October 23, 2009

Take This Job and.....

All I ever wanted to be was a wife and mother,

So, I never pursued another career.

Unfortunately, a single girl has to buy gas for her car,

So, I was forced to get a paying job.

My first job was at Happiness Rocks in Pinedale, CA.


I was 16; and a girl in my high school Art class had a business idea.
She recruited me and another classmate to help out.
It was quite clever, really.
She glued river rocks into animal shapes,
then, we painted them into dogs, cats, lions, tigers, frogs....a veritable zoo.
They were shipped to gift shops all over the country
and for awhile, she was fairly successful.

I got fired from that job, for talking.

Which, I wasn't.

...and even if I was, I am perfectly capable of painting whiskers on a cat

and talking about Friday night's dance, all at the same time.

Second Job - Saks Fifth Avenue

Steve left for his mission on October 21, 1972;
I couldn't stand the thought of being in Fresno without him.

So, I moved to Palo Alto the fall of my 18th year.

Along with a change of scenery, came the need to support myself.

I told my parents not to send money because I wanted to prove my independence.

Don't ever do that, kids. It's stupid.

I was a sales girl at Saks Fifth Avenue in Stanford Shopping Center


My memories are:

-Lots of pressure to sell, sell, sell.

-Not having enough money to dress as nice as the job required.

-Being Top Salesgirl a time or two

-Modeling for In-House Fashion Shows
Top designers would introduce their latest collections at Saks
(Oscar De La Renta is a jerk, btw).

-On my way to work one day, a semi truck hit my VW Bug;
my car rolled across all 3 lanes of the freeway.
Thankfully, I was OK, but my car was totaled.

After explaining it to the good folks at Saks, they fired me . . . . for being late.

For those of you that are keeping count, that is 2 jobs held, 2 jobs fired from.

Man, it's rough out there.

H & R Block

I have worked 9 years doing taxes, with a 5 year break after having Chloe.
As an artist, I am predominantly right brained;
doing taxes helps balance me :)

7 months pregnant with Chloe

Self- Employment

Being my own boss is what I like best............ no one can fire you.

I painted Christmas Windows for 20 years.
In two weeks, I would earn enough to give our family a great Christmas!


Marsha & I worked together one year and this was our flyer


The Closet Organizers.

Steve and I work well together.
So in 1983, we moved to Fremont to start a closet organizing business.
It was an exciting and successful venture that supported us for 10 years.

After that, Steve returned to General and Electrical Contracting.

Our Flyer

1983 Home Show at Fashion Island in Foster City - Launch Day!



In 2005, we moved to Texas and bought four Curves franchises.
it was quite interesting for awhile, but ultimately, it wasn't our cup of tea
so, after 3 1/2 years we sold them.


Over the years, we have invested in rental properties and rehabs.
We are currently rehabbing a cute old house in downtown San Antonio
while we take stock of what our next step will be.

One thing is certain, life is not certain.........


Marci said...

Gotta love that hot pink sweat suit :-)! When Ella saw the picture of you at H&R block she said, "What's that lady doing?" I said, "That's Meema!" and she asked, "Did she get her hair done?" :-) I still can't believe that Saks fired you after your accident....weirdos!

The Chrissy Herself said...

The pink sweatsuit is fabulous. I remember going along with you on so many of your window painting jobs. I never managed to put it all together and still believed in Santa for a long time. Not the brightest bulb.

Dad's looking supa-fly in that home show shot.

And very tastefully put about the whole Curves thing. BTW, I know you don't like aging ONE BIT, but I think you look gorgeous in the last picture, which is the most recent of them all.

Brittany said...

So many comments...those grounds for firing in both situations are ridiculous! I love that you kept your old Saks nametag, and is that your old photo of the Saks store? I didn't know you meant Oscar De La Rente.

That was fun working with you at H&R Block (though I was only the lowly receptionist.)

I totally remember that pink sweat suit, and wasn't that tanning salon by the convenience store near Dunbar?

I forgot your first home show was in Foster City. I went to the Target there at Fashion Island all the time when I lived 2 miles away in San Mateo :) And dad is a supa fly bi-ness man!

And that Curves pic is a great one, your face is full of enthusiasm for a new business venture!

Cheryl said...

I love the rock lion!

Steve said...

That's a great resume for a stay-at-home mom!

There are a lot of sweet memories in this post.

Thanks again for taking me back in time!

michele cabiness said...

that closet organizer flyer looks familiar, did you guys swap ideas with my parents? (and the home show shots bring back memories to me from my dad's fresno shows)

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