I had the perfect flexible "job" today where I was able to bring my baby and leave in time for T's preschool pickup. Even better, it involved craft supplies.
A few months ago, I signed up for the Citrus Twist kit for my Project Life pages. The first month it arrived, I was surprised to find that the return address on the package was a small town 20 minutes from us. That month, my kit took a week to arrive because USPS thought my box needed a vacation in Jacksonville, FL (seriously).
You know I have a weakness for craft supplies, and especially papercrafty kits. Given that I was soon going to be jobless but didn't want to give up my kit subscriptions, I asked Trina, the business owner if she needed any help.
To my surprise she said yes! So today I got a behind-the-scenes peek into the fascinating world of running a scrapbook kit club. BabyM and I went to her house after our Starbucks run (I really need to give that up!) and Trina gave me a job to do - measuring and cutting lengths of gorgeous ombre-colored twine for this month's kits.
Tasks like this relax me. One of my all-time favorite jobs in college was sorting mail for the Chemical Engineering department. Campus Mail Services dropped off a huge box with all the mail for the building. It was my job to put the mail into each individual's mailbox and forward items to folks who were no longer there. I did this for one hour twice a day every weekday.
It was a welcome respite from hours of chemistry, math and physics lectures and the looming problem sets that were always due. Not to mention that $10/hour was a kingly sum for my 18-year-old self. Unexpectedly, that job yielded me 2 offers for paid summer research positions and I met a lot of graduate students and faculty I never would have talked to otherwise. Opportunity often knocks when I'm least expecting it.
Today I had a great time chatting with Trina about how she runs her business, new paper products (swoon), and our families. BabyM played (mostly) quietly on the floor next to us. I didn't get as much done as I had hoped, but will go back next week while BabyM plays with her grandparents.
It was a neat way to spend a few hours this morning, and despite forgetting to take photos, I'll definitely include it in my upcoming Project Life layout!