Saturday, May 30, 2009

Goin' Swimmin' and Phoenix's health

So I'm getting ready to take the kids swimming and I called the pool to see how much it's going to cost me.  Now mind you, the kids are 2 and 10 months and then there's me.  The lady who answered the phone told me it was $7 a person.  I asked well what about kids, still $7.  I asked if there was an age minimum or anything and they said yes, if the children are less than 5 months old you don't have to pay.  So now, I'm stuck paying $21 to take my babies swimming.  How ridiculous!

I had to take my Phoenix to the vet again yesterday.  It turns out she does have mites (like I thought in the first place) it only takes 2 visits to discover this!  So now she has to take vitamin E for the rest of her life, this liquid stuff for like 3-6 months, an antibiotic for 14 days and a special shampoo to be washed with 3 times a week until the skin irritation goes away.  And apparently it's because she has a low immune system!  

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

An update...

Wow it's been so long since I have posted.  

Well we had a conference call today at work.  I have to tell you I am so excited.  I found out my store is in the top 10 in the nation in customer voice.  I cannot tell you how excited I am.  And my overall turnover is of the lowest ever!  My variances is one of the best in the many shout outs for my store and myself.  I cannot tell you how ecstatic I was.  And of course I had to brag to all of my store partners and tell them how wonderful we are.  Now if we get a 100% on our QASA audit...we can be the supremo Starbucks LOL

I am so sick and tired of being asked "So when are you closing?"  I could strangle the newspaper and the news station for reporting this.  So many people think it is next week.  Hello, don't you think we would have told you already?  Stop asking.  We promise we will let you know as soon as we know.  Now back off!

So a customer called corporate on me because I did not offer him an americano because the bold coffee was brewing.  This is our conversation.
-I want a bold coffee
-ok I just pressed brew so it has about 2 and a half minutes.  Do you have time to hang out with me or would you like the milder coffee?
-ok so are you going to wait
-ok do you want something else?
-a bold coffee
(now about 1 and half minutes has passed)
-well it still has about a minute
(now he is pissed!)
-I cannot believe I am coming to starbucks and I can't get a bold coffee.  And why didn't you offer me an americano?  Isn't that your policy I get an americano if I have to wait? 
-no its not but if you would like one I would be more than happy to get you one
-no just forget it
and he storms off.
Oh so funny LOL

Michael is on a fishing trip right now, so I am home alone with the babies for a few days.   It is going to be kinda nice not to have to deal with Michael's crabbiness.  I am excited to have this weekend off.  I haven't had a weekend off in I don't know how long.  And now that it's summer and season is over, we get to relax and clean and I get to take lots of time off!

So one of my shifts is uber mad at me.  I got a transferred shift from a store that is closing this coming weekend.  Now mind you, I have been running the store with myself and 2 shifts.  It's been hard and none of us can take time off. The one that is complaining actually did take 10 days off and it was a pain to find another shift to work her shifts.  Anyways, so I get this transfer to make our lives easier and I told her that her hours will probably decrease by 5-7 a week because of the new shift and I want to be fair and give them all the same hours.  She doesn't understand it.  She is very selfish if you ask me.  She is always wanting to leave early and get her shift covered.  So she always ends up about 9 hrs less a week anyway.  Oh well.  It's my store and I will do as I wish.

Orion is talking so much now it is unbelievable.  I can actually have a semi conversation with him.  It is so cute.  But he is repeating everything I say so I have to watch that.  Orion is also now in a high back booster seat.  Liana is now in a big girl car seat, no more infant carrier for her!  Liana is standing on her own.  No steps yet but she will just stand there for like 20 seconds without holding onto anything.  She is feeding herself now too and no more bottles either!  My they grow so fast.  It just breaks my heart.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


So we have been in Oklahoma for like 5 days and it hasn't been that bad.  The town that M and M live in is like living in YV except they have a mall and Old Navy LOL.  And we can buy a very nice 3 bed house for $95,000.  Now the only problem would be is to find a j-o-b.  Not sure if I would really move here but it's nice to know I could afford to actually live some where rather than just skate by.  I wish that M and M lived near us.  I am so much like Mel and Mike is so much like his bro.  It would be so much fun.  We did get some snow here yesterday.  I was promised a blizzard of up to 14 inches of snow.  I got 2 and most of it was melting yesterday afternoon/evening.  
I got bit by the Twilight bug.  Now I really like the book but the movie SUCKED.  I wish they would go and remake the movie.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


So I finally got a video game of my own for michael's 360.  It assassins creed.  its kind of an old game but I love it.  I get to kill people...with a sword!  LOL  and I can climb buildings and push people around...and steal horses.  

Liana has learned to stand on her own.  That excites me so much.  My baby girl is growing so quickly.  She wants to scoot along the couch so badly.  Maybe she will begin to do that soon.  

Orion has started potty training.  Its going ok.  He knows to pee in the toilet but pooping...a whole different story.  He has gone in there a few times and just when I think he has the idea, he decides to go in his chonies.  Maybe soon he will get it.

I am going on a women's retreat this weekend.  I'm really excited.  And next week we are going vegas and then the week after we are headed to Oklahoma!  We are going to go see Mike's brother.  It should be fun to see them.  They are trying to get us to move out there but I am too much a California girl to live any where else.  Or can I?  I haven't exactly been any where else either.  We'll see!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Orleans

So I watched this show yesterday on HBO about Hurricane Katrina and the effects it had on New Orleans.  Now, Starbucks had sent us to New Orleans for training and to help the city clean up and I just fell in love with the city and the lifestyle.  I wouldn't want to live there but the people were just amazing.  I really learned the meaning of Southern hospitality.  Anyways, on with the show I watched.  This was filmed about 9-12 months after the hurricane occurred.  I just found it amazing that the government would not help these people.  Mississippi received 30,000 FEMA trailers while New Orleans received 3,000.  And about 6 months after the fact.  They were trying to rebuild the levees, back to pre Katrina standards.  Well, we know that wasn't good enough so why not make it better then before.  Oil companies drill far enough off shore that Louisiana doesn't receive any money from them but the federal government does.  States such as Texas, New Mexico receive money from these oil companies to allow them to continue to ravage the land for oil.  The coastal waters of New Orleans has 20% of the US's oil supply and they receive NO money for the oil.  And while the oil companies are drilling, they are destroying New Orleans natural protective barrier against hurricanes, the wetlands.  And no one wants to give them money to help rebuild these wetlands either.  So New Orleans is left just as, if not more, vulnerable to hurricanes.  And what I find amazing, they are still dealing with this today, 3 and a half years later.  And they still have no money to help rebuild anything. I find it amazing that our government can pull money out of thin air for these bail out plans but we couldn't get any money to Louisiana for this natural disaster, not a man made one that Wall Street fat cats created.  
I also found it to be amazing how the insurance companies were able to not pay the owners of these homes that were destroyed.  How can they determine whether or not it was flood damage or wind damage caused by the hurricane and then because of the wind damage the house had water damage from the massive rains.  I don't think they can really determine that.  The insurance companies, of course, are only out for themselves and feel that the people of New Orleans and Louisiana are too dumb to fight back.  

On a lighter note, my son feels it is necessary to remove his diaper and run around naked.  I guess it is now time for potty training.  I am putting it off.  I know it is going to be a huge mess all of the time but it needs to be done.  

The kids have been sick for a few days and now I am getting it.  No fun!!  Mike and I were both off on Thursday with sick kids.  Wednesday night both kids continuously woke up.  After one woke up and went to sleep, the other would wake.  If I didn't get up, Mike would tell me to and that it was mean to let them cry cuz they were sick.  So I did get up.  Around 4, when I asked him to take care of it, then it was ok to let the kids cry.  I didn't need to run to them all of the time.  That's why they are crying.  Then he had the balls to stay in bed till 11 am and then come out and ask to me put the kids down for a nap so we can have sex.  LOL He must be crazy!  Needless to say, he didn't get any.

Valentine's Day came and went and I didn't get anything.  So that's Christmas and now Valentine's Day without any gifts from my husband.  I guess I am meaning less and less to him.  He said that he would make me dinner, but I had to go to the store after I got off work and pick out what I wanted for dinner and prepare it to be cooked and then he cooked it.  Happy f***ing Valentine's Day to me.  I wonder if my birthday will be any different next month...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I have so much to do today and I am not doing it.  I did get the living room and some laundry done and my flowers planted but thats it.  I still have to clean the kitchen and the bathroom.  ah oh well i doubt i'll finish it.
I got my hair cut last night.  I got it kinda short again and michael doesn't like it.  he always hates it when I cut my hair short.  Oh well.  I like it short.  Liana is crawling all over the place.  She always has a smile for everyone she sees.  She is by far the cutest little baby girl ever.  Orion is still all over the place and is learning new things.  I love his phonics.  chicken is now "gicken"  flower is fwower.  its great to watch them grow.  
i like seeing that Obama has put a salary cap on people in banks who are receiving bail out money.  These people should not be making millions of dollars when their business is failing!  thank you Obama.  I hope you continue to move us in the right direction.

Saturday, January 31, 2009


Starbucks is a different place now than it was say 4 years ago.  We have had to change so many things to brace and protect ourselves during this ever slumping economy.  People are saving and not buying coffee right now which I totally understand. But now I am just afraid for my job.  I know my store won't close but if the whole company goes...
We have had to change so many of our policies.  A lot of it is for our hourly partners and our field leadership.  Our hourly partners can no longer supplement their hours worked with their vacation hours and they have to give 30 days notice in order to use them.  They don't get personal days either.  They are also finally letting us be "at will employers"  Cali has always been an at will employment state but Starbucks is so fearful of lawsuits that we were never able to comply with it but now we can.  That makes me happy.  I think it's funny that everything any of us lowly store partners have ever said about the new initiatives the higher ups have come up with has come true and they are now doing what we have all said all along.  (like don't build stores across the street from each other).  Too bad we don't know what we are talking about and they supposedly know better than us.  I guess that's why they make the big bucks and I make nothing.  Don't get me wrong, I love starbucks and coffee but some of these decisions, if they would only consult us every once in a while...
And one more thing, who do these fat cat wall street guys think they are.  Taking bail out money and then getting huge bonuses??  they need to be held accountable and be forced to pay back the money to us tax payers who are trying to help them.  They need to be prosecuted for stealing...which is what I think they did.