I hate emotions!

I am so emotional right now! Crying every hour about my boyfriend, crying about being addicted to bad food, then eating said bad food because I am sad, then going to work and swallowing my feelings and putting on a brave face. Repeat cycle.

I did try filling out my Suffolk financial info again, but now when I go to pick a security picture it kicks me out. I tried calling the help number and got a voice mail. So annoying.

I went to my leasing office. I have 60 days to clean and pack up. I will be working hard on that.

I have decided to go on a couple mind clearing hikes within my next few days off. 6-14 mile ones. I may go several days in a row. Be prepared for many pictures of that.

At work they somehow have cut the Wi-Fi off in the back office, so the employee’s can’t use it. That means I can’t do anything on my computer at work even on extremely slow nights, super sad.

I had to kick out a room the other night for having a party. I gave the room 40 dollars back but forgot to put a note on the room so my manager thought I sold the room for 50 bucks and got mad. Then when I said I gave money back he was all like “WHY??? We don’t give money back on PARTIES?” Honestly, the room was very polite while leaving, which is usually not the case, so I gave a little money back. Usually there is a screaming person going “FUCK YOU! I am going to get a lawyer and you can’t do this and where is your manager and what’s the corporate number!!!! Yell, yell, yell.” Now my manager is mad at me, and AH!!!!!!!

I also left my phone charger at work and the last time that happened it was stolen. I asked my security guard to bring his. I hope mine is still there, I can’t really afford to buy a new one.

Overall, today has sucked and I am ready for tomorrow.

Oh, and I am on my period and the added emotional feelings suck.

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Sitting at work

I am at work right now. It’s a slow night, which is nice since the past two days have involved people yelling at me for things I couldn’t control.

I have been yelled at about when the hotels breakfast started because this woman was told 6. I had to be the one to say, breakfast starts at 7 on weekends (it also says that inside your key packet if you could read, but I only thought that part). “Well, I was told 6.” “We do have our cold food out, pastries, cereal, fruit, yogurt, bagels, toast.” “This just mean we don’t get any breakfast.” (Uh, I just listed a whole bunch of stuff. I highly doubt you are making a whole breakfast of eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy everyday, you probably only eat cereal at home. Again, only thought.) “I’m sorry the hot food is not ready for you.” “This is ridiculous.” …

Another thing people may not know about, hotels oversell themselves betting on the fact some people will not show up. It is an evil practice, it’s kind of like when a airplane oversells a flight. Basically, we bet some people don’t show up so we double book a room. Sometimes our call center goes overboard like it did this weekend and oversold us 10 rooms on a weekend when there wasn’t a room left in the city. That means, 10 people did not have rooms. This is good time to also mention, if you are traveling, do your best to plan on being at the hotel to check in before 8 PM after 3 PM. That way you know rooms are clean and there are still some to sell. If you try showing up before 3 PM, there may not be a clean room for you. I am pretty sure some people think hotels have unlimited amounts of rooms OR they think there are people here cleaning rooms ALL THE TIME. There aren’t. Hotels are like any other business, they employ the least amount of employee’s as they can to make the most profit. That, and I do not work at a luxury hotel. People confuse cheap hotels and luxury hotels. Our hotel is about 100 dollars a night, which is steep but we are in the downtown area of a city. Another thing to consider, the closer you are to the downtown of the city, they higher the rate. Now, a luxury hotel in our location would be around 200-300 dollars a night depending on what time of year you are traveling or if you are receiving any discount packages. Anyway, back to overselling.

We were oversold. They fixed a lot of the problem before I got in to work, which I have to give my props to my coworkers and manager. I was oversold by two, which meant two people who walked in the door I had to say, sorry, I don’t have a room for you tonight, you have to drive about a half an hour west of us. I was extremely lucky though, two rooms open up at a luxury hotel just down the street from us in our same brand. Then, though, he had to sell one, which means, okay, one person I send away, one person I send down the street. Alright, I can handle that. THEN both rooms show up, they are together, have to be in the same hotel. OKAY! So, I tell them the deal with a touch of a lie. I say 2 of our rooms had to be taken out of order due to a bathtub overflowing. Then, I send them down to our Westport location, which is a good hotel. Recently renovated, in a great area, just not downtown. They were a multi-night stay though, so, they would move back the next day to go to an expo downtown and we would comp a night here. Usually by this point the guest is screaming at me going “I BOOKED THESE ROOMS IN ADVANCE AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE A ROOM FOR ME.” Not these guys. These two guys were the coolest, most laid back travelers in the world. Really understanding, super nice, and I absolutely love guests like that. Very cool.

So, they didn’t yell at me. No. Room 204 yelled at me. A LOT. We have this room, room 204, which is by far the shittiest room in the hotel on the weekends because it is directly over the bar which has a very loud karaoke night on the weekends. These guests had to run a marathon the next day, why anyone would assign marathon runners is beyond me, my guess is the day shift does not think ahead to night shift. If I had to use 204, because I would avoid it as much as I could, I would only put sports fans, or concert goers, or Expedia/Travelocity guests in that room because these kind of guests either stay out late or don’t get internal surveys.

204 calls down. Is angry. I don’t really have anywhere to move her to, we are sold out. I could move her to a room reserved for another guest, a double bed suite, I don’t really want to because it is only 12:30 and the reserved room may show up. I do think that would be my only option though. 204 wouldn’t stop asking to talk to a manager. I don’t have a manager at night. She tells me to call him. I try not to, but she is SUPER adamant. I know my manager, we’ll call him Chris, won’t say anything different than I am saying. She has me do it anyway. Chris is pissed I called, I try explaining to him that she won’t take anything besides speaking to him. He tells me options to give them, the same ones, I call back with the same options. AGAIN she says, “LET ME SPEAK TO THE MANAGER!!! THIS IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS” So, I tell Chris what she says, he finally agrees to talk to her except she lets him talk to her calm manager. Chris doesn’t even have to speak to her.

He offers up the suite, which if my suite reservation shows up I would be put in a bad position, but whatever. Get this, she refuses to move! She does not want to move, the only thing she wants is the music to be turned off, which we can not do because the bar is a separate business. Now, I empathize, 204 is a terrible room, she is running a marathon in the morning, I feel bad for her, but she turned unreasonable! She even called the bar and the bar said “We can’t turn the music off.” We comped her night, but I just didn’t understand the not moving to get sleep. We even said, you can leave your stuff in 204 and just sleep in the suite, you don’t even have to officially pack up and move. Nope, she was having none of it. So, on one hand I feel bad for her, on the other, as an experienced traveler I know that you have to be prepared to roll with the punches. In the end, I hated her because she yelled a me so much and I was trying to fix the situation, but, I still felt kind of bad for her….

That was my awesome weekend at work. Makes you want to work in a hotel right? It evens out with being able to do things like type this entire blog while getting paid.

Nutrition, not good. I failed. I was so stressed I went immediately after work to 7-11 to buy hot pockets and candy. I can classify myself as a stress eater for sure. I will be doing a 10 day juice fast starting April 13th though! I expect to lose quite a bit.

I have a ton of errands tomorrow. I have to go pick up birth control, return a dress to Macy’s, and pack for L.A. Packing will be the roughest part of the day. I plan to bring A LOT and have to fit it into 1 carry on roller bag and 1 back pack.

I am excited for California. I’ve only been once and it was not the best trip in the world. I plan on making this trip so super fun.

Here are some pictures I’ve taken recently. A little visual update.

This is me with a thinner face. Can see the weight coming off.

This is me with a thinner face. Can see the weight coming off.

 

A path I was walking on.

A path I was walking on.

 

Saw this broken tree on my walk.

Saw this broken tree on my walk.

 

Walking by the Art Museum in Forest Park

Walking by the Art Museum in Forest Park

 

 

 

If you do meth, your house may end up looking like this.

Hello! I have been in rural Missouri for the past couple of days without internet and I have so much news, so this is going to bed a pretty long blog.

First, how my diet has been going. I did not bring my juicer out to the country, but I did make sure I cooked vegetarian meals. If my stepdad cooks (my mom never cooks) we would have been eating pasta and meat. I am a pretty awesome cook though. The first night we had homemade scalloped potato’s, roasted carrots, and a huge salad. The scalloped potato’s were SO amazing, I actually got the recipe off of a wordpress blog a long time ago, I wish I could remember whose it was though. If you are reading this and recognise your recipe, please let me know and you are amazing.

Comfort Scalloped Potatoes 350 degree oven

(Have your potatoes sliced and ready to go. Keep them in a bowl of cold water until you need them.) Also need a 2 quart casserole dish, greased.

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 1/2 cups milk (any % you prefer)

5-6 large potatoes (peeled and thinly sliced, well drained if necessary) (5 cups)

First for the sauce. On medium low heat, saute the onion in butter until tender and translucent. Stir in the flour, salt, and pepper. Cook, while stirring, for about a minute. Slowly whisk in the milk. Cook while stirring, until the mixture had thickened and come to a soft boil. Cook for another minute. Remove from heat.

Place half of the sliced potatoes, even layer, on the bottom of the greased casserole dish. Cover with half of the sauce. Repeat layers.

Bake, covered, in a 350 degree oven, for 45 minutes. Stir half way through. Uncover, bake an additional 30 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

(In last 15 minutes of baking time, you could sprinkle shredded cheese, of your choice, on top for added cheesy goodness. You can also add any cooked meat you like for a more rounded meal.)

Oven-Roasted Carrots

12 carrots

3 tablespoons good olive oil

1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill or parsley (This is optional for me – I’ve used parsley before, but I’ve made this recipe far more times without this step.)

1.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2.  If the carrots are thick, cut them in half lengthwise; if not, leave whole.  Slice the carrots diagonally in 1 1/2-inch-thick slices. (They will shrink up while cooking so make the slices big.)

3.  Toss them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.

4.  Transfer to a sheet pan in one layer and roast in the oven for 20 minutes, until browned and tender.

5.  Toss the carrots with minced dill or parsley if desired, season to taste, and serve.

Source: The Way the Cookie Crumbles (October 2008), originally from Ina Garten on Food Network

Nutritional Info from Food Network:  Calories:110; Total Fat: 7 grams; Saturated Fat:1 gram; Protein: 1 gram; Total carbohydrates:12 grams; Sugar: 6 grams; Fiber: 3.5 grams; Cholesterol: 0 milligrams; Sodium: 484 milligrams

The second night I was there I made vegetarian stuffed peppers. Again, AMAZING. We also ate the last of the giant salad from the night before.

Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

•6 large sweet peppers

•2 cups cooked brown rice

•3 small tomatoes, chopped

•1 cup frozen corn, thawed

•1 small sweet onion, chopped

•1/3 cup canned red beans, rinsed and drained

•1/3 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

•3/4 cup cubed Monterey Jack cheese

•1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives

•4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

•3 garlic cloves, minced

•1 teaspoon salt

•1/2 teaspoon pepper

•3/4 cup meatless spaghetti sauce

•1/2 cup water

•4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions

•Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the rice, tomatoes, corn, onion and beans. Stir in the Monterey Jack cheese, olives, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon into peppers.

• Combine spaghetti sauce and water; pour half into an oval 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the stuffed peppers. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.

• Cover and cook on low for 3-1/2 to 4 hours or until peppers are tender and filling is heated through. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Yield: 6 servings.

I “juiced” at work last night though. Since I was running late I had to cheat and get the less healthy V8 juices, a vegetable one and a fusion one. The fruit V8 was way too sweet though. The veggie V8 just tasted like tomato soup to me. That was yummy.

I also weighed myself, no weight loss but no weight gain. I thought I was going to go up, but I guess since I was eating veggie based meals and portion controlling, it made it so my weight just stayed even. At least I know that even after juicing, if  I watch what I eat I won’t just blow up. I have been reading that on a few blogs, that people will juice and when they go back to eating all the weight instantly comes back. I wonder if that if because they go back to eating poorly.

I also went to my favorite breakfast spot this morning. They are an organic based restaurant though and if you are ever in St. Louis, check out Benton Park Cafe. Their food is soooo amazing. It was a celebration meal. You may be asking, Storm, what are you celebrating? Well, I just got accepted into LAW SCHOOL! I am so excited, so happy, if you know my trailer trash beginning, you would understand this is an American dream in the making. Just, wow, something I have wanted for so long and I have achieved it. Now the next goal, completing law school. 🙂

I told my general manager this morning and he said “I remember in your interview, you saying you’re going to go to Law School some day.” Crazy he remembers my interview, but he is the best manager I have ever worked for. Nelson seems to actually enjoy his job, a rare thing to find. His story is nuts too. He was an anthropology major in college, started busing tables in a high-end restaurant, decided he enjoyed the hospitality industry, and has been working his way up ever since. From busing tables, he now is a regional manager in training and he deserves it. To understand how good he is at his job, lets just say for a while I considered trying to go into management and pursuing a career in the hotel industry because he seemed so happy in his job. Then….I met two other assistant general managers and decided, wait, this is terrible and I would have to deal with guest complaints for the rest of my life….no thank you.

Part of the reason I went out to my mom’s place in the country was to see her new house. This house’s last owners had to be meth addicts. The alterations they made make no sense, so let me take you on a little tour of “The House That Meth Built.”

Lets start with this room, the room that they couldn’t decide where this wallpaper trim was going to go.

So, starts off as a wall runner. Seems legit.

So, starts off as a wall runner. Seems legit.

Guess, they decided to put it up high next though....

Guess, they decided to put it up high next though….

That wall they decided not to use the trim though.....

That wall they decided not to use the trim though…..

Ohhhh....they ran out, so THIS wall only has half...

Ohhhh….they ran out, so THIS wall only has half…

That room was just the beginning of the strangeness.

This door.

This door is only 14 inches wide…

ANOTHER little door....

ANOTHER little door….

And...another little door...must have been a sale on little doors...

And…another little door…must have been a sale on little doors…

LITTLE DOOR!!!!!!!

LITTLE DOOR!!!!!!!

TWO little doors, both going into the same gigantic walk in closet that probably used to be a bedroom....

TWO little doors, both going into the same gigantic walk in closet that probably used to be a bedroom….

Here is a little door to a bedroom closet, but that is not it....

Here is a little door to a bedroom closet, but that is not it….

That little closet was a secret passageway to a secret bathroom!!!! That's right, you get to the bathroom through a walk in closet in a bedroom...

That little closet was a secret passageway to a secret bathroom!!!! That’s right, you get to the bathroom through a walk in closet in a bedroom…

 

 

That's nice, doesn't work, but is nice.

That’s nice, doesn’t work, but is nice.

Pretty chandelier in the kitchen.

Pretty chandelier in the kitchen.

This cool baseball fixture is in what I can only assume used to be a little boys room, which works out because I have a young stepbrother.

This cool baseball fixture is in what I can only assume used to be a little boys room, which works out because I have a young stepbrother.

And this butterfly light fixture is my absolute favorite. I think it is so pretty.

And this butterfly light fixture is my absolute favorite. I think it is so pretty.

This is the stairwell to upstairs.

This is the stairwell to upstairs.

So, that is my parents Kooky fixer upper house. There are other weird things too. Like, the kitchen pantry has a secret little door to another room. A “sunroom” that is just a shell of room, no flooring or anything, just wood and the floor slant downward. Really nice deck though. A lot of half-finished rooms. They did get this crazy house for 49,000 with 5 acres of land, which is not too shabby. Also, there is a fish pond! Stocked full of cat-fish. That is exciting because I love spending a lazy summer afternoon/evening fishing and drinking beer. I know that is such a country thing to say, but there is nothing like it.

This is the last picture I will add, it’s not the best quality, and I wish I could convey how pretty this dawn was, but the camera on my phone is not the best.