What It’s Really Like to Not Have a Full-Time Job

It's weird to be unemployed. I'll start there. The first day I woke up from my alarm clock and realized I didn't have anywhere to be was like a Twilight Zone episode. My husband kissed me goodbye to go to his office, and I stood staring at the door as it closed, feeling a panic… Continue reading What It’s Really Like to Not Have a Full-Time Job

Marie Kondo Makes My New Job at a Used Book Store More Difficult

Last week, I started an exciting job at Wonder Book, a labyrinthian used book store near our new apartment in the D.C. suburbs. I got lost between the African American Culture and the Science Fiction sections the first time I visited—it took several minutes to find my way back to the cashier. In other words,… Continue reading Marie Kondo Makes My New Job at a Used Book Store More Difficult

Change Is Good. But When It’s Not?

On Tuesday, I curled up on the couch with my dog from 10:00 a.m. until noon, after having slept all night. My stated purpose: I give up. A few days before, a health insurance document written in overly academic language had convinced me that I was no longer covered. And that the sign-up period had… Continue reading Change Is Good. But When It’s Not?

I Am Quitting My Job (Without Another One Lined Up)

My boss went slightly paler than normal when I said, "I have some news." He pushed aside his desk lamp and tilted his head slightly. Then he sighed, seeming to know what was coming. "I'm putting in my notice," I said. He nodded, saying he figured this would happen soon enough. I had worked at… Continue reading I Am Quitting My Job (Without Another One Lined Up)