Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tomorrow is the BIG day...My granddaughter will be born by 7:15am if all goes according to plan..
I hope that I'll be able to get as close to her as I am with the older kids..It's so different now that I'm not married to Monica's dad anymore..

I'm going to go to see Monica and the baby at 1:00pm..My ex is supposed to be there at 4:00..so hopefully he will stick to that schedule and I won't have to worry about running into him..

I have to head out to the store in the morning to get a cute outfit for the baby and probably a little something for mommy...I was going to go this evening but I'm running out of steam..I've been up since 4:30am helping out at one of our restaurants..then my daughter wanted to go look at a van..and since she was so nice to go with me when I bought mine, I didn't want to let her down..
She has one more to look at tomorrow and then she should be able to make her decision..she is so sick of looking at cars online that she said if the one tomorrow doesn't work out, she is done for a couple of months..lol..It is nerve wracking doing all of that research online...and she has done plenty..

Not too much is new otherwise..I'm still plugging along with my job..I had all intentions of getting to a couple of employment agency's this week, but that didn't happen..so I'll have that on the top of my list for next week...Keep your fingers crossed for me that they can line me up with something..

I had to put up new curtain rod brackets yesterday..Because we have vertical blinds on the windows, I needed brackets that extended further out...and believe me, it isn't easy to find extendable brackets..I finally found them at bed, bath and beyond..thank goodness..

Now I want to find new curtains for my room and Jeremys too..He only has one window so it shouldn't be too expensive...I'm not sure what I want for mine yet..I am one of those people that will know it when I see it..lol...

Well, time to get some dishes done..and maybe a load of laundry...Naw, I think I'll just do the dishes....lol...

Yay for Fridays.....It can't come soon enough for me:)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I feel bad that I am ALWAYS blogging about the same things...Especially my job..But that's my life..and not much else happens..lol..

My boss acquired yet another restaurant..UGH..and the night supervisor can't take care of it until a cleaner is hired because he is covering one of the other restaurants until at least Monday..

I am so tired today..I even went to bed this afternoon for a nap..which was escaping me..I think I'm overtired..FINALLY fell asleep only to be woken up 20 minutes later by the boy across the street bouncing his basketball in the street..And then 10 minutes after I was awake, he stopped...TOO LATE..

Enough complaining for now..lol...

I wasn't going to do Easter baskets this year..Trying to keep the candy out of the house..but it didn't seem like Easter without doing something, so I'm making an Easter platter for my daughter and kids and one for my house..I didn't buy too much candy though..
I did color eggs last night..it was strange to do that by myself..I usually have one of the little ones here to help me..But of course I can't do that because of cleaning the restaurant..

Next week after I am done doing the night thing, I'm going to get one night of good sleep and then I'm going to hit all of the temp agency's in my area..
At this point, I would take anything that is long term..As long as I can make enough to make my bills I will be happy..
I only know I can't do this anymore..

For Easter dinner, my daughter, kids and I were going to go out for brunch..but when I talked to my friend Lisa today, she again invited us over to her house..I said yes..She wouldn't accept my offer to help pay for the dinner. So, I thought I would take her a nice floral centerpiece..It's always nice to get flowers:)

Well, it's 2:30 and I think I'll try to sleep...AGAIN..lol...

Happy Easter!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

One of the Vegas hotels..
This is where we had the awesome breakfast...
My daughter on Freemont Street...

Lol...I'm all decked out for St. Paddy's Day...


My daughter and I had a blast in Vegas..the funny thing is, we were looking forward to sunny warm weather...HA...we had rain one day, terrible wind the next and cool weather the rest of the time..It was actually warmer here at home than there..lol..although, with all of the walking that we did, it was probably better to have the cooler weather..

We got all dressed up in green for St. Patricks Day..lol..and we were back at the hotel and in bed by ten...lol..guess we aren't the party people that we once were..

We went to see the Titanic Exhibit...totally awesome..So interesting..so touching..they even had an ice berg..I did buy one of the replica plates that were used on the ship. I haven't taken a picture of it yet. but I will..

We also went to see the Bodies Exhibit..REAL bodies in all stages of life..This was not my favorite thing..We did rush through this one..Some of it was interesting, but most of it just kind of grossed us out..

We had the best breakfast at one of the bars on the strip..Breakfast potato skins...Yummy...

We went down to Freemont Street..Had a lot of fun down there...Years ago when I was down in that area, I was not impressed and actually found it a bit scary....Now,,it is just a fun place to be...lots of free entertainment..
We zip lined..my daughter screamed the whole way...lol..don't know why, it wasn't the least bit scary...

We had a lay over in Missouri..It was very windy and we had a very rough landing..I do okay with that sort of thing..My daughter? not so much..lol..she gets really nervous...
Take off from there wasn't too bad..

When we got back to the airport, we realized that we weren't sure where our car was..LOL...that has never happened to me before..
I went round and round looking for it on the different levels..Finally my daughter went to security and they can do a search from their office..she found it right away..(after I walked around for 45 minutes)..lol...

My bosses wife did tell me this morning that they really missed me and what I handle...that was nice to hear..but I'm still going to get my resume together to look for something else...I think it's just time to move on..
I don't want to manage a bunch of people that don't really care for their jobs..I want to go to work, do my job and go home....with NO phone calls from people..lol...

Well, that's it for now..I'm going to try to get some pictures uploaded here and then think about getting ready for work:)



Friday, March 9, 2012



I Bought a new car!!!!!

This is the first step in my being able to go out and look for a job that won't suck the life out of me...lol..

It has been nothing but one problem after another with work..I have one lady out sick..and I think she's REALLY sick..some extra prayers for her would be more than welcome..She is only in her mid fifties and they think she has been having small strokes..I haven't heard from her or her daughter since last Saturday so I haven't had an update.
She cleans one of our fancier restaurants 7 days a week and is the MOST dependable person we have working for us..

One of the other cleaners quit without notice..He was doing one of my banks three days a week and one restaurant seven days a week..So, needless to say, it has been hectic once again..

I am in the process of training a new guy to manage all of the restaurants. We do have another guy giving us a hand helping cover all of the jobs..but I'm still up at night clocking people in..and helping get these jobs done..

I did give the new guy the phone and keys this morning..So at least he is on his way to relieving me of being up all night:) I CAN'T WAIT...lol...

In the meantime, I am trying to set things in motion to get a new job..I know that they're scarce right now..but a few of my workers have recently found decent employment..without having to give up week-ends..
That's what I want...some down time from all of the craziness...


Camerons birthday was on Tuesday..He turned 9...can't believe he is 9 already..They grow up so darned fast..
I called him to wish him happy birthday...he sounded a little distant, confused..something just didn't seem right..
Well, after we talked, his mom sent me a text saying that he thought he was talking to Abuelita, but the phone had said Sheri...lol...guess the little ones don't always realize that grandma's actually have names..lol..

One week from tomorrow, my daughter and I leave for VEGAS...I am so looking forward to it..I love spending time with my grandkids...but I'll tell you, I'm Really looking forward to having some adult time:)

Because we are getting the on St. Paddy's day, we have lots of green to take along..I have a green hat, beads, a green t-shirt that says "Gold Digger" and a sash that says " Irish whiskey makes me frisky"...
Looking to have a great time:)

Now it's time for me to get ready and go to work..I have to train at one of my banks...

I hope everyone has a great week-end:)


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Good Morning!!

Once again, it's been a while since I have made an entry...lol..I do spend time reading blogs, just not updating my own..

We have been so blessed with a mild winter..We did have a wet, heavy snow last night..I was lucky enough to be able to stay home and enjoy the beauty of it. Thank goodness. I Really don't like to drive during the actual storm..

My daughter (Shannon) and I have made our arrangements to go to VEGAS...We leave on Saturday March 17th..lol..when she made the arrangements she didn't realize it was St. Patrick's Day...SO, it should be interesting to say the least..lol
I bought a green t-shirt that says, "Gold Digger" on it..lol..Shannon still has to find a shirt..We are going to get the green beads but I'm going to the dollar store for those..
This will be our first trip by ourselves..and I know we will have a ton of fun..
My dear daughter is planning on going on the rides again at the Stratosphere...Have you seen those rides? lol..we did them last time we were out there..and they are SCARY...lol...I'm not sure I'll tempt fate again...

We are renting a car. So we will be able to get around better and won't be confined to just doing the typical casino thing..She's young, she doesn't mind doing the driving..lol..

Work has been crazy...but then that's not new..As far as the restaurants go, all but one are in pretty good shape..I've been working with our cleaner at the one to try to get her to keep things looking good. I have started using documented verbal warnings and written warnings..she has received one of each for different things..We'll see if that prompts her to do a better job..
Until recently, we were WAY to laid back..we didn't document things and therefore when people were let go, they would win their unemployment hearings..I have been telling my boss for months that we need to "document" everything...finally that is happening.

I am shooting for training the new night supervisor next week:) I so need to be done with these hours..and hopefully he will do a good job and stick with it..

I need to start looking for a car. My daughter is going to go with me next week to see what's out there..The weather is supposed to warm up and that should make the search much easier..

Please say a prayer for Benita..She cleans one of the restaurants..She is the best worker. So dependable and trustworthy..She also works a full time job..She is in the hospital. At first, they thought she had a stroke.
Now, they aren't so sure. Her daughter called me and she does have a blockage in one of her arteries, but they don't think this is what is causing the stroke like symptoms..
Benita is only 54 years old..and it's scary to think someone so young can be having such major issues..
All prayers are appreciated..

Today I get to pick up Mason...I haven't seen him since Christmas..I have tried a few times to get him but for one reason or another it hasn't worked out..So, I'm certainly looking forward to spending the time with him..I don't know if he'll be interested, but I thought it would be nice to spend some time out in the snow..maybe we'll make a snowman:)

That's about it for me..It's time to get my coffee made..lol..should have done that before I got on the computer..

Sending out prayers and well wishes to all of the people affected by the horrible tornado's in the south..

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Kayla (10) Kiera (13) and silly Bella (5)
Kayla and Paris
Kiera, Bella and Kayla
Bella (AKA - Drama Queen)


These are my latest editions..lol..
I think I mentioned in a previous blog that my daughter and I are reconnecting with my step-daughter Nickie...Her dad and I split when she was about 16 years old..
We had a few visits after the divorce but really lost touch after that..I didn't see her again until her brother Philip killed himself in 2005..

She is not a blood sister to my daughter Shannon, but for the most part, they were raised as sisters..They both want that connection again..
I have been in Nickies life since she was born..(another long story,lol).

I have longed for a relationship with her and her three girls..and that time is finally here...I couldn't be more pleased..

My daughter wanted to treat them with a trip to the Dells..at one of the water parks..
I was nervous on the way to pick them up on Sunday..I had already met the two older girls a few weeks back when we took them bowling..but I had not seen Nickie or met the little one..

Nickie and I hugged and all of the nervousness was gone....
Her 10 year old, Kayla ran out of the house and asked me if she could call me grandma...I told her that she would have to ask her mom first..she had already asked and Nickie said it was up to me..lol..of course, I said that was fine..

With in a few hours, the little one, Bella was calling me grandma too...

I'm not trying to take the place of their other grandma's place for sure. but if Nickies dad and I had stayed together, the girls would have always called me grandma..so, it seems like a piece of the puzzle has been put into place:)

Paris was the only boy in our group..lol..but he was fine with that..We had seven people on this trip, but my daughter had gotten a suite so we had plenty of room..we just had to double up for sleeping..
Bella made it known right away that She was sleeping with her "bestest" grandma...lol..how can you not love that?

We were only there for one night, but we got our monies worth..the kids went on all of the BIG water rides and even got me to go on two of them..I will only say this...NEVER AGAIN...lol...I thought my heart was going to stop...Kiera (the oldest) thought that was the funniest thing...
Come on now, the ride was called the HURRICANE...need I say more??

When we dropped them off on Monday, Bella said her foot hurt, so I carried her to the door..a minute later, she was at the door again saying goodbye to me...(no one else)..lol...five minutes after we left Nickie called to say that Bella was crying saying she didn't get to say goodbye to me..
I talked to her for a few minutes and promised her I would see her soon..

Now all we have to do is KEEP the relationship going..with all of our different schedules we will have to MAKE the time to spend together..
As it turns out, Nickie lives so much closer to me than I thought she did..It will make it so much easier to get together..I'm glad about that...

Now all I have to do is explain this new development to Cameron and Destiny..Mason also, but I don't think he will be as affected by my having three new grandkids in my life..I want to incorporate my time with all of the little ones..I think Destiny will like spending some time with Bella, but she might have a hard time sharing me with another little girl..especially when her mom is having another girl..I do not want to have any of the kids think that they will lose time with me..

As I always tell the kids, we have a lot of love to give...so, I'm sure it will turn out for the best..I don't think kids can ever have too many people to love them:)

Happy Valentines Day!!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunrise: South Padre Island..

Lisa, Tessa and Collin: Going for a walk on the beach..
View from the patio where we had dinner: It was wonderful
One of the turtles at: The Sea Turtle Rescue Center
Tessa and baby Collin
Collin: Guess who taught him how to stick his tongue out..lol
Sunrise: Tessa's backyard
The Alamo:
ME and Lisa at the airport:)



Good morning!! Happy Super Bowl Sunday!!

Yesterday I spent some time doing a post..pictures and all...only to lose it when I hit the publish button..WHAT?? I don't know where it went..I guess it is now in cyber heaven....RIP..
I was NOT a happy camper.
Let's try this one more time:)

We had a very nice time on our vacation..but it was very hectic..We spent a lot of time in the car and then with the baby..I almost needed a vacation from my vacation..lol..
Collin is a very good baby..he really only cries when he wants to eat. But he is a baby and they are a LOT of work..lol..

We spent 2 1/2 hours one way to take him to see the doctor in San Antonio...It rained the whole time. After the doctors appointment we went for lunch at Crabby Joe's Crab Shack..VERY good food..Then we went to see the Alamo..that was interesting to see..
We also went to the River Walk..in the rain..lol..and it wasn't stroller friendly so we didn't spend much time there..
Back in the car for another 2 1/2 hours...

The next day it was off to South Padre Island..that was a 4 1/2 hour drive..although this time it wasn't as bad because Lisa had rented a van..We wouldn't have been able to go otherwise..do you remember how much STUFF you have to have for a baby?? Oh my gosh, the van was full...lol..and for some reason, I again ended up sitting in the back seat with the baby..( I really thought his grandma would be the one sitting with him)..
So, although he is a great baby, I still spent a lot of time entertaining him and giving him his bottle..Oh well, small price to pay to see a good portion of Texas..

While in S. Padre we went out to lunch and dinner, walked the beach and went to The Sea Turtle Rescue Center..
Some of the turtles were HUGE..Most of the larger ones will never leave the center..some of the smaller ones will stay until they are healed and then be released..it was a nice experience..

We did get some time in the hot tub..with our pina' colada's ...it was so windy out though so we had to keep fixing the little wind break that we made to protect C0llin..
I even braved one lap in the wonderful swimming pool...lol...

Lisa and I did wake up early one morning to walk the beach and watch the sunrise..That's always one of the things I like to do..I did get to walk through the waters edge..and didn't freeze my feet..I love,love the water. I could listen to the waves forever..

All in all it was a nice trip..

During this trip, I did make the decision to talk to my boss about not wanting to be a supervisor anymore..It's not even about the restaurants anymore..it's about not wanting to deal with all of these different people..it's just too darned frustrating..

I approached him with the idea of my going into the specialty end of the business..He actually thinks this is something worth considering:)
The two guys that are doing it now are not doing the best job and my boss ends up going to redo a lot of the jobs..He wouldn't have to do that if I paired up with one of the fellows..

Before that could happen, I would need to get a car..so that is what I will be working on over the next few months..and then we could move forward..
The best part of that deal would be that when I am done with a job, I could walk away and be DONE for the day...NO Calls...no on call 24-7..
I just want to do my job and go home....lol...

We'll see how it turns out...

Well, today is super bowl Sunday..MY team is not playing..I have to decide if I want to go to the bar to watch the game..I have a few bucks on the line..lol..
Lisa told me that my ex is going to be in town..he is actually going to a friends house to watch it and has asked Lisa's husband to go along..he is going to go because Lisa has to work..the problem being is that at half time they might go to the same bar that I would be at..Now I have to admit, I am a very stubborn Scorpio at times..lol..and feel that this is MY town..and I shouldn't have to stay home..but on the other hand, I really have NO interest in running into him..(to be honest, I think that is part of his plan)..He knows that I hang out with Joe and Lisa..he knows that KJ's is where we hang out...So he should stay away..
I guess if I go, I'll just leave before halftime...Just makes me mad..lol...

The weather here has been GREAT..I can't even believe that it is February..Spring jacket weather...It has been so darned nice..it is making it very easy to get through this winter in Wisconsin:)

Well, I guess that's about it for now...time to get this day going...