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.Also, this is the view out my window. This is how you know life’s pretty good.
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.Wednesday 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:Saturday, 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.
At 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 +)I’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.
Just started The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. The volunteer librarian at the Y recommended it. Anyone read it? (No spoilers, please!)Self-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.