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Date:2013-01-11 06:56
Subject:You know
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Mood: relaxed

my son said something the other day that was very true - why is it that your bed gets more comfortable the closer it is to the time you have to get up? I have discovered that I cherish going back to bed for 20 minutes - just 20 minutes of lying there in my toasty bed, being all comfy.

The shop is coming along. We had a stellar day on Wed., which was great. PLus, Steve and Chelli came to visit me yesterday, which made my Thursday. And today is story time, which makes my Friday go quite a bit faster.I do enjoy storytime on every other Friday and it seems to be growing in popularity. I get a lot of positive responses to the programming I am doing, but the people don't seem to be coming out for it. I know - give it time, let it build - and I am. I am now surrounded by kids and can't concentrate. I'll write more later.

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Date:2013-01-06 10:13
Subject:Warning - Cranky/sad/grrr post
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See - here is the part I hate. I am here, at my shop, at least 8 hours a day, if not 11 or 12, 6 days a week and the one day I am not here (Tuesday) I spend it trying to get EVERYTHING else accomplished. And I see my friends all out for breakfast or snuggling with their families or having lazy days in their PJ's or watching the waves crash on the shore and I am SO sad because I can't do those things. Because I am here. And YES. I understand that that is part of taking on your own business. But that doesn't make it any less sad for me. It doesn't make me any less frustrated that I am so exhausted when I go home at 5 on a Saturday that I can't manage to do anything but take a bath and be a blob on the couch for the rest of the night.

Oh - an addendum to a previous post. I told you all about Kelly across the street, right? So - she came in on Friday - she had found a teapot for me (she's a hoarder AND a compulsive shopper - she buys me teapots and I pay her back - it's actually pretty awesome) and she got a greek salad. And then she came back yesterday for another one. Apparently, I am not THAT over-priced! lolol Plus, she said it was "different, but delicious, especially since I made my own tatziki dressing". So there! I've decided to let what she said roll off my back. There just isn't a point in elevating gossip.

In good news - we had another stellar day yesterday with 9 breakfast sales and 11 or 12 lunch/dinner sales. And we got two new couples who are going to become regulars. The brie and apple sandwich was SUCH a hit. Now I have to decide if I should keep the meatballs on for anotehr week. I think I will - I think I will switch out my hot sandwiches once a month. So this will be the last week of teh meatballs and next week will will do pulled pork and those massive kaisers from our delivery people.

Two new soups this week - we will see how they go over. Well - back to the grind. ;)

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Date:2013-01-03 14:23
Subject:It's like we are a real shop!
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Since I decided our new goal was to hit 10 lunch sales per day (I decided Monday!) - we sold 11 Monday, 11 Wed and 13 today! PLUS a couple breakfasts! And it's only 2!!! I feel so like a real business-person. Not for long, I am sure, but for right now - WOOT!!! We were seriously busy this morning. Hopping even. We had a big book club in the back and 7 people at different tables up front! *happy dance*

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Date:2013-01-02 21:36
Subject:I have a desire
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to better myself. It's tough, because the things I am going after are deep seated, long term issues like jealousy and a superiority complex. I come by them honestly, I think, but I don't want them anymore. I want to be more self-positive. As such, I am trying to respond to my personal jealousy issues with inward reflection of the blessings in my life.

In other news - good day at the shop. We sold 8 meals already and I know we will be selling at least one more, if not 2. *happy dance* My new goal is 10 per day, so we are close for the second day this week!!! And 3 of those meals were new customers, which always makes me happy! The January calendar is pretty full - we have something going on just about every day. Today we did inventory for years end and I should now be working on paperwork - but - ugh - paperwork, right? ;)

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Date:2013-01-01 10:46
Subject:Missed posting yesterday...
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So I shall post today about yesterday. Yesterday was New Year's Eve, and we had been invited to our very first NYE party ever. But - since we don't like to go out on NYE and we really don't like to have to drive, we declined with heavy hearts, planning to just stay home like usual instead. Then, on SUnday, a friend who live 3 miles away invited us over for dinner - prime rib even - and how do you say no to that? So Ben, S and I went over and had a delightful, delicious dinner and we were home by 10:30. Because that's how we roll.

Shop-wise - We were quite busy for lunch yesterday - we sold 10 lunches, which is my new goal. :) But, once again, after 2 it was basically dead. I am consider making 5 our closing time on every Monday, simply because we just don't have people coming in. I get a lot of work done, since we make the soups for the rest of the week on Mondays, but it's still not worth staying open until 8 when we go literally 4 hours without a customer. I'm giving it a few more weeks and we will see.

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Date:2012-12-29 20:29
Subject:Today
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was a good day at the shop. We got about 5 inches of snow today, so it was relatively quiet, customer wise. The original scheduling for today was I would be there open to 2, Troy from 12 - 4, Sallie from 2 - 6 and Karen from 6 - close. Well - due to the snow, Sallie AND Karen called out. SO I ended up working open - 6:30, when I closed the shop because we had not one customer after 2. Trot happens to be a bit manic, so when he is working, things get DONE. So - we got the shelves hung in the kitchen that we have had since September which allowed us to clean a whole mess of stuff off the counters and open up more space for us to prep food. Plus, we sold 5 lunches and 2 breakfasts, so we made goal for today. We got loads of cleaning done as well, under, over, windows, places we don't get on a daily basis. So - while customer level was low, productivity was high. :)

Now I need to figure out how to get people in there in the afternoon. I'm not sure what will lead to that. Ideas anyone?

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Date:2012-12-28 22:15
Subject:Helloooooooo LJ!
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So - haven't been around much - mostly because I am not a blog about what is going on type of person, and also because I am guessing about 2 people actually read this site (Hi Kass and Katie!) But - and yes, this is a prologue for those of you reading this - I have come to the conclusion that I want to be writing about my business somewhere. I don't want to post it to facebook, partially because it is WAY public, and partially because I have customers who are my friends and that's not always a good person to witness your venting. Plus - I don't think anyone wants to hear about my business. So this way - they don't have to. They can read, or not read. End prologue.

I have been running the coffee shop for 3.5 months now. Wow. 3.5 months. That is a really long time, especially since some days I feel like we just opened last week. We are basically out of money and running by the skin of our teeth at the moment - which is a small business in it's first year way to be, I think, but I really am not happy about it. I have cut back on the hours other people work so I am paying for about 50 hours a week and most of those hours are overlaps on lunch time so I have someone to help when we have several people at once. I am currently considering let one of the staff members go because I keep having issues with her, but I am not quite fed up enough to do it. She only works 2 days in January, so maybe that will help me calm down. ;) Or not. So - I need to come up with ways to get more people into the shop. Oh. OH - today I found out the woman who owns the re-sale shop across the street tells people NOT to come to my coffee shop because my coffee is cold. Seriously? Grrrrr. That frustrated me. Great. Big. Bunches.

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Date:2012-02-13 12:24
Subject:I have a friend
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WHo has a dream - and a business - if you can - help her make her dream come true!
http://www.reconstructinghistory.com/blog/golden-age-of-travel-dream-birthday.html

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Date:2011-12-06 11:13
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So - when one is feeling very much not well and that leads one to ponder if they are sick enough for a hospital stay and the first thing they think is "Wow. That would be a like a vacation!", do you suppose that means one has WAY too much on their plate? ;) I am 1 week away from the end of this semester, for which I am grateful. I still have to finish my Excel project, do my extra credit for Law and take 4 finals. But then - 4 weeks of no school. Of course, then I dive into my semester from HELL with 6 classes, but I think I can do it. Well - I have to do it, don't I?

I am 3ish months into being gluten free. I made a mistake Sunday and ate pizza. In some ways, it was good because it showed me that I really do have an intolerance to it. I was rather sick to my stomach all night Sunday and spent Monday in an exhausted haze. But maybe that was because it was pizza. I don't know. Whatever. I am living just fine GFree, so I am going to continue it.

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Date:2011-09-29 10:05
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So - I have made it through my first 4 days gluten free - and I KNOW you were all worried about me.  ;)  I went grocery shopping yesterday.  Ugh.  It took me almost 2 hours and cost 50 bucks more than it usually does.  However, - I found gluten free soy sauce, Lea& Perrins, salad dressing, BBQ suace to make pulled pork BBQ, and discovered that my local store no longer carries corn tortillas.  *sigh*  Their gluten free section is a whole whopping 30 items, but I am going to try a different store next time and see if they have more.  I really feel like I should be writing more down, so that I can look back and see how I felt.  So - I am feeling fine.  My stomach hasn't hurt once for the last 4 days, which is actually unusual for me.  I'm liking this.  Other parts of my digestive tract aren't functioning on their normal schedule, but I figure it will all regulate as it gets used to this diet.

  In other news - I bought a wedding dress from a friend who needed to sell it to use as the base gown for one of my FaerieCon dresses and finally got an appointment to have it bustled by a professional seamstress.  It has a 2 foot train that I am NOT dragging around all night at the con.  Everyone steps on trains.  I had trailing wings last year and they got stepped on SO many times.  And I can't decide what kind of wings I should wear with my flower faerie costume - should I go with white?  Irridescent?  Or flower something?  That may be an overabundance of "flower" if I do the wings too.  Hrmmmm.

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Date:2011-08-06 14:51
Subject:Yesterday....
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Was one of those perfect days.  Everything went just enough according to plan to make it fabulous, but there were just enough possible hiccups to remind us we are humand and can not expect everything to go perfectly.

Kendra and I had made plans to go to NYC to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met.  So I left my house at 7 to make the (about) 1 hour drive to Kendra's, where-in we went to her local train station to get the train into Philadelphia, to catch the Bolt Bus to NYC.  Now - Bolt is the least organized group I have ever had to deal with.  You would think, with the number of bus trips they run, they would have SOMETHING set up to organize stuff, but they don't.  We were the 3rd or 4th people in live, but we ended up getting shoved to the back before we got onand got the seats by the bathroom.  They were just as comfortable as any other seat on the bus but - why do people think the person sitting next to the potty knows how the light goes on?  Or how to lock the door?  Oy. Andyway - nice drive in - no traffic, no accidents, no probs. 

Got off the bus at 34th St, next to the Tick Tock Diner, which I have always wanted to eat at.  Took the subway ( my first time on the NYC subway!  ) to Central Park and wandered across the park to the Met.  Did I mention the weather was PERFECT yesterday?  Warm, sunny, a breeze - it was lovely.  Enjoyed Central Park, loads, it is SO gorgeous there.  Buskers playing their instruments, children laughing, teens laying out, young couples snuggling, dogs, joggers, strollers - all quietly going about their business.  Happily.  Calmly.  With joy and purpose of life. 

So - we got to the Met, but decided some lunch was in order, so I got a knisch from a cart - oh yummy, yummy knisch, I love them SO!  We noshed (honestly?  Best knisch I have ever had!), then got in line.  THis would be the line to go INTO the museum.  Which took us about 45 minutes.  And about 30 minutes into it, an official looking museum guy comes along the line and says "the McQueen Exhibit is closed.  Even if it does re-open, you will have a 5 hour wait."  We decided to risk it and go in anyway.  Finally got into the museum, heard someone else asking about the McQueen exhibit, heard the wait was only 3 hours AND they were still letting people get in line so we DID.  And it only took us an hour and 45 minutes to actually get into the exhibit.  Woot!

The exhibit.  Wow.  His garments are SO amazing.  that man was the Tim Burton of fashion - he knew exactly how to fit garments just so, but still gave them that dark edge that makes his work cause a true gut reaction when you look at it.  They had some of my favorite dresses of his in the exhibit, including most of his Widows of Culloden line and the stunning flower dress.  there were videos of his shows running in several of the rooms, fabulous quotes from him throughout, loads of accessories - shoes - OMG his shoes!!!!!! - And easily 75% of his stuff was silk.  Gorgeous, fabulous silk.  I am SO glad we went.  It moved me to be in the same room with those amazing, one of a kind creations.  So beautiful.

Then we walked around, looked at Van Goghs, Manets, Monets, Degas - to bus surrounded by such beauty can do nothing be re-set your soul from all the filth one absorbs in their day to day life.  So, we headed out, back across Central Park - still gorgeous, still lovely, now with a breeze, and stopped at a fanTAStic cart that was selling waffles and ice cream and they have a spread that is made from crushed graham crackers.  Holy HANNAH was it good!  Walked the rest of the way back, took the subway back, looked in a few stores, ate at the Tick Tock (nom nom nom), made the bus home, even tho I had to be uncharacteristically rude to ensure we would NOT be stuck by the potty again, made the train, and made it home safe and sound.

Thank you, Kendra, for making that fantastic day possible!  Is this train going to West Trenton?  ;)


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Date:2011-07-15 15:31
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I should be sewing.  Or doing homework. But I am blowing idle time sitting at the PC.  Why do I do this to myself?  I dunno.  I suck.  ;)  N did science camp this week and LOVED it.  It was his first full day (9-3 anyway) camp and it really seemed to be well organized and well run. They did loads of projects and learned things they hadn't known before.  I'm glad we sent him.

  Tonight is the last Harry Potter movie.  Tomorrow is a trip to MD to visit my Godson Tre. Sunday we are going to see Comedy of Errors at the PA Shakespeare Festival (SO looking forward to that!) Monday is - QUIET!  Woohoo!  Pick up the kids and then sew and do homework.  I hope I have all of my homework finished by then - but just in case - sew and do homework! 
  In other news - I worked last night for the first time in over a month and I realized just how much I like my job.  I like the customers and the space and the work.  Sure, there are things I would do differently than Shelly does, but she certainly seems to be getting the job done, so to speak.

Ok - finished wasting time.  Homework now.

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Date:2011-07-12 19:58
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School - I am in school.  Two, online, summer courses.  It's a LOT of work - because they are only 6 week classes instead of the regular 14, but you have the same amount to learn.  And my CIS teacher (Computer Information Systems - not that you didn't know that) thinks that we should be devoting 24-40 hours per week to her class alone. HAHAHAHA  Who has that kind of time?  But she certainly does give us a lot of work to do.  I just hope I can keep up with it AND get the sewing I am doing accomplished AND be a mom/wife/housemother.  It's kinda crazy around here right now.   And did I mention I have a 13 year old?  And all the trappings that go with him?

  In other news - I went to New York City for the Romance Writer's of America conference 2 weeks ago and it was fantastic!  I met SO many fantastic authors, sat in on many informative panels, found some new authors that I adore (Molly Harper.  Go read her.  Seriously.) While I was there, I went to see How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying with Daniel Radcliffe and John Laroquette.  It was FANTASTIC!  they have fabulous chemisrty, the cast really seems to enjoy themselves, the show is fabulously staged and it was a really good choice for me!

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Date:2011-05-20 13:11
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May 21st - it has been touted at the day of the rapture - or, as we have always called it, the great snatch.  I am Christian, but I have never believed in the rapture.  I still don't.  But I am not going to run around and make fun of the people who do.  I don't mind the occasional joke - ie - Luna's tweet quoting Ghostbusters - made me laugh, yes indeedy.  But some of the people I am friends (albeit, very distant) with are being downright nasty about it.  And I don't like the looting thing either, because I don't like looting as a general idea.  Why do people have to be so mean to beople who have different beliefs than they do?  Why do most of my posts contain a statement to that effect?  ;)

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Date:2011-03-27 18:18
Subject:I don't have twitter
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Just letting you know.  And if all of you DO - then I know you are following Neil Gaimen, and you already know that Diana Wynne Jones died yesterday.  But I just found out and that makes me sad because I love her books.  Boo hoo.  :(

And - also in books - you should ALL read of Bees and Mist.  It's fantastic.

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Date:2011-01-19 10:29
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Mood: rejected

THings I hate about Facebook -


You feel oh so VERY uninvited.  People feel the need to make public plans - or make their plans public - and you don't want to be the annoying hanger on going - oh oh - me toooooo!  Or they go on and on about all the things they are doing - which - again - you are uninvited to.  It's so stupidly highschool that it bugs me, but it freakin does.  A lot.  And it annoys me that it bugs me.  I want to say - HEY - what about me?  But - like highschool - I figure if they actually wanted me around - they would have asked in teh first place - right? 

A poke is now a friendship.  Apparently - if you poke someone once a week - you are best buds.  It means they know all about you and get to call you a good friend.  Never mind that you never actually TALK to each other.  You never see each other.  You are never invited to their house and they quite rarely come to yours.  You are as close as close can be.

The universal bitch line.  So - I know I rant in here often - but it's my journal and I have a very limited readership - if anyone still reads this at all.  And I usually feel guilty about being negative and bitchy - but on facebook?  Apparently it is where you complain about EVERYTHING.  Weather, spouses, jobs, lives, parents, kids, cars, friends.  I try to be as positive as possible on there to try and counter all the negative I see.

The universal LOOK WHAT I GOT line.  If you aren't bitching about what is wrong, you are bragging about what people got you.  Or you got yourself.  I got a new car/boat/tv/radio/phone/whatever the hell other commercial item we spent money you don't have on ....


I know not everyone is like this.  And I know we all post something that falls under each of these peeves of mine.  Even I do it sometimes.  And I am not pointing fingers at anyone - tho I am sure someone will take what I wrote personally.  These are just trends I have noticed that irritate me. 

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Date:2010-12-28 13:55
Subject:POsting here
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because I can't post to FB on this one -

Today is Spencer's 13th birthday party.  We're having it at a place called Jungle Wonder.  9 children.  All boys between the ages of 8 and 17 - ok - aside from Myles 8 and 13 - and not one parent is coming.  I am lucky enough that Ben can come home early today and help me - but really?  I NEVER just dump my kids and go for birthday parties - am I out of the norm for that?  I realize, I am asking the wrong group of poeple because I don't think any of you have kids old enough to leave somewhere unsupervised - but I would never do that to the parents!  It just sur[rises me is all.  Yeay for my fantast5ic husband!

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Date:2010-11-04 17:59
Subject:You can't
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see me - but if you could - you would see I have my pouty face on.  And for no particularly good reason, to boot.  I am just feeling very ho-hum today.  And prone to tears.  And bleah.  And the world can go away, I just want to stay home and bake stuff and eat stuff and cover myself with blankets.  *SIGH*

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Date:2010-10-14 13:13
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If you like Muppets - or Star Wars - or good pop art - or have an ironic sense of humour - you really should check out this guy - http://www.jameshance.com/paintings-and-prints.html

His stuff makes me smile and cry - in a good way!  Chelli - I really think you would get a kick out of his art!  :)

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Date:2010-09-28 07:39
Subject:IT'S BANNED BOOK WEEK!
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What's your favorite banned book?  Here's a list for reference - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most-commonly_challenged_books_in_the_United_States

  I like so MANY of the books on there - but I think my favorites are Alice in Wonderland (which isn't listed, but I know it's been banned), James and the Giant Peach and Blubber.  Oh - and A Wrinkle in Time.  And loads of others.  Walker, Vonnegut, King - all authors I love and are on that list.

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