Thursday, May 24, 2007

On my way home...

So, trip's over. Interview sssion went extremely well. Chris said I did a great job and that he thought I knew my way around a kitchen. I feel pretty great about the way it turned out. Quick overview of how it went...
Dude picked me up 9:00 am this morning, we drove down to Natick, Mass to a food brokerage. He gave me three new "minor" brand sauces and a local steak houses menu. He had me come up with a couple menu items revolved around those three sauces. I made a chicken wing trilogy with crinkle cut sweet potato fries and a apricot dijon mustard glazed pan seared salmon with a warm caprise salad. I took advantage of the same fries. Both plates focused on both the sauces and bar-type food. The three guys that were there (a chef, chris and some guy named steve/ big-wig) were impressed by the food and asked me a few typical questions that are asked a lot by potential clients. I just did what I do best and it went well! If I don't at least go to the final interview, I'll be both suprised and a little pissed :/.

Got to see my son, brother, his gf, my neice, kari, mom and Bill. Was a full day for sure! Tonight I cooked dinner for the family and grabbed an icecream at the creamland :) yum! Earlier today, had a smoke and hit some balls at the driving range. I hit really great today! Felt good to laugh with my bro :)

Aprils still pissing me off about this whole thing. Didn't wanna know how the interview went or anything. Whatever. If I get it, great, and she'll have to get on board with it. If I don't get it, she'll be happy and I'll keep looking as hard as ever. I don't want to work for fatty ass anymore waiting for him to come in and threaten my job again. Fucker. Besides, their double standards shit is driving me batty.

If I have to stay where I am, I'll keep my head down and work my ass off while I send out resumes. I won't burn a bridge and if/ when I leave, it'll be on good terms.

Flight boards soon, can't wait to hug the wife, cop a feel and sleep in my own bed. :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

At the airport...

You know what sucks about this fucking blackberry!? I just typed a ton of shit and accidently backed up and lost everything I just fucking typed!!!!!! FUCCCCKKKK!!!

Ok, anyway, like I was typing before...

I'm sitting here at the philly airport on my way to NH for this Nestle interview. Its 7:40 pm and my flight (1470) boards in about 10 minutes.

Like I mentioned in a previous blog, I'm SO excited about this opportunity. I mean, this is the break we've been waiting for! A chance to get out of debt, live a better/ more compfotable life and, best of all, the ability to afford to adopt.

Other than the money, we'd be closer to my family. I'd be able to have a better, more involved relationship with my son, spend more time with old friends and see the snow (cool). Yeah, would miss the great carolina weather, but shit, all the other pros would be a great trade-off.

One major thing about the "if I get the job" thing... The wife is not really on board with it. She's concerned about being further from her family. I can understand her concerns, been there, but I think all the great things I mentioned above would be a nice trade-off to having to drive 10 hours (or fly) down a few times a year instead of the 3 hour drive she's been accostomed to. That's it. Well, and there's her bro and neice and nephew too, I suppose. Well, like was mentioned to me by a friend in an email, I've been hours away from my family for over 11 years, its her turn. Some agree that she's being selfish. Others say she's been in her "comfort zone" for too long and doesn't want big changes like this, got it. Perhaps I'm being selfish too, but I have OUR interests at heart, not just mine!

Anyway, God has always been there in situations like this. Like Brian said, "turn it over to Him" and "ask God to let it be OK with me however it turns out." We'll see...

More later,


Sunday, May 13, 2007

New boss here, old boss gone, sorta...

Well, old boss was asked to leave because the client shared the feelings of a few others that he was incompetent and not well liked. He didnt like him much and seems he was losing a lot of money. Not good for business.

New guy started a couple weeks ago, seems to be a pretty nice guy and knows his stuff. Good Christian values, doesn't cuss and treats people with respect. He keeps me IN the loop so I can know whats going on. Unlike the old boss who, at least these past few months, didn't seem to know the difference between a child's balance and how to balance a child, lol, and kept me out of everything unless it was something to complain about. He also ran around screaming and yelling to prove a point. Now, hes running around for the DM to different accounts, playing his puppet, lol, funny.

As soon as he left, my stress level was cut considerably. The new guy and I are hitting it off pretty good (at least for now). I need to make sure I keep my side of the street clean with this relationship as I've made enemy's with people I've hit it off with in the past.

DM is giving me less shit and I've had a good level of inspiration with my food lately. I think when I made the decision to worry about doing my job the best I can with no expectations instead of basing it on ass kissing and moving up in the company, I've had a better perspective.

We've done some nice catering lately showing off our stuff. Clients happy as hell and we'll end up getting more business as a result.

That fucker that got his own account was begging the DM for some ideas from ME! The asshole gets his own account after 6 months and cant write a menu or a recipe to save his life. I have no sympathy for people like him. I've had to come up with most of my own ideas, so he'll need to also. I "vaguely" helped him to make the boss happy, but he'll still have to do some work. (can you tell I'm a little bitter?)

On another note... we've discussed selling the house and moving to something with more land. So, working on finishing the odds and ends here before moving forward with that.

Mom, my son and my half sister are coming down in July, which is sweet.

On yet another note, I've been experimenting with roasting coffee lately with great success. I really enjoy it. I may post some things about that down the road with some pics.

Im off to bed with a good head. Nighty...

Blackberry blogging rocks!

So, I have this blackberry that I really love. Now, not only can I get my email and surf the web, I can blog on the fly! Perhaps I can start reviewing restaurants or blogging from special events. This should be awesome!