First Week Down

26 Feb

The week leading up to my move to Joplin wasn’t quite how I’d planned.

My plan was to spend my last four days in St. Louis living it up with my hubby and spending quality time with Mario.  Instead, I spent quality time on the couch – with the flu.

Holy heck was I wiped out.  And when I finally felt good enough to be awake for any period of time, I was barely strong enough to hold myself up.  I felt sunken and inside-out.  By Sunday, I felt a little more like my old self.  Thank goodness because I had to pack up every thing I own, well, everything that could fit in my Mustang, and head to Joplin.

My goodbye that morning was a little more tearful than expected, but as we keep saying – we love each other and we will get through this and soon we’ll be together beginning a new chapter in our lives.


I felt immediately better when I arrived at the hotel.  I was greeted so warmly by the staff that I knew I was going to be okay.

The next morning, I jumped into my work right away – excited to meet the team, and learn the hotel.  I had a few teary moments… a text from my hubby stating he poured me some coffee….just a taste to begin with….the way I like it….


I’m gonna miss our morning coffee talks.

Then a delivery of beautiful flowers to the front desk and a sweet note from my hubby saying he always knew I was amazing.


I’ve never felt more loved.

I spent my first few days soaking up everything and trying to organize my office… and my mind.  I’d wake up in the middle of the night thinking about all the stuff I needed to figure out, and all the stuff I wanted to work on, and find it difficult to go back to sleep.

By the end of the week, I had settled into my new role, but the reality of living in a hotel began to hit me.  I want to continue to eat the way I did at home – protein pancakes after working out, smoothies for an evening treat – but dang that’s difficult in a hotel.



My makeshift kitchenette

I’m trying to make it work, bringing the comforts of home to my hotel room any way I can.


Almost like home?











It’ll be a long few months, but it’s been an exciting experience so far.  Can’t wait to see what week two has to bring!


Posted by on February 26, 2017 in Everyday Living, The Hotel


7 responses to “First Week Down

  1. Abby

    February 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the update, glad you’re (mostly) settled in! I’m sure it was hard to leave the family, though. Will they be making a trip to come visit soon?
    I think I’d go a bit bonkers living in a hotel, but there are certainly worse places. I’m sure you’ll be great there, Ms. Manager!

    • shadowrun300

      February 28, 2017 at 2:43 am

      I plan to go “home” this coming weekend for a few days. And then I think my hubby will come see me a few weeks after that. It’ll get easier, I’m sure. But for now, I’m trying to adjust to a new position, a new hotel and a new town – all by myself. I really felt the loneliness this weekend. Even still, I’m very happy with my decision. I love being Ms. Manager. ;)-

  2. llcooljoe

    March 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Well I’m glad you are settled in and I loved the kindness of your hubby’s gift. It’s always nice to know you are loved and missed.

    My Dad lived in a hotel for months and I always imagined it was nice, but I think he felt the same about it as you. At least he was away from my mum though.

    I hope things continue to go well for you, and you continue to enjoy your new role in the new hotel!

    • shadowrun300

      March 12, 2017 at 3:25 am

      I definitely felt loved. He doesn’t usually send me flowers, so it was extra special.
      I’m slowly getting used to living here. It’s been 3 weeks now so I’m settling into a routine and figuring out a “hotel” way of cooking things. I’m sure your dad was willing to give up a few niceties to be away from your mum for a while.
      Thanks for the good wishes! It’s been a heck of a ride so far. 🙂

  3. Tee

    March 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    WOW! You’re really doing this! I admire you so much! You’re taking advantage of all the opportunity and adventure life is offering, and somehow I know you’ll never be sorry.

    Sorry to hear you were so sick during your last few days before the move. SO much stuff going around. And the timing is never good.

    • shadowrun300

      March 12, 2017 at 3:28 am

      I’m really doing this! Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe too. But this is totally who I’m meant to be. And while this area isn’t exactly where I wanted to be, the hotel is fantastic and I’m totally loving it. I can see it not being very challenging in a few years, however. But by that time I’ll have the experience I need to be able to go where I’d like to go. 🙂

  4. Anita

    March 28, 2017 at 2:33 am

    That didn’t sound too bad for week one. It’s a major life change. Because I’ve read your current post, I know you are now rockin’ and rollin’. 🙂


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