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Monday, January 12, 2009

A Career Change

The new year is definitely in full swing and, for me, it brings with it the daunting reality that I may be in need of a job soon. My "job" as a student is coming to an end in March. After that, I will again be faced with the "what are you going to do now?" question. I am not sure that saying I am simply "keeping my options open" will work too well anymore. And, as much as I would love to be a SAHM, it just might not be my reality.

However, as I mentioned last week, I am committed to my resolution to be creative and think outside the box. Subsequently, I put my thinking cap on over the weekend and came up with three career paths that I think I am well qualified for and would provide me with plenty of job satisfaction.

1. A Meteorologist

I have been a fan of the weather for a long, long time. You could probably even categorize me as a weather geek. Want to know the forecast for the next 7-10 days? Just ask me. In addition to checking our blog and e-mail on a daily basis, I also check weather.com.

I even have a favorite weather guy. (Don't you?) His name is Steve Paulson and he appears, much to my daily delight, on KTVU, or Channel 2 in the Bay Area.

2. The Next Food Network Star

I have watched season after season of this show and almost died at the mediocrity that the judges have selected as "winners." I mean, Guy Fieri, really? That guy annoys me beyond belief.

I think I would make a much better contestant and subsequent host for The Food Network. I even checked out the application requirements for the upcoming season of The Next Food Network Star, which include cooking know-how, personality that pops, and teaching skills. Yep, I think I have that covered.

More importantly, I have an IDEA. My cooking show would be centered primarily on everyday life and celebrations...wait for it...for parents. Here is the premise: a 30 minute segment focused on food/menus for adults and children not only for major holidays, such as Thanksgiving, but also for less appreciated days, like rainy days when you can't go outside, graduations, and the day Mom is assigned to bring treats.

3. A back-up dancer for Britney, Beyonce, and/or Janet

Honestly, I am not picky. I'll dance for any of my favorite ladies. I don't need to be in the limelight either. Just the behind the star girl, busting her hip hop moves all over the stage.

If this option is a bit difficult for you to envision, I decided to go the extra mile and provide a visual...

See? There I am. It could so work. I tell Geoff all the time that he would just need to hire help when I go on tour.

-Francesca
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36 comments:

Mina said...

Great ideas. This reminds me of when George Costanza was running possibilities for jobs by Jerry Seinfeld after he got fired. Classic.

Seinfeld applies to everything in life.

Erin said...

Way to go, thinking outside the box like that! I would love to see you doing any of these things. We look forward to an update :)

Misty said...

I'm definitely voting for the back up dancer. Go you!

Krisi and Adam said...

I would say you should most definately go for a back up dancer. Great job thinking outside the box!

Becky said...

Wow! So many talents, so little time, eh?

I think I'd like to be a movie critic. There's free popcorn involved, right?

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

Your face on the dancer was more than I could ask for to make my day! AND BTW... I am also a weather Geek! On my homepage I had the weather set up for Sacramento, NY & San Diego, so everyday I knew the forecast for all three....then it disappeared and I can not figure out how to get it back... I was so sad! John told me just to check the website, but it is not as good as all three at once right there!

Willow Tree said...

I heart you F~. I too am job searching and you, my friend have just raised the bar. Back up dancer?? Why didn't I think of that?
Dang, when I'm in my car I AM Britney. Just sayin. What are you going to school for?

Blessings,
Carolynn

Deb said...

I cannot help but notice that all of these put you on TV. Hooray for us! I would definitely watch you in any capacity.

Lori said...

Oh, I needed a hearty, from-the-gut laugh today, thank you very much.

Hey,I would totally watch a food show like that. And we, I mean you, can incorporate celebrities cooking with their kids, too, so the ratings would soar and we, I mean you, would be famous and get on the Today Show and they would love us, I mean you, more than Matt Lauer, and then we, I mean you, would take over the "Where in the World is Lori and Francesca?" I mean "Francesca..."

Jessica said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog, it's nice to cyber meet you! So, anyway, you could conceivably COMBINE your aspirations and become a cooking, dancing, meterologist. Now that would be AWESOME!!

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Love that visual! I can totally see it!

forever folding laundry said...

Leather pants really do suit you, Fran! I think this somehow needs to be incorporated into your preschool pick-up and grocery shopping outfits. (BTW If I looked like that in leather pants you'd have to pry me out of them!)

Love the food network show idea: I'd be Tivo-ing that one like crazy!

Well done, friend. This MBA is going to be put to good use no matter what.

The Blonde Duck said...

Francesca-

Have you ever seen that crazy meterologist Mark on YouTube? He makes all sort of funny jokes and things that are totally inappropriate...let me know and I'll find it for you!

Jo said...

You look great dancing for Brit, but I vote for you to be the food network person. I want to see a show where you have a parents planning a birthday party, kind of like cake wars, but kid birthday party wars. I could get into it!

Kristina P. said...

Guy is the only one I can sort of stand!

And I gave you linky love on my blog today.

Counselormama said...

That guy, Guy, bugs me to! I always ask what does he got that I don't? I LOVED that pic you made, all in the tight leather, I think I am going to do that with a pic of myself! Do you even read comments this far down? Hee hee

Debbie said...

Excellent choices really. I think the backup dancer is really your forte. Me - I'm still bucking for a job in the new administration. Something like "Official Pres Blogger".

Helene said...

Wow, how will you ever choose? They all look like cool jobs!! Esp the back-up dancing!!! How awesome would that be??!!

I'm also constantly checking the weather. I don't know why. I'm obsessed with it. I watch the news almost every morning just to hear the weather report. Then I'm constantly checking the weekly forecast on the computer. I don't know what it's like in SF today but here in Stockton, it feels like spring!!! So nice for a change!

Monica said...

Your booty is slammin' ..... I am just saying

wendy said...

oh please try for the food network - or you can give classes to moms?

Kimmy said...

HEY!! Yeah! I like Steve Paulsen also! I like Bill Martin also. I ALWAYS watch KTVU!!! I wake up to it, I end the day with it. I miss Frank in the morning though. He's such a goofball that him being the night time anchor he can't be goofy :o(

Scribbit said...

LOVE your leather :)

Thanks for that terrifying--I mean entertaining sample!

♥georgie♥ said...

LOL...well this was fine line up-however will you choose???
OMGawd your word veri says
"phookier' the word veri cracks me up

Mainly a midwife said...

Love the back up dancer idea. That is definitely thinking outside of the box. Preschool mom by day, back up dancer by night..I think that works.The only issue would be going on tour...darn.

Peaches said...

I LOVE IT! I'm certain you're over qualified for all these jobs.

You've been tagged for a photo-tag. See Peach Out of Water for details.

The Thompson's said...

Oh Francesca, That is too funny! I think you can do all of those things. Im behind you on it!

Kailey said...

I'd definitely go the backup dancer route...so many options and directions from there! :-)

amanda said...

too funny. and umm...i too LOVE the weather always have to see it on the news...and have a fav. weather man...i also would love the cooking show. but do it on something like NBC or CBS or whatever else is a 'local' channel for me...then i don't have to get cable. and the back up dancer. too funny. my friend said today on the 'doctors' they said the newest craze is pole dancing. you could try that. lol.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Oh you could so do way better than Guy. I would actually watch the program again! ;) Oh, and I so liked Jessica's idea. Yeah, while you are busting some moves on the Food Network while showing us some great food ideas for moms with kids, you can be telling us what the weather is. That way we would get the best of all three worlds. Way to think out of the box. What ambition you have!!! You go Francesca. Love it. You made my day. :)

blueviolet said...

Yes, please, please, please do go on the Food Network Challenge! In any case, I'll root for you no matter what you end up doing!

The Thompson's said...

Francesca,

I am just loving following you guys blog! It is so great! I hope that with at much as you stop by ours you will decide to follow us as well.


As for all our family blog pages and the main Fort Thompson page...
yes your right, I do it all. I actually tried to get me wife to do some entries, but she has no desire to do so. Besides anytime something needs to be written (like a Christmad letter) I do it. She agrees that I am just better with words. I guess Im suppose to take that as a compliment.

Anyway, there has been a strong demand for the story of how God brought Carey and I together via the internet. I have been very tentative in the past about sharing that because it is very personal, but have decided to do so. Call it peer pressure or just a desire to go ahead and share something amazing that God did in our lives, its coming so stay tuned.

Love and Prayers,

Tim

Megryansmom said...

Take your time, I'm still deciding what I'm going to be when I grow up LOL IF I grow up!

Vanessa said...

If Janet Jackson called me up and asked me to go on tour with her as a backup dancer, I would totally do it!

girlsinwhitedresses said...

I actually LOVE your 30 min. food show idea on the everyday celebrations ... most food network stuff is just too tiring for me to watch (I'm no Martha Stewart!), but I would watch a show like the one you came up with!
Susan

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Thanks so much for entering my giveaway! You can most definitely change your mind later if you win. :)
I forgot to tell you that I would soooooooo watch your show if you became the Next Food Network Star!

Wendi said...

Oh my gosh, I loooove the weather. I always wanted to be a tornado chaser. I think that would be a total hoot---but I have to say, your idea of dancing with Beyonce got me dreaming....what fun that would be! :)