The 1st week of December Nate was given a full-time permanent job at Blizzard, which now gives our family health insurance and Nate vacation/sick time and benefits. YEAH! for us! Thankfully we have not needed the health insurance in the 1 1/2 years out here without it. Nate and I celebrated Christmas with Blizzard employees at California Adventure with dinner and drinks and park rides, and then again with a few co-workers at Scott and Katherine's house. It was fun to have a couple of Christmas parties to attend right before the 2-week insane holiday rush was upon us. Nate is now half way through his Christmas vacation (a paid week off of work and school) and I enjoy my 3 day weekend.
I have been working 6 days a week as either a key-hourly manager or a server, some days I wonder if I am wearing the correct shirt for work. I love working at Maggiano's as a server or manager. They both add fun and adventure to my everyday life. Life in the restaurant business is NEVER boring..... Just a few things I have encountered this holiday season.
~ bare breasted lady feeding her 2-3yr old at the table
~ stood between an upset guest and another party so guest would not ask them to leave the restaurant
~ drunk lady at the bar
~ the longest carry-out line I have EVER seen, we did $33,000 on Christmas Eve in carry-out orders alone
~ many different strangers picking me as the person to hug, and hug and hug
~ sore calves and arms because I can't reach anything in the kitchen
There is more I just can't think of them right now.....
As for Christmas, I worked late on Christmas Eve but came home to Nate and the kids and a very clean house. We rested on Christmas day, opening a ton of presents (thanks to all the family and friends who helped make that possible), more resting and napping (I was exhausted). Talked/skyped with family and rested some more.
Since I have worked so much in December, I was given this weekend as a great 3-day relaxing break. Then life will start back up full force again. I hope to be less busy with life, so I have time to post more blogs about life... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
|Opening the 1st present|
|The 1st of many "zebra print" gifts|
|My fav, an New Settlers Game!|
|Nate's 24" monitor to add to his command center (which still keeps flipping the breaker)|