Friday, November 9, 2012

Least Favorite Job?

Josh and I were talking yesterday morning about our least favorite job of all time. Josh's was scooping ice cream at Handle's and mine was working at Sears.

Now I have to say - I'm very grateful that I had the opportunity to work throughout high school and college. In fact, I usually had 2 jobs at a time. I definitely learned the value of money and quickly started to see a cup of coffee not just as a beverage, but as a lunch-time tip or 30 minutes organizing cards at Hallmark.

My first "job" ever was folding and stuffing mailings for my dad's co-worker, Noel - I received 1 penny per envelope stuffed. Ask any of my colleagues today, I still stuff a mean envelope.

My first official job (no pennies under the table on this one) was as a paper delivery girl. And I do mean GIRL. I don't have much memory of how old I was when I started, but I had to quit when we moved from our Charles Street house when I was in 6th grade. I remember liking my paper route, besides when it rained. The best part? One house gave me a $2 every single Saturday and I jammed out to DC Talk and Amy Grant TAPES every morning!

In high school I worked at Hallmark, Sears, and the NH Toll Booth. At college I worked as a desk monitor for the dorms, a teacher's aid, at a Country Club, and as a Crimson Caller - aka calling alumni for money). For all my college breaks at home (Christmas and Summer) I was a waitress - either at the Marriott Hotel Restaurant, catering weddings at the Marriott, or at Ruby Tuesdays. Some days I would serve breakfast at the Marriott - requiring me to be there at 5. I would get out at 10, sleep in my car for 40 minutes, change work clothes and start the lunch shift at Ruby Tuesdays around 11. I usually found a way to get put on the schedule for dinner as well - so I would end up on my feet from 5am to about 8pm. Definitely one of my skinniest summers! :)

So, my least favorite was Sears - mostly because I hated folding all the clothes and the staff changed so much, you never knew who you would be working with. My favorite job? Working at Ruby Tuesdays. I loved that I was in charge of my on wages. If the server next to me was lazy, it affected his tips, not mine. I got to work quickly, talk with people, and constantly be working to stay on top of my game.

I know you are all curious about working at a Toll Booth - but that is a story for another time. I'll answer your #1 question though - if you have to go to the bathroom you (1) hold until your next break (2) close down your line and run inside to use the restroom.

What is your least favorite job of all time? And which job did you love most?


  1. Amy Grant and DC Talk!!! John and I were just "rocking out" to Toby Mac the other day and thinking "our kids are going to think we're such dweebs!" just like we thought about our parents music :)

    When I was a kid, I cleaned a mean car wheel well and white walls for a pretty $5 bill! I hate white walls and spokes to this day...

    My favorite childhood job was picking up acorns in the yard for $.01 each. I made $18 my first day.

    1. I love that you picked up acorns! HILARIOUS. Did you call your parents' bluff on that one - or were they serious?

    2. My dad definitely did not think I would get that many (and no, I didn't scour the woods - these were all in the lawn!) He changed it $.02/each the next weekend. I still made $12.

  2. Least favorite job: bank teller
    Best job: motherhood!

    Great blog post! :)

    1. Looking forward to motherhood, myself, Marjorie! :) Can't wait.