Thursday, March 25, 2010

Week 2 done-Jillian's 30 Day

Week 2 review is done and sent to the corporate office. I meet and exceed expectations! I love what I am doing and can't wait to finish training and working with the store. I have started week 3 of training, which means only 3 weeks left. It also means 3 weeks to get the housing stuff together, just a little more stress to add to the next 3 weeks. I am searching for furniture and housing all at the same time. First buy will be a bed to sleep in, then will come living room furniture, then dining room and lastly will be accents for throughout the house. I went and looked at another place today and wasn't too happy with it. I am pretty set on my favorite!

I have also started Jillian's 30-day Shed and struggled through the first workout. I am going to try and do it again later tonight. My arms are already hurting from the first attempt. I can't wait to shed the weight and see some results. I have also decied that I will be watching what I eat a lot more closely. Minimal to no-carbs for a week or two and then I will bring them back in (South Beach with some modifications). Hopefully the stress won't cause any weight gain.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Study Time!

2 days left in the 2nd week of training.  Pizza has been so much fun and the guys are doing a great job training me.  The remind me a lot of my home store.  I told one of them today that I was slow and he said SH*T you have only worked 2 days!!!  I loved that response.  I made a lot more pizzas today and helped a little with prep.  Now I am taking a break from studying because everything is starting to look the same.  I know more than I thought I knew and I am noticing some patterns that will help me.  I have to take a test on Saturday and I won't settle for doing OK!  I want to be's a reflection of all those that have thought me through the stores (MacArthur and Short Pump)!

As for the house hunting I think that I found a place.  It's a townhouse not far from work and just amazing.  I had my heart set on an apartment until I saw this BAD BOY!  I fell in LOVE!  It's 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and has the most amazing kitchen.  The cabinets and everything are black, which goes with the colors that I want to make my home.  After I was APPROVED for my new home, I went window shopping.  I found the colors for my bathroom at Home Goods.  They had some bathroom towels that were brown, teal and purple.  It ties everything together!  I can't wait to decorate!

Well back to studying! 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More Training

I have had some great days at work.  Some long days but some really great days.  I have started training on pizza this week.  I am speaking and understanding a little more Spanish every day.  I am impressed with myself!  I knew a lot more than I thought on pizza and don't think it will be all that rough the rest of the week.  I am a little worried about the testing this weekend but I know I can do it.  I have started studying and will spend the next couple days studying some more. 

I also did some apartment shopping today.  I think I found the place I want to move too.  It's a little more than I wanted to spend but it's just amazing how wonderful it will be.  I want to have a second room for those people that tell me they want to visit and I want some scrapbook space.  Scrapbooking will be my relaxation and it will save me money on gifts to friends and family. 

I am also shopping for a gym, I need to get back into the groove of things.  The apartment I am staying in has a gym but I don't feel comfortable walking into a dark empty building.  They also have a tanning bed and I should at least use that while I am here.  I went to a local gym to get information and they couldn't give me information because nobody was there to provide the information.  It's a 24 gym which would be great for me in the evening.  I may try and see how far away the Gold's Gym is, I really enjoyed going there.  Well it's time for bed and sleepy-sleep.  Another day on pizza with some amazing guys and one EAGER WOMAN!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Day 3-Felt like Day 1

Day 3 felt like Day 1 of school.  It was my first day of many in the kitchen and boy do I have a lot to learn.  I felt like I knew some kitchen stuff but when I started in the prep station today I knew that I had a long way to go.  I worked with some great people and they were so patient with me.  I need to work on my knife cutting skills as I am really slow and don't quite know how to make it look as good as they do. 

Fun story:  I was following the gentleman that was teaching me and we went to the freezer to get something (I don't remember what it was).  I didn't realize that the freezer had a step to get inside, so when I met the step I almost ate it.  But the story gets better...the team does a great job of keeping things clean so the bottom of my pants were wet all day.  As we were standing in the freezer I had to pull really hard on my pants to get them loose from the ground because they were frozen.

The day got better after that and I had some time to work on my workbook.  I also spoke to my Training Support person and learned a few more things.  She was full of information but to be honest at 4 something in the afternoon my brain was fried from the amount of information I was given.  I also got some chill time with Becky...she seems like a pretty cool person, to bad she has to leave.  OH YEAH!!!!  J.P.T. will be coming to work with me for some time and I can't wait to have him here.  BTW J.P.T. I'm not sharing my washer and dryer with you.

It will be early to bed for me tonight as tomorrow will be a long day.  I am going to work at 7 and will be going home for Hockey and then back here to be at work on Sunday at 7.  I still have to go to Wal-mart to get some white t-shirts, I was able to get away with my sports bra at my old store but my new boss told me a story about a guy that was told to get white shirts and never came back.  I guess I really need those white shirts, I also need some socks.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Day 2 - 6AM is EARLY!!!

So I got up at 6am for work and BOY was it early!!!!  I had a good day at work and learned a few new things and reviewed old things.  I met new people from my NEW team!  I really like the independence of this team, not that I didn't enjoy the need for me with my OLD team!  I met a bar regular which reminded me of the wonderful people that have been my regulars.  They made work so worth going!!  OH YEAH....I didn't eat at work, which is a good thing!

I was very proud of myself for not eating at work and coming home to eat an amazing dinner.  I came home and cooked some orange chicken from Trader Joe's (the best ever and a great option for Chinese food).  After eating a small portion of my orange chicken I fell asleep on the couch and took a nap that was way to long.  I needed the nap but I need to quickly adjust to the early mornings and learn to manage the STUDY time at home. 

I will be going home to watch some of my favorite men play hockey on Saturday night!  I am extremely excited to see the men in action.  They are a reward for a hard week of work.  I will have to send my mom a list of my must haves, I need a lot of things from home and don't feel the need to spend anymore money on things that I have at home.

The home search is a continuing effort.  The are beautiful places in the area but when I went to CVS I saw some more places to check out.  I have to come to the realization that I am making more money now and can afford something a little more expensive and beautiful.  I think that I am going to live in the Short Pump area, they have everything that you need and more.  I am ready for a place of my own that I can call home.  This apartment is nice but I want my furniture and my scrap space. 

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I have moved at least into temporary housing for the next 6 weeks.  I am now living in Short Pump and loving the area.  I did some shopping at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Tom Lenord's.  There are too many places to shop and a lot of shopping to be done but not till I find a permanent place to live.  I did groceries tonight and was so proud of myself.  The total before coupons was $188, I saved $54 with coupons.  I got a lot of healthy good and plan to eat at home. 

I have only been to work 1 day and it's got a lot of similarities and differences.  They people are so quiet and independent.  Everything is so calm! And organized!  I am super excited!  Although, I miss everyone at home and all my friends.  I miss having everything that I need and not needing to go out and buy things (because you left them at home).

I hope to be blogging more, talk to you soon.