Dating on a budget

So it used to be that my husband worked night shifts at his job and I worked day shifts at mine. He then got a new job that would mostly be during the daytime. Great! Right? Wrong. I started to then get scheduled for night mostly. Also he always seems to be working on my days off and vice versa. He’s usually asleep by the time I get home or gone by the time I wake up in the morning. Needless to say, we may get to see each other but it’s not quality time. 

Our other issues is that when we do finally have time off together, we don’t really feel like going out. Not to mention we are kind of …. Well money is tight. So what are some things we can do together that we don’t usually do without spending all the money on a date we don’t want to go out on? 

  1. Movie night: pick a movie that we both haven’t seen before, make a snack, enjoy. Simple but still fun. 
  2. Cook dinner together: Not something you usually make. Find something that takes a recipe and make it interesting. 
  3. Make a picnic in the living room: move the furniture out of the way, grab your lunch, put out a blanket, have fun without bugs.

These are just a few things that I have come up with. Share in the comments some of your ideas.

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Some of you may have already heard of the search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. On July 24th, they went out in a 19 ft boat and never returned after a storm quickly came up in Jupiter, FL. Since then, an extremely large number of people have been relentlessly praying and donating money to aid in their search.

Because I grew up going to the Outer Banks, I was always fishing and have felt closer to God when I’m just sitting on the sand staring at the ocean. These boys are described as having “salt in their veins” and are avid fishermen. Their story hit really close to home for me and I have been thinking about them non-stop since I first heard of their disappearance. I haven’t been able to get them nor their parents off my mind. I can’t imagine the heartache and devastation they are going…

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Sick 

Today I had to call out sick from work. I hate doing that because, like I said, I love my job. I think it might be a stomach bug or something. I’m here all alone with no one to take care of me or give me comfort (I’m an adult so it’s ok it’s not negligence). However, I really miss having a pet to cuddle with when your sick. For me, cuddling with my dog or just petting my cat on my lap was even better than laying in moms bed with her when I was sick. My dog always knew when something was off and would just come be with me the whole day. I miss having pets really bad for this reason.
   They live with my family back home. Couldn’t take them with me when I moved.
Share some stories where your pet has made you feel better so I can live vicariously through your experiences!!!

Bye Felicia, no really… Get out 

So yesterday there was a woman who came into the store to obtain her package that was sent here through the parks package pick up service. (I was on break at the time). For those that don’t know, package pick up is a free service that the park offers. When you buy stuff from the gift shops all over the park, it is sent to the front (my store) for you to pick up on your way out. That way you don’t have to carry it all day. 

I come in and notice this woman standing near my counter so I say, “I’m sorry, I just got here, but are you waiting on a package.” She then proceeded to give me the biggest stank face in the world “well yes I am and they lost it” I then ask if I could see her receipt just to make sure they didn’t miss it……it really wasn’t there.

I ask politely, “has someone gone to go get it?” At this point her daughter walks in cursing up a storm talking about how we were all stupid. I still hold a small apologetic look on my face. “Yes some woman who looked all big and better than thou said she went to go get it. A man-ish woman in a burgandy shirt.” I know all of the team members and supervisors in my area and had no idea who they were referring to, but how rude do you have to be to call another woman man-ish, especially when she is willing to run across the park herself to find your package. They see my boss walking up “oh that’s her….. It must’ve been a navy blue shirt, not burgandy”….. All I could think is how dare you call my boss, one of the nicest bosses around, man-ish. She comes in with a smile and gives them their package, apologizing profusely for the inconvenience. They leave, still cursing us. 

  1. Mistakes happen, even in amusement parks
  2. At least we didn’t make your rude self go get it
  3. It didn’t even take her 15 minutes (meaning she was booking it through the park) 
  4. That was the LAST item like that in the whole park, so you’re welcome
  5. A woman who is tall and has short hair does not qualify as man-ish. 

In this ladies defense, it was hot and her package should have been there. However, that is no excuse to get nasty with those trying to help, especially if it wasn’t our fault. We just hand out packages, we aren’t the ones making sure they get here (that’s someone else). 

What really grinds my gears 

I applied for a supervisor position in my department. I have over a year of experience. I get excellent performance evaluations. All of the supervisors in my area love me and think I would be a great addition. Tell me why they are just keeping my application on hold and have been hiring nobody’s that can’t do the job properly. 

Sure they might have a bit more experience, but all my experience is here so I know how things work. Sure they might’ve had a great interview, but I’m awesome in everyday situations. Not to mention I know how to do everything that a supervisor has to do by pure observation. 

I don’t know. I just feel like I work my butt off to do everything right only to not see any reward. I wish I knew what more I could do to show them that I’m the right one for the job. 

Work friends are sometimes just that

Working where I do, you tend to get somewhat close to your coworkers and immediate supervisors. We become a family because we work so closely together trying to make the guests happy. I always go in with a big smile and everyone is happy to see me (even some not on my team). We become friends on Facebook, talk about our personal lives, and even sincerely miss each other when we go on vacation. However, recently some of the ones I thought to be pretty close to all went out and celebrated one of their birthdays. Usually I’m not petty like this but it kind of opened my eyes. If I had just thought of them as work friends, this wouldn’t be an issue, but I actually thought we were more than that. It feels like a slap in the face. I’ve only lived in this area for 2 years now and still don’t really know anyone except for work people. I only keep in contact with one friend from high school and one from college. I think I’m a likable person. Then again, I’ve never really been the first picked…. 

I love what I do 

First, let me start by saying I love my job. It doesn’t pay much, it’s not in my degree field, and it’s not an all year long thing. I know what you’re thinking, “Wait, I thought she said she loves her job.” I do, really. “Well, what is it that you do that you love so much to put up with all that?” I work as a merchandise cashier in an amusement park.

Surprise! Yep. Vacationing families, roller coasters, delicious foods, fun shows, the works. I love it. It’s so much better than working in say a department store. I’m there to make their vacation more comfortable and provide them with something to remember their trip. The people that come into my store, for the most part are happy to be there. Unlike someone who goes to their local supermarket, these guests aren’t there as a chore, but a choice, and that makes it so much better. 

As someone who knows how things work, I wanted to give you some tips and facts to making your next vacation to an amusement park even better.

  
1. Free water cups

Ask and see if your destination offers free waters cups from culinary locations. Odds are you are vacationing in the summer and it’s hot. There is no reason to be spending $4 on a bottle of water when you could be getting small cups for free all day. 

2. If they have package pickup, use it

At the park I work at, we have package pickup. Buy anything from the gifts shops or photo places and then have it sent to the front of the park for you to pick up later in the day. However, make sure you know what time it is gauranteed to be there. Just because you buy something from the store at 2:30 does not mean it will be ready at the front at 3pm. 

3. You don’t necessarily need a map

Sure they are nice to have, but it’s not necessary. Public maps ar posted all around most parks for that very reason. Odds are, if you aren’t there right as the park opens, you won’t get a map in the beginning. Don’t freak out. At these public maps around the park there is usually a box with maps in them for your convenience. So if you don’t get one when you come in, it’s ok. 

4. Quick line passes

All I will say about this is check out the lines first. Don’t waste $25-$50 dollars on this pass right when you walk in unless you KNOW it’s busy. You can probably purchase these passes in other areas of the park later if you decide you don’t want to wait in the lines. 

Well that’s all the main knowledge I have for you. 

  

Can’t we all just get along 

It almost kills me every day to go on social media. Everyone is fighting with one another over things that are purely opinionated. I am glad to see that people don’t idly sit by and not have a voice about subject matter, however when I see friends fighting and blocking each other (scary thought) I start to think this is getting out of control. You think the confederate flag should stay? Good for you, share your piece and then move on. You believe that cops are out to get you? Cool story, share and then move on. Unless you have a well researched plan to fix it, there doesn’t need to be this long drawn out conversation about an opinion. OPINION. Not fact. Your side can’t be proven or disproven. Meanwhile there are things going on in the world that we can control or fix and we are totally ignoring it just because our feelings are hurt. And as far as social media, or media in general, don’t believe everything you see and hear. I’m sure you’ve heard that before, but it is so true. There is always another side, or unrevealed facts. Ok rant over. Peace out cub scouts. 

In the Beginning

As it is the first of the month I’ve decided to start this. I’ve started a blog before, but it always seems to dwindle away. It’s not that I’m not committed, but I stop having something to say, hopefully this will be different. I think this is going to be a place of random thoughts and opinions. It might change later or it might die like all the rest. I’m not here to become magically famous in WordPress or to make millions of dollars. I’m just here to speak of what ever randomly pops into my head. I think this will be most interesting…. Or not. Who knows 😉