Thursday, March 4, 2010

reading list...

Here's what I'm currently reading, I've included my reviews, thus far.

A Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs.

An intriuging read, one man's mission to understand the best selling book by literally following every rule and commandment wrtten in the bible. He doesn't cut his hair, wear mixed fibers, he blows a horn at the beggining of every month. From the basics, such as not lying, coveting or stealing to the obscure like not touching a woman during her period, or attaching tassles to his clothing, we follow his year of radical change. I'm only halfway through, and I highly recommend this book. It will make you question the rules you follow, and the ones you don't.

Alice, I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

A love story about the girl who inspired her childhood friend to write Alice in Wonderland. I though it appropriate, considering the release date of the new Tim Burton movie. Only past the first few pages, but I was riveted.

Into The Beautiful North by some spanish dude who won't come to mind just now.

Interesting book about a Mexican girl who realizes all the men have desserted her town. After a showing of The Magnificent Seven, this girl sets off with a few friends to America, to find and bring back men to protect and repopulate the village.


Rough Guide, Lonely Planet, Foders, Frommers and the Compass Guide to Alaska. I cleaned off the shelf of Alaska books at the library. My favorite Alaskan guide so far has been the Guide to the Alaskan Highway. Fantastic read if you ever plan on driving to the 49th state.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Funny how Saturdays keep comin 'round, every week, like clockwork. They can always be counted on. I like that consistency.

My days off are Sunday's and Monday's. They are my reward for getting through the Friday's and Saturday's. Sundays I like to take it easy. Wake up later than usally, take a leisurly shower, go to church. Eat either breakfast or lunch out. Browse the library for a good hour. Rent a few movies from Redbox. Stroll around Breckenridge. Go home and read, or crochet while I watch my movies. Sounds boring, but I like it. It's my day to unwind.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I'm stuck in Mountain Beach today. Mountain Beach is a store here at Copper Mountain. It's primary stock is hip, colorful ski clothing and bathing suits. Bathing suits, you ask. Yes, bathing suits, costumes, swim sets, however you please. They are for the hot tubs. Copper has a plethora (new favorite word) of hot tubs. All prime real estate comes with a hot tub, and if it doesn't, why would you want it?

Mountain Beach is a nice way to spend your day. You don't have to report to work until 11 am, so one can sleep in. There is a giant flat screen equipped with a dvd player, so one can watch movies all day, if that is your desire. There is also an Ipod hook-up, so you can blast MGMT from the speakers and dance if there are no customers. Which is usaully the case, you may get the odd person walk in, take one look around, and walk right back out. Nobody stays for long, and rarely buys anything. Our merchandise is too overpriced and to young for our usual crowd.

It's good to be schedueled at Mountain Beach. You get paid to read, listen to music and watch movies. It's like another off day, only you get compensated for it. Heaven forbid, you finish your book before the end of your shift, or you only bing two movies. One had better have a back up plan, such as a back-up book, or a magazine. If you get really bored, and this is only a last minute resort, you can try on clothing, or sunglasses. Or count the guests in the flourescent ski gear as they pass by your window. But only in extreme cases should you try this.

Ta ta for now...3 people just walked in!...and walked right out...oh well.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


today i am sick. my nose won't stop running, i have a fever and my throat is very sore. i was only supposed to work until 11 am, but my manager asked me to stay until 5. i need the hours, so maybe this is a good thing. i'm going to go home after work, make some totilla soup, watch the olympics and tv movies, then read my book until the nyquil kicks in and i can go to bed. so exciting, huh? thought so.

Friday, February 19, 2010

me again...

by the by...

i updated my look, whadya think? i've added a few links to my employers, in case you want to see where i work/will be working.

i was thinking about my future today, as i do everyday, because it's vast and strange and a complete mystery to me. when i was little, i used to think it'd be cool to know my life before hand, you know, so i could plan things. like looking pretty the first time i meet my mate, or the wittiest thing to say in tough situations. plus there is a peace in knowing, a security, if you will. i don't think that now, turning 23 in a month ( i like the color green and shiny things and birds) i would like to know my future. but a few hints would be appreciated. i don't want to know specifics, like my significant others name, or even if he's cute. i just want to know if i will be comfortable financially, have my own place, married or single (shudder), if i have a good job, if my family is all good and well. just a few morsels of assurance.

i guess this is where the trust thing comes in. trusting god to provide me the lifestyle i want, need, crave. following and trusting in him to be the great supplier. the lord shall supply all of my needs, isn't that how the song goes. maybe i should sing it daily.

weekend update...

it has come to my attention that i have not been keeping this updated as much as i should (thank you, rachie). i have decided to remedy that and try to write everyday, if not every other day. even if i don't have much to say. i'm going to go with bullet points for this post. you have been warned.

-the best news of the day, week, maybe even month, i got the job in alaska! go me. i start may 10, with cpr and deckhand training. my roommate sarah also got a job with the same company, so we may be roommates in ak, as well. i can't contain my excitement, and i'm ready for this winter to be over so i can drive through canada with both my parents to the final frontier.

-2nd best news of the day, court is a roc city roller girl! she made the derby team!! i knew she could do it! i'm so proud! she was so worried she wouldn't get in, silly girl. the sad news is i won't be able to see a bout until i return to ny in the fall :( much sadness.

-caught the olympic opening ceremonies at a friends house while baking for the ski patrol bake sale. we made cookies, brownies, cupcakes and other sweet things. much frosting was consumed that night. we had a great time talking about work and laughing at wayne gretzky's face when the fourth pillar would not come out of the floor. youtube it, it is hysterical.

-work is good, we were busy last week due to presidents weekend, we saw over 600 kids pass through ski and ride school. they are planning a potlock for us resort services workers, and i volunteered to bring the arnold palmer (of course). should be fun and tasty.

-3rd best news of the day, a strange man, a chef from the cafeteria, brought me three beef brisket sandwiches today, completely out of the blue. it was a nice and delicous surprise!

- my goals aren't going so well, i lack motivation to see them through. if you think about it, pray that i will try to practice my goals, i need all the help i can get.

-i've been reading the book of daniel lately, and it's been teaching me alot about trust. trust in god, mostly, to by my provider, supplier, father and many other things. deep down i know that he is, but i don't believe it myself sometimes. my bible reading has been going well lately, i read 1-2 chapters a day.

-missalaeneous(?) car is fixed and beautiful, he looks brand new! they even fixed the sunglass holder jen broke while she was visiting me in yellowstone! there was a boy playing his portable keyboard in the lobby a few weeks ago, he played some beatles and lion king. he wasn't too bad. i think i'm getting a cold/flu. my nose has been running the past few days, and i feel a fever coming on. this is a good time to be sick, as my weekend is coming up, so i won't miss to much work, and there is good tv on this week.

thats about it. goodnight.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I've been pondering where I should spend my summer, and one place keeps popping into my head: Alaska. Every encounter I've had with someone who has been there has ended in a "go, you will not regret it" sort of way. I like that enthusiam for the final frontier, America's wilderness.

I applied to a few places, Denali, Anchorage, a zipline park in Fairbanks, but my heart is in Kenai Fjords working on a day cruise ship as a deckhand. I know, you're thinking "Steph, a deackhand? That is so not her". That's why I want to do it, because it's not what I'm used to. I usually sit behind a desk and let others have the fun jobs. Not anymore. I'm ready to learn CPR, and the different marine knots, and figure out which side is port, and which is starboard. My training would also include man overboard rescue and proper sea speak.

I have an interview on Monday with a very nice sounding gentleman named Chad. In the meantime I will be praying that if this is what God wants for me, then let it be.

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