Happy At Last #1LinerWeds

Today’s one-liner is again courtesy of our #4 Daughter, the amazing Sara Marian. She dropped out of college after one semester and worked for ten years in retail and the food service industry. Then she returned to college and got a degree in Anthropology, and now works as an archaeologist.

She emailed me about her week at work:

The nice part of the _____ project is over, sadly – now we’re in a horrible nasty floodplain full of briars, whippy little saplings, and mudholes that try to suck you down into the Dead Marshes to light little candles of your own if you don’t follow Gollum’s path. I have more thorn punctures and scratches and bruises on my legs than I do normal skin. I even got a thorn stuck in the top of my head on Thursday and one got me on the INSIDE of the lip and I couldn’t get free of it!! Ugh! Yesterday I wore coveralls and zipped my coat all the way up to my nose, with the hood up so all that was exposed of my face was covered by my glasses. I need armor. And a flamethrower. Thankfully, we’re not going out on Monday when it will be 18 degrees. :p

Still better than retail.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a second career.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Happy At Last #1LinerWeds

  1. Mitchell Allen

    February 5, 2020 at 7:56am

    Ha-ha! “A bad day fishing…”
    When you do what you love, the thorns remind you of the beauty of the rose. (Or not. I just thought it would be fun to write that.)



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  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    February 6, 2020 at 2:09am

    My first career was plasma physics; my second career is writing fiction.

    And our youngest daughter just finished college, so we’re really happy for her.

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      Marian Allen

      February 6, 2020 at 9:37am

      Selfishly, I’m glad you chose the second career you did. Your writing is riveting!

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  3. Deborah

    February 6, 2020 at 8:08am

    LOL! Oh yes, any day outside getting torn up by nature is better than retail! Her narrative was wonderfully descriptive. Guess that comes from having a writer for a Mum. 😀

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      Marian Allen

      February 6, 2020 at 9:41am

      She’s a writer, too. A durn good one, at that. Where she got her love of the outdoors, I do not know. Not from me, I’ll tell you. I mean, I LOVE the outdoors, I just don’t want to BE there.

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      Marian Allen

      February 16, 2020 at 8:33am

      I’ll tell her you validate that experience. I would hate doing what she does, but I hate dealing with pissy customers and I’m the world’s worst boot-licker, so I would hate retail, too. I did office work. I was the sassy one you wonder why they don’t fire.

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