Tuesday, November 14, 2006

blah blah blah Tuesday

Everything is grey already.

I hate winter for being cold, I hate getting snowed in, I miss the sun. I hate that it is dark at 5 pm. But more than anything, I hate that right about this time of year, everything just turns grey. The leaves that were brilliant colors just a week ago are all gone, and all that is left are grey branches. Grey clouds fill up a grey sky, and even the ground manages to take on a dirty brownish grey color. Well, I hate to call it a color, because it is really the exact opposite. It reminds me of Rainbow Brite cartoons where the villains wanted to suck the color out of everything, and live in a world of grey. I just don’t have words for how depressing it is!

The bright side, of course, is that there are all sorts of good things right around the corner. No work in 48 days, and Florida (which is full of sun and palm trees and color!) in 56 days. I keep reminding myself that in just over a week, the worst part of the year will be over, but oh man, if the days keep continuing like this, that week is going to be LONG!

We have two bus groups at the hotel right now- another one just came in last night. We are pretty much sold out from now till after thanksgiving. Whee! The thing that annoys me is that a lot of the stress we have with bus groups could have been easily avoided if the tour operators had just done their jobs. There was a note on the desk today that totally cracked me up. First, for backstory- as soon as the bus group last night checked in, we started getting calls for hairdryers. Our rooms don’t have hairdryers in them, but we keep a few at the desk to loan out. Well, the other bus group, that has been here a few days, apparently had them all, so we were out. The new bus group was not happy about this. I spent some time grumbling that if the tour group leader had done her job, she would have called ahead and checked to see if we had them. (She called the hotel *on the way here* to ask if we had a restaurant. Shouldn’t you do that kind of research when you are selecting the hotel for your group?) Plus, the bus group didn’t get here until around 10pm, so no stores were even open for us to go buy extra hairdryers from.

So, to get back to the note, Sara left a note that someone had called her for a hairdryer last night, and was upset that we didn’t have any, and she made the comment that she was surprised that their tour director didn’t tell them that there were none in the rooms. The lady’s response? “I AM the tour director!” ROFL! She said something about she didn’t like Sara telling the people that it was her fault, asked for her name, etc. We thought it was hilarious.

I’ve been really tempted lately to go back to my old blog format (see lovemanythings.net/archive.html, if you don’t remember it!). I miss the whole having a separate page for each post, and I miss my cute little sidebar. However, I don’t miss not being able to post from work, nor the extra work the html takes for each post. Opinions? Which do you prefer?

Did I mention that we’re having employee issues at work? Well, not that that’s anything new, really. It seems to go in cycles- first we won’t have enough housekeepers, and then we’ll hire a bunch of those, and something will happen and we will not have enough front desk people. Wash, rinse repeat. We’re just getting over a “we have like two housekeepers left” phase, and now we’re a little short on the desk. One person is in the hospital, and the other got in trouble, and may end up getting fired if the corporate office says she needs to be. The third actually got fired a few days ago, but got her job back, luckily! Anyway, thanks to this shortage, I should have no problem getting the 20 hours of overtime I need this month. Tonight, for instance, I’m staying a few hours late to close down the office, since our night audit person is sick, but there’s no way I can stay here till 7am and still function tomorrow.

Holy crap, I really have no life outside of work these days, do I? Okay, in totally non-work news, we’re considering getting a parakeet, or two parakeets (a pair of keets!). I’ve been wanting a new pet for a while, and I’m starting to get tired of fish. I would love a rat or a guinea pig or something, but I just don’t trust them with “Lily, the Chipmunk Hunter” in the house. Then I came across the pet store’s sale ad in the paper, and it mentioned that they have parakeets for $15. It is the same store where we got our baby cockatiel, Rosie, and she has turned out really well, so we trust their birds. I still really, really want a sun conure, but they are still really, really $600, so that’s out. $15 for a parakeet (or $30 for two), $15 for a cage, and a little extra money for food and toys and such, is way more affordable. We’ve discussed making it a Christmas present to ourselves. It’s still up in the air, though- I don’t believe in just buying pets on a whim. Well, okay, I’ve bought a few fish spontaneously, but really thinking it over is a much better way to go.

My other non-work activity right now is trying to come up with fun Christmas stuff that won’t cost a ton of money. There’s no point in working five zillion hours of overtime to get money for my trip, only to blow it all on Christmassy stuff. I’m trying to come up with cheap, crafty presents for family and friends that are not going to cost much, but will still be awesome. I also have a horrible need to make some new decorations or something, as a way of combating my winter depression. Who can be sad when you are gluing stuff to other stuff?

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