In my world they are, anyway. My husband called me a “true Renaissance woman” the other day. I guess he’s… sort of right? I mean, it’s it’s been over a decade since I’ve had any sort of ‘normal’ job path. Oh, there was like, six months in there where I worked as a receptionist/admin assistant for a lawyer. But for the most part, I’ve been self-employed for a long-assed time. It has its pros and cons like anything. Making my own schedule is nice. But finding my own work and income is a little stressful. Taxes are a bitch, and with the economy what it is, any thought of a retirement fund is laughable. You know, the kind of laughing that involves nausea and tears if I think on it too long. Let’s not even talk about insurance, ‘kay? And vacation time? Oh, that’s a sore point for me. People like to point out that I can “make my own vacation time,” or that I have to work it into my schedule. Which would totally make sense, if my workload was steady and consistent. (It’s really, really not.) Otherwise, my ‘vacation time’ gets spent on involuntary ‘staycations’ when work has slowed to a near-stop. I don’t get to dictate when that happens, either.
Pianos are just not a priority for most people, and I get that. That’s why 2013 is my year for nose-to-grindstone writing, and other stuff. But again, that’s me being self-employed. And really, while it’s got its own bag of stress, I’m so used to being my own boss, it’d be really hard to go back to the 9-5 grind. But it does mean that, well, Fridays are pretty much meaningless for me. So, here – have a couple links:
- Dog Bless You and the Warrior Canine Connection have a brand new litter of future service pups on the live puppycam! Brand-new as in 1-2 weeks old baby-dogs, I believe.
- This one isn’t new, but it’s new-to-me. Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends:
Still easing back into the swing of blogthings, obviously. All the other links I’ve noticed lately are a little too judgy to really share. And anyway, aren’t I supposed to be working and writing?