Saturday, March 29, 2014

Yet another excuse

It's been quite some time since I've said a word on this blog. I know the title indicates that I have an excuse but truly, I don't.

I recently got a job but that's no excuse seeing as how I just sit on my butt and check on people every 15 minutes. On top of that I only work on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 3am. Yea, no excuse.

I would say I've been jet setting all over the world but that's just another lie, and wouldn't be an excuse anyhow.

All I've really got to say is that my life hasn't changed much, aside from the job, and I'm still a restless homebody without a social existence ... and oddly that exactly how I like it.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

House/Dog Sitter Needed

I'm hoping by putting this out there I might get a bite or two.

My husband and I love to travel but it's impossible to do so together when you've got amazing animals at home that need care. We would take them with us but we're not in a position right now to spend thousands of dollars on an RV that would fit us all. So if you stumble across this and you fit the bill, or you know someone that does, please direct them here.

I'm looking for someone who wants a great job and a free place to live all at the same time. You sit at my house and let my dogs out while we're on vacation.

The requirements are:
- Willing to relocate to Southern Utah
- Single and over 21with no outside the home obligations. (This means no job, no school, nothing. I want you in my home 24/7)
- Married and only one person works outside the home.
- No children
- No pets
- References, personal and professional
- Willing to submit to a background and credit check

What I'm offering.
- A fully furnished 100+ sq foot room, not including the closet and bath, with a private bath and walk in closet.
- Access to 1400 sq ft of home at all times.
- Free rent plus pay
- All expenses paid (utilities, wifi, basic cable, phone, food (unless you've got some weird or expensive eating habits) literally everything.)
- If things work out, and the economy doesn't completely crash leaving everyone jobless, job security until all my lovely dogs have passed. (My dogs are only 3 so we've got 12 or so years)
- Need I say more?

Some things you need to know about me and my husband.
- We are very Conservative, politically.
- We're both smokers and we drink on occasion.
- We won't always be gone but that doesn't mean we can't work something out while we're home so that you still make money.
- We're what some would call gun nuts.
- We're not shy about our feelings and we're not willing to hide what we're thinking.

I realize that it's probably going to be impossible to find someone through my blog, since it's quite small, but I figure if I put this out there I might get a bite.

If this sounds like something you're interested in leave me a comment or email me at contactmrsalicia at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What's Going On

I've been such an absentee lately. I've had so much going on in life that I'm not sure where most of the end of the Summer went. So, what have I been up to?

My husband and I just got through drafting and signing our will's, trust's, and health care directives. That has been a huge process. We're now waiting on the county recorder to send the re titled deed to our house back to our lawyer so we can pick up the copies we need.

A friend of ours has had a hard past few months. He lost his job, his car broke down, and he basically hadn't eaten in 3 weeks. We brought him over the Utah to fix his car for him after we got him caught up on all his bills. We're still in the process of fixing his car but we had to go buy a new transmission for it. Tomorrow we have to drive him down to Barstow, CA to pay off some traffic tickets and get updated stickers for his car. That's going to be fun.

My brother got a job which may not seem relevant but, trust me, it is. Without him jobless that means I don't have anyone to watch my dogs. What that means for me is that I get to sit at home most of the day with nothing to do but let my dogs out every couple hours to go to the bathroom. My husband went to CA on his own to pick up our friend. He, and our friend, went up to Salt Lake to pick up the new transmission and he, and our friend of course, are going to be traveling to Barstow tomorrow (without me) to deal with the DMV. What this also means for me, or should I say us, is that we can't go on any joint vacations until we find someone to watch our dogs. It's a nightmare. We can't take our dogs with us because we've got more, and bigger dogs, than almost every hotel will allow. We also don't have a travel trailer or an RV to put them in so they have to stay at home. This doesn't allow for many exciting blog posts.

I've tried to contact people for this "job" of watching my dogs while we're on vacation and for some reason people aren't willing to do it. I'm offering free rent, utilities, cable, wifi, food, and I'll be paying your phone bill PLUS giving you money just to sit at my house and watch my dogs while my husband and I go on vacations. Seriously, who wouldn't want that?

So that's what life has thrown at me in the past few months. I know it doesn't sound hectic but it really is. It's also frustrating and a little annoying. I can only sit at home so long before I go stir crazy.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

To All Current & Future Hotel Guests

My husband and I had the pleasure of getting out of town this past week, if only for a night, and I couldn't help but notice the things people tend to do while staying at a hotel. I thought I'd write a letter to those people.

Dear current and future hotel guests,

My husband and I only have the pleasure of leaving town once a month or so and normally only for a single night. We generally pick higher end hotels because the amenities, rooms, and staff tend to be held to a higher standard. It's quite appalling what you, and what you allow your children to, do while staying at a hotel. When I'm staying at a hotel I make a very conscience effort to be as quiet as possible. I realize that I'm not the only one there.

With that in mind, here's a list of things you should avoid doing while staying at a hotel.

1. Slamming the door at midnight. I understand if you have to leave your room for some unknown reason but be considerate and shut the door quietly behind you.
2. Letting the herd out in the middle of the night. If you have the pleasure of occupying a room on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or higher, floor please avoid tromping around like a herd of elephants at 2 am. There are people sleeping directly below you. At least be a little considerate.
3. Turning the television volume up all the way and leaving it on all night. You're not going to be awake. The only thing a higher volume is going to do is disturb the person in the room next to you.
4. Giving your children free reign. Stop allowing them to jump on the beds just because they're at a hotel. Stop allowing them to grab one of everything at breakfast while there are other people standing behind them waiting to get their bagel. Quit giving them permission to play tag in the hallways and in the stairwells.
5. Assuming that everyone else is awake when you're leaving at 4 in the morning. Get your bags/children/husband/wife/etc to the elevator quickly and then, while you're in the elevator or after you've reached the ground floor, discuss what you're doing. Just because you're up early does not mean that everyone on the floor is also awake.
6. Standing with your bags and children blocking the driving path for other vehicles. Once you've gotten everything to the car load it as quickly and as efficiently as you possibly can. Stop blocking other cars from leaving the parking area. It's rude.

I guess what I'm getting as it stop pretending that you're the only one there. I know you spent good money to stay but so did everyone else. It's never a bad idea to take the feelings of others into consideration.

A loud person in general but always a considerate hotel guest.

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Last Thing That Made Me Cry

I'm an overly emotional person. The smallest thing can make me burst into tears. Would you like to know the last thing that made me cry?

A commercial.

Yes, a television commercial. This commercial plays regularly and every single time I see it I tear up and at least one drop falls. I cannot help myself.

This must be a powerful commercial, you ask yourself. No, not really. It's about a website called Zillow. Well let me show you as opposed to explaining it.

I just watched it through to make sure it plays properly and here I am with tears in my eyes. This chokes me up every time.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

That Time I Photographed A Spirit

As a general rule I regularly carry around one camera or another. You never know when you're going to catch something unbelievable. This was no exception.

My husband and I were attempting to get out of my parent's house (since we were living with them while transitioning between California and Utah) and we decided to go for a little drive. Just up the road from my parent's home there was an old bridge that had recently been washed out and removed. For some reason I thought it was a perfect spot to snap some pictures.

I can't say there was anything exceptionally exciting about this bridge but it just peaked my interest. After I snapped the first shot I noticed that there were spots on the lens. I know people say that those little dots are spirits but I'm not quite sure about that. I always carry a cleaning kit with me when I take a camera anywhere so I cleaned off the lens and snapped another picture.

I didn't see any spots. Do you? So I came up on the bridge from the left side and snapped another photo. I pulled back the camera to to admire my photo and what do I see?

There on the left portion of the bridge, 3 railings from the left side of this photo, what looks like a child's silhouette. I can't tell you if that's just another set of spots that I missed but it's conspicuously shaped and really quite eerie. 

To this day I truly believe that's the spirit of a child. Maybe a child that lost his/her life on that bridge. All I know is that this photo makes me look harder at every photo I've ever taken.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I'm Following A List

In an attempt to get myself to blog more I'm going to start blogging from THIS list either once, or twice, a week. I'm really hoping it will get my creative juices flowing and I'll have more to talk about. I feel like a lack of posts leads me to close my blog. I don't want to do that. Cross your fingers and watch for more posts.