As some of you may have guessed, I'm no longer employed at what I once described as "a really cool environmental non-profit."
The best part of my one-on-one conversation with the executive director of the aforementioned really cool environmental non-profit last Friday was when she told me I am "tedious" to work with. That's a new one for me. And, as stunning and hurtful as it is, I'm getting a helluva lot of mileage out of that one.
Today, I learned through my friend Adriana's blog, that butternut squash and I have something in common--we're tedious.
Last night, a friend of mine on the West Coast, upon learning I'd been laid off, offered me some freelance editing work. The subject is tobacco research and she described the work as "time consuming and tedious." I emailed her right back and said her work would be a "perfect fit for me, since I'm tedious."
I'm thinking of going on the road and doing standup comedy as I'm job searching, but my fear is, the audience will find me tedious and then I'll never get a job again.
Most people get downsized, laid off, shit canned, whatever, for being redundant or incompetent or an asshole. I get the shaft for being tedious.
Future potential paycheck writer: So, why did you leave your last job?
Future potential paycheck receiver (a.k.a. me): I was tedious.
FPPW: Ah... Right...
Where one person sees "tedious," another sees "detail-oriented" or "inquisitive" or "open to learning." But I suppose that can be tedious, too, especially if you have a tendency to be disorganized and ineffective when it comes to utilizing all of the resources available to you, including your staff.
But I'm not bitter.
That would be tedious.
I'm a butternut squash! I'm a butternut squash! I'm a butternut squash! Naa-naa-na-naa-naa!
Photo courtesy of http://www.ourhutch.com/samples/vegetables/butternut.jpg