Friday, November 30, 2012

Toto, I Don't Think We're In Kansas Anymore

I've been living in Sacramento since the end of August. It's been over three months since I left West Virginia and to say that I'm missing my friends and family is an understatement. I'm not going to lie, some days are really hard and then others are easy. When I first got here, I was on a great work schedule. I was with people who were really friendly and made an effort to help me feel like I wasn't the new girl. The pace of work wasn't overwhelming and it felt like a great fit. Then we bid on new schedules and I got stuck with the only one left.

I've been on my new schedule since October and to say that it's been nice would be a big fat lie. Getting up in the morning isn't even the worst part. I have to get up most mornings by 2:15 a.m. and that's not because of my commute. It's because I have to be literally working at 3:15 (yes, you read that right... AM). The pace is grueling. I'll end up standing almost the entire day and speaking for more than half of it. I've had to talk so much at work that when I get off work, I don't even feel like talking to anyone on the phone to let them know I'm on the way home. 

The people on this shift... they make fun of my east coast accent. Most people in the beginning were like, "Oh that's cute, you have an accent that isn't from around here." However, some of these people like to pretend to mimic it as they talk back to me. Um... last time I checked this isn't 7th grade. Most of the time I shrug it off but at 3:15 in the morning it tends to rake the nerves a little bit. But as my mom has taught me, Smile at them and say nothing. Killing with kindness kids! For the majority though other coworkers have been nice or at least made the attempt to be nice to me.

Did I mention when I basically got forced to go to the morning shift that I was also losing money because of it? Yep! Sure am! The only days off with this schedule included a Sunday. Well that's all fine and great if you want a Sunday off but I don't. I've always worked Sundays. Want to know why? We get a little thing called, Sunday differential. AKA they pay more for you to work that day. I got my most recent paycheck and it was a noticeable difference. Home girl has bills to pay! When you are six figures in debt with a house payment, car payment and credit card bills then every dollar counts. Definitely during the holiday season.

Apart from the whole work thing making me almost cry on a daily basis. I'm just tired of being alone a lot of the time. I wish my family was here. I'm ready to see everyone and for them to be here. I don't have any friends here so I basically have become an expert cleaner and crafter. Do you live in Sacramento? Let's be friends and hang out! I'm trying to see the good in everything and strive to make the most out of this move. Some days just seem more hard than others. It could be because it's the holidays and that's my favorite time of the year and this year has been different. BUT I know that good things will come. I'll hopefully either get a promotion soon and if not maybe I'll even find another job that will allow me to sleep past 2:15 am and make twice as much money. Hey a girl can dream right? In the meantime keep me in your good thoughts.


Stephanie said...

Oh sweetie! I wish I lived closer so I could pop in and share a glass of wine. Oh and maybe you could take me to your office so those rude people could hear my Canadian accent. They would forget about yours in a heartbeat!

Chin up hun, I am sure it will get easier :)

Anonymous said...

AWE girl!! Moving to new places is soo hard when you don't have friends there!! I joined the YWCA - a womens volunteer organization and have met lots of great people while volunteering. Maybe join a meeting up group or something to meet like minded people??

Working with sucky people SUCKS!! I feel you!!

I hope everything turns out!

Adrienne said...

Aww, that would be so hard! :(

I cannot believe they're actually treating you like that. That's horrible.

I can't even imagine how hard a huge transition like that would be, you're quite brave! Praying for you and sending you good, happy thoughts!

Jax said...

Ugh. I am so sorry, friend. I understand the accent thing, being from Oklahoma. I don't have a bad one at all, but when people make fun, it hacks me off. I mean.. grow up, right?! Ugh. Even if I was seeing my BFF, I don't think I'd love her at 3am. That schedule does NOT sound fun. And I'm sure that makes it super hard to do things in the evenings b/c you're so tired and have to be in bed so early. Are there any blogger meet ups? I think Tracy (Then I Got to Thinking on my side links) lives in the area and has posted about some meet ups before. That could be good. I'm sure they'll have a holiday one. Maybe that could help in not only the friend dept, but also the business networks dept, too.

My advice as a PR person... Check out any meetups, Young Professional organizations, or volunteer activities. GREAT ways to meet people and build networks. I'm sure you've looked those up, but just trying to help. :/

I know tomorrow will be better and you have a great perspective, but I'm sorry you have to deal with this. But, I applaud you for doing it. It's a big risk to move so far and it's awesome that you've taken this leap. :)

Kristin said...

So sorry to hear that girl :( Is josh going to move your way?

Why Girls Are Weird said...

Lady if you need to talk please please email me. This post makes me so sad =-(

Candace said...

I'm so sorry to hear that this move has not been all that you hoped that it would be. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. *hugs*

Deidre said...

I'm so sorry! Moving is so so hard, and it would be doubly hard with your work hours to go out and meet people.

I hope that things change at work soon1 Are you looking for new a job?

When does Josh move out to CA to be with you?

Unknown said...

BOO! It's so hard moving somewhere new and not knowing anyone! My brother in law lives in Sac. Hit up nordstrom mac counter, and he runs it. He's super friendly too. I'm sure it's hard to make friends with that crappy schedule too. Well I hope something changes soon!

Unknown said...

Oh friend, I'm sorry to hear you have a bit of the moving blues. I had them too after we moved from VA to GA. I work from home now so I am alone ALL DAY and sometimes its nice, but most of the time its lonely.

Have you looked into any volunteer opportunities in the area? I got involved with Junior League in GA and have met some really nice girls.

And if I ever come to Sacramento, we can hang out!

Hang in there.

Dixie Bell Designs said...

awww so sorry to here that, girl! I hope things get better soon. the holidays are hard when you are not near your loved ones. also, no idea how you wake up at 2:15, i couldn't do it! is josh moving out to CA to be with you?