The first job I ever got was at Dress Barn.  I thought the clothes were ugly, but I liked working the cash register.  One day, I walked to work and it was all dark and there was newspapers all over the windows.  I had to do a double take to make sure that I was in the right place!

Of course, this was back before cell phones, so I walked all the way home and called my manager.  She said “I knew I forgot to call someone – yes, that location went out of business, we’ll mail you your last check.” 

Huh.  I immediately went to our local paper, saw that a restaurant called Philander’s was hiring a bus boy.  I decided I would walk over there and hopefully get to talk to someone in person.

When I asked the hostess to see the manager, he came over and shook my hand and said “we don’t have any hostess positions available.”  I told him I was there to get the job as a bus boy.  He paused and said “we have never hired a girl for that position before.  The trays can get kind of heavy.”  I told him he could try me out for two weeks, and if I couldn’t handle it I would quit.

I ended up working there for two years.  And eventually my twin sister started working there too.  Although the owners wife didn’t know that we were twins and one day pointed at me and told her husband “this girl is everywhere – first in the back of the kitchen, then up by the hostess stand!”  I think she flipped out when she saw us together for the first time! Smile with tongue out

Philander’s was a high end restaurant, a place where my friends parents went to.  The owners of this restaurant then opened a bar at the end of the property that was always fun and lively.  After I turned 21 I started working at Poor Phil’s.  I haven’t been back there to eat for years, but imagine my surprise when The Sandwich King started out this past Sunday’s show at Poor Phil’s in Oak Park! 

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But then they started making a blackened cat fish sandwich and I was out.  Although I think I will attempt the shrimp po’ boy he made on that show – it looked amazeballs!

On football Sunday Tony asked for pigs in a blanket.  I ended up getting Grand’s biscuits, and it was almost too much blanket over the pigs, but still tasty.  I ended up cooking 5 of them as biscuits.  Breakfast was an egg white/pepperoni sammie. which was surprisingly filling.  This comes in at 322 calories, 13 fat, 26 carbs, 0 fiber and 21 protein.

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I forget how hilly my neighborhood is every time I run outside.  I was kind of disappointed in my 40 minute 5k on Sunday.  So I wanted to redeem myself yesterday.  I was not paying attention because I was watching Anthony Bordain’s No Reservations, when all of a sudden I looked down and thought I could hit my 35 minute 5k goal!

Sadly, I looked down too late, and even though I was sprinting at 7.5 mph (yep, that’s sprinting to me!) I just missed it!


But now that I am that close, I know I’ll be able to reach my goal by Sunday.  In two weeks time I’ve knocked off 5:33 seconds!!

Lunch was leftover Chinese from the weekend – a cup and a half of beef and broccoli, on the bottom is half a cup of white rice.  467 caloires, 17 fat, 52 carbs, 4 fiber and24 protein.

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I had burgers and . . . onion rings on the menu.  I know, I know, I’ll still catch flack for that – after I go on and on about how I hate onions, yet I’ll make onion rings.  However, I normally make them with vadalia onions – but I couldn’t find any at the store – maybe they are only available during the summer?  Tony and I ate a few each, and although this was a “sweet” onion, it was too oniony for us.


On the side was a spicy buffalo Tabasco burger – so good!  I’ve always wondered how people got text on their pictures – and as soon as I saw someone mention, I remembered that Shelley uses it to.  There are a lot of cool things you can do to your pictures, and its all free!  Dinner comes in at 521 calories, 23 fat, 39 carbs, 1 fiber and 36 protein.

Since the Bears were playing football last night, Tony found a movie he thought I would like to watch while I was a football widow.  It was called The Baker and it was really a cute movie.   Thanks honey! Open-mouthed smile

My football pics?  Um, let’s just say they sucked ass this week – I had only half the amount of points as Tony and my step-son! Sick smile

Alright, I snuggled a little bit too long this morning with Tony so I have to get my ass in gear and get the hell to work.  Only two more work days until a 4 day weekend – woop!  Make it a great day!