Some time ago I posted about my old daycare provider. Everyone gave me a big friendly push to keep looking. I did and I'm so happy. I found the sweetest mom I've ever met. She's a nursing student, pregnant and has 3 daughters (in school). Her home has been converted to a daycare and in doing so she surrendered her front room to an organized bomb of toys, paints and no TV! The kids love going there and when I pick them up they are tired and happy. Sigh. Big freak'n relief.
Since the kidlings have been cared for so well I've been able to fully enjoy my awesome new job. I love it! For 10 years before children I was a Marketing Director for technology firms. Some exciting ones (a crazy dot com) and many tedious old school ones. The Midwestern tech world that I worked in was dude dominated and the senior management was usually made up of two teams.
Team one, the techy CEO. Often well intentioned, but with limited social skills and not always in touch with popular culture.
Team two, the VP of Sales, the jock of the office. They guy who brings the paper to the john and makes no bones about it cause hell, he made his numbers!
As a Marketing Director my job was to promote or save the company (depending on the market) and play political peacemaker with the two teams. Sales gruffly ordering us to "Just get shit done" and "Make a god dammed trade show booth. How hard is it? You go to Kinkos and you're done. Bam. Now let's go to Hooters." CEO's wanting to put out ad copy with line after line of product descriptions. They wanted to be cool, but didn't really understand why this ad was better than this one.
I was hesitant to reenter this world. But lighting our ancient stove on my belly and no vacations in 4 years motivated me to earn some dosh. Enter Lotta, the freelancer. And can I say freelance rules? You get to pick the companies you want to work with and office politics are but a distant buzz in the background. "Did you hear Suzy blew Johnny in the conference room!" "Really? Well, I hope she didn't snag her nylons." I get to make snarky comments and not worry because Johnny is my boss and Suzy's the crazy pr lady gunning for my job.
Right now my first and favorite part time client is a company called KidsAloud. Did I mention they were my favorite? Cause they are! I could not have dreamed up a better concept to work on. Sarcastic, funny, quality baby one pieces. I've been walking all over Chicago with my little green doll sized sample suitcase covered in Kids Aloud travel stickers. I'm eating avocado and fresh mozzarella sandwiches in Bucktown's Goddess and Grocer. I'm part of the city again. I so missed the city. The first goal is to try to get these tees into some exclusive Chicago boutiques, a few hip suburban ones and some online stores. This means I get to visit all these wonderful stores. Like this one. And this one. And I spent so much money when I visited this one!
There are three Kids Aloud characters.
Each have a hilarious set of sayings. Of course the first thing I did was make the company create a blog friendly web site. So go visit all the characters. If you click on one to enlarge it you will get the code you need to post the funny comic on your site.
If you want to buy a tee, you can find them at Petulia. If you want to help keep Lotta sane, pretty please post about KidsAloud on your blog and keep the freelance gig roll'n onward.