Corporate Hazing

I started training for my job this past Monday, and it has been a pretty brutal week (to say the very least).

Before I moved here, I have been working for this company for about three months, but it was a different branch. So, unfortunately, I had to miss an entire week of school to go to this mandatory training that started at 7:30 in the morning, and went until 3:30 in the afternoon. Every. Day. This means I have been waking up at 5am every day to get ready and catch the bus at around 6:20 that would take me on my hour-long commute to the training location in Waimalu. That was where I spent every day of this past week learning the very same lessons I was taught three months ago when I was first hired into this company. The only difference is that I now work for the corporate side, and that includes killer benefits (Paid Time Off, Medical care, and 401K anyone?).

Anyway, the training wasn't a horrible waste of time; it definitely got me back in gear seeing as I've been out of the loop for about three weeks. I'm always down for a good review; it only makes me better. Plus, I made bank in only one week. So, I definitely can't complain there. :)

I'm a little worried about school now because I have both an exam for one class and a quiz for another on my very first day back at school which is Wednesday. I have a lot of reading and studying to do this weekend, but I start work on Monday, and I'm stressing out because I don't think I'm going to have enough time to study as much as I would like to. At least there's an opportunity for extra credit in my Hawaiian Literature class.

Tomorrow is my mom's birthday, and in honor of her I'm going to go to the celebration of the Queen's birthday. I personally believe that this celebration is really meant for my mommy, because Queen Liliuokalani (I know, I had a hard time trying to figure that one out as well) was born on the second of September, and if they really were celebrating her, they could've had a giant Luau for her last night. I mean, it was a Friday after all... All the more proof that this festival is really meant for my mother dearest. :)

Speaking of my mom, I'm starting to miss my parents, and my dog. The sad thing about my job is that I won't be able to go home for Christmas. I've been feeling a little sad lately thinking about how I really don't know when I would be able to see my family next. I guess a picture of them would have to do for now.

Here is my dad trying to show off the award I got for being an excellent female leader/student or whatever at my graduation last year. I am making sure my mom isn't blinking. Note: the video camera. They're too cute.

He's my favorite yoga partner.

I miss my parents; I miss my dog, and I mis my parents' house. I miss doing Yoga every Saturday morning in the sun room, and having my dog come in and show me how the Downward Dog position is really done.

Have any of you ever felt homesick? What are some remedies to homesickness?


  1. SKYPE! Skype to Skype calls are free, so my Momma and I usually rack up 2-hour calls on Sunday nights. :)

    Glad to hear all is well for you as you get settled in...

  2. aww being homesick is rubbish but it will get better! even if you write your parents a little note or give them a quick call to hear their voices. I didnt struggle much with homesickness when i went away for university but my best friend did. It got easier for her as time went on though. i'm sure keeping busy will help loads as well!

  3. I can't say I've ever experienced homesickness since I really never flew too far from the nest, but I applaud your ambition and determination for taking that leap. It definitely isn't easy to leave home, but you grow so much as a result.

    And hey, all is working out! Few things compare to making mad bank, no? And in the meantime, I second the Skype recommendation. It could do wonders for you.


  4. Whew, you have had a lot on your plate the past little while!

    I hope the work/school balance figures itself out soon - sounds like it may be crazy sometimes, but oh so worth it in the long run. :)

    Hopefully lots of phone calls, emails and pictures will get you through til the next time you can go home. That is SUCH a cute picture of your family! And your puppy looks adorable too! What's his name?

  5. Thanks guys, I've been doing the skype deal with my friends, but my mom still hasn't been able to figure out how to use her account. :( I've been pretty swamped with school and work, so I do hope that keeps me busy.

  6. And Jen, my dog's name is Mika. Like the singer. Cause I think he's gay. :)

    I miss him. :(