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#WeekendCoffeeShare – This and That and Overdue

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If we were having coffee, I’d say it’s late… late for coffee, late in writing these posts, late in the afternoon… but if you want coffee, please, just say so, it would be my pleasure.  I am having beer so will skip the caffeine.  You may join me… I have wine or other spirits, if you prefer.  I truly am accommodating.

If we were having coffee (or beer or wine or what have you), I would tell you that it has been brought to my attention – more that twice (Eric and Kathy, to name two) – that I have been very remiss in my writing.  I do manage to write a weekly Friday Fictioneers, most weeks, just to say I am not “sans mots” (without words) completely.  I cannot explain other than to say that life has totally gotten in my way and I have allowed it to come in and remove all the things that bring me joy, or mostly.  That and I couldn’t seem to get my arse into my seat and my fingers to do more than click mindlessly through Facebook and whatnot.

I have been challenged by many things lately. I’ve been procrastinating big time on clearing out this house.  I keep telling all a-ya’all that I’m working on it… Yeah. Don’t believe me.  Until last week, I did a whole lotta NUTHIN’!  Would start, get over-whelmed and then turn around and leave… Well. Finally, I started with Mick’s office.  I was challenged by a friend (thank you, Pedro) and I figured if I went with the most difficult and emotional one, it would make the rest seem easy-peasy.  Still not totally done because there are starts and stops but I’m not beating myself up about it.

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This was just in the drawers!!!  Lord have mercy.. the man was a pack rat (if not to say hoarder…)  It is far from that now but still not quite where I want it to be.  Once done – no, I am not done yet. I shall provide a decent photo, I assure you.

If we were having coffee (or beer, or wine or what have you), I’d share that my house has been World War Three since our return from Cuba (I promise, a post is forthcoming).  I would like to run away from home, but that is apparently frowned upon.  I am starting to understand why certain species eat their young.  That is all I shall say for now.  A moment of peace has reigned since Friday so I dare not disturb the gods… Thank you, again, Pedro.

Today, my lovely brother-in-law, Chris and nephew, Shane, came and helped the boys and me take down the Tempo.  Willow (Aidan’s girlfriend), arrived just in time to help out as well… I am sure I mentioned the putting up of such structure back in November or December.  Now the eyesore is finally put away.  They are the ugliest ever but boy, when a foot of snow has fallen, or the temps reach -30C, I can definitely appreciate not having to scrape the windows or brush off the snow!

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Yes… we did manage to fit the tarp in the bag!

If we were having coffee or – please see above – I would share that I am starting a new job at a golf club as a waitress.  “Why, oh why would you choose to do that?”  I have heard more than once.  Well, this is what happened.  A friend that I used to work with back in the day at Corby Distilleries, then at Elixirs, and with whom I’ve kept in contact over the years, a man named François Lachapelle, gave me a call when he came back in town.  He had been working up north in Val d’Or for the past four years (we are talking in major black fly country…) and was now back home, so to speak.  He told me that he was in charge of the restaurant of a private golf club and would I be interested in working for him?  I told him I had zero official experience in service and he said “So?”  Well, now… I was getting a little tired of talking to my stove.  Never had much to say except to emit lovely scents on occasion…  I was going a bit stir-crazy.  I have basically, without any official conscious decision, chosen to do Shonda Rhimes’ “Year of Yes”.  So, I said yes.

Our official first meeting of the season, for all the staff, in all the departments, was on Saturday at 9:30.  We met the General Manager and President of the Board of Directors (well, us newbies did for the first time) and then each department head introduced their team.  It is the 50th anniversary of this club and it has been (and is still going) under a major upgrade.  Smells like a new building and pretty much only the exterior is original.  All the inside has been redone.  It was fun to see the veterans ooh and aah over the changes.  For us newbies, it was, well.  Wow, nice place to work!

As part of the restaurant staff, we had an additional meeting on the hows and whats and then the rookies were drafted to wash and wipe all the cutlery and count it.  THREE HOURS it took!  I have never seen so many knives, forks, spoons!  And we were four doing it until even François came in to help.  We ended up being 5-6 working on the task.  All good.   Done by 4:30 as predicted.

Is it silly that I am excited to start this new adventure?  So many people are blasé about working in service.  This is a private, classy club.  I’m thinking that I am most lucky to have a start in such a milieu.  Tuesday we learn the new computer/service system, Thursday is the official opening cocktail for the members and Friday and Saturday I am in training for the real job.  I have butterflies in my stomach and love it.  I think it is good to still get butterflies at the age of 52… don’t you?

I feel like I have oodles more to tell you but must stop now.  I don’t want to bore you to death…

On Thursday we lost yet another icon.  Prince.  I loved his music.  I loved what he represented.  I leave you with my favourite Prince song….  Hmmm… even that is something… Try downloading a Prince video before we lost him.  Was quasi-impossible…

 

29 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare – This and That and Overdue

  1. Toi?
    Sans mots?
    Rire!
    And stir-crazy?
    Just too funny!
    Love it.
    And, seriously folks, you are getting there, sweetheart.
    Orrabest for the new job.

  2. I understand getting into one of those listless moods where its impossible to start anything. And they usually do wear out their welcome… I hope the start in writing this post and your cleaning helps kick you out of it. Good luck with your new job!

  3. Well done, making a start with clearing out. My mister hoards stuff. It would certainly overwhelm me if I had to tackle all of his drawers and cupboards! Your new job sounds so exciting, and I’m sure it will perk you up getting out there and working with a group of people in a swanky new restaurant. And you were sort of headhunted, which must be good for your self-esteem.

    • I’m thinking it’s a mister thing!! I’m sure glad I finally did start…
      It will definitely perk me up, I’m thinking. And yes… It is fabulous to be headhunted…😉

  4. Good luck with your new job, Dale. Serving can be interesting..:) You meet all kinds of people and if nothing else it should provide you with some good blog stories or even some extended works of fiction..:)
    And if you come across anyone who is not nice or treating you with disrespect, well, there’s ways of getting even😊

  5. Woo hoo! She’s back. 🙂
    I am thrilled for and proud that you are doing many new things. Yes, bringing your home to wherever you want it to be will take time. Why rush the effort? Baby steps are fine and they represent forward movement.
    The private club gig sounds way fun! Your personality will shine there and you’ll end up easily making people’s day’s even more enjoyable. Rock on!!
    As for eating their young, patience Momma Bear. 🙂 They’re boys with hormones and much too easily distracted by seemingly everything. They will eventually realize that Mom’s are essential to their growth and development, even though they don’t yet see it or are willing to acknowledge same.
    If we were enjoying a beverage du jour, I’ll have a red wine. Thank you for accommodating.
    Definitely looking forward to your Cuba tales and the fantastic photos you captured.
    And yes, Prince’s departure was/is sad. It was Bowie’s passing that stung more for me.
    All is good. Have fun with everything and scratches to Zeke.

    • That’s what I finally realised – what is the darn rush? As you said bby steps are steps in the right direction.
      I am hoping I will do myself proud. I’m pretty sure I’ll get along well with the customers…hopefully whilst doing my job well!!
      Patience…deep breaths… Actually, there has been a marked improvement so… They are safe. For now!
      Si, vino rosso per voi…
      Bowie hit me but Prince knocked me over (I once dreamt about him…tiny as he was, he had a huge sexiness!!)
      Zeke is happy!

  6. Well, that was a lovely cup of coffee, Dale. I’m having trouble finding words lately too except for FF. I could get excited about a new job waitressing if I was a little younger. I waitress in younger years and enjoyed it immensely. It’s taken me 3 years of retirement before I could dig in drawers and shoe boxes to rid my old life. You are doing great. Good for you.

    Lily

    • Thank you, Lily… I am probably going to pay in pain, especially in the beginning…ain’t no spring chicken to be starting something quite physical.
      It’s an emotional thing letting go of hubby’s stuff…

  7. Hey I work in the service industry… sort of… I have customers and clients, though, but not in a bricks and mortar setting… but I greatly respect that kind of work. Hope you got the WWIII situation resolved… now listen to some Prince!

  8. Your new job sounds so good for you. Congratulations. As for letting go of Mick and moving on, sounds like you have managed to hold it at bay and grieve his loss one day at a time. Dealing with physical stuff is a huge whammy. It makes things so concrete. You’ve done a terrific job so far and I’m sure you are able to do what it takes to get through this as well. ❤

  9. If we were having wine, I’d offer to help the sorting. Actually experienced as I’m pushing a friend here … but your location is a 2-day drive just to get there!

    A tip about the golf club … try to learn the names of the members. That will be a slow process, but they will appreciate it.

    Hang in there … be strong!

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