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goodbye, taco bell

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I will leave further details later but I thought everyone would like to hear my good news:

I put my 2 week notice in today, and my boss called me this afternoon to discuss it...well, basically to tell me that my resignation was "acknowledged" and "accepted".

Know what?? I feel pretty good tonight!

ha!

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WOW...can you see the similarity????

10 years = tenure?

Last week, I called my boss and told him that I really needed to work in a store closer to home. I explained that I was gone for too many hours a day and that I wanted to be closer so that I had more time to spend with Elijah (and Adam of course, but the baby-baby needs me...). I told him that I had really given this north side drive a try and it was just wearing on me. Plus, there were/are some "in-store issues" that were making work difficult, one of which was that the store manager...Tom M...was scheduling me for an 11am to 9pm shift. C'mon! Even though I got out of work on Sunday by 7pm, by the time I got home shortly after 8, Adam had already had to put a very fussy Elijah to bed. I went to bed Sunday night feeling very defeated...by my job. Tom C (my boss) said to call him Monday...yesterday...and he would see what he could work out for me. So I patiently waited.

Now, yesterday was a particularly tough day at work. It was really busy and it was VERY warm and humid.…

Pictures from F1 - Indianapolis

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Crazy baby! (And crazy dad too!)



























Please excuse the fact that this picture of my face was taken from quite a poor angle...my face looks like it's squash-shaped or something!! Point is Adam and I should have used more sunscreen!!













I love this picture of the boys!



Baby-baby only got a little sun...just a little pink on the cheeks!

home sweet home

We are back home! YAY! Don't get me wrong...I had a great time in Indianapolis and vacationing is always nice but I am certainly glad to be home! Even in our apartment which has NO air conditioning and was about 88 degrees when we got home at 10pm last night! I love home!

So we went to the Formula 1 race on Sunday...we got up as soon as Elijah woke up and started to get ready. Left the hotel at just before 9am to drive to the Indianapolis Speedway. Traffic was crazy but Adam thought maybe we could take a shortcut. Let me say this...every time my Dad used to say "shortcut" it meant my Mom got upset cuz we got lost or something. But it worked out OK for us...we got near the track and took a side road to get to our parking area. Then began our rather lengthy walk to the track. No problem really...Elijah was great in his stroller and it was still just WARM, not hot. A cute baby is really great to take with you...everyone was telling us that he was the cutest Formula 1 fan ye…

Goodbye, old store!

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I don't have too much time right now because my poor Sadie lady has a vet appointment at 4:15... but I just got word that my poor, little ol' Taco Bell was bulldozed today. First, SOMEONE was supposed to notify me! I wanted video footage. Idiots. But oh well...I have other things to think about I suppose...

One of my assistants happens to live close by and went by to get some pictures, which she sent me on my cellphone. Sorry the quality is so poor but they're still good pictures.


Still some walls standing. Must be dining room because of the colors...




If you look closely, you can see chair backs! Too cool...



And my favorite of the bunch:

You can't really read it but that orange piece of paper was a sign made by me because the booth was broken...it reads : "PLEASE do not sit on this!". I'm amused...

So it's fantastically real now...wait, let's make that Fan-TACO-tastic! That is it for that store. Wow...............*sigh*

pics

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Baby likes his carrots!

Hi Baby-Baby!


He's such a little ham..."Go ahead, take my picture!"










This picture looks like ADAM!

And so does this next one....















This is the bamboo we got from Caitlin's wedding...Hello Beautiful Bamboo!

Why, Finny Finn...you're face is so big!






Much better shot here...he was hunting birds, I think!













Hi Super Cute Baby!






mental health day

I'm skipping work today. Well, sort of. I really don't know if I can keep this up for the summer. Since my store is closed, I have to work where the company feels they "can use me best"...ha! I guess I should sort of feel thankful...they put me in our newest store...yeah, which just so happens to be on the north side of Milwaukee and not in a very good area. I guess some guy pulled a knife on the tellers at a bank nearby...bunch of muggings...etc. Nice store, ghetto neighborhood. And it's like 30-some miles from our apartment. And it requires traveling one of two interstates, both of which are super packed and busy. There's construction all over and these two routes are the two that everybody and their brother takes. So I worked 8am to 5pm yesterday. Due to driving during both rush hours, it took me ONE AND A HALF HOURS to get there yesterday morning...and it also took me ONE AND A HALF HOURS to get home last night. So I dropped Elijah off at my mom's ho…

Grilled Taco BBQ Chicken

3tablespoons taco seasoning mix (I use Old El Paso but I’m sure any will do)1teaspoon dried oregano leaves4boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb)2tablespoons olive or vegetable oil2/3cup barbecue sauce1/2cup chili sauce1teaspoon ground cumin
Heat closed medium-size contact grill for 5 minutes. In shallow bowl, mix taco seasoning mix and oregano. Brush chicken with oil; coat with taco seasoning mixture. Place chicken on grill. Close grill. Grill 4 to 6 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).
Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat barbecue sauce, chili sauce and cumin to boiling over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce with chicken. Oven Directions: Heat oven to 375°F. Line shallow baking pan with foil or spray with cooking spray. Place coated chicken in pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F).Nutrition Information:1 Serving…

Goodbye, forever!

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So, I had to sit in the parking lot of my poor old store today to hand out paychecks to my prior employees. It was actually pretty sad for me...no, I definitely won't miss 90% of my employees. But that old store has some pretty good memories attached to it. I started working at this particular store in 1999 as an assistant manager; my restaurant manager at that time was SO good, saw my potential and trained me to be a restaurant manager as well. After I was there for about 4 months, Dave told me that he would be leaving to pursue other avenues...and asked me if I wanted to be the "Big Cheese"...yeah, he used that phrase. I said definitely, and the ball started rolling. By the beginning of 2000, it was my store to run, and we did AWESOME. The first year was tough, getting a great team assembled, but before I knew it, my efforts had all paid off. We were exceeding company expectations and receiving bonus checks every quarter. It was so amazing. Then, the store was running …