How things have changed

07 Oct

I can’t believe how much my life has changed these past few months.  Not necessarily for the worse, but certainly different.

The hotel, of course, is my biggest focus.  It’s very successful which makes me look good in the eyes of people who matter.  At some point, I suppose I can take credit for it.  After all,  I’ve been there 7 months now.  But I still defer the credit to my team.  They’re the ones doing all the work.  I just steer them in the right direction.  I stay heavily involved though, because they could easily veer off course.

It’s fun.  I still love it, and I’m riding high in that regard.

Now that things have slowed down there, my work schedule has stablized.  I leave the hotel by 5 or 5:30 during the week, and I’ve had the weekends off.  Almost like a real job!  But that’s where the uneasiness sets in.  I’m not happy having lots of downtime.  Why haven’t you been blogging?! you might think.  And I’m not sure of that answer.  I definitely have things to write about, but although I still enjoy reading others’ stories, I haven’t been able to will myself to the keyboard. Lucky for you, (or not), the rain and the empty house have led me here today.

My hubby, having landed and then quit a job 2 weeks later (don’t ask), is just as uneasy.  Here we are, far from home, and as nice as these people are, they’re just not quite, how should I say… cultured?  I’ve termed it a “bless their hearts” town.  They try, but they’re not quite there.  Not that we’re better than they are, but we’re realizing Joplin isn’t home.

So he’s seeking too, and may have found his answer with the Red Cross. With all the devastation as of late, they’re needing tons of help.  He joined and was sent down to Florida soon after.  He’s been there a week now, and although he’s whipped by the end of the day, I think he’s enjoying it.  He’ll likely be there one more week, and my guess is, with another hurricane on the way, he’ll be happy to go back.  I miss him, especially this weekend, but I’m hoping he found with them what I have with the hotel.  A sense of purpose.

Enough about him now.  Back to me.  With all this time off work, and no friends and family to visit with, I’m lost!  We get to the weekend, and actually flee the area.  We’ve been to Kansas City, Springfield, Branson, St. Louis (another long MS BIke ride under my belt!), and Arkansas.  And that part has been fun.  Makes us feel like we’re on vacation.  But a weekend like this, when not even my hubby is home, kills me, and makes me think about going into work.

So I’m looking for hobbies.  Something that will make me content to stay home.   I’d like to say blogging should be one of them, but as hard as it is to say, it’s not high on my list.  But maybe… maybe… a little change in the structure….hmmm…that’s got me thinking.  I’ll have to revisit that thought….

Anyway, I need something that I like to do while at home.  I’ve actually thought about taking a class because I’m craving homework.   I’m not a sit and relax type of person, at least not at home.  Get me on a beach and I could read a book all day long.  But I’m not on the beach, I’m in Joplin.  Sigh.  Suggestions are welcome!  So long as it’s not housework.  I’ll never crave that.




Posted by on October 7, 2017 in Everyday Living, The Hotel


14 responses to “How things have changed

  1. Anita

    October 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Hello R !
    (I know you name, but don’t know if you use it on the blog.)

    Anyway… Wow! I know you’ve heard this reaction, which is, “I wish I had that problem!” Actually, I don’t. I’m beginning to wonder if anyone is completely satisfied with their life. But that would be perfection, right? And there is none. I’m beginning to babble…

    I think the class idea is a good one; however, it’s probably just a case of getting acclimated and it’s taking longer than you have patience for. The friends will eventually come. Or the volunteering. Or Netflix all day. Or baking for charity.

    So good to know things are going well for you! 🙂

    • shadowrun300

      October 8, 2017 at 12:55 am

      Hi Anita! Have you been posting? I gotta get over there….
      Anyway, I just love challenges and working towards something. I get a lot of that at the hotel, but when things are going so well, the challenge is gone. Not a bad problem to have, I know.
      I think a lot of my uneasiness comes from missing St. Louis, and the complexity of those hotels. And being near other GMs of our chain. That will either get easier with time, or it’ll draw me back to the city. Guess time will tell! 🙂

  2. Abby

    October 8, 2017 at 12:55 am

    I hear ya, and wish I had something good to offer. A class sounds like a good idea. But it’s tough feeling the vibe when you don’t feel “at home”. What subjects are you considering?

    But hey, good for hubby for getting involved in something so purposeful! And I’m glad the two of you are having your weekend vacations when he’s there. I will say, I’m glad you were miserable enough to blog this weekend 😉

    • shadowrun300

      October 9, 2017 at 1:00 am

      I suppose the newness of the town is wearing off, and now I gotta come up with what’s next. I’d like to take a business class of some sort. It would challenge me and be beneficial as well. Out of all the options, I keep coming back to that one.
      It felt good to blog again. I’ll see you the next time I feel miserable. 😉

  3. llcooljoe

    October 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I thought you loved baking? How about doing more? I have a lot of downtime too, as a dj I work evenings only, so I’m also an ebay reseller which I really enjoy. Maybe you could sell your baking? Do you have a garden? We have 13 acres so I spend a great deal of time outside, maybe you got get into that. Evening classes?

    • shadowrun300

      October 9, 2017 at 1:09 am

      I’ve thought about baking, but I gave all my stuff away before we moved. Can’t really use that as an excuse, though, when it’s easy enough to get more. And it IS fun.
      I also have a few puzzles I haven’t put together, and I always enjoy doing that. But I think the evening classes, or online classes is what I”m craving. I actually want homework. 🙂

  4. llcooljoe

    January 16, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    So how are things going your end? Are you more settled? Found any hobbies you’re loving or still not enjoying your time off work?

    • shadowrun300

      January 17, 2018 at 1:12 am

      Hi Joey! So sweet of you to come by, even though I’ve been quite lazy about posting.
      I’ve found a few little things I don’t mind doing to pass the time – although I wouldn’t call them hobbies. I have also found myself more content to do nothing, which is nice. Maybe because it’s so cold and miserable outside.
      As for being settled, no we’re not. The first chance we can get to move out of this area, we will. Until then, I’ll continue to do the best I can with the hotel, to try and further my success.
      Hope you’re feeling better! One of my favorite “hobbies” is visiting your place. So stay healthy! 😉

  5. llcooljoe

    January 22, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Aww thanks! I am feeling better, I hope I stay that way too.

    It’s strange the way we do adapt to our circumstances isn’t it? I suppose we have to.

  6. llcooljoe

    June 29, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Hey we need a new post from you! I hope you are doing okay?

    • shadowrun300

      June 30, 2018 at 1:20 am

      So nice of you to check up on me. Best part of my day actually.
      I’ve been putting so many hours into the hotel that I have no energy for anything else. I know that sounds sad, and maybe it is in a way, but I do it because 1.) it’s fun, 2.) it’s needed, and 3.) I need it to be successful so that I can get out of here. Good news is, come August, there will be a shake-up in our company, and it’s believed we’ll have some hotels open up in the St. Louis area. So the end is in sight! Until then, I really enjoy coming home after a 12 hour day and vegging out with your and Abby’s blogs. (Is that grammatically correct? It doesn’t sound right… sigh… this is why I’d rather read than write.).
      But anyway, it means a lot that you stopped by. So thank you. 🙂

  7. llcooljoe

    July 2, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Well as long as you are happy, and it sounds like you love your work which is the most important thing. So you’ll be moving again in August?

    Ha, and you are asking me about what’s grammatically correct! 😀 Hope all your kids are doing well. I miss hearing about them too. Anyway I do understand, blogging is quite a commitment, I sometimes wonder why I blog myself, I’m sure I have better ways to use my time. Sigh.

    • shadowrun300

      July 4, 2018 at 1:30 am

      No! Don’t stop blogging! Only I’m allowed to. 😉
      My kids have grown up a lot since we’ve moved away, but we always worry, and feel like they could be doing better for themselves. I know you know that feeling well.
      And we probably won’t be moving in August, but that’s when I can start applying to other hotels. So keep your fingers crossed! We are ready to move away from this place….

  8. Ramzu Zahini

    July 11, 2018 at 3:41 am

    Woo! This is from last year?! Come back from the void! Come back!!!


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