Thought Provoking Thursday is back!

yep, that’s me this morning.

I have very little thought going on inside this sleepy little head of mine at the moment, but I do believe that I can come up with something to post about today that is, indeed, thought provoking. Let’s see, hmmm. Oh, I know! Falling asleep at work. Do you do it? Do you think it’s okay to sleep on the clock and be paid for that little cat nap, hoping no one notices or do you maybe work so hard in a labor type job that you need to have a bit of a rest to make it through that strenuous 12+ hour shift? Whatever the case may be, how do you justify sleeping on the clock. Oh, but wait! Let’s take it a bit further shall we? How do you justify not doing work while on the clock? Me? Well, I work in the hotel industry, front desk specifically, where there is a lot of down time. A. Lot. There is only so much lobby floor I can sweep, or counter space I can wipe down, or laundry to fold, etc. etc. No matter how many tedious tasks you put in front of me during this job, I will get them done and I will still have plenty of down time leftover. That is just part of the job unfortunately. Another thing that is unfortunate is how easy it is becoming for me to nod off on the midnight – eight AM shift. If I am not constantly pouring coffee down my throat then I will more than likely start to fall asleep. I did last week, standing up too! I also fell asleep while messing with a new app on my phone, editing the name of something in there and woke up to a fully typed out, grammatically correct sentence. I was replying to someone in my head but my fingers typed it out on my phone for me while sitting in the chair. Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m getting old(er). These are some examples that I may not really be able to help though. They are moving the cameras around at work so that the spaces that we do have that are a bit more private will now be on camera too. I”m not sure how I feel about that because, well, I don’t want to be on camera all the time. I don’t think it’s right for us to not have a little bit of privacy.

So, do you think that cameras will help the matters of falling asleep on the job or perhaps just doing things that aren’t work related?

See, I just did it again. I hate that feeling too. When you start to nod off and you get this weird shocking feeling over your body. I’m not sure exactly how to explain it, almost like being jolted awake. I can’t stand it. That must mean it’s time for me to go fix up my 5th massive cup of coffee to try to make it this last hour and 15 minutes. Sheesh, it’s such a drag!

On a more positive note, I was just complimented on my hair again this morning. It’s a hot mess to me, but apparently the hot mess look works for me! Or, it could be this lady just is friendly with me because I’m friendly with her. It’s nice to be complimented on things. I try to offer up nice remarks when talking with someone, especially about things they obviously put effort into. Just saying someone is cute or pretty doesn’t always cover the effort they put in to look that way. Choice of outfit, accessories, makeup style and so on… these are all things I try to comment on because to me, they took effort, well, to an extent I guess. There are those days when you can literally crawl out of bed last minute and not have any idea what you are throwing on and do your makeup in the car on the way to work or school and get more compliments then than any other day. I guess that would be  pretty ironic. There goes that butterfly again. So anyway. Compliments. Give them often, receive them with a thankful heart and a grateful attitude, and make someone’s day.

#runforboston and other work related things

It has been an emotional roller coaster for many of us over the past few days. I have seen so much sadness in the hearts of others. But, then on the amazing flip-side, there has been support, hope, love, and to me, a sense of reaching out in ways unheard of. This run for Boston thing has been completely incredible to me. People all over the place are lacing up and running for Boston, thus encouraging us to get up, get out, and get moving to show our support and a united front against the person or persons who did this attack. It is a little boost for my faith in humanity to see all these people doing something in honor of those killed and wounded.

Now, if only this could happen more often. Why is it that it takes something so tragic to rattle us? Then there’s that other hand again. What about those overseas fighting and being killed on a daily basis? Have we as a society just accepted this and moved on, causing it to take something like this random act of violence to shake us up? I think it just seems that way. There are more positive movements and projects out there to help people in need than are recognized. It’s a shame that it’s mostly bad publicity that gets out easily while it takes a bit more digging to get to the good stuff.

So anyway, here’s a pic from our run for Boston yesterday. It was a gorgeous day and the furbabies loved being out at the park.

No, I’m not the one with the paws but I was panting nearly just as bad at the end!

On another note, let’s talk work things. Work! Boy, this place has been a blessing in and of itself. Granted, it’s in disguise most of the time, but still a blessing regardless. But there is something new happening, or at least beginning to happen, that I’m not totally certain I’m sold on. What’s happening is, basically our daily rate per room is down. On top of that we are filling less rooms than normal and no one is exactly sure why. I have a few ideas as to why just like the rest of the staff does, but we do tend to keep those to ourselves. Anyway, they are wanting someone to go around and be the ‘face’ of the hotel. Get out there and talk to businesses about when they have to bring in someone from the outside for anything work related, to offer them a deal they can’t refuse on our rooms and rates. I’ve suggested this several times in many different ways. Like, they got word that there will be many softball tournaments in town this year and we are approximately a mile from the ball fields they will be playing on. Why would we not be the hotel of choice to at least host or somehow sponsor these events? Why do we not get our name out there more than we have been?

I guess it’s because of my questions and my talking with them and possibly my so called ambition, they want me to do it. Me! Shouldn’t I have some classes or training in this or something? But, once the new girl is trained they want me to go around and gather information and be out of the hotel, but working and still being paid, talking to people about staying here. And why shouldn’t they? We do have full size kitchens, making us the best place for any sort of extended stay! See, making an impact here already and I’m only a few months in this job! I’ve already been told that I have what it takes to manage a hotel, but of course that was before I was called stupid. I still think he really didn’t mean anything by it, it was harmless on his part and so it will be on mine too. Unless, of course, it happens again.

I’m excited! I don’t want to tell anyone specifically or talk to anyone about it directly tho, so for those of you who read this, don’t ask me about it yet! I don’t want to jinx it. I haven’t even told the hubsters yet, but that don’t talk to me about it that I previously stated goes for him too. Let’s just wait and see how it plays out. But at least, now you know… that is… if you read this.

That’s about all I got for now.

XoxoX
Jess

Boston on my mind

This is a post simply because of all the horror that is happening in Boston right now. I have friends there, who have already checked in with families and are all fine..thank goodness. I just read that there are several hundred Mississippians there participating in the marathon today, prayers are with them and everyone else involved.

Keep everyone there in your thoughts and prayers tonight and always, always hold your loved ones closer and longer. It shouldn’t take something this tragic to make us appreciate the smaller things in life nor should it take something this extreme to make us wake up and realize just how short life really can be.

XoxoX
Jess

Play the tape all the way through

Happy Monday everyone! Late to the Monday party, I know but the sentiment is still the same! My day has been full of revelations and coffee! Surprised? You shouldn’t be. My day started off like any other day really; woke up, watched a couple episodes of Dr. Who, went outside and sat in my new awesome comfy outside chair and drank my coffee and doodled in my new purse-sized notebook I got last night specifically for doodling and jotting down ideas for writing so I wouldn’t get so overwhelmed! But the hubsters had an awesome idea to put a makeshift barrier so we could let the furkids, minus the jazzcat, out with us. They loved it! They smelled the flowers, the lovely potted daisies that the hubsters got for me for Easter, boy furkid almost got attacked by a humming bird, and girl furkid got attention like she wanted and enjoyed people watching. We sat out there listening to Matchbox Twenty Radio on Pandora for nearly 2 hours, he was playing games and I was watching the furkids and just enjoying being outside. It was much to pretty of a day to be cooped up inside the whole time.

So, as I was drinking my coffee, some of the best ideas were coming to me. But then, a song I haven’t heard in forever comes on the radio. I post part of a lyric to it as my status on Facebook and several people like it. But then, my cousin comes in with the rest of the lyric which is exactly what I wanted someone to do since the part that I posted did seem pretty depressing. But she comes through for me, that amazing cousin of mine. Not only that though, she then posts another comment with words of encouragement as if she thinks I’m going through something difficult. I’m not. I’m in one of the best moods I think I’ve been in in a very long time. I appreciate the heartfelt words from her, but I did not mean to give off that vibe because it certainly does not match my mood.

Okay, so now I’m sure you’re all wondering what the song was and what the lyrics that we posted were. The song was Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Did I mention we were listening to Matchbox Twenty radio? I’m fairly certain they were all oldies but goodies. In fact I’m still listening to it, been listening all day and it’s been great for my soul. Anyway, the lyric I posted as my status was “This is the story of a girl who cried a river and drowned the whole world” which then my cousin posted “And while she looked so sad in photographs, I absolutely love her when she smiles.” Awwww, right? Yeah, we are cute cousins. But then, like I said, she posted another comment with encouraging words. Some of those words being “play that tape all the way through girlfriend…”, which of course stuck out to me. Instant light bulb. How many of us are stuck on the first part of the lyric in our lives? I know I was and will probably be again one of these days, but man, I’m gonna do like my cousin said. Play the whole song, don’t just get stuck on repeat on the first part.

You see, maybe that is what was going on with me and what is going on with so many people. We get so focused on the sad, the difficult, the negative… the “cried a river and drowned the whole world” part that we don’t even get to the positive, the awesome things ahead… the “I absolutely love her when she smiles” part.

Something else to think about, as we have all heard numerous times before I’m sure, is that we have the down times to make the good ones that much better, make us appreciate them that much more. Whatever the case may be, I don’t want to miss out on the best part of the song.

XoxoX
Jess

High School Reunion. Already?

Holy cow has it really been ten years already since I walked across that stage and got my diploma, deer in headlights kinda wide-eyed with endless possibilities of how my life would turn out. Ten years? Okay so now that that little freak out is out of the way, this post is being brought to you by the letter W for wherethecrapdidthetimego. Okay, okay in all seriousness.. I woke up to a group message on Facebook from several of my classmates. We are officially in the planning stages of our reunion! This excites me and terrifies me all at the same time. Plenty has changed for all of us since that day. Some I have seen here and there over the past ten years. Others, to be honest, I have not seen since that day in the City Auditorium. Sad, too, because I always think that we are closer than that – in any sort of friendship or relationship. Sure, we have kept up with each others’ lives to a certain extent thanks to social media sites like Facebook and of course Myspace, for back then. Yep, I am old enough to say that I am a Myspace boomer and even after high school that was the popular website for me and my classmates. This was due in large part to the fact that Facebook was still by invite only, I believe, and our school was not on the approved list of schools or something like that. I did eventually get on Facebook by saying I was a student at one of the larger, local public schools. Yep, just chased a butterfly there. I think I’m back now.

So, my high school reunion. So far there are a little over 20 people in the group conversation on Facebook and so many want to come! That is exciting! It really will be great to see everyone again. Will give me a chance to catch up with everyone and share life stories of the past several years. Duh, I know that this is what a reunion is for. What I also know reunions to be famous for are causing stress and I don’t want that to be the case with me. Sure, I am already mapping out a workout plan, but I was already doing that last night before I found out about the reunion. I just have a more definite timeline to work with now.

You see, I was an all around athlete and while I felt then that it didn’t show… I don’t think I could have been more blind. What I am going to try to make this teach me is that my worth is not measured by my size. I want to be healthy to be healthy, I don’t want this to become something that I panic over if I’m not a certain size by the time the reunion comes around. I want to focus all of my attention on sharing in something exciting and what should be a really good night, not let it get away from me and panic about it. So, that’s what I’m going to do.

My plan, you ask? I have been walking the dogs and/or running in the park semi regularly lately. I want to push that to a totally regular thing. I need to make my work schedule work this in and progress has already been made on that thanks in part to my supportive man. I have already made some wonderful diet adjustments and just need to weed out the junk that I tend to indulge on a little more often than I probably should. I have also been wanting to get a bicycle. Granted my town is full of these wonderful rolling hills, but there are some flat parts where I think I’d be able to get started in riding again. In short, my plan is just to get active and stay active. I love being active and I need to stop letting that get away from me so easily.

To wrap all this up, I do not want to leave the wrong impression for anyone. I am completely and totally excited for the upcoming reunion. I can’t wait to see some old friends that I have not seen in years and see some that I’ve seen more recently but still could use a good catch up! Ten years? Gosh! Still can’t believe it.

Senior year with the small group of us that had been together since 1st grade!

What I’ve learned about the blog world

Man, OH man, there are a lot… I mean A LOT of blogs out there. It’s fantastic! I found this very neat blog that I just adore right now. Through that blog I found probably fifteen more that I wanted to keep up with and were inspired by. I have been digging around in other blogs out there and updating my own blog in here since I posted my initial one yesterday. It has been one fun and interesting journey! The possibilities of what to blog about are endless; and all the fun writing challenges? I just can’t wait. I am trying to get myself at least a little bit organized on my end so it’s not total chaos up in here. But, then again, a little chaos can be fun right? I’m even making notes in my planner and may even spring for a little purse notepad strictly for photography and blogging ideas since you know, I have so many of them!

I know I have one and I shall find it

So, what exactly have I learned? I think I’ve learned that how successful blogger of a blogger you are does not necessarily equal how many followers you have. Sure, followers and readers are a great thing, but some of the blogs I stumbled upon that I found to be some of my favorites so far were the ones with fewer followers. I’ve also learned that just because you don’t have many followers doesn’t mean you don’t have many readers. But to help with the readers and get my little corner of the blogging universe out there, I joined something that I found called BlogLovin’. This is something that I never would have even heard of unless I did a little browsing, and I’m glad I did! It’s a pretty cool little site to help keep all the blogs you follow together easily. It’s even got an app, which I of course downloaded immediately because I do love my apps. I also added the Google Chrome extension so I can see how many updates I have to read. Pretty stoked about it. I really think it’s going to help keep me focused on this and those blogs that I’ve already started to follow will help me keep a positive spin on things while continuing to give me new ideas for my own blog.

Another totally awesome thing that I found was the Cara Box! Okay, so I didn’t have to dig too hard for this one because , well,  it’s just that neat! I signed up for it and hope to have a successful swap with someone next month. Okay, so what is it? It’s this care package sort of idea but for bloggers across the blog universe. Each month you get a persons name to get to know, follow/stalk their blog, email back and forth and just try to get to know them before building them a package to send to them and make their life a little happier! Who wouldn’t just absolutely adore this?! First, you get to meet someone new that you probably never would have if it wasn’t for this. Second, you get a fun package in the mail! Do I even need a third? Of course I do because it’s me and three is my favorite number. Third, it connects bloggers in a way that they have possibly never been connected. Sure, we follow each other, read each others posts sometimes, but this is getting to really know someone and possibly building a friendship over something totally cool! Yay!

I really am excited about this new chapter in my life because I feel like I’m finally taking back control of it and this is a fantastic tool to help me do so.

XoxoX
Jess

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day

I have decided to take blogging to a whole new level; at leasta whole new level for me. I have several different ones right now that I have sort of gotten a bad taste with after some time of having them. Why? I think it’s because I seem to always post negative things there. My blog should be more uplifting for me as well as others, not something that is a chore and so dark and dreary. That isn’t me and that certainly is not my intention. I miss blogging, though. I miss the outlet and the sort of anonymity that it offers. Sure, others can read and I know a few right off the top of my head who probably will read and keep up and that’s fantastic. What I seem to have forgotten though is the point of blogging. To me, the point of blogging is to have not only an outlet, but a topic to discuss. That topic could be anything from simply rambling to faith, love, a new product review, photography, a vacation, a fight with a friend, family or a new foe! Whatever the case may be, I don’t want my blog to be centered around such negativity even when it’s apparent that there is a struggle or struggles in my life. I need to force myself to think positive and carry myself in such a way that I know that I can. As far as the proper format to blogging, I want to learn that even. I think this could turn into a brand new journey for me on this blog right here. I want to open it up to the public, which is something that I haven’t done in a while. I don’t think I should hide who I really am and those that love me will still love me even after they read about something that they may not agree with. So here it is, my fresh new blog. Let’s see where this one takes me.  I’m feelin’ good.

XoxoX
Jess