Monday, October 27, 2008

WOW! I've been away for a little while, sorry about that, the lack of internet and mass amounts of working have left me little opportunity to sit down and let my adoring public (ie- Mom and Dad) know whats going on here in Jackson. So I will try and be brief yet as information filled as possible....

1- the job front.
Jackson Whole Grocer is the BEST job I've ever had! I feel a sense of pride and ownership every day that I go to work there. I also love the people that i work with, they are fun and bright and environmentally conscious. Fernando, a guy that works in the deli, is teaching me Spanish. We have a phrase a day and I practice it and the previous phrases with him throughout the day. Jessa, my manager is is great, and treats me like a friend and equal rather than a lowley employee. And Bob, the owner of the store, knows my name and my face at the same time and always makes sure to great me when I see him. And to top it all off, I got my first pay check on Friday and it turns out that I'm getting paid a dollar more an hour than I thought I was making.
However, to counter act 20-25 hours a week of an awesome job I have to spend 32 hours or so at a job that is hardly rewarding at all. The job itself is not bad, it's retail, and for the most part I enjoy retail. I like seeing customers and chatting with them about their trips or their activities that they enjoy. It's the people that I work with that make the job less than enjoyable. There are a few people that I like working with, but we rarely work together. I just don't feel at home when I work. I feel like an outsider and no matter what I do and how well intentioned I am, it's just not right. I actually got reprimanded (not by a manager, but just a fellow employee) for opening a box sub-par. I have a total of three years retail management experience, I'm pretty sure I have opened a box before! And my boss at JD has no idea who I am, he's nice, knows that I'm a "southern belle," but he's not aware of my name or anything. It's just less personable and friendly of a place to work. I am not happy there. BUT I'll survivie, at least until I can find another place to spend my precious time slaving away.

I would love to be able to go full time at Jackson Whole Grocer and part time at Jack Dennis, but I'm not sure that Jessa needs me full time. I've put a bug in her ear about it already, so we'll see.

I'm sure that the fact that I haven't had a day off in 15 days MIGHT have something to do with my disdane... we shall see. At least I reaped the benifits in my pay checks!!!

I wish that I had more to talk about besides work... let's see... I guess I could introduce you to the memebers of the household....

Jeff Clough. Jeff hails from Tennessee, he's 27, a former chef and current butcher at Jackson Whole Grocer, brings home food and cooks it for us! So glad I gave up on being a vegatarian! He's my sanity in the house full of women, and quickly made it to my favorite people list.

Next we have the baby of the house, my best friend in Jackson, Shane Crabtree. Shane is a Jackson native, born and raised right here in the valley. She is a recent graduate of Montana State University, with a BS in kinesieology, She returned to her hometown at he begining of the summer and is a FINE front desk and reservationist at the Trapper Inn and Suites (which btw if you ever come visit we will do our best to hook you up with a room there). In this picture, Shane is to the right, the smiley face on the left is another native, Christen.

Liz McCarty, 27, a good old southern girl herself has been in Jackson for a number of years. She is currently working for the Mountain, as a snow shovel boss and also works for the airport. She's a sweetheart and makes a hard day in Jackson a little softer with her smile

Representing Michigan, we have Brandi Lee Dean. Brandi, 27, is a bartender at the Virginian and also a server/bartender at 43 North. She is newly "on the market" and enjoys nights on the town. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of Brandi at the moment, but I promise to get one soon, but trust me, she's beautiful!

Representing the west coat, we have Megan Wilson, from Eugene Oregon. Megan also works at the airport. She is 26. Megan loves to travel. Since we've been living in the house she has been on two rather exciting vacations, once to NM for a hot air balloon show and now she is in Tailand for two weeks!

In addition to the roommates of the human persuasion, we have four furry friends sharing our home with us.

You all know Elu...

Lucy belongs to Liz. She is a 5 year old Boarder Collie mix with lots of spunk and love to share. She can "break dance" and its the coolest thing you've ever seen! she also love to give hugs and kisses! She's a momma dog like no other and helps keep Elu in check, as much as one can at least.

Kipper lives in Brandi's room and often likes to put herself to bed. She's a mutt of the best kind, full of love and snuggles.

Zion, next to Elu, is the love of my life! Often refred to tenderly as Fur Pig, Zion likes to grunt, both when happy or a little grumpy. Zion rivals Elu on cuddles and loves a good steak, just like her daddy, Jeff. Elu and Zion had a hard time getting to know each other, but now they are thick as thieves, In fact, when I have to go to work all day, Jeff will often take Elu and Zion with him into town to run errands, When Jeff was getting his tattoo done the other day both ladies chilled out in the shop and waited patiently until he was finished.

That's the house. It's a busy life, but it's quite pleasant. When all six of us are home, which is rare, we don't seem to get in each other's way at all. Jeff and Shane and I spend the most time here in the evenings. We cook and watch movies, play Monoploy and hang out. I am very content with my life here at 9855 Hwy 89.

Well, that's it for now. I'll catch you up on more later. Night

Saturday, October 11, 2008

First night.. the new house was AWESOME!!!!  Liz and I moved most of our stuff in early in the day, and unpacked as we went a long.  We moved a load from the truck and my car, unpacked boxes, then went into town to have some lunch and do a little thrift store shopping.  

We found a sleeper sofa for $35 at the Habitat For Humanity Re-Store. It's pretty ugly, but actually matches the living room a little 
After lunch and couch buying and whatnot- we cooked our first dinner at the new house (Stouffer's Lasagna salad and garlic bread) and had a bottle of campaign. Liz and I went to town briefly for a party, but didn't stay long at all and headed home by 10:30 to watch a movie and have some roommate time with Shane. 

Shane and I got up EARLY this morning and carpooled to town for work.  She had to be at work at 7 and I have to work at 8:45- (45 minutes left) so I'm sitting in the lobby of the Trapper Inn where Shane works.  If you're ever visiting Jackson, you should stay here. I don't know anything about the beds, but I can tell you that the couch in the lobby is DIVINE!!!

Okay, here's some more pics of the house. It was too dark when I finally unpacked my camera to take pics of the outside of the house and at 6:15 this morning, the sun was still not up, so I will have to wait and get landscaping pics later. 


Downstairs living room:

Other half of downstairs living/rec room:

More pictures to come later. and I can't figure out how to keep the text from being underlined... so annoying.  

Hope everyone has a great day, I'm off to work in just a few minutes! (no Internet at the house yet, so bare with me). 

Thursday, October 9, 2008

There are more webcams here if you're interested in taking a look around town.


JACKSON HOLE WEB CAM: You can see for yourself (it's live)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

not too much to report...

The jobs is good. I'm working four ten hour shifts this week, and my feet are paying for it. But I like the people I work with, they are all fun kids, and most are from the south, which is pretty neat. The job itself is pretty standard retail: open, vacuum, dust, fold, unpack boxes, help customers, answer the phone, dust, fold, vacuum, close. But it's a good work environment and I like it.

I start job number 2 on Monday, working for the Jackson Whole Grocer at the juice bar. Making smoothies and whatnot. That should be cool, I'll fill you in on that after I start.

This weekend was alright, I went out Friday night to celebrate the gettin' of a job. There was a touch of drama, but no biggie. Saturday night I went out with Shane and her man du jour. Met up with a guy friend of mine and had a blast!! Then said friend and I went to a movie (date?) Sunday night and also had a blast. Monday I worked ALL day, so I was pretty beat but managed to rally for a beer and dinner with Christen and Audrey, said cutie pie came out for that as well. Tonight I went out for a minute after work for my friend Michelle's little brother's birthday (22) and now I am home, at 11, about to go to sleep. But realized I haven't updated in a while and you guys might be interested in the goings on of life since the I HAVE A JOB post.

In other news...
FROST! lots of it. I forgot to check and see if I needed to defrost my car before getting dressed this morning (lesson learned, always start vehicle BEFORE you're actually ready to leave. SO I had to scrape ice from my windshield before leaving the house.

Better get used to it, because Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we're supposed to get SNOW and the high is going to be 38 or so. Lows of 17. Wish me luck with the cold.

Okay all, I'm sleepy and going to bed. I hope all is well where you are living. Let me know.

Friday, October 3, 2008

I have a job!!!!

I'll be working full time at Jack Dennis Sports on the square in Jackson. It is an excelent job, because, well, I've done it all before. I love retail, people call me crazy, but it's a good medium paced job with lots to do without having to run around like a chicken with your head cut off (like serving). I start Monday morning at 8:45. I'll be working four ten hour shifts a week with three days off to play (or get a second job). I get access to rental skis and snowboards until I decide which gear to bu for myself and I have access to a season pass for both mountains in town and Grand Targhee in Idaho! so previous post about which ski pass to buy is null and void, because I won't need one!

Well, I'm off to take a quick nap before heading into town to celebrate my employment with my gals!!!

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