The Bergen Family - Bergen's In the Corn

The Bergen Family - Bergen's In the Corn

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Working Girl

My last blog post led up to my first day of work.  I had some very, very busy days before driving to Montage Deer Valley on a Tuesday morning.  It has been so busy.  SO BUSY!!!!!  Even now, almost one month later, it is still crazy and I still don't have everything put away.  But it is getting there.

I started work on Tuesday, October 28th.  The first two days are what Montage calls "Mores".  It is a word that basically means the customs and characteristics of a community.  The tradition.  We had a small group of twenty new people.  All were in different departments.  We had people starting in Guest Relations (myself), the spa, security, laundry, engineering.  Just a variety of people.

The front lobby.  Front desk is to the left, the concierge (where I will sometimes be) is to the right.

They did provide breakfast and lunch both days that was delicious and catered by Montage.  I miss that.  I would love some pastries right about now.  It was a lot of information.  Everyone received a binder specific to their department.  The first half was the Montage handbook.  Once again, there is so much information!!!  We had the head of each department come and talk to us about their department.  We also had a test for homework the first night.  That was intense.  It has been a lot of information, a lot to remember, a lot to know, and a lot to take in.

The pool in the spa.

The second day of Mores concluded.  Some people would start working later the next month.  Others, like myself, would be thrown in the next morning.  I am so lucky that there was one other person who was starting in my department.  Her name is Joyce and we are in this together.  We were able to do training together.  So, we had ten days of cross training in all the different departments.  It was a rude awakening being on my feet all day long.  I did get more used to it as the days went on, but I was always thankful when I could be in a chair.

Driving to work in the morning.  That is a mine on the hill.

We spent a little bit in each department.  We learned where everything was and what goes on in each department.  My personal favorites were housekeeping and laundry.  I guess I enjoy cleanliness.  I also liked when I cross trained with the person who inspects each room after housekeeping goes through.  I want that job - cleanliness inspector.  Actually, I have no idea what the official title is.  I also loved laundry!!!  They have these huge machines that instantly fold sheets and another machine that instantly folds towels.  I also liked cross training with housekeeping when we folded the towels for the pool.  The outside pool and hot tubs are open (and heated, obviously) year-round.  I'm not sure how pleasant it would be to get out of a pool when it is one degree and snowing outside though.  Oh well, it looks nice.

After the first good snowfall of the year.  View from a patio at Montage.

During my ten days of training, there was a lot to remember and memorize.  Plus, I had a quiz every night.  And, I have two separate scavenger hunts - one around the hotel and one on Main Street.  Lots of work.  Lots of brain power.  I'm very overwhelmed, still.

With a cow at "Java Cow", a shop on Main Street.  Taken during the Main Street scavenger hunt. 

A coffee cup from the shop, Atticus.  Taken during the Main Street scavenger hunt.

Training officially ended last week.  We came back to work on Wednesday and had our last day of being informed about things.  Then, on Thursday, we were split up and on our own.  My hardest week was the week before.  I have never worked six days in a row and I was exhausted!!  I also have never stood on my feet for an entire eight hour day and have now done that.

So far, it has been tough.  Last Thursday, my first day doing my job, was a hard day.  This Monday was an even harder day.  I questioned whether I could handle it.  We had ten days of cross training in the different departments of the hotel; however, we really have not been trained on what we are doing in our department.  And that has made it incredibly difficult.  We have been shown the different programs that we will be using, but  there has been so much left unsaid.  Monday was an awful day.  However, Tuesday and Wednesday were so much better compared to the horror of Monday.  I have no desire to ever return on a Monday and I'm so thankful to be off this next Monday.

What a joyous morning.  Always nice waking up to this.

Last week I had my first horrible phone call.  I had been dreading the call of restaurant or skiing information.  That evening, a woman was asking about restaurants in town.  Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the restaurants here yet.  I felt very uncomfortable and you could tell she was not thrilled with my lack of knowledge.  I decided that I need to make a point to go to our recommended restaurants.  Last week I went to Zoom.  I had ribs for the first time and they were delicious.  Zoom is the Robert Redford restaurant in town.

One of the Sundance posters at Zoom.

Work has been very busy.  However, it is just the calm before the storm.  In one week, it is Thanksgiving and we will be packed!  It will be quite the experience.  It will also be my first time working a holiday.  I just care about the money.  Speaking of money, I had my first paycheck last Saturday!!!  That was a treat.  I think I will have some good looking paychecks this Winter.

With Jonas, one of the canine ambassadors of Montage.

Today, I was off.  We have different schedules.  I will also be off on Sunday and Monday.  Then, I'm not sure.  I've also stayed late a few evenings this week.  Actually, every evening.  Last night, Joyce and I went to Silver.  We are doing our research on local restaurants.

Upstairs at Silver.

I'm enjoying the rest of my day off and then tomorrow will be back to work.  One thing's for sure, the days go by super fast!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Week of the Move

It has been almost a month since I have posted a blog on here.  So much has happened!!!!  It has definitely been so busy and so crazy.  On October 22nd, I had a moving company come and pack up everything and move it to Park City.  That was an adventure.  It is also crazy living in one place one day with everything in place and then having it all boxed up within about two hours.  They knocked on my door, and one of the first things they said was that they could take the furniture but not everything else.  I corrected them and said no that they were supposed to be packing everything as well.  That was a whole ordeal that could have been avoided.  They did end up packing everything, but it was stressful.  They did not come with boxes for my move.  Another person had to come with more supplies and also helped box things up.  I also had all my boxes from my move in January, so it did work out.  But it was stressful.  When it was done, though, it did make it less stressful because it got done and I didn't have to do it myself.

The morning of the move. 

The night of the move.

So, there I was.  Moved.  In Park City.  I had to go back to Salt Lake the next day for a drug test for my pre-employment requirements.  That is another horror story.  I had so many pre-employment requirements.  Lots of paperwork, lots to do, and a drug test.  I went as soon as I was emailed that I needed to pass a drug test, and could not pee.  I was there for an hour and a half.  It was awful.  It was also a Friday afternoon.  So, I had to come back.  It was difficult getting another one scheduled, too.  So, I went back for a second time.  This was awful too, but I finally was able to pee and finish my drug test.  It was like winning a huge game and I was thrilled.

The only shoes that I had since I hadn't unpacked my others yet.

On October 24th, I went back to Salt Lake one more time for a Utah Utes football game against USC.  It was really neat being able to go to a football game for a different team at a different stadium.  This was the stadium used for the 2002 Winter Olympics and the caldron for the Olympic torch is still there as well as other 2002 Winter Olympic signs.  The stadium is small compared to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln and it is not as beautiful, but it was nice to be back in that atmosphere.  I went with Nate and we had tickets to be in the student section, known as the MUSS - the Mighty Utah Student Section.  The fans are different.  They are known as being one of the most vocal student sections in all of college football.  They are kind of mean and intimidating.  Nebraska, on the other hand, is known as being "the greatest fans in college football."  The Ute fans do not care if you are from the other school and they will not welcome you to Lincoln like Husker fans.  I was a Ute fan, so it was fine for me.  They are aggressive fans and it is an intimidating atmosphere.  The Utes were playing USC.  That was neat to see one of the most recognized teams in college football.  It was a close game the whole time and the game was not decided until the very end.  It was the last few seconds of the game when Utah came ahead and won the game.  Then the stadium went wild!!!  The student section rushed the field.  Nate and I also went towards the field.  I did not know that there were not steps and that it was just a wall that you had to jump.  When I got to the wall, I knew I could not safely jump down because it was close to seven or eight feet.  Some lovely random guy caught me and I will forever be thankful.  When we got down to the field, ESPN was recording us.  There were also the football players there amongst everyone.  I remember seeing football players going to class at UNL and they really are like dinosaurs in size.  It was quite the experience.  This was a late game - it started at 8:00 pm and we got back to Nate's house really late.  Then, he made pancakes.  I loved being at a football game again!!!

At the Utes game.

The next day, I went to my new church in Park City for the first time.  It was really great and so welcoming compared to the crap I was in in Midvale.  The bishop (local church leader) had essentially been harassing me for my new address in order to get my records out of his responsibility. He had the women's leader ask me twice, he asked me, and had the clerk ask me.  I said that I would tend to it and he never listened.  He sent my records back to Aurora, Nebraska, a church that I hadn't been to since 2008 because he did not want to be responsible for me.  I still cannot believe what he did.  He was the most uncaring and unhelpful person I have ever met and gives the church a really bad name and reputation.  Thankfully, the leadership in my new church here in Park City is much better and nicer.  The people are all very laid back and chill and most are snowboarders or skiers.

I didn't have many days before I started my job.  I moved on a Wednesday and started my job on the next Tuesday.  I had a lot to try and get done in a short amount of time.  I was able to get my bedroom put together and organized the day that I moved as well as my bathroom.  I do not have a designated space for a dining room so I have made a little nook in my living room an office / dining area with my table against the wall.  It might be my favorite space of the whole apartment.  It has a window and I have all my plants on my table.  It was many days before I got my couch put together again because I needed to clean all the cushions and pillows because they were filthy from the moving truck.  I'm happy to share that I was finally able to sit on my couch again and it did get clean.  I have all my larger furniture up, it's just the little things left that are all over the place.

I soon realized that I was not going to be able to store things in my apartment, like boxes and extra holiday decorations.  With all the apartments that I have had, I have had some kind of room for storage.  This apartment does not have any storage.  In fact, it doesn't even have much space in the cupboards.  I was able to get a climate controlled storage unit that has saved my life and my sanity.  I have already made many trips there to drop of stuff.

The next blog will be about my first days of work and possibly my birthday.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Busy Days Before the Move

My last post was already a week ago!!!  Time has been flying by.  I wish it would slow down a little so I could get more done.

I was approved for my new apartment and went to sign my lease on Wednesday.  It is a super cute little place.  It is smaller than my other apartments.  Probably by about one hundred square feet.  But it will be great.  The bathroom is an improvement as well as the appliances in the kitchen.  It has a nice view and nothing can compare to having a washer and dryer!!!  Plus, the garage parking.  I'm also a fan that there are cameras in the garage as well as the entries.  And, there is an elevator.

Everything has happened really fast.  I don't feel in control of anything.  I'm glad things are moving forward, but it has been super chaotic.

I will be making the move next Wednesday.  I'm thinking about taking a load on Monday and / or Tuesday of some breakable items and things I do not want handled by others.

This week was Littleberry's birthday!!!  He spent the day at the groomers being pampered and trimmed up.  He looks nice because he is less fluffy for this lovely sweater weather.  He has been wearing his sweater since his haircut.  He looks nice in a sweater.  Littleberry turned eleven years old on the fourteenth.  He doesn't act his age.  But, then again, he sleeps most of the day and I think that preserves his health.

While Littleberry is the image of health and fashion, Lola did not have a good week.  She wasn't acting well and has not been eating lately.  Mom took her to the vet on Thursday and we found out some terrible news.  Even worse than we were originally expecting.  She has a liver tumor.  We have been so worried about George the past few years and now she is worse off than him.  She is the youngest of the three dogs; however, she is still an old dog.  I am devastated.  There are few words for this sadness.  I am even more sad in knowing that I probably will not be home with either George or Lola again.  They have been part of the family for so long.

I have had a to-do list a mile long recently.  Today, I made all important calls to switch services over to my new place.  I also tended to some other phone calls and such today.  Then, I spent quality time at our favorite local car wash.  You wash your car and then have endless vacuuming time.  I love it!!! Even though I have a very clean car, I like to take care of it.  I spent a long time vacuuming and wiping down the inside of my car.  It looks lovely!!!

Tomorrow will be a relatively busy day.  I have an end of season party with the event planning team.  We are taste-testing at one of our preferred cake vendors tomorrow.  I then will be a guest at some Nebraska friend's wedding reception here in Salt Lake City.  I have been looking forward to seeing some familiar faces for a while.  It will be great to see some friends!!!

Today, I added the "Sports Entertainment" package with Comcast.  I've been watching the Big Ten Network for probably six hours now because it is something familiar.  And, witch luck, there was a classic college football game featured tonight that was a Nebraska win.  And, yes, I have been watching it.  I miss going to games every week.  If I thought about it long enough, tears would probably come to my eyes.  I miss routine.  I have not had routine for a long, long time.

Earlier this evening, my mom and I were discussing some things to do while my parents are here for Christmas.  We want to do a sleigh ride and dinner.  I also mentioned the Ice Castles in Midway tonight and had my mom look at some pictures.  I think those are two things that we will for sure look into.

Well, that is all that I know for now.  I could see this being my last blog written in the Midvale apartment.  I'm not too sad to see it go.  I wish I didn't have to re-do everything in such a short amount of time.  I'm hoping that this new Park City apartment will be a little more longterm.  Fun fact - in the past six years, I have moved seven times.  A few of those were two moves in less than a year.  I lived at Chateau for three years.  That's a lot of moving.  It is so exhausting!!!

It will be some busy days ahead!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Big Week

I will do a quick update on how the rest of this week has been.  So, I interviewed last Saturday, was still unemployed on Monday, offered my job on Tuesday, which brings me to Wednesday.

I spent most of my day in Park City visiting some apartment locations.  The first place I went to I really liked.  It is essentially within walking distance from Olympic Park.  In fact, you can see the location of the aerials from the road.  They said there wasn't an opening until late November.

I drove by a few other apartment locations in Park City and was pretty sketched out.  That's when I went on the mission to talk to someone from the Chamber of Commerce.  Then I was directed to buy a paper.  That was a big moment of my life.  I do not think I have ever purchased a newspaper before!  I had lunch at a pizza place on Main Street and went over my list.

I had one more apartment on my list.  I went off to find that.  The biggest thing I took away from that visit was how rude the leasing office staff was and how many dead flies were on the ground of the apartment they showed me.  Not exaggerating, there were definitely over thirty dead flies on the ground and on top of things and the person reminded me of the person with the hump in Young Frankenstein.  Thank goodness they did not have an opening.

Yesterday was a long day and I had to revise my apartment plan.  I left a voicemail at one of the local churches in Park City.  My prediction is that I will never hear back.  My intent was to go to church in Park City and find out if anyone had a rental property.

Thank goodness things were better today.  I had an email this morning from the first apartment saying that they had a sudden availability because the person who was going to rent did not pass their requirements.  That meant that an immediate availability was up for grabs.  So, I went and signed everything today.

Big adult moment for me.  The first time I have done this all on my own and the first time I have not needed a cosigner.  Kind of sad.  Makes me really feel like I'm an adult.  Hopefully I am approved and I think I could have keys on Monday if they have gone through everything by then.

It is only three dollars more than my apartment now.  But, the best news is that there is parking garage and a washer and dryer in each unit!!!!  No more hauling laundry around in my car and hauling it to the laundry facility.  I would always have bruises on my shoulder.  The garage was a major selling point.  It is like a giant garage and is totally closed off from the elements.  There is also an elevator.  I'm a fan.

Hopefully I hear some good news.  They are having to do a Nebraska background check as well and check with my former apartment in Lincoln.

Big things are happening and I'm super tired.  That's all for now!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Story of the Past Few Months

Let's rewind back to about 12:30 pm on Tuesday October 7, 2014.

I could barely handle the anxiety this morning.  I knew that I should be hearing back between Monday this week and Wednesday.  I was starting to doubt that I would get the position, even though I was reassured that I probably would during my interview.  I started to think that if I didn't get this job, then I would move back home, regroup, and apply from home before moving somewhere else.  I thought about moving to Texas and trying things out down there.

I have grown to detest Utah.  It has done nothing for me but ruin what I had tried so hard to build.  I can pretty much say that I hate Salt Lake City.  If I go outside, I have a runny nose because of the pollution.  There is the constant noise of traffic and a chorus of sirens.  I hate leaving my apartment because I feel like I will get into an altercation.  And do I have to mention that I hate living on State Street?  It is the busiest street in all of Utah.  If I am turning left, I have to wait for there to be no traffic before I can venture over seven lanes of angry traffic.

Today, when I was on the phone with my mom, I could barely contain myself.  Even doing laundry has become an extremely difficult task to perform.  I get anxiety with the smallest of things.

The past month has been unbearable.  I have been at the end of any sanity that I had left.  I essentially stopped sleeping well towards the end of September of last year.  Yeah.  It has been a while and so much stress!!!

On September 2nd, I filled out an application for Montage.  I heard back on the 18th that the position had already been filled.  So, the next day, I sent in another application.  This time, I heard back three days later and had two interviews the next day.  The rest is history and I ended up getting a job.

All along this wretched journey I have said that if I can just get an interview then I would get a job.  Believe it or not, this is the only time I have had an interview.  I sent in so many applications in a variety of places but never made the cut.

So that is a background of how I have been feeling.  I have applied for so many jobs and felt like so many of them would be perfect.  There have been so many that I pictured myself in that particular job and completely had fallen in love with them.  And then I would be crushed when I heard that I wasn't selected.

I have worked so hard the past few years to try and make my life better.  Even in high school, I tried my best to be perfect.  I received many scholarships, participated in a variety of activities, and worked so hard for my GPA to be the highest it could possibly be.

In college, I worked hard as well.  In my major, I had to have three internships.  Each of those was unpaid and lots of time was dedicated.  In my second internship, it sucked.  I went to this flower shop a few days a week for about four hours because that was all that I could stand.  I would haul buckets of water because I was treated just like free labor.  It was a joke.

In August 2012, a few months before I was to graduate, I started applying for jobs.  That was the start of hardship.  After I had graduated, I landed an interview for a great job with the University of Nebraska's College of Business but was the second choice.  Of course the first choice ended up accepting the position.  I had wasted three months.  At least I had learned that universities take a very long time making decisions.

After that, I spent months applying for jobs.  Jobs that were not only in Lincoln, but other places.  I worked at doing some floral work that later would seem to be on an as needed, only seasonal basis.  I just never heard from them again when August came.  In that time, I also started working for State Farm part-time.  I thought that was going to be great.  I thought that it could be a career even.  But I started feeling like I was never going to be full-time.  It started to make me nervous.  Then I was laid off permanently.  This was particularly hard because it had been a church friend.  I felt like I had been offered something and then it was just taken back.

Then, the hardest thing of all was working for a few weeks and then being fired for no reason.  That will stay with me for a while because it was so painful.  I have doubted so much because of that.

However, the week after I was fired, I landed the best unpaid internship that I have had yet.  If I had not been fired, I would not have been looking for jobs and would not have made the internship team since that was the final week before the team for the Summer wedding season was announced.  So, something good did come from being fired.

Being an intern at twenty-four years old, after graduating from college, was very difficult.  There were times that I felt pathetic because some interns were as young as eighteen.  The internship was hard work.  Long days, long nights.  But I gained a reputation and a name with the elite industries in Utah.  When I interviewed with who is now my soon-to-be boss, she recognized the name Michelle Leo and remembered that there was a wedding in August at the Montage that had been planned by this particular wedding planner.

I worked hard, performed well, and became appreciated as an intern.  Without a doubt, working with Michelle Leo Events (as well as having a degree in Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Event Planning and Lodging) is what landed me this job.

Even though having one more unpaid internship was not what I had planned for myself, it helped me out in the end.  And, even though I have had days where I have felt like spending so much money and time with college was a waste, I think it is about to pay off.

Going into my first interview at Montage, I felt like I wanted to make this a career.  That is what I plan to do.  There are some great properties and today I learned that another property is going to be opening.  Montage Deer Valley opened in 2010.  Two additional properties opened this year.  If a luxury hotel and resort company can thrive when the economy has been this bad, I feel pretty confident that it will continue to do well.  Now that is reassuring!!  No more small companies.  No more homemade companies.  No more, I say!!!  No more!!!

Montage Deer Valley has over seven hundred employees in their peak season.  This property will be like a well-oiled machine.  I look forward to working in a successful atmosphere.

I've worked hard for this job.  I've done my time.  It hasn't been pleasant at all.  I'm hoping that things will be routine and simple for a little while.  No more waking up wondering what I can scrounge up online to apply for.

I know days will be hard.  I will get some difficult guests, have some bad days.  But even a bad day working at a luxury resort is better than any day being unemployed.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Post We Have All Been Waiting For

Drumroll please....

I finally got a job!!!!!

And, it is an even better position than what I had interviewed for on Saturday.  This job is going to be full-time, year-round.  There are some amazing benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance.  The pay is better than any of my other jobs I have had in the past.  I will get complimentary meals, dry cleaning, and a ski pass.

I will be the Guest Relations Agent.

Some of what I will be doing helping guests after they have made reservations.  I will give information about the property, area amenities, and informing about special events and activities at the property or in Park City.

There are some wonderful events that take place here.  First of all, the Sundance Film Festival is in Park City.  Second, Deer Valley Resort is the number one ski resort in America.  There is the Ski World Cup that is held there as well.  I'm hoping that the Olympics come back to Utah.  I am bound to meet some very neat people.

I'm so excited and it is even better than I thought it would be!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Morning In Park City

I am going to make an effort to keep up with posting on my blog instead of posting way after the fact.  Leading up to today has been rough.  I knew that I had this interview all week.  Literally.  Just because of that, I have been stressed.  It was a long week.  I did get a lot accomplish though and that was nice.

So, today, I woke up early to get ready to head off to Park City.  Park City is an interesting set up.  There are different areas to this place.  There is "interstate Park City", Canyons Resort, modern Park City and the Park City Mountain Resort area, Main Street Park City, and then Deer Valley.  There are two ways to get to Park City - by interstate or over the mountain.  Recently, I drive to Park City via interstate and then over the mountain when coming back.  When I go via interstate, it takes a little under an hour to get to Montage, which is at the furthest point, past the town portion of Park City.

With all that nonsense being said, it is a beautiful drive and I don't mind it at all.  Also, if you didn't catch it, there are three resorts associated with Park City: Canyons Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and Deer Valley.  Montage is with Deer Valley.  It is a beautiful property and I can't wait to see what this mountain resort town looks like in Winter.  Montage is a fairly new property which just opened in 2010.  There are a few different Montage properties and all are in very beautiful locations.  This property is Montage Deer Valley.

I got to Park City about thirty minutes early so I parked on Main Street for a little while and then parked in the Deer Valley area for a few minutes as well.  I wanted to be early!!!  When I went inside, about ten minutes early, I did wait a little bit before my interview.  My interview went great!!!  I knew it was going to be good when I saw a picture of this particular manger with George W. Bush on his desk as well as his book.  I still do not know for sure if I have this job, but he told me multiple times that I am a good candidate for the position and he doesn't see why I wouldn't get the position.  I will get a call in the next few days and then know for sure.  The waiting is not fun.

The past few months have been hard.  But when I find out if I do have the job, it will still be hard for a little while.  I have been planning on moving if I do get the job.  Just thinking about moving makes me feel not well.  Hopefully this time next year, things will just be calm and uneventful.