Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I am sorry it has been so long since we've written. We ended up working about 13 days straight! Sunday was a small break, definitely not long enough. We have learned so much in this short amount of time. It has definitely worn us down, but I feel like I've learned an important lesson through these difficulties.
I've always been a strong believer in optimism, but I have never so clearly seen people's lives be so altered by their attitude. Most importantly- if you expect everyone in your life to make things perfect for you, you will never be happy. This I've learned from the endless array of upset, teary eyed parents who think that dusty baseboards are unacceptable. In the amount of time it takes many people to tell us a complaint, they can simply pick up a small piece of trash or run a rag over a dusty desk and have it done. Then there are the optimistic tenants and parents who have every right to be irritated or annoyed, and instead leave us feeling sorry but willing to help. For example, there is a girl who moved into a room that had no closet doors. We said we would be ordering some new ones. A couple of days later she called us and asked if she could just drape some fabric, she thought it would look nicer that way. She was truly making the best of a not-so-great situation!

We have become tough as nails with ranting parents, but we've also been humbled and learned how beautiful things can operate when you treat others how you would like to be treated. The golden rule holds true in all situations, not just the easy ones!

Anyway, it was great to see so much family this past week. I thought it would be stressful to have mom visiting, but really it was such a blessing to have some light and happiness during a stressful time. I loved going to see all my aunts in Bountiful. And while Pride and Prejudice the musical was a little corn-ball, their voices were amazing, and we enjoyed ourselves.

Natalie came on Sunday night and we got to spend a lot of time with her. On Monday she had to hang around our office and listen to all our tenants problems. Afterward we went the creamery and got drinks. Then we went out to dinner with Emilie (another friend that we met at school in Idaho) and her boyfriend Nick. It was great to see them again.

Jon and I (but mainly Jon haha) worked 40 extra hours this week of maintenance. We worked an endless amount over for our regular job, but the maintenance we do gets us $10 an hour. We also get a bonus for being completely full for the fall! Our bonus will increase if we get all the rent in on time as well.

Our big highs are coming with some more difficult lows, but we're learning, and working, and really knowing what its like to rely on one another! I don't know that either of us could do it without the other.

Here is a picture of the family at Pride and Prejudice:

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