I’m Erica. My full-time day job is social media marketing. I’ve also worked in communications, employee engagement, traditional marketing and balloon-animal making.
The rest of the time I hang out with my dog Eva, my husband Frank and a great group of talented, funny, nerdy friends. Some are famous vegan cookbook authors, some are indie role-playing game designers, some are fashion designers, photographers, attorneys, special event coordinators, marketing professionals and archaeologists. And my sister – who may as well be all of the above.
I find myself in situations that no one would ever believe. Deemed “Calamity Manney” by those who love me, there isn’t a single person in my family or circle of friends who couldn’t be a character in a novel (sometimes horror, sometimes comedy). And the universe? Generally conspires against me. Nothing too bad, just enough to drive me batty. I love Yiddish and pudding.
I’ve always been the girl you go to when you aren’t sure what to do. How do you approach your co-worker to tell her that if she doesn’t lower her speakers you are going to poke out her eardrums. And what do you do if that co-worker is your boss’ daughter? I’ve helped out friends with countless situations from “what do you bring to you new boyfriend’s house for dinner” to “Do you brush your teeth before a dentist visit?”
Disclaimer: I have no formal training in … anything, really. I am not a doctor, lawyer, social worker, dentist, psychologist, psychiatrist, dog behaviorist or air conditioner repairwoman. Here’s what I do have going for me:
- An obsession with advice columns. Dear Abby, Carolyn Hax, Ann Landers, Miss Manners, Ask Heloise, Savage Love, Suze Orman, The Ethicist – you name it, I have it on my RSS feed.
- I’m one of those people that just seem to find themselves in those weird situations that you couldn’t possibly imagine. I usually get myself out of them – with a smile and a story to tell.
- I was an Anthropology major. That has to count for something, right?