Spoiler Alert!

25 Nov

If you had your heart set on waiting til Thanksgiving to find out what I’m thankful for, then stop reading now.

But if you’re like me, and crazy excited about all the good things that are happening and you can’t wait to hear them just like I can’t wait to tell you them, then this post is for you.

First, I am super thankful that Link is doing so well in Ohio!  He’s attending school full time and is not only passing, but excelling!  PLUS, he took on a part time job so he could have some extra cash to spend on himself.  PLUS, he just signed his own lease for his own apartment where he’ll have his own bedroom.  He’ll have two roommates who’ll bunk in the second bedroom and living room respectively.  This new apartment is just below the one he’s in now, so his big group of friends are all nearby.  PLUS, he’s posting pics of himself and all his friends on FB, and they’re all smiling.  SMILING!  

And it gets better!  He recently saw a retina specialist in Ohio for a check-up.  The doctor performed more in-depth tests than the ones here have, and he found no signs of leakage in his eye.  He didn’t need a shot, and since he’s gone 6 weeks with no leakage, he doesn’t have to be seen again for 2 months.  We don’t want to get our hopes up necessarily, but right now we’ve got our hopes up that the scarring from the infection won’t completely block his retina resulting in blindness in that eye.  And he plans to see the cornea specialist when he comes home for Christmas, and that’s looking to be a pretty promising visit as well, since the contacts are still doing their job of keeping his corneas in shape.

I can’t even express how much ALL of this is a relief for us.  I’m so incredibly thankful to see wonderful things happening for him.

And I now have hope, that with time, the other boys will follow along this same path, and things will eventually click into place for them as well.

Secondly, I am thankful I have a job that I love.  Every day brings new challenges and new learning opportunities. Hubby and I talk often of the importance of being happy in your job, no matter the pay.  I am far from being paid what I am worth.  I handle all the billing, I’m the ‘go-to’ person for people with questions, including upper management.  I oversee the front desk and of course I’m dedicated to providing exceptional service to our guests.  Yet  I make virtually nothing.

So when the Assistant General Manager pulled me into his office to tell me I was getting a 3% raise, I was shocked.  Raises usually only occur at our yearly reviews, and I’d already had mine this year.  He explained that all my hard work has not gone unnoticed and so our GM pushed for me to get a raise immediately.  I was speechless.  I managed to utter what I hope was a heartfelt thank you, and I literally floated on cloud nine the rest of the day.  3% of nothing is, well, nothing. BUT it really is the thought that counts.  I feel a little bit like Sally… They like me!  They really, really like me!

And of course I have many other reasons to be thankful.  I’ll save those for the real Thanksgiving post, so you have something to look forward to.

Until then, I hope you all enjoy your shortened Thanksgiving week.  I have a shortened week as well although I work Thanksgiving Day.  (Time and 1/2 – on my newly increased hourly wage! )

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Posted by on November 25, 2013 in Family, Holidays, The Hotel


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15 responses to “Spoiler Alert!

  1. Abby

    November 25, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Wow! No wonder you couldn’t wait. So much good stuff! We parents just want our kids to be happy and healthy and responsible and Link’s doing great in all categories! And it’s so true that we have to be happy in our work, no matter the pay. I never could relate to these miserable people that say things like, “Just 7 more years of this crap, then I can retire…” Congrats on your raise!!

    • shadowrun300

      November 25, 2013 at 3:07 am

      With so many ups and downs with Link, we spent many years fretting about his future. We didn’t care if he made a bunch of money, we only wanted him to be self-sufficient, responsible and HAPPY. To see him be all that just fills my heart with pride. And the good news about his eyes is just the icing on the cake.
      For me, I could probably get paid more if I got out of the hotel business, but I’m not willing to leave what I have just for the money. I’ll likely have to do this for the rest of my life, but at this point, I wouldn’t mind a bit. 🙂

  2. Rock Chef

    November 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Good stuff – smiles at Uni at this time in the term? Must be good!
    And the eye news is great too, a wonderful early Christmas present!
    And it is great to see that you are appreciated at work – nice to know that your hard work is being noticed.

    • shadowrun300

      November 26, 2013 at 3:13 am

      Pride in yourself has a lot to do with being happy at “Uni” this time of year. I think he finally feels some self worth and some potential. And he’s got a purpose. I don’t mind a bit that he won’t be home for Thanksgiving. I’m happier knowing that he’s happy. 🙂

  3. The Thin Lady Inside

    November 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    So many blessings! So much to be thankful for! I am so excited for you, your family and for Link and his test results, his school and his smiley friends 😉 (that’s awesome!). Also… how great that you’re able to be thankful for a job you love… many are thankful just to have a job… and you’ve been blessed to actually love what you do! I look forward to read more of your thanksgiving list! 🙂

    • shadowrun300

      November 26, 2013 at 3:19 am

      For YEARS Link sat in his room, coming out only to eat or go to work at a job he hated. All his school ‘friends’ were nothing like him – they were into sports, he was not. He found friends online and would talk with them occasionally. Well now he’s now living with those online friends and he finally feels like he belongs. THIS is what’s helped him to get motivated to do well in school, and to get a job, and to take charge of his life. I am SO happy and relieved and thankful. 🙂

  4. territerri

    November 27, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I’m so glad to hear that Link is doing so well. I can totally relate to having a kid whose path isn’t exactly clear and wanting nothing but the best for him. And hopefully his eye issues will continue to improve!

    I know what you mean about being happy in your job too. I haven’t had a raise in six years due to all of our company’s ups and downs, but am finally getting one now that we’re an affiliate of a bigger company. But I would have stayed and loved my job just as much even without it.

    • shadowrun300

      November 27, 2013 at 2:47 am

      I had just read your post about how you love your job, even with a few negatives mixed in here and there. I know I’m never going to be paid what I’m worth, but like you, I’m rewarded in other ways. It’s a good thing.
      I remember how relieved you were when Jake found something that makes him smile and feel good about himself. That is EXACTLY how I feel with Link. It’s so good to see him happy.

  5. agg79

    November 28, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Wow. That is some really good things to be thankful for. The Link news is awesome – glad to hear things are doing superbly for him in Ohio and you have a chance to share the holidays with him soon (something that a mother longs to hear). We all hope for the best for our offspring and I think Link has really hit his stride.

    Congrats on your raise. I think it is well deserved and long overdue. For all that you do around the hotel, I feel you ought to be general manager. I am singularly impressed on how hard you work to keep everyone happy and that is no small feat coming from a seasoned road warrior. Glad to hear you are finally being recognized for all of your hard work and dedication. You definitely earned it!

    • agg79

      November 28, 2013 at 4:39 am

      And I hope you have a great but quiet Thanksgiving holiday at the hotel. No new challenges/headaches.

      • shadowrun300

        November 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

        I definitely feel I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Most of it revolving around my kids.
        I’m hoping to get a break from the desk today to catch Amp marching down the street. The parade runs in front of the hotel, and his high school band is the first performance. That’ll be enough excitement for me.

  6. Meleah Rebeccah

    December 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Oh yay!! I’m thrilled to hear such good news about Link! And huzzah for a 3% raise! That’s way better than no raise!!

    • shadowrun300

      December 4, 2013 at 4:34 am

      “huzzah!” That’s the word I was looking for! 🙂

  7. Mike

    December 12, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Wow… good news all around! Great to hear that your son is doing so well. I remember moving out on my own at that age. Scary stuff, but it sounds like he’s doing very well. And congratulations on your raise! More money is always exciting, and it makes me happy to hear that they recognize all of the hard work you do.

    • shadowrun300

      December 12, 2013 at 2:43 am

      We miss Link, but we are so overwhelmed with pride and happiness for him, that it’s hard to be sad.
      As I’m sure you know, I don’t make near enough money for what I do, but the recognition is worth a ton!


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