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I thought I would start a thread that is just a place to BS, chat, update, share, vent,etc.... So how was your day? What did you do lately?

The other night I had the "opportunity" to cater a dinner for the board of directors meeting of a non-profit organization my husband sits on (read- "volunteer") this was dinner for 18, and they are all customers of our business as well as friends. All knowing that I have been in culinary school for the past few months, and all having high expectations of me. Some have had my cooking and/or baking before, some had not. I was prepping the night before and began thinking that I was actually nervous. I can cook for strangers and not think about it. I can cook WITH friends and not be nervous. Funny how cooking FOR friends is a different story. Anyhow, all came out well- I was told that most folks came back for 2nds and even 3rds (if there was any left) and I have received a couple of complementary phone calls- so I feel good about it. But it was amazing that I felt stressed beforehand- and I really don't stress about things..... LOL

Ok guys, what's going on in YOUR life????:roll: :lol: :chef:
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Jayme, I think we've all had this feeling cooking for friends. Sounds like you did a good job!!! The only thing I really hate about cooking for friends is they always ask how they can make this special dish of yours "low fat". I remind them of something Julia Child said once. She said people have forgotten how good food really is by doing everything low fat and have lost their real taste for rich foods. Although I agree that we probably should make things more healthy, there are times when we should splurge. We can taste food that is rich and just not make "pigs" out of ourselves. Do you ever run into that?
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Nofif-
LOL what do they say "everything in moderation"?? I actually haven't had anyone say that (yet?), perhaps they look at my cooking as something they don't normally eat (like in a restaurant), so splurge is ok , and they can see I use fresh ingredients and handle my food carefully (sanitary), if they have watched or cooked with me. I have noticed that the more I cook, the less I eat. Perhaps by the time I am finished preparing a complex or elaborate meal, I have smelled, handled and tasted everything, that I don't need to eat it. I will have a small helping and watch my guests enjoy! LOL But my weakness is sweets- THAT is where I can ruin a diet, too many calories there and I can't NOT make them....(I have kids....LOL that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) I love to cook WITH people too- but everyone is too busy these days. Everyone says "we'll have to get together" but there is never time. I miss when people had time to be social. I used to have bar-be-ques and tie-dye parties about 12 years ago- everyone came over brought food to share and meat for the grill, and a white t-shirt to dye and we had a blast. (yeah I know it's a CA thing- but I was really into tie-dye back then- picked it up at a Grateful Dead show- I worked medical services at concerts) But now, we all work, take care of families, etc.... not enough hours in the day....:cry: Now we have to make friends online:lol:
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Jayme, I know what you mean about the difficulty getting together with friends who are busy. One of my closest friends is teaching at a university and working on her doctorate. But we do our darndest to get together at least twice a year by putting a date in our calendars. If we have to reschedule, we choose a date immediately then fight to keep the date.

As we grow older and our lives get more complex, social gatherings take more effort- but they are worth it!
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today i had one of the best days of my life so far...

first, i got to cater for 60 people for my nieces christening... a buffet so it wasnt too hard, most of the work done the night before and 2 hours of work before the service got great compliments on that

second, i got a new gf, and i really like her a lot, shes attractive, fun to be around, loves me to bits (go figure) had a crush on my for like a year, but never could bring herself to ask me until someone told me she liked me and i asked her.

all in all... "this is gonna be my greatest day" lol... woo!
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Hey congrats on your new love, Seraphin, everybody needs someone in this world to love. You need to keep us updated, lol. Maybe we can start a new thread.....Daily update of Seraphin's love life, lol. We can give you advice, etc. (Geez....I gotta quit working so many hours and get back to dating, lol).

Mezz....I think it's wonderful that you and your friend make a date and keep it. I work so much, as do my friends, that we don't make the time anymore like we should. I'm moving to another state, downsizing my home and life in the near future and reallly look forward to establishing friendships again. Sometimes, we forget what's really important by working so much. Sorry to sound so reflective tonight....another birthday rounding the corner tomorrow and realizing I made no plans for it because of my work schedule and hectic life lately. Maybe next year I'll remember to plan ahead and have a high fat dinner party, lol.
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Congrats!!! New love is soooo cool! No other feelings like the adrenalin of it all... why didn't she tell you?- we don't find you to be the least bit intimidating!! LOL Nice ego boost to have folks love your food!! Toast to Seraphim and new love....:beer: (her name???- so when Nofifi writes the book.....LOL)
OK Nofifi- we need to find you a date, sweetheart!- new thread- let's set up Nofifi...... LOL
Mezz- I have this grand idea that one day, we need to get as many of us together as possible. I'd love to be able to just take a couple weeks off and travel the country and meet/cook/dine with all you folks on this site....then I would hop a plane to Europe and do the same there......
(sigh) Anyone got some winning lottery numbers you want to share????
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Can I say "sh***y" on this forum?

I just got served an unlawful detainer by a "person" <and I use the term loosely> who is trying to get money out of the property that I have an Owner Carry on for 2 years. 14 months into it he's claiming all kinds of technicalities (breach of contract) that flat out aren't true.

I don't have any idea how this process goes or how long it takes...BUT I've also been trying to get out from under this place for ages. Cleaning, repairing, painting and trying to move! If he gets his way he wants to just flat out kick us to the curb, keeping my 26k downpayment!

I also haven't been able to find decent work here (see my prior posts re: employers from H*ll, disfunctional kitchens, etc) in spite of dozens of applications around the valley...NObody calls me for an interview let alone saying, "Oh, we need someone with different skills". If you can flip a burger here you can get hired if you're willing to take minimum wage.

In any event, there's a <hopefully minimal> chance that I'll lose everything.

So, I'm up for grabs. I'm a great cook, artist, prep, hardworking, baking, decorating, pastries, inventive, creative, independent, diligent...done buffet and pastries for YNP...love to work long hours...

I do kind of have an aversion to flipping eggs because of Archies...but with proper equipment I can do that too.

SOMEBODY HIRE ME! Even if I don't lose everything, I still want out of here before I go NUTS!

(It's late, I'm stressing heavily and on my 3rd glass of red)
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April :(

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April, sorry about the "stuff" going on in your life right now. Of course, now that you've been served, find a decent lawyer, gather all your paperwork to back you in this lawsuit. Is there a possibility that you can sit down with the Owner and his lawyer with a mediator and reach an agreement? Sometimes, in life, we have to cut our losses just to get on with our lives (I talk from great experience, lol). You never know what is around the bend for you but it sounds like this town you live in isn't a great option for you, employment wise. So.....put down the wine bottle......put your thinking cap on.....write out a list of pros and cons on staying there.....and the right answers will be right in front of your nose!!!
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Jayme, lol, you don't want to set me up.....I'm a mean old woman, lol. When you get to my age (Today I'm 58) you get set in your ways, and truthfully, men my age or older want to be "mama'ed" for some reason (maybe their starting their second childhood, lol). My friends all laugh at me because after two dates I tell these men to "lose the number". I'm afraid I am alittle crusty in that aspect, lol. I've also been told that I have a commitment phobia....I personally think I'm just happy being single, lol. Now, unless you have one in mind with one foot in the grave....has no living relatives.....has tons of money and wants me to be his sole heir.....and has a week to live....then I'm your girl, lol.
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Nofifi...you sound like me.

I'm 53 btw. Divorced since '98 from a schmuck. All kinds of problems (due to him...his arrest et all) since.

Staying here? No brainer. NO! No 'pros' to it at all. No work of any kind, allergies from the environment/dust/dirt/water issues up the wazoo. I've put out over a dozen applications in addition to 2 employment agencies since last Thanksgiving. NObody even calls me for an interview to even tell me that they need 'something else'. It's like, DUDE, if you didn't want to interview people for the position WHY IN THE H**L did you put an ad in the paper?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I lived here 15 years ago and thought somehow it would have improved with the population increase. Duh...stupid stupid me.

All of the places I have worked at have been an absolute horror.

Leaving is a no brainer which is what I was working on when we got served. All I want is my money out of it and get the fudge out of here.

Talk to the guy...probably not. I know the type from having prior relationships with control and abuse issues. (Like my Ex) This guy takes the cake. I also think he's suffering from senility.

We need to start a "Rich old fart gonna die in a week" dating service.

(Not that I look like Anna Nicole or anything...but they say the way to a mans heart is through his stomach (after he's done slobbering over boobs)

April
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April- I remember from previous threads that you have had a rough career... perhaps time to relocate to a new town. Internet can be a wealth of info. Nofifi is right on about protecting yourself and finding out your rights... your tail end is your big priority!! Then, look toward the future! Our thoughts are with you! (hugs) Hang in there!! (there are a number of new restaurants opening the Sacramento area....)
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now THAT sounds like Anna Nicole Smith and look what happened to her....
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Nofif- I'm up to the challenge.... LOL Ok since you mentioned MEN, (and the subject of sexual orientation has never come up- I'm presuming you are straight, if not, I apologize, edit as needed) Ok what do I know about you so far....?LOL

WANTED: date for Nofifi- feisty, Italian woman lives in Missouri, owner of the now infamous Diaper dog, loves food, laughter, and football. Seeking a man- must be over 50, intelligent, independent, mentally stable, attractive and filthy rich, serious health problems ok once new will is written, owners of conures and those with criminal backgrounds need not apply. Must love good cooking and be very appreciative of ANY meal cooked for him! Willing to unload dishwasher, and able to repair garbage disposals. Please respond at once!
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Any takers???????? will interview by email

Jayme
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Boy, can I relate to that. They're all bald and fat anyway. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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JAYME, add 'LOVES TO VACUUM" to the ad you're placing for me, lol. You know, I use to love to ride Harley's but men my age can't see, can't drive well and the last thing I'll do is get on the back of a Harley with them now, lol. It's so sad getting older, lol. I think I miss that the most. Other than that, I think you nailed me pretty good in your ad, lol. Are you going to do the first interview? lol.
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Nofif-
Ok let's just help you out and say
"Must be willing to do ALL housework!", and some "old" guys still ride...LOL haven't you seen the previews for that new Travolta movie? So let's add- "Rides a Harley, a plus!!!"
Now accepting email message interviews- anyone interested in the privilage of dating Nofif-- please message me! Thank you,
Jayme
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April....

April-
Any update? how's things going? Been thinking of you...
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No, still s***y.

Rock and a hard place...

My DD (dear daughter) maintains we should sell cookies. (I make killer cookies) :lol: Heck, I'll make killer anything...:smoking:

Actually I agree and have been trying to generate interest for bakery items...pfft...not here even though they've got over 35k pop and no bakery. Weird place. They're opening their 5th pizza fast food place soon. Duh...

Other than that I'm trying to sift through the bs here.

Got dumb a* legalities to deal with like responding to paperwork. I guess the worst that could happen is I lose everything. Best is I get my $$ out of this place. I'm in Nevada so I guess it's a crap shoot.

And you know what? At this point I don't give a Rat's arse. All I want is to get out of here and find a really decent place that will appreciate my talent and a low cost housing that will accept my little dog and cat that I've had for 8 years.

My cousin lives (lived...don't know) in N. Highlands in Sac. He was a Scottish Games Champ a number of years ago.

In any event I have a lot of "stuff" to deal with. For instance getting rid of the tons of items you really didn't need that you discovered you stupidly bought or inherited over the years and now can't sell for Jack at a yard sale...:cry:

All I know is for mental and physical issues we really need to get out of here SOOOOOONNNNN!!!! <ok, ... cough....>

Heck, I have a pickup...I can chuck boxes into the back and move anywhere.

Yes, I'm really good at what I do. I think it's an age/gender thing around here. (but they won't tell you that)

I also don't want to step on anybody's toes, but they hire illegals here as well so a good line or any kind of cook can't expect more than minimum wages and you still have $700+ rent/mortgage payments plus sky high electric bills and ...UGH! Ick!. I'm sorry again, but it's true. Most of the Valley commutes to Las Vegas to get a decent wage at this point. Of course the quality of what you get here shows. (fine, rant at me at will, I'll give you examples of everything I'm talking about) <btw I grew up in West Lost Angeles in a 50/50 community and the problem didn't exist then>

So, I am doing everything in my power to get out of here without losing my shirt. <don't get that excited...I'm 53....LOL:lol: ...(don't tell...don't look it) actually I was a dancer in NYC when I was younger...(no, not ballet if you catch my drift)>

Anyway, thanks for asking...Manic/depressive has NOTHING on this.
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April
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Hey Free can we write a "wanted" ad for you too? :bounce:
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Happy belated birthday Nofif!!!

Nofifi- I am sooooooo sorry..... I forgot to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!- so happy belated!!! What did you do for your day?
(geez and you even told me it was your b-day, too!!):blush:
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Well, Thank You Jayme. It was pretty uneventful, the usual yadda yadda, then slept in the rest of the day, lol. Actually, sometimes sleeping through a birthday I found out isn't so bad after all, lol. Got some nice gifts, nice calls so I guess you could say it was a nice day other than having to go back out and buy diapers for Diaper Dog, lol.
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Nofifi-
Gotta keep the "babies" in diapers.... LOL Still no messages for dates for you- I think we scared them all away....maybe the Harley bit intimidated them?? LOL
I was sooooo busy this weekend. Worked Friday and Sat at friend's restaurant- we were 100% capacity + on sat. nite. Worked my tail off. Plus worked my day job on friday and sat. Sunday we had a booth sale for Girl Scout cookies and then school yesterday and a private teaching party at my school last night. Tired! but it's a good kind of tired....:cool:
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Wow, came home tonight exhausted after another grueling day and then read your post, NOW I'M REALLY TIRED. lol. Did you even get a chance to breathe?

Don't worry about a "date for nofifi" lol, I'm a pretty crusty old woman and can scare them even without a Harley, lol. I really don't think any of those things scare them, My friends say having a dog in diapers that wear nose strips is scary enough lol.

Have a great day tomorrow!!!!
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Nofifi-
LOL LOL oh thank you, I needed a good laugh tonite. You have just GOT to post a pic of D.D. (I have this mental pic...) Rough day- been very busy at day job the past 2 days. Tonight was girl scouts, and we went to see one of our girls (her mom is one of my leaders & her and her partner are dear friends) who was recently diagnosed w/ bone cancer. Then I log on tonite and there is a thread about cancer.......
Anyhow she just recently began her chemo and today was the first day her white cell count was high enough to have visitors.... so we took all our girls over to visit. The report was afterwards, that it really brightened her evening. We have been very supportive of the family- both emotionally and financially. Trying to spread the word for a fund raiser they are doing soon- local PR. It's tough to see adults have to go through it- but a 9 year old!!! So I guess you could say my busy previous weekend hasn't ended yet....LOL and then tomorrow's friday, so working day job and then restaurant again- saturday too. Sunday is OFF!!! Hubby going hunting- hoping for a wild pig- will definately bring home pheasant. Too much empty space in freezer.
Geez just read over my post...... longest serious thing I've ever typed here..... :look: Well I guess it's off and running..... funny not too long ago I was complaining that I was bored.... and many years back, I kept this sort of schedule regularly. I guess I'm getting old but won't give in to it!!! (I may get old but I refuse to grow up!!) Need that pic of D.D.!! LOL
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I really need to take a pic of Diaper Dog. He's a normal Blonde Cocker with cateracts, a nose strip, and a diaper, lol. I really should take more pics I guess, just never remember to buy film and if I do, forget to take them to be developed. (I have a digital but can't find the cord to download).

So sorry to hear about your friends. My mom had bone cancer and it's very hard. I will pray for her and her family.

I got a call yesterday about my 40th High School Reunion. I told them that it's really not possible that it's been 40 years since I'm only 41, lol. I really was on the fence about going but decided that I'm still cute, and it might be fun to see all these old people come out of the nursing home for the night to attend, lol. Truthfully, I was kind of bummed about it because I realized that although I think I'm still only 18, I have to add 40 more years to that. It's a knock in the head to think about all those years inbetween. I did alot of reflecting yesterday during a visit on the phone with the reunion committee person and realized that although I'm getting on in years, I like who I am, like my life and if I died tomorrow, have no real regrets...so, I guess that's a good thing. Not alot of people can say that. I'm already shopping online for an outfit for next August and a plastic surgeon, lol.
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Nofifi-
Reunions...eeekk!! I went to my 5 year but skipped the 10- coming up some on the 25 year. Can so totally relate to not exactly feeling my age. Unfortunately we can't get away from the effects of it... but when I dream, I'm still in my 20's -ready to take on the world! LOL Please don't wake me!!! Funny how that works huh? As for regrets.... I'm so glad you have none..... Me on the other hand.... well, let's just say, if you were a therapist, you could probably help me alot!! LOL I would sure love to go back in time and try this over again... maybe I'd get it right next time. (probably not!) I still have a "to do" list......
Shopping already?? LOL plastic surgeon?- Ok now, time for you to post a pic of you and D.D. (buy a new cable!!)
Hey whatever happened to Seraphim (on a date perhaps?) and April?
And no one else wants to share their day w/ us...?????? We won't bite...I promise!! This doesn't have to be the Nofifi- Jayme conversation...... Oh and if you want a date w/ Nofifi- still accepting applicants!! LOL
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chefseason

What is that they say? Gay, married or living with mama. What's left is barely worth having either.
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LOL LOL Season- you too??
Geez where are the non-psycho, single, heterosexual genuinely nice men out there??? C'mon chefs- all this talk about long hours ruining relationships..... so where are all these poor overworked single chefs??? Maybe we need a CT dating service?? I keep trying to find you gals a date... maybe you need to post photos... you know like those glamous shots?
LOL (maybe I should be glad I'm married huh?- and my hubby is not an easy one to get along with....)
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Sorry I have no quick sarchasim or anything else to provide other than....

UGH!!!!!!!!

Well maybe a quick note. We're definitely now at the point of "In for a penny in for a pound" with things around here. Just finished answering a couple e-mails , poured meself a big ole jack and coke and gonna relax to things here on CT and my other favorite site MLS. Guess I'll be here a while since I'm to dang tired and sore to get up even for another Jack and coke.:blush:
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