Wednesday, September 2, 2009

How much is too much?

I just read that the Dugger family, you know,the ones with 18 kids, are expecting yet another child. Well, after picking myself off the ground, it got me thinking, how much is too much? Personally, I have no children, realizing at a young age that I really was not and am still not "mother" material. I had been told on numerous occasions that I will "change my mind as I get older". I have also been chastised for my decision, because the only reason we are on this earth apparently is to "procreate". Huh, I must have missed that day in class where they said that one. Now, even though my husband and I do not want children, I definitely don't begrudge others if they do, besides, we happen to have three great dogs, so I am indeed content. I guess I am having a harder time understanding this, if you have more than 4 or 5 dogs, or cats or whatever animal you love, it's considered hoarding, but yet it's not when you have 6 or 7 or even more children? Why? I have asked quite a few people that question, and each of them stares at me blankly like I've grown horns from my head. Maybe it's just the "American" thing to do, kind of like having 20 plus pairs of Jimmy Choos. So again, how much is too much?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Reality stars....

I finished an article in shape magazine featuring Lauren Conrad, the former star of Laguna Hills. The article itself was well written, but here are a few questions I have: Why is this person a "star"? Is it because she was on a show that allowed cameras to follow her 24/7, because it can't be due to an over abundance of talent. Why do the subjects in these health magazines feel the need to tell us what they eat? Do I care that she craves hummus or cucumbers, and am I to believe that those foods actually squash the cravings for burgers and fries? No, I didn't think so. Also, every one of these "celebrities" seem to always go through a time of such self doubt, that only after some deep soul searching, or major shopping trip on Melrose, they bring themselves out of the darkness, and even commemorate the journey with a lower back tattoo!!! Wow, what a brave soul....What ever happened to the real Hollywood stars? The ones that took acting classes, busted their asses in small roles and finally got the starring role? The ones that drank champagne, smoked a cigar and ate steak, without any apologies for it? If you happen to see one, take a picture, because it would be the equivalent of seeing real breasts in Hollywood.....

Monday, August 17, 2009

Job Search....

With the recent woes in the job market search, I have noticed a few things: It is definitely an employers market, it's extremely hard to get yourself noticed and employers seem to be forgetting that their tactics may lose them current and or future clients. I understand that if a job is posted on many of the outlets available, that they are inundated with hundreds, if not thousands of applicants, so it does make it hard to reply to all of them, even just a simple "thanks for applying, you will be contacted if you match our opening" is quickly passed up. As an applicant, how do you make your resume stand out, short of renting an airplane that screams "look up here, I'm the one you want to hire!", especially in a day of faxing or e-mailing your resume in, never actually coming into contact with a "real live person". You can try clever titles in the subject line of your e-mail, but who's to say the person reading it will have the same sense of humor as you? It is definitely a frustrating time right now, which leads me to my third "rant" if you will: Employers that forget they are not only dealing with a potential employee, but one that may also be a current or future client. Try to remember, clients/ customers are the reason you are in business, that by insulting them during the hiring process does not bode well with them, and they definitely do remember the experience, and thus may decide that they don't want to continue spending their hard earned cash with you. My advice: treat everyone the way you would expect or like to be treated, old fashioned, I know, but hey, I also like to have conversations face to face rather than texting, which seemed to be working quite well, the last time I checked....