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Week in Review: It’s Fun to Stay (and Work) at the YMCA

Week in Review is one of my favorite (if not my single favorite) weekly linkup. The problem, sadly, is that Sunday’s not always the best day for me to get a post out. During the school year, my weekends were just as busy or even busier than  my weeks. And with my new job, I’ll almost certainly be working on the weekends, as well.

Complain, complain. : P

Anyway, that’s why my last couple of Week in Reviews have been late.

That being said, remember how my last week was absolutely insane?

This one’s been better. A lot better. I’ve started a new job at YMCA of the Rockies. The kind of job with hours, breaks, clock-ins, clock-outs, and no homework.DSCN1203Also, this is the view out my window. This is how you know life’s pretty good.

On Monday, after the insanity of checking in, I grabbed some supper and went to a housing orientation in Hyde Chapel. (This building here.) DSCN1216

The YMCA’s a Christian organization, but they’re very open to people of all faiths. What that means primarily is that they try to live by Christian principles. They really try to be philanthropic in their mission, providing financial assistance and opportunities to kids and families that wouldn’t otherwise be able to have an awesome camp experience, such low-income families, single-parent families, people with disabilities, and people with chronic illness. They also provide employment opportunities for folks in the area who are struggling to find work, and try to diversify both their staff and guests in terms age, ethnicity, SES, religion, and ability.

No, this is not a paid advertisement. I just think the Y’s a pretty cool organization, and I’m proud to be their employee.

The second day I went through new staff orientation. Fun fact: elk may look sweet and docile, but keep your distance, give them right of way, and don’t act threatening. They’re big animals with big horns, and right now is calving season.

That said, elk are like the squirrels of YMCA of the Rockies. Seriously, they run the place.

With the help of the zoom function on my camera, I don’t have to get super-close to get a good snapshot. This guy was walking by my “office” on Saturday.DSCN1240Wednesday was my first day on the job. My title is Hot Shot.

No, I don’t jump out of helicopters and fight fires. Hot shots at YMCA of the Rockies do literally whatever is needed, from delivering toilet paper to cabins to doing dishes to checking guests in at the front desk to driving guests around the facility. So on Monday, I trained to drive the golf cart, pickup trucks, and 15-passenger vans.

What’s fun about being certified to drive is that when, for example, I’m put on a housekeeping crew, I’m the one who gets to drive.

It’s the small things, folks.

Thursday, I was trained on front desk. I like that job. I like talking to guests and being social.

Friday, I worked in housekeeping. I made a whole lot of beds and cleaned a whole lot of toilets in lodges like this:DSCN1226Saturday, I worked a banquet serving 350 park rangers from all of the world. There were folks there from all over the US, Canada, India, Switzerland, Finland, Australia, England, China, Columbia, Morocco, England, Scotland, Poland….

And finally, on Sunday (yesterday), I worked housekeeping again: cabins this time. The Y camp has over 200 cabins, with everywhere from 2 to 8 bedrooms. People book the great big 8-bedroomers for family reunions and weddings up to 3 years in advance.

It’s a hopping place.

DSCN1214At the end of each day, I’ve been mostly resting  Partly, I’m recovering from last week’s craziness, and partly, I’m recovering from the day’s work. I’m on my feet pretty much all day, every day, and at a very high altitude. (8000 feet +)DSCN1219I’ve been quite hungry, quite thirsty, and falling asleep easily by 10 each night. I’m totally looking forward to hiking, roller skating, doing crafty stuff in the craft shop, and meeting new friends. But so far, my evenings have consisted of reading and coloring.DSCN1245

Just started The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. The volunteer librarian at the Y recommended it. Anyone read it? (No spoilers, please!)DSCN1242Self-promotion (!): I’ve started a new Pinterest page of my favorite books. If you’re a reader, especially a nonfiction reader, feel free to follow. (There’s some fiction on there too, although NF is more my genre.)

I also got two blog posts out: one about the challenge of eating in a cafeteria, which was a major eating disorder trigger in the past that I’m now facing again, and one about the dangers of weight loss promotion in “health”-related media.

Tell me about a place you’ve lived with an amazing view.



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  1. Ellie says:

    It is beautiful out my window this time of year. The purple flowers that line the sidewalk are so pretty, you just have to stop and smell them.
    I am totally singing that song in my head right now. Love the Village People.

    1. Joyce says:

      That song goes through my head so much. 🙂 I love the flowers this time of year.

  2. I have never been to a YMCA but it looks like a blast! I used to go to girl scout camps and I always loved those. I am always looking for good book recommendations so I will have to check out your Pinterest page!

    1. Joyce says:

      The Y’s a great organization. I’m all about book recommendations, too, so let me know if you have any!

  3. The YMCA does sound like a great place and organisation – no paid advertisement suspected here. It’s awesome you get to work for in a team that cares about people who are less well off so much and wow is that a view!
    Fun fact: it’s been my grandpa’s dream to go skiing in the Rockies one day. I’m not sure it will still be poss but he’s living happily either way.
    How long will you be working there for?

    1. Joyce says:

      I’ll be there until the end of the summer, about mid-August. I’m not much into skiing, but I know a lot of folks here who really enjoy it.
      Yes, I agree, the Y is a great organization. Maybe your Grandpa will be able to make it out here someday, but if not, I’m glad he’s well. 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness I’m so jealous you got to spend a week in the Rockies. It looks absolutely gorgeous and sounds like you had a fantastic time!

    I’ve lived in the same house my whole life and now my apartment which has a lovely view of the parking lot hehe.

    But my grandparent’s mountain house in West Virginia sits right on the river and it is absolutely breathtaking. We’re heading there for Memorial Day weekend and I am so excited to wake up to fresh mountain air!

    1. Joyce says:

      Awesome! Enjoy the time with your grandparents, the mountains, and the lovely view!

  5. Cora says:

    I am so excited for your upcoming summer – and pretty jealous as well! Is this a job you’ve done before? Or have you been thinking of doing this for a while?
    I’m a lake girl. My parents live on a lake so I’m blessed with a beautiful view out my bedroom and kitchen window every morning. That being said, there is something magical about the Rockies and the mountains. I’ve been a few times (in Canada) and the views are just so stunning.

    1. Joyce says:

      I’ve done a similar job at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center, but this is my first time at the YMCA.
      Lakes are beautiful–especially at dawn and dusk!

  6. It looks and sounds like you’re in for a wonderful summer. What a great program and those views!! Soak up every minute of it, well maybe not the bathroom duty part, but all the rest. 🙂

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