Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The worst job EVER!

The worst job ever!

The Picayune Item
Community Editor

Every year they come out with their lists. They, the list makers, who have nothing better to do in life than to research and analyze the worst’s of worst. Who are these negative do-gooders?

In this instance, it is CareerCast.com and their findings intrigued me.

If you haven’t heard the ‘rest of this story’ then you are thinking what could be the worst job of the year? Could it be yours?

And the 2013 worst job winner goes to…..Newspaper Reporter!

Did you feel deflated? Confused.

The report’s qualifying statement to support this horrible profession is, “Ever-shrinking newsrooms, dwindling budgets and competition from internet businesses.”

Thank goodness, there are fewer of them, right?

What jobs were not as bad as the reporter who is low paid, on call, long hours, lack of kudos, blamed for being too far left or too far right, worried every day of being unemployed and has no life?

Oh, just the cushy job of being a Lumberjack!

My Lumberjack
Lumberjack is second due to “the inherent danger of working with heavy machinery in remote locations, coupled with low pay and poor job prospects,” according to the article.

Ok, so I have been a newspaper reporter and not a lumberjack, forgive me if I am a bit skeptical that a back-breaking, limb-losing, death defying Lumberjack came in second to mild manner reporter.

Yes, newspapers are fading in numbers, but the market is transforming, shifting and the role of reporter is not like the employee at a Blockbuster Video. The need for news is constant no matter if it’s printed, online, or spoken on broadcast. The times are a changing but newspapers are evolving, not “extincting.”
Example of the evolving newspaper in Laurel, Mississippi

Don’t get me wrong, newspaper reporting was not easy, living deadline to deadline; but I never suffered physical pain or loss of limb. Although I did get really hot out in the Mississippi sun a few times, the suffering was more emotional; such as the trauma of witnessing the outcome of wrecks, tragic events, and the occasional “Froo Froo” ladies luncheon.

Reflecting back at my time as a newspaper employee all I can remember is how much I enjoyed it.

I wonder what Clark Kent is doing now?

Third on the ‘worst’ list is understandable: Enlisted Military Personnel which is also deemed the most stressful job of 2013. This is a position that you have to leave home for long periods of time, sacrificing family time, for mediocre pay and hope that you return home alive or at least with all your body parts.

I guess it’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.

This heroic job is truly a noble profession, but much of the work is non-glamorous, support related and is not the stuff shown on Hollywood movies.

Speaking of Hollywood, next on the list is Actor. Could it be that reality television has shrunken the pool of acting jobs?
Oil rig workers which was the reigning champ in 2011 has sunk to the cozy position of fifth place. Long hours, dangerous conditions and being away from home make it on the watch list for future placement. Drill baby, drill.

Dairy farmers are next on the list. I get this one. My first husband was a dairy farmer growing up. He had to wake up before dawn, before going to school to milk the cows.
We got cows!

These days, how many teens get up in time to eat breakfast let alone work the family farm? Once home from school, those cows had to be milked again, seven days a week, no breaking for holidays or the cows would explode. That’s what I heard anyway.

Meter Reader, Mail Carrier, Roofer and Flight Attendant make up the rest of the list. I have been on a roof helping my dad replace the shingles on our family home and I thoroughly agree that it’s a very tough and HOT job, especially in South Mississippi.

What made the best jobs list of 2013 due to high pay, low stress, future job prospects, working environment and lack of sweat equity? You might consider being an Actuary.

I first thought it had something to do with birds.

However, it is not that exciting. It’s a person who assesses risk, usually for insurance companies dealing with data input, statistics and blah, blah, blah.

Biomedical Engineer, Software Engineers, and Financial Planners are some of the best jobs with bright futures and require more than a high school diploma and winning smile.

However, these list-makers failed to include one job that is never on anyone’s list whether best or worst —Domestic Engineer.
As Mother’s Day is sneaking up on us all, we should acknowledge the worst job ever, being a Mother!

Yes, I dared to say it.

It is the most challenging, grueling, unappreciated, low-pay, high-stress career position ever invented. The more kids the more deeply mothered you become and it is harder than anyone ever warned.

Glowing, happy-faced mothers who appear in public are Stepford Mothers who are either computerized, faking it very well, or not doing it right. I call them moms with live-in nannies!

A true mother who does it all, and that may include a full-time job on top of the duties of wife and home maker must be the most, incredibly hardest job of all time.

I have participated in all aspects of motherhood, from the highs of the firstborn panic of, “OMG, what have I done?” to the widowed, single mother of two sons wondering, “How do I do this alone?” The remarried mother trying to blend in a new father into the mix who is concerned, “Will my children accept the new guy?” To being the mother of twins!

I, however, have not played the part of step-mother, so I have no clue how that works except for fairy tales and that doesn't look very good.

I have been the full-time employed mother of four trying to squeeze in laundry at midnight and writing articles with sick, daycare-less children crawling over the keyboard. I have been the stay at home mom, the work from home mom and the, “I can’t afford to work mom because the pay scale is too low, the daycare too expensive or the cost to my kids too high -- mom!”

From what I have discovered in my “momdom” is that no one could ever prepare me for the trials, the drama, the problems, and the total chaos that can ensue with having children.

AND, I only had boys! My mom friends with girls tell me it’s worse with hormonal females!

So, in my humble opinion, forgive me if I am bias, but the worst job of 2013, and 2014, and so on, and so on…is the job of being a mother.

Oh, and before I forget, I would not have chosen any other profession. Rewards are immeasurable.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

They don't make Grannies anymore

Have you noticed that all the grannies are disappearing from the face of the earth?

Our generation may be the last to experience the true blue-haired, baking, cleaning little grandma that is stereotypical of the name “granny.”
Personally, I haven't a clue about stereotypical grandma's because neither one of mine were typical nor grannified. However,thanks to my husband’s mother whom we call Granny I have been exposed.

She is the real deal. I have been studying her for 14 years as if I were studying a captured Bigfoot. Granny sightings are now becoming more rare than a Sasquatch.

What is a true granny and how do you know if you have one?

I will share my years of research to define the art of being a granny. You too may have a rare granny in your mist and if you do, treat her well, give her lots of hugs because they don’t make real grannies anymore.

The new grandmother knows how to use a computer, smartphone and DVR remote. She eats healthier, works out regularly and can NOT make “real” banana pudding. There is nothing wrong with the new grandma, but just something special about the old version.

You see, the older version never had the instant way of life that the new ones have, no disposable wipes, disposable diapers,disposable meals or disposable husbands. They had to work hard and reuse everything in what we now label recycling. Grannies have been conserving energy as a way of life way before it became politically correct. All Grannies are green through and through.

Grannies can’t understand the popularity of Subway: “If I wanted to eat a sandwich, I would have made one at home.”

The granny mentality is foreign to us modern techy youngin’s. I have some tips on identifying a Granny:

She might be a Granny IF:

She has ‘Never’ been on a plane and ain’t going to get on one!

She doesn't know who or what a Kardashian is unless she has been on “Dancing With the Stars

She has the best exfoliating towels. Why? Because she still hangs her laundry on a clothes line even though she owns a dryer. She just won’t use it because it uses too much electricity. Forget soft towels when you get out of the bath, the rough ones exfoliate better than an expensive Dead Sea Scroll solution.

If you need a band aid in her presence, she has one in her purse, her pocket or in her vintage tin Band aid can that they quit making decades ago and if you were to put it on Ebay you could sell for $30 dollars.
Ebay product for sale

She will iron your clothes… and the curtains, the sheets and anything else that has a wrinkle. Watch out GRANDPA!

She will still try to grow a garden every year and can jellies, shell a pea so fast no one will ever see her fingers move. You can find antique peas in the freezer too!

She gets her hair teased every Saturday morning and never, ever get it wet throughout the week.

She can make banana pudding from scratch and the top is meringue and nothing has instant on the side of the box.

She can’t put gas in a car.

She thinks it economically correct to feed six chickens rather than buy a dozen eggs.

She wears clip on earrings, false teeth, granny jeans and a hair net.

She is so worried about all the bad news, that she sends a reused peanut butter jar of water home with her adult son just in case he wrecks in a ditch on the way home and they don’t find him for several days.

She is told to bring one dish but she needs help carrying food from the back of her grannymobile which is full of deserts, peas, another desert, bread, and other country cooked entrees.

She has a car that she rarely drives, and although it is ten years old you can still smell the new car smell, unlike mine where after a year it smells like a skunk died in the trunk.

She has a pot, a bowl or a utensil for every occasion and knows how to work it.

She puts a cover on everything from a chair, a sofa, a table, a kitchen appliance and even on covers for her covers! Watch out Grandpa!

She has saved every outfit her children wore and produced them for their children to wear.

She has mastered the art of “Hovering.”

If you answered yes to any of these statements… you might have a granny.

As I grew up, the only visual of a granny I could think of was the one from the “Beverly Hillbillies” show in which little gray haired Granny was always cooking roadkill stew for Jethro and Ellie Mae or making moonshine for medicinal purposes.

Hillbilly's Granny
(Wikipedia pic)

I found that grannies can clean anything and will clean everything… not wiped over like us modern women… but spit shine clean using a secret ingredient rarely seen anymore… elbow grease. In the hands of Granny I have never seen my kids shine so clean. I have tried to reproduce the same result, but fail miserably.

Grannies can fish and fry it up in a pan, no healthy cooking here! Even fresh veggies get a clear coat of grease on them when cooking. There are always desserts and no one ever goes hungry around a granny.

You can see, these are wonderful creatures and we have lost the art of making new ones. What a shame and I hope you all have access to one at least for a period of time in your life. You will walk away from the experience with an earthy, wholesome kind of love that is harder and harder to find in our fast paced, isolated, technical world.

I enjoyed learning many things from my project Granny these past 14 years, but I still can’t make a real banana pudding.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My Hometown USA: Popcorn anda Movie!The Hobbit

My Hometown USA: Popcorn anda Movie!
At hometheater DVD releases:
: Popcorn and a Movie! At home theater DVD releases: The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey (2012) New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Di...

Popcorn and a Movie!

At home theater DVD releases:

The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey (2012)
New Line Cinema, Peter Jackson, Director

The 1937 novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien is brought to life by the capable hands of Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings Trilogy fame and why not since this is just the first installment of the Tolkien epic adventure.

Jackson is creative in bringing back familiar characters from the LOTR series to tie up all the eventual six movies, seamlessly transforming the trilogy into a hexology?

For instance, Frodo isn’t in the Hobbit, but he is in the Unexpected Journey film transitioning the Hobbit series into the start of the Fellowship of the Rings, and so on and so on.

You don’t have to be a fan of Lord of the Rings, nor do you have to have read the books, to follow the adventures of the main character, Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who enjoys food, a warm fire, a good smoke and quietness.

                                               The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey trailer

But of course, an adventure doesn't usually concern itself with such things.
Instead, this first movie will have a great deal of discomfort for Baggins, but if you enjoy epic fantasy, humorous characters, dwarves, action and fun, then you will put up with the drawn out historical flashbacks that pad the story from Tolkien’s other, less read novel referencing all the LOTR and Hobbit back stories, the Silmarillion.

It is a visual movie, filled with striking worlds and creatures, well done and enhanced by a beautiful movie score by Howard Shore.

As a geek, nerdish mother of four boys, it’s awesome! As a true fan, a reader of the book is a smorgishborg of Tolkien delight.

As your regular, average movie watcher it should capture your attention and bring you into the story and maybe you will be eager for the next movie in Dec. 2013, The Desolation of Smaug.

The Hobbit is PG-13 for violence. There are scary things in Middle Earth and much sword and arrow fighting, and the Worgs, are vicious wolves that are ridden by even uglier Goblins. But the most disturbing of all characters is Smeagol, also known as Gollum, the once hobbit like creature that is a very vital story line for all the LOTR series.

If you are not into epic fantasy, then skip this film, but take care, if you enjoy a road adventure with fighting and camaraderie, you might be missing out.

Teens and adolescents will love it, adults in touch with their inner child will love it, and any reader of Tolkien should not miss it.

After all, who doesn’t enjoy a charming short man with hairy feet such as Bilbo Baggins?

As for me, I recommend it enthusiastically! I give it a full 4 buckets of popcorn rating!