Sunday, October 1, 2006
So Murphy's Law states that "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."I believe it. Over the past week I have had too many staff members call in to get the night (s) off due to "Acts of God" (or Murphy).In one week, 5 incidents have happened with my staff, which, when you have only 6 staff members, creates quite a schedule problem. In turn, I am the one that must fill the void in the schedule where I already have full-time shifts.
The first incident happened last Saturday where my tallest cook smashed his head on the door hinge hanging from the top of the door frame. He almost took his head off and it resulted in him having a concussion; symptoms of double-vision, nausea, slurred speech occurred almost immediately. Off to the hospital he went and he had a CAT scan which showed the injury and the imminent 3 days off.
The second cook, on the same day, accidentally ingested eggs (in mayo in a sandwich) which resulted in severe symptoms of contracting muscles of the throat and hospitalization. She also needed 3 days off.
The third cook, who has been dealing with her wisdom teeth growing in, finally couldn't take the pain and called in, saying she was on her way to see an emergency dentist. 3 days off for her. On her first day back she came to work with a swollen hand ( a drunken' ninja accident) and called in the following day whilst getting x-rays. Her hand is not broken but she needs 3 more days off.
Finally, the cook with the allergy to eggs, texted me today informing me that her girlfriend came out to her parents last night and they were not impressed. She needs to be with her rather than work because she is "Suicidal?". This incident is a priority choice and I guess if you love a person who can't handle a reaction of disappointment from your parents when you are all grown-up, well, I'm sorry your priorities are a bit wonky.
So I have been filling shifts all week and have done a 16 hour shift in one occasion. Tonite I am the only cook available and am filling in for "swollen hand girl". I am the only person working and should be pretty busy. I am quite sick of doing all of this and can't fire anyone because they wouldn't care...so I would be left with no one. I have planned 4 days off soon and am pretty much sure that this will not happen either. Mr. Murphy if you have a gun, please just kill me. Chances are you would fire it and give me brain damage but not kill me.
Do you know Karma? Ask her if I deserve all of this bad karma? I doubt it. Between the two of you, you are killing me!
I can't believe it's October already! What happened to summer? I guess when you work everyday you miss it!
Well, nothin' much to talk about here in my life....The Vikings still suck and my team, Green Bay, still sucks, too! The Canucks are struggling in their pre-season games but I guess that doesn't count so....
Caveman is still on my mind while my brain begins to change to desires to have kids....My friend is due in 7 weeks and I am kinda jealous....I think I may have to make a drastic decision soon....
Monday, September 18, 2006
How I love the cold, dark, damp nights...
How I love the slow days at work...
You are a wonderful season which forces me to watch the best part of you...
Not your beautiful colours...
Not your clean, damp smells...
Not feeling your crunchy leaves under my feet...
NFL AND NHL SEASON IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, August 4, 2006
Work has had quite a grip on my life lately and I have had little time for anything else. It will take a stronger hold in the next month as the Chef quite and I am taking on his roll. This means loads of work for me and no days off until everything settles down. Before that we have to survive the busiest time of the year---Gay Pride Weekend. It should be the busiest time of the year and I am not looking forward to it. I hope to negotiate a better wage for myself, being in charge. Considering the lack of organization, it should be a breeze, with my Mahoney's experience behind me. There will be many changes to the procedures in the kitchen to make it run efficiently and make everyone's life smoother. I also hope to change the order guide a bit to make this little pub not such of a prep nightmare...
I have been working so much, I haven't had much time with my old friends. The time that I do have with them, one in particular, has been kinda concentrated. I try and make the best of each visit because I can never say when I am gonna have time to see them again. With my new promotion in the process, he has been quite supportive and seems pretty happy about me taking the job. My news about moving to the Island was a bit of a shock to him. He is very happy that I have a good job and am securing my roots. Hmmmm I wonder why....Anyways he wants to rent a boat and go out on it with me if I have time while he has time off. Heehee
My personal life is pretty boring and I am starting to get a bit antsy on this whole relationship thing. We are more like roommates now and friends rather than partners. I am wondering what the future holds, but I can't wait forever and the move to the Island doesn't look as inviting as it did a year ago.
I have been quite addicted to eagles and have that as a hobby right now. When I have time, I go out in search of local eagle nests. I have watched two eaglets grow up on the internet and also in Stanley Park. I have also made some friends on a chat board from the eagle site. I have been working late nights so it is nice to chat after work....especially when I work until 2am and don't wake up until 1pm.
So that's my life in short and I hope to continue this blog space if I have time.
Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Sorry I haven't much to say lately...
Sunny says make me want to go outside and I have no laptop to Blog on outside of my house...
Wait til a rainy day....
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
Tonight is Game 7 with the Edmonton Oilers and the Carolina Hurricanes. Canada is finally in reach of the cup to bring it home where it belongs. If there was any team that deserves it, it is Edmonton. The team has the least amount of money, was in the lower half of the western conference standings for most of the season, and have no really big superstars on the team. Although they knocked out my Canucks, I have been cheering them on since. I cheer for most Canadian teams (not all, ahem) because of the hard time they have staying above water in the American market. GOOD LUCK OILERS!!!!!! Canada is cheering for you!
Gosh I hope Ididn't jinx it! Sorry Edmonton, you had a great run!
Thursday, June 15, 2006
1 : an act of crushing
2 : the quantity of material crushed
3 a : a crowding together (as of people) b : CROWD, MOB; especially : a crowd of people pressing against one another
4 : an intense and usually passing infatuation
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Other sites are the loon site from Alaska and the stork nest from Germany. Fantastic sound and video of their new borns.
Work is great and we have hired two new people. World Cup has not affected us in the least but the NHL hockey finals are pretty busy.
Not much else to say and no pics at all as I am no very creative on this day. Sorry.....
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Man I slept too long today. I went to bed pretty late though. The side effects of working night shifts. Anyways, I woke up this afternoon (LOL) and the sun was trying to peak out from the cloud overcast. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come.
Things are looking a bit more up at work, although for my new Chef, probably not. He hasn't had a day off in forever, and I know how he feels. At my previous job I was in charge and did 25 days in a row but some of those were much longer shifts, and definitely much busier. Well, the bar manager spoke to me and said that there has to be some way to get him a day off. His mood is getting more desperate and he is snapping a lot. I looked over the schedule and found a day on Tuesday I could do for him. A DAY SHIFT! I left him a note and hopefully he will accept the suggestion, and he can leave me a list of stuff I need to do. The only real worry I have is the World Cup Football matches happening at 9am (France vs Switzerland) and 12pm (Brazil vs Croatia). I would feel better if the teams were less popular, like Angola or Togo. Hopefully, I don't get too slammed with breakfast orders and orders coming in.
Speaking of looking up, this is my chance to prove my skills. Perhaps this chance will allow me to see what I can do to make suggestions on the schedule. We are definitely not really in need of two people until 11pm on Thursday nights. Yes, a slam may come from out of the blue, but that is not a regular event. Darn, then you have to clean up the mess afterwards and actually make 8 hours in your shift. The new guy from Australia is awesome. He will pick it all up in seconds (like me) and that is great. Now we need 2 more people part-time to fill in the gaps. Or one full-time and one part-time. Anyways, this glimpse of sunshine makes me think everything will be alright soon.
Sebby has not changed his routine in the hallway but hopefully, following the instructions from a website on deterring him without discipline, will help. It's not so bad laying out the newspapers. At least I'm not cleaning the damn carpet everyday. His Science Diet food I got yesterday to mix with his Prescription Diet (both the same brand) is doing wonders for his appetite. He is eating much more. I've always wondered why companies sell food that is so bad for pets, for example Fancy Feast. It's like feeding your child doughnuts everyday. If Hills Cat Food makes Prescription Diet I assume their Science Diet is similar but less clinical in ingredients. I compared the nutrients contents of both and they are very close, so I am mixing in the prescription food to get him a bit bulked up, if that is possible. He's still skin and bones.
Well, I have to go now.
Go Oilers Go. Game Three.
Friday, June 9, 2006
Okay...I'm starting to get frustrated with this cat. It is now a regular event.....I leave newspaper down all the time and he just poos there....in the hallway...why? It's driving me STINKING CRAZY! I just caught him trying to do it in the hallway. So I picked him up and put him near his box and he did it in there. Then when he was done I praised him. I hope that helps......
Thursday, June 8, 2006
As I am writing this blog, while watching the eaglets on the eagle cam from Saanich, a commotion happened outside my window. This usually means an eagle is around. Just as I looked up past my monitor, an eagle flew by with seagulls and crows in tow. Vancouver is so fantastic that way. You don't even have to leave your apartment to see the wildlife around you. At dusk, bats fly by catching all the little bugs in the air, it's amazing.
Well, not much else to say other than I'M FREEZING! I want summer back.
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Where the hell have I been? Why have I deserted this little snippet of the world wide web? Well, I have a life and sometimes, blogging just gets in the way. It is my day off and I got up early to have time to do many things, including updating this damn space which I promised to update daily........or not.
Since I last blogged many things have happened. Let's begin with work. Well, the Chef, who hired me, was let go, which put me in quite a weird dilemma. If you do remember, the Sous Chef was driving me crazy, with his abnormal obsession with cleanliness and unhappiness. He gave his notice and was pretty content with his decision. Unfortunately, the Chef decided that coming in to work was optional, and he was let go. Many reasons for the firing but the Sous Chef was asked to stay as the Chef and I really began to think about leaving. Funny thing is, he became the nicest guy in the whole world after the work shuffle. Before he had nothing to say to me and now he and I are like two peas in a pod. Anyways, work is good, boring at times, but summer is here (pretty much) and business is picking up. I've finally graduated to alternating closing shifts.
Peter has had some devastating news recently. His brother called and told us his Dad has just been diagnosed with cancer. He took him to the hospital but is angry for telling him he should have check in way earlier. He has dropped down to 130 lbs in no time and is no well, according to Peters brother. Additionally, when he phones home, Vancouver Island, his Mom acts as if nothing really is happening. This is all like deja vu to me, as my Mom passed away from cancer two and a half years ago. She didn't see a doctor until it was too late and it caught up on her after a long two year fight. I can say that those feelings of anxiousness have returned when the phone rings late, and soon it will be anytime. Hopefully Peter can talk some sense into his Dad on his visit to the island this week. I know that, with my past experience, I can help him as much as possible emotionally.
On another note, I have a feeling he has known his Dad was sick for weeks from his unusual spending/drinking habits. Too months in a row, he has bounced cheques for rent, and even though I am making less money than him, I seem to be carrying this relationship financially. It's putting a bit of a damper on having fun, especially when I am constantly using my credit to cover shortages of money in my account. Yes, my iPod was a nice present but now he owes me $300 from the last bounced cheque, which was the cost of the iPod. Errrrr.
My credit has also been dinged to cover the veterinarian costs for my cat Sebastian, who is becoming my very expensive pet. His meds and prescription food, on top of the blood tests, also cost a bit of money. He's now not on daily pills as the dosage was escaping his body somehow and not working. Now he has a topical ointment I have to put in his ear daily. The prescription food is not making him happy and now he's decided to rebel by shitting in the front hallway every day. The mess is driving me crazy as is the smell and clean up, but how do you tell a cat to stop leaving the smelly pile on the carpet when he does it when you are out? Auggggggh.
I went to see the eagle nest in Stanley Park today and was happy to see two eaglets popping their heads up and down in the nest. They stretched their wings a bit and Mom sat over head protecting them from the crows doing some aerial divebombing displays, equal to the planes at an airshow. Relaxing in the sunshine while watching this nest was quite relaxing.
After only 4 hours of sleep last night, it's time to nap before meeting up with my friend for a bit of beer and jager. Hopefully I'll be a bit more alert after waking up early and getting my shaggy hair chopped down to it's normal length, a perky pixie cut.
Anyways, I hope I can write more regularly again.....
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Sorry I haven't blogged in awhile. I feel bad but I've been busy. I have been working and working and working but finally I have time.
So yesterday my cat, Sebastian, went on a journey to the veterinarian. He has hyperthyroidism and his Tapazol hasn't been doing it's job. He hasn't been well for a while. Thirsty all the time, diahrrea constantly. I feel like we are living in a petting zoo with the smell all the time. Just disgusting. Well, it was because he won't eat his pill, no matter what I do to disguise it.
The adventure was the long journey to Kits from downtown, by foot, to the vet clinic. I packed Sebby in his new carry case, a red cat carrier that looks like a gym bag with mesh openings, etc. We left at 12:15pm and hiked down to the False Creek Ferries and jumped on the ferry to the Maritime Museum. He was quiet the whole way and calm. Weird because be able to see all the dogs on the beach and the water, may have made him go uggy-buggy. Nope, Sebby was quite the brave traveller.
Got to the vet at 1pm. At the vet he was weighed and found to be 3 pounds lighter than before, only at 7.5 pounds now. He's lighter than Princess, our other cat (the runt of the litter). Sebastian used to be 15lbs! Well, the disease is taking a toll on his weight and overall health. He had his blood tested and a new topical medication was administered. I am supposed to put it on once a day, in his ear. I tried this morning and he struggled as he does with anything new. He is way hungrier now, but he isn't allowed anymore Fancy Feast or Friskies. Too bad for all those cats when they get older.... I have to try out many different kinds of food for him that is prescription only. I guess both cats will be on prescription food from now on. At least Princess won't be eating Sebby's medicated food (crushed Tapazol pill in it).
In the end , the journey was successful. I saved about $20 on cab fare and only paid $5 for the ferry. His medication seems to be working so far and hopefully our apartment will begin to smell better. The cost of the visit? $197. The total cost of the previous visits and food? $600. Man this cat is like having a baby. Hmmmmmm I can't afford both. LOL
Friday, May 26, 2006
So, yesterday, I meet my boyfriend at Checkers after work. I am quite used to walking in and seeing him in a deep conversation with someone. I sat down next to him and he didn't even react, understandably because the person was in some very serious conversation. After 5 minutes of this I tap him and he says hello but goes back to the conversation. It's okay because I know Peter to pick up a few strays; he is too nice.
Finally, after I have conversations with other people, filling my time, the woman leaves and Peter wipes his brow as if she was holding him hostage. He explains that she had just lost a pet from sickness and that he sympathized with her. Fine. He was making her feel better as she vented. Then, as I come back from a smoke and a conversation with an old friend, another new STRAY is in my seat. This is a native woman who was staying at the hotel Peter works at. Well, she was quite drunk yet able to carry on a conversation. She was asking about where the casinos were. She was from the Kootneys, which surprised me to see Peter had no idea where that was. She from Creston (Kokanee Counrty) and here on a First Nations Conference and she did not know where Vancouver Island was. After long discussions on geography, Peter decided to volunteer us to walk her back to the hotel (Wha?). So off we went.
Deloris, her name, discovered a disposable camera in her pocket not used up, so we had to pose for pictures. Also a bottle of Sambuca was in her pocket which needed finishing, as her sister in her room does not drink. Well Peter thought that helping her finish off the bottle in the alley was the number one description of being a GOOD HOST of the city. By golly, why don't we give him a medal. After lots of wondering around the gardens at the hotel and photos later, we wandered back to get her to her room. I was sober and they were drunk (they wiped out somewhere along the way).
I take the Ambassodor of Vancouver medal away for this feat by Peter. The Sambucca fuming on his breath, he decided to jump on the windshield of a car parked with its alarm going. I don't think he realized that there was a person in the car, and as I was scolding him and we were walking away she jumped out and yelled at him. I told him that if she called the cops I would not stop them from putting him in the drunk tank. Also, if he gets in trouble for wandering around the hotel with a drunk guest (he being drunk too), not to be surprised!!!!
Do not pick up strays!!!!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
There a certain number of things I must have. If I don't have them I don't necessarily miss them but when I get them back, I LOVE THEM!
Genmai-Cha Brown Rice Green Tea
I love this tea because it is the stuff they bring you at sushi. It cures any of my ailments, whether physically curing me with it's antioxidents, or mentally, comforting me and my tummy. No other green tea will do for me. There is a specific taste of the brown rice that changes it drastically from the regular old green tea.
This is my favourite snack food, ever. Again, very comforting to me, and healthy. Salty and sweet all at once. I must have a bag of these soy beans in my freezer at all times. There is no mess after boiling them. Simple and good.
Yes, there must be a form of alcohol on the list. This is the only liquor I like as a shot now. After all the different shots I've had, tequilla being the worst experience, I am pretty content with "Mr. Meister". Although unforgiving at times, Jager is known for it's special blend, and is supposed to do wonders for the tummy. Do not abuse "Mr. Meister" as he will take hostages, although, he can surprise you also by leaving you off the hostage list for no apparent reason.
Mmmmmmm. This is a particular cut of meat I cannot pass up. It is like velvet on the palette. I know it's bad for you with all the marbling of fat, but that's what makes it so good. You don't even need a steak knife with this steak. Deliscious.
When I go out for sushi, I am always overjoyed by a restaurant that has big thick slabs of sashimi. I like tuna, but I have now just changed to wild salmon as my favourite. Some people can't eat raw fish, especially, big honkin' pieces, but I love it. With wasabi and soy sauce. Heaven.
If I'm going shopping, looking for a specific item of clothing or just looking, I have to go to Winners. I will always find something there. It may take a very long time, searching each and every rack, but I have rarely left the store empty handed. Most of my favourite pieces of my wardrobe are from there, and the compliments are endless. "You Have To Go".
When I won my first iPod, I didn't really have any need for it. I wanted to win the competition, not necessarily for the prize. Once I began using it, I quickly found out why everyone has gone crazy over these things. When my iPod 20GB was stolen about 4 months ago, I was disappointed but didn't miss it much, since I didn't pay for it or had it for very long. On my birthday, my boyfriend bought me an iPod nano. I am so happy with the mini version of my original, I would die if it got stolen.
I think that's it for now.....I'm sure I'll think of more to add...stay tuned...