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Apr. 6th, 2009 | 01:30 pm

sol : mom? what year were you born in?

me: 1973

sol: ew. when were you a teenager?

me: in the 80's

sol: no fair. you lived my life!

I love that my kid is an 80's freak!!!

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Avenue Q

Dec. 12th, 2007 | 11:34 pm

 I was a bit skeptical about seeing the show, but my dad invited me...free dinner -  free night at the theater.  At the minimum it would have been just a fun night hanging with my dad and his friends.  The show's characters are mostly puppets with some humans thrown in there.  I couldn't imagine how anyone could pull off such a show, let alone a show that is Tony Award winner.  The whole concept of the puppets threw me and without a doubt thought it would be LAME!  I couldn't have been more wrong.  The show is brilliantly written.  The cast is amazing!  The cast members that play a "puppet" are actually carrying the puppets.  At first it was a bit odd to see these people singing with puppets(not ventrilliquists), but after the first couple of numbers you don't even see the person anymore.  

The show is about a recent college grad, Princeton, who is trying to find his purpose.  Topics such as sex, alcohol and the internet(is for porn) are  brought up throughout Princeton's journey to "purpose".  The internet scene cracked me the hell up.  I think I'll be saying "grab your dick and double click" for a long long time!  

At any rate,  Avenue Q is refreshingly funny.  Makes you laugh and makes you think about choices you've made for  yourself  throughout your life.  If you have an opportunity to see it, DON'T MISS IT!  AWESOME!

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my journey to uncool continues

Dec. 4th, 2007 | 06:51 pm

Driving on Sunday.....radio on...I say to Soleil, 

"who is this?  fall out boy?"
soleil:  omg mom.  it's good charlotte
me: uh oh ok.  they all sound the same to me.
soleil: no they don't!  they're totally different!

Now, this song by Good Charlotte, I believe is called Dance Floor Anthem, sounds a lot like Men at Work meets Rick Springfield.  That comparison would be totally wasted on a 14 year old, but if  you listen to that song, see what you think.

Shit!  I sound more like my mom every day!

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a quickie

Nov. 13th, 2007 | 11:33 pm

The new store is far from great.  There's a lot of work to be done there.  It's a mess.  No other way to put it.  Operationaly everything is pretty much screwed.  The staff isn't properly trained.  UHG!  So, lot's of fixing to do.  I guess that explains the huge salary increase.  hahaha!

I'm not stressing too much about what needs to be done.  I have 3 key items to address.  Everything else will eventually fall into place over time.  As for those key items; I hope to have those in order over the course of the next 2 months.  I think that's adequate time to hire/fire/train staff, organize the stock room(it's AWFUL) and ensure our new lines run smoothly.  Plenty of time to work out the kinks.  The who knows...I may be off to fix another store.  We'll see.

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we failed

Oct. 18th, 2007 | 08:35 am

I'm not surprised that we would fail an audit that was performed by our loss prevention partner.  Nobody EVER passes his audits!  However, his comments make this audit not so much a failure.  This audit was a HUGE improvement from last quarter's audit.  We popped on 3 items out of about 70.  Last time there were a lot more.  Our last audit was the first one since I became store manager I never realized how much help our store really needed.  By the time our re-audit came, we passed with flying colors and have done very well in maintaining everything.  This audit were silly little things that were over looked.  All of our schedules have been hectic.  I've put a lot of pressure on my team lately with all the traveling I've done so overall I'm VERY pleased!  If he had done a re-audit minutes after the initial audit, we passed.  The corrections that needed to be made were very simple and he witnessed Jen make them.  Good stuff.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, things didn't quite work out with the assistant manager I hired.  He just..well no...it was bad.  Since then I have popped an idea into my DM's head about a sales associate that is extremely hard working, dedicated and highly knowledgable.  We've been tinkering with that idea for a couple of weeks now.  Yesterday my DM called me and is pushing to have her interviewed immediately.  She is ready for the interview.  She has the leadership that we need...everything else is operations.  She'll learn all of that once she's in place.  I asked him to explain the urgency.  He told me he doesn't want to keep me confined to the 4 walls of my store.  He knows I'm actively working to move up and he has "plans for me".  Jen is convinced I'm NOT getting another store, but rather become the DM's right hand man.  She thinks Queenstown will remain my home store and I'll pop in there time to time, but I'll be traveling often to help "fix" other stores.  Which is essentially what I've been doing for the past month anyway.  I have no idea which path I'm on, but I'm pretty positive it's a good one.

As for Jen, she is getting the recognition she deserves not only from me and the DM, but from our RM as well.  A store in another district lost a store manager.   Our regional manager immediately thought of Jen to be the acting SM of that store during the recruiting process to find a new one.  WOW!  She certainly has come a long.  As flattering as that request was there are several reasons it can't be done.  Most importantly it would leave my store in a tough situation.  I'm not working doubles again.  PERIOD!  So, that's a no go.  My DM agrees that it would put me in a bad way losing her for even just a month.  I'm just so tickled that they thought of her!  I told my DM that I would go to the store being it's a lot closer to home.  He wasn't crazy about that idea.  I'm  not allowed to stray out of my district.  He doesn't want to lose me!  HA!  Awesome!  It's so great to be valued!  Anway..my glorious work upday.  Changes are happening...just not sure what they are.

TONIGHT:  Dany, Wil and I are going to Chronos!  Holy Flippin Yay!! 

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Oct. 2nd, 2007 | 07:20 pm


I have super delicous news reguarding my career, but I can't tell anyone until the formal announcement is made by my district manager.  Let's just say it's a PHENOMENAL promotion. :D 

edit:  I'm the new district team leader which translates to I'm a district manager in training.  GOOOOOO ME!!!

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hoping not to jinx it but....

Sep. 10th, 2007 | 09:43 pm

For the first time my management staff is FULL!  HOLY SHIT!  I hired the 4th member of our management team on Friday.  He starts tomorrow.  Fuckin FABULOUS!  This means no more working every damn weekend!  One of the luxuries of being store manager is that I'm only required to work one full weekend a month.  OH YEAH!  I'm happy(ish).  He seems really great.  I have a feeling he'll catch on quickly.  I hope at least.  The sooner he catches on the sooner I'll have a better schedule.  I'm going to TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN like crazy!  :) 

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better late than never

Aug. 26th, 2007 | 09:05 pm

Happy  30th Birthday to my Dany-elle!!!

I lovez you sooooo much!!!!!


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stale doritos

Aug. 21st, 2007 | 07:28 pm

smell like vomit!

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moving on up...

Jul. 25th, 2007 | 06:53 pm

the district manager for Ann Taylor came into my store looking for me.  She wants to recruit me to be the store manager at the store opening in Annapolis.  I've taken the assessment.  Now the waiting game begins.

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