Saturday, August 11, 2007

I'm A Quitter : P

The last two weeks have been a blur and feels like a month.  I did get a J O B.  For about two weeks lol.  I worked for a cleaning service... a maid.  I didn't mind the work and found it ironic.. I hate cleaning yet that is the job I landed.  The houses were beautiful and not really dirty, just in need of routine cleaning.  But still it was Hard work, my body is all in knots and aching.  I am realizing I am not as young as I used to be lol.  What sucked most about the job was where I was being sent and the gas it was taking. 
 I don't expect you to understand Saint Louis geography and it's surrounding areas but I live in Lincoln County, the office was in St Peters and then some of these houses she was sending me to was in Creve Core and Chesterfield.  The straw that broke my back was when she sent me to Clayton as the last job of the day.. I didn't get out of that house till almost 7 and didn't get home till about 8 p.m.  I made $9 an hour but she didn't pay for the mileage, just the drive time.  She assured me that was only while I was on probation and once I was permeant I would make 50% of the house and that can average $15 an hour and make up for the gas.  But Thursday I was D O N E done.  My body ached, my heart was hurting from the guilt of spending so much time away from my family and the engine light came on the Van.. plus the heat!  I may have justified the gas issue so that I could quit.  Yessss I am a quitter!  BUT I so tried, really I did.  I prayed everyday as I was scrubbing toilets and trusting there was a purpose for me being where I was and I was trying not to covet and drool over what I cannot have. I tried to stay positive, chipper, and go the extra mile but I was starting to wear thin. It probably didn't help that we had Summer Adventure all week at church and I was up there helping right after work each night and I wasn't getting proper sleep.   Oh well.. all practice for the next job.  At least I did get two pay checks under my belt and that will help some.  Back again to the
J O B search (YUCK)
It felt sooooooo good to sleep in Friday.  I didn't do it on purpose but I guess my body was exhausted.  And then I had Josh give me a deep body massage.  That helped loosen me up but I could use about 5 more of those and then I would finally get all these muscles to stop being so sore.  Now I have a ton of things to catch up on.. My own house work and earns to run and getting the kids ready for school.  Josh has been home for a week and is getting ready to head out again Sunday.  So much going on all at once.  I guess I just need a good day of rest to recharge and refocus.  No wonder people don't have time anymore to fellowship and just take time to care for others, we are too busy with our own stuff to make ourselves available for other's needs.  I don't like that.. and I DONT want to turn into that.


  1. Oh goodness Mary I don't think I could do that job either. I don't know St. Louis that well, we just would drive through to go from Kansas to Ohio to visit Chad's family, but I'm guessing from what you shared pretty well all the jobs were a huge distance from home and all spread out.

    I will be praying for you as always.

    God Bless

  2. look im here! sorry i havent been around lately. ive been out doing that working thing to. although it takes me away from home for weeks at a time now! ugh, boy!

    anyway, just wanted to pass on some thoughts here. go to your local hotel/motels and apply for a housekeeping or houseperson postition. you may make less then $10/hour, but its consistant, you dont have to travel all over and its not such a big house! The smaller motels arent such a biggie either.

    Housepersons are in need in larger hotels they do the cleaning of the public areas..i know this from working it myself. I know you aching but sweetie aint noone else going to do it!

    I wish you the best! I will try to keep in touch more!

  3. :(  I couldnt do that job will find something that works for you....have you thought about substituting in the school district?  I dont know what the requirements are there but I loved it....high school diploma is all you need in Texas to substitute.....but I stayed busy day after day and had some jobs lined up in advance from teachers who liked me....after they got to know me...


  4. ok cleaning nahhhh not for me sorrry i know how u feel i have a job working in blockbusters hey not a bad job and i thank god for giving it to me so just whait he will give you one soon

  5. My friend is a house cleaner.  I wouldn't want her job for the world!  Hard work and then with your driving it didn't sound like it was worth it that's for sure!

  6. Praying that if work is God's will for you, you'll find just the right thing in the right place.  So far I've been blessed in the place I'm at.  -  Barbara

  7. its no fun cleaning other peoples houses..I did it and I felt less than even though I knew I wasnt
    Donna In TEXAS

  8. Hi Mary- welcome back, even if for a little while!  I did house cleaning too a while back, and it was hard work!!  I had to quit when I got pregnant with my boy- I didn't like all the chemicals I had to use to clean all the marble tile!!  I'll keep you guys in my prayers- God Bless!  Carolyn :)

  9. Mary, don't know if you remember me but I had a journal some time ago and gave it up.  But now I have a new one with a new perspective.  john  

  10. Oh honey, I had no idea you were doing all that cleaning.  I used to own a cleaning business and was so glad to get rid of it.  I managed up to twelve employees at times and hated every minute of it.  I know how you must be feeling.  Not only did I manage but sometimes did the work too and boy did I hurt every single day.  It never got better.  Did this for two years.  And I hobbled home after cleaning every time.  I think that is why I got sick, after I quit with high cholesterol.  I was just dead dog tired for a year after that company.  We still own the company but changed it over to other services and mainly my hubby handles it now and I do the bookkeeping for it.  Hope you find just the right job.  I miss you stopping by my journal.  Hugs,