Monday, May 30, 2005

Lordy

Is that an earthquake??? Oh...it's just my Husband....SNORING HIS BRAINS OUT! Lovely...how will I ever get my much needed zzzzzzzzz's?

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's I need ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ's

Hello everyone. I'm typing this with my eyes closed so excuse any mistakes you might see. It takes awhile I guess to get back into the swing of things when you haven't held a job for 4 years. I'm fine and alert while at work...good thing...since I'm cutting hair. But when I get home I'm useless. Completely wiped out! Am I getting old or what? I think it's the fact that there is a lot to learn when you start a new job and getting to know everyone, clients as well as co-workers. All in all, it's a fun place to work and I'm liking it more everyday. The tips are great and I've met a lot of interesting people. I've always said "if you do what you like, you will make money and do good". And it's the truth. I liked real estate for the short time I was in it, but this is more fun and it's what I know. The worst part of my job is parking in the parking garage which is about a 10 minute walk from the shop. I have to PAY to park...dumb...and then when I get off work the traffic is so bad it takes me 45 minutes to get home sometimes. It's only 15 minutes from my house, but in the afternoon the traffic is ridiculous. That is going to take some getting used to, I don't have patience to sit in traffic. It drives me nuts. Somehow, someway, I'm going to learn to enjoy it. Maybe I can enter my clients phone numbers into my cell phone on the way home while I'm waiting for the cars to move. I don't like being idle. But right now, idle sounds pretty good...think I'll hit the hay. Later friends. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Calling all clients: Let me cut your hair!

Today was my first day on the job at the salon. And guess who my first client was? An American. A guy from Iowa. He just happened to be here for a convention. He was easy to please but I'm sure he was in shock when I told him the price of his haircut. Now, I really do want to make money, but $30 bucks for trimming off 1/4" seemed a little steep, even to me. The manager said...."Jennifer, this is a resort and people expect to pay those kind of prices here". At that rate it won't take me long to be pulling in a grand a week! Haircolor is $140! It will be nice when I finally have a clientele of my own. Today was a little boring just because I didn't have enough clients to keep me busy, but it was probably a good thing, because I needed to get my station set up and familarize myself with the front desk, credit machine, bookings, and the products that they carry in the shop. I think I'm going to like it there though, all the girls were real friendly and made me feel welcome. I felt a little nervous this morning before I went to work, but after I got my things organized and set up, it was like I had never even had a 4 year sabbatical. Looking forward to tomorrow and Saturday...we'll be busy! Gotta run...have laundry to do. xoxoxo

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Tomorrow is a brand new day!

My horoscope was right. As you know, if you've been reading my blog, I underwent quite an ordeal with a job interview at the beginning of May. I don't usually give my horoscope a lot of thought but when I read it one day at the beginning of May, it was bang-on. Stormy the first part of May was right, but it said things would start looking bright by the end of the month. Well yesterday I found out I got a job! And so far she hasn't called me to change her mind. Praise the Lord. I start work tomorrow at a salon, located inside a Resort, right by the lake. It's a small salon, and I don't mind that. Less commotion and it will be easier to carry on conversations with clients. The exciting part is that the manager told me a lot of the walk-in traffic is from the hotel, and these clients are from all over the world. Pretty cool if you ask me. I don't particularly want to do all out-of-towners because I need to build a clientele that will get me through the winter months too. But since I haven't worked in a salon since coming to Canada, I will just take what I can get at this point. It's hell being so desperate...haha. After doing hair for 23 years back in Ohio, I had the best clientele you could ask for. Wish I had them here with me now. So, wish me luck. I'm looking forward to making new friends and it will be nice to make people feel good about themselves again!

Monday, May 23, 2005

Beads of Rain

If you want it to rain, wash your car. Why is it that every single time I wash my car it rains? I could be a meteorologist...that's how good I am at predicting the weather. Anyway, I was looking for something to do yesterday, besides the ordinary clean house, do laundry, cook dinner routine. Tom (Ron's friend) was over to watch the hockey game with him and I wasn't about to sit and listen to that for 3 or 4 hours. So, out to the garage I went with my paper towel, windex, turtle wax, rags, buckets -- the usual paraphenalia.
I got my car washed and then I had to interrupt RONALD from the game for a few secs to come out and "hold-the-piece-of-crap-broken-garage-door" up while I drove into the garage. Once I got the car in there I was in my own little world, waxing the car and vacuuming out the inside etc. I was actually enjoying myself. Pretty bad when waxing the car is entertainment. It was a little noisy because "Jack", my Rottie, was out there with me and he kept barking at every person, leaf, and ball that went by the house. He was bored. I couldn't let him go in the house without me because he doesn't have house manners and he is similiar to a bull in a china shop. 100 lbs isn't pretty when it's jumping off the back of a couch. Not to mention RONALD would've killed him for intruding on his game...then again...he might not of even noticed that Jack was in the house because he gets so engrossed with hockey ...it's an illness folks.
Anyway, I got my car finished and then asked RONALD to come back out (risking my life here) to lift the door up again so I could get my car out and pull his van in. Once he did, it was back to the game and I waxed the van and cleaned it out too. By the time I was almost finished with the van I was getting tired. Not to mention there were kids all over the place...like a swarm of bees...the dog was going spastic, cars were pulling up, leaving, phones ringing, and I was ready for a nervous breakdown. Too much chaos! Oh deary dear, what a day.
I just looked out my bedroom window and it's raining again. On the positive side, at least now I can look at the little beads of rain all over my car. That baby is protected! Ciao. xoxo

Friday, May 20, 2005

From toilet seat trouble to garage door trouble...when will it ever end?

Our garage door is on the blink and The Husband was about to stroke-out this morning trying to get it fixed. He was running around in a big tizzy, shuffling through his tool box, pulling out the ladder, trying to reset the chain to no avail. Something is wrong with the tension and it took everything he had to raise the door when the catch release was pulled down. Then he told me to grab the door and push it the rest of the way up....uh....I don't think so....I am a big girl, but that door must weigh 300 pounds and I wasn't about to have that thing coming down on my head. When guys get themselves into predicaments like that they think we are as strong as they are. We have to call the repairman or buy a new one for Father's Day....haha. Now, if he gets a new garage door opener, I want a new dryer for our anniversary....thats only fair right? In my effort to calm him down and bring him back to his senses I went in and made him a nice breakfast. After he ate his omelette he was back to normal. I couldn't help but laugh when I looked at him out in that garage though....all I could see was the letters T.I.Z.Z.Y. written across his forehead. When he saw me smiling it made him laugh too. It's only a fricken door. We'll get it fixed. Lordy.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Power

Motherhood does have its rewards. As I was talking to Shannon tonight it became evident that she has big plans for the weekend...as usual. Ben (her boyfriend) is having a birthday this weekend and she wants to go to his birthday party.
So, at the moment I'm dangling the carrot and saying....Have you seen your room? Why don't you go upstairs and get it cleaned up.
"I don't want to clean my room".
"I thought you said you wanted to go to Ben's house this weekend.

"Ooookkk" (She left the room with a disgruntled look)
Ha!! I love the power!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Real Estate

The past few days have been productive for "the husband". He sold a house a couple days ago... a big beautiful spacious home with a gorgeous backyard and a peek-a-boo view of the lake. The couple we sold it to were more interested in the lot across the street at first because the view from there was totally awesome and they would have a bigger lot. Ron called to find out about it and they told him it was already sold. Asking price was $500,000! Yes, it was a big lot....and yes it did have a beautiful view, but $500,000?? They got a house and a lot for a little less than that so they were happy.

Real Estate here is getting unbelievable. It's been going up 20% every year for the past 2-3 years. Our town is growing fast with construction going on everywhere. Now I know that the Winter Olympics are going to be in Vancouver in 2010, and you wouldn't think with it being so far away it would have an impact on real estate, but I swear it has something to do with the construction boom. Plus, Vancouver is like living in China with about 50% of the population there being Chinese and it is so overcrowded. I think a lot of people are just getting out of the big city and moving where there is a little more space. Which is good for us!

I love Vancouver though....even if its crowded. There is always something to do there and going to the Ocean has a way of making me feel relaxed and happy. I like looking at all the cruise ships parked in the harbor, going to the gardens, and watching people. It's so busy in Vancouver, you don't know where to look first! It is definitely an action packed city. I think the husband and I will be taking a short jaunt soon.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Job Hunting

I'm not liking this at all. Went gallavantin around town today with my resumes and a disguised attitude. Trying to be all smiles, and be positive is the last thing I wanna do right now, but I put on my best front and wandered out into the dog-eat-dog job world. All I could do was look at the person taking my resume and wonder "is this person another idiot who will hire me one day and change his mind the next?" How's that for attitude?

The first place I went there was a guy sitting behind the desk and he told me he was the owner. I gave him my resume and he glanced over it quickly and the first thing he said was, "Oh, you're from the states." Translated into Canadian, I'm beginnning to think that means "take a hike". Maybe I'm just being super-sensitive, now that I've been burned on what I considered the cream-of-the-crop jobsite. So anyway, I smiled and talked to him for a few minutes and then he said, "Well actually, my wife is the one that does the hiring." Oh Joy. He said she would contact me.

So off to the next Wannabehairsalon. I walked into this place that was advertising for stylists. This happy person comes up to the front desk and tells me she's the owner. I gave her my resume and talked to her for a few brief moments and she said she would look it over. She was (another) owner....but NOT a hairstylist and has never been in the industry before. Oh, and I need to mention that the "stylist" she had in there working looked like she just got out of bed. Now, I've seen some hairstyles that have that "just got out of bed look" and it looks good....not the case with this one. Imagine yourself on your worse day getting out of bed and this is what she looked like standing behind the chair perfoming "miracles" on some unsuspecting victim.

I'm getting frustrated now. So, on to the next salon. Hmmm....oh yeah. I wanted to go to the salon right down the street from me because it was for sale a couple weeks ago....maybe I could just buy that one. It would be convienent and I could turn it around and make it into a "good" salon. So, I walked in, and there were 3 ladies...all about 85, with blue hair, getting teased and sprayed. The girl doing the hair looked like the spittin image of a cross-bred skunk. Red hair on the sides and bleached out white all through the middle. Now again, I'm open minded enough, and I have been to lots of hair shows to know that in the mind of a hairdresser, if this is done right, the right person COULD get away with such obscene hair. Not the case here. The guy working behind the desk couldn't even schedule appointments and he looked like he needed a dunce cap on his head. I just took one look around and thought....na da...can't do it. For a split second I thought I could just get in there and start doing hair and maybe later down the road they would offer to sell it.....but I couldn't bring myself to leave a resume there. I wouldn't have been happy from day 1.

I know it must sound like I need an attitude adjustment....and I do....but it's internal, and I wouldn't let it show in public for a second. Believe me, when I go to apply for a job I'm professional, positive, and do everything I'm supposed to do. But gettin smacked down last week at a place where I really wanted to work has done some damage. I don't like it when people mess with my spirit. Excitement and enthusiasm are good qualities right? It's like, oh, you're too happy, too qualified, too American, too this too that. Goodbye. That's about the time I want to tell the world, with the exception of family and friends, to Kiss My A**.

Lord, I apologize. Next week will be better...you know why? Cuz, I'm tired of listening to myself whine. It's gettin on my own nerves. I will put a fake smile on my face and maybe it will turn into a real one before long.

Ciao for now. xoxoxoxo

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Cruisin

My friend Kirsten is coming home this weekend. She has been in the Caribbean working for Carnival Cruise Lines for the past 6 months or so. She loves it so much she didn't even want to come back to Canada for a little break. I can't wait to hear about her experiences...the last time I got an email from her she was standing in the ocean holding a stingray...eeeeekkkkk. Wonder if they need any Salon managers on board. Gawd, I'd love to tell that jerk that I was going to be working on the Cruise Lines. Now, now Jen...calm yourself...it's over...New week, new attitude...remember?? Besides that, I don't think the cruise lines would allow me to bring my two 15 year olds along...plus the Husband. Oh well, I can dream can't I??

Life Goes On

After meeting with the owner of the Salon and Spa yesterday, I realized it was probably a good thing that he changed his mind about hiring me, because he seems like he would be a difficult person to work for. Not being firm in your beliefs and decisions would frustrate the hell out of me, and the fact that he lets his employees dictate to him how the place should be ran tells me he's not a businessman. Employee input is important, but not to the point where they are telling him what should and shouldn't be done.
Thank God I was able to maintain my composure and be professional even though I was fuming inside and wanting to tell him what I really thought of him and his business. What a coward, to hide behind the telephone on Saturday when he called to say that he had changed his mind about hiring me. That is why I wanted to go back in yesterday so he would have to sit face to face with me and give me an explanation. Hope I made him feel like a piece of shit. Doubt that I did though, because like I said, I was very professional. I wanted to leave there making him feel like he had made a huge mistake in not hiring me and if I would've spouted off it would've just made him feel like he had made the right decision.
So....onward and upward...something better will come along. I just have to go out there in this big huge world and search for it. What lies ahead? Who knows. But, I'll take the advice of my friend Barb and say "New week, new attitude", and I'll keep telling myself that everyday. With that kind of outlook, life in general will improve. Right?

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Wishy-washyness

Happy Mother's Day to me. In the midst of my excitement after being hired as Salon manager at the nicest place in town, I forgot to remind myself that life can throw punches at any given moment. A long time ago, this girl taught herself to stand up to whatever came her way....not to crumble, to be strong and determined. I am usually prepared for "hard knocks"....just my nature....and my own life's training. However, I let my guard down when I shouldn't have. Moral of the story: Thursday I was hired, Saturday they called to say they had changed their mind. However, I asked if we could talk about it some more and they agreed. But, why for the Love of God would I want to subject myself to more humiliation? One part of me says to be persistent, the other part of me says screw it. Who needs that kind of wishy-washyness in their life? Certainly not me. I've had enough to last a lifetime. No one gets through this life unscathed....I know that. But if people would just frickin communicate, life would be so much easier. Skating around the truth has a way of driving me insane. What's wrong with being up-front, with being who you are, and saying what's really on your mind? At least everyone would know where they stand with one another. Things get worked out when people talk. Maybe I can get them to talk when I go in there on Tuesday. And, maybe, just maybe, we will actually hear what each other is saying. I'm not going to hold my breath though, because now, there is a trust issue with them even if they do change their minds AGAIN.
Not sure I wanna be a part of it. :( :( :( :( :( :(

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO MOTHER'S EVERYWHERE!


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Thursday, May 05, 2005

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY TO MY DAUGHTER LINDSAY!


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