Saturday, January 18, 2003

Martha came by tonite, and her dad is doing better. I gather by what she is now saying that he will make it. That is good, because I know how hard it is to loose your father. My daddy passed away 4 years ago, and I still miss him very much. I really loved my daddy like most people love thier mother because he was home with us instead of mamma. Mamma worked for 10 years after Daddy retired. When i was born, my mom was 42 years old, my Daddy was 52, and only 6 days from being 53. I have 4 brothers, and 5 sisters, and a whole bunch of nieces and nephews. We are a pretty close family, although, I will say that the sisters are closer to the sisters, and the brothers are closer to the brothers, but we all get together on the holidays to celebrate, and mamma is still with us, thou not in such great shape. Mostly she just sits around and watches us, but it's always nice to know that you can still go to her. She is really a loving person, and much nicer to be around now than in her younger days. Life was hard on her then and she was a grouch most of the time. But we still loved her, even grouchy.

Work tonite was okey. I used far more hours than I should have and I didn't realise it until it was to late to cut them. I guess I was tired, and lazy from the rest of my week, because I didn't want to work hard, or under any stress, and as I always tell my trainees, if you are not working hard and stressful, you are probably using to much labor. It was good to have an easy night thou, for a change. I think labor will still be okey for the week. I hope so in any case. We only got 6 bonus points for December, and there is a slim chance of gaining anything better than that for Janurary. I need the money real bad to catch up on a lot of bills, but with sales being so soft, what chances do we have. Service has been better then normal, but it's the economy for sure. Everywhere else is suffering too.

Well, my shoulders are starting to ache, so I'm getting ready to call it a nite. I need to get some sleep so that I will feel up to packing tomorrow for the trip. Good night now and until I write here again, I hope all goes well.
Boy, what a week. Almost everyday I've pulled a shift and a half atleast. My son, Eric, 16, sprung his ankle on Thursday. I think it will be ok. The thing is thou, that he called me at work, and as usual, I was so tied up in what i was doing there, that i forgot him... I don't want to be a bad mother...u see what i mean. I love my son. Anyways, he had to call me back to refresh...."MOM", "Are you coming to pick me up?" and oh my gosh, "Yes, Eric, I will be right there, I am so so sorry." So, I went and picked him up and took him home and after getting him situated, back to work I went. And to beat all, this was my day off. I left work again this day around 2ish. came back home, bought groceries, cleaned (somewhat) my house, and cooked like 2 days of meals, cleaned back up the dishes, and back to work again...until 2am. But i was proud, all my daily acomplishments made me high and excited to face the next days inspection which was a disappointment.

Well, we passed the inspection, only lost 3 points on cleaning, which is really good. But service was not so good, but it was. The guest were happy, but the times didn't come out extreamly great. There is always an issue, some issue, that seems to be the harping point...and today's inspection, it was the grill procedures. I mean, how many ways are there to cook a hamburger correctly, and if u press the top corner or the bottom corner first what difference should it make so long as all corners are pressed, and the size, taste, and uniformness of it are all the same....well, as I know, it cannot happen this way, so that is this inspections major bumber. Grill lost like 8 points. I'm not going to let it get me down thou, my store is clean, and I have a better grill operator as the results, he'll do better next time, and I have a lot of confidance in him. I think I will have him train the others.

Well, the next few days I will be getting ready to go to Cancun. I won the trip from work, may as well take it. I do hope that Martha's father gets better so she can come back to work to help out while I'm away, but it's been kinda peaceful there even thou a lot has been going on. C ya soon. Me



Wednesday, January 15, 2003

This is just a test to see if my knowlegde is worth the space and time I am spending here. If it is and if it works I plan on coming here often to share my thoughts and secrets, and if it doesn't work, I've not lost anything anyways....right?