Monday, March 02, 2009

off to Barrie

Things have a way of working themselves out and making you wonder why on earth you made such a big deal of it! My stressful Thursday night turned out to be for no reason at all. Just a lack of clarification on the part of my district manager. I guess he was planning on hiring someone to take my place, but was just hoping to find someone within the company who had some experience who was willing to move up to the area. So all is good, or at least should be within the next few weeks.

I have officially started work in Barrie and am unofficially moved home. Actually I'm not moved home at all except for a suitcase of clothes. Right now I am sleeping on a couch in our sunroom (a room with 7 very large uncovered windows, a door to outside, and two doorways into the house), and trying to be of as little inconvenience as possible until a room is ready for me to move in. It gets very chilly out there at night (as there is no sun to warm it) and very bright and warm throughout the day. While not my prefered method of living, it isn't too bad for a couple of weeks. It looks like I'll be heading back to Owen Sound for the next two weekends to finish packing, and hopefully by then my room will be finished and I can move back home. :)

Bedtime for me now. Just wanted to do a quick little update so as not to leave things hanging from my last post. :) Toodles!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

the decisions never end

Well the newest news is that I'm moving back to Barrie. At least I'm supposed to be! I took a position at the Fastenal store in Barrie, but it is only part-time for a while. There's a company wide hiring freeze and they're cutting a lot of employees, so I'm hoping that in spite of that I'll be able to help the Barrie store do well enough that I can move back to full time again. My parents have graciously let me move back home. Unfortunately I have to wait for a few weeks to move my stuff back home because randomly enough my brother and youngest sister both moved back home recently, and we have to finish renovations so I have a room to live in. My poor parents have a full house again.

Now things here in Owen Sound have been busy because I'm trying to get my store and customers as organized as possible so my transfer will be smooth for my manager, but's sooooo much work! I found out today that due to hiring freezes and other such nuisances, my manager is not able to hire anyone to replace me, which means he will be the only full time employee and will only have a part-timer to work with him for 18hrs a week. Now that is hugely frustrating, and I'm suddenly wondering if perhaps moving to Barrie is a silly idea. You cannot grow a store if you can't service your customers properly. Now I know that I can't live my whole life for work, but if it helps my manager and my district manager and if we can get this store to a point where it's showing a lot of growth, then maybe it would be worth staying. Bah, I don't know...Tomorrow is supposed to be my last day of work here, and now I'm thinking about staying, if it's worthwhile. I'm praying I'll make the right decision....decisions aren't my forte, that's for sure. I'm stressed, and tired, and just wish I knew what the right thing to do is! Today has been a ridiculous day. Hopefully tomorrow will be much better, and I should know what is going to happen by the end of the day tomorrow.

Well, that's my news for now. I just need to rant a little, and I think I've said all I have to say for now. I guess it's pretty close to bedtime and I should probably go and read for a while before bed. My next post should be a little more positive than this one. God is great and all-knowing and He definitely has a plan for me. I'm just praying that it will become clear to me what that plan is. Jer. 29:11. Praise the Lord that we have Him to direct our paths and that He cares about our lives here on earth and every struggle that we face!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


So I honestly thought I posted after the whole "I promise" thing. I guess I shouldn't make anymore promises. Still in Owen Sound, though very seriously thinking about leaving. Not sure where I'll go to, or what I'll do. Maybe stay with the company, or maybe do something completely different. Whatever happens, I would really like a chance to go away for a month or so....a missions trip somewhere would be ideal. Somewhere warm would be even better. :P I'm am completely frozen right now (obviously not literally...). Probably partially due to the fact that I just got back from a cruise to the Caribbean and I was getting used to the warmth. Temperatures have also been quite a bit lower here than they have been all winter. I hope it doesn't last too long. The days are starting to get longer so I guess that's a sign that warm weather should be following before too long. I like leaving work while it's still semi-light outside.

As previously mentioned I was on a cruise...with was a blast! The ship was massive and it was just so much fun to be floating out on the ocean! We started in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and went to Key West, FL, then to Grand Cayman and then on to Jamaica which was the last stop before we headed back to Ft. Lauderdale. Some of the places we saw were quite beautiful, with Jamaica definitely #1. There were so many things that I enjoyed, but oddly enough, one of my favourite things was getting to know some of the ship's employees. Out of over 1200 employees on our ship, the Carnival Freedom, there were 61 different nationalities. Every employee wore a name tag with their name (obviously), their position on the ship, and the country they were from. It was easy to strike up conversation with most of them (though some were a little harder to understand due to their accents), and it was neat to see what brought them to work for Carnival. Probably the biggest response we got was that they just wanted to see different places. Maybe I'll work on a cruise ship...that could be fun...but it is a lot of work. Long days and long weeks. They generally work for 8 months, then they get 2-3 months off because they're working so many hours in a week and they don't get much time off. I also wouldn't like having to deal with snooty people who want to be pampered. So maybe a cruise ship isn't the best place for me. :P Either way, Nic and I had we usually do. Amazingly enough we didn't get ourselves into too much trouble, which is saying a lot. :)

My apartment is a mess and I don't feel like cleaning so I am just procrastinating right now. I guess I should do something a little more productive than sit at my computer all evening. If anyone knows of any special jobs or interesting opportunities, please pass them my way...I'm quite interested in doing something different. We'll see what God has in store!

Lots of love,