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Spring Cleaning: Clothes Inventory

After coming home from McDonald’s on Wednesday, I decided to do my laundry. I wanted to go through all my clothes to see exactly what I had and what I hardly wear. I wanted to see if there were anymore clothes that I could get rid of. A couple weeks ago I took a small bag of clothes and left them at the laundromat in the campground near my home. It seems like a lot of campers don’t pack enough clothes for a camping adventure here.

Now the picture above^ is my clothes laid out on the spare bed in my room. Seeing as the new roomie still hasn’t shown up, I can use the bed as my table for folding laundry or just throwing my jacket onto when I am to lazy to hang it up right away, or in this case….for spreading clothes out on for a picture.

4 long sleeve shirts and 5 short sleeve shirts…another long sleeve top isn’t in the picture because I was wearing it. All of my shirts was given to me for free or I got them for a cheap price at thrift shops. When I am cold, I wear one of the long sleeve shirts under my work shirt. But not counting “work clothes”, 10 shirts is actually more than enough for me, and more then enough to keep in 1 dresser drawer. I can’t comprehend why anyone would think they need a different shirt for every day of the month. That’s just extra unnecessary laundry to do. Maybe some people get a strange thrill out of doing laundry.

The 3 pair of leggings I bought from Amazon…the wild looking purple designed pair are getting loose now, but I like them so I will save them for a couple more months. Even though I am on a diet hopefully I won’t have to get smaller clothes until Fall. The leggings get kept in my 2nd dresser drawer along with my socks, underwear, hats, gloves, and pajama pants that seemed to get cut off in above picture. I am also wearing a pair of gray sweatpants (or jogging pants…whatever you prefer to call them). It was windy and snowing, so I had to wear cold-weather clothes today.

With 1 or 2 days off work every week, I can usually do laundry at least once a week. If I do laundry at least once every 7 days, then I see no reason to own more then 10 shirts, especially when I can wear the same shirt all weekend. While walking home yesterday I stopped into the trading post…just to see what they had. In case a customer came into the store looking for an item that wasn’t in there, I would know where to send them to find it elsewhere. While I was there, I found a couple shirts that I liked. I didn’t buy any, because I knew that I had enough. I also knew that I didn’t want to start cramming clothes into drawers and making it impossible to see what was in the drawer.

If you are thinking…”but isn’t that the American dream?” Doesn’t everyone want to walk into a store or gift shop and just buy whatever they like? While I am glad that I can afford to buy whatever I really need, I don’t have enough space to spread things out so buying whatever I want seems rather dumb. Why waste money on something that will get crammed into the bottom of a drawer or stored into a box under my bed. I might as well just stuff my paycheck in a Box under the bed.

Usually if I am going to spend money, it will be on e-books or food. Ebooks get downloaded onto the tablet that I already own so I don’t have to make space in my room for them. Yes, I still have some books in my closet and as soon as I read them all then they will get dropped off in the laundromat. Right now, I am reading a novel called “The Independence Club”, written by: Rachel Ann Nunes.


Getting Ready For New Roommate

Someone from the housing office came over to the house last Tuesday, just before noon to tell me and Elsie that we would both be getting new roommates on Thursday.

Now I really have to kick my butt into gear and clean off the spare bed. Yeah, I have known that I needed to organize my stuff but I kept putting it off. I am the queen of procrastination, or as my ex-husband used to say…I live in the “Land of Later”, meaning I would do something/anything later…way later, like next week or next year.

Well my times up. Good thing I don’t have to be at work until Thursday morning. Looks like I will be cleaning on my weekend. The housing guy was nice enough to leave me a vaccum.

We have to share a closet here. The only clothes that I have in my half of the closet is my jackets and my work clothes. The rest are in my dresser drawers that is between the two beds. The small night stand near the closet in the above picture will also be used by both me and the new roomie. I have all my shower items and vitamins in the top drawer. I don’t keep anything in the bathroom because there are to many people sharing the bathroom and I don’t want anyone else using my stuff.

Well I finally got all my stuff organized and vaccumed the room before I went to work on Thursday morning. But then the new roomie never showed up. So for now I still have a room to myself. Today was Saturday , which means that the HR office is closed. So new employees won’t be able to check in for a couple days. So I get to relax in the room by myself for a bit longer.

It is now Tuesday again. There will be an employee appreciation BBQ at work. Seeing it’s my day off (after working 13.5 hours yesterday) I get to take random photos of everyone.

Living Near a National Park

Living in a national park and working for one of the concession companies that run hotels, gift shops and restaurants at these locations can be a good way to see the country. It can be a great way to meet people from other countries that you might never get to see. Where can you work and get to talk to someone from your hometown (on the other side of the country) and 10 minutes later be talking to someone from Iceland or Belgium…and your coworker is from Ecuador? Well, at any national park obviously.

If anyone reading this wants to work around the country in a national park then do a google search for “Xanterra”, “Forever Resorts”, “Aramark Parks”, or “Delaware North”. Those companies also have jobs in places all over the country and some jobs that are not in national parks…but if you need employee housing then you will need to look for the jobs in remote places that are usually just in parks. At the South Rim of the Grand Canyon you would look for Xanterra and Delaware North. On the quieter North rim of the Grand Canyon you would search for jobs with Forever Resorts. You can transfer to different locations within the same company or switch to other companies..depending on where you want to be. Unfortunately they all usually force you to share living space with total strangers.

At the moment, I have a bedroom to myself (my last roomie left in February). I am trying to organize my room before I get assigned another roomie…still hoping that won’t be for awhile. At this moment I have a bunch of my stuff thrown onto the other bed while I figure out what to do with it. While I have the room to myself, I get to watch movies late at night or get up super early if I want, without disturbing anyone. When you share a room you need to be considerate of someone else’s space and their need for sleep. (I don’t sleep much which can mean that I am a terrible roommate).

I get to use half a closet and 3 drawers in the dresser. I should order some bed risers to make more space underneath my bed to store boxes. I will need the extra space to store my craft supplies. I have more craft items arriving in the mail later this week.

Every so often, I ask myself, if I had to leave tomorrow then what would I take with me. Well that’s easy..my phone, tablet, and few pictures fit in my purse, my camera would hang around my neck (I tell airport workers that it’s just a huge necklace) and whatever work clothes that’s needed will fit into my one small suitcase. Actually I have noticed that my suitcase is pretty beat up, so eventually I will need a new one, but everything else I could live without. I have had lots of practice walking away from most material things. No matter how much I like something and no matter how much money I spent on it. They are all just things and are all replaceable. But seeing as I know that I ain’t really leaving anywhere tomorrow I am hanging onto more stuff then I really need.

Took this picture about a month ago, while walking home. I live in the 2nd home where Emma’s white jeep is parked. We are just outside the campground in Tusayan. You would think that living close to a campground near a national park would be noisy with tons of traffic, but so far this area is not bad. Actually I like seeing all the different types of rigs that people camp in and travel around with.

Today is a day off and I should hop on the shuttle to go grocery shopping in the bigger store inside the park and get some new pictures of Mather Point, but I don’t really feel like dealing with a crowd of people today. Beside I slammed my foot into the edge of my bedroom door this morning, when I was trying to get into the bathroom before anyone else got up and my toes still hurt when I tried to put my sneakers on.

So instead I will be having a lazy day at home. Lunch was nothing fancy, not even worth a picture. But it was yummy. Now I will relax with DVD movies and crafts.

OH, OH, one of my housemates came home from work today and started packing. Sara works in the post office inside our store plus she got a 2nd job at the pizza place next door. Not sure if she is just moving into another house and will keep both jobs. I am sure I will find out later when I return to work on Thursday.



This is Kim. She arrived in Death Valley a day before I did. She is working as a bartender/ line cook down at the golf course 3 days a week and also as a bartender/ busser twice a week at the saloon. She is finally feeling “settled” here and said this morning that it’s starting to feel like home, even though her home is in Florida. Boy oh boy does she have stories to tell. I have gone to Pahrump, NV,  with her twice since being here and she tells stories about her life while driving the whole hour ride getting there.


This is Katie, and she got here a week ago. She is a retired English teacher from California. 58 years old and such a hoot. She cracks me up. I swear she is transplanted here from the 60’s. She doesn’t spend a lot of time in the room instead spends most of her free time with her dog. Your not really supposed to have pets in the dorm so today on her day off,  she has gone to see if she can borrow money to buy a trailer. Then Katie & her dog will move into that.

Last night when I  got home from work there was a new young girl named Joanna sleeping in the room. Joanna & Kim had both worked at Yellowstone National Park during the Summer. WTF..how or why did the housing office stick a 4th person in the room when there is only 3 beds. Sure maybe Katie wasn’t really using a bed because she has been sleeping in her truck with her dog but most of her stuff is in the room. Now we have 4 people’s stuff in here and it’s starting to feel cramped.

I have no idea what Joanna’s work schedule will be like, but we might need to make a schedule for the 1 shower that the 4 of us have to share. Today Joanna has orientation, Kim is at a meeting and then will play golf later, as I mentioned earlier it’s Katie’s weekend so she is gone, and I am doing laundry now. I have to be at work from 1:30-11 today…and today is payday but hopefully I remember to post about that tomorrow.