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Nov. 9th, 2010

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TRA Method,
Levinson, markup, factor,
par stock, butcher test.

controllable cost,
semivariable cost,
variable cost.

one-stop shop, sealed bid,
invoice, quotes, yield test, cost-plus,
and standing orders.

Menu product mix,
pro forma income statement,
standard portion cost.

Edible portion,
opening inventory,
food cost percentage.

Prime cost and fixed cost,
labor expense, profit, sales,
recipe cost card.

Requisitions and
inventory turnover,
issuing and padding.

Perpetual and
physical inventory.
Competitive quotes.

Perishable goods,
and market quotation sheets,
latest price method.

Conversion factors,
recipe conversions and
food production charts.

Taste tests, waste reports,
and standardized recipes,
preportioned items.

Credit or debit,
 point-of-sale control system,
plate presentation.

Quality standards,
productivity standards,
and job descriptions.

Master schedules,
employee turnover and
budgets and payroll.

Overtime, sick days,
holidays, vacation, and
retirement plans.

Time sheets, time cards and
the electronic method,
and unemployment.

Add, subtract, divide,
calculate the square root and
multiply the sums.

Factor in the tears,
Add in the grade F project,
and just pass the test!

Only five weeks more,
I can see the light at the
end of the tunnel!

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OK. So it's been awhile since I was here, but I'm ready to start again. I've spent entirely too much time doing things that aren't worthwhile at all (yes, dumb Facebook games), many things that are necessary but still not things I want to spend my time doing (everyday maintenance stuff like picking up the towel off the bathroom floor... again), and studying and doing homework (when it's cookie homework that's not so bad). I have a long list of thigs I want to get down on paper, but since I am on the computer so much I may as well start here.

Poetry, memories, general thoughts on whatever. I take a notebook with me with the intent that I will write something down when I think about it, but then I forget to do it and the thought is gone. It's time to break myself of that!

Feb. 11th, 2009

I needed a good laugh today



Things to Ponder...
My Deepest Thoughts and Questions for the Universe, like...

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in". but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going to?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway.

Why is "bra" singular and "panties" plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is?

Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!

If Wyle E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a hemorrhoid when it's in your butt?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you; but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn't zigzag?

How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn't live there?

I thought about how my mother fed me with a tiny spoon and fork, so I wonder what Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?

If a person with multiple personalities threatens suicide, is that considered a hostage situation?

If a cow laughed, would milk come out of it's nose?

So what's the speed of dark?

After eating, do amphibians need to wait an hour before getting OUT of the water?

If you're sending someone some Styrofoam, what do you pack it in?

Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?

Whose cruel idea was it for the word "lisp" to have an "s" in it?

How come abbreviated is such a long word?

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

A Trivial Questionnaire


1. What is your middle name? Marie

2. How big is your bed? queen

3.What are you listening to right now? Sweetest Thing.. U2

4. What are the last 4 digits in your cellphone number? 8396

5. What was the last thing you ate? triscuits with pesto and provolone

6. Last person you hugged? Madeline

7. How is the weather right now? Rainy

8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Esther

9. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex? their eyes

10. Favorite type of Food? cajun/creole

11. Do you want children? already have

12. Hair color? brown

13. Do you wear contacts? no

14. Favorite holiday? Christmas

15. Favorite Season? Spring

16. Have you ever cried over a love lost? every time

17. Last Movie you watched? The Notebook

18. What books are you reading? none at the moment

19. Piercings? ears

20. Favorite Movie? The Phantom of the Opera

21. Favorite college football team? huh?

22. What were you doing before filling this out? playing Scrabble

25. Favorite animal? tiger

26. Favorite drink? iced tea

27. Favorite flower? peony

28. Have you ever loved someone? yes

29. Who would you like to see right now? you

30. What color are your bedroom walls? sand

31. Have you ever fired a gun? yes

32. Do you like to travel by plane? no

33. Right-handed or Left-handed? left

34. If you could go to any place right now where would you go? somewhere warm

35. Are you missing someone? yes

36. Do you have a tattoo? no

37. Do you still watch cartoons on Saturday mornings? no

38. Are you hiding something from someone right now? yes

39. Are you 18? no, that's been a long time ago

40. What is the wallpaper on your cellphone? Alan of Great Big Sea

41. Are you afraid of the dark? no

42. Favorite hangout:

43. 3 things you can't live without? computer, friends and, duh, food

44. Favorite songs? The Music of the Night, Point of No Return, Any Man of Mine...

45. What are you afraid of? being abandoned

46. Are you a giver or a taker? giver

47. What are your nicknames? Angie, Sam, Sis

48. What is your dad's middle name? Park

49. What do you sleep in? a bed... and pink jammie pants and a t-shirt in the winter or tank top and shorts in summer

50. Stuck on a deserted island, and can only bring one thing? a friend

51. Favorite TV commercial? French's mustard, the little boy singing "You Are My Sunshine"

52. First thing you'll save in a fire? my kids

53. What is your favorite color? green

54. What are the things you always bring with you? purse, keys

55. What did you want to be when you were a kid? writer

56. What do you usually do when the alarm turns on? what alarm?

57. What color is your bedsheet? burgundy

58. Who do you want to meet? Maya Angelou

59. What do you think about before you go to bed? way too many things that keep me from going to sleep

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curled up in a chair under a warm blanket looking at my christmas tree and the twinkling gold lights
the satisfaction of playing a really good word in scrabble
the smell of fresh baked bread; sharp, tangy sourdough being my favorite
split pea soup with ham on a cold winter day
my 31 flavors of lip gloss
the smell of basil or peppermint leaves rubbed between my fingers
looking at paint swatches and envisioning what a room might look like with different colors
walking barefoot outside and feeling the cool grass beneath my feet
the devilish laughter of madeline
jacob saying, "mommy, i miss you every day, all day long"

walking and talking with mary on the trails at the park
going to the nutcracker with madeline and erin
crunching autumn leaves
sitting by a campfire, listening to the crackle and smelling the burning wood, watching the flames dance between the logs
my friends
a hot shower with my favorite bath and body works shower gel, moonlight path
hearing, "momma, you're the bestest momma in the whole world"
creating.with paper, fabric, anything.
listening to tony play the guitar
freshly made pesto with basil grown in my own garden

Feb. 10th, 2009

Things I Love, part 1

the smell of the woods after it rains
watching the cedar waxwings flock to my serviceberry tree every spring to eat the berries
crumbling soil in my fingers when i am planting
sleeping in a tank top and shorts on a warm summer night
moonlight walks and looking at the stars
falling asleep snuggled up next to my kids
walking, running until my inner rubber band has unwound
listening to the bells playing every hour at St. John's
dancing, dancing, dancing, feeling the rhythm in my feet.
driving down the road, window down, singing my favorite tunes

flowers. all kinds of flowers, but especially peonies and lilacs.
hot chocolate
books-- mysteries, historical fiction, poetry, cookbooks
looking for seashells on the beach, feeling the sand beneath my feet and squishing between my toes
lying on my rock at McCormick's Creek watching and listening to the waterfall
canoeing down the river, feeling my arms ache as i paddle
finishing a 15 mile bicycle ride
the feel of a needle and thread in my fingers, seeing a blank fabric canvas become a work of art
the push, turn, fold rhythm of dough under my hands and the sticky mass becoming a smooth satin ball
listening to the falling rain


Feb. 7th, 2009

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Spring is coming and today is just a small taste of it, however fleeting. Birds chirping, blustery winds, warmer temperatures and sunshine melting the snow. The leaf and flower buds on the trees are tiny yet still there, growing and preparing to bloom. Everything coming alive again, greening and transforming the lifeless gray landscape into a stunning work of art. The winter season in me must soon come to an end as well, and I want to feel the warm sunshine coursing through my veins, the sleeping buds burst into bloom, new life gleaming in my eyes transforming me into a stunning work of art.

Oct. 23rd, 2008

A Mad Libs Story by Jacob

Description of a Prize Fight

Good evening, sports trees. I'm speaking to you from the ringside at the famous WhiteHouse and bringing you a blow-by-blow description of the snowy fight between Rocky Madeline and the dumbish champion,  Slugger Jacob. As the bell rings for round 1 billion, Rocky moves to the center of the ring and throws a gross right to Slugger's brain. But Slugger blocks the punch with her esophagus and hits Rocky right on the uterus with a tremendous uppercut that knocks her flat on her belly button. The referree is counting and the fans are sheering grossly. Hallelujah! What an eye-popping experience!

Sep. 12th, 2008

sassy kids

I have been trained to be in charge of hosts and servers in the evening, not that I think I can do it, and apparently neither do some of the college kids at work. Today I had to check out the servers (no, not like that! ), which just means they do their closing duties, and I have to go check out their station or they absolutely cannot leave. The very first guy I checked, Kyle, didn't like that I, who have only been there 4 days,  am checking to see if he has done his job.

Conversation goes something like this.

Me: Could you check again under this table? I see broken glass.
Kyle: Oh, I guess I didn't see that. (Apparently not. I didn't even have to bend over to notice it.)
Me: Guess not. Would you please take care of that?
Kyle: Here's the broken glass. (He picked up the stem and top of the glass from the hutch that holds all the NON-broken wine glasses to show me the one that broke and "someone" must have placed there. Then he did pick up the pieces off the floor.)
Me: Did you wipe down the light shades and picture frames?
Kyle: Do they look dusty?
Me: Did you wipe them?
Kyle: Did you find any dust?
Me: Did you clean them off?
Kyle: No.
Me: Then get a towel and wipe them off please.
Kyle: I've worked here for a year. I think I know what I'm doing.
Me: I'm sure you do.  Just wipe them off and you can go.
Kyle: Should we get a manager?
Me: We can do that, but just wipe them off. Have you been told that part of your shift-closing duties are to wipe down the ledges, picture frames and shades?
Kyle: Yes.
Kyle: Ok. (He wipes them off.)
Me (smiling with my angelic smile and batting my eyes just ever so slightly): Thank you! You can go now!
Kyle (smiles at me and walks to the front talking to Momma Steph-- MY trainer): Man, she's tough!
Me: Thank you! That's my job. (And they hired me to BE Stephanie at night. Tough job to follow, but off to a good start, at least in that direction!)

Sep. 10th, 2008


Confucious say, Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.

Confucious also say, Woman who puts in too many carrots and peas in soup is very unsanitary.

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