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So I hear today that Newport Bay AND the movie theater will also be moving out of my work's plaza.


That makes a total of... them, Bed Bath & Beyond, WinCo, and... possibly Barnes & Noble to move from our plaza, within the next year and a half. Combine this with the loss of Michael's a year ago (which so hurt our sales) and (to a lesser extent) JoAnne's... That leaves us pretty much with Target and Hollywood Video. Ooh, and a dollar store. Combine all of THAT with the fact that I peeked at our recent sales and we're only making about half of what all the other stores in the district are (awful, as we're the largest!!), the fact that we're having a major visit at the end of the month for an "evaluation" that has the store manager fuhREAKING out, and the fact that instead of having a concrete date for our remodel (September 28), they said "uh... sometime in the future... or something."... doesn't look promising for OfficeMax Store 0255.

Or my job.

Granted, it would take at least a year (hope) for all of this to happen, which hopefully means job security until then. But I would not only then have to find another job, but I would no longer work with the people I do now. This makes me sad.

I still don't know what I want to do with my life.

In other news, excited to get to see scrumbles and mosspiglet for a bit in a few hours, though it will probably be only a teensy bit. I miss them, I do.

It's almost as if working overnights is some sort of a... lab experiment, to see how human beings will react. Thank DOODNESS I get along well with Ted - I can't imagine how I would cope if I was stuck only ever seeing someone I loathed. Ted for eight or so hours a day, sometimes Yancey for four, morning crew for ten minutes, roommates for maybe ten minutes a day...

I generally can't make noise on my "days" off, as any noise I makes carries into the bedroom of my sleeping roommates. While brosely can sleep through a dancing bull on the bed, stanieldaniel is a light sleeper. Sigh. This keeps me from accomplishing much on my days off, other than WoW or FFXII or movies and knitting. (You would think I would have my purse done by now, but noooOOOOoo, I'm still only about sixteen or so rows into it.) That also takes out playing my guitar, though I realized that if I get Murray (my electric) out of it's bag, I can play that with no amp and make no noise, wee!

I have slept totally horribly for the last two days, due to the heat and other things. (We do not have air conditioning, and all I own is a 8" clip on fan next to my bed, which resides in a second story bedroom. I'm thankful that there's a tree outside giving me shade, but STILL. Even sleeping nude doesn't help. Bleh. I'm going to try melatonin (not melanoma) today and see if that helps.

Anyone have any suggestions for some easy, fantastic vegetarian dishes?

Bad dreams last night, where my ex band was breaking up, and many of my most precious, delicate belongings ended up thrown in the pool, along with the drummer's kit. I remember screaming in frustration at Mike, to not give up, that this will soon pass.

Not sleeping well has hindered my ability to stay on topic, you see.



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Jul. 11th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)

im sweaty

and i recommend baby carrots with ranch.
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Try placing a bowl of ice in front of your fan.
Jul. 11th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
wait, journal entries are supposed to stay on topic??
Jul. 11th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
I thought it was in the terms and conditions somewhere....
Jul. 11th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
im so sorry i freaked out your cat. i thought it would be like a normal cat, mistakenly, and that she would just go back to being normal after i poked her

hope youre sleepin well
Jul. 11th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
WinCo is leaving!?! But, that's the only place we shop!!! >:(
We'll starve.
Jul. 11th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
They'll still be close by, even closer to YOU - they're building one across from the am/pm over by the bus depot, across from Brew Hawaii.
Jul. 11th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh. Okay then. Sheesh I was worried there for a minute.
So, I guess we won't starve. ;)

Thanks, for the info.
Jul. 11th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
Strawberry Spinach Salad


3/4 cup Sliced Almonds
2 Tbsp. Organic Olive Oil
1 pound Organic Spinach
1 pint Organic Strawberries, sliced


1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
1 1/2 tsp. minced onion
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1/2 cup Organic Olive Oil

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion, paprika, cider vinegar, wine vinegar and olive oil. Set aside. In a small pan, sauté almonds in olive oil, then cool. Combine spinach, strawberries and almonds. Pour dressing over salad and toss lightly.

Jul. 11th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Bean Burrito

(1 serving)

1 Organic Tortilla
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 c. organic refried beans, low-fat or nonfat
1 oz. low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 c. Salsa
1 tbsp. organic cilantro, chopped
1 wedge fresh organic lime

Heat tortilla in microwave or a dry pan. Mix cumin and chili powder with beans and spread over one half of the tortilla. Top with cheese, salsa and cilantro. Add a squeeze of lime. Fold tortilla into a burrito, and microwave for about 30 seconds, or until warm.
Jul. 11th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
You are making me sooooo hungryyyyy.
Jul. 11th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
I happen to be updating my recipes from the Vegetarian Times magazine in the next couple of weeks.

I have lots of new seasonal recipes.
Jul. 11th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
I would like to learn to do more fun veggie things so that I can cook and take my meals to work with me instead of just relying on what holds over time. That way, too, I could customize what I'm actually eating instead of relying on what the packages have in them.
Jul. 11th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
I will be posting some recipes once I put them into word. Hopefully you will find something you like.

Veggie Wraps are great for lunch. You can put anything in them!
Jul. 11th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'll have to bring a Grit cookbook for you when I come up (goodness, in a week from Saturday!).
Jul. 11th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
That's oh so exciting! Same bat channel when you do? I'll do my best to meet up with you, unless you're up early? :D
Jul. 11th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting about the Grit Cookbook I am going to order that!

Jul. 11th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
I make a pretty good veggie chili, just toss all your favorite beans into a pot with some diced tomatoes, garlic, and chili powder... let it cook... you may also want to add tomato sauce if you want a thicker sauce, though I find that mashing up some of the beans works well too. Oh and I almost forgot the not-so-secret ingredient: crushed pineapple! It gives a hint of sweet in all the spicy. Yum. I'm gonna have to make some chili now. Beans, beans, the magical fruit...
Jul. 11th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Geez, I didn't know things had gotten so bad over there with all the stores moving out. Anything new and exciting moving in or are they just going to shut the whole place down and make it into something else?
Jul. 11th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
A manly tool store moved in where the laser place was in the corner, or kaybee or whatever was there that was gone when I first started working at OMX. A dollar tree went in where JoAnne's was, and an expensive furniture place where the cheap clothing store was next to Fashion Bug. Other than that... well, there's still GNC and Sally's and Verizon.. Quiznos.. so I guess it isn't THAT bad, but still. All the bigguns are moving out. I'm not giving TOO much credit to the Newport Bay or Barnes & Noble one yet, as I've only heard one rumor about them each, in all of time. A coworker (who may not be the most trustworthy source) said that she heard that they were going to bulldoze the entire place, but I know that Target is getting a massive remodeling, too, so...

No one has moved in where Michael's was yet, and though there were blueprints in there, they have sat there so long that the sun turned them black. (months)

I guess that only time will tell what will happen, but I would hate for it all to end NOW, when I finally got to take over Muriel's position!
Jul. 12th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
The Columbian has a story on this today. They're trying to play it off as a transition, but it looks more like a slow death.

On the upside, Target is expanding.

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