Author: Christa

Spooky day 2021

Spooky day 2021

I know I’ve been at horrible at blogging the last few months. What can I say, sometimes I feel like I have nothing interesting to share at all. Plus, I’ve been on a horror movie binge, so I’ll finally have something to start posting about 

It’s mine.

It’s mine.

We finally are nearing the end of going through my aunts things. She passed in April and it’s now September. Crazy, I know…but there was so much stuff in her house. The one thing that I have memories of from my childhood is this jewelry 

It’s that time.

It’s that time.

Once a year, the first week in August, football fans invade the area I live for the Football Hall Of Fame inductions. That week is this week. Thankfully we’re almost through it. Slowly getting there. Every night this week there has been some kind of event. Some of the events mean that the restaurants are busy at night, some mean the restaurants are busy during the night. Today was being busy during the day.

Today is the hall of fame game, which starts at 8pm. This means everyone will be at the stadium until the game is over, which will be late – after we’re closed.

Tuesday (my first day of work for the week) I started off by doing a few extra things. Yesterday (Wednesday), I think will be the worst day of the week. I made a large list of items to help get ahead – even though Thursday is usually used as the “build up” day. On top of the list I had for myself, I also had to clean the smoker – which didn’t take that long. Tomorrow is going to be another heavy day because I see the weekend being the heaviest for the restaurant to be busy.

So what I have to do in the morning is do my counts. I have a list of all the items we made in prep. I go through and check each one to see how much we have of each item. Once I’m finished with that I have to split the list. I make myself a list – which is normally all the items that would take someone else a long time to do, but since I’ve been there from day one I get things done a lot quicker than most. The remaining items on the list I have to write down, separate from mine, in order that they need to be done. That seems to help the person who works with me to get their job done quicker than just looking at a list and picking what to do. It’s in a list that’s in order, so it’s just working down through the list.

Tomorrow is Friday, which means it’s bacon party. This means I spend at least 2 hours slicing pork bellies, baking, and panning up the bacon. I try to get that done when I first get there because once I start putting the bacon in the oven, I can work on other things while it’s in there. It’s the easiest way to do it. I cooked bacon off Wednesday and did 4 pork bellies, which gave me around 5 pans of bacon. So tomorrow I’ll need to do at least 5 pork bellies.

Tonight we were putting pork butt in the smoker, for pulled pork. So when I get in, I’ll have to check those in the smoker timer goes off and if they’re not to the right point, I have to put them back in the smoker for a little bit. The person working with me will have to put 5 cases of wings in the smoker tomorrow too. Each case comes out as 2 pans of wings, that’s if it’s done right, so the 5 cases ends up being 10 pans. I smoked wings today and did 4 cases – so we were sitting good on wings when I left tonight.

Another smoker product that will have to be messed with tomorrow is smoked chicken thighs. I smoked two cases today and I’ll have to slice and portion them tomorrow. For the past 2 weeks I’ve felt like I haven’t been able to keep up with thighs, they sell like crazy for some reason.

The good thing is, I think all the hot Sauces & BBQ sauces are good, at least for tomorrow. The only thing that may have to be made will be blue cheese and ranch. We don’t really go through blue cheese, but ranch goes like crazy.

The major thing – aside from bacon – is finishing the dessert. I’m doing a dessert called strawberry pretzel salad. There’s a layer of crushed pretzels (coated with powdered sugar & butter, and baked), the middle layer is a cream cheese layer that tastes like cheesecake, and the top layer is strawberries in strawberry jello. I had everything to do the dessert today, but the strawberries didn’t come with produce like they were suppose to. So it’s really the first thing I’m doing in the morning so they can at least have dessert for dinner.

I know this is a boring post about work, but this is one of the most stressful weeks to work in a restaurant in this area. Don’t get me wrong, we’re thankful for the business because of how the past year and a half has been. It’s just hard when you’re understaffed and you have a couple new people who are new to the area and don’t understand what’s going on. And we already know it’s going to be crazier than normal because they’re doing last years class of inductees and this year together.

I just want my vacation, even if I stay home.

I like these.

I like these.

hob·by1/ˈhäbē/an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure. Every so often I enjoy doing one of those “getting to know me” posts. This is one of those! This isn’t a general one though, this one is all about my hobbies! Everyone has at 

11 1/2 hours…In September

11 1/2 hours…In September

As many people did last year and into the beginning of this year, vacations were staycations. We’re all getting very restless at this point and with the Delta variant starting to surge in many areas of the country, it’s at the point of travel at 

While I’m A Slug…

While I’m A Slug…

We’ve been lucky enough to have 90 degree weather off and on. I say that because of people I know saying it’s 110+ where they live. Working in a kitchen though, that 90 quickly feels like 110+ when you have two ovens, a smoker and a tilt skillet all on at the same time. With that being said when I get home I want to do nothing besides find the coolest place in the house and become a slug for the rest of the night. Sometimes I do come home and find my way to the pool.

While I’m being a slug I’m usually watching something. Lately I’ve been really into watching series, which makes me feel horrible because there’s so many movies I need to catch up on…and I may have subscribed to Horror Pack again. So that does not help my problem at all. It’s a good problem to have though, right?

So, here’s things I’ve been a slug to…

Bar Rescue – I think I have my mom to kind of blame this on because I think she watched it when I lived with her. Plus amazon had a deal on the paramount network, and I think I’m going to keep it because I’m barely through Bar Rescue and there are other things on there that I want to watch.

This is one of those shows that I can put on and do things without missing major points. He goes in to failing bars and tries to rescue them – some of them I wouldn’t personally waste my time trying to save though and there’s already one episode I’ve watched where it was his second time at that bar. Thankfully he didn’t rescue that bar again and was helping those working there to find other work.

The Murder Tapes – I think I’ve wrote about this show before. Somehow there are episodes I’m behind on! I really enjoy this show because they use actual footage from investigations.

Hell’s Kitchen – The new season has already started, which I thought was pretty quick after the last one. This season is “young guns”. So far I don’t have one person picked out as a favorite, usually I do a couple episodes in but it’s hard this season.

Master Chef – I love Master Chef. This season is weird. They have legends of the culinary world coming to be guest judges for each episode.

Rick and Morty – Another show that just started a new season! We waited a couple weeks to start watching it so we had more than one episode, that’s how we’re going to do it with this show.

When I’m in the pool being a slug I usually take my speaker outside and listen to some podcasts. I also listen to them on my way to & from work.

Morning Cup Of Murder – I found this podcast at random and I went back a whole year to listen to episodes. I’m up to date now. The episodes are at the most around 10 minutes and each episode has some connection to the date. One episode every day.

Counter Clock – This is a new podcast. I’m listening to season 3, which is weird because there are two other seasons. I started with season 3 because I was listening to something dealing with the Pelley family and they suggested Counter Clock. I am going to go back and listen to the other two seasons. I’m on episode 17 of 20, so I’m almost there.

Small Business Jar

Small Business Jar

Hey all! I know it’s been a long time since I’ve wrote anything or even visited other blogs. I needed the time with myself (& family) to deal with my aunts passing and everything that goes along with that. The oddest thing is all the 

Sunrise, Sunset.

Sunrise, Sunset.

I know I kind of dropped off the map since my last blog post. If you follow me on any social media, you know why I’ve been MIA on here. On April 20th, my dad found my aunt laying in her bed. She had passed 

Just a little D…depression

Just a little D…depression

I’m still here. I haven’t vanished. I’ve been dealing with a mixture of anxiety and depression. This leads me to crawl into my hole kind of and do some weird things. Meaning lots of movies and starting projects I’ll never finish. So this post is going to be picture heavy just showing the random crap I’ve been doing or trying to do to keep my head above water.

I’ve been working toward changing frames over to one kind of frame. Meaning I’ve had a lot of stuff just laying around on the floor. I finally ordered what I needed to hang most of the pictures up, so I’ve been slowly adding things to my walls again. Once I have my room (craft room) totally finished I’m going to post a video of a tour. Right now everything from the closet is still laying on the bed due to it leaking in the winter, and I’m still looking for a nice daybed or even a small couch for my room.

Anyways my craft room had a lot going on. Most of the pictures I’ve either bought at cons or random artists I find who I like. Autographs are mostly from the Bam horror box. I currently have a pile of promotional pictures from a few different Friday The 13th movies that I’m going to be putting in a portfolio and I just bought an original press kit from Tank Girl.

I started a bunch of bowties for cats/dogs. I only have a handful finished, this is Ash modeling one that has ice cream on it. I still have a pile by my sewing machine that need finished. I also have a pile of pet bandanas that need pressed and the top stitch finished.

This wreath has been a pain in my ass for nearly 2 weeks. I bought 2 rolls of mesh (60 feet) and that wasn’t enough. I had to go back and buy another roll. So there is 90 feet of mesh on this thing. I still have to finish it though. I painted wooden doughnuts to add to it and I’m going to put a wood piece with a saying in the middle of it. I don’t really do wreaths based on season. I just make a new one whenever the one we have is looking sad.

My mom did give me a garbage bag full of metal wreath forms though, so this mean I already have the next one in my brain, but after the pain this one has been to make I’m going to hold off until at least June to make the next one.

Easter is coming up and I debated on doing this: making Easter bags for those people I work with. As you can see, I ended up caving in. This is where OCD comes in. I count out every candy to how many bags I’m making. I write on the baggie how many of that piece goes in one bag. I’m also doing Easter baskets for my niece and nephew, so I have separate bags for their candy.

This is Thomas. A flower I bought a week ago and I haven’t killed it. Which is super surprising. I’m not great with plants. I thought maybe naming the plant would help…and maybe it has. I’m not sure.

I hope everyone is taking care of themselves. I know a lot of the states are opening vaccines up to everyone within the coming weeks. Ohio opens it up tomorrow to everyone. We’re trying to get an appointment as soon as possible. My mom received her first dose last week. She ended up with a fever that got up to 100.2, but it did go down and she said she just had a headache and felt a little tired after that. So now that I know someone who is related to me had those side effects with the first dose, I’m not as worried with it now. I know though even with me getting the vaccine I’m not going to rip my mask off and refuse to wear it. I’m waiting until a large portion has received the vaccine – 85% at least. Those of us who started wearing a mask in March of last year….we’re fucking tired. We’re not giving up, we’re just disappointed in those who haven’t been following any health guidelines at all. I’ve still been wearing a mask at work – even when it’s warm in the kitchen.

I also think this had something to do with my depression and I’ve noticed when I’m grocery shopping and there’s a lot of people my anxiety starts to kick in. When that happens I kind of play with my ear for some reason or just put both of my hands on my head.

I promise I’m going to return comments this week. It’s just going to take me a minute to do it.

A little ‘Tube watching.

A little ‘Tube watching.

We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home. That leads to finding something to keep your busy, or at least your eyes. Finally work on watching all those series you’ve been talking about, but just go back to watching the three things you