Did You Hear I’m Stylish Even After Being Fired?

09 Feb

Margaret, Conjuring My Muse – – nominated me for the coveted Stylish Blogger Award.  What a dear friend and a fabulous honour.  By day she is a tech writer, working to support her fiction writing habit. Her first published novel, The Benefactor, was released on November 13, 2009.  She is currently working on a psychological thriller that was conceived in the 2009 NaNoWriMo Event.  I enjoy her blog and her insightful comments on mine.  She writes about writing, procrastination, and life itself.  Enjoy her blog!

I appreciated this honour more than she did I believe.  She must be more humble than I – or maybe I’ve learned a life lesson on how to take a compliment better than she has.  (yea, that’s it I’m sure)

As she described in her post, the award comes with four basic tasks to be completed:

  1. Present seven things about yourself
  2. Name about a half-dozen bloggers you think deserve the award
  3. Contact those people
  4. Create a link back to the person who gave you the honor

Here are seven things you might not know about me related to my working self:

1.  I have the tendency to be a workaholic.  Coupled with my natural state of introversion, this would be very bad if I did not have a husband and two kids who remind me when I am going too far.

2.  I am a tough boss, but good smart workers love to work for me because I teach them and challenge them and they grow.

3.  Lazy workers hate to work for me and probably call me names I wouldn’t like except I don’t really worry about the opinion of lazy workers.

4.  I love coffee, but I only drink two cups a day, but I love those two cups. …unless I am in an all day meeting where I drink a lot of cups.

5.  I have learned not to tell the answer to someone who works for me even if I know it, but instead to help them get there.  This is hard to do.

6.  I have a very good poker face when people are saying things I think are stupid.  Until I don’t.  It doesn’t happen often that I give away my feelings in these circumstances and when I do, I wish I hadn’t and usually suffer from it in some way.

7.  I was really angry about the events that led to my being fired, but I never said that except once.  Then I forced myself to move past it or the event would have more control of my life than it deserved.

6 Bloggers I am bestowing the award to (in alphabetical order for fairness):

I’ve included a brief comment and a short message from their “About page”.


She provided me inspiration on a day that I needed it.


I love this blog so much I wish I had thought of it myself!  She will make you laugh, cry, and want to join her for a day in her life with her letters.

I’m just a girl, accidentally grown up into a single mother with so much to handle and so much to enjoy. I have too may words to say. People inspire me and I write letters to them.


She is a waitress and tells stories about crazy people who visit her restaurant or work there.  Funny and disturbing in equal measures.

Three years ago I went back to waitressing. It didn’t take me long to discover I could make twice as much money in half as much time as I could at any “real” job. Plus I picked up some funny, exasperating and occasionally horrifying stories to tell. I’m in the trenches, working with the General Public. It’s a rollercoaster ride of excitement


AKA MyNakedBokkie – She’s funny, smart, and wants to swim with sharks.  How cool is that?

As much as I love my knight, I do sometimes think relationships are hard work! I like MY time, and I could imagine being alone. Easily.


She is thoughtful, intelligent, and sees meaning in everything she encounters – even her own doodles!

Life in Aberdeen, Scotland took some getting used to. It was completely different from my African home, and I’m not just talking about the weather. But now, I like it enough. Afterall, it is here that I started to make deliberate attempt to find my place in l


She is a self-declared people watcher and does a wonderful job describing the encounters and people she sees along the way.

I am a South African living in London. I have been living here since September 2009 and am embracing everything that London has to offer – and that includes the lengthy and scary process of job-hunting. I am an avid watcher of people, observer and noter of the absurd, I love to laugh and if I can make you laugh that makes my day



Full disclosure – I got a comment that I was nominated for this award from two different people (one about my life blog and the other for my blog on being fired) and I hadn’t responded yet to the first one.  I couldn’t pass up a nomination shining down on me, so I have chosen 6 different bloggers on my WorkingTechMom blog posting to honour.  Check them out.


Posted by on February 9, 2011 in life


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10 responses to “Did You Hear I’m Stylish Even After Being Fired?

  1. Margaret Reyes Dempsey

    February 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Holy Cow, Techy. You ARE a workaholic. If I had been nominated twice, I would have written just the one blog. ROFL. Oh no!!! Does this put me in the category of “lazy worker”? 😉

    I envy you your poker face. My dad always said my eyes gave me away. I don’t know how to stop the flashing neon message “You are a butthead” when faced with a butthead. As I’ve aged, I’ve learned to keep my mouth shut, but the eyes just won’t be tamed.

    I am loving the blog “My Business Addiction” and can’t wait to check out the others you listed.

    • workingtechmom

      February 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      Oh Margaret, I would call you a lot of nice words but never lazy. As for writing two posts for the two nominations, I did think about only doing one. Then I asked myself what people do who are nominated for two Emmy awards….of course they’d have to do two speeches if they won! So now I have elevated myself to that stature, thank you very much.

      I have two friends that I am teaching the poker face to. One gives herself away with her eyes like you and the other with pursing her lips. I have them practice in the mirror!

  2. mybusinessaddiction

    February 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks for this- I’m surprised! I’ll get after this. K

    • workingtechmom

      February 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      No pressure! Just do it when you have time to enjoy bestowing the honours.

  3. sunshineinlondon

    February 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you for the award and congratulations on yours! Good to get to know you a bit better, and I’ll get to my homework soon!
    Sunshine xx

    • workingtechmom

      February 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      You are most welcome. Don’t sit inside doing your homework on a sunny day!

  4. mynakedbokkie

    February 10, 2011 at 4:54 am

    oh girl what were you thinking????
    (that was my first thought when i checked my emails on my blackberry at 2:35am…… I was up because Jess needed to wee. Having a puppy is really like having a new baby in the home.)
    My second thought- You think i am that cool?!?
    Thank you!!!
    (I think you totally awesome too.)
    Third thought- my blog today!
    (Ummmm…. what am i actually going to say?)
    Mmwaah, mmwaah, mmwaah.

    • workingtechmom

      February 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Hi bokkie! Sorry to hear your silly “baby” is getting you up at night. Yes, I think you are that cool…and you are doing a terrific job with the blogging. Go girl, go!


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