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28.4.08

Yikes... Time flies!

Wow, it has been a while since I have updated. Life has been hectic and a bit crazy lately.

I started working for a new company in November of last year.

I took a pay cut, but it was worth it to get away from the politics and garbage that is still going on with my last job. It also didn't help that there were hard feelings about my work comp claim from hurting my back and needing surgery. You would think that a large company like that would take care of it's employees. However the whole time that I was out only 3 people called to find out how things were going. One was my best friend, another was the HR person and the last was my immediate supervisor and she only called after people kept asking her how I was (she even told me that). No cards, no nothing. Hows them beans from the largest retailer in the US?

Anyway my new company is awesome. People care about you there. I also just got a promotion and am now the Operations Manager of the store. For a while I struggles with it, since this is different than anything I have done before. However, I think I am finally getting the hang of it. My goal is to be a Store Director in the next year.

My Store Director is absolutely awesome. He knows exactly how to run the store efficiently. I am hoping to retain all of the information I glean from him. If I can manage that, I know I will be a good Store Director when the time comes.

We just got back from a vacation to Mexico. We went to Cabo. WOW... it was fun. We went to help a friend celebrate his 50'th birthday. We had so much fun. I was wishing I would have taken a pedometer because it would have been interesting to see how much we walked each day. Our resort was located on top of a hill... so you walked down to town, and then at the end of the day... you had to climb up to it again. This picture is of the resort we stayed at.

I know we will be going back. The people are just wonderful. They are so generous and warm. A lot of Americans diss on the Mexican people. I think they just have not tried to understand them. One of the things I was impressed by was the emphasis they put on family. Their lives revolve around their families. If the family is strong, the community is strong. This is so different from here in America.

Unfortunately I did see some "Ugly Americans" being ignorant and rude. We had taken the bus (think American city bus) up to San Jose for the day, just to look around. We had an awesome time, ate fantastic tacos at a family owned restaurant where they spoke little English and I had my language book out a lot. We had ice cream at Baskin Robbins (it was different and very good). On the way back on another buss a mother and 3 girls got on the buss. Mom had a big sling bag and it kept flipping around. This wouldn't normally be a problem, but she was standing up because the buss was full. She ended up hitting 2 different girls in the face, all the while the 3 girls were sitting and complaining that things were so dirty and filthy and they had to touch things after the dirty Mexicans had touched them. That exchange I had not witnessed, or I would have said something. People like that should not travel outside the US. they should stay home and not give us a bad name.

I am so glad we went. I can't wait to go back. I guess for now I will be dreaming of sand and sun.

Lori

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