Monday, June 23, 2008

Yes Austere, it is Monday already! Can you believe how time flies? Not much to report. Just the same old stuff. Boring really.

It is six pm and I have no idea what is for dinner. I just heard the recliner sink back, so I know Josh isn't cooking. What's a girl to do? I would rather read blogs. later...

Friday, June 20, 2008

Can A Girl Get A Break?

Morning. I am heading into work in a little. Lots to do today. We are getting ready to grand open one of the stores on the west side of the city. I can't wait for it to be done with so I can focus more on packing and moving.....

That was the boss just calling. Well, one of the bosses anyway. I better get a move on it! later...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A Day From Hell

I thought I would do a quick post before I head out today. Yesterday was a terrible day. It started off with breakfast and our server forgetting part of our order. Then the kid wanted to go the neighbor kid's house. The rule is that he is not allowed to go into any one's back yard. He has to stay up front where he is visible (yes, I am a protective mother). Anyway, he went into the kid's back yard for about 20 minutes to play around with the water hose. When he came back up front, he noticed someone had stolen his brand new bike. Argh! I was one unhappy mother! If the kid had just listened, he would not have left his bike unattended. I was furious. Not only was his bike gone, but he was soaking wet and had his brand new phone in his pocket! Fortunately, the phone was okay and did not receive any water damage.

We filed a police report, but we know the bike is long gone by now. The kid is grounded indefinitely for not listening to his mother. Yeah, I am a mean momma.

Well, after that whole situation, we were headed out to get something to eat. We all hopped in the car and I changed my mind about what I was wearing. I got out, went in to the house to change, came back out and realized I did not have my keys. Josh left his in the house as well. So, while we waited for 30 minutes for a locksmith to come, we were eaten alive by mosquitoes. I thought we were the ones who were suppose to be dining out? We tried to get into our house by ourselves, but we proudly had to admit, it was closed up tight. This kind of gave me a sense of relief.

After paying the nice couple $80 for 90 seconds of work, we got our keys and decided to go out to eat anyway. We had already lost over $300 that day, and felt we deserved it.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Of Course

Of course it has been extremely busy! On Monday I had so many meetings. Yesterday the kid had an orthodontist appointment. I worked until eight last night, came home and cooked dinner, helped the kid bake cookies, and settled in for bed sometime around 10:30.

This morning I have already stopped into one store, gave the crew some direction, grabbed some breakfast with the kid, had a few words with management of the restaurant, left no tip for our waitress as she forgot part of our order and never came back to the table. Uh, yeah. No tip for you!

This afternoon will consist of more laundry, going through my old boxes, and perhaps hitting a couple of stores for summer clothes. It's still early.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

When God Made Truckers

When the Lord was creating truck drivers, he was into his 6th day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order?" A truck driver has to be able to drive 10-12 hours per day, through any type of weather, on any type of road, know the highway traffic laws of 48 states and 10 provinces, he has to be ready and able to unload 40,000 lbs of cargo after driving thru the night, sleep in areas of cities that the police refuse to patrol." He has to be able to live in his truck 24 hours a day 7 days a week for weeks on end, offer first aid and motorist assistance to his fellow travelers, meet just in time schedules, and still maintain an even and controlled composure when all around him appear to have gone mad." "He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half eaten meals; he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "six pair of way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord. "It's the three pairs of eyes a driver has to have.

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees the herd of deer in the thickets 3 miles away". "Another pair here in the side of his head for the blind spots that motorists love to hide in; and another pair of eyes that can look reassuringly at the bleeding victim of a drunk driver that crashed into his ICC bumper at 70MPH and say," "You'll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can drive 650 miles a day, without incident and can raise a family of five without ever seeing them, on 30 cents a mile."

The angel circled the model of the truck driver very slowly, "can't it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of every HAZMAT load invented; recite Federal Motor Carrier Regulations rules and regs in his sleep; deliver, pickup, be a father, offer timely advice to strangers, search for missing children, defend a woman's or children's rights, get 8 hours of good rest on the street and raise a family of law respecting citizens, without ever going home....and still it keeps its sense of humor." "This driver also has a phenomenal personal control. He can deal with delivery and pickup created from scenes painted in hell,
coax a lumper to actually work for his money, comfort an accident victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how truck drivers are nothing more than killers on wheels and have no respect for the rights of others while using the nations highways.

"Finally", the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the driver. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the Lord. "It's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the flag, for justice, for the family without it's father."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there."

Author Unknown..

without trucker drivers America would not move. I love you daddy!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

What A FUN Day!

Well, I was right. It was a busy day. Spent time in only one store. There was a lot going on! I had to re-merchandise in three departments. I was also a cheerleader today in our grilling contest. It was a FUN busy day. I walked with the Pres. of the company. The VP called about an hour after he left, making sure everything was good. Duh! He was with me! lol...

Anyway, I picked up the kid on the way home, took a short nap, and got up to cook. We had flank steaks on the grill, baked potato, and grilled artisan bread. Yumm-O! After dinner we went to our local golf park and played miniature golf. It was fun! Josh and the kid were neck and neck while I wimped out and took score. Josh won over the kid by one measly point. Oh well.

Did you ever play the Slug Bug game when you were younger? We did that while in the car. I won with 5. WooHoo!

It was a great night. We are chilling at home, dishes are in the washer, Josh is in the washer (shower), the kid will be next, and we start all over again tomorrow. The kid will be going to dad's house to spend time with him on Father's Day.

Hope you are all having a grand weekend!

Bare Hands Grabbing the Buns! Oh My!

Good morning! Just checking in before I head out the door. Today will prove to be a busy day.

Yesterday we went to a driving range, where the kid and Josh hit a bucket of golf balls. The kid is pretty good. I know I can't do it. Then we went to Logan's Steakhouse. It's a copycat of Texas Roadhouse. The food is okay. I got a medium-rare rib eye, which didn't look like a rib eye, a baked sweet potato, and a salad. I also got some tea to wash it all down. Josh got the chicken fried steak and the kid got his usual cheeseburger plain with fries. We had seats that looked into their back prep room. This is also the area where they bake the rolls. I noticed my server using tongs, but two of the guys were grabbing rolls with their bare hands. Ew! I kept thinking about how they probably don't wash their hands after taking a leak in the bathroom, and it made me sick to my stomach. When our server came back, I pointed out to her how much I appreciated her using the tongs and commented how gross it was for the two guys not to. She then went back there and told them to start using tongs and notified a manager. Yuck!

After dinner, we dropped the kid off at his dad's house and headed over to Josh's sister's house. His mom is staying there for awhile. We all talked for about an hour and then we headed home. I did one more load of laundry last night, because I still have a ton to do. In fact, I have towels in the dryer right now as I sit here and type. As soon as they are done, I will fold and put them away, then head out to face the work world. Yes, it is going to be a busy day. Have a great one!

Friday, June 13, 2008


On the go! On the go! Go! Go! Go!

Busy work day!


Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Day Off?

I am on my second load of laundry. About ten more to go. It's bedding day. I am washing all of the sheets, pillow cases, and comforters, along with a week's worth of dirty clothes and towels. Gotta love it.

The kid has already cleaned up the living room and his bedroom. He has loaded and unloaded the dishwasher and taken out the trash. Not bad.

I have a ton to do. I am sorting through lots of papers and boxes, throwing away what I don't need to take with us. I am hoping we will be able to move around the first week in August. Placing the kid in school may prove to be a bit challenging. School up there starts around August 18, so we will need to start looking right away.

Well, clean clothes are staring at me, waiting to be folded. Gotta go. Later.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

I Gotta Go Get The Kid

Good morning. I only had to work a half day today. Thank goodness. I am going to pick up the kid today from the grandparents' house. I really miss him.

Yes, I got the job I wanted. This will mean a move sometime in July. We will live in an apartment for the first year we are there. After a year, we will look at buying a new house. We do have to sell the house we are in. It shouldn't be too hard. It's not a new house, so it should sell well under $100,000. The kid is going with me, but the dad is putting up a major fight. I will have to work with the legal system. Shouldn't be a problem. He will be able to visit his dad anytime he wants.

I am getting extremely excited, however, I have not really told any of my co-workers. My departments do not know either. I think everyone will start finding out this week. This sucks because I need to concentrate on getting a store grand opening ready and I definitely don't need the extra drama.

As we get closer to moving, I am sure blogging will not be a priority. So there's your warning if the posts start getting sparse. I apologize now.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I gotta go get the kid...

Friday, June 06, 2008

Great News!!!

Good morning! I have some wonderful news!

I GOT THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!

That's right, I got the job. I also got everything I asked for. WooHoo!!! I am waiting for my offer letter to get here. My division will not make an announcement until I get my offer letter and I officially accept the position.

Cinci - Here I come!

I always knew I would be moving to a bigger city. I am so very happy right now. Thanks for all your kind words and positive comments. I appreciate it so much. It has helped the waiting part of this.

One of the VPs used to be my boss. She has inspired me so much. It's going to be so sad to leave, but so exciting to start something new. She told me she would back me up 100%, so I know I am going to be okay.

I also told my best friend last night. She works for our company and she seemed shocked. I have been keeping this from her for a long time. I know she would consider making a move as well. That would be nice to have her there with me.

Well, I am scheduled off today. I have a ton of stuff to do. I think a list of things to do needs to be the first thing I tackle today. Unfortunately, this list is going to keep growing and growing until it's time to leave. Later...

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Lots Going On

Good morning. It has proven to be a busy week. Lots going on. Poker tonight, dinner with friends tomorrow night, going to get the kid on Friday. Lots going on.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Aggravated, Irritated, Just Plain Bitchy

My sister has a tendency to really irritate me sometimes. She can have such a nasty attitude about things. When we took her to dinner last night, it seemed as though nothing could be done good enough for her. She was rude to the waitstaff, rude in her comments about the restaurant of HER choice, and just plain bitchy. Yeah, yeah, I seem very irritated, but it just pisses me off. People are so ungrateful for what they have. Ugh!

Well, I made it back in good time. The kid is back with the grandparents anxiously waiting for grandpa to take him fishing. Boys. What do you do?

I guess one of my stores ran into some problems over the weekend. We have some assistants who have no business being in management. Oh well. Back to the grindstone tomorrow.

I should hear something this week about the interview. I have yet to tell my best friend. She is going to freak out if I get the position. It's making me a little nervous.

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!