January 28, 2008
Google, Email, Parenting
Look at the Google logo today. You can hover your mouse over the logo to see what the occasion is. Hat tip to my husband :-) Oh, and if you look at this post later than the day I published it, you may be able to find the logo I was referring to on the previous Google Holiday Logos page. You might want to take a peek anyway - I've missed a lot of them and they're fun to see.
UPDATE: seems like they don't show the minor fun logos, just the major holidays on that historical page. So here is what I was referring to: the 50th anniversary of the Lego Brick. I can't find where the non-major logos are kept in an orderly fashion anywhere. Let me know if you find a collection.
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Karen Hancock writes fascinatingly and with deep thoughts about the novel-writing and -editing process. I liked this post, Overcoming the Email Addiction.
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For some reason, this piece circulating the internet choked me up. Anyone want to claim authorship? I'd love to attribute it to the writer. Thanks to my friend Rose who emailed it to me:
PARENT: Job Description
POSITION: Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma, Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop
JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!
Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Extensive courier duties also required.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the next.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION: None.
Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: None required unfortunately.
On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis..
WAGES AND COMPENSATION: Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
BENEFITS: While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right..
** AND A FOOTNOTE? THERE IS NO RETIREMENT -- EVER!!! **
If you are fortunate enough you will become grandparents!
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Congratulations to your Dh! It's a nice logo.
Posted by: Mimi | Jan 28, 2008 7:04:27 PM
Mimi - thanks. I'm not sure what you mean the congrats for - David only told me about the special logo, he didn't have anything to do with creating it...we just thought it was cool, since our kids are having a great time with Legos at the moment, creating spaceships and landing pads and dormitories for the crew. Anyway, I'm glad you liked it.
Posted by: Katherine | Jan 28, 2008 8:09:01 PM
Regarding the Parent Job Description...while I do not recall applying, I did get the job, even have three clients, one of whom I supply with toothpaste to this day ;-), and others I am available to always, as well. And I have been fortunate enough to have made it to the grandparent stage, beginning at age 45! So my job security is definitely not going to be a problem! Six times over! Love you, Mom
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Jan 30, 2008 3:18:02 PM