Interstellar Adventures

September 7, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Filed under: Thursday Thirteen — by InterstellarLass @ 8:11 am

Thirteen Careers InterstellarLass considered. Growing up, I had many different dreams and aspirations. My current career path wasn’t one of them.

1. Lawyer. And not just any lawyer. A Harvard Law educated lawyer. I still think I would make a good one. Lord knows I like to argue a case. I would have been a defender then, but now I think I’d be more geared towards prosecution. Why didn’t I? My grandfather convinced me there were already too many lawyers in this world.

2. Doctor. I worked a few summers in my dad’s office. You know, before HIPAA. And I was a ‘candy striper’ at a hospital one summer. I worked in the Day Surgery department. And just yesterday, I said to myself “I should have gone to Med School”. The reason I didn’t? While blood and all that doesn’t bother me, the thought cutting people freaked me out.

3. Teacher. An English teacher no less. And up until the last three semesters of college, that was my minor. Then the thought of teaching other people’s brats that didn’t care about English made me change to no minor. And I got a plain old Bachelors in English with a concentration in British Literature. Shakespeare anyone?

4. Marine Biologist. I wanted to study dolphins and other sea mammals. What kept me out of the ocean? Sharks. And large bodies of open water. Thanks Uncle Paul for making me watch Jaws when I was 5. And for that sip of ‘Pepsi’ that turned out to be beer.

5. Archaeologist. Digging up dinosaur bones and shards of pottery. Studying ancient cultures and roaming the world. What kept me off the path of Indiana Jones? I started a family too soon.

6. Secretary. Yeah, this was my dream when I was 5. Filing papers was fun. Secretaries, excuse me, Administrative Assistants, are important positions within an organization. Except they have to deal with enormous egos. You couldn’t pay me enough.

7. Broadway actress. I took ballet for thirteen years, and the last three years I also took tap, jazz, modern, stage production, singing, and acting classes. My problem? I was too tall and too heavy (at 135 pounds) for partner work, my boobs and hips didn’t fit many costumes, and even with training, my voice was barely passable.

8. Professional shopper. Yeah, this would have been nice.

9. Scientist. This was a backup for the doctor thing. All the science, no people. But I decided petri dishes were dull.

10. President. Doesn’t every little girl dream about being President? I still have this thought from time to time. I don’t like how anyone is running things. But I would suck as a politician, because I’m too blunt.

11. Chef. I would still like to do this. Run my own restaurant. But the hours stink.

12. CEO. Yes, there is a quote in my senior high school year book that says this. Why? I dunno. Again, I’m too blunt. People don’t like to hear their ideas are stupid. Even if they are stupid.

13. Stay-at-home-mom. This is a more recent aspiration. Funny how when my kids were young, I thought “I can have it all…kids and career.” I’ve sacrificed on both ends. And now I’m just one lottery win away from greeting them at the door when they come home from school.

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  1. I think being an archeologist would be fun!

    Comment by carmen — September 7, 2006 @ 8:43 am |Reply

  2. My freshman year in college I was all set to be an anthropologist/archaeologist. Until my intro to arch class revealed all the science involved. Me? Not so much on the science.

    As for the chef thing, Lancelot is a chef, and his main aspiration is to open his own place. And yes, the hours do suck. But the food? Oh, the food. Yum.

    I might have to steal this idea sometime! Great read. 🙂

    You know my TT is up.

    Comment by Gypsy — September 7, 2006 @ 9:39 am |Reply

  3. I love: CEO

    Doesn’t matter what it is, put me in charge!

    Comment by kristin — September 7, 2006 @ 10:37 am |Reply

  4. Oh my God, that is funny. There are so many on that list I wanted to be when I was little. Though in high school my dream was animal doctor, too bad I’m deathly allergic to cats. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

    Comment by Jolynn — September 7, 2006 @ 10:56 am |Reply

  5. when i was a kid, i wanted to be a vet, so i could play with the kittens and puppies. now, i’m a shopper, but not a professional one, because i don’t actually get paid to shop, so i guess my status is still amateur.

    Comment by better safe than sorry — September 7, 2006 @ 11:56 am |Reply

  6. This was a fun thirteen!

    I remember wanting to be a secretary when I was about 5, too. My mom said, “that’s it??”. So much for that.

    Teacher? From what I’ve seen, it’s not so much the disinterested brats, but the high maintenance parents! Run away!

    Stay-at-home-mom’s the best job I ever had.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — September 7, 2006 @ 1:33 pm |Reply

  7. shopper!! I wanna be a shopper!!

    Comment by serendipity — September 7, 2006 @ 1:49 pm |Reply

  8. I wanted to be an archeologist so bad…til someone convinced me that everything had already been dug up…the bastards.
    I’m actually contemplating going back to school for nursing. The impact of my mothers illness left an impression on me of the importance of a good nurse.

    Comment by KaraMia — September 7, 2006 @ 3:29 pm |Reply

  9. I love this list! All the usual suspects plus the extremes of stay at home mom and president. I wonder what the president wants to be when he grows up? When ever I hear/read this sort of discussion I’m reminded of my darling girl (who is now studying to be a marine biologist AND a lawyer- she wants to do environmental law)- but when she was three and we were talking with her older brother about what he wanted to do when he grew up (he said architect; he’s a jazz musician) she announced that when she grew up she wanted to “Turn letters.” We stopped watching TV during dinner.

    HA HA! Oh Vanna! That’s too cute.


    Comment by vicki — September 7, 2006 @ 5:41 pm |Reply

  10. I can see you as a lawyer, definitely. It’s never too late either. 😉 My daughter wants to be a marine biologist, she’s a senior in HS is not afraid to swim where the sharks roam, LOL.
    She is taking all the science courses now with that goal in mine, but she’s also thought about law as well. Vicky’s comment above just made a lightbulb go off in my head! Environmental law? perfect!!! Dammm good thing I read your comment section today! LOL
    oh, BY the way, I took a swipe at English majors today on my T13. it was all in jest! REALLY!!! (g)
    (I was just in a mood when I did the post today).

    I think English Majors take themselves a bit too seriously sometimes. But I’m not like that. I mis-punctuate and dangle my participles all the time. 😛


    Comment by Laura — September 7, 2006 @ 5:54 pm |Reply

  11. er, “mind”. not mine.
    I have got to stop leaving typos on English Majors blogs.
    (I am so in trouble now).

    Comment by Laura — September 7, 2006 @ 5:56 pm |Reply

  12. There are too many lawyers in the world!! Good choice. My TT is up!

    Comment by buttercup — September 7, 2006 @ 7:27 pm |Reply

  13. You know Lass, I can envision you doing any of them. I especially liked the Chef idea..possibly because that is still a ‘closet’ dream of mine. Have my own little bistro – love to cook and feed people – but oy the feet aches and the hours do suck.

    Comment by writerchick — September 7, 2006 @ 9:32 pm |Reply

  14. Ha, I almost didn’t want to leave a comment because you had 13 comments on your Thursday 13. Now, I’m 14. Aw, I messed it up. 🙂 I just wanted to say that I forever wanted to be an archaeologist, ever since 7th grade. But then someone said I’d have to go in dark closed in spaces sometimes, like tombs and well, that just could NEVER happen! 🙂 Except maybe at gunpoint, and even then, it’s if-y! AHAHAHA

    Lucky 14! That’s TT 13 + 1 to grow on!


    Comment by Kate — September 8, 2006 @ 12:14 am |Reply

  15. I always wanted to be a teacher, too. Or a writer 🙂

    Comment by Bone — September 8, 2006 @ 7:33 am |Reply

  16. I’m just now getting to my T13 comments, I’m sooooo bad this week!

    I used to want to be President, but not any more. I co-lead a local homeschool support group, and I’ve learned there that (against the laws of gravity) crap rolls uphill. It’s a real drag. I can’t even imagine how much crap rolls up to the top of the hill of the leader of the most powerful nation in the world… No thanks, I’ll just complain from where I am if it’s all the same to everyone 😉

    Comment by Jen — September 10, 2006 @ 4:12 pm |Reply

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