Well, Hello there…

I HATE that I’ve abandoned my blog.

Writing on here is like therapy for me. It gives me some ‘me’ time– reflection, more or less. I appreciate my readers too– and I hate to disappoint anyone. I had the pleasure of FINALLY getting to return home to visit my family this past weekend (first time in over 6 mo.– thank you very much). While I was sitting in my room, I remembered how often I’d sit at my desk and write out these lengthy-soul bearing-super long-“thought provoking”-(well to me) posts. –And realized that I missed that.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have time to blog. I CHOOSE other things. Plain and simple.

Just like I had to choose which flavor of Graeters Ice Cream to purchase at The Fresh Market, a few weeks ago. IN ALABAMA.

No– seriously. It was tough– They say new item, but what if this is a joke, some kind of a sick joke and they stop carrying it? jk.

Well I guess I should catch you up to speed on my life… My post college graduation life, since, afterall, that is why I started this.

Work is AWESOME– I love my job, if I didn’t well, I’d look for another one. I’ve recently really been inspired by the idea of really loving what you do for a living. I am just so blessed to be lead by a phenomenal team of leaders who not only teach me, but look forward to helping me succeed in my career path. I mean really, how great is that? (Can I please get an applause for this).

Getting Married. Well, like I mentioned I went home for the weekend and had the privilege of attending my eldest cousin, Betsy’s wedding. It was BEAUTIFUL!!!! (I am planning to write a whole post on this subject once my photos from my camera are uploaded– so stay tuned). When you go to a wedding, the questions concerning your own almost smack you in the face. It was a good chance for Michael and I to really discuss with my parents the deep desires for our own wedding. (Okay, let’s face it- neither of us really have these well-thought out plans). Michael likes the courthouse idea at this point… I’m not a fan.

I’ll tell you why it’s hard for us to really start planning. We can’t figure out a location. Do I go home? (yes– that’s the tradition, I’m well aware). Do we go destination? (ehh- I may sacrifice some good friends most importantly, family not coming). Okay, how about half way between our families? (Would you plan the most important day of your life in some random city you have no connection to?) Just saying. This is a choice, a hard one at that– that Michael and I will have to make as a couple.

So what does that mean– you guessed it– still no date. (We are taking suggestions though…) ; )

Now onto far more important things…

Who has the cutest dog on the planet?

Oh, why it appears that I do.

Meet Chaco. He’s a Cockapoo. That’s a Cocker Spaniel mixed with a Poodle AND I love him very much. He brings a smile to me everyday. You should see me with my phone. It’s like a little brag book of how cute he is. (I now understand those things now).

Let me start off by saying that this is high on my list of rebellious things that I’ve done. (My parents have told me for the last 2 years to stay away from puppies, well pets in general due to the high maintenance) Michael introduced me to his friend, who is now one of my dear friends, Abby. She lives in the same complex that I reside in. When we got wind of her recent purchase of an adorable little puppy, Mr. Beaux Jangles, I had to meet the fella for myself. LOVE– immediately. Michael asked if I was interested… or rather bet me, that I’d leave wanting to go get a puppy.

So let’s see… that was a Wednesday, and we made the drive to Tuscaloosa on Friday. To not only purchase a puppy, but Mr. Beaux Jangles BROTHER!

He truly has been fabulous. I’ve gained a lot from having him this last month. We’ve met a good majority of the neighbors– he’s allowing (forcing) me to meet people. ; ) No, I actually love that. I live in a very pet friendly complex. I’ve gotten more laundry done than anyone could ever have imagined. (Ask my water/electric bill). I also have gotten to enjoy the early morning. Making it to work at 8:00AM is NEVER a problem anymore.

I mean really though… How can you say no to this:

Told ya…

Chaco, will be 13 weeks old on Friday. I am so proud of him– thanks to my friend, Alison, he knows how to sit and lay down. He also has become a champ at using the puppy pads– which I like despite the cost. I am just reflecting on my experience with a puppy and it makes me smile. Fun Fact, Poodles are one of the smartest breeds out there– so I have no doubt that little Chaco Baby, will be performing some great tricks in the near future.

Well, the little pup is giving me the evil eye right now– he doesn’t like technology. He needs me to throw his favorite toy– a ratty old plastic water bottle. So much for the 50 toys Michael and I’ve purchased. (He’s not spoiled or anything).

Currently Singing Along to: (Don’t Judge) Lady GaGa: The Edge of Glory

I was one of the lucky ones who purchased her entire, Born This Way, album from Amazon for .99 — not too bad.

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Published in: on June 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm  Comments (3)  
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The Truth About Living In A Hotel

Springhill Suites in Alpharetta, GA

I’ve been living in a hotel for about a month now. Which means I’ve been eating nearly every meal out for about a month now. Which means… well, I’ll let you figure that one out.

The Fairfield Inn in Montgomery, AL

Needless to say I NOW know how to pack the perfect bag. I know that it’s better to travel after 9:00 PM if you’re wanting to avoid traffic. I also know that hotel breakfast really isn’t that healthy… or tasty for that matter.

When I was little, I got excited to spend the night at a hotel. A.) You got to go SWIMMING– even if it was the middle of winter. B.) You got to sleep in a big, comfy bed.  C.) FREE HOT BREAKFAST.  D.) You’d most likely be eating at a yummy restaurant. AND E.) You were usually on VACATION.

In the last month, I did not go swimming, but I did sleep in a big, (not so comfy) bed, Hot breakfast was free, but questionable, I did eat at probably 30 yummy restaurants and NO I wasn’t on Vacation. I DID get to run into several friends though– which was FANTASTIC!!

Oh… by the way, Hello!! It’s been a while hasn’t it? A lot has been going on in my life these last few weeks.. I started intense training for Verizon, had a birthday, saw Michael GRADUATE, moved into a new apartment… oh, and GOT ENGAGED! (Please tell me y’all have had fabulous month’s like this).

More on that in a different post, back to hotels…

I’m currently sitting in my hotel room in Montgomery, Alabama. I really have been meaning to blog but just haven’t had a lot of time. I’m actually usually ‘tired’… I know, I know… I’ll sleep when I’m old. Nope. When you get up at 6 you simply get tired at 9. That’s the fact of life.

For the most part it’s quiet. (almost too quiet– it gets lonely, sometimes) The last two weeks I’ve been right by the elevator– boo. The person in the room above me keeps coughing– they REALLY need some cough syrup. I hate that I have just been watching a lot of T.V. because if I were in Birmingham I’d be getting a lot more accomplished. (I’ve never really been a very good planner– if I were I’d be researching things like finding a dentist or maybe planning my wedding–crazy).

I’m happy that I only have 2 more days of this. I’m really pumped and excited to begin applying my new knowledge to the actual job. I am ready to challenge myself and of course… make some money. Alright– I finally blogged but this is beginning to not make sense.

Oh– the TRUTH about living in a hotel. It’s fun for a little bit, but REALLY makes you appreciate your own home. I can’t wait to simply make a sandwich and drink out of my own glassware. Maybe take a trip or two to the workout center in my apartment complex too…

I’m sleepy.

Goodnight!

Currently listening to: Jessica Simpson, “My Only Wish”

Published in: on December 21, 2010 at 12:56 am  Leave a Comment  

The Long Awaited Offer

One of the BEST days of my life

Well friends, it finally happened!

I received a job offer!

I actually was faced with a horrible situation and received two offers on the same day. (Just my luck)

It was like any other ole’ Tuesday afternoon. I woke up, yes in the afternoon, (okay not really, it was like 10:30), ate breakfast, got ready for the day, and put on a big smile. (that sounds so cheesy— but I did, and if you know me, I really did).

I had an interview for a job in Cincinnati at two, so I put on my ‘power suit’, grabbed my black folder, blue g2 (.05- I like the thin ink), and my string of pearls, (for good luck, of course) and headed out the door. As I was about to leave, my phone rang (which I’m finally getting used to– for those who read regularly). I noticed it was an Atlanta number and just knew it had to be Human Resources, so I answered:

“Hello?”

“Hello, Is this Jacquelin?”

“Hi, Yes, this is she.” (very energized in my speech here, people)

“Hi Jacquelin, this is Tracy from Human Resources at Verizon Wireless, how are you doing today?”

“I am GREAT! How are you doing, Tracy?” (yes, I said her name)

“I’m doing well…you sound very excited? Is this an okay time to talk?”

“I am very excited. I hope that is a good thing!” (crossing fingers)

“Yes, it is.”

(me jumping up and down– grinning)

” Actually, I am on my way to an appointment, do you think we can reschedule for later TODAY?”

“Sure, I have a call at 3:00, would 4:00 EST work?”

“Yes, that should be perfect– I look forward to speaking with you then.”

“Alright, Jacquelin, I will talk to you at 4:00 EST.”

“Thank you!! Bye.”

Now, imagine having this conversation knowing that you are about to go into another job interview. I was a few seconds away from receiving the job offer I wanted, yet I was going on another interview. While I was driving, I was rehearsing answers in my head, tell me about a time you failed, tell me about a conflict that was not easy to handle, yada, yada. As I got to the interview my cousin had so graciously set up for me, I was nervous. I felt distracted and a bit nauseous knowing that if they offer me the job in Alabama, at 4:00 Eastern time, I was going to take it. And oh, what a glorious moment that would be.

Little did I know that I’d be filling out paper work and informed that I would start Monday at the position in Cincinnati.

A few simple questions were asked, an overview of the job was explained and I was conflicted… then like word vomit, I spilled the beans on the offer that had yet to come. (I am really over exaggerating here… I was professional) I planned all along to inform my cousin and his boss about my unfortunate situation. Luckily for me, they were young professionals as well and understand what it means to ‘get a leg up’– is that the right expression? It sounds funny.

So at approximately 4:18, on October 19th, 2010, I was offered the job as Apprentice One, under the Retail Leadership Development Program, with Verizon Wireless, in TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA.

Yes, Roll Tide, I had no idea that was the location they were considering me for.

(aka: A 2-year management trainee program)

Now, I’m not going to talk much about the program yet considering I still don’t have a start date. I need to pass the background portion and drug test. (which hopefully will be in the next few days). Verizon hires on the 1st and 15th of the month. AND I want to start ASAP!

What I will tell you is that words can not describe how I am feeling right now. Praise God, he works things in ways never imaginable. By closing so many doors that I wanted so badly, he opened one that I never expected. I truly believe, a better one. This is putting me on a career path, one I prayed about many nights. After graduation I felt that I could go in 1,000 different directions and I was lost. Today, my prayers for so many months were answered. I not only have a job, but I will be receiving top-notch training, experience, and a career path. I also will be full time employed, with benefits, and a salary that will help pay my student loans!! I can finally let go of that stress!

I am so so so so so happy and excited for this next chapter of life. I can not thank my family and friends enough for all of the love, support, and advice they’ve given me through this entire process. All of them are a major help to my positive attitude through the good and bad days of the process. I love you all so much!

I started this blog for many reasons, but one of the reasons was to track the job search process. Ha- it’s hard to believe for the time being it’s over. I no longer have to search and read job descriptions and qualifications.

I have a job.

I-HAVE-A-JOB

I HAVE A JOB!!!!!!!!!!!

Currently listening to: Needtobreathe, “Let us Love”

Published in: on October 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm  Comments (3)