social behavior!
Work Wednesday Have you ever felt bad because you still haven't quite decided what your career is? Do you get really interested in learning or doing something new for a while, then get bored with it and move on? Are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at CurrentMom
Truth Tuesday The other day, my neighbor, after a few minutes of the usual chit-chat, asked me a question that a lot of other people also have asked me lately – “so, how many more kids do you want?” (Just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2011 at CurrentMom
Fantastic! I love mole. I'm gonna add this one to my growing list of fake recipes.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2011 on Quick (and fake) Chicken Mole at CurrentMom
I am so happy for you, Julie! Congratulations on the birth of a beautiful daughter and the beginning of a new chapter for you and your family.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2011 on Full Circle Journey at CurrentMom
Meal Monday When my brother was around 2 years old, my mom took him to the doctor because his skin had taken on a decidedly yellowish tinge. She prepared herself for bad news--hepatitis? Cancer? Malaria? Thankfully, it was nothing bad... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2011 at CurrentMom
Meal Monday I've tried every fancy jar of "simmer sauce" and $7 spice packet in the store with no luck: my efforts at making a chicken tikka masala like you get in a restaurant have all failed... until now! The... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at CurrentMom
This is so helpful. My son is still a few years away from report cards, but I remember report card time in my house, growing up, as incredibly traumatic. I went to private school, so when my parents said "if you are not getting A's, you are not living up to your potential" the subtext was "we are not getting our money's worth out of you." I don't want my son to think he's only as good as his grades, but I do want him to try hard. Putting him in charge of analyzing his grades and planning a course of action sounds like a healthy way to encourage that.
Work Wednesday “Consider this a warning to new mothers,” began the teaser line of a Salon article by Katy Read that caught my eye a few months ago. “Fourteen years ago, I ‘opted out’ to focus on my family. Now... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2011 at CurrentMom
Truth Tuesday You may or may not have noticed that there’s trouble afoot in Wisconsin lately. With my busy schedule of going to work, learning how to speak fluent 2-year-old, and sleeping, it’s a wonder I notice anything that’s going... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at CurrentMom
Meal Monday My attitude toward cooking tends to swing wildly back and forth between “what is the quickest thing I can nuke” to “what do you mean, Safeway is all out of Meyer lemons??” I recently experienced a swing to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at CurrentMom
Work Wednesday When I'm not writing status reports, managing projects, reading The Three Bears for the millionth time, or re-washing clothes that sat damp in the washing machine a little too long, I'm an artist. Sort of. I think. That’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2010 at CurrentMom
Meal Monday I grew up in Texas, so I've been known to get a bit fanatical about proclaiming the superiority of Tex-Mex cuisine over all other foods. So many delights to choose from--burritos, tamales, puffy tacos, flautas, chiles rellenos, soft... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at CurrentMom
Work Wednesday In a tough economy, the idea of striking out on your own as an entrepreneur can seem a little daunting, especially if you're a new parent. That's why some of us hang on to our full-time or part-time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at CurrentMom
Truth Tuesday My 20-month-old son loves books. When he first got interested in them, he would grab anything vaguely book-like and demand it be read to him. Goodnight Moon, Personal Finance for Dummies, a CD case, my credit card bill,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at CurrentMom