Scrubs are a wonderful invention

My kids are off at an arts competition this week.  I slipped a couple pairs of scrubs in their suitcase.  As they are staying on a college dorm, it is important that they can sleep in something that is comfortable, but that also don't mind others seeing them in.

Me, I'm sick this week, and am also enjoying my favorite pair of scrubs so I can slink about the house in comfy coziness, and still be dressed enough to walk the dogs and run to the store.  I never feel self conscious in scrubs even when the cashier at the supermarket asks "long day at work?".  I just smile and say yes, knowing that I am not the doctor or nurse that I appear to be, just luxuriating in my favorite casual outfit.

I realize scrubs weren't created for slugs like me.  But when you work from home, and teach your kids at home, sometimes a wool skirt and silk blouse are out of line, and scrubs are so fashionable these days that I can leave my yoga pants for yoga.

And then there's the price.  It is so easy to find them for a good price, and kids scrubs are just dirt cheap. I've even gotten my husband in on the scrubs band-wagon.  Even his uber stylish shelf can't resist these . They are the perfect weekend wardrobe.


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    I started writing web content sometime in 1999 as the industry emerged.  Back then, I could make $25 to $30 an article or a very big pay-per-read commission.  This dipped a little as the industry grew and around the time I went full-time 5 years ago, I was making an average of $15 an article.  Then the economy went ppllltt  (it went to hell in a hand basket).

    Since then, I have watched my income get lower and lower and more as more people lost their jobs and turned to writing web content as a way to put food on the table. This did two things:

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    2.  It over saturated the market with sub-par writers.  This is not to say that many of the writers aren't excellent, because they are, but A LOT of the writing is not good.  This angered readers and those who direct traffic on the internet (Google) took action.  In one fell swoop a few months ago, I saw my web-content income plummet.

    I think there's hope for the industry, although right now, it looks like I should up and move to North Dakota to participate in the new oil boom that is invigorating the state. My prayer is that this created a ripple effect across the nation from all of the Bakken Shale jobs that includes teachers, oil workers and truck drivers. Even the truck parts industry could see a boom due to these oil jobs. That would put a lot of people back to work, and leave the web-writing for the web-writers.

    In the meantime, I just will be glad that my husband's income has improved to balance out what I have lost.  As for me, I have scaled back to part-time web writing,  working on a book or two and updating my education.



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