On From Night Shift Obit-Writer to Corporate Monkey: An HR Exec Reflects

As someone who recently sort of accidentally ended up in HR after grad school (for social work), this speaks to me. Also, to be in a work environment that is so pro personal professional development is a new experience for me. You mean you’ll pay for me to get X certification so you can pay me more? OK! All in all, not a bad place to be and not a career path I had ever considered before.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:16 pm 0

On Chatting About Tuna Noodle Casseroles, Jell-O, and the American Iron Housewife

@Cup of T Oh man, this. My brother and I were discussing how my mom accidentally raised a couple of hedonists by feeding us gritty peanut butter and only allowing pretzels and apples at the movies. We both loooove junk food, the trashier the better.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 4:23 pm 1

On Rural Living

@therealjaygatsby Our plan is to stay at our place forever (FOREVER!), but who knows. It is wonderful to see the fruit trees grow bigger every year and to make plans for our property based on decades.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm 1

On Rural Living

@ThatJenn We live in a doublewide for a variety of reasons, and regularly have the "should we build a new house or just pay this off and be mortgage-free" conversation. Right now we are pretty firmly dedicated to just paying off the doublewide (which I actually love) and having scads of disposable income for travel and pizza.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm 0

On Rural Living

@bowtiesarecool I wrote this piece (whoohoo!) and I totally agree. It really comes down to personal preferences/personality/money, all those usual factors. I'm lucky that the small city that I work in and live near is a university town, meaning lots of good music/food/beer within about 20 minutes of my place. Oh, and we just got our "911 address" (a real road name, not just a route number!) about a year ago!

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm 0

On What It Means to Be Professional

@zimm I really enjoyed this piece, but I definitely think there is value in a diverse workplace, age differences included. Not just from a work standpoint, but as a human being. One of my favorite coworkers, and people, really, is a 64-year-old Buddhist who can bench more than her body weight.

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@Derbel McDillet This makes me sound so much more organized than I actually am. Really, I just like list making.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@LookUponMyWorks This is so simple it's dumb, but I make a handwritten list that I physically check off as I complete tasks. I set little "rewards" for myself (I will read the Billfold for 10 minutes after I have addressed every email from yesterday). I have also been known to add a forgotten task after I complete it just for the joy of crossing it off.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@ThatJenn yeah, there is very little ironing in the McDillet household and a whole lot of "stick it in the dryer for 10 minutes with a damp towel."

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@ThatJenn I mostly just feel like an idiot. I really am pretty fortunate, though. My new boss's daughter is my age and had the same surgery a few years ago, so she's been very understanding and encouraging. I'm usually pretty active, so I think I'm going to try to enjoy the downtime if possible.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm 0