Monday, July 28, 2008

My Boss is a Rock Star

I’ve been at my job two weeks now. Ten days.

My extended family has been planning to go to Cedar Point (America’s Roller Coast, baby!) tomorrow for a few months, but I figured I wouldn’t ask for time off since I’m new at my job. Plus, how lame is it to ask for a day off to go to an amusement park when I’ve only been working here two weeks?

Well, the weekend after I started work, my 19-year-old sister, Mike, and Tim were hanging out and Cedar Point came up. It was decided that it would be an excellent opportunity to a) hang out with Tim, a dear friend who completes our trouple, and b) help little sister overcome her fear of roller coasters. (I kid you not: she thought the Peanuts roller coaster at Cedar Point was “surprisingly scary!” Yes, the roller coaster with Snoopy in the kids’ area.)

We were talking about going and all the sudden I WANTED TO GO. Badly. I wanted to ride all the roller coasters, get a sunburn on my shoulders and nose, and stand for hours in line. I wanted Cedar Point.

But I was nervous, of course, about asking for a day off work, so I put it off. I fretted, “Is this stupid to ask off for? Am I allowed to take off work so soon? Is it bad taste to even suggest I go? Am I making an awful impression?”(Sometimes, I can be anxious, okay?) Then, a HUGE meeting was scheduled for tomorrow with Big Important People.

Well, I thought, I’ll just go after the meeting. It’ll just be an afternoon and evening of Cedar Point fun! Yay! Now to work up my courage to ask Boss Lady….

I had a meeting scheduled for Thursday with her, and I planned my attack for then. I asked Mike for help on what to say. We had our meeting, and at the end I hesitated…then carefully articulated the practiced line: “Uh, I was wondering if it would be possible for me to leave next Tuesday after Big Important People meeting to go to Cedar Point with my extended family.”

She stared at me, not blinking. And my stomach sank, Oh crap, Ashley, what were you thinking? She hates you! Stupid!

Then she picked up the phone and declared, “Well, let’s just move Big Important People meeting so you can go all day!”

I was shocked. “But…but…he’s so much more important than I am.”

“Well, yes and no…” and she proceeded to MOVE THE MEETING FOR ME. So I can go to a freaking amusement park for the day.

Have I mentioned I love it here?

Pssst – My college roommate and real-life friend Holly has started a blog. Go read! She has an English degree and is currently working at Applebee’s in Indiana to save up money to get a publishing internship. So you just know she’s got to have interesting stories and an amazing knack for storytelling. I loved hearing her stories while she was working on them for classes in college, and it’s equally wonderful to get to read them now!


  1. Wow! That is freaking amazing! More bosses should realize how far a move like that goes.

  2. That is awesome! I want to go back to Cedar Point. I've only been there once when I was really little!

  3. That's so awesome! I'm so happy you love your new job. I hope I work at a place like that one day. :)

  4. How AWESOME! nothing like having a good job to make life even better

  5. that. is. freakin'. AMAZING!!

    Very jealous of your job right now... AND the fact that you get to go to Cedar Point!

  6. Maaaaan. Now I have major Cedar Point envy. I love that place, and I haven't gotten to go in several years because it seems like I am always either pregnant or have a baby too young to leave for a whole day. Next year won't work either, so I'm hoping for 2010. :(

    Ride the Raptor for me - it's my favorite! And take some pictures!

  7. i thot FO SHO i had you in my google reader and now i see i dont! So i added ya ;)
    I want to go ride roller coasters! HOw fun! And how awesome is your new boss and job??
    Have so much fun!!!

  8. wow how nice! you have found one wonderful job there.

  9. WHOA! Your job really is the.coolest.ever!!! So freakin awesome! I can't believe your boss moved the meeting! Yay! I'm glad you get to go on your trip! It sounds like a blast! I can't wait to hear all about it!

  10. What an awesome boss!!! I hope you have a great time at the park :)

  11. just AWE-SOME!

    have fun and eat lots of amusement park goodies!

  12. Allie: Exactly. It really starts things off on the right foot. Plus, I feel like she's advocating for me!

    Jamie: Cedar Point is SO FUN. The most roller coasters of any amusement park. Which is LOVE for me!

    Ashley: I know. I hope it's not just a honeymoon period...

    Dreamgrrl: Exactly. Pretty fantastic.

    Bloodredroses: I KNOW. Ahh, so happy!

    Arwen: Cedar Point is SO fun. Although I imagine it'd be slightly more stressful with children in tow. I will TOTALLY ride the Raptor for you! We're planning on breaking in little sister on that.

    Jimaie: I had the same situation with you!! I totally fixed that problem though today...

    Steph: I know. Let's just hope I love it as much as I think I'm going to!

    Sarah: They are so supportive of the staff here. It's amazing.

    Wickedly Scarlett: Thanks! :)

    Short chick: I KNOW. I'm totally going to eat funnel cake. Yum-may!

  13. Uh oh, you enabler, there's one more for the google reader...

  14. Oh, and yay for your boss being so cool!

  15. I'm obsessed with Cedar Point and I've never actually even been there. That's so great!

  16. That's awesome! Y'all are going to have SO much fun at Cedar Point, and I'm so excited you're going now!

  17. Having a great boss can totally make your job that much better.

  18. You do have the coolest boss!!!

  19. Thank you so much for the mention, Ash! Love it. Perhaps you won't be my only reader anymore... I suppose that means I better get writing, eh?

  20. ah! i ADORE your boss. that is absolutely fantastic. ox

    and i'm checking out holly's blog right.. NOW.

  21. Tell your sister she's not alone. I can't do rollercoasters, either.


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