For some reason, we keep getting questions about work. I don’t really understand, since we think that work is a much less interesting topic than all the adventures we’re having, but I suppose it’s time to satisfy the masses and answer some of the questions:
Yes we’ve been working.
No, we don’t think it’s as fun to tell work stories as it is to make you jealous of all the beautiful places we get to visit in our time off.
No we’re not shearing sheep or picking kiwi fruit (although I did consider getting a job as a bread maker at an organic bakery, mmm bread!).
Boring as you may think it is, we’ve actually gotten jobs more or less in our fields. I’m working at an insurance company and Greg’s designing websites.
Didn’t you know that’s what our specialties really are?
Greg gets to sit at home all day, messing around on the computer, and I get to go into a big traditional insurance company and help them learn how to do User Centered Design. Very similar to the type of work I was doing at IDEO, except that working with a team of people that’s familiar with the process, I’m working with a bunch of people who have never done this type of work before.
Turns out you have to spend money in order to make money. I don’t think they would have been too happy if I had showed up in the faded shirt I’ve been wearing hiking for the last 5 months. Especially since all the software programmers wear ties and shiny black shoes to work. Ah well, I guess I can save the hiking shirt for casual Fridays 😉 .
Time for me to go learn some more insurance terminology!