Aha! A great question! This morning, I would probably say professional coffee or mattress tester because I’m a little tired from yesterday. What did I do yesterday? Oh, just a little something or other in downtown Seattle called the Seahawks Victory Parade. We left for the parade before 10am and got home at almost 7pm. Who knew that a ~2 hour parade would be an all day event? Also, it was so cold in Seattle yesterday (around 20F with wind blowing up off of Puget Sound)! My five year old nephew ended up being worn inside my husband’s coat to keep him warm enough. Little dude even got a nap in while we waited. No, I’m not jealous.
So what would my ideal job be, all Seahawks praise aside? You would think that getting paid to write full-time would be at the top of my list, and it’s definitely up there, but it’s probably not in the number one slot. The number one slot would be tied between teaching English–either high school language arts or ESL–and being an archaeologist. This girl likes her some ancient stuff. Whenever I visit museums, I spend the majority of my time looking at their antiquities collections.
I think it started in 6th grade when I saw the Code of Hammurabi in the Louvre in Paris. About four months earlier, I had learned about the laws in a social studies lesson. Realizing that history was still literally tangible made it come alive to me. Combine that with my obsession with Indiana Jones as a little kid and then Lara Croft in junior high/high school, and I graduated from high school fairly intent on becoming an Egyptologist. I still wonder what my life would look like if I had pursued archaeology instead of TESL. Would I be living in the Middle East or Europe right now instead of Seattle? Would I have ever met my husband?
If I could have my cake and eat it too, I would love to spend a summer at an archaeological dig with my husband. I think it would be a bonding experience, and I know that we would be geeking out all summer. Just thinking about it makes me want to see if I can make it happen.