September 2, 2013


Did you know that labor day is actually a day specifically designated for the celebration of the working man and woman? You probably did, but I didn't. I don't really know what I thought we got the first Monday of September off. Heck, I didn't even know that it was always the first Monday of September! Although, I think I remember thinking that the purpose of the day off was for the Twin Falls County fair (a fair which I am missing out on this year! Oh, sweet chocolate-y cinnamon, deep-fried doughnuts!).
In any case, I think it's kind of cool that we have one catch-all day to appreciate all the working men and women that we know and love, even if some of them deserve their own holiday and should get the day off. I mean, seriously. Dairy farmers get it pretty rough sometimes (okay, still thinking of the fair).
Speaking of jobs and labor, I've had a few of my own in my lifetime. It all started as a young child of an accountant...

Job 1: Dad had his own house-converted-into-an-office building that we, children were expected to come and clean every week. What started out as Susan taking care of the glass desks quickly turned into Susan taking care of the glass desks, floors, computers, lawn, leaves in the fall, etc. etc. *sigh* just another curse of being the youngest.
This is my dad, and he is the hardest working man I have ever met.

Job 2: Babel's Dry Cleaning was THE place to work in High School. Unfortunately, it was THE place to work in High School. Seriously, every girl and their dog was working there, so you hardly ever got hours, and let's face it. Tagging clothes really isn't a lot of fun.

Job 3: Weeding. Yeah, this one didn't last long. Once the nose started to run and the allergies kicked in, I was done.

Job 4: I worked at Cartridge World in-between two semesters in college and it was my favorite place to work. I'm good at performing the same task over-and-over again so refilling ink cartridges for printers? No problem. My boss was awesome, and the co-workers weren't too bad, either. Plus I got plenty of hours and the pay wasn't bad, either.

Job 5: In college I worked at the BYU-I reading center for four semesters and I really liked this job, too. I worked with a bunch of other college students who were hilarious, I learned a lot of reading/study skills as I taught my students, got to meet and work with some pretty amazing students, and got to practice teaching in the process as well. The pay wasn't great, but it was good.

Job 6: I think that owning my own Etsy shop is definitely a favorite. I really enjoy making things for other people that are cute and practical. I love the feeling I get when someone tells me that they've gotten a ton of compliments on the item or that they've found it super useful. Plus, I get to work from home, which is essential for my next job.

Job 7: Being a mom is the toughest and most rewarding job I have, and will ever have. Every day is a new day and you have absolutely NO idea what is coming. Some days are great, while others feel like rubbing a cheese grater across your forehead, but then come the moments. All it takes are a couple of moments when your child gives you a hug, a kiss, or even just a smile that make the cheese grater worth it.

Job 8: I would classify being a wife as a job. A fulfilling job, just like being a mom, but still. I'll admit, Andrew isn't always the easiest man to get along with. Being the oldest in his family (and just being who he is), he is a MASTER at teasing, and although I can handle teasing a little more than your average Jo, being the youngest of twelve and all, let me tell you. That guy is good.
Plus, it's not always easy to keep the house clean and have good food on the table every night for the man who's bodily anatomy is more like a cow than a man (did you know that they have four stomachs? Cows. Not men).

Man, just THINKING about all of these jobs is making me tired. I think I need a break. Maybe I'll take today off, call in sick or something. Oh yeah. Chelsea and Andrew are doing that, too. I'll rest when I'm dead.

Happy stinking labor day.

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  1. I love this! And being a wife is absolutely a job!

  2. I LOVE this post! Would you mind if I copied you? haha. I'm serious. It's been a long time since I thought about all the jobs I've had but it's such a great idea to write them down!

  3. "rubbing a cheese grater across your forehead" OUCH!


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