Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Single in the Office


Gert and I have been rather busy Spinsters lately. We both started new grown-up jobs (with some school on the side). There are some definite perks of working full time: no having to write papers or do assignments on Saturday afternoon, eating catered lunch with fancy shmancy people (Gert. Not me) and the overall feeling of “you have arrived to the real world”. However, despite these perks there has been an unexpected increase in the number of people asking about relationship status.

“Are you married or single?”

“So Char, do you have any kids?”
“No, I’m not married.”

“So is it Miss. Or Mrs?”
“It’s Miss.”

One co-worker even said, “It’s okay” after I told her I was single.

I wanted to tell her there was no need to sympathize for my singlehood.

Perks of being single in the office

  • You get to wear awesomely cut-to-fit dress pants and No. 2 pencil skirts (not like married people can’t do that but after you’ve had 3 kids that becomes more difficult) 
  • You can stay later at work if needed with no worries about people needing you at home. 
  • Everyone is excited to ask you what you're doing that weekend because guaranteed your weekend plans are going to sound more interesting than the 40 year old man in the cubicle next to you.
  • Higher-ups compliment you on the “energy” and “blithe” spirit you bring to the team ßtrue story. Had to look up “blithe” in the dictionary when I got home. 
  • You can move around the country for your job easy as pumpkin pie.
  • Grown up job=grown up money=grown up fall blazer and leather boot shopping sprees.

I’m having a hard time seeing the downside to this situation…

Switching out heels for flats under our desks,



  1. Here's a weird one...a lady I had worked with for two years was so surprised to find out I was single. She said I "acted like a married woman." She explained that she meant I was "serious." Go figure!

  2. "its okay..." so so funny. And so true about a hot pencil skirt....one of the many perks.

  3. I can't wait to be a grown up

  4. Catered lunch,Char? Pray tell-What catered lunch have I enjoyed? If you mean the sack lunch full of miscellaneous items, then you are right:)

    Oy, I can't compete with the heels in the workplace. They are fierce but absolutely ferocious on the feet.

  5. i read your blog with such seriousness in a lighthearted way, if that makes any sense. you girls seem to be right about eveeeerything! and you know what? being single this way is certainly fun, blithe, and just overall better. yolo! (did i just say that?) i am thinking of emailing you with some much needed relationship advice, ah.

  6. Uh... This may be embarrassing to admit but I've spent much time over the last couple days reading every, single, one of your posts. And I love it. Can't get enough. You girls speak the truth, in fact most of the time I feel like you're writing about my life and I have to think, are these people stalking me? But I love this blog so much, and I gladly accept the title of spinster.

    Happily single, 23, and living in Provo,