Monday, April 30, 2007

Festival Groupies

Tony and I had another busy weekend! We spent all of Saturday in The Woodlands visiting with my parents (had lunch with my mom while my dad was golfing), went for a run, and layed out by the pool. We had been wanting to spend some time by the pool all week, so it was really nice. After that we went out to dinner at for one of my best friend's (Sarah) birthday.

Once again we had another Sweet Leaf Tea weekend. We spent all day Sunday from noon until 10 pm out at the International Festival selling tea. We had a run in with the health inspector who threatened to shut us down for not wearing hats! He was not a very nice guy about it either. It was only a minor problem though because Tony picked up some free hats from the GMC tent next door. We had never run into such a rude health inspector, but I guess there's one in every bunch.

The weekend went by too fast and now we're back to work this week. The trip to Paris is that much closer though! Only 2 more full weeks!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Frustrated

I've tried to hold out and not put up post ranting about my job & boss. But today is the day to get it all out. It's hard to find where to even start, but as a summary I can't stand my job right now. When I first took this job I thought it was going to be a great opportunity to learn a lot about marketing in a small business environment. The first few months I just though I was getting small, simple tasks because I was new. However, 7 months later I'm still doing the same things. I really do not do anything related to marketing, besides write the occasional press release. My boss even told me in my review that she see's me as the office manager! My career goals have never included being an office manager. I do not want to go to office depot, make copies, mail bills, write thank you letters, wrap my boss's christmas presents, or go to the post office any more. I would like to do more with my professional life than this.

So besides not enjoying the work I do, my boss is the biggest micromanager I have ever met. I have to "cc" her on every email I send and ask her to do anything basically. She never has anything positive to say and honestly treats me like I'm in high school and I have no experience let alone a college degree. Every once in awhile she comes out with this gooey "I don't know what I would do without you" speech and honestly I don't really believe her. I have a bad attitude at work because of her and I feel like she's just saying it because she feels like that's what bosses do.

Also, when I took this job there were 2 other girls here who have since left. This means that I have been working with only my boss and an intern who is here one day a week. I am by myself the majority of the time since my boss always goes to "meetings"...not sure with who or to do what. There is no one for me to talk to during the day. I just sit at my desk in an office by myself.

So I'm counting down the minutes until I leave this job. In a week I will find out about my scores from my teaching test and start sending out packets with my resume and all that good stuff. I guess that's the only positive thing that has come out of this. Hopefully I will love teaching because the two marketing jobs I've had in college and now have not been what I hoped.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Pure Insanity!

Beth and I did some crazy stuff last night. Two things actually. The first thing we did was go out to dinner. This may not sound too crazy to most people, but for Beth and I it is. First off, we hardly ever go out to dinner as we are kind of on a budget. Second is, we never go out to dinner during the week. Our weekly meals normally consist of frozen pizzas, pasta, or boxed mashed potatoes. Don't laugh. They are all rather tasty. Last night was different. We had to go to the mall so Beth could buy a birthday present and we just decided to get crazy, so we ate dinner at the Kona Grill at the Galleria. Don't worry, it was reverse happy hour so everything was half-price. Score!

So now you may be asking yourself, what could Beth and Tony have done that would be more crazy than going out to dinner? I'm glad you asked. We stayed up until 11:30 p.m.!!! Trust me, I'm as shocked as you are. This is very crazy, especially for me since I am usually the one passed out asleep by 10 every night. I'm an old man, what can I say? But we managed to do it last night, thanks to American Idol which we just had to watch when we got home since it was recorded on our DVR. So anyway, I've spent this morning trying to recover from the craziness of last night. Note to self: try to tone it down next time!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

sad status of my scrapbook

Scrapbooking is my one hobby that I've come to love over the past 5 or 6 years. I have 4 books that I've put together from my years at UT and I've started a new book with all of my pictures from trips I have been on. I really do love scrapbooking. So why can't I get motivated enough to do it!?

Tony and I went to Turkey in SEPTEMBER and I still have not finished putting those pictures into my scrapbook. Then I have some pictures from our trip to Chicago in DECEMBER that I have not gotten to either. It is now April, as you know, and I am about to go on another vacation in a month. Then I'll have even more pictures. I'm not usually a procrastinator, but these pictures are just sitting in the corner of my apartment waiting for me to do something with them.

Part of the problem is that I really have no space to spread out all my stuff (i.e. pages, different kinds of paper, stickers, pens, pictures, and more!) and keep it out. If I were able to do little bits here and there, that wouldn't be so bad. It's just such a pain to clean off the table, unpack my bag of supplies, work on a few pages, and pack it all up again for another day. I need a scrapbooking room! Well, maybe just my own table or some motivation!

Monday, April 23, 2007

What a weekend

Well I must say our weekend was pretty interesting. We worked for Sweet Leaf Tea this weekend at the Grand Prix of Houston. Auto races seem to bring out all sorts of different people which made it fun. Our job basically consisted of handing out samples of 9 different teas to anyone who wanted to try it. It was fun though. We got to go to something that we probably never would have gone to. The race itself was actually kind of cool. The cars were going 120 mph around the track on these tight, narrow curves. And all the cars were packed in together.


The picture above is Beth and I along with Bryan Shippey(we worked with Bryan at Hollister), and Tyler. Bryan and Tyler both work for Sweet Leaf Tea in Houston. The picture below is of Ryan Smith(another guy we worked with at Hollister) and myself drinking the tea. If you're gonna sell it, you gotta drink it.


Beth and I working hard!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Where to go?

10 Places to see in the next 5 years:

1. Sydney, Australia
2. Taj Mahal, India
3. Hong Kong
4. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
5. Barcelona, Spain
6. Johannesburg, South Africa
7. Beijing, China
8. Hawaii
9. New York City
10. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

What's your trophy?

As a kid growing up I spent my time playing soccer. Through my 15+ years of playing soccer I collected lots of trophies. Those trophies meant the world to me. Each one represented a part of my life, another success, and a feeling of satisfaction. I cherished those trophies. They had a certain place on my dresser and although they frequently gathered dust, I would always take a second to look at them and reflect on my accomplishments.

I've come to realize that even now, as a 27 year old, I still need trophies. No, not the trophies that I received as a kid. The ones with a big obnoxious looking soccer player on the top with a plaque and my name engraved on it. But I just need something to represent my accomplishments and make me feel like I'm doing something worthwhile.

Most people who know me, know that I am an avid runner. I don't really run in races. I don't compete against others. I run against myself, to make me feel good. The cool thing is, I don't have to run a race to get a trophy. I have many trophies from running. They are old, stinky, beat up, gross looking running shoes. Each pair of shoes that I have represents over 300 miles of running for me. Hours spent doing what I enjoy, competing against myself. All with a different accomplishment. I have over 10 trophies from running so far. Over 3000 miles accumulated doing what I love. Maybe they aren't displayed on my dresser and I don't frequently stop and look at them, but I know they're there representing different parts of my life, many successes, and lots of satisfaction.

The same holds true for my travel pictures. I cherish them dearly. Each picture represents a different place in the world where I once stood, a different culture embraced, and another moment in my life. I love all of my travel pictures. Unlike my running shoes, I do display them. They are hung ever so proudly on our apartment walls. Of couse they don't mean near as much to others as they do to me and that's okay. I don't expect them to. But those pictures, like my running shoes, represent a great part of my life that I hope I never forget. It's okay that I still need trophies. I'm proud of all of them. So I guess the question is, what's your trophy?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

There's a first time for everything





I guess it's time for my first blog now since Beth has gotten this thing started. Not quite sure what I'm supposed to talk about. But here I go. Beth and I are super excited for what lies ahead the rest of this year. Paris in a month will be fantastic. We hope to track our entire trip online so everyone can see all of our pictures and share in the festivities. There are so many picture type moments in Paris that it will be hard not to post everything, but we'll try to keep it to only things that others will be interested in. Of course this includes posting lots of pictures of my cute niece and nephew, Louise and Gab. Louise is seven months old and Gab will be three in July. I wish they didn't live so far away as I only get to see them a few times a year. Although Beth and I were just in Paris last April, we hope to see a lot of the same things again as well as explore many new areas of Paris. This will be my sixth time to Paris and each time I go I see something new.



I can't wait for July to roll around to see Beth's sister, Stacy Lewis, play in the Jamie Farr LPGA tournament. We went last year and had the best time. Spending your mornings watching the Tyra Banks Show and the Price Is Right(we didn't have cable in the house where we were staying) and your afternoons watching great golf isn't a bad gig. We are both so excited for Stacy and all she has done with golf and can't wait to see what the future brings her. If you get a chance, check out the most recent article written about Stacy in the Houston Chronicle. I'm hoping this year's trip to Toledo, Ohio will bring a volleyball rematch from last year. I have a feeling Beth is a little nervous about this as I spiked the ball in her face the last time we played. It's part of the game, what can I say?

Anyway, will post more later. It's power hour.

My First Post

Since this is the fabulous first post, I don't really know where to start! I've never really been a journal or diary writer so who knows what possessed me to want to have a blog. I know that Tony really wants to write about our trips and give all the good details of places to go, things to see, hotels, restaurants, and all that good stuff. So eventually I'll get in the writing spirit...I hope!

In keeping with the travel theme, we are planning on taking a few trips this year: Paris, Toledo, OH, and Italy are on the list right now. We are going to Paris in May for about 5 days to visit Tony's sister, Andie, and her family. Details on this trip later! The trip to Toledo will be a long weekend trip. My sister, Stacy, is an amazing golfer and will be playing in the Jamie Farr LPGA golf tournament. Since I was born there and all of my Dad's side of the family lives in Toledo, it's a big family reunion complete with a serious volleyball game! Then, the big trip for the year will be in December between Christmas and New Years to Italy. We are going to join all of Tony's family for a fun vacation in Florence, Pisa, Rome, and Naples!

This is how the remainder of this year will go for Tony and me. We have not had a vacation since September of last year and we're dying to go to Paris in a month. If we both had not just changed jobs in October of last year, we probably would have gone on vacation already! That 6 months before you can take vacation at a new job can be a long 6 months! -B

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