Sunday, July 11, 2010

Jobs and an Exercise in Memory

I'm looking for another part time job. One that I can do mostly from home with a little travel thrown in. Lots of writing and reading, preferably. In the meantime, here's a list of all the jobs that I've had, that I can think of, where I was actually PAID (amateur neurologist not being one that I'm paid for --)

  1. Stock girl 
  2. Babysitter
  3. Summer craft camp business owner
  4. Salesgirl 
  5. Lifeguard
  6. Bookstore clerk and shelver
  7. Waitress 
  8. Advertising intern 
  9. Jewelry store salesgirl 
  10. Cocktail waitress 
  11. Advertising intern 
  12. Ice-cream scooper
  13. Cashier at Honey Baked Ham (perhaps the worst job I've ever had)
  14. Hostess
  15. Waitress 
  16. Transcriber and Research Assistant 
  17. Deli girl 
  18. Brokerage Research Assistant 
  19. Food stylist/caterer
  20. Cook 
  21. Waitress 
  22. Baker 
  23. Prep cook
  24. Home baker
  25. Salesgirl and shelver 
  26. Slave at Hale and Hearty, New York City (I called it Hell and Heartless)
  27. Commis and Pastry Cook 
  28. Caterer/Baker 
  29. Assistant Pastry Chef 
  30. Pastry Chef 
  31. Cake Baker
  32. Writer 
  33. Playground supervisor (I am totally not kidding -- I was desperate)
  34. Parent Co-Chair for national healthcare improvement organization
  35. Grant reviewer for Department of Health and Human Services


  1. i vote that you stick with writing. its your calling :)

  2. Cool! I always worked with my Dad...and he paid me 50 cents per hour (farm labour!!)...but after that, first jobs were cucumber picking and corn detasseling...which was a real trick for a short girl. Both backbreaking.

  3. There was just a piece in the L.A. Times yesterday about coaches---you could be a pastry coach. Teach people at your house. Or a personal essay coach for kids trying to get into exclusive private high schools and colleges. The essays are super important and cause a lot of angst. Parents would gladly pay.
    Good luck. You have done a lot of amazing things.
    But I wish you would hang a shingle on your front door that says, "Amateur Neurologist."

  4. Oh my, Elizabeth. Frankly, I think you could rule the world. You probably wouldn't want that job though. Maybe for an afternoon.
    What was your favorite of all of these jobs?
    I hope you find what you're looking for soon. It's good to make money. To be paid for what you do.

  5. I love your list. Reminds me of all the weird things I have done. Oh, that writing were a full time gig. I would pay you a million dollars a week if I could.

  6. That's an impressive list! I could use a part time job as well, but I haven't held a 'real' job since 1989. My resume is filled with horse manure, I'm afraid.

  7. I'm right behind the job hunt and emotional eating, too.

    I love your stream of consciousness posts, as much as the others. It's so refreshing to just read and "listen," and to recognize a kindred mind/spirit. Blogging makes me feel more connected to the world, but less depressed than the news media makes me feel. It has largely replaced the news media, for me. Reading others' blogs increases my understanding and it does spark creativity. There are a few bloggers who have helped me as much as a therapist - and you are one of them. Thank you. xoxoxoxo



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