Archive | March 2012

Independent Freelancer~Free At Last

Well my last day of work at the Grand canyon, was Saturday, the 24th. I hung around 4 extra days clearing out my room…giving stuff away to my dorm neighbors (they thought it was Christmas), I mailed a few boxes of stuff to my daughter in Maine, and I practically filled up a HUGE green dumpster in my parking lot all by myself. After mailing stuff to my daughter on Tuesday, I still ended up finding more stuff that should have gone to her. So I packed that up and brought to Flagstaff with me and then mailed out another small box to her today. And I still have to go through the stuff I have left here with me in Flagstaff, because even though I only have 2 bags left; they are very heavy bags. Yes alot of people were surprised that I got 5 years worth of stuff down to 2 bags…BUT I finally did it, and I don’t won’t to go shopping again for a very long time.

Last night after I arrived at the hostel in Flagstaff, I went out to eat. There is a place right nearby that I have never been in before. I decided to try their special for the night. “Texas Burger with Fries”~ They put pepper or something a little spicy on the fries…not my thing and the burger was not my favorite either. Even though it was not a great meal I still tipped the waitress…with a handful of change. I shouldn’t complain because it was the first thing I had eaten all day. I was to busy moving to eat before this. I was to tired to even read the menu to see if there was anything better.

Then this morning, I had the usual hostel breakfast. Instant oatmeal, toast and fruit (I grabbed an apple for later). Breakfast & coffee started at 7am. Thought I was going to die from lack of coffee by then.

An now ex-coworker that I always called “Grandpa” had gotten interested in a new book & diet called “Blood Sugar Solutions” and I now have the book on my kindle. Wonder if I can make that diet work for me while I am in Alaska.

One thing that made my bags so heavy yesterday was my container of change…I finally took it to Safeway to dump into their “coin star” machine. I was surprised that it came to about $104 worth of change. No wonder it was so heavy. I had given a bigger container filled with just pennies to an ex-coworker when he picked up my old desktop & printer. So I am still waiting for him to email me to let me know how much all the pennies came to. When he picked it up, he guessed that the container weighed about 30 pounds. I just didn’t want to carry that around Flagstaff today. Besides seeing as he said he would check out the desk top and get my old pictures off it and send them all to me…I figured he will earn all the pennies.

Later that night, I walked over to a Greek restaurant for dinner. I’m not sure if I have ever had Greek food, but the Chicken Pita Wrap I ordered was pretty good. Unfortunately it was to huge to eat. I brought it back to the hostel but ended up throwing it out when I left the next morning. Yes, I still need to learn not to order so much food…or just not to go out and buy anything I don’t really need (including food).

As of right now I am unemployed or I could say I just became my own boss with the job title of “Independent Freelancer”, which sounds pretty cool to me. Now if I can just figure out how to make that job title bring in some cash to live off of. Sure I read lots of blogs and stuff about others making a living online but so far I ain’t quite figured all that out. I’m sure all this new freedom will finally hit me once I arrive in Alaska..right now I’m still to tired from packing/moving to feel anything.


5-Year Anniversary & Birthday Dinner

Even though I took the shuttle into the Grand Canyon National Park on March 12, 2007; it was after closing hours for HR, so I had to finish all my paperwork on March 13th…so all my I.D. and paperwork says I got here 5 years ago yesterday. There is a special banquet every January for employees that have worked here for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years. But seeing as I am leaving in  2 weeks, I don’t think I will be back for my banquet.  I did get to go as a guest with 1 of my neighbors 2 years ago, when she celebrated 25 years of working here. I did get a special little 5-yr appreciation pin to wear on my uniform though.

This week is also my birthday, so as a gift everyone gets a special discount that they can use in the gift shops “or” at 1 of the fancy restaurants. Tonight I went to the Arizona Room to eat. I’ve been here 5 years and this was the first time I have ever eaten there. I took my manager’s advice and got there right when it opened for dinner at 4:30. The manager was right about it filling up fast.


I started out with Southwest Corn Chowder (YUMMY) and a Cactus Lemonade to drink, which is Vodka, lemonade, and a splash of Prickly Pear Syrup. Now I am not a fan of really hot spicy ‘southwestern’ food and if though this chowder does have a bit of a kick to it, it is still one of my favorites.


I got the Blackened Salmon Dinner. That’s an avocado tomatillo salsa on top of my fish. The salsa had no “kick/bite” to it…which evened out the blackened flavor on the fish.

I was so full after this meal, that I skipped dessert. By the time I got home I was ready for a nap….and then woke up at 10pm, which is why I am still awake nowand typing this at 2:30am.

Guess now I should get my morning coffee started, make some microwave popcorn and seeing as most people in my dorm-building are sleeping I can do some laundry.

In Like A Lion?


I have always heard the old saying “In like a llion, then out like a lamb”. It was what people always said to describe the weather during the month of March.  Well late this morning it got real windy but at least we didn’t get the snow that was predicted for today.  The high temps for today was about 39-40 degrees. So does a little wind mean that March came in like a lion or not? Well another lady that lives in Prescott,AZ (and writes a blog that I read often) seems to think today was a lion…so I guess I will go with that for now.

Today also started the new schedules for Yavapai’s open times and also for the shuttles. I got the employee shuttle at 4:15am today. But tomorrow I think I will catch the regular shuttle at 4:38am

There was a health inspection at work around 1:00pm.I got sent home early…about 12:10 because business was so slow. I guess next week we start getting our “Spring Break” guests coming in, so we will get busy then.

Anyways I was in a hurry to catch the shuttle this morning and forgot to grab money for lunch, so I had to wait until I got home and then I only ate a banana and celery sticks with peanut butter. Yes I know, it wasn’t much of a lunch.  But after getting weighed a few days ago for my mule ride, I’m sure I could live just fine with a whole month of my skimpy lunches.