Marry me useful

medium_3028153914Remember the day my laptop died?

I do. Will never forget it. Stress levels were at 1000%. Fun times.

I rang about 6 places to find someone that could fix it. The first time I was sent to a call centre off-shore somewhere who promised someone would be at my house within 30 minutes. It sounded too good to be true, and it was.

I ended up finding a guy locally called Oded who took data recovery VERY seriously. Did you know those guys even have secure, forensic rooms to recover that data? It’s serious business.

It was after my first encounter with Oded that I started to think about how handy it might be to have someone in the family that was a computer expert. And then I started to think more…

No offence to my loved ones, but the careers we all currently have are pretty useless. By useless I mean they’re good/great/interesting, but not as handy as some careers. In my immediate family we have a cop, a blogger {me!}, administration managers, event managers, teacher, blind doctor {he’s not blind, he fixes blinds}, roofing, salesman and a high-flying sales executive.

Let me take you on a tangent here: In our pre-kid days we used to own a ute. It was beautiful, black and it only had two seats. Everyone loves someone that owns a ute, because when you’ve bought something too big to fit into your car, or you need to move house in a hurry… who do you call? Your friend with the ute {the friend with the ute is probably wishing they brought a mini instead, but hey}.

Now let’s think of the career-equivalent of the ute. I’m thinking electrician, lawyer, mechanic, accountant and of course, a computer dude. Those are the kinds of people I’d welcome into my family with open arms. Because let’s face it, how handy is being a blogger? It’s unlikely I’ll get a call from an aunt asking me to write a blog post. I’ll never save the day.

Does your family have any useful occupations hanging around? Which one career do you with you could marry into your family?

photo credit: Hugo90

21 thoughts on “Marry me useful”

  1. We have a vet, engineer, army cadet, secretary, school secretary, carpet layer and distributor, financial counsellor, and lots of people with trucks and utes, its great living in country Victoria and it’s great having a few handy experts in the family! Although I do wish we had a few tradies, you know a handy electrician or plumber! πŸ˜‰

  2. I used to own a ute too. Totally useful but sadly had to say goodbye to it once Gracie arrived. We have a useful family if you want an electrician. My husband, Dad and father-in-law are all sparkies. Which is totally awesome, but I never get electrical stuff done around my house! Oh no, its their job, they don’t want to do it at home πŸ™‚

  3. I keep whispering into my two year olds ear ‘Be a Doctor, Be a Doctor’. I’ll tell you in about twenty years if it took hold πŸ˜›

  4. I’m a registered nurse, my daughter went to culinary & pastry schools and my husband test-drives big trucks. We are all handy, in my eyes.

  5. We are alllll teachers in our family (though my brother has bucked the trend and gone into banking.. What a rebel πŸ˜‰ when we were renovating, I was desperate for a plumber and electrician in the family.. Oh the use they could have been! Now
    I’d quite like a midwife (so I could have all my ante-natal appointments at home or maybe a cafe) and a hairdresser (same thing πŸ˜‰

  6. I would love an electrician or plumber in our family! But we consist of a cattle nutritionist, app developers, finance officer & a nurse. The most useful is my sister who is the nurse in our family, unfortunately lives a 4hr plane ride away!

  7. I think my mum always wanted me to marry an -ologist but I’m stoked that I married a computer wizard. He’s tech rescued me more times than I can count and he built my blog! However, I would welcome some tradespeople into the family with open arms! Shame I’m an only child really!

  8. Being on a farm, we really want a mechanic in the ranks who can easily fix the tractor, ute and bits and bobs that are essential for working the farm.

  9. Ha! I’ve always said we need a plumber, roofer and literary agent to join our house. (Also a black belt jiu-jitsu teacher)

  10. We have a pretty handy family I think. My husband is a carpenter, his brother and brother in law are plasterers plus two sisters and one sister in law are all nurses. We also have family friends that are a mechanic and an electrician.

  11. I have a huge family so we have most professions and trades covered … although we do seem to be missing a plumber!

  12. Any kind of tradie. A hairdresser is my dream though, so want to become good friends or have a hairdresser join my family. To be honest, no-one in my family is of any use at all! Not that I’m useful to anyone else for that matter.

  13. MPS is in IT and I’m in corp law.

    All we need is a ute and we would be the best rellies ever.

    (to be honest it is a pain in the arse when people constantly call for help IMMEDIATELY. I guess it would be worse if you were a doctor…)

  14. I joke all of the time that my hubby is a NERD. He is an IT genius and I can’t even describe how awesome it is!! One day I lost all of my photos on my phone- baby photos, holiday snaps- you know how devastating that feels. It took him over 4 hours but he recovered everything. He’s cute too!! Winning πŸ˜‰

  15. I always say to my husband that we need to make new friends such as a plumber, carpenter , electrician and iT specialist. Oh and a doctor, would love a doctor friend.

  16. My husband lost EVERYTHING when his laptop died a month ago. Could you tell me how to find this Oden guy? Thanks in advance

  17. My husband is a dirty wharfie by trade but by golly, he can do anything he puts his mind to! My sisters and friends envy me for my handy dandy husband, Lucky because i’m useless! x

  18. would REALLY love a chiropractor. Would also love a nutritionist and personal trainer to help me further my fit life πŸ™‚ The chiro is to fix the bits that get sore πŸ™‚
    My hubby has a Diploma in Horticulture which means he can pretty much grow anything fruit wise, avocados, mango, citrus, wine grapes, at his work and on our fruit property apples, apricots peaches pears nectarines tangelloes lemons oranges. He is also very good with his hands and is a jack of all trades, master of none.
    I am a barista and work in a gourmet cafe, waitressing, cooking and baking/making the products we sell.
    We also have a home based business selling our dried fruit products to farmers markets πŸ™‚

  19. Having handy family would be excellent, but sometimes I think they get sick of people asking. We have a myotherapist in ours but it almost feels like such a bother asking that I just don’t ask anymore, unless it’s really, really bad. On the other hand though, we have a carpenter and he’s very friendly and happy to help. And a neighbour plumber who helps lots and lends tools a lot. And a hairdresser too. I guess it can depend on the person. My {soon to be} hubby is gathering tools and experience by wanting and needing to do more around our home and he’s getting really handy now. Which is, well, handy =)
    Love your blog too!

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