It’s a boring night at the Burns residence.  Royce is working, dog is sleeping and I’m beat from my overly packed weekend.  Amanda posted this interesting career survey on her blog today and what better timing since the FDA could be laying off 2000 people by Friday…its just so nerve racking it’s almost funny.  

So what could I do if I left that popsicle stand of a government institution?  Well I could be a: 

1. Logistics Specialist    

2. Family and Consumer Scientist <—MOM…did you see that!!!

3. Zookeeper    

4. Hospital Service Worker    

5. Animal Caretaker    

6. Dietitian    

7. Industrial Designer    

8. Cartographer    

9. Interior Designer    

10. Animal Trainer

And that’s just the top 10…and I could actually see myself enjoying myself as an Interior Designer if I had the slightest idea what I was doing other than plagiarizing the Pottery Barn Catalogue with cheaper products.  But Zookeeper?  really?  WTF?  That one made me laugh.  There is definitely an ‘animal theme’ going on there in the top 10…strange if do say.  


Maybe this survey is trying to tell me something?  I don’t see Pharmacist, or anything ‘medical’ on my list other than Hospital Service Worker (I’m not even sure what that is) and Dietitian.  I definitely don’t see “boring office job where you read dull reports and re-write them”.  Oh I what I meant to say was “Office job where you get to read fascinating reports and approve drugs”.

It gets even better.  In my Top 40 we have:
11. Nursery/Greenhouse Grower (I kill everything plant my hand comes in contact with)

12. Desktop Publisher   

13. Housekeeper (I can’t stand cleaning my own filth)

14. Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator (I did draw some funny stuff as a kid during church services)   

15. Fashion Designer (this is a option but only if I can design stuff for althetically built girls instead of twigs) 

16. Animator        

17. Pipefitter (What?!)   

18. Outdoor Guide (my dream of becoming “Forrest Ranger Julie” just may just come true!)   

19. Bricklayer / Stonemason (can girls be this?)   

20. Construction Tradesperson

21. Forester (see #18)

22. Chimney Sweep (Only if I get to dance around like they did in Mary Poppins)   

23. Fast Food Worker (Ick.gross.no.never)   

24. Drywaller (funny considering I can’t even pick up a piece of drywall on my own)

25. Horse Trainer (horses scare me…but that wasn’t a question now was it?)

26. Plasterer (sensing a home improvement theme???)

27. Chef  (YES!  My dream job…well owning my own restaurant is, I don’t think I have the tolerance to go to chef school)  

28. Butcher (I can’t cut up moo cows…but I will eat them!)  

29. Window Washer (survey didn’t ask if I was afraid of heights) 

30. Cook  (see #27 but only if it was my own place)  

31. Forestry Technician (ooo…another nature option!)

32. Insulator (not too sure what this is)

33. Concrete Mason  (man me and brick/masonry…who new?)  

34. Gardener  (really…I’m bad at gardening…I kill things and I don’t water them).  

35. Roofer (I have put a couple of good roofs on back in my high school work-camp days)  

36. Personal Trainer  (lol…given my challenge of running a half-marathon i find this laughable!)

37. Planner (I DO like to plan)

38. General Contractor (yet another construction/home improvement spin)

39. Property Manager    

40. Farmer (Iowa here I come!)

Although a fun exercise I’m not to sure I’m ready to switch careers quiet yet (hopefully I won’t have to).  There were some viable options but they were stuck between Plasterer and Butcher so that makes me a bit leery….maybe if they were higher up in the list I would be a bit more excited.  Oh well…if you want to try it out go to http://www.careercruising.com/, put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark and take the “Career Matchmaker”

Blissful weather and day dreams

The past couple of days have been nothing short of perfect weather wise.  Yesterday was sunny, in the mid 60’s with a slight breeze.  Perfect dog-walking weather if you ask me.  Our last couple of nights have been spent walking Charlie and hanging out in our neighborhood park with the rest of the folk coming out of the word-work to enjoy the sun.  Charlie has gotten into chasing birds so our time at the park trying to get him to run is a lot easier.  When we get back from the park we have sitting out on our deck to enjoy a beer.  If only we had patio furniture we could eat dinner out there.  Maybe in May…

Tonight we are going to Cafe Berlin with Amanda and her husband James.  They are leaving to move back to KC sometime at the end of August so I can’t wait to hear about their progress.  It will suck to see them go.  Amanda was my main source of entertainment when Royce was working night shifts since her hubby traveled so often…but I understand their reasons for wanting to get back.  It’s not easy living here…its really not easy getting started on things like buying a house and making a home when things are so damn expensive.  Honestly, if Royce wasn’t a doctor and didn’t qualify for the fancy doctors mortgage we probably wouldn’t be here for much longer either.  It will be fun watching them from afar as they find a house in KC, and build a network there…hell maybe they will inspire us to think that once and for all we could be happy there too???

I’m still holding out for CO.  I’m sure our upcoming trip won’t help my obsession with that state much, but if I could chose a place to live (job opportunities not being a factor), I would pick CO.  Or maybe Oregon….it looks like a nice place too.

Lots of day dreaming lately for me.  With our crappy FDA budget, talk of losing our retention bonus’ have been flying through the air.  They finally became solid this week…and some genius decided to link retention bonus’ to performance.  Typically these things were just given to us after a 1-year of service in order to ‘retain’ us (heh…as the purpose of a ‘retention bonus’) and kind of make our salaries not so laughable in comparison to those in private industry.  Now that they will be linked to performance they really aren’t retention bonus’ anymore are they?  So it has gotten me thinking about what I would do if my boss decided to take mine away (knowing that the fate of 10% of your salary is not in your hands would cause nearly anyone to be a bit nervous right?).  

First, If they took it away I would assume they wouldn’t want to ‘retain’ me and I would leave faster than snot out of my nose on a high pollen day…so then what would I do?  Who knows…I know I couldn’t do full time at CVS for too long without hurting myself (or others) but it is an option.  I would probably try to get back into clinical pharmacy, or clinical research, I suppose someplace at a hospital or a CRO, and try to work my resources within industry to see if I could do a bit of consulting.  If money wasn’t a factor I would change careers…maybe architecture or design???  Or maybe we’ll just move back to the midwest and I’ll open up a Trader Joes franchise and teach Pilates on the side and in my spare time learn how to sew.  Ahh blissful daydreaming…I better get back to work.

late night ramblings.

I’m having a good work week.  This rarely happens so I figured I would document it so I can check back later when I think work sucks.  I’ve gotten lots of good feedback from my presentation I did last week…and honestly the good words from the head-boss-man were all I needed to put me on cloud nine for a while.  To top it off yesterday my immediate-boss-man (I’ve got 3 boss-men in case you were wondering) asked me if I would be the pilot person to start up a program with the NIH.  In short I’ll be working with the clinical pharmacology people over there writing protocols and conducting studies as well as providing some FDA regulatory know-how.  Should be a good experience.  Funny, but just this January I was starting to think about how much I missed this part of drug-development and then…plop…this comes along.  Strange how things work out sometimes.  Add all of this stuff up and I was actually smiling while walking out to my car today thinking how much I like my job.

Our weekend is shaping up to be quite a lazy one.  That is what happens when you have no money and the weather Gods ruin your plans of doing yard work by threatening rain, snow and cold.  I hope we can get out to see a movie. I really want to see The Namesake which is the movie based on a book that I really enjoyed.

I was reading the other day that This American Life, a great radio program, is coming to television.  We have had a hard time catching this show on NPR since we moved to DC.  The NPR station here is actually fairly crummy on the weekends so I miss a lot of my favorites like TAL and Selected Shorts.  I’m also going through Fresh Air withdrawal, I haven’t heard that program since I left NJ.   Now that I think of it our programing is pretty crummy.  Anyways…back to the point.  I’m really excited to see how This American Life is translated onto TV and what kind ofreception it will get from viewers.   If you’ve got Showtime you should check it out.

What I’m reading:  I’m going to have to ditch Blue Highways.  This guy is way to wordy…it is like he is driving 25 mph through America and not really stopping at places I find interesting…so he is going to stay in Kentucky and I’m not sure I’ll ever pick him up again to take him much further.  Any recommendations to take me out of this bad book funk would be greatly appreciated.

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