Monday, October 29, 2012

The Red Roof Disaster

The following is a letter I wrote to the general manager of Red Roof Inn of St. Louis/St. Charles, MO.  Do not read while eating.

To Whom It May Concern:

I would like to tell you about my recent stay at the Red Roof Inn #143 St. Louis/St. Charles.  I had booked my room via after extensively researching reviews and your website.  Seeing that it was three stars and recently remodeled (in August 2012), I booked the room.  My reservation was for 10/19/12 thru 10/21/12.

I checked in Friday afternoon and went upstairs to my room #246 passing by grocery carts, cigarette butts, and a pillowcase discarded on the ground.  As soon as I entered the room I was overcome by the smell of smoke.  I immediately called down and requested a new room.  Candice made the change, but no apology was given.  I checked into room #209.

I went up another set of stairs, again passing by many cigarette butts.  Once I got into my room I smelled smoke, but it was not as strong.  Since I had already changed rooms once, the staff was not very accommodating, and I had a terrible migraine, I decided to leave the door open for a bit and start the fan.  As I went into the room, two flies came out of the bathroom.  I literally could not do anything other than lay down.

After a short nap I took a shower to get ready for a rehearsal dinner.  When I got out of the shower, feeling a little more human and in less pain, I saw the complete lack of cleanliness in the room.  The carpet was filthy and had not been vacuumed.  I put down a towel so I could walk to my luggage.  The toilet was covered with urine and hair clippings.  There was some other type of bug crawling across the counter.  There were small black bits of something INSIDE the sheets of one of the beds.  I left as quickly as possible.

Click on the photos for close-ups.  The weak-stomached may want to skip them and keep reading.

I called from the rehearsal dinner to complain and request to cancel my reservation.  Candice informed me that I could not be reimbursed for that night 10/19/12 as I had already checked in.  However she did say that I would not be charged for the second night if I checked out early.  I called and talked with their customer service department.  They called and talked with Candice and was told the same thing.

There was no apology given nor was there any offer of another room or even an offer for housekeeping to come in and clean the room.  I did NOT want to stay there, but finances restricted me from paying for an additional room at a different hotel.  With the migraine and lack of funds, I stayed there.  However, I stopped to buy a blanket so I could sleep in it, because I did not want to sleep on the sheets.  When I checked out early, the front desk clerk (I can't remember her name, but she was the gal who is expecting), was very apologetic.  I did not receive a final invoice for my stay even though I specifically requested one.  I told her that I saw another guest (in room 109?) smoking in his room.  For a hotel that claimed to be 100% smoke free, I saw and smelled a lot of smoke.  When I opened my luggage that night, all of my clothes and things reeked of smoke.

I have never in my life seen anything so filthy in my life.  I was not expecting a five star hotel, just a clean room with a lock on the door.  I have attached some pictures of the room.  I am requesting compensation for this horrid night.  I would also like to know that there is attention to these deficiencies in your hotel.

Thank you for your attention to this matter,
Malia Hite

The manager called me this morning and told me that I would be refunded for the entire stay and that he would attend to the cleanliness issues.  It was a pretty thorough and genuine message.  I will likely follow-up with an email.  Although it was handled nicely in the end, I will probably not stay at a Red Roof Inn again.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Just say NO.

Well, it has been a WHILE.  In fact, it has been more than a year!  There have been so many adventures and challenges and successes, but the past is actually not what I am concerned about at the moment.  I'm actually very interested in the future.

I have been impressed, from my experience with General Conference and some personal thinking, to record my life and record what I want my life to become.  I was transferred to a new high school; I am now a Westview Wildcat.  While it is going well, there is one  word that I am trying extremely hard to incorporate into my working vocabulary.  That word is, "no."
See, I have had too much going on and haven't been able to enjoy my life.  I am working full-time.  I am a half-time graduate student working on my doctorate.  I am a private tutor.  I am a mother.  I am a volunteer organist for church and also in the temple.  I am a Sunday school teacher.  I am a friend.  I am.  This list seems long, and it is.  However, I feel so much less busy this year.

Additionally, I am trying to use my time to do worthwhile things rather than being caught up in "the thick of thin things."  I am taking a hiatus from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.  I am reading more and watching less tv.  I am trying to be more purposeful and deliberate about my time usage.  You might ask, if you are going to take a break for the electronic interface, why start up the blog again?  Well, I need to record my life and this is an easy way to do it.  Simple as that.

I need to take a nap; I am recovering from one of the worst reactions to an immunization I have ever seen.  So I am really tired right now.  On the plus side, I won't ever get pneumonia!

My goal is to share my thoughts and feelings on a semi-regular basis.  I can't promise every day, but my goal is at least twice a week.  Perhaps after my nap I will share some of my reflections form Conference....

Thanks for reading@

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Back in the saddle again...

Okay, so I have had a seriously stressful last few months.  I think that much of this stress has landed in my middle section.  I was frustrated with the last approach as it because unsuccessful.  I was bored, not diligent, inconsistent weight-loss, etc.  Basically, the long and the short of it, or the fat of it as the case may be, is that I have reclaimed some the lost pounds.  I have accepted that this is part of life and that I am now ready to start again.

However this time I am doing Medifast.

I have a great coach, Megan, who rocks!  She checks in with me to see how I am doing and what I have planned for my "lean and green" meals.  For those of you unfamiliar with the program, you eat 5 Medifast "meals" (shake, bar, soup, cheese puffs, etc.) and one "lean and green" meal a day.  I am two days in and I was ready to turn cannibal last night, but today has been much better.  Some of the food items are RAD; they have about 100 calories and 10 grams of protein.  I have no idea if I have lost weight yet, but I feel a little better.  Due to school this summer (For those of you out of the loop, I started a doctoral program this summer, one of the better choices of my life.) I haven't been staying at my house and did NOT pack a scale.  So when I move home on Friday, I can update my stats below.

Today's Weight: ???
Today's Weight Loss: ???
Total Weight Loss: ???

Thursday, February 3, 2011


The translation of this French phrase literally means, "falling down half-way."  Although traditionally associated with ballet, I feel like this phrase can also represent my placement on my weight-loss journey.  Having lost 55 pounds thus far, I am encouraged to think that I am close to half-way there.  I continue to lose weight daily and have started taking a weekly adult ballet class and doing Pilates thrice weekly.

That's right folks, I am enrolled in an adult ballet class.  Don't think that I threw that in for funsies, although the class itself is quite fun.  Every Monday night, I put on my pink tights and black leotard; I put my short hair up into a very tiny bun, and take my ballet shoes to On Pointe School of Ballet where I attend an hour long class with Miss Carol and seven wonderful women and prepare for our recital piece in the studio musical, Hansel and Gretel, this coming June.  (Yes, you are all invited.) 

I love the physical challenges that ballet requires of my body and I REALLY LOVE the barre stretching....amazing.  Pilates is a nice fit with my "ballet studies" and is certainly fun too-early in the morning on the living room floor of my dear friend, Penny.  If laughing counts as as a workout, then I definitely do more than Mari Winsor intends. 

The food continues to be delicious, although not very varied.  I may eat at Chipotle twice today.  I enjoy drinking all-natural sugar-free sodas, but do not enduring the extortion that Fred Meyer bestows upon me so I can drink them.  I really want to eat frozen yogurt with strawberries and mochi, but I really want to wear a single-digit size more. 

So the journey continues and the waistline shrinks and my demi-plies become more technically correct.

Today's Weight: 242.8
Today's Weight Loss: 1.8
Total Weight Loss:  55.8

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Vigor

Well the holidays were fun and delicious.  Unfortunately, that meant that my weight went the wrong way.  I did gain some weight (Johnny's Bean and Cheese Fried will do that to anybody).  But I have lost that weight and feel dedicated to fight the fight again. 

The pink eye that started in September has never really gone away so I have an appointment with my doctor this afternoon.  This will be the first time that Dr. Kotamarti will see me since I started the weight loss journey.  I am excited to see what he has to say. 

I had a house warming party this past weekend and had a great time showing off my house to some dear friends.  I wish you all could have been there. 

Here's to renewed dedication!

Today's Weight: 250ish (I didn't get on a scale today.)
Today's Weight Loss: ???
Total Weight Loss:  48

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Big 5-0!

Today I hit a major milestone in the weight-loss journey.  I have officially lost 50 lbs. since the start of school.  I have figured out how to make the program work for me.  Here are my before and after shots.

BEFORE - 9/20/10
AFTER - 12/13/10
Today's Weight: 248
Today's Weight Loss:
Total Weight Loss:  50!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Long and slightly frustrating

I know that it has been a couple of weeks since I last shared my progress.  Partly because I have been busy, but I am not ashamed to say it was partly because I was frustrated.

For nine days my weight was the same.  Bah!  I got a "Buck Shot" (a vitamin shot) to help improve metabolism and either that or something else kicked in and I started losing weight again.  I am now officially down almost 20 whole pounds.  That is two bowling balls for those of you keeping track at home.

I have noticed that there are a lot of things I can do now that I couldn't two bowling balls ago.  Here is the current list:
  • touch my toes
  • wear two pairs of jeans that did not even button one month ago
  • be up and around all through the evening, no watching TV because of excessive exhaustion
  • refute a new shirt because I didn't like it and not because it didn't fit
  • cross my legs without having to anchor the crossed foot on the pew in front of me
  • kneel and sit on my feet
  • put on a size 16 dress AND have it fit
  • go up and down stairs with ease
  • buy clothes in the Misses section
  • wear my CTR ring
  • wear a size 11 shoe (even my feet were chubby and I bought 12s before school started)
  • take a picture with a double chin rather than the triple chin
...and MANY more, I am sure.

I have to admit that it feels pretty awesome and I am looking forward to losing more weight.  Yesterday was the "Shop for a Cause" day at Macy's; that means that everything is an additional 20% off.  Penny and I look forward to it each year and go to multiple Macy's stores to maximize our finds.  I found three dresses that were adorable, but I bought one size smaller than I would currently wear.  And not because they didn't have my size, although they did, but because they will fit in a few short weeks.  Keep your eyes peeled for the new red dress!

Today I am wearing the same dress from my "before" picture.  It is quite looser.  But you tell me what you think.




Today's Weight: 273.0

Today's Weight Loss: 1.0
Total Weight Loss:  19.8

Thursday, September 30, 2010

My shirt was big

I put on my shirt today and it was big.  Yippee!  It is the first thing I have really noticed as far as clothes go.  I was thinking that my jeans were getting a little looser, but I also hadn't washed them so they could have just been stretching.  So that's good.  My friend at work should start getting excited about me shrinking out of my clothes because that means she gets them!  And may I just say that they are FANTASTIC!!

As far as the diet goes, I am finding more and more that I eat because it is time to eat and not because I am hungry.  Last night I did not eat my fruit last night with my dinner and I was completely satiated.  I am sure that the nutritionist will say that is bad, but I am hoping she will say that I can eat less meat at meals.

For weight loss, I entered a new decade of weight, the 270s.  Awesome!

Today's Weight: 279.4
Today's Weight Loss: 2
Total Weight Loss:  12.4

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pink Eye

And I don't mean this kind:

I had an ugly bout of pink eye the last several days.  I am highly medicated, via eye drops, and am now allowed to come back to school.  Shucks!  So this is why there has been an absence of posting.

My weight-loss has gone into the double digits!  Woo-hoo!  Also, I am no longer hungry.  I feel like I eat because the clock says it is time to eat and not because I'm hungry.  This is both good and bad.  Good, because I am not hungry and still losing weight.  Bad, because I don't really look forward to eating.  Although, I suppose that could be good in the long run.  Hmmm.  I go back for the second appointment on Saturday, I wonder what they will tell me.

Today's Weight: 281.4
Today's Weight Loss:
Total Weight Loss:  10.4

Friday, September 24, 2010

Wow! What support!

I am so amazed at how many people are supporting me!!  It was quite the risk to sent out this website to every man, woman, and child on my email list.  I am sure that my therapist will be quite impressed later today...and then, once again, wonder if the new attitude of full self-disclosure is sustaining.

I had a great birthday and lots of wonderful warm wishes.  Thanks to all of you!  I am totally amped for year 33.  Not only is the year palindromic, but it is the year I become a home owner and, hopefully, the year I get skinny. 

For those of you not in the home owner loop, let me explain.  I have been trying to buy a home for the last several months.  The market is incredible and interest rates ridiculously low.  If there ever was a time to jump into the real estate game, this is it.  I moved in with my aunt and uncle in Beaverton this July.  I was supposed to close on a lovely 3 bed/2.1 bath townhouse in mid-September.  However, due to an under appraisal and sellers who thought much too highly of their stuff the sale fell through two weeks ago. 

I started looking again and found a cooler, awesomer house-house (check out pics!) and made an offer on Wednesday. 

After some haggling, I signed the contract yesterday afternoon for only $189K, a wonderful birthday present to myself!  The inspection is Monday and I hope all will go well.

I think this may have been the only birthday that I actually lost weight, 1.6 lbs to be precise.

Today's Weight: 283.8
Today's Weight Loss: 1.6
Total Weight Loss:  8.0