Straight Through The Fire Into The Unknown

Hi all. I hope you haven't forgotten about me. I surely haven't forgotten about you.

It's been a busy summer, no doubt about that, working, traveling, and job searching. I never found time where I could focus on any one of the 20 or so blog post that I have started and never finished. It would have been a good summer for stories and pictures. Not sure about you, but this summer has been hot, humid, and rainy. All in all its been a good one.

I'm writing to you tonight because I've got some things on my mind to which I thought I would share with you.

Recently I have accepted a new job, in a new town, with new people and experiences. The latter of those I am excited about. It's the other two I am scared about, excited as well, but scared. I don't know why, I am not putting myself in any danger or what have you. The unknown is frightening to me. I'm moving into a house with a friend, which will help, but I can't help feeling this uneasiness.

Along with that my mom and I were making all these plans for when the season ends to go and take a train trip out west, but now that is not going to happen. I feel like I am just dropping every thing we planed. I know she is real excited for me, but I can't help but feel like I am letting her down about this trip.

If you have ever seen the move Inside Out, I feel like Sadness right now. 

Thanks for listening.. or reading. 

And as always I hope to write more in the future. I'll let you know how it all works out. 

Being Kind On The Fourth Of July

Picture this with me. The 4th of July is a great time of year. Families and friends get together all over the country to celebrate the independence of this great nation. People will be grilling hotdogs and burgers. There will potato salad, coleslaw and corn on the cob sitting on tables decorated with American flag tablecloths. Kids will be running around and jumping through sprinklers. There will be watermelon eating contest, and seed spitting contest, three-legged race, and water balloon throwing contest at festivals nationwide. Hundreds of thousands of sparklers will be lit at dusk. At the same time there will be masses of people huddled on blankets and in bag chairs to watch fireworks go off. It's a wonderful holiday enjoyed by all.

All, that is, except for those who aren't as lucky and have to work that holiday weekend. Now I fully understand I choose to work at a place that is insanely busy this time of year. I know what to expect and what is to come. I know that in these next few days I am going to be dog tired, slightly stressed, and wishing for it to be October already. Don't get me wrong I love the fourth of July. Like I said, it's a great time of year. 

As you go on vacation this holiday weekend, whereever that may be, may I make one simple request, please be kind to those who are stuck working. If you take the weekend to go out to eat remember so are thousands of others. Your servers, cooks, hostesses, bartenders, etc. already have enough to deal with than to have to put up with someone who is impossible to please. During the holiday season customers can be awfully rude and sometimes down right nasty to restaurant workers. 

You're on vacation (at least not at work), for goodness sake. Relax, slow down, enjoy the time with your family and friends. Try not to be in such a rush. Yes, we realize that we are busy, no I cannot give you the exact time a table will open up, I assure you we are going as fast as we can. After all we are all human here. 

So as you go out this holiday weekend, just be kind to those who have to work. It'll make our day and yours that much better, I promise you. 

Read more about 4th of July adventures, here

The Best Book I Read Last Year

I have the hardest time thinking of blog post ideas when I know I should be writing. So here is one I found on Pinterest.

I didn't read a whole lot last year, in fact during the school year I never found time to read. I would always start a book and then have to stop because of time commitment to projects and studying. The phrase, "College is a full time job" is such a true statement. You tend to work more than your share of overtime as well.

Anyways, not to get too far off topic, the best book I read last year was written by my favorite author, Elin Hilderbrand. In which I wrote a post about, not too long ago. I truly love her books. They are easy summer time reads and quick, but entertaining reads.

The book is titled A Summer Affair. In case you were wondering, yes it is a romance novel. There is an affair that happens in the book.There are twist and turns around ever turn of the page. It makes you want to keep reading. I highly enjoy books that make you want to keep reading. Elin, writes so beautifully that you can just imagine the events taking place.

Not only do I recommend this book, but as I state in the post about her and her books, I recommend all of them. In fact, I am ordering two or three more of her books in the coming days so I can get to reading.

I hope you do read this book if it interests you.

Do you recommend any book that I should read?