littlelotte: (Metamorphoses - fly)
I need a list, otherwise I'll forget.

-Post Office to mail off invites. It's kinda cool that they're going out exactly two months to the day.

-Wasserstrom's, a restaurant warehouse. We need a handful of things for the bar for the Buffett concert pre-party on Wednesday and Buffett Day on Thursday. Basically, we get an extra two days of busy-weekend sales because Cincinnati is the birthplace of the Parrotheads and they like to party. The concert this year was sold out seconds after tickets were released to the public. A guy this week told me a story about how he had the Navy atomic clock up on his computer ticking down the seconds, he hit the buy button the second it clicked to the time, and the screen loaded to a Sold Out message.
--Store 'n' Pours
--SnP flat lids
--Can opener
--Wine keys, multiple, because the last time I bought only one it disappeared within days
--Wine bottle stoppers

-I was going to go to the title office downtown to get an Ohio title. I just realized that insurance is unique to a state, so I'll probably try to do that at some point tomorrow instead of going to the title office. I have a temporary plate that's valid through August 30th, so I can do the title next week instead.

-Haircut! Wedding style haircut which means I will have bangs again. Granted, they're shaggy and layered bangs, but still...I haven't had any form of bangs since I was 16...lol

-Dress alterations. Eek!

-Go over catering contract with Dan, sign, and send off a check.

-Harry Potter in IMax 3D! Yeah! This will be the first one I'm seeing in IMax. I really wish I had made myself see the last one in IMax (it was sold out the first time I tried, and I just never really got a chance after that) because I think that last scene would have been phenominal in 3D.

-Grocery shopping.

...that's all I can come up with for the moment. I hope I'm not forgetting anything!

blah!

Jun. 11th, 2009 02:01 am
littlelotte: (Lindsay reading)
I keep telling myself, "Oh, I need to make a list of all the wedding-related appointments to make before we go to Kalamazoo in July!" I keep telling myself all sorts of things that need to be done...have I yet? Of course not! *headdesk* I so need a vacation. Too bad my last one was wasted on my restaurant closing and moving and my next one will be the wedding week :-P

Also...I think Dan was going to call about the building we want to do the reception at (the former Kraftbrau building). I know they're trying to get their liquor license by the time of our event. I am currently staring at a piece of paper with the following written on it:

liquor license

120

100


Can I dream that that means $120 for the event if they have a liquor license and $100 if not? I'd be so ridiculously ecstatic you wouldn't believe. I've been praying to find a place around $500, and I know that's being crazy-optimistic. At his cousin's wedding last month I told him, "When we open our own restaurant we HAVE to open up a banquet facility simply so that we can offer people a nice reception venue with great food and drink options in the way they want for a reasonable price." I'm so tired of this stuff :-P

Okay...bedtime! Tomorrow entails more fighting with my invite design and my printer. I WILL get this right by Friday. Speaking of...it's been six months since I treated myself to a massage (after doing it on a monthly basis for the previous six). Tomorrow I need to set an appointment up to get one Friday. My back has been screaming at me for months now.

hehehe...

May. 31st, 2009 09:39 am
littlelotte: (MA - indulgence)
So we're working on the whole "registry" thing even though I'm really not thrilled with the idea of people getting us gifts just because we decided to make the whole thing legal and we want them to come and watch...

I came across an absolute gem, though: http://www.bottlenotes.com A wine registry! Amazing! Really I think once we set something up (as we inevitably will given that we love wine) it should be more of a wine wish list for all future birthdays/occasions/etc...kind of like an amazon.com wish list (before Amazon started selling things like housewares and set up registries of their own).
littlelotte: (Default)
Went to Beluga in Hyde Park with the MP here tonight. AMAZING!

Bought two pieces for my Ravenclaw uniform tonight--a Prefect badge and a sweater. They should be delivered in time for me to wear to work Halloween.

Dan paid for and picked up our rings today! One more big piece DONE! They're just very very simple, plain, white gold Comfort Fit bands.

Beluga:
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/32/360274/restaurant/Hyde-Park-Mount-Lookout/Beluga-Cincinnati

http://www.zipscene.com/venues/view/107

Now it's bedtime.
littlelotte: (OR)
Meme 1 )


Meme 2 )

Also, we picked out our rings this week"end" (hey...it was four days off for me, so it is equivalent to my weekend even though it was the middle of the week!).

I had oysters on the half shell, sushi, and Hendricks tonight (and a very interesting and amazing mushroom truffle butter) at The Waterfront in Covington. It failed to impress me last year, but I gave it a second chance because I really wanted raw oysters, and it was wonderful. The above combination makes me blissful, and the great service made it even more wonderful. heeee...
littlelotte: (Default)
Twilight silliness--real city of Forks getting a nice and needed tourist boost from the series and film:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/getaways/09/23/vampire.tourism.ap/index.html

The eldest Duggar child is getting married in two days. ha. Why are so many people on my f'list (yes, me included) so interested in this family?
http://www.ja20.com

CONGRATULATIONS to Dana ([livejournal.com profile] chasmine17) and Rob! She had her baby!!! Lissa texted me with the news and a photo. heee!

And, finally, a Friday Five from last week just because I liked the questions...

1. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
It's really more of "what DIDN'T Lindsay want to be when she was a kid?" The more notable things I wanted to do were actress, prima ballerina, writer, teacher, psychologist, singer...

2. What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
umm...I'm exceedingly proud of the fact that I'm doing well in my current chosen career path :-) I work damn hard at it and for it, but I'm pleased.

3. What is your dream job?
There are a few things I would love to do. One of them fits with what I'm doing right now--I'd love to open my own restaurant. Really what I'd like to do is be independantly wealthy so that I can travel the world and work at doing any sort of project I feel like at any given time.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
No idea, and I really don't care right now. I know I'll be where I need to be. According to the lady that read my palm over New Years, that's right around when I'll have hit my stride for whatever I really decide to do. I do what I feel I need to do at any given time. I like to plan a bit, but life's not interesting if you don't let yourself take things as they come.

5. What does it take to make you happy?
To be doing anything I enjoy. Reading, sometimes working, spending time doing absolutely nothing with Dan or friends, etc.
littlelotte: (Ravenclaw)
So...I got some Ravenclaw patches last December, and I finally put one on my tie...hehehe...



I know the movie won't be out until July, but I want to have some level of completion on my Ravenclaw uniform soon just in case they decide to do some sort of special release for the Tales of Beedle the Bard book in December.

Other than that, nothing special has been happening in my life. I've been working obscenely much, even at home, and spent a few hours on both my days off at the restaurant this week. I'm nearly done with all the training stuff, and will be having a trainer meeting next week before I leave for Cincy. After that, I have a couple of smaller things I want to put together for work while I'm out of town, and then I think I'll be pretty happy with where everything's headed.

A little random, but on my mind recently. A lot of restaurant jobs look for people with at least two years experience in the position they are hiring for. After nearly six years in the business it makes complete sense to me. It took me around two or three solid years to feel truly comfortable as a server. I'm starting to round in on two years in management, and I finally am feeling like I've gotten my feet under me, for the most part. It's a nice feeling. I've worked extremely hard, but I really feel that it's all been worth it. Mind you, I'm nowhere near finished with the hard work part of it--I still have a lot to do--but I'm so much more comfortable with how to do things and how to go about things.

I also realized how brilliant OSI's benefits plan is. After one year with the company you get one week of paid vacation. Every six months after that you get one more week. Once you hit five years with the company you get one week paid vacation every three months. After five years I can see one being exceptionally sick of everything, but when you get a paid vacation every three months, how can you really care? Final vacation in year four and six months of hell. Vacation heaven. Six weeks later you're ready to throttle everybody again, but who cares? In six more weeks you get another week of relief! It's brilliant!

Okay, I have things to do before work, but I wanted to say hello. Hope all is going well with you, f'list!

blah...

Jul. 28th, 2008 09:54 pm
littlelotte: (Heaven - down)
Not much to say, really. Nothing special happening in my life at the moment. My parents are coming to visit in a couple of weeks, though, and they're bringing my gecko :-D I'm very happy that I will finally have Anna back It's been about a year now since she's been mine :-(

We put the new bookcase together today, finally! Well, mostly I put it together ;-) Dan tells me I'm definitely my father's daughter because I'm apparently "handy." I thought he was being facetious because I'm so home-repair/tool ignorant (in fact, my relatives who read this are probably laughing hysterically reading about the likelihood of me being "handy"), but he was completely serious. Granted, I'm far better at hammering a nail into anything than I once was, and I'm actually not horrible (though not amazing by any stretch) at putting sauderwood furniture together ;-) Anyway, now we can finally get rid of some more boxes. Ha. We have too many books between the two of us. Well, can one ever really have too many books? I think I'll only ever say yes when I'm in the process of boxing them up to move. Books are the easiest thing to pack, though, at least. I think we have more boxes of books than we do anything else.

Also, with the new bookcase I finally got to unpack my Phantom snowglobes and such. One of my San Francisco Music Box Company POTO snowglobes is broken! I was heartbroken. It's my favorite one because it pictures the Phantom with his skull staff during the Wandering Child scene (obviously my favorite scene--in the show and in the story, I do believe. There's something so innocent and sweet and heartbreaking and seductive about it). The water is nearly gone (though it didn't seem to leak and there aren't any cracks) and the figure is at an odd angle in the globe.

I really need to take photos of the apartment now that we've got the apartment pretty much put together. We still don't have it all together, but we're leaps and bounds closer than we were a month ago.

Obviously, my life is far from exciting at the moment ;-) Oh! I should preface the following for my mom: you probably don't want to read this, Mom O:-)

More fun ghosty stuff! You may or may not remember the previous entry where I discussed why I think there is a ghost or something in the apartment. Dan hateshateshates to believe in these things after the silly, fluffy neo-pagan phases we went through at one point, but even he is forced to admit that there is something very odd in our apartment. Last night our cat was running and jumping around as usual (she was playing with a toy), and the bathroom door SLAMMED shut on her when she was about to go into the bathroom. Dan actually saw it slam shut (we were in the kitchen). Now, the bathroom door opens into the bathroom, so whatever caused the slam had to be actually in the bathroom, and the window was completely shut (Dan flipped out and checked it a little later once he wasn't freaking out quite so much), so it wasn't a wind from outside.

He's rather freaking out about it because he's never actually lived in a place with activity like this. I'm used to silly little tricky things from the ghost we're certain lives in my parents' house, so it doesn't bother me. I don't feel terrified like I always did when I was anywhere by myself in Jeremy's grandparents' house, and I don't even feel as much presence (for as little as there really was) as I did in my parents' house, so I don't worry about it. I don't even really feel much of a presence at all, and given how sensitive I've always been to those things I take that as meaning it's very benign and I don't need to worry about anything. Which I don't. I'm trying to convince him not to worry, either, and to not talk about it while we're in the house so he doesn't end up stirring more stuff up. This may sound crazy if you don't believe in these things, but I try to make it very clear to whatever these things are (anywhere I might be) that I've never seen anything and that I really really REALLY don't want to see anything while acknowledging that I believe its presence and that I have no problems with it so long as I continue to not see and not be scared of it. I'm debating whether or not we should bring the situation up to the owner and her boyfriend (both of whom have lived/worked in the space) and see if they have any stories or any knowledge of who/what it may be. I get the feeling that they aren't skeptical about these sorts of things, so maybe.

Okay, I think it's just about time to head out now. I hope you all have a good night/good day, depending on when you read this!
littlelotte: (Heaven - down)
At the coffeeshop because I needed to get out of the apartment. I work at 7am tomorrow, blah. I really don't have much to talk about, but I wanted to post, so here I am.

We're pretty certain the apartment is haunted in some form or another. The mirrors in the bathroom freaked me out when we first moved in (and I felt like [livejournal.com profile] alleykitten ;-)), we've found the back door unlocked more than once when we hardly even use it and it's a deadbolt, one of the lights in the bathroom has a mind of its own, the cat freaks out randomly--her back arches and her tail puffs up like a raccoon and she makes an odd sound and just bolts into another room, and there are very odd noises--like things distinctly crashing to the floor in the spare bedroom when absolutely nothing has moved in there. For once in my life I don't mind it and I don't freak out about it. The first time we stepped foot into that apartment it felt comfortable and right, and so this isn't going to concern me. I've definitely been in places where I knew as soon as I went through the door that I would be terrified and miserable because of what I sensed. Oh! Also, the faucet in the bathroom randomly turned on the other night. Dan freaked out pretty badly...lol I've always been the one to be afraid of this stuff and I've always been very sensitive to feeling wrong about things like this. Since I didn't initially, I'm okay with it.

Also, I read the most terrible book on the face of the planet next to Phantom of Manhattan the other day. *shudders*

Umm...working on the newest Jhumpa Lahiri collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth. I finished the first story earlier this week on my vacation. It's nice to have gotten a little bit of reading done for once. I forget how much I miss it until I get the time to read again. I love Jhumpa Lahiri's stories, too. They are very real and very well written. Her details remind me a lot of AS Byatt, whom I also adore.

Vacation was nice. We had a small get together last week Sunday to show off the apartment and kick off Dan's vacation, and then had some people over for a cookout the following Wednesday...during which it poured, so obviously we cooked on our very large front porch and enjoyed the huge thunderstorm. It was nice. Half my bottle of Q seemed to have evaporated during the Sunday party, and everybody was saying how they don't drink gin, so I'm baffled. Ah well.

ummm...We're currently watching a lot of videos. I like the mind-numbingness of it. I think a large part of why it's so hard to read right now is that my mind just doesn't want to handle any more information. I come home and I just don't have the energy to pick up a book. We're currently working our way through the Frasier and Cheers series--we're almost done with Season 2 of Frasier (plus we already watched through Season 8), and we're on the last disc of Cheers Season 1. I also want to get him into Northern Exposure...my mom and I used to watch that when I was younger, and I think he'd like the style of humor. We saw Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream last night--one of his London movies. I like his serious movies because they're so real in the sense that you have absolutely no idea how any of them will end. Have I mentioned that Netflix is amazing? I also enjoy the Instant Queue feature when I don't feel like doing anything else at home and we're waiting on new DVDs.

I turn 26 on Tuesday. My mid-twenties are starting to come to a close. Where did the time go?

I stopped going to the class I was taking. It's a different style than I first took, and not what I'm interested in. Maybe I'll try to pick up a yoga class to keep me active and feeling better. My mess of a schedule makes it so difficult to pick anything I want to do up, and I stop even wanting to make the effort to try.

Not much else to say, really, so I guess I'll head off for now. Hope those of you in the States had a safe and enjoyable 4th. I closed at the restaurant and we were deader than a doornail. The perfect weather and the fact that the long weekend happened to fall on a Friday conspired to make me want to shoot myself--we did less than $6 in sales our final hour that night, and less than $60 the final two hours. Bah.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week! I have Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday off for my birthday. No special plans. Dan just mentioned maybe spending a night at a hotel...that's always a nice, simple vacation away :-) I was hoping to get home to visit relatives visiting from Florida, but I don't think it's going to work out. Dan's taking two days off to spend with me, and then I have to spend a few hours on Monday at work helping Tiffany learn how to do invoices and put together the corporate package. I don't feel like driving five hours mixed in there :-P

hehe...

Jul. 3rd, 2008 05:45 am
littlelotte: (Chopsticks!)
Really really quick update before I get ready to go back to work :-(

Cutest photo of Molly ever taken yesterday morning:


We had a small cookout on our front porch and a massive storm yesterday with a very temporary flood outside...
"Look at that monster swimming across the road!"
"It's the Loch Ness monster!"
"Ha! It does look like the Loch Ness."
"It's the Lock Shop monster!" (as the unseen building to the right of the photo is a lock shop):


Okay...done with the silliness for now, but more to come later...

*giggles*

Jun. 10th, 2008 01:15 pm
littlelotte: (waitress)
Dan and I both love our work and our industry. Given that, we talk a disproportionate amount of "shop." Last night he was thumbing through one of my bar books (The Art of the Bar--click the title for the webpage) and discovered it talked about a bartender's mise en place (which he thought was amusing and implied that a mise en place is a cook thing only :-P Be certain that I set him straight on that). Somehow, while I was explaining how the art of mixology is rather like a mix between cooking and chemistry, he started talking about cooking eggs. I really can't tell you the contents of the conversation past his remark that "Eggs can smell fear."

He was utterly confused by my laughter and subsequent, "Since when did eggs become sentient beings capable of knowing when the person cooking them is terrified of destroying them?"

I'm not sure I will ever let him live it down.

Now it's time to finish getting ready for work :-P
littlelotte: (Labyrinth - cracked mirror)
So is it just me or do people in Michigan just not take tornadoes as seriously as people in places where they are really common? The whole thing is a little disconcerting to me. Two days ago Dan and I were watching Frasier DVDs and the tornado sirens started going off. Being the little girl from Oklahoma that I am I started gathering up the necessary things and searching for the kitty-cat to head down to the basement for a while (and lamenting the lack of necessary things--we don't have a flashlight, we don't have a small radio with batteries, etc...I made a note to pick these things up on my errands today). We have a basement right in the apartment now which is immensely satisfying to me in regards to weather safety, but it still amazes me after almost three years of living with him that he (and nearly everyone I've met in the state) just doesn't get the danger of them.

The May 1999 Moore/Oklahoma City F5 tornado that destroyed the homes of family friends of ours and had my mom and dad here in Michigan on the internet and phone for days on end trying to find their friends in the area:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4pbqGsS5iB4
http://youtube.com/watch?v=zYdTLEBddPY

From a video camera set up inside a home during the above tornado (I think...and hope...that the people had set it up and left). Listening to this one brings back a lot of my childhood springs spent listening to the winds while hiding from tornadoes. It also makes me remember what my mom would always say once we finally got our storm shelter there (hardly anybody has basements or storm shelters in Oklahoma because the red clay ground makes it so difficult to dig and build as deeply as you have to for those things). We'd leave the top of the shelter open and we'd listen for the freight train/whistling wind sounds that always accompany them:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=6mdf9R4nFMc

Really great piece on the May 1999 tornado from a TLC show including a satellite tornado attached to the main one:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=XEW5UCIMyrQ

My favorite quote from the above piece:
"It came right up to the water tower, raised up over the water tower, came down on the other side of the water tower and then it came down the hill." Yup...that's about right...Tornado says, "Nah...I don't want to take the water tower out, but I'll destroy EVERYTHING ELSE IN A FIVE MILE RADIUS AT LEAST! NOT A FLOWER WILL BE LEFT STANDING!"

This is footage of a multi-vortex set of tornadoes. The thing that has always mesmerized me about tornadoes--it can be a beautiful and terrifying ballet of sorts:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8NENOeKjaM&NR=1

I guess I've seen too much destruction, and I've lived through so many that I understand that you have to take them seriously. Dan teases me about how seriously I take the possible tornado-spawning storms, but I know that they aren't something to joke about.
littlelotte: (G&T)
I'm sleepy, but I just spent forever catching up on my f'list and wanted to post a hello.

Because the apartment we just moved out of is technically unhabitable per the city, and there's no chance of them moving anyone in, we've been taking our precious time with moving everything. The important stuff is here, but there is still junk there I'm still trying to figure out how to get rid of. Bah.

I've been working way too much lately, and I've wanted to do so much with the apartment, but I just don't have time to with my work schedule. I keep saying "the past month has been crazy," but I've realized that it's constant. One month bleeds into the next and hardly anything more has been accomplished no matter how much time I've spent on anything. A friend posted about his hellish week, and if I were a more sane person it would have thrown some things into perspective. Instead, of course, I just said something along the lines of how I wish my hellish weeks looked like that, but at least this isn't last summer in Sterling Heights when I probably had only three or four less-than-12-hour days from April through July.

It did, however, make me want to put it all down so that I can tell myself I need to slow down. Which I won't...have I mentioned that I'm taking a bellydance class again starting on Monday evening? I figured picking up even more to do would be a great idea, for whatever reason. Of course, this more-to-do is something for me and me alone and something I've been wanting to do again for myself for years.

So...the past week and a half or so in review (I don't even wanna see it!):
Sat 31 - 4p-3a
Sun 1 - off, but at work from 2p-5p
Mon 2 - off, but at work from 2:30p-4:30p for work meeting
Tue 3 - 3p-2a
Wed 4 - up at 10 for 11a-12p "webinar" conference call for work, work 3p-1a
Thur 5 - 7a-6:30p/11p-1:30a - work and all-employee work meeting. If I hadn't been dying from being in heels for nearly 12 hours I would have stayed through because we got absolutely nailed that evening and my help would have been a very welcome addition to the evening.
Fri 6 - off, but at work from 1p-5p
Sat 7 - 9:30a-8p complete with drama of pulling raw tomatoes because of the salmonella outbreaks and finding out that one of the servers in Cincy who started there the same week I did and was a struggling single mom with a very troubled teenage son and who was the sweetest and most genuine woman I've ever met died back in December
Sun 8 - off, not going anywhere near the building for my sanity, but working on scheduling stuff from home because the 12th is the official rollout of our HotSchedules schedules, and they must be posted by Monday
Mon 9 - 7a-5pish. Must force myself out by 5:30 or else making it to my first dance class will not be likely.

...and still so much to do both at home and for work. And the only outside-of-work work that I included was the webinar...but I've done more than that at home. It's a very good thing I love my restaurant and the people I work with. Also, in addition to the schedule stuff, I've got shopping and cleaning to do tomorrow. Is it any wonder that I'm only doing a fraction of what I probably should be doing around the apartment? And Dan hates that most of my "free time" is spent online. It's how I unwiiiiiiind! *whines*

In happy news, Lucid is finally in Michigan!!! Stu was following me around with the bottle at Tiffany's yesterday (I enjoy their deli stuff for lunch) until I turned around and noticed...lol He said they were the first store in Michigan to get it, too! heeeeeee! It was one of those things that fell into the "Much more satisfying to wait for it and be pleasantly surprised by its arrival than to have it sent to me (imported from France in this case...lol)" category. We now have genuine absinthe added to our personal bar, even though neither of us are that into it. It's something nice to have around for friends and company and conversation piece. We're silly like that.

And now I sleep because I'm babbling.

*squeal*

Jun. 3rd, 2008 10:44 am
littlelotte: (LiT - Not hopeless)
Yesterday was evil, and I'd really rather not talk about it (except for the fact that we had a great lunch at Food Dance and that I got a massage for the first time in over a year...that was amazing...until I started dwelling on other things again). Maybe I'll talk about it in a work-filtered entry later. We had a work meeting, so it wasn't work per se, just things involving work. I must say, though...I will never work at another corporate restaurant again. I love this restaurant, and I adore my management team, but I'm done with corporate restaurants. I want a nice, privately owned place next.

So yes...massage. Wonderful. I also got an email today that the yoga studio I went to for a period of time is moving to the downtown mall area. I went to their site to perhaps sign up for a new yoga class, and noticed they are also offering bellydance. I went to the site of the teacher doing the class and realized that there is a beginner class on Monday nights at 6:30...which I can now attend!!! Losing the admin that does the invoices and Monday package to MIT is apparently not such a bad thing at the moment. I'm doing the Monday packages, which means I'll be in to the restaurant somewhere between 6am and 7am, and I'll be out around 5-5:30pm on Mondays. It's been a handful of years now since I did bellydance, and it's been way too many in general since I've done any dance at all. It will be an exceedingly long day, but completely worth it...and no longer than my days in high school with class, and colorguard, and dance or girl scouts or play rehearsals. Maybe after this six-week set I'll see if there are any ballroom classes on Mondays or Thursdays (same work schedule on Thursdays for payroll) that I'm interested in taking, or maybe I'll stick with this. heeee. I'm happy that I can finally start doing something like this for myself again. I need it in a lot of different ways.

Also, I've decided that I don't want a big dress. I knew from the minute I started looking that I didn't want a big dress, but they're so pretty and so much fun to try on, and with my shape and bust they have the best structure for me and look very awesome with my figure. I've decided that I want to walk down barefoot in a very simple, pretty, halter-style dress (think similar to my NYE dress...only floor length with a tiny train of sorts...and white...and not sparkly). I think I'll enlist a local or localish seamstress for the task since I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on it. I actually saw a nearly perfect style in the Inside Weddings magazine this season. They don't have the weddings from that issue online yet...it's Amy Michelson, very similar to this one.

Okay okay okay...I've got stuff to do before work now, so I'm heading out. Hey! I'm feeling better now! Hope you all have a great afternoon :-D

hehehe...

May. 27th, 2008 01:54 pm
littlelotte: (MA - indulgence)
I have a few minutes so I thought I'd update a touch. A few nights ago [livejournal.com profile] peazgrl1545 and I went to SushiYa for a few drinks and a late night snack. For those of you not aware, when you go to SushiYa for drinks and a snack...there is never a dull moment. Dan almost hates going there anymore because it's pretty much guaranteed that he will be hating himself in the morning. There was the time when Dan and I went and it was foggy, it was really late, and some random guy was under the pavilion across the street playing a flute. I believe this was also the same night we saw what Japanese karaoke looks like. Last time Julie and I went we ended up chatting for over an hour with another industry guy from the Radisson who just moved to town from Naperville, Illinois. This time, an old roommate of a friend of some of my old friends (Travis' old roommate, Dray, for the couple of you who may know who I'm talking about) was there. He bartended there for a short while, and he was there this time absolutely obliterated. We spent probably about an hour betting drinks (kinda) over bar tricks.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love that place? And now I'm off to pick up Dan's meds, get some lunch, and do lots of interviews at work!

*whines*

May. 26th, 2008 01:45 am
littlelotte: (Athena - Parthenon)
Sundays are just no-win at my work. If you open, you're inevitably dealing with everybody and their brother trying to call in sick because they have a hangover. If you're mid, you're walking into the next set of problems (short-staffed so you end up cooking, prep cooks not doing their job so you have to harass them to make something before the restaurant opens in 15 minutes, etc.). If you close, you're there all freaking night because you close at ten, but it's summer so everybody is coming in later and just hanging out for hours on end, so you don't even get the customers out of the building until an hour after close (which is when I'm typically leaving).

Tonight, of course, I was at work until after 12:30am. And we closed at 10pm. We had a six top walk in shortly before close, the headwait was really really sick and we had nobody on the floor to cover headwaiting so I got to do it, and a cook didn't show up (one we were just talking about last night, Julie! ha! Big Spoon ;-)).

Also, we're moving to web-based scheduling. This consists of hours of training materials on top of current responsibilities, and headaches galore. Also, in my sea of unqualified applicants I have two promising applications (one still needs to come in and test, and the other has an interview on Tuesday) from a restaurant I just found out did some major "house cleaning" recently. They fired a bunch of people after realizing that their employees were stealing upwards of 100K/year. Guess who I'm not hiring? The really funny story about it? We fired a couple of people who now work there for stealing. When I told both of the managers I worked with today (separately) the first thing each said was, "Anybody we know?" with a huge smirk on their faces.

Now I appear to be nodding off at the computer, so I guess that means it's bedtimes.

BAH!

May. 24th, 2008 03:09 pm
littlelotte: (WWED?)
Have I ever mentioned how much I hatehatehatehatehate moving and unpacking? Because really...it sucks. Especially since now I have everything (which means sorting through clothes I've had packed away for years and deciding what needs to finally go) and I have a washer/dryer I'm not paying per load for. I've been working for a week on getting every piece of laundry we own washed and put away between 10-12 hour work days, extra work stuff, and unpacking the rest of the boxes (and the occasional load of work clothes laundry since I don't have enough work clothes to typically get me through a stretch of work days).

HateHateHateHateHate.

500 days!

May. 21st, 2008 07:28 am
littlelotte: (OR)
http://community.livejournal.com/2009_weddings/96352.html

That post makes me feel like I'm behind or something--her date is the same as mine, and I've got my vows, ceremony site, a handful of important songs, colors, attendants, guest list, and...that's about it.

I know what I want for invites, and we're doing Save-the-Dates soon since our date is now official, but that's it. I have one thing that I've had for months that I really need to finish today, and that I can't talk about on here until it happens O:-)

We're going to see Prince Caspian this evening. Yay :-D He's the big Narnia fan, and I've never actually read the books, but I've always enjoyed anything based from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I think I should add that to my list of classic children's literature that I've read over the past couple of years and fallen in love with, hm? ;-) Maybe later, as right now I've got at least three books that I've wanted to read waiting to be read (including Jhumpa Lahiri's newest set of short stories...heee!).

I can't believe I'm up this early. I guess I should actually make something of my day before Dan gets out of work (he's 7am-2ish today). I need to finish above mentioned project, for one, call a certain best friend for her new address O:-), and I need to pick a few things up from Meijer, and I wanted to get lots of laundry done and put away, and I wanted to start unpacking today. This weekish is nice, as our weeks run Thursday-Wednesday. I have Tuesday and Wednesday off this week, I open Thursday, and then I have Friday and Saturday off (a weekend! YAY!). Almost four days in a row, so I should be motivated to get us as out of boxes and suitcases as possible!

hmmm...

May. 16th, 2008 02:50 am
littlelotte: (waitress)
I should be sleeping, as I work at 11am.

Anyway...big news on the workfront (well, Dan's). Their kitchen manager is gone now. Dan's now in charge of the kitchen. Big big deal. I think this is a very good thing--for him, for us, for his restaurant. We got dinner at Martini's the other night, and I told him on our way walking home, "And...just as it always is...everything happens that is supposed to happen, and everything is just how it is supposed to be."

We have a lovely apartment, I have the promise of a place to stay for a while, and he has his own kitchen. This will be good for both of us. I'm really not a workaholic, but I care terribly about the place I work for and I know I directly make a difference hinging on what I do, and now he'll have a bit more direct of an understanding of why I do what I do and why I spend all the time doing all the things I do.

And now I really really really have to go to sleep, or else I will HATE myself in the morning.

...and I told you these songs attach themselves and don't leave me alone :-P
littlelotte: (POE - car)
Things to do today which may or may not actually happen:

-Shower!
-Go into work even though I don't work and set up a few server interviews for Thursday
-Treat self to amazing new Calypso Salad and Blackberry Sangria at work after interviews scheduled because they are the most amazing things we serve right now
-Move things from other apartment
-Buy food and other things (sangrias! and porch furniture!) from Meijer
-Get myself a new digital camera, finally, as I adore my other one, but it's four years old and not as good as it once was, and I have federal refund money
-Set up my altars
-Put books away
-We need a coffee table, so coax Dan to furniture store
-Maybe cook out for dinner and eat and drink sangrias on the porch, yay!

I obviously feel about a million times better today, as I am far more ambitious than usual on a day off, and I predict that I will be back to perfectly normal health by tomorrow. Whee!

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