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.