I’m free. Freelancing.

Look!

Cup

I got a new coffee mug at the farmer's market Saturday. It's exciting.

So, yesterday I noticed Marvin had on a pair of pants I'd never seen before. They weren't big wide clown pants or long stripy pants that came with stilts or anything, they were just normal sort of brown pants, but I'd never seen him wearing them. So I said, "Where'd you get those pants?" And he said, "Pants store."

Marvin is on a roll lately, folks. A question-answering roll.

Other than that I have nothing to tell you. Oh, but you know what I wish? I wish I could freelance again. Oh, I wish it so bad.

I am finding this handle on my new mug kind of hard to grip. It's sort of dramatically high.

Anyway, I freelanced for years. Years. And it seems like that whole time was just happiness and wine and roses and butterflies and light, which I'm sure it wasn't. I know I worked ALL THE TIME, because when you work out of your home clients take that to mean you are available all the time–10 p.m., Sunday afternoons–and I had trouble turning down work at first.

But, oh, how lovely it was to not have to rush anywhere or sit in an office with no work to do, being unable to go home because QUITTING TIME IS AT 5! Who cares if there is absolutely no work! We go home at 5, you hear me!?

And how lovely it was to have cats as coworkers. Francis sat on my lap at least eight hours a day. Everything I proofread was around the body of that cat. When I got a real job again it felt weird to not have him on me.

And my across-the-street neighbor got home around 3 each day, so if I saw her sometimes I'd go over there and we'd have coffee at her dining room table. Right there in the middle of the day like that. And it was coffee with real caffeine, cause who cared when I fell asleep? Oh, that was the life.

I am going to start hoping that I get to freelance and maybe it will come true. DO YOU HEAR THAT, PLACES I USED TO WORK FOR IN LOS ANGELES?

Carp. I have to rush to work now. And yes, I said carp on purpose.

23 thoughts on “I’m free. Freelancing.

  1. I have many similar pottery mugs in my cupboard/cabinet. What irks me, though, is when I find one I like, return to the store to get another one, and they “don’t carry that artist anymore”. Do they know they’re speaking to a caffeine deprived addict at that point? Who has serious mug issues?
    I hope you get to work from home soon. Otherwise, I’m going to to sneak over to your house and catnap Henry while you’re gone.
    Why didn’t you post a picture of my kitten today?

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  2. “Visualize what you want… see it coming true… see yourself doing what it is that you desire to do… offer it up to the universe…” and all that carp. Who knows, maybe it will work. It hasn’t worked for me yet, for every morning I visualize that I am in Hawaii, on the beach, drinking a margarita, while a very handsome young man fawns over me, I am thin and beautiful and I have Henry the kitten with me. And yet, here I sit, bleary-eyed, having just gotten two kids out the door, clutching my coffee cup and wondering if baked ravioli is a reasonable breakfast option.
    If you were at home, you wouldn’t get to carpool with Tank and Hammy. How are they, by the way?

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  3. Ugh, working from home sounds wonderful. Or just being a “stay at home” person without the work part… that sounds better.
    Cute mug. My favorite mug says, “They lied. Hard work has killed lots of people.” I use it rarely though, because it’s oversized and I don’t like that.

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  4. Dear Jan,
    Tank and Hammy are fine, although I do not carpool with them anymore, which explains why I rarely have a Tank or Hammy story. I carpool with Tallulah now. Ever since she started going to daycare I drive with her. She’s a good carpoolmate. She’s always willing to listen to Howard Stern and never spills her coffee.
    I see Hammy at least every month, just like my menstrual cycle, as she and I are in a book club. I mean, I work with both of them (Tank and Hammy, not Hammy and my menstrual cycle), so I see them now and again anyway. And whenever there is a company-wide email, Tank and I usually email each other to make fun of it.

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  5. I would love to work at home, but I don’t know if I could be that regimented……
    I have a tendency to get sidetracked really easy!
    As my stack of unfinished projects will testify……….

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  6. June,
    I have worked from home for 12 years and there are days I love it, and days I hate it. I miss being around people. My kids are both in school and my husband goes to work each morning so from 8-3 I am all alone in my house. I think it sounds great on paper but it can be very lonesome. Didn’t you miss people when you freelanced?

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  7. I freelance sort of… šŸ˜‰ If you call doing housework, planting 5 bazillion ferns for my husband and doing part-time facilitating freelancing. I love it. I don’t miss going to an office not one bit.

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  8. Hi June,
    Well, I, for one, ALSO miss your freelancing, freewheeling days of wine and flowers and butterflies and light. I HAVE NO ONE TO INSTANT MESSAGE ANYMORE! And, as you well know, it’s all about ME! Me Me ME!!! šŸ™‚
    Ahh, those were the days. Remember the Pirate? He’s ever so lonely!
    No, seriously, I work out of my home, as you are aware, and I love it. The thought of being in an office 5 days a week makes my skin crawl. I don’t know how people do it.

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  9. The last time I found a mug I really, really liked, my mother was with me and she said “Get six, don’t get just one”. And she was right, 18 years later I now have a lovely set of 5 mugs. That’s not too bad, only losing one in all those years.
    My work is mostly from my home. So I know how you feel. It is nice to not have the regimented 8-5, 40 hours away from the house every week to deal with.
    I have been ruminating on the marrying Topamax thing, and I think the rest of us would miss Marvin and related stories about Marvin and his shopping habits too much. So maybe you could go for the polygamist thing and have Marvin and Topamax BOTH?
    You’re a woman of the 21st century, why can’t you have it all???

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  10. I have to chime in on the work form home/missing other people… Last year, my youngest daughter headed off to full day kindergarten. I work PT in the evening, after my hubby gets home from his job. Let me tell you… I LOVED being home all day, with projects to do, in the quiet, ALL BY MY LONESOME! But then again, I’m one of those people who love people but on my own time frame. I could be alone for days on end, as long as I had my TV, the internet, food and caffeine.

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  11. I just wanted to thank you for putting the song “Free Falling” in my head. “Now I’m freeeeeee, freeeeeelancinggggg”
    Although I am quite sure it is “Free Fallin'”, but that bothers me, the quotation mark and apostophe being all neighbourly like that.
    I love your blog. It always makes me laugh.

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  12. I’m back to freelancing since being laid-off and I forgot how much work it is. You are right – hard to shut it off after 5pm. I am working more hours for less money. I do get to go do things during the day but then that means I have to make up the work at night or on the weekends. When you are not working, you’re looking for work or counting the dollars going out the window. I’d like to find the comfortable financial spot where I didn’t have to take the small jobs that waste my time. I don’t miss driving 30 miles each way to work – for this I am grateful!

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  13. No photo of sweet Henry?!!!! šŸ˜¦
    I worked in an office for 35 years, then I retired, for a week, and went to work for my husband and worked at home. The first year I was soooo lonesome! I really missed all my friends, I did NOT miss the commute or the structured hours, but I did miss the 9 to 5 hours with weekends and holidays off. I was always working, I never had any down time. I would even take work to do in the car if we were driving across town. There was always something that had to be done. I did love being able to work in my pajamas. There are pros and cons to both situations.

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  14. You need a mug with a picture of Henry on it.
    Now, let’s get to the bottom of Marvin’s strange brown pants. Well, ok. Maybe you should get to the bottom of them. I’ll wait patiently while you get the info.
    Maybe you should get a mug with a picture of Marvin’s brown pants? Maybe a picture of Henry in Marvin’s pants?

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  15. I did not work for ten months last year and it was absolutely wonderful, except for not having any money. I could be a complete recluse, forever. Just me and time, to do whatever I want, when I want. Unless whatever it is that I want costs money, which it usually does.

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  16. I worked at home for about 8 months and I must admit it did get me caught up on all my TiVo’d What Not to Wear episodes. It was not successful for me – I like working in an office with other people and showereing every day.

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