Sunday, December 6, 2015

Kings Verses Queens!

In my new line of business, Sundays are often referred to as the hardest day of the week. This is due to the truth that most people check out of their hotel room on Sunday so your odds of having 16 checkouts increases dramatically. In all honesty, for the last few days that I have worked, it seems that I have had no less than 14 checkouts. I have even joked that I didn’t think a Sunday could be worse than days I had already faced. Today, I ended up with the dreaded 16 checkouts! The only good thing about a checkout is that you have no fear of not being able to get your 16 points due to having a customer refuse service while there are no other available rooms for you to grab. When that takes place, you are no longer allowed to stay for your full eight hour shift.

Right now we are so slow that we are lucky to get put on the schedule for four days a week, with that being the case, no one wants to be sent home early. So when I picked up my board this morning, I quickly scanned the list of rooms that were placed on mine. I am blessed to have already earned my own section, guaranteeing me my own cart which thankfully I had been able to get fully stocked the day before. I sighed as I realized I indeed had all checkouts in my section along with one room on the fourth floor.

When we get our print outs, as long as the rooms on it are computer printed, we can tell which rooms are kings and which ones are queens. When a room number is written in, unless you have it memorized, it is a guessing game on which kind of room it is. A king room is preferable as it has only one bed, all queens have two beds in them. Regardless, both types of rooms are only worth one point. Seeing how the math works out to allowing 17 minutes per room to get it stripped and restaged, a second bed is not only a lot more work and lifting, it takes a few minutes more to complete. I quickly scanned down my list and realized I had a minimum of 5 queen rooms. For the life of me, I could not recall what the room upstairs was. Since that was the case, I knew I would be skipping both of my optional 15 minute breaks. By the grace of God, I was down to my last two rooms with an hour left to complete my duties. I opted to go upstairs and do the room on the fourth floor. One of the stockers had come by with the linens I needed and I asked him if he knew if my room upstairs was a king or queen. I mentioned that I feared it was a queen room and he replied, “4208 yeah, I believe it is a queen room.” I laughed tiredly and stated I was off to get it out of the way. When I popped open the door, I realized it was a king room and I literally put my one hand to my mouth, choked back a sob and my eyes literally teared up as I thanked God for my little blessing. It may sound silly to most of you but one less bed is a major thing when your back hurts as much as mine does!

Honestly it amazes me that I am able to perform the daily work that I do. In less than 60 days, I have dropped so much weight that Mike has begun to call me, “skinny girl”. I only own two pair of comfy pants and they are both getting kind of silly big on me. I have to roll down the tops so that the waist is thick enough to stay up. Since they are both gifts from my Grandma from Mackinac Island, I refuse to give them up. I will have to put a stitch in them soon.

Tonight I came home and put on a pair of Mike’s sweats. Marissa asked me where I got them. When I answered that they belonged to her dad, she said, “Wow Mom, you really are getting skinny!” to which I laughed.

Mike asked me the other day how I was able to deal with my job and my rate of pay. I told him it was due to the fact that I tell myself I am not going to work, I am going to physical therapy and a weight loss program. The craziest thing is I get paid to go instead of having to pay for it!

I caught myself in the mirror the other day and about fell over. When you wear only lose clothes, you don’t really see the change that much. I have not been on a scale, but one thing for sure is I have not been this in shape since before Jeffrey was born. Who knew becoming a maid in a hotel would change all that! In my heart I know the answer, "God did". I have mentioned more than once that He often answers your prayers in the strangest ways!

I have no idea how much longer we will continue to reside here. Who really knows how long they will be in one place? What I do know is that I will enjoy each day that I am here. I will continue to view my job as something other than it is. One of the best blessings that has stemmed from my job would be the new sister in Christ that I have gotten to know. Her name is Katie and she is a follower of Christ. I have made mention before that there is a difference between being a Christian and being a follower of Christ. It is nice to have someone I see that spurs me on. Just seeing her in the morning puts a smile on my face!

Tonight when I got home, I was able to enjoy listening to some Christian music and I heard this new song. I had to laugh for I do believe I am living a crazy life right now. I am blessed to know where and how to find peace in the mix of the craziness but I thought the gist of the song was perfect for the majority of those seeking a better way, unfortunately I have been unable to locate the song on You Tube myself. When I do, I promise to add a link to it as well as the lyrics to this blog. Christ promises us peace in the midst of the madness and this is basically what the song is pointing out. If you have not accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior yet, I can only assume that is due to the fact that you do not know who He is. I invite you to learn just who He is today; especially if you yourself feel like you are leading a crazy life without peace!

A lot of people ask me where to start. They make mention that they read or try to read the Bible but that it makes no sense to them. I once was in your shoes myself. In 2012, God called me forth to begin telling my story. To date, I have published a trilogy . . . three true life books in one that I have been told are really well written. I have been blessed to hang out with and love others who have read my story. My nick name no matter where I go seems to become, “Miss Sunshine”. I secretly like it for to me it means that I am indeed a light on a hill, otherwise why would people always call me by such a name?!?

Jesus stated, [14] “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. [15] Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. [16] In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16, NIV)

I invite you to read my story in hopes that you may come to faith in Christ. Simply click here today to own your own copy of the book that God called me forth to write. It is my prayer that in reading, your eyes and ears are opened and you are drawn into your own relationship with our heavenly Father. Life can be abundant. Don’t you want that for yourself and your loved ones?


Wendy, walks with God, Mom of Many


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