December 21, 2007

Office Wars - Food Day

So this year we had a department Holiday Party, but usually our section does its own food day. The people who usually organized that thing are not with the company, so this year it kind of feel through the cracks. Individual teams are all doing their own thing. I don't know that I have ever seen so many cookies / donuts / food here in one day.

Its interesting to see the group dynamics of the different teams. Some are very cliquish. If you are not in that group. "No soup for you!" Others, are more generous. They come and invite you to eat with them. I like the generous people. My team is smaller, so sometimes its harder to do food days, because you only end up with 3 things. :)

I try to be a sharer. My group gets first dibs, but if someone else comes by, I'll invite them to join in. I really don't want to eat all the cookies on my desk by myself.

December 20, 2007


I really enjoy Jericho, it comes on CBS. It got canceled at the end of Season 1, but fans sent in many tons of peanuts and CBS decided to make 7 more episodes. Those episodes start February 12th. I'm so excited. They showed a preview for Season 2 during the Survivor Season finale. I think this time they have someone smart scheduling the show. It comes on right after The Unit, which I imagine would interest the same type of people. I know where I'll be spending my Tuesday Nights.

The story is about a small town in Kansas. Several major cities United States were attacked with nukes. Washington DC is gone, Chicago is gone, Denver destroyed. These people are somewhat isolated from the outside world. They send out scouts to visit other towns and learn what has happened. They lose electricity, then an EMP comes along, which means that anything with a computer chip is fried.

They have to survive without Wal-mart. They have to go hunting for meat, they have to ration their grain through out the winter to have enough to plant in the spring. They have to survive each other and other groups who may want what they have.

After I watch the show I always want to go grocery shopping and my husband wants to get more ammo. It makes you think

December 19, 2007

Restaurant Wars - Christmas Party

So last night was the yearly Christmas party for Bob Evans. This is the work Christmas party I look forward to the most. The Christmas Party at my office job consists of food (finger foods), a gift exchange (sometimes fun), games designed to make fun of senior management (nice in theory, except I don't know who any of them are), and your co-workers (I like most of mine). This party is okay. Its nice that they pay us to be there.

The Bob Evans Christmas Party is just so much better. Everyone gets to come in with their family, which I think is the best part. I like getting to see people's spouses and kids. Then I can put faces to the names I always hear. The GM always goes and gets presents for each of the children who are coming. Its a potluck, which I think is fun. Donna makes great fudge, Chrissy is well-known for her salsa.

Then we have door prizes. The managers always make sure they are good ones and that we have a lot of them. Just about everyone will walk out the door with something. This year he gave away a tv, a dvd recorder, and two people got a nights stay at a local hotel with movie tickets and restaurant gift cards. Plus, all the other gift cards and small gifts.

I like going and seeing everyone in "street clothes". Since we wear a uniform, I think its fun to see how people dress in regular life. One girl came in an halter top and a short jean skirt, with snowboots. *rolls eyes* Its 30 degrees outside! What was she thinking? I also, really like seeing everyone. We had two of our old managers stop by just to catch up with everyone. I think thats really neat. Out of the 53 employees in that restaurant all but 10 came to the party, and they didn't even have to pay us to be there.

December 14, 2007

Concert Review

The Andrew Peterson concert was so much fun. We were on the floor of the Ryman to the far left of the stage. Not the best seats in the house, but we were just happy to be there. The first half of the concert all the musicians sang a song or two of their own. It was neat. I had heard of many of the musicians, but not actually heard them play.

The second half was my favorite by far. Everything went so smoothly, each person brought something special Behold the Lamb of God songs. People would come on stage, sing or play their part then leave. It all flowed together so well.

I had hoped that I would get the opportunity to meet some of the other people from Andyland (the Andrew Peterson message board), but we didn't have a good plan for finding each other. We had arrived in downtown Nashville early and spent some time walking on the strip. I tried singing AP songs out loud while walking down the street, because I knew some of the other Andylanders would be there. I thought it would be a good way to find each other, but no one started singing along. :(

Maybe next year.

December 12, 2007


For the last several years I have been a big fan of Andrew Peterson I really enjoy his music. His albums are the type you can listen to 100 times and on the 101st listen you will discover something new in his lyrics.

Each year he has his big Christmas show at the Ryman Theater in Nashville. I've wanted to go for the last several years, but I always had finals when I was in college and last year I had no one to go with. This year, however, there are no excuses. I'm going with my husband!

For those of you who aren't familiar with Behold the Lamb of God, I'm putting a video up from the 2004 show. I really recommend this album. It tells the story of Jesus' coming starting with the Old Testament. Its amazing. I listen to it year round. It will be such a great experience to see it live!!

December 10, 2007

Restaurant Wars - Coffee Edition

I had the worst day at work yesterday. I got there at my usual 6:30 am start time. The weather looked bad so we didn't have many people come in early. I got my first table at 7:30 and it was a single guy. Table # 2 was at 8:15 another single guy. It was just so slow. Churches were canceled and so people slept in. I guess a comfy bed won over yummy breakfast food.

My regulars didn't come in, which was disappointing. I had baked them some Cranberry Walnut bread for Christmas the day before. I did start getting tables later in the day, but then I got a table of 8. Who sat for 2 hours during the busiest part of the breakfast rush. They left a decent tip, but since they sat so long looking at logos of deer heads and discussing fonts, I missed out on making a lot more than they left me.

The worst part of the day was Coffee Related. Bob Evans Corporate decided to redo our coffee system. They replaced our pots with insulated carafes to keep the coffee fresher longer. Thats a great idea, it keeps it hot and tasting sweet like it is supposed to when it is fresh brewed. But part of this coffee makeover included changing the brand of coffee. They went from Maxwell House Regular Blend to Wallingford. The new coffee is stronger and gross. I am so disappointed. I do not understand why they wanted to change that. They had the best coffee around. So I am encouraging you guys to go out and taste it. If you don't like it either you can visit Bob Evans' website and comment. Please, so I can continue my happy coffee drinking. The people at corporate are the ones who get to make changes or un-make them.

December 5, 2007

Spice up Your Life

Last night we were watching TV, there wasn't much on. The Unit, which is our usual Tuesday Night show was replaced by Frosty the Snowman. I guess we're done with that show until the strike is over.

We ended up watching a fashion show. Guess who were the musical guests. The Spice Girls! * They did one of their old songs -- "Stop right now, thank you very much, I need some body with a human touch, hey you always on the run, got to slow it down baby got to have some fun." No, I didn't Google that. All from memory. When I was a kid, three of my friends (I won't list names, but if they want to fess up they can.) and I would pretend to be the Spice Girls. We'd do our dances and even record them. (I hope those videos have all been destroyed). I usually got to be Posh, which means I was the pretty one, not the scary one, or gingery one, or baby one, or sporty one. Until last night I had forgotten about our crazy sleepovers. Maybe us girls should have a "spice girls wannabe reunion night".

*disclaimer, when you are a young uninfluencable teenager you cannot be held responsible for your musical tastes.

December 3, 2007

Office Wars - Printing

We got a fancy new printer. It is the BMW of office machines. It prints, it faxes, it e-mails, it copies, it slices and dices. It is also located right in front of my desk. I hate the location. Now I have to have awkward 20 second conversations while people look through the paper, searching for their documents or else I have to just pretend they aren't there and hope they don't perceive me as rude.

People try to be helpful when they leaf through the papers. If I happen to have something in the stack they hand it to me, which is nice in theory. Usually I will print several items before going to pick them up, in a certain order, so I don't have to sort when I get to my desk. People always hand me page 3 and 7 out of the 10 I printed, which just made me more work. Thanks.

I also am the tech support for the printer. Every other day someone new comes up. "I heard that this is our new fax machine, do you know how it works?" I of course do, because I'm already the unofficial IT person in my area. I wonder if I can move desks?