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: (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!
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
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

*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.

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: (CiP)
Yesterday was (supposed to be) my first day of vacation. Due to family issues, our FOH manager couldn't do the Taste of the Chamber event for the Chamber of Commerce with Nick. I got a frantic phone call from Nick about this at about 1:30 while downtown at breakfast with Dan, Erin, and John (Erin is one of Dan's very close friends/co-worker/boss, and John is another of their group). I did the "I really do care about my job" thing and forfeited my first day of vacation to work the event with Nick. We took some of our spinach and crab dip and some of our spicy queso dip, dressed all nice and played friendly with the Chamber of Commerce people. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate social events like this? I'm aware they are necessary, but that doesn't make it any less painful.

Anyway, the event this year was at the Kalamazoo Country Club. The room it was in was gorgeous!





A few more detail shots... )

It was fun, and a good experience (just like the Girl Scout dessert competition event last year), but I still hate social events like this. I did enjoy decorating the table, though :-D

<Nick laughing as I sprinkle sunglasses over the table>
Me: They're like confetti!
Nick: They
are like confetti.

Oh! Also, Black Swan had a table there, and they had poached pears stuffed with marscapone and covered in a marsala glaze. Oh. My. God. They were amazing. Amazing to the point that you quite literally say things like "Oh my god" when you take the first bite. We still hadn't gotten around to trying Black Swan, but it's suddenly become a priority ;-)
littlelotte: (Default)
Yesterday was hell. I haven't thrown up in probably seven or eight years, but I had a nasty nasty 24 hour bug yesterday that certainly changed that. I was just glad I woke up okay this morning (yesterday and today are my days off this week), because I picked up an admin shift for one of our admins who had a funeral this morning.

It's been an interesting weekend so far. Wednesday was pretty good at work--we had a rather large dinner for a Wednesday night...all the people going out who didn't want to go out Thursday for Valentine's Day. Thursday was terrible! Our KM only scheduled five guys to cook, and one of them he scheduled had requested the day off for an appointment. Obviously that was our KM's screw-up, so we had to cover it...which we didn't. So, we had four guys cooking through a few $1000-$1500 hours (we do those on Fridays and Saturdays with eight or nine guys cooking). Obviously, this meant that I spent about three hours cooking grill...in a skirt. ha. After I got out I ran home and took a shower and changed (because I smelled like burgers and you could probably wring me out I had so much grease absorbed into my skin), and we grabbed a late bite to eat (I worked 12-10). I woke up early yesterday morning so ungodly sick.

Anyway...the bright point to Thursday...Dan sent me a dozen long-stemmed red roses at work! I got to work a little before noon and walked into a very large flower box in the office...

Pictures!

I cut the stem off one and put it in my hair for the day:


This is what the poor thing looked like after a third of my shift was spent cooking:


Okay...I've already been up too long today after yesterday's debacle. Naptime.

Damnit!

Feb. 13th, 2008 02:25 am
littlelotte: (Childlike Empress)
I hatehatehate when I have big news and can't say a damned thing because of stupid confidentiality agreements! I don't like being an adult! *whines*

The big news both affects me majorly and doesn't affect me at all. It all really depends on what my JVP says about what happens with me next. I have no idea what will and won't be affected by the most recent developments, mainly because I don't know if I'll still be with CiP or not.

Ick.

Jan. 9th, 2008 09:45 pm
littlelotte: (G&T)
Note to self: when you don't like a restaurant the first time around, don't go back...it never gets better.

Tonight I decided I wanted sushi and went to Ukai, which is right next door to my hotel in Lansing. I keep hearing it's fantastic...obviously these people have never had good sushi. I went there for take-out my last time in town and wasn't impressed, to say the least. I tried it again tonight, and it was no better. They have sushi platters, which is nice, but the fish just doesn't taste as fresh as I'm used to. Also, they have the sweetest green tea ice cream I've ever had...eh. And all they have for gin is Tanq and Sapphire :-(

Ooh...that reminds me! I went to The Chophouse in K'zoo last week with [livejournal.com profile] peazgirl1545 and they introduced me to Quintessential, which is also rather wonderful (very very very smooth, with lotus and lavender. I think it would make a fantastic martini, though I'm not a martini drinker).

Anyway, long story short, any restaurant I ever go to that I don't like the first time never gets any better the second, so I shouldn't even waste my time or money. Ukai doesn't even sate my sushi cravings--it just makes me want to find something to get the taste out of my mouth :-(
littlelotte: (Default)
New phone:


Madeline and Britni got me an ice cream cake that I didn't think to get a picture of until after I had cut it up and offered everybody a piece:


Card! They rock :-)




I'll miss them :-( I feel loved! :-D
littlelotte: (Default)
hahaha...yes! I got my check the other day (well, it's direct deposited, but I looked at my paystub online) and the bonus seemed really really REALLY off. I went into work this morning to an email saying it was wrong, and that FedEx had delivered the rest of it overnight today! I think I don't mind them screwing up my bonus, as it seems the new check I'm cut gets less taxes taken out of it.

Tomorrow I need to mail out my October rent check. My final rent check to Sterling! YES! Also, got my deposit back from the K'zoo apartment the other day (well, most of it). I think I'll have to give Lakeside Dan's address to send that deposit check to, as I won't have an actual permanent address. Oooh...hm. I need somewhere to have everything sent to. Maybe a K'zoo PO box...? I don't like this whole "not going to actually have anywhere of my own to live" thing...particularly the "I don't even know where I will be come October 11th" thing. Well, October 9th, really, as I'll have the last two days of that week off.

Okay...it's bedtime now.
littlelotte: (LiT - Just don't know)
The Waterfront was a complete bust--it's a little too yuppie for me :-P They have a business casual dress code, and even though the sushi was really really great the atmosphere was too stuffy and blah. I'd only go there because they serve oysters on the half shell (and oh my were they amazing).

I don't tell my mom how often I eat sushi/sashimi/raw oysters/etc. She's already a constant stream of "oh be careful! Raw fish will kill you!"--okay, not quite that bad, but along those general lines ;-)

I have photos of the restaurant and the Cincy skyline. I can't seem to find any online that do it justice--the blues and oranges and whites and yellows and...it's just so colorful, and so breathtaking as you're driving up on it! I'll get better pics of the skyline next time I go into Newport (it's a little further east than Covington, and the angle is better). Maybe tomorrow night--it is hospitality night, after all. How can I resist half off raw seafood? O;-) We'll see how tired I am when I get out of work. I really want to just finish the last His Dark Materials book, too.

I'm sleepy. I have a pretty major work meeting in Sandusky, at one of the Cedar Point resorts (Castaway Bay), on Tuesday. They're rolling out the new management Quality of Life "packages"--new salary raise opportunities, we actually get a handful of personal days per year, and some other things. I don't completely like everything I've heard for the raise opps, but we'll see what they have for us at the meeting (I really shouldn't know as much as I do already, but our Partner was telling me today). I'm a little miffed that I have to close on Monday night (hopefully it looks like last Monday night and I'm out around 11:15) and then be on the road by 7am so that I can grab food and make the four+ hour trip by noon. We're apparently getting an "early dinner" during the meeting, and then we're supposed to go out and compete in laser tag and bowling afterwards :-P I'm going straight into a three and a half hour drive into K'zoo after Sandusky, so unfortunately I can't carpool with the guys (Mike and John--the Bar manager and KM), and I really doubt I'll be up for laser tag or bowling before. I'm really hoping the K'zoo and Lansing KMs are going to be there Tuesday. I love all the FOH managers at all the MI stores, so I don't care which ones are there--I'll be happy to see any of them. It will be nice to at least meet some of the other Ohio managers, I suppose, given I may be working with any of them at some point in the near future.

Oh! Cincy extended another week or two. I'm pretty sure I'll be here through Mark's vacation time (which starts the 4th of October). I'm pretty pleased with that arrangement. I...really need to get to Sterling and pack my apartment up. Damn. My lease is up October 31st. Yay. I don't know what to do with my stuff. Fuck. Storage near my parents, I suppose? Ugh.
littlelotte: (Athena - Parthenon)
100% for me on the management part of the September secret shop. Win! It was the first time one of my stores got shopped while I was the manager on the floor.

I'm loving His Dark Materials, and I'm on the final book. Also, I bought another Italo Calvino book--If On a Winter's Night a Traveler...I can see he's going to be an addicting one. Essentially, this one is ten separate stories, all of which end at a moment of suspense, that "together...form a labyrinth of literatures, known and unknown, alive and extinct, through which two readers, a male and a female, pursue both the story lines that intrigue them and one another." Now that I can afford to again, I've gotten back in the habit of actually buying books. I like owning things more than borrowing them from a library. I like writing in the margins and highlighting too much ;-)

A couple of striking HDM quotes...

"We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not...or die of despair."
--The Golden Compass

"What do you mean, a paleo-archaeologist? Archaeologists already study what's old; why do you need to put another word meaning 'old' in front of it?"
--The Subtle Knife (hehehehehehehehehe)

Also, this will just sound silly to most of you on my f'list, but some of you will get it. I feel like the gods are pushing me towards something, but I'm not sure what. It feels like it's supposed to be a more mystical turn, but I don't even know what I should be looking for or where to begin. The most mystical I've ever really gotten (except for my silly teenage Wicca days--yes you can laugh :-P) is my tarot deck--and admittedly, I do pretty well with it when I read for people. Unfortunately, I'm a little concerned attempting to use my deck to figure it out for myself, as I obviously have blinders on when it comes to myself and my life and what I would read in the deck in a reading for myself. I've been feeling like this since I got out to Sterling, actually, but I was too unsure to mention it before. Since then the feeling has just gotten more nagging. I find it difficult to try to figure it out through reading, as I am moving so much and don't have reliable access to libraries that would have the books I'd be looking for (and I don't even know what I should be looking for in the first place)...and nothing specific seems to be calling out to me at the moment. I am very lost and very confused and I know I'll have this hole until I figure it out...help? Dreams have given me clues that are either very obscure or I forget by the time I wake up. I'm pretty certain Hermes is behind it, though--it's pretty blatantly his energy and his "voice." Of course, I'm also not completely sure, as that could just be him acting as messenger for someone or something else entirely. Bah! I'm hoping mentioning it will bring something clearer to light.

Finally, Hendrick's Gin is awesome. Just awesome. If only I had a refrigerator to keep a cucumber in for it...

Now it is 1:30am and I work at 10am in the morning, probably until about nine or so. But I want to read more! But I must sleep. *pout*

:-P

Aug. 20th, 2007 09:45 am
littlelotte: (Default)
So, for whatever reason, the hotel had me as checking out today...hahaha...right. I had to go down and tell them I was, in fact, going to be here for about another two weeks :-P Exactly two weeks, actually, unless they need to extend my stay a bit.

Got out of work very early on Saturday night (I actually want to thank the Bengals game for making it a slow night at work for once) and went to Newport on the Levee, had awesome sushi and Hendrick's gin at a place called Pacific Moon. It was awesome, and the presentation was bright and gorgeous, and they served my Hendrick's and tonic with a cucumber slice! heeee...

Now it's time for Day 10 of work...and then I get to go to K'zoo for three and a half days. Yay!
littlelotte: (Default)
I came across this about a week ago in the [livejournal.com profile] anthropologist, but nearly forgot about it until I saw it in USA Today yesterday, too (I get it delivered to my hotel room door every weekday):

Tibetan buddhas told to apply for reincarnation with the Chinese government...

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22183463-5005961,00.html

The new rules are "an important move to institutionalise the management of reincarnation of living Buddhas," the Xinhua news agency said.

According to the regulations, which take effect on September 1, all reincarnation applications must be submitted to religious affairs officials for approval, Xinhua said.


I can't find the USA Today article online...I probably need to be a member, or something.

Also, this restaurant is bizarre--it's half southern dialect and half midwestern, but the MP is from St. Louis originally and has some weird west-coastal "o" thing going on. I think my Oklahoma dialect is coming back a touch being surrounded by so many southerners.

Also, you know you're on the border of the south (or are waiting on someone from the south) when you go to a restaurant and they offer sweet tea, or someone at the table asks if you have sweet tea.
littlelotte: (Default)
Never mentioned this before I left Sterling...

On my last day there, I got a phone call at the restaurant. Given that I'm not a permanent manager anywhere, it's often surprising to get phone calls specifically for you--you just haven't made those connections yet. Anyway, I answer, and apparently someone had submitted my name for "arrest" for an MDA fundraiser on August 26th--they were going to come to the restaurant and pick me up in a limo and take me out to lunch for an hour. I was so mad that I was going to be two states away when it happened :-P I submitted our bar manager in my place...lol Given that he's going through an obscenely rough divorce right now, I thought it would be kinda nice for him. I'm still mad I can't go, though :-(
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Safe and sound in Cincinnati. Amazingly, the six hour drive seems shorter than my three hour trip across the state from Sterling to K'zoo does. Unfortunately, it seems as though the hotel I'm staying at has been infested with a gathering of 8-12 year old girls :-P In reality, I believe it's a sports thing. I think I saw soccer shirts.

Off to find food and then to the restaurant get my keys and such for work tomorrow.

Now I just need to find people to explore downtown with. I don't like doing downtowns I don't know by myself. A) I get hit on too much at bars, and B) I inherited that whole paranoid "I'm going to get killed if I'm anywhere by myself" gene from my mother.
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The dates for Cincy seem to be Aug 9-Sept 5, which is right around when the MIT that's going there for good should be finished with training. I just talked to Dan (my boss/JVP Dan, not my Dan), and he should have everything finalized soon (he's there right now. There's a Buffett concert there tomorrow night, so it's kind of crazy there tonight, I guess). I suppose this means Molly will be going back to K'zoo with me next week when I go to pay rent, and I'll need to see if my parents will watch Anna for a month. I also will need to get the last things I left in K'zoo and bring them back with me--some random clothes and notebooks, really.

I rented Woody Allen's Manhattan and the first disc of Freaks and Geeks. I really need to own this series...or figure out how to rip it onto my computer as I rent the discs O:-) Dan and I rented it last summer and just loved it. Anyway...I'm off for now.

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