Small Hiatus but I’m Back!

July 25, 2010 at 9:06 pm (Daily Happenings, Just Another Day at the Office)

Wow, so much has happened since my last post. It has been one hell of a roller coaster ride. The trip I had planned to see my grandma went well. We visited my grandpa’s gravesite since his headstone was finally installed. It was good to see my grandma even if it was just a quick 2 days.

I had told my boss about the trip 3 weeks prior to the 4th of July weekend and said I wouldn’t be back until Monday the 5th. She told me to have a great trip. So Thursday before the trip rolls around and she says she needs me to work on Monday but that I could have Friday off. I reminded her of my trip and she flipped. We had a 40-minute screaming match that woke the kids and changed how I feel about my job. Some of the things that came out was that she feels like I took advantage of them during my contract renewal meeting. I asked for six Federal Holidays off, mileage reimbursement for required driving and a raise since I had not had one in over two years. I called the nanny agency before the meeting to ask what was fair to ask for in this city and I went with the “standards” that she told me about; mainly the Federal Holidays. Appearently, my boss hired a nanny so that on her days off she could go out with her friends, get her nails done and everything else she can’t possibly do on weekends like normal people. (Can you feel the sarcasm?) So I guess that leaves me not only working my normal 11 1/2 hour days but also working on holidays so I can’t spend any time with my own family? I think not.

After a week of getting the silent treatment from her, we finally sat down to talk. The first thing I was told was the only reason I still had a job was because the seven-year-old heard the fight and made it perfectly clear he doesn’t want anyone else taking care of him and his sister. So basically, I feel like I’m walking on eggshells every day that I go to work. I’ve been looking for work as a result with no luck. So now I’m just biding my time there until something else comes a long that will pay the bills.

I have changed a lot and I am so proud of myself. Two years ago, I never would’ve stood up for myself the way I did during that fight with my boss. She screamed at me that I was greedy and all about the money…I told her that she needed to do her homework on what nannies make here. What she is paying is actually a very AVERAGE price for what I do. The only reason it adds up to so much is because I work fifty-six hours a week instead of forty. I told her that if she wanted to pay less then she needed to lower her expectations. A toddler, a 7-year old, 8 loads of laundry a week minimum, all the dishes, the homework, the swim lessons, the playdates, the grocery shopping, the doctors appointments…everything. Ninety percent of running their home is my responsibility. And I am supposed to be guilted every time she signs my paycheck? Hell no! I work hard and EARN every penny of it and she now seems to be very ungrateful. Going above and beyond my job has gotten me nowhere and she is resentful that I dare ask for even a small raise. That ladies and gentlemen, is why it’s time to move on.

In other news, I am going back to school in three weeks! I have been out for about a year now and I’m looking forward to meeting some new friends hopefully. I have decided to get my BA in Communications. Speaking of new friends, I have also found an awesome website called Interpals, which is a site to find Penpals on. I have made two friends there who are both in the UK. We are close in age and lifestyle and we seem to get alng very well. It’s very exciting and in some ways addicting to be able to learn about someone else’s life in another country through their words.

Well, that’s about it for now! Duty calls early tomorrow so off I go! 🙂


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Memorable Memorial Day

June 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm (Daily Happenings) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My friend and I had a blast this weekend! For the first time since moving here in 2005, I was a tourist in my own city. We did everything! We went up to the observation deck of the Tower of Americas, a ghost hunt near the Alamo (it was good but the New Orleans tour was a tad better 🙂 lol), Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the Riverwalk boat tour, Rivercenter Mall, the Alamo, the Rainforest Cafe, drinkin’ with friends…the whole shebang!

The Emily Morgan Hotel

The two main historical points from the ghost tour were of course the two oldest hotels by the Alamo; The Emily Morgan Hotel and The Menger Hotel. A woman by the name of Sallie White haunts the Menger. She was a chambermaid there in in the 1870’s. She had a fight with her husband and he brutally attacked her while at the hotel. She died from her injuries two days later. Her ghost is seen quite often in the old Victorian part of the hotel (before additions were added in the early 1900’s). She is seen in a long gray skirt and bandana around her forehead carrying clean towels for guests.

The Menger Hotel

 The bar of the Menger is also where President Roosevelt gathered his “Rough Riders”. He found a bunch of guys in the bar of the hotel and offered to buy them some drinks. Once everyone was good and drunk, he slid a piece of paper in front and said “sign here”. The next day all these men woke up and found themselves on their way to boot camp. Nice right?

The Emily Morgan Hotel used to be the Nix Medical Arts Hospital and is where the wounded soldiers were kept during the Battle of the Alamo. The ghost of Emily Morgan (AKA Emily D. West) is seen in the lobby and halls of the hotel frequently. She was a melato girl in her twenties who basically served as a prostitute for the Mexican-American soldiers who fought at the Alamo.

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Time for Some Good News

May 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm (Daily Happenings) (, , , , , , , , , )

I have a friend coming to visit from San Diego this weekend for Memorial Day. I haven’t seen her since Christmas and I’m so excited that she is finally able to come to Texas! Every year, when I go home for Christmas, I stay with her and we have a blast. Now I get to show her my turf and hopefully convince her to move here . haha

We are going to do a bunch of exciting things while she’s here, one being a Ghost Tour downtown. I have never done one in San Antonio before but I participated in one in New Orleans a couple of months ago. I hope this one proves to be just as good!

Two stories that really got to be from the Ghost Tour in New Orleans were of the LaLaurie Mansion and the Place D’Armes Hotel.

The LaLaurie Mansion

The Place D'Armes Hotel

The LaLaurie was the site of horrific slavery and the slaves haunt the hotel to this day. Reports of screams and moans coming from the house at night are frequent although the mansion is currently uninhabited. The Place D’Armes was built on the site where a boarding school once stood. A fire destroyed the original building and killed all the students and teachers who lived there. Midian (our tour guide) told a story about when he and some friends of his were staying at the hotel trying to confirm some hauntings. In the wee hours of the morning, the ghost of one of the children lost in the fire appeared to the group. He appeared to be shivering and stumbling around. His eyes were burned out of their sockets so he couldn’t see, hence the stumbling.

I wonder what stories  I will be intrigued by for the hauntings of San Antonio??

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