Saturday, August 21, 2010

I love boats!

If you live in Kelowna you must make friends with someone that has a boat. Luckilly I have made a few so these past few days i've been out on the lake, which by the way is so incredibly warm its not even fair that the ocean is so cold. Work has been going good. Wednesday was probably the hottest day in kelowna. I worked poolbar and let me tell you, lifting booze up and down stairs, setting up speakers, walking around serving in hot weather is probably the best workout I have done all summer. Just try it, you will see. I could run for an hour straight and not get even close to that sweaty/sticky/tired. So as you could imagine I looked just fantastic. I'm surprised guests still ordered from me. But in that heat I don't think anyone cares. I drank at least 8 bottles of water.....every 2 hours!

So since this whole disney stir up i've been thinking alot about second co-op. Florida would be amazing i'm sure, but that opportunity will be there for me in the future so I think for right now I am going to stay in canada for second co-op. I'm torn between victoria and whistler. Carl, I know you are reading this and shaking your head at me about the whole victoria thing, but I do really miss my family/friends/horses. Maybe 10 weeks will be enough of them, but we shall see. Whistler would of course be an amazing experiance. Snowboard all day, work all night, save some money. One of my closest friends that I have made here in Kelowna wants to move there with me and lauren, which would be sooooo fun! All food for thought. Time to go work now, till next time...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Florida anyone?

So after august long the hotel seemed to die down for a couple days but now business is booming. Pool bar has never been busier and it has been great! We have a fantastic team out there so even when it is super busy we still have time to laugh and joke around. This week a girl working in the liqour store got a visible peircing which Delta does not allow. She was told to take it out and she didn't want to so she quit on the spot. This means more liqour store shifts for Taylor and two other poolbar staff because we are the only other ones trained in here. Its kinda cool being able to work in every department, gives me lots of hours and swithes it up a bit so I don't get bored. I love working in the liqour store so I was kinda excited that I have two shifts in here this week. Poolbar is deffinately more fun and you make more money because of tips but when it is 37 degrees out sometimes it is nice to be in an airconditioned workplace. Luckally I have days shifts and poolbar boys have the night shifts. People who buy liqour at night are kinda sketchy. I've only worked one night shift in here alone and since then they either have two people on or I work days because its a bit scary. Creppy drunk guys trying to make a pass at you....not fun!

As for goals they have been progressing slowly. I've managed to save some money which has been nice so I don't think I will have to work for the ten weeks that I am back. Living a healthy lifestyle has been progressing as well. Currently I am on a cleanse called Isagenix. Basically my first two days I have one meal and 2 shakes that replace my other two meals. Then the next two days I drink 4 oz of this sick nasty stuff every four hours plus tons of water. Then for the next 5 days I go back to 2 shakes and a meal, than the last two days I go back to drinking that gross stuff every four hours. Its a total of 11 days and right now I am on day 7 and it has been going great. I have way more energy, and I don't feel all groggy when I wake up. I've also been hiking knox mountain alot with lauren, which by the way in 30 degree plus weather is not easy, as well as running at our gym.

So Florida hey! Sounds like such an amazing experiance!! Little pricey, but I'm sure it would be worth it. I am deffinately considering going. It is a bit far away from home, well alot far away from home, but I think since I moved away for my first work term it would be alot easier than if I had just stayed in Victoria. Whistler is of course still on my mind as well. I will most likey apply for both just to keep my options open. My dad is all for it, he actually took a few courses there as well and said it was amazing. Well will see, alot of things can happen from now till then so keeping all options open I think is the best desicion for me. If anyone has any suggestions or is also thinking about going send me a facebook message or something, I would love to talk about it!! Well that is all for now, xoxo Taylor

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August Long

Hello all!

So I havn't blogged in a while because nothing too exciting has happend. But I thought I should blog a little bit about the august lond weekend, seeing as it is the busiest time of year for our hotel. So every august long weekend in Kelowna they have a festival called Center of Gravity. What it is basically is is a huge party. There are a bunch of artists that come up, such as Karl Wolf, Steve aoki, Naughty by Nature and so on, as well as a bunch of watersport competitions as well as land competitions like vollyball. So basically everyone who like to party comes to kelowna for this weeked, which mean ths Grand was PACKED! Not only were we all booked up, but every day of the long weeked people would be calling trying to get a room. So you can imagine how bust our hotel was. Poolbar was a gongshow. We had a security guard act as a bouncer at the enterance of the pool checking to see if the guest was infact a guest and if they were on the rooming lise (list that says all the names of the people staying in that room). So of course we kicked alot of people out because the Grand pool is the place to be, and everyone was trying to get in. I mean, what other hotel has a pool bar that serves drinks and food to you by the pool without you even having to move? Answer: no hotel, just the Grand.

Friday was the start of the long weeked so everyone by the pool was just down to get rowdy. Tequilla shots and all. We had a quick meeting at 9am before we started to set up the pool bar at 10am just to go over whats allowed in the pool area, whats not allowed, being careful not to over serve and so on and so forth. It was a very busy day for sure but I finished up and settled up with all of my customers just before 5pm. Another worker then took over my section while I did my cashout then lucky me, I got to go over and work at the liqour store. It was smokin' busy but only one guy was scheduled to work, so I offered because I was one of the only poolbar servers that knew how. I worked until 9:30pm and left the other worker to close up at 11pm. Apparently after I left though he got rocked which ment sunday I would have to stay until 11pm. So after working a 12.5 hr day I was glad for it to be over.

So saturday comes nice and early at 5:35am because I was working the coffee shop at 6:15am. Not the best time to start work but at least I am done by 1:30pm so I get to enjoy the Kelowna sun. I was training a girl from banquets in the coffee shop that day so it was nice having the extra help. She used to work at starbucks so I didn't have to teach all the drinks, only how to work the till and do room charges and folio charges and such. Saturday was pretty relaxed.

Sunday was the worst day of life. I started at 10am and had the biggest and rowdiest section yet. I didn't have a sip of water util 3:30pm because it was just non stop. There was never a break, someone always wanted another drink.....or 5. After cashing out around 5pm I went over to the liqour store yet again....after a nice omg I hate my life cry. Yes cry, that is how bad it was. Anyways the liqour store is pretty easy so I had time to take a breather and have a quick bite to eat. I worked untill 11pm and we had to have a security guard stand outside the liqour store ad only let in a certain number of people at a time. Since Center of Gravity ended at 10pm and we were the closest liqour store, between 10pm and 11pm we were crazy busy. We sold out of almost every 2"6, 40, and 60 pounder we had in the store. It was nuts!!

So thank goodness this week has been relaxing. Monday I was called off because it was too cloudy to open poolbar, and tuesday we didn't open poolbar until 1pm because the weather channel was threatening with thunder showers. I had yesterday and today off so I cleaned my room, went on a hike, and had a nice girls night with the girls from the grand. Not too sure how busy this weekend will be but I will keep you in the know. That is all for now. Xo