Time to go on all veggies!!!!

These next 6 days will be ONLY veggies, fruit, and water. I am hoping to give my body a huge boost of nutrients and cleanse my body before I head up to Chicago, then the boy comes to STL for fun, then I head to Boston for a housing fair. I have contacted their financial aid, but there is nothing I can do til next week. I want to know NOW if I can get the money for school though. I am sure that there are ways to get money. I hope. I need to go to school next year. Pretty sure I mentioned that I’ve felt my life has been stagnant for a while now, besides the traveling. Traveling has been the only thing that makes me feel alive. That’s why I need school, I never felt this way when I had school to challenge my mind. Right now I just have a job that I can now do half asleep. No real challenges, just annoying little problems that aggravate me to no end. Sometimes people come to me with what they consider problems, and I just think, this is not a problem! A humming from your fridge is not a problem! I had a guy the other night, swore he could hear a buzzing in his room. Went to the room, nothing. NOTHING! He asked if he was crazy and I almost said, yes! Instead I just moved him and said something about how people have trouble sleeping in new environments sometimes. 

That hike I took, did I mention mosquito’s ate me alive. Yeah, over 200 bites all over me. It looks like I have some terrible disease! 

My sleep schedule is all out of whack. I am sure by 4 AM tonight at work I am going to be nodding off. Hopefully it is a quiet night. 

I think it is going to storm tonight…

Back In the STL.

I am back from Southern California and I miss the warm weather already. I did have SO much fun, even though I ate everything in the world.

The first day we actually drove from LA to Newport Beach, which is a long drive. I also discovered everyone in California can’t seem to drive well. Anyway, made it to Newport, stayed in a place called Little In On the Bay, which is a kooky hotel, great location. Had a great time going to get Sushi at Zen Sushi. The Strawberry Sake is SO good, as was the sushi especially a roll called “Salmon Lover”. Yum.

We would have stayed out later but I went from my job, which goes from 10 PM-7AM to the airport. I slept on the plane, but plane sleep is never refreshing.  By the time Sushi was over I had not been in a bed for 26 hours. So, we went to bed and got a good night’s sleep.

The next day I had Mcdonald’s for breakfast, terrible but there was one super close and the boy had meetings to go to. He dropped me off at Fashion Island, a huge outdoor shopping mall. Unfortunately he dropped me off at 9, everything opened at 10. So I walked around a while, enjoyed the sunshine, window shopped. Then the stores opened and I bought a purse and a bracelet. I couldn’t buy anything too substantial because when I travel I only do carry-on (I am not paying for luggage! I refuse!) and those carry

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

 

 

 

Orlando, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale

Just got back from an epic central Florida trip. I can not say that I was very good with food. I did make sure to have veggies with almost every meal though.

First I wanted to go to a really authentic Cuban restaurant, which we found in Orlando, called Cafe Cubano. The place was so authentic, our waitress didn’t really speak any English. Just had to point to the menu for what we wanted. I got the “Traditional Cuban” and it was yummy! Came with fries, I couldn’t really ask her for anything else because I don’t speak Spanish. Their portion was only a handful though, not a gigantic basket of them like we get in American restaurants.

Then I went to Seaworld, which was fun. The Mantra rollar coaster is so cool, flips you upside down so you’re facing the ground, like you’re the eyes on a stingray. Very neat. The aquariums were well done. Saw the Killer whales. Saw Beluga’s getting it on. Then only thing that was not cool was about 1/3 of the park seemed to be shut down, which they should really tell you since it is 89 dollars per person.

Off to the hotel, which was a Hard Rock. I love, love, love that brand. Room was amazing, service was crazy good. For dinner we went to a Miller’s Ale House. Had pot stickers, Mahi Mahi, and broccoli. Watched the Celtics vs. Heat game, which was a really good game. Had several drinks. It was overall a very good night.

The next day the weather was SO gorgeous. For breakfast I had a few pistachio’s and a couple bottles of water. Then went and lounged around the pool, also amazing at the Hard Rock. Got crazy sun burned though. Going to Florida after being in a state where the high has been 32 for the past five months meant I was really pale, and now I am really red.

Drove off to Miami. Stayed at the Hyatt Regency, which was NOT as good as the hard rock. Their housekeeping staff was amazing at their job though. On the way grabbed a very bad lunch of a Wendy’s spicy chicken, no side. The drive was sooo long. After getting to the Regency at 5 pm, we go down for appetizers at the bar. I get an avocado and tomato salad in a cumin vinegrette. It was very light and fresh, and yummy.

We then head over to the Brickell area for real dinner, which was a disaster. Went to Blue Martini and the service was so bad, the drink I ordered was good, my crab cakes and salad were very good. They got my boy’s order wrong on the first try. Then his prime rib was very bland tasting. He had to order his beer twice and what she brought over was a half full beer with a napkin wrapped around it which we’re pretty sure someone had been drinking. She tried to say, oh we just do that, but it wasn’t done to the first beer he drank….so…. gross.

Went to a greek bar, was grossed out there too. All their garnish containers had no covers on them and it was an open air bar. I just told my boy, I’m tired, because I was so downtrodden to continue on.

The next day was better though. Drove to Fort Lauderdale, where I took a very long walk after drinking two coffee’s. Then had lunch on the A1A at Cafe Casablanca which was amazing! Had a lamb sandwich with salad and it was so yummy. The service was impeccable too, wished we were staying in Fort Lauderdale over Miami.

Drove back to Miami. Got a couple Margarita’s, service was good in the afternoon. Went to the room, got dressed and picked out where we would go that night, Zuma sushi (best sushi in the world, had it last year in Miami).  Went down to the bar, and had a terrible experience. The bar was packed, and the bartenders could not handle the crowd. First drinks came out fine. Then I was thinking about it, I told my boy to call Zuma, because I bet you needed reservations. He called, they were “fully committed” for the evening. Luckily we had torn a page out of those “Where” magazines, and we called around. We called 5 restaurants before finding one that wasn’t fully committed. We ordered a second round of drinks then waited 30 minutes. Finally just left. This bar’s problem was they did not have high quality bartenders. They could serve 7 people, but not 50 which was how many were inside this bar. I was thinking, Oh no, here we go again, a terrible night in Miami.

We get a cab and go back over to the Brickell area to a restaurant called “Delores, but you can call me Lolita.” How much do you love that name? It was great. We chilled at the bar for a couple rounds. The girl working behind the bar was friendly and very sweet.  Then went upstairs and had an amazing dinner. I had a tomato, salmon, mozzarella salad and my entree’ was chicken with mashed potato’s and lots of Merlot. It was really tasty. Went back downstairs, grabbed a white chocolate banana drink, very good. Then when back to the hotel, grabbed another drink, and had a Youtube dance drunken party. Had to get up at 3:30 for my 6 AM flight though. That was painful.

That is basically the gist of my Orlando trip. If you can’t tell, I am kind of a foodie when I travel.

Now lets talk financials and how much mine suck. I have to send Suffolk University 500 dollars by April 15th. I have 204 right now. My mom is going to send me 150, which is very nice of her.  When I get paid, not this upcoming paycheck but the next one, I should be able to make the deposit. I filled out the FAFSA today, but priority was March 1st for Suffolk, but the website says that they will award need based scholarships based on how much is left after priority, which I am very need based. I only made about 19,000 dollars last year and live on my own. If there is a wealthy benefactor out there though, with 66,000 dollars just kicking around and you want to donate it to a good cause, HERE I AM!!!!!!!!!

In Juicing news, I start my 7 day fast tomorrow. I would say I’m excited but I’m not. If you can’t tell from this post, I love food. My body needs a cleanse though, so, I’m doing it for a week. Hurray….

Saw this weird car detail on my walk through Fort Lauderdale.

Saw this weird car detail on my walk through Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale

On my walk towards the A1A in Fort Lauderdale.