Julie (sallymander) wrote,
Julie
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dear livejournal, I love you

I figured that I just couldn't stop writing in my journal, no matter who does or doesn't read it. Shoot I love going back and reading about my life. I should have kept better track of my last year because I'm sure there are wonderful, crazy, ridiculous stories I should have told. But here is where I ended up in the last year (even if it is only for my memory):

So new life isn't really what i expected it to be. I live in saline,Mi (yeah map that one out) with one of my mom's oldest friends, Pam. She is the sweetest lady ever. I still work for good ole ARAMARk and have hit my 5 years with the company today. They sent me a keyring and a card (i would have enjoyed 25 bucks or an extra day off better, but okay). I work at Toyota engineering facility where I run two cafeterias and i feed engineers day in and day out, half of which are Japanese. I myself have made food for mr toyoda. Not the most impressive thing, but I kinda wanted to document it. My time at Toyota has been full of ups and lots and lots and lots of downs. But I've defiantly figured out how to finally manage people the right way, thanks to my mentors. My staff is positive and working in a positive direction. I like that. Plus none of them are duds. I think I will remember them forever, just because they are my firsts. PS I will never buy a Japaneses car. Japanese people think that no one is better or more worthy than they are. Although they have a very polite culture, it doesn't put past the fact that to them I'm a moron (especially because I'm a woman). I do enjoy the fact that they are extremely polite to each other and that culture is shared in my cafe. I wish that was everyone's culture. You can't say thank you enough.

My job has been very demanding the last year, but I'm always looking for new places to go (toyota has not been that good to me). I will be spending my labor day weekend in Columbus and hopefully will be able to talk someone into giving me a job :). It's time for a change and you'll know how i love a new city!

Truth be told i've made the best friends ever in this city! Well not here but northern detroit. It's kinda sad i have the hardest time bonding with the people of ann arbor (they are just too full of themselves). The girls I have met and come to love come in all ages and are all at different points of their lives. I think that's why i like them so much, there is just so much to learn. I've done so much with them it isn't even funny. In the last year we have ate many amazing meals, seen a dozen movies, done drag queen bingo, gone to the drive in, done kariyoki(sp?) , gone to ikea, toured the Henry ford estate, saw plays/musicals, gone to the womans show in novi (twice), kayaking, shopped downtown Ann Arbor, meat raffled three times (i have yet to win some meat!), gone to girls night out in mt clemends and rochester, had a fun night at the oscars, painted ceramics, royal oak food tour, SHOPPED (outlets), drank for st patties, pup crawls, tobogganing, gambling, and took trips to niagra falls, Vegas, and traverse city! This week were going to west Virginia to go white water rafting and zip linging wooooooooo! I've kept my sanity thanks to them. Good friends are hard to find.

Since I've got a taste of traveling that first trip I took to Boston/ Maine (labor day of 09) I've just loveD LOVED LOVEED traveling. I think it is so exciting to go see a new town. So I'm glad the girls like doing the same :). In the past year I've also gone to Atlanta. My brother, mike now lives there and calls it home with his dog (my nephew) jake. I had a good time there, but can't see myself living there.

So the next month brings my trip white water rafting, going to see strippers (you know i like this), going to see the dream cruise( i guess it's just old cars that drive up and down woodward), probably some drinking, a meat raffel and drive in. It's a good way to end summer :)

To those of you who read, thanks for enjoying my life with me :) Most days are enjoyable but i really thought there would be more to life after college. I guess I'm still searching for something... I'll let u know when i find it.

(now I need to start packing for this trip)
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