Today's comic is an almost word-for-word exchange we had with a cashier when we were checking out at Walgreen's last Saturday. They had a bunch of New Moon DVDs sitting out on the counter to tempt you with a last minute purchase. For reasons I can't explain, I grabbed one and decided to taunt Cami with it. The cashier mistook my playfulness for genuine interest in the franchise and what followed was a weird, slightly sexist one act play.
It's a little bit difficult for me to convey exactly how incredulous the cashier was when Cami admitted she had not seen either of the Twilight movies. But she acted like Cami had spit on her grandmother. Prefaced by her comment about "never seeing a man appreciate Twilight," we definitely got the sense that this conversation was being drawn on lines of gender.
It's true that Cami has read all of the Twilight books. I remember she told me that they are a very easy read, profoundly stupid series of books - but impossible to put down. Trash, pop culture "literature" at it's finest. Lucy Knisley had a great comic about this very phenomenon. If you take offense at the way I've described Twilight, well, sorry. You can tell me Iron Man is stupid and we'll call it square.
I don't exactly know why I'm wasting time with these "real life" comics when I should probably be talking about How To Train Your Dragon or Hot Tub Time Machine. It's very possible that these series of events are funny only to me.
Of course, that doesn't mean I won't talk about How To Train Your Dragon or Hot Tub Time Machine at some point. You can likely expect a recap on Monday. I hope to see both films this weekend. After the week I've had, I deserve it.
I try not to talk about my employment situation too much because 1.) I don't want employers who read this to get the wrong idea about anything and 2.) Talking about unemployment is a drag.
BUT, today is my last day on the 90-day contract job I've been working and I don't have anything lined up. So I'm kind of in limbo.
Today is also the day that Cami is going back to work after having been on maternity leave. To say we are transitioning at the moment would be a gross understatement.
Our immediate plan is to keep Henry in daycare to maintain the semblance of a routine while keeping him socialized. But we're going to knock him down to 3 days a week to save money. Two days a week, he'll be with me.
That's not a big deal. We did something similar last summer when I was first let go from my last full-time gig. I'm used to that.
The BIG change is that I will be watching Pearl FIVE days a week. As you know, babies can be somewhat demanding.
I don't have a problem being a stay-at-home Dad and I've been fortunate to land contract jobs here and there since being let go last June. But I'm getting very tired of not knowing what's going to happen next. I've sent out a bunch of resumes. I've gone on lots of interviews. I've come very close to landing a few different jobs. But the job market is such that there are just A LOT of very talented web and graphic designers in my area. So it's hard to secure a full-time thing.
We'll see what happens. In the immediate future, I plan on being a house husband while I get ready for C2E2 in Chicago in a couple of weeks. After that, I'm going to pound the pavement hard and see if I don't get lucky. Not to drag politics into it, but I'm really hoping that the new health care reform act will help employers to free up some money and hire more people. It can't come soon enough!
I guess there's not much else for me to say today except thanks for reading and I'll see you here on Monday! If anyone has plans to see How To Train Your Dragon or Hot Tub Time Machine, leave your comments below and we can talk about it!
Hey, Cami. Look! NEW MOOOOON!
I've never met a man who appreciates Twilight.
You could say I appreciate it ironically.
What about you Ma'am. Have you seen it?
I've read the books, but I haven't seen the movies/
YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIES?!
What was THAT about? She acted so incredulous. Like I wasn't a real woman because I haven't seen the Twilight movies!
I thought she was going to confiscate your ovaries right then and there!