The DMV is not fun. I am a huge Parks and Recreation fan and the fourth floor of the city hall building has a DMV-esque feel to it.

The following are the rules for visits to the fourth floor which would probably come in handy for your next DMV visit as well:

  • Do not make eye contact with anyone.
  • Do not speak to anyone.
  • Do not accept suspicious packages from anyone.
  • Do not answer any ringing pay phones.
  • If you see any loose animals, do not approach them.
  • Do not eat anything you find, even if it is in its original, sealed packaging.
  • Do not under any circumstances stop moving for more than 4 – 5 seconds.
  • And if a man named Gary introduces himself, find the nearest BLUE PHONE and alert security immediately.
  • Other than that, have fun!

On my most recent visit, even though I had everything the website said to have, I had to go three times before I got my new license. Each time, after waiting hours, they only told me one of several things I needed to do. It was a scavenger hunt of sorts in which the employees collaborated to divulge one clue per visit. Worst. game. ever.

The DMV must be a tricky place to work though. I’m sure the employees get treated poorly on a regular basis.  That would make anyone mad.

But I’m here to tell you not everyone who works at the DMV is mad or playing games with your life. There is a girl, Kerry, who dutifully processes endless license renewals and cheerfully snaps pictures of irritated humans standing in front of blue screens. She is more than just a girl who asks you if you would like to be an organ donor or register to vote, however. She sews. Oh boy, does she sew.


Please excuse the inaccurately watermarked photo.  That’s SO 3 months ago.


She is the owner of the fantastically named shop from which I will host a giveaway this week. Her shop, The Tragic Whale, is a place to find one of a kind bags of all shapes and sizes for your stuff. Her shop was birthed out of a need for quality bags in which to house her own stuff. Probably the stuff she carts back and forth from the DMV but I cannot say for sure. That’s purely conjecture.

Kerry has generously offered to give away not one but THREE items from her shop to the winner of this week’s giveaway. The best part is that you get to choose which items! They would make great Christmas presents!! I actually learned about The Tragic Whale from a giveaway I won a few months ago. I, too, received three bags and was going to give two away. But when they came in the mail, I knew they were all mine.

If you’re thinking to give them away, I wish you the very best of luck. I was not strong enough.

Today we are using a new way to enter the giveaway. You can either enter your email or sign in using your facebook login information. You will be prompted to do various things to enter and it will keep track for you of how many entries you’ve completed.

Get to entering and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


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16 thoughts on “A Tough Job + The Tragic Whale Giveaway

  1. Lisa

    The few, and I mean very few, wonderful women who work for this agency stand out that much brighter in the midst of their co-workers. In the car business for nearly 30 years made for LOTS of trips to the DMV, so I feel your pain. It can give me nightmares of a giant red pen.


  2. Perfection Pending

    My most interesting job has to be waiting tables. That job has LOADS of stories behind it. Although my brief stint at JCPenney’s in the men’s department was fun too. Lots of old men who had too much gas. Enough said. :)


  3. Deanna

    I haven’t had too many jobs in my days. The first was at a horse barn, second a waitress, and third a secretary at our church. I guess they have/had their weird moments. :-) I’m kind-of glad I don’t have to shovel manure or chop ice in the water troughs on freezing winter days.


    1. emily Post author

      That sounds very un-fun. But it actually is pretty interesting to the rest of us who weren’t there. So, yes, it counts! :) Miss you, my friend.


  4. Deborah Gullett

    I worked a couple of years as an unpaid secretary for my husband in his insurance office. Very interesting and eye-opening!


    1. emily Post author

      Hmmm…what was eye-opening? The business or working with your husband? My husband and I worked closely for three years and it took some adjusting on both our parts in the beginning. It ended up being really good for us though.


  5. Jay

    My most interesting job was when I worked with the forest service. I got to do a large variety of tasks including trail maintenance, tree saving, and invasive weed removal. The most interesting thing that happened while I was working there was a baby albino elk followed my crew around all day one day and we couldn’t get much work done because we had to keep stopping swinging our tools so we wouldn’t hurt it.


    1. emily Post author

      That is SO interesting! A baby albino elk. I didn’t know that was a “thing!” I googled it and they are so cute! Thanks for sharing!


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