@browncoat - I like being able to say this without any sarcasm or irony about my day and I think most people should be able to do the same. A lot of jobs seem extraordinary when looked at from an outside perspective.
But the zookeeper doesn't think it's strange that they have to pick up elephant poo or craft games for the tigers. A writer doesn't find it unusual to type out the equivalent of two essays worth of words per day, and so forth.
It's nice to be able to bring up a fact like this at a dinner party and then be able to just brush it off with this idiom.