I am a full-time fiber artist. I have a day job.
For me, these two are not mutually exclusive. The trick is finding just the right match.
I found my perfect day job at Dartmouth College, home of the Big Green.
I work in Athletics, doing various jobs, mostly in Alumni Gym – checking id cards, giving directions, selling hockey merchandise – plus other odd jobs, as assigned.
Luckily, knitting is an ingrained motor skill for me now, like walking or breathing. So I can knit on the job, without impacting customer service.
Sometimes, I do both jobs while kneeling on a physio-ball, just to keep it interesting:
I love the Dartmouth campus. As a former West Coast kid, I never tire of the federal-style buildings, the stately old elm trees, the paneled-wood libraries:
And Dartmouth has tons of great traditions, like the Homecoming Bonfire, and Winter Carnival (to name just two):
But I’ve especially enjoyed the “other duties as assigned.”
In October 2010, Ke$ha held a concert in Leverone Fieldhouse. I helped with crowd control, limiting backstage access.
At one point, Ke$ha’s manager handed me a $20 bill, instructing me to “Bring back as much baby oil as you can buy, and hurry!”
Turns out, baby oil helps body glitter stick better. Who knew?
In May 2011, I was delighted to give Guy Kawasaki & family a tour of our athletic facilities. Let me tell you, Guy is the very embodiment of enchanting.
What a treat! And all thanks to my Big Green day job – which can also be very
silly at times (depending on my co-workers!).
And that does seem fitting, since Theodore Seuss Geisel was a Dartmouth man himself. He would have been 108 today. Happy, happy birthday Dr. Seuss!