Sunday, February 10, 2013

CorpGoth's Mid-Month Status Report - Love What You Do

The February status report at CorpGoth is entitled Love What You Do, and Trystan has asked this month's participants to describe what we love most about our job - whether it's a decent paycheque, reasonable hours, fun co-workers or being able to wear what we want.

During her long and diverse working life, the insomniac  has held many jobs, ranging from computer analyst to sales associate, and in each and every one she has considered herself fortunate to have been blessed with either a decent paycheque, reasonable hours, fun co-workers or the liberty to wear what she wants. Unfortunately, she was never lucky enough to find a single occupation that included all  of the above at the same time.

Having worked retail for the past twenty years, she decided in October of 2011 to take another stab at office work. And while perfectly content to spend many hours a day slouched in front of the computer at home, being slumped in front of one in an office cubicle didn't hold quite the same appeal. Although the pay was certainly better than retail, after a year she concluded that office work was not what she wanted to do for the rest of her life, and that she actually missed working sales.

The plan was to start looking for a new job in January, but that was sidelined by the decision to sell the Gothic Mansion. Unemployed for the first time in her life since the age of fourteen, the insomniac  has found herself with time on her hands and has rekindled her interest in furniture refinishing, which she hasn't done since the last of the woodwork in the Mansion was completed many years ago. And as there happens to be an overabundance of furnishings that have somehow managed to accumulate in the basement these past twenty-five years, it would almost seem as if the universe is suggesting this might be the very thing the insomniac  should pursue as her next career move.

One can actually get started on this project now that the
tack hammer was rediscovered while cleaning out the basement ...

In this completely unplanned way, the insomniac  has come to the realization there is a definite possibility she might not be looking for a new job after the move. And while this means the rather frightening reality of no more regular paycheques, decent or otherwise, there is the advantage of being able to wear exactly what one wishes. It seems fitting the steel-toed boots, purchased over forty year's ago for the insomniac's  very first full-time job on the railroad, will now be worn for what could be her most satisfying job thus far - refinishing furniture for the Darkly Inclined ...

Future Outfit Post ...

Thank you, Trystan, for hosting this month's report! Please be sure to check out the other participants, who will likely be posting around February 13th and 14th. Although the insomniac  is a tad premature with her contribution, she felt it was better to be early than late. You know how much she hates having to walk into the party after everyone else has already arrived ... 

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

31 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing! I also worked retail for years, then tried office work which I hated!
    You are so talented with furniture, go for it!!!

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    1. Thank you, Meagan Kyla! You also hated office work, eh? It's funny, but when one left the analyst job 20 years ago, one couldn't imagine ever doing anything else. How things change!

      And if the whole furniture thing goes south, at least the offspring will be able to sleep at night knowing they'll never have to purchase another piece of furniture for the rest of their lives, thanks to their Sainted Mother's hoard in the new basement (which had better be big)! :D

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  2. Ooo, you have become a lady of leisure :)

    Retail pros: Great hours (for me), no co-workers (which is how I prefer it) and I can wear what I want. Cons: No paycheck to even speak of.

    Thank you for re-introducing me to CorpGoth, I lost her somewhere along the way, can you believe it?

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    1. Being a person who doesn't care much for change, the insomniac  felt she might as well get all the big ones over with at one fell swoop!

      You're absolutely right about the pay. But having always worked at stores where one enjoyed the product one was selling, the discounts totally made up for that. :D

      Thankfully you have now rediscovered CorpGoth! And you should check out her costuming site - that one's fantastic, too! :o)

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    2. I joined the status report and posted today. I will certainly take some time checking out her other site too!

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    3. Yay! Heading over to your post now! :D

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  3. I must say that nowadays I consider nice co-workers one of the most important thing at a job. :) I have been working at several places where I have been feeling so lonely and left out, and when it's like that it's hard to like anything else about the job either.

    And I really think that if you wanna spend some time refinishing furnitures you really should do that instead of looking for another job :D

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    1. It really is the most important thing ... if you feel lonely and can hardly wait to get out of there at the end of the day, even a very large paycheque can't make it better!

      You're absolutely right, Lesthi! Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. Better to have tried and failed than to have failed to try, etc. LOL!

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  4. Office work kills me... I have been stuck in one for the past 10 years! I look forward to the day I can break-free and eke out my living on the land. ;)

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Anita!

      One sympathizes with your plight ... and if we weren't moving to a small town where the cost of living is lower, the insomniac  probably wouldn't be able to give up the steady paycheque, either! The spouse is already talking about a small piece of land with chickens and such - you two would probably get along famously! :o)

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  5. It looks like you've come up with an idea that suits you. So, I wish you the best with this change in direction. You likely won't regret being able to dress the way you want either. I've never liked the push toward conformity that one finds in the workplace.

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    1. Thank you, Nightwind! The work wardrobe is being auctioned off on eBay as we speak. Think of all the money one will be able to save on clothes, because with a few patches those pants should last for at least another ten years. And the boots - timeless! :D

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  6. Honestly, I would purchase your restored furniture if it didn't mean lugging it across the border. I can't even figure a way to get my own things down; for some reason the moving companies just wouldn't answer my many messages.

    It's really good to hear you're making a step towards your own happiness. I hope it all goes really well =)


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    1. That's so strange they don't return your calls. Perhaps because it is troublesome to move things across the border? If you don't have too many things, maybe they could be sent FedEx? Although that would probably cost a small fortune!

      Hopefully, Didsbury has a small coffee shop the insomniac  can get a job at - just in case the furniture restoring business doesn't fly ... ;o)

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    2. That's what I assumed-- when funds allow once more, I'll have to look a little harder than last time.

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  7. That damned paycheque is the bete noire of many a dream of self-employment. You've had a similar career path to mine; office work in one form or another, then retail. Like you I can't go back to either. Fortunately, the money issue should soon be a non-issue. Then I'm off back to my beloved aromatherapy business, mothballed so long ago for lack of paying customers.

    I think a furniture refinishing business with a twist is a splendid idea. Not like you'll have much in the way of competition either and the potential customer base! Oh my!

    Ali

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    1. The security of a paycheque is awfully hard to give up, isn't it? But hopefully the cost of living in a smaller town rather than this city will make it less necessary in our case, as well. And here's hoping your aromatherapy business will take off like gangbusters! :o)

      You're right, there probably won't be much competition, but who knows how many Darkly Inclined persons actually live in and around Calgary - that might be the downside! :D

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    2. I wouldn't be surprised if folks don't come to you from long distance for the service.

      Ali

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    3. Fingers crossed, Ali. Fingers crossed ... :o)

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  8. You're really brave, making a big decicion like that, and it souds wonderful! Also, I like that witty picture of your future work-clothes. ;D

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    1. No Jade, not really that brave at all - if one had been truly brave, she would have done it twenty years ago! But it does sound wonderful, doesn't it? :o)

      Why, thank you! It is a lovely outfit, isn't it? It was a sad day when that particular t-shirt got so many holes it couldn't be worn in public any more! ;o)

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  9. Wow! I love your story & the furniture is to die for - hmmm.... where are you selling it? I want to save up for a piece :) Thanks so much for participating in this month's status report.

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    1. The furniture will probably be sold online in the Attic and through a local collective of people who have refinished furniture for sale. Special deals for blog readers, obviously!

      Thanks for hosting, Trystan - it was a fun one to do! :o)

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  10. Sounds like the perfect vocation for you! There is something so satisfying about re-upholstery, don't you think? Have you decided where you are going to move to yet? It breaks my heart you won't be in that house, who else will appreciate it as much?

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    1. There is something satisfying about refinishing and reupholstering - it feels good to take something that could potentially be thrown away and giving it another 100 year's worth of life. One supposes that's the same reason one has so enjoyed these past 25 years restoring the Gothic Mansion!

      We are still hoping to move to Didsbury or thereabouts, but there just hasn't been anything come available yet. And although probably no one will be able to appreciate the house in quite the same way as we do, having not seen her in her worst days as we have, one is quite sure the only people who would purchase a house like this will be the type of people who appreciate the old and beautiful. :o)

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    2. I've been to Didsbury, its near Carstairs, right? A few years ago my mum, aunt and I walked into a restaurant in Carstairs and everyone stopped eating, turned and stared at us. They were so creeped out, they went to the car and had me get something to go!
      Still small towns are nice, quiet and so much less crime and general ickyness. I wish I could come to your moving sale!

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    3. It is - very close to Carstairs. That's rather disturbing that they all stopped eating to turn around and stare though. Having been born and raised in Calgary, one is slightly nervous about small town living, but on the other hand one is also looking forward to the peace and quiet!

      You won't miss anything at the moving sale, Mme Polaire. It's just the junky furniture that's going to the Goodwill - none of the “good stuff”! :o)

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  11. I admire people who work with their hands and create wonderful stuff. I'm a bit jealous, although I know I could never produce furniture myself (or at least for other people)!

    I also admire your decision to go from regular paycheck to doing something you love to do! I keep my fingers crossed that it works out for you! And if I find a way to ship furniture from the United States without ruining myself, I will certainly check out your stuff!

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    1. Thank you, MindLess! But you also are very good with your hands - you create wonderful sewn stuff!

      Maybe one day you'll complete your PhD somewhere here in Canada, in which case there will be a small Gothic settee with your name on it just waiting for you! ;o)

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  12. I don't blame you a bit for not enjoying long days in front of a computer. I don't dislike my career choice, but I very frequently wish I had chosen something less sedentary.

    I've been dying to tackle a re-upholstering project on an antique living room suite we scored on Craig's List a few years back. It's so gorgeous, but the upholstery is totally stained and worn. Odds are we will eventually end up paying someone to do it, simply because working full time and commuting has eaten up most of my time and desire to take on big projects. :( Feel like spending some time in the Los Angeles area? ;)

    I'll be keeping an eye on your store for the furniture pieces. We definitely need more good, old stuff, and you have the BEST taste!

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    1. Oh Ms. Kitty, let's not even talk about what a sedentary position did to the insomniac's waistline in only a year! Back to Weight Watchers on Thursday. Pfffft.

      That's the trouble with full time work and commuting, isn't it? That was probably the worst thing about this past year of contract work - at the end of the work week, there was absolutely no energy left for anything creative. It seemed as though a little piece of one's soul died every week. Melodramatic perhaps, but true. ;o)

      Oooooh, an antique living room suite - that sounds exciting! As does L.A.!!

      Although one has high hopes of getting this set ready for sale within the next few months, it may have to be sidelined again until all the packing and cleaning and painting and everything else has been done in preparation for the house sale! Gulp.

      And you have the best taste, too - in both clothing and decor! :D

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