My new job in Washington DC

As a teenager, I remember talking with my Dad about how fun it would be to do a different job every month. We would imagine being a bus driver one month, a school teacher the next, and so on.

Anyone who knows me well, can tell you that I am a little ADD, and having a different job, or life experience, is my dream come true. My "jobs" have run the gamut from selling cemetery plots, to running an advertising agency, to being a planning commissioner, to being a public relations director, to selling Discovery Toys, to cooking on T.V., to doing mortgage loans. All of these while being a stay-at-home mom. (Not all at the same time, of course!)

Well, you can imagine how I jumped at the chance to be a tour director for a group of Boy Scouts from LA, in our nation's capitol!!

Random? Yes, a little. But I believe life is all about taking full advantage of experiences that life offers.

I was offered a job as a tour group leader in Washington D.C. for a week. I thought it would be fun to see how I could handle the details of an itinerary, the necessary knowledge of the sites of D.C., and the ability to socially handle various groups of people.

Poor, poor Matt. He always gets dragged into my little endeavors, bless his heart. And of course I wanted him to come along and be my navigator (I'm horrible with directions), and my sanity (He always makes things fun).

I have to give a little shout-out to Matt, who has put up with the following, over the past 17 years of our marriage:

1. Into our first year of marriage, I came home one day and announced that I'd quit my job, just because I needed to do something different. Luckily I found a better one a week later.

2. Matt spent some evenings at home with our babies while I either a) went to a cemetary plot sales appointment, b) demonstrated Discovery Toys at parties, and c) chaired some very long Planning Commission meetings.

3. There were many nights that Matt endured faulty recipes, as I would "try out" some of my GTU recipes on him and the kids before I had to submit them. Some were not good.

And now, Matt has traveled with me to Washington D.C., to be the assistant tour director on a very tiring, but great experience.


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