May 18th, 2004 2:43 pm |
02:43 pm – What a day….
Well for the last 4-5 weeks we have been preparing for a corporate visit from the President (Renee Benhke) and our new CEO (Kathy Tierney). I was tossing and turning most of last night and was up until about 2:30am working on new signage for the school and calling Kinkos saying I need them printed and ready for pickup at 6:30am.
I got up at 5:30am, showered, changed and the whole time trying to wake up. I mean..I just got to sleep for God’s sake! . I got on the Dulles Toll Road and zoomed towards 66. It was 6:23am and so far there was no traffic in sight. I made it all the way to Glebe on 66 when the usual Gleve Raod exit backup started. Damn. I had to get off at Glebe and work my way to Pentagon Row via surface streets. Luckily, the streets were empty. I got to Kinkos in Crystal City at about 6:50, picked up the signs and zoomed off to work. I got there and I half expected Karen to be there. I got in and started to work on replacing the old signs in the kitchen.
It’s about 7:30am and something is wrong. My stomach is hurting like hell. I took a Zantac 75 earlier cuz I was feeling the beginnings of acid reflux…..BUT I took it with a Coke. That’s gotta be wrong or something. That’s like drinking milk to down your lactid acid pill. Anyways..about 7:45am I’m in pain. Bathroom time. Suffice it to say…I was doing much better about 10 minutes later. Karen showed up and we both looked at each other and we were scared. We both settled down and told ourselves that we were going to be fine. She told me that Renee and Kathy were at Tysons the night before and that Renee was moving things all around. We were certain that was going to happen here.
Nancy Kent showed up at 8am and started to help with setting up for our 9am breakfast meeting. Kyle was there too and she helped put this breakfast together. She made this great strada of eggs and sausage. She also brought in mixed fruits. Daniel made cinnamon bread and Donna Jean made this wonderful baked oatmeal with blueberries. Karen called Mike and we found out that he was just leaving home and that he should be here by 9. I said..yeah right….66 is so backed up right now that there is no way. Then 3 minutes he calls to tell us that he is riding in by himslef and that Renee and Kathy were already on a cab from Tyson’s Corner. WHAT!?!?
At around 8:30, a Yellow Cab from Fairfax pulls up to the side of the store and lo and behold, Kathy and Renee walk out. I”m in the kitchen furiously cleaning the grease spatters in the inside glass of the oven. I can hear them out in the store saying hello to Karen. Meanwhile I’m panicing over some P-Touch tape that won’t come off and I can’t have it looking like that in front of Renee. Renee is very particular about how her stores and schools look. I mean she owns the company and if not for her descrening (sp) eye..the company would not be where it is now.
Renee and Kathy walk into the kitchen and I walk over and introduce myself. I shake Renee’s hand then introduce myself to Kathy. I’m so nervous. I introduced Kyle and Nancy to them. But I forgot to tell Kyle and Nancy who THEY were! A few minutes later Nancy comes up to me and says “who is who?” I chuckle and realize I didn’t introduce who they were. They decided to go to Starbucks while we wait for the rest of the employees to show up for the 9am meeting. Mike arrived and everyone else showed up minutes later. We got the meeting going and that lasted about an hour long.
I really like the new CEO. I did get some face time with Kathy and talked about the cooking program and where I thought things stood with the program. Renee was there too and was interested in what I had to say. Right after the meeting I offered to show kathy and Renee my kitchen. Renee said that everything was organized and she even checked my knife drawers to see if they were locked. I told her they weren’t locked because we were using them that morning. However…note to self…they weren’t locked from the night before!
Renee and Kathy were there until about 1:30pm or so. The energy in the store was bright. All the employees were beaming and the store was busy with customers. Renee complimented the staff and the store many times and she said this was one of here most favorite stores. They left and the staff did a collective sigh of relief.
WE DID IT!! Karen and I passed with flying colors and more! Thru all this madness, we had to start prepping for Robyn’s class, Creative Main Dish Salads.
I’m so thankful to our staff….you all did a great job!
Current Mood: [mood icon] ecstatic
Current Music: IN my head: It’s Raining Men (it makes me feel happy)
05:45 am – i just realized
Isn’t it a weird feeling when you wake up like 1 minute before your alarm is supposed to go off??
I’m always in shock….
Current Mood: [mood icon] surprised
Current Music: In my head: Malaguena
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05:24 am – What’s going to happen today…
I can’t belive I”m actually up. have to get ready for work. Need to get on the toll road and 66 BEFORE HOV hits at 6:30.
i’m so sleepy….
Current Mood: [mood icon] contemplative
Current Music: iN MY HEAD: FUNERAL MARCH
01:16 am – I miss Daniel…
Dr. Daniel Jackson that is.
I missed Stargate SG-1 tonite….
Current Mood: [mood icon] pissed off
Current Music: same as before
Well I just finished creating the new signage for the school. I really shouldn’t be designing new signage when its the middle of the night and I am running on vapors. These last few weeks has been very hard on me with projects galore. Let’s see…in the last few weeks I have:
* Hosted a major cooking competition for Fine Cooking Magazine
* Installed new Wolf and SubZero appliances in my school kitchen
* Learned that you have to xray or sonogram concrete before you can drill into it in a commercial location
* Kept a 75%+ fill rate at the school
* Moved out of Rosslyn, since David got us kicked out (long story for another entry)
* Moved in with Brian temporarily out in Reston
* Help maintain the CMI Registration website, helped add Dallas and Los Angeles to the mix
* Started teaching cooking classes: Friday Night Basics
* Realize that I still like Brian very much
* Met one of Brian’s new “friends”
* Wished my mom Happy Mother’s Day and made her cry (she misses me)
* Learning how to connect from Fairfax Connector to METRO and back
I’m tired…can I go to bed yet?
Current Mood: [mood icon] sleepy
Current Music: Listening to Margaret Cho