Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Random Stuff

Isaac is doing so much better. Still not 100% but getting better everyday. He has his follow up doctor's appointment today and I'm sure it will be good news.

I think we have more snow here now in the last 2 days than we had in all of January. Thank goodness it never got bad. I hate driving in bad snow. You'd think that after living all of my life in northern Ohio, I'd be used to it. Guess that's just it...I'm used to it, but hate it all at the same time. It's highly unlikely I'll move to a place where there is no snow...after all..what else would there be for me to complain about in the winter time.

Can't believe today is the end of February already!! Is it just me or did January and February fly by faster than last year?? Guess I've just had a couple of really busy months.

My Bob and I have been making progress on our "plans". Things are moving slowly and I guess that's good in a way, but they are getting closer to being where we need them to be. ( guess I can't be more vague than that...lol) I will say that we have been "house hunting" but nothing more. I'm pretty sure we decided lastnight that I'll be going there for the Cherry Blossom Festivities. I was there too early last year and missed it all. It was raining nearly everyday anyway. Looking forward to getting away for a few days. Hopefully he'll get to come here for a day or 2 first. I will say this...it's a great feeling when things start to fall into place. I don't think I've ever beem more patient in my life about wanting something to happen. It's been good and I know it will be rewarding!

I managed to watch a movie the other day called "Wedding Crashers"..I'm probably the only one that wasn't impressed by the humor of it. Oh well, you'll have that. Here in a little bit I'm going to watch "Cinderella man". I'm really hoping I like this one as I saw the previews and it looks good.

Wish I had the entire day off but I don't. I have to close tonight from 2pm to 11:30 pm. Tuesdays aren't too bad though usually. It will be nice to be off both Wednesday & Thursday. I'll be babysitting Isaac though as he's still not allowed back in daycare. Kind of puts a cramp in those 2 days off, but I'll manage it. Isaac is more important than anything I wanted to do anyway. I'm sure this will be a huge help in me not spending any money uneccessarily...lol

I was tagged a few days back by my sister. I just haven't taken the time to sit here and post. I'll add it in here now.....

The rules: List 7 songs you're into right now. No matter the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening too.

Well, truth be known..I enjoy my quiet time and don't have the radio on much at home and rarely in my truck. We have satellite radio on at work and it's tuned to the 70's if that tells you anything...LOL. Well here is what I've been listening to lately......

1.) "My give a damn is busted"..JoDee Messina. I can so relate to this song more times than I care to...LOL.

2 thru 7 can be summed up by my Doobie Brother's CD I have been playing repeatedly for weeks now. It't the best of the Doobies. You can't get any better than this in my opinion for a lively CD to put you in a good mood. Helps me get the apartment clean too. Just have to remember not to try to dance to it if the dog is near by. He swears I'm playing and runs for his big black rubber bone thinking it's playtime. I swear he loves the Doobies too!!!

I won't tag anyone since most people that visit here don't do tags. If you want to participate and list the 7 songs you are really enjoying lately, just let us know and we'll come visit.

Now to go watch my movie so I can get ready for work.....oh joy!!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

I have some great news!!!!

This is how I found Isaac today when I got to the hospital after work. It seems that a few times throughout the night his little IV line kept stopping. They needed a bigger vein so they shaved the side of his little head and put one there. Heather said in all it took about 45 minutes. Well that was after an attempt in his other wrist. But this isn't the good news. Keep reading for that.

It turns out that after the IV drip and his antibiotics they were pumping into him, that he regained a bit of an appetite. It was good to see him eat 4 oz of formula because ever since Thursday we couldn't get him to take more than about an ounce at any given time. This is good news, but not the great news. Keep reading.

After he ate he wanted to play and kick his legs with much more energy than he's had in a week. It's hard to hold them when you have to be extra careful of that IV tube but I managed. That is the most alert he's been for awhile now. Still not the great news...lol. Keep reading.

THIS is what Heather needed to see....a true SMILE!! This is her happy baby and we are all glad he's feeling better enough to do that. After I took this photo the doctor came in and asked Heather if she wanted to take him home. Well naturally she said yes. We thought the doctor would release him in the morning. We were both glad we were wrong. She released him tonight!!! Yes...That is the great news. I left before they took out his IV because I had to go pick up Deydra from her other Grandma's house so they could be home together. Before Deydra could come home we had to have a sit down talk with her. She's not aloud to be very close to Isaac. No kisses, no hugs as he's still contagious. The rough part is over for him but we need to make sure deydra stays away or she could get a really bad cold from him. She's too old the doctor said for her to catch the RSV, but not still get a really bad cold. She's dissapointed as she just loves him so much and really missed him, but she promised to be good and not get close. So there you have it. Isaac is out of the rough spot and out of the hospital and back home. He does still have to get his breathing treatments 4 times a day for 2 weeks yet and finish off the ELIXER the doctor prescribed. They gave Heather a stethescope to take home so she can listen to his lungs. They taught her what to listen for and what the different sounds meant. It's good that he's home and hopefully soon will be good as new.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Isaac is really sick

I'm babysitting Isaac today since he can't go to daycare for awhile. Heather took him to the doctor yesterday because his little voice is nearly gone and his eyes had mucas stuff in them. Poor little guy just squeeks like a mouse. Turns out he has RSV..(an upper respitory infection that infants get). He doesn't have a temperature which is good. I have to check it a few times a day to make sure it doesn't get above 100.3 or I'm to take him to the hospital immediately. He is taking HYDRAMINE ELIXIR 3 times a day for 3 days and he's on a nebulizer breathing machine every 4 hours. Since he has to be elevated for his breathing...I think I'll get alot of rocking done today...lol. Something I don't mind at all. So needless to say, I have my hands full today..(literally). The only bad thing about that is I didn't get home from work until 1:20 this morning and was awaken by Heather's phone call at nearly 7:30 to tell me to meet her at the car since she had so much stuff for him that she was bringing. I'm sure I'll do fine...I just don't want to doze off at any point today and miss a treatment or just simply not hear him since he's lost his voice and really isn't able to cry. He sounds like a really hoarse kitten crying for his mommy when he does cry. Good thing I have they day off today so Heather doesn't have to miss work.

I had to take Isaac to the hospital around noon today. I started to give him his breathing treatment but his temperature was 102º. I called Heather at work and she met me at the hospital. The triage nurse gave him some tylenol right way. They took us back to the room and his heart rate was 200 and oxygen was 97. We were told that was all good. At this current time which is 5pm, Heather is still at the hospital with Isaac. They gave him an IV because he is a little dehydrated. The emergency room doctor called the pediatrican then came back an ordered a chest xray. I won't know more until Heather comes back. I had to leave so I could pick up Deydra from day care. As soon as I know anything more, I'll update again.

It's 8:15pm and I just returned from going back to the hospital. They admitted Isaac. He has congestion in his right lung. He has what they said was the beginning stage of pnuemonia. Heather is upset and naturally so being the mom of a new born and having to even go back to work so soon. The hospital said it was good that we got him there today and it was discovered early. I have no clue now how long he'll be in the hospital. All they said was he has to stay until his lung is clear. I couldn't wait any longer to see the doctor so I don't have any more information. I'll update again when I do.

I found this site on just what is RSV and I'm finding it to be very educating.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

It's that time of the week already??

Yes it's HNT time again. This week I chose my steamy hot shower to relax in before going to bed.

Still not sure what all the HNT fuss is about? Scroll over to my side bar and click on the HNT logo for all the rules and details.

Happy HNT everyone!!

Guess I needed that nap.....

Ever sleep so hard that why you woke up you thought it was the next day but in all actuallity you were only asleep for 2 hours??

I closed lastnight and went to bed around 12:30 this morning. I needed to get up early because I had some errands to run first thing. As you can guess, I didn't get much sleep. after my morning errands were done I went to my Mom's to spend the day with her. She lives in a rural area and her mailbox is at the top of the street. It was rotted and fell apart a few days ago so we were going shopping for a new one today. We stopped at the postoffice and got her a temporary P.O. Box unitl I get hers repaired. While looking at her car I notice her tires weren't the best so she had some money saved up and I took her to Wal-mart and she had new tires put on. After lunch at Bob Evans we went up to Lowe's and purchased a new mailbox kit. Since we were in the same plaza as Borders Books, she wanted to go in there. I was getting more tired the longer we walked around these stores. I told her I needed to nap so I took her home and brought myself back her and collapsed on my bed. That was about 4pm. My Daughter and the grandkids popped in at 5:51 and woke me up. I thought for sure it was the next morning and couldn't figure out why they were here so early. She looked at me as though I was crazy then realized I was still 1/2 asleep. We had a good laugh over that one. I felt as though I had slept all night. I hate when that happens...lol. Thank goodness it doesn't happen often. The funny thing is...I know when I do go back to bed tonight....I'll sleep really good.

What was the motive?????

Read this question, come up with an answer and then scroll down to the bottom for the result. This is not a trick question. It is as it reads.
No one I know has gotten it right-including me.

A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met this guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing, so much her dream guy she believed him to be just that! She fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number and could not find him. A few days later she killed her sister.

Question: What is her motive in killing her sister?

(Give this some thought before you answer). SCROLL DOWN.

Answer: She was hoping that the guy would appear at the funeral again. If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a test by a famous American Psychologis t used to test if one has the same mentality as a killer.

Many arrested serial killers took part in the test and answered the question correctly. If you didn't answer the question correctly, good for you.

If you got the answer correct, please let me know so I can take you off of my email list unless that will tick you off, then I'll just be extra nice to you from now on. Be sure to share the test!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Johari Window

I was over at Y-Vonne's blog a little bit ago and saw something I thought rather interesting. I wasn't sure how to discribe myself as I usually do that according to my moods. However, I gave it a try and picked 6 words I felt discribed me most often no matter my mood. Out of curiousity, I was wondering what some of you that read my blog from time to time thought. Click here to choose about 5 or 6 words you feel discribes me. I'd be interested in what you think. It's all about perception. I know we tend to see ourselves differently than others do most of time. You can start your own Johari Window then too if you like.

A site worth checking out.....

I wanted to share with anyone that may be interested in reading ( My Bob's son's website) He started this website so his friends and family back home could get updates and annoucements and such while he's in the Marines. He has just recently updated his website and I find it rather interesting. He was originally scheduled to leave for Iraq yesterday, but that was moved ahead till sometime between February 23rd and March 1st if I read it right. I haven't endorsed a blog in awhile so I was thinking it was past time I did that. My Bob doesn't write often in his blog, but you'll find him here if you'd like to read what's on his mind too now and then.

I don't really have much on my mind today as it's still pretty early for me and I'm not all the way awake yet...lol. Have fun surfing!

Saturday, February 18, 2006

My Baby

This is my baby. His name is Cerebus. He is my constant companion and very loyal to me. No matter how much or how little attention I give him, he's always exstatic to see me return home. Even if I'm only gone a few minutes. Actually I seem to get a better greeting after only being gone a few minutes. I swear he's letting me know how happy he is that I haven't left him here for 10 to 12 hours alone. That's the sucky part about having a pet and you live alone. The poor thing has to be here in the house with no attention what so ever. They get lonely. No one to pet them. No one to play with them. No one to let them out to pee either for 12 hours. How fair is that to your devoted pet and companion??? I would have a huge hole in my heart if anything ever happened to him. He has the best personality I have ever seen in a dog. He is so loving and friendly to everyone. He has some of the cutest facial expressions as well that just compliment his personality. He has a birthday coming up in April and he'll only be 3yrs old. I'm actually thinking of treating him extra special that day. After all, he's extrememly deserving of any and all attention that he gets.

In a few posts back I was asked to show pictures of my dog. I have before, but I'll graciously share them again.

He loves his ice cream cones as much as he loves to play with bottles. This particular bottle was an empty apple juice bottle that he was certain still had some juice worthy of getting out. Well, that's my baby.

Friday, February 17, 2006

What sign should you be???

You Should Be A Pisces

What's good about you: carefree and compassionate, you are truly light hearted

What's bad about you: when things get bad, you tend to retreat and not let others in

In love: you're a true romantic - it's flowers, bubble baths, and candles all the way

In friendship, you're: eager to lend a sympathetic ear and likely to develop a deep connection

Your ideal job: bartender, magician, or secret agent

Your sense of fashion: simple clothes that don't distract from your personality

You like to pig out on: seafood - from fish sticks to salmon
This couldn't have described me any better. I'd have to say that I agree with this 100%. No wonder I'm not happy being an assistant manager of a restaurant. Perhaps I'll study to be a secret agent....LOL. The funny part of this is that I do LOVE seafood!! By the way for those of you curious, I'm an Aquarius.

I think too much.....

I'm sure that's all it is. I have weird dreams sometimes that keep me from falling into a deep sleep. I worry when I shouldn't. Is there a cure? The thing is, I'm alone too much and my mind wanders. It never stops thinking about things. I don't want to say I worry about everything, because I don't really, I just think too much. Mostly what I think about anymore is where my job is going and where, when & how my live is changing. (don't try to hang on my every word..I just have to get these thoughts out on "paper" so I don't go stark raving mad and can sleep tonight). My job...lately has been less stressfull. I'm getting along better with the GM..I'm just still not where I want to be as far as comfortable with where I work. I dont have a problem with what I do as much as where I'm doing it at. Do I have the power to change that? Asolutely!! Do I want to? Absolutely!! Am I ready for that change? No...not yet. Does that frustrate me? Abolutely!! So what holds me back? The fear of the unknown. I know I want to go live with Bob. That is a given and I have no doubts or fears about that. I know he wants me to be with him. We have been planning for this for awhile now. The unkowns are where we'll live..."exactly"...(it's a defenate that it will be in the DC area)....just haven't narrowed that down yet. When will this all fall together for us? (another unknown) Will I be able to keep my baby? I'm scared of loosing him more than anything. He's too good and well behaved and disciplined to just give away. My heart would be broken and I can't have that. So I take him and live illegally? Can we live with that stress? Can we survive my broken heart if I loose him? Have we discussed this?....only partly. That's one of those "cross the bridge when we come to it" things. Yet it's constantly on my mind. My children don't understand my relationship as it is. They can't understand why I'm with someone that lives in another state. I know that 3 and a 1/2 years ago I was in a different relationship that went horribly wrong with a guy that lived out of state and I gave up my entire live as I knew it to be with him. My kids are certain that I'm making another bad decision. What they don't realize is this relationship I'm in now has nothing to do with that other one from my past. It in no way has any resemblence to it at all. My Bob is the best thing that has happened to me. My son is the one that worries about me the most. I'm sure it's because he saw first hand the devastation I went through and the pain that was caused from my past. How do I let him know that I'll be alright and he doesn't need to worry? Bob has been so good to me in so many ways that I can't even begin to count how many ways. If it wasn't for him living where he does at the moment, I'd be there now. I miss him so very much and I'm certain that's the reason for my mind constantly thinking. The last time we got to spend alot of time together was in November for out 9 day vacation. It was awesome seeing him over Christmas and I'll never minimize our time together...it was just too short. By the time I'll get to see him again it will have been nearly 2 months. I hate being away from him. He needs a break. He's been so busy working on all these remodels and addition building, that he's so exhausted you can hear it in his voice. That's why I worry. I can tell something is wrong. I'm certain it's just from what he says it is.....tired from work. He also is constantly thinking about things. I'm certain they are close to being the same thing as me with the addition of his son going to Iraq in just a few days. I wish there was something I could do or say to ease his mind about that. I know how I would feel if it were my son going over there. I too worry about Bill going. How do you shut your mind off? I'm going to try now since I have to get to sleep.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Happy HNT...with some bubbles

Not sure if this is an act of bravory or stupidity but I took a pic while taking a bath lastnight. I'm serious too critical of my body to show much more. This also is as topless as I'll ever get on camera!

Happy HNT!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Busy day for a day off of sorts.....

No alarm clock needed today and that was nice. Still I woke up around 7ish this morning. I have a pretty busy day today and needed to get an early start. My dog had a vet appointment this morning @ 10:15. His shots were past due and he needed his allergy shot. (poor pup has skin allergies that flare up now and then). I found out that he's 63.2 pounds today. That's the most he's weighed since I've had him. He got a clean bill of health and the vet says he looks great! Before his appointment I made sure to drive him out to the restaurant I work at so a few of my co-workers could see him. They don't believe I have a pitbull that is sweet enough to be a poodle...lol. They believe me now. I love showing him off to people. After his appointment I took him to the pet store (which he loves to go in and get petted by nearly everyone there) and bought him a new "toy" and some turkey jerky treats .... or as he knows them to be..."cookies". I have to be careful the treats he gets and food he eats because of his allergies. He gets the good stuff. I swear by Purina Pro-plan Turkey & Barley. Anyhoo....enough about the dog.

Stopped by Mom's after the dog's stuff was taken care of to balance her checkbook and talk to her for awhile. She bought a movie she was just cracking up over while trying to tell me about it. Turns out she bought a movie with Martin Lawrence in called Big Momma's House. I've seen previews yet have never seen it. It does look hilarious. She loved it so much she can't wait for the 2nd one to come out. I kept the visit with Mom short because she can get rather windy and talk about anything and take up to an hour to tell you just one little thing. I didn't want to feel rushed to get up to my meeting after awhile. so I came home for a bit.

When I'm done with this little break, I have to get ready to drive up to Fairlawn, Ohio (about 45 minutes away) to attend a food manager's meeting for work. Things in that area at work have been improving and I intend to keep it that way. My GM right now has a positive attitude about some things I'm working on to improve the food cost percentage. I need to show them that I can handle this. I'm sure this will be a boring meeting...they all tend to be. I'm really looking forward to being in one of the other restaurants though. I can sorta "check it out" to see how clean and organized it is compared to ours. Trust me....anything has to be better than ours. I hate how unorganized our store is. I've worked on it...but these people I work with are just lazy. Oh well..enough bitching about that.

I should sign off and get ready to go. Probably watch a movie when I get home later. That should wrap up my busy day off.

Monday, February 13, 2006

New Pictures of the Family.....

Deydra looking good in orange....(wish I could look this cute in orange...lol). Too bad it's hard to tell in this picture, but the photo on the wall behind my grand daughter is Heather's senior high school photo and Deydra looks just like her. I'm sure she gets annoyed by it and I really do try hard not to, but I call Deydra Heather alot. Infact I did it so much one day that Deyrda told me..."It's okay Mom-Mom, you can call me Heather if you want to!". Perhaps I'm just getting senile...lol

Heather and Deydra really are this happy together 90% of the time. Today is Heather's Birthday. She's now 27 yrs old. Never thought I'd have a kid nearly 30. I think she's absolutely beautiful and looking rather great for having just had a baby a month and a 1/2 ago.

Yes, I'll admit it...I'm hiding behind the grandkids. It's shameful I know. #1)..I don't like having my picture taken....(thus I like to be the photographer)...#2)....I need too loose weight before I'm comfortable enough to pose for a picture. For now I'll let Deydra be the camera hog and from the looks of this photo, perhaps Isaac doesn't care for the camera much either...lol..not too sure what has his attention. I just realized how much Heather looks like me. The last thing I want is to look like my Mother...hope she's okay with it....lol

I'll be posting more photos now I'm sure since it's so easy. I used to have a digital but I broke the insides where the plug for the computer goes and it would never "communicate" with my PC to upload the pictures....I haven't used it in nearly 4 years. I'm sure the fascination of having a new camera will fade soon. My favorite is my 35mm cannon rebel X though and I'll always use it and wait for film developing. I'll be sure not to let it accumulate too much dust.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

I have a new toy!!

I took myself shopping this morning and it felt really good to be able to just go and spend a little money on myself. I purchased a new digital camera. I also purchased a new chair for my computer. The one I had was very worn out and needed new cushions. I found a really nice student chair for about $25 at Wal-Mart. After putting the chair together and making sure I read the material on my new camera, I felt comfortable playing with it a little bit. Here's the first shot taken...........

This is my new computer stand that Heather bought for me last week so she could have back the table I was using. Not bad for $60. It was the last one left and the floor model so it was already put together. All she and I had to do was bring it up the stairs and put it here. It gives me alot of room now and I don't feel so "crowded" by things while I'm doing something here.

This is my new little sofa that my co-worker gave me. She takes great care of her things and I would trust getting anything from her. She's in her late 60's and is very sweet until you "cross" her. I think this looks pretty good in my tiny livingroom. I'm sure I'll move it around a time or 3 before I find just the "right spot" for it.

Well...time has slipped by me and now it's time to get ready for work. Hope you all are having a great weekend while I go and work mine away..lol.

Friday, February 10, 2006

This was an article in our newspaper today....

Flasher caught when school bus riders get his license plate
Friday, February 10, 2006 BY Benjamin Duer REPOSITORY STAFF WRITER

PERRY TWP. - He wanted attention. And he got it.

Perhaps too much for his own sake.

Richard T. Geiger, 43, is accused of dropping his pants and masturbating while driving alongside a school bus full of young girls on their way to a basketball game, police say.

The girls were ages 11 to 14.

Geiger of 820 Federal Ave. NE in Massillon was arrested Thursday on charges of public indecency and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, a felony. The incident occurred at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Police Chief Tim Escola said Geiger stopped next to the bus at a traffic light on Perry Drive NW, caught the passengers’ attention, pulled his pants down and masturbated.

All 16 girls and three adults saw him.

Apparently, the driver forgot that he could be tracked down by his license plates. And the girls jotted down the plate numbers, Escola said.

Geiger has offered no explanation, Escola said. “He just said he knows he did wrong.”

The girls are members of the Perry Local junior high girls basketball team, Escola said. They were headed to a game.

This is the stuff I just don't get. How does someone become perverted like that??? There are some really sick people in our society these day.....just angers me!!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Could this be true????

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Things I managed to get accomplished today....

Waking up was my first big thing today since my body decided it was sore as hell from all the furniture moving lately. I'm sure what has my back out now is moving the coffee table while the TV and such was still on it. (I know I was using my legs mostly so maybe it was from carrying the loveseat up the stairs...oh well).

I babysat Isaac this morning so Heather could do some important errands. Yes I was given a wonderful formula filled shitty diaper that I didn't want to change but had to....ick. (thought those days were way behind me). After Heather came back I ran for my own errand. Went to the bank and bought the cashier's check needed to pay off my truck. Drop that in the mail with a big happy grin. It felt good to be able to do that. Knowing now that my paychecks won't be so stretched is a welcome relief.

Went with Heather to pick Deydra up from school then we all went to Walmart to drop off film and "window shop". We bought some rattle type toys for Isaac since now he's becoming more and more alert to sights and sounds. While we were there I discovered just how out of whack my back is today since I found a sharp pain on the left side of my mid back muscle while lifting the carseat onto the shopping cart. Great...as if I didn't already need an excuse to get back into exercising...this sure reminds me to.

Dropped Heather and the kids off at home and decided to treat myself to a movie rental. I picked up Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Now keep in mind that I am not a Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie fan so it's taken me awhile to see this movie. It was pretty good but defenately not worth seeing again.

Funny how I'm sitting here recapping my day off and it sure doesn't seem as though I accomplished an awful lot for being up at 7:30am and it being nearly 9pm. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have something more progressive to do while still off work.

A Woman should have................

A set of screwdrivers,
a cordless drill, and
a black lace bra...

One friend who
Always makes her Laugh...
And one
Who lets her cry...


A good piece of furniture
not previously owned by
Anyone else in her family...


Eight matching plates,
Wine glasses with stems,
And a recipe for a meal that will
Make her guests feel honored.

A feeling of control over
Her destiny...

How to fall in love
Without losing herself...

When to try harder... and


That she can't change
The length of her calves,
The width of her hips, or
The nature of her parents...


That her childhood
May not have been
Its over...


What she would and
Do for love or more...


How to live alone...
even if
She do esn't like it...


Whom she can trust,
Whom she can't,
And why she shouldn't
Take it personally...


Where to go...
Be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
Or a charming inn in the woods...
When her soul needs soothing...

What she can and can't accomplish
In a day...
A month..
And a year...

Monday, February 06, 2006

An update of sorts....

I had a rather decent day at work today. I don't mind the 8 to 5 shift either. I am (have been it seems) the food manager at our restaurant now. Starting next week I will be 100% in charge of food cost control and ordering. This is something I'm very familiar with since I've done it for 17 years at my last place of employment. Keeping the cost in this restaurant at the desired % is going to be a challenge. Looking back at the store's history, it's always had a bad % rate. This is something hopefully I'll be able to change for the better. I had my employee evaluation given to me today too. I was dreading it too. You see, my GM and I haven't gotten along at all since I've been there and we have had a few problems. I'm pretty sure those are behind us, but I'm still leary of her anyway. The evaluation wasn't the greatest, but it certainly wasn't the horrible thing I thought she'd give to me. I have vowed to myself that I will be successfull at this restaurant. My GM told me today ...with sincerity...that she is going to back me 100% in my decision making pertaining to food cost when the employees start coming to her "whining" about any changes or notices I happen to post. I have been needing that acknowledgement from her the entire time I've been there. I'm not sure if this "new her" is due to the bypass surgery she just recently had or what, but I'm going to take this support and run with it. To be honest, I'm not even sure why I have been "lazy" in not putting my all into my work. I know I'm better than what I've been giving. I went crazy today hanging notices in the grill, fountain and server aisle areas for all the employees. As I was leaving today I overheard some servers questioning some of the items. At least I know I have their attention. Now to follow through. Not only so that my GM and the owner know I really do have what it takes to work in a full serve restaurant, but to myself as well. I think I finally have that "right frame of mind" I've been needing....(it's only taken 8 and 1/2 months).

We have a server that works for us that when you aren't on her shit list can be the sweetest little old lady ever. It's funny .... shortly after I started working there, she came up to me one day and bluntly told me that "when you first started here, I didn't like you because I thought you were lazy".....lol. The day she told me this we were extremely busy and I was running back and forth and up and down doing tons of everything for and with everyone so we could stay up on things and in her mind it was the first time she had witnessed me doing any work. She liked what she saw and told me she didn't think I was lazy anymore. Ever since that day, she and I have gotten along great. (she's been there 22 yrs) I brought her up because today she and I were discussing my sore back and why I thought it was sore. Not only am I extremely out of shape, but I was moving furniture on my 2 days off both up my stairs and my daughter's stairs. She had remembered that she has been trying to find someone that could make use of a loveseat she has. I told her I could since the only 2 pieces of furniture I have in my livingroom is my computer chair and an old wooden rocking chair that doesn't have the rockers on it anymore. Well don't you know she went and told her hubby to put that little sofa in his truck and bring it to the store by 4:45pm and put it in my truck so I could bring it home when I got off at 5pm. Heather came over and helped me bring it up here. Thankgoodness it's light. Still though, even a light peice of furniture being carried up a flight of stairs (in a narrow hall) and around the corner is just plain awkward. I'm just going to have to start stretching more and get back to my exercise. I'm thinking of getting a digital camera this weekend....if I do, I'll post a photo of my little sofa in my little livingroom. It's funny...this May will be 2 yrs I've lived here and I finally have some furniture in here.

Good gracious look at the length of this babble. Think I better hit post and get off the computer for awhile.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Some humor to share

I really haven't had much to write about lately I guess. Things are going pretty good for me lately and I haven't been stressed out. Work is even going pretty good. I spent Thursday and Friday taking Heather around different places helping her spend her tax return. She was getting some much needed things for her apartment. So, since I've been pretty quiet lately I thought I'd post this tiny bit of humor instead of writing about a bunch of boring hoo-haw.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I hope this works....it's hilarious

I saw this on Chrissie's blog and had to borrow it...hope it makes you laugh like it did for me. Now I just hope I used the right link to make it work here...lol

Happy HNT......

Not only is this my HNT photo this week but today is My Bob's 46th Birthday!!! Happy Birthday Honey!!! This was taken of him busy working one hot summer day (before we met) and I lightened up the photo so he can be seen....He's gonna shoot me for this I just now it...lol.

I miss you honey and wish I could have went through with that surprise visit for your Birthday.....and stop telling me that they are just another day....because to me they aren't!!

So for everyone that stops to visit and see what I chose this week for HNT, be sure to wish My Bob a Happy Birthday!!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Sharing an email from my Niece

Subject: Morons of 2005

1. WILL THE REAL DUMMY PLEASE STAND UP? AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence.

2. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS: Police in Oakland, CA spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them in the police line, shouting, "Please come out and give yourself up."

3. WHAT WAS PLAN B??? An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.

4. THE GETAWAY! A man walked into a Topeka , Kansas Kwik Stop and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.

5. DID I SAY THAT??? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot", the man shouted, "that's not what I said!".

6. ARE WE COMMUNICATING??? A man spoke frantically into the phone: "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart". "Is this her first child?" the doctor asked. "No!" the man shouted, "This is her husband!"

7. NOT THE SHARPEST TOOL IN THE SHED! In Modesto, CA , Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun... Unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellooooooo)!

8. THE GRAND FINALE!!! Last summer, down on Lake Isabella, located in the high desert, an hour east of Bakersfield, CA, some folks, new to boating, were having a problem. No matter how hard they tried, they couldn't get their brand new 22 foot boat, going. It was very sluggish in almost every maneuver, no matter how much power they applied. After about an hour of trying to make it go, they putted into a nearby marina, thinking someone there may be able to tell them what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect working condition. The engine ran fine, the out-drive went up and down, and the propeller was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking on water, he was laughing so hard.

Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer!