With the exception of yesturday's blurb it has been a really long time since the last update. It has been so long in fact that I don't even recognize the website, nor do i know how to navigate around the website. Well life has been going very well. I graduated in December and now I am traveling for Applebee's. They send me to cities where they are opening new stores. I go in for a two week period where I train all of the new associates in a certain spot, for instance the host stand. There is usually a group of twelve of us who meet up from everywhere around the United States. Most of the time you have never meet anyone else on the opening team. It's really cool how we can come together so well. We often are asked if it is the same twelve people on every open and the answer is no. I got lucky with my first two openings, I knew at least one person walking into the opening. I hoping to one day do an international opening, I have heard rumors of a store in China sometime next year. There are a dozen lucky trainers that will be leaving in just two weeks to go over seas and open a store in Italy. Very jealous, but they have all earned it. Besides that, I am becoming a real adult. I have moved out of my parents house for the last time. I am living in Novi with my friend Jason. We met while working at Applebee's. I recently bought a brand new car. I have begun the repayment of my school loans. Oh...big news. I became an aunt!!! It was surprising not only to my parents but to my sister as well. It is a crazy story.
My sister went to the hospital complaining of chest pains and pains in her stomach. She has had an ulcer in the past and assumed the ulcer had returned and was acting up. When they did the ultrasound to find the ulcer, they noticed she was 6.5 months pregnant. Now many wonder how she didn't know, well she had a miscarriage three months prior. Needless to say, conditions where no longer safe for the baby inside the womb so they performed and emergency c-section and little baby Toby was born. Since his birth on June 4th he has been a resident at marquette general hospital. you can view pictures if you wish at www.mgh.org click on the baby page then click on the list of growing babies. He is doing very well and should be able to come home with in a few weeks.
well that is my crazy life. take care and talk to you all real soon.
I just had the most amazing weekend in such a long time.... Thank you so much ben dowd for coming and hanging out with the old crew... It was such a blast to see so many people from the recent past. Ben you were loved by both amanda and steve, and they can't wait to see you soon in the near future... Well I will see you soon I am sure. Take care and I will talk to you soon.
I am not sure who even reads this anymore, but for those of you that do i figured I would let you know the major changes in my life. Well I finally walked acrossed the stage in a cap and gown and received my college degree. I am really excited to have finally accomplished my degree. For those of you that didnt know, I transfered to Cleary University, and on December 10, I received my BBA in Human Resource Management. With this degree I am planning and still working for Applebee's. I am in the process of becoming a corporate trainer where I will travel the United States and maybe even the world and open up new applebee's stores. Each store opening will last appromately two to three weeks and during that time I will train all the new associates on the Applebee's way. I only plan on doing this a year or two and when that is completed I want to go back in to the store and become a manager and then a Genral Manager. Once a General Manager, it is my hope to become a TGM(training GM) where I will help develop canidates into managers for different stores by making my store a training store. Once this has been accomplished it is my ultimate dream to be a Regional Training Manager. With this position I will be incharge of all training aspects including manager development, running training camps for all new associate trainers, etc. If for some reason this does not happen well then i suppose i will go back for my masters. We shall see.
The other huge piece of information that I have, is that I spent last weekend moving out of my parents house again. I have moved to a lovely apartment in Novi, Mi. I am living with my friend Jason. We have known each other a little over two years now and are havinga great time living together.
well i suppose that is all the updating for now. I hope to hear for some of you soon.
Sorry for my lack of posting as of late, i have been having computer problems and well we finally got a new computer. I am so excited, i feel like we made a big jump in the computer world except for the fact that we are still on dial up...
it will be quick for me to update on my life becasue i have been only going to school and work. technically only 18 more weeks of classes and i will graduate!!!! i cant wait. work is going well i am the Lead Front of House trainer that is cool and recently i was named Employee of the month. how awesome!
anyways sorry so short but i must get back to homework. night
I seem to do it all the time, get really excited about one thing and then in the end i realize i had my rose colored glasses on and go on to realize even more that it wasnt what i thought at all. oh well no big deal i am used to this by now, what can i do, jack shit. anyways, i am off to work explain more later if i feel like it!
Life is treating me good i suppose. I am finishing up my classes and then I am finally on spring break! yay i am so excited about that. Im working way to much i think. I like the money but i never seem tohave time for myself. I have seriously been doing homeowkr all day today. but i suppose in december it will be all worth it right? i have been working on improtant relationships too which is always nice. Jason and i have become so close lately. its nice to have a male opinion on things going on in my life. he makes my heart smile when i get a chance to see him, although its not that often, oh well life goes on. i was just talking to another friend last night about how i am so lonely it seems like down here. I have all of my friends close to me but i hardly ever get to see them. i am finally going to see katie for the first time in like a month and she lives not even 10 miles away. i am so excited about tomorrow night. I cant wait to sing. I am really beginnning to miss mike and amy. I never see either one of them. Mike i suppose isunderstandable considering he lives close to an hour away. I easily could have seen him this weekend, but i chose family instead, is that bad? Amy is only 20 minutes away and it seems like i never have 2 inutes to myself to be able to drive out to see her. it makes me really sad. I really hope once i finish school i can move closer to those who mean the world to me. Geex ihope the next few months go by real fast. im keeping my fingers crossed.
This is a long post, but I will tell you its absolutly worth it in the end. My Dad read it to me and he couldn't even finish reading it without sheading a few tears. Anyways, enjoy its an amazing read.
I sat in my seat of the Boeing 747 waiting for everyone to hurry and stow their carry-ons and grab a seat so we could start what i was sure to be a long, uneventful flight home. With the huge capacity and slow moving people taking their time to stuff luggage far too big for the overhead and never paying much attention to holding up the growing line behind them. i simply shook my head knowing that this flight was not starting out very well. I was anxious to get home and see my loved ones. I was focused on "my" issues and just felt like standing up and yelling for some of these clowns to get their act together.
I knew I couldn't say a word so i just thumbed thru the " Sky Mall" magazine from the seat pocket in front of me. You know it's really getting rough when you resort to the cover priced, useless sky mail crap to break the monotony. WIth eveyone finally seated we just sat there with the cabin door open and no one in any hurry to get us going although we were well past the scheduled take off time. No wonder the airline industry is in trouble I told myself. Just then, the attendant came on the intercom to inform us all that we were being delayed. The entire plane let out a collective groan. She resumed speaking to say "We are holding the aircraft for some very special people who are on their way to the plane and the delay shouldnt be more than five minutes." The word cam after wiating sic times as lons as we were promised that "i" was finally going to be on my way home. Why the hoopla over "these" folks? I was expecting some celebrity or sport figure to be the reason for the hold up.
Just get their butts in a seat and let's hit the gas I thought. The attendant came back on the speaker to announce in a loud and excited voice that we were being joined by several U.S. Marines returning home from Iraq!!!!
Just as they walked on board, the entire plane erupted into applause. The men were a bit taken by surprise by the 340 people cheering for them as they searched for their seats. They were having their hands shook and touched by almost everyone who was within an aem's distance of them as they passes down the asile. ONe elderly woman kissed the hand of one of the Marines as he passed by her. The applause, whistles and cheering didnt stop for a long time.
When we were finally airborne, "I" was not the only civilian checking his conscience as to the delays in "me" getting home, finding my easy chair, a cold beverage, and the remote in my hand. THese men had done for all of us and had been complaining silently about "me" and "my" issues I took for granted the everyday freedoms I enjoy and the conveniences of the American way of life. I took for granted that others had paid the proce for my ability to moan and complain about a few minutes delay to "me" while those HEroes were going home to their loved ones.
I attempted to get ym selfish outlook back in order and minutes before we landed, I suggested to the attendent that she announce over the speaker a request for everyone to emain in their seats intil out heroes were allowed to gather their things and be first off the plane. The cheers and applause contunued until the last Marine stepped off and we all rose to go about our too often taken for granted everyday freedoms.
I felt proud of them. I felt it an honor and a privilege to me among the first to welcome them home and say "Thank you for a job well done"
I vowed that I will never forget that flight nor the lesson learned. I cant say it enough, THANK YOU to those Veterans and active servicemen and women who may read this and a prayer for those who cannot because they are no longer with us. GOD BLESS AMERICA! WELCOME HOME! AND THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!! THis is a ribbion for soldiers fighting in Iraq.
Jason Stockman makes my heart smile! I cant wait for our date on sunday, should be good times. I've missed him dearly since he has been in flordia, but he comes home tomorrow...YAY!!!