Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Just a quick "Hello."

Thank you to all of you who have written comments and great, encouraging emails. I've spent a grand total of barely over 20 minutes on the computer since I started my new job last Saturday (7/15). Somehow it seems as though it's been a lot longer than that.

I haven't tried to cram so much info into this brain in years. I actually came home Sunday night and told my husband, "Teacher, my brain is full!"

The pieces of info are starting to shuffle themselves around into meaningful clumps. I need to put a useful flow together now.

The hotel is beautiful. The people are great. It's amazing to meet new people from all over the world every day. A great couple arrived yesterday for a one week stay. The man is Japanese and the woman is Swiss. They are hysterical as they discuss the differences in their cultures. Another couple spent 36 hours traveling to get here from Paris.

The job is accomplishing one of the main things I was hoping for. So many people that travel from all over the world to spend a week here, and I'm blessed to wake up here every day.

My jaded "take it for granted" attitude is already fading.

Today I don't go to work until 3p, so I'm going to go visit all of your blogs that I've been missing.

I hope you're having a great week.


Friday, July 14, 2017

What would I do without you, Lizzy.

Thanks to dearest Liz,  I am no longer unemployed.

Liz, due to your comment yesterday, I put in an online application at 10:59a for a front desk job at a small, boutique resort with 26 rooms. (They are very nice rooms that include three penthouse units.)

I got a call at 11:30a for an interview at 1:30p. It was so hot, I almost jumped into the pool while I was waiting, but I didn't think that would make a good first impression. (They may have forgiven me since it's 90F today.)

I had a new job by 2:15p.

The job is 7 minutes from my home.

I start at 7a tomorrow morning.

Aren't you the smart one, Ms. Liz.

I so appreciate all the words of encouragement and ideas that you have all shared with me.

I wish we could sit together in person for just one afternoon. Until then, here's a virtual iced tea for us to share:

You're the best.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It was an interesting interview...

The interview was a perfect example of everything I've been taught -not- to do when interviewing someone.

The woman who interviewed me had been roped into it. She was busy, distracted, and disinterested. I overheard her tell someone that she had to interview someone, but to wait for her because it would only take a couple of minutes. Actually, I got 14 minutes of her time.

It was a great exercise in holding someone's attention (whether they wanted to pay attention to you or not).

To be fair, she was one of two team leads in the grocery department...and the load had just come in this morning.

It's nice to see real life examples of what works in business and what doesn't work so well.

I'm off to look for another place to work. I'm still waiting to hear from CVS (Longs).

It may be time to start my career in the food service industry. I saw on the way home that Jack in the Box, McDonald's, Panda Express, and Taco Bell are all hiring in my neighborhood. lol.

I hope you're having a great day.