I think we all have these dreams of some other kind of career, even if we are quite happy with the one we are currently in.
One of the jobs I’ve fantasized about is to be a cupcake baker. I don’t really like to bake much else, but LOVE to bake cupcakes.
At nearly every newspaper I’ve worked I’ve for I’ve kind of been a one man “sunshine” committee. It drives my husband nuts. But I enjoy making things a little brighter in the places I work and for the people I work with. It makes them happier and in return makes me happier.
In Dothan, Ala., at the “Dothan Eagle” my friend and co-worker Christie and I would bring in yummy treats or have all night goofy craft sessions and make silly gifts for our co-workers like birds made out of pompoms, pipe cleaners and googly eyes. In Alexandria, La., at “The Town Talk” I made sure each of my co-workers got special treats for every holiday. And about a year into my time there decided everyone needed birthday cake on their birthday.
I quickly discovered I wasn’t a great cake baker. And plus, cake requires forks, knives and plates. Cupcakes became the solution.
So when I switched jobs to Anderson, Ind., at “The Herald Bulletin” it seemed like the thing to do — cupcakes for everyone birthday. And I took things up a notch. There were no more tubs of mediocre vanilla or chocolate frosting getting slathered on cake mix cupcakes. Nope, this chick started taking special orders and made all from scratch cupcakes.
Peanut butter and jelly. Chocolate orange. Dark chocolate raspberry. S’more. Peanut butter chocolate (a favorite). The list goes on and on. I had so much fun trying out different combinations. And with each one I got a little bit better.
This most recent job has me at a much larger paper and my hands continue to get fuller and fuller by the day as my toddler gets more active. So I scaled back my cupcake efforts and bake cupcakes to order for the birthdays of those in my department.
But here I am, on a random Tuesday with a serious NEED for cupcakes. A gander at my calendar shows no birthdays until July! Ack. I may just have to make some Flag Day cupcakes for Monday!
What’s your daydreaming job?