I wore this outfit to the Man Repeller event in DC at POV in the W Hotel (thats a lot of letters) last month. Yes, I’m just getting around to blogging them. Life has been super chaotic since I have a new job – bartending at a new restaurant opening in our town, Bar Louie.
Its weird to type that. I’m bartending. I’ve been working since I was 16 and solely in restaurants until I was 21. Then I got a day job for a mortgage company and was a bartender at nights. Until I was maybe 22 and started doing government contracting during the day and still bartending nights. I quit slinging drinks the summer I got pregnant with Guinevere, and when she was 1 I started my own company to design and develop training for the government. This was also around the time I went back to school – last year was a crazy year. I graduated from George Mason University this past August, and then in September I found myself out of work.
While in school, I made that a priority – and I always put 150% for the contracts I accepted, but I couldn’t go after new contracts and clients. And with contract dates ending in September, I made sure to wrap all of my projects up in August to ensure wiggle room for updates or changes with the end of the fiscal year (government runs Oct 1 to end of September). And then the government shut down. They finally got their shit together but the bulk of my work is taking existing training (on any topic – from how to record your time worked every day to what a company’s sexual harassment policy says) and converting it to web-based training – typically taking very outdated PowerPoint decks and making something engaging and interactive. But when the two clients I was counting on this year to keep me busy decided that new training wasn’t a priority for them at this time, I found myself with no source of income in sight.
There are a lot of on-site positions available in my industry. But Tyler and I believe that its in the best interest of our family that I’m able to continue to work from home, even if part time – for where we live, I could be gone 12 hours a day with DC traffic and thats not ideal with a toddler. So I’m holding out for some more small contracts to get re-signed. And maybe in a year I’ll decide that I should commute, but right now I’m lucky enough to not be forced into anything.
But I’d go crazy staying at home all day, and then I saw that Bar Louie in the new town center being built in Gainesville was hiring so I applied. I’ve always loved bartending and it is a flexible career that even if I do pick up some government work, I could easily juggle both. Plus, hello easy money! Its directly across from the new movie theater so I imagine we’ll be slammed with locals wanting a drink or bite to eat after a show.
Its been a bit of an adjustment getting back into the hospitality industry – I’m used to sitting at a desk all day, and now I’m on my feet. I would say that maybe I’d lose some weight, but OH MY GOD, the food is so good, so I’m actually probably going to instead be fat and happy. It also feels weird to go from telling people that I own my own company in the consulting realm to telling them I sling drinks, but I’m trying to shrug off that stigma – I work with people with masters degrees and all sorts of backgrounds. Smart, fun, friendly, hilarious people. You never know what path life takes people down – and I shouldn’t be ashamed of an honest job that provides for my family, particularly when its one that I so enjoy.
I can honestly say that I’m really going to look forward to walking in for my shift every day, and if you’re local I hope that you’ll stop by! Also, feel free to leave a comment or email me if you want to sign up for Louie’s Crew – free appetizers and coupons. We open this weekend and its definitely going to be the new local hotspot 😉