Running a small business is difficult. I watched Annie , Margo and the rest of the crew create a successful restaurant and I learned a few things.
Connect. I don’t mean ‘make connections’ in the business glad-hand way, but truly connect. Talk to the people in the neighborhood. Tell them what you are thinking , what you want to do , what issues you are facing and how you want to deal with them.
At one point, the Vine took reservations. But this was actually blocking business. The restaurant could be almost empty, but they couldn’t seat anyone – because reservations were headed in. Annie talked to a lot of people before she stopped taking reservations and the transition went smoothly
Let people help. in the case of the Vine – painting , tables , etc wouldn’t be there without help. And it is another way to connect , of course. A little community ownership never hurts.
Be open, frank. I know a bunch about the financing of restaurants now. I know why Salmon is a big feature on the menu. I can tell you all about the restaurant advantages to kegged wine. Annie’s openness about the business side of things, made it really easy to be frank in return.
Love it. No matter what you do – some days are just drudgery. Yes, Annie loves food. but she also loves the restaurant. There has always been pride and pleasure in her voice when she talks about The Vine.
I grew up with dogs. I thought all cats were snobby and standoffish. Over the years I’ve learned that isn’t true. And the variation of personalities – is endless. Tonight we lost Nathaniel. Our miracle boy . 2and half to 3 years ago – he suddenly couldn’t walk or see straight. he saw a cancer specialist – – much too often for his taste. But lived and lived well. he purred for us, ran to the door when we got home, and yelled at us for not opening the door to the world of grass . he mauled the evil vets as often as possble. he was our Jeckle and hyde boy.
he will be missed
I have strange dreams. My sister J recalls a lot of them I have told her . And I know she’ll like this one. I dreamed that I had some how acquired a pet snail. Big enough that it just fit in my hand. When I moved it too far from any surface it would reach out and try to touch something to use as a base. At one point it got away from me and was running ( yes running) all over the living room furniture . Yes, it got lint and fuzz on itself. My friend B was not very happy with me ( Now, Beth we know you’re excited about your new pet but , but we can’t have it running all over the furniture.) Eventually I had to return my snail to the proper environment. which was the tide line on an ocean beach. Yeah. So I dreamt I had an amphibious, salt loving snail as a pet. that could move really fast.
I have no explanation
The magicians : a novel Lev Grossman
Sorry -not great. it took a long time to get started. not magical. not a grown up harry potter. but I might read the second one, because I was promised it gets better.
Parasite Mira Grant
Symbiont Mira Grant
I was going to explain – but it is easier to say she has an amazing story telling ability – In the midst of a big giant world changing event – she is still telling the story of individuals -that would be interesting even without the disaster. Book 3 comes out November 24th.
The darkest part of the forest / by Holly Black
I love Holly Black. Dark fairy tales are her specialty. In this book, there is a town that is on the border of a forest where fairy tales are real – all parts of them. There is even a glass coffin with a prince in it. The relationship between the town and forest has been balanced, but suddenly more of the evil side has visible. Then then coffin breaks…
The story of Owen : dragon slayer of Trondheim E. K. Johnston
Excellent. Way better than I expected. Current time period – but with added dragons.
pretty sure I read a few more books, but I just don’t remember ….
I joined this challenge on 3/21/15 the Goal – walk/hike/run 1000 miles between now and winter 9 dollars and half the fee goes to make a wish. If an individual is doing it this means 3.26 (? I’ve forgotten the exact number ) a day. something like 25 miles a week.
some people are doing this as teams so they are able to split the mileage, i am doing this as an individual .
It has been exciting to see people take up the challenge. Long hikes, short walks , and runs of all lengths. but….
There has been a lot of hoopla about ‘intentional’ ( meaning exercise ) vs walking around miles.
here is why I joined:
1) the person who brought it too my attention has been working really had to improve his level of fitness.
2) i have diabetes and the very best thing you can do for diabetes is – move the big muscles.
3) A big goal is a kind of fun . Long term challenges give you room to form habits , and deal with real life events like – getting sick or busy lives or….
So I am counting every step I take. I should reach this goal without any serious problems. 5 days a week – I walk over 3 miles a day. Only two days a week do I have to work on walking. good for me.
If you are a runner,a hiker or distance walker the real challenge might be to do it without counting you walking around steps. good for you. I’d like to be there some day. When I trained for the SGK walk, I might have been there. Not now.
Why I think walking around steps count ( for me ) . There are studies out that suggest no matter how much you work out – sitting for long periods of time is not good for you. As a kid – I read that our bodies are mostly water. As an adult – I knew what happened to water if it sat still too long. Very very gradually I went from being a couch potato to someone who has a hard time sitting still too long . But sometimes I still have to remember to move.
I do have some secret goals — I’d like to get to 1500 miles. and maybe next year not have to count my walking around miles . However, I need to get to 1000 miles first.
I saw this posted on Facebook Aging while female is not your worst nightmare. I had a vague revelation: I’ve never been too worried about getting old.
I have had a few people tell me not to get old, oddly, they have all been men.
I do get startled by my grey hair in the mirror sometimes – but I spent more time with dark hair , so I am guessing that will change. I don’t love my face wrinkles, but I am surprised by my hands starting to crinkle.
Cat calls stopped a long time ago, but I swear that the inappropriate comments from men on the other side of the library desk have increased.
Physically, how I work had to change a long time ago – I have to work around my diabetes and asthma. I think they are better because I don’t work ’til I hurt anymore.
As for my voice, I feel it is stronger and more powerful than before. You can’t shout me down anymore. You can argue with me, but I am better at hearing when you aren’t listening. And I am ok with just making a statement and letting it just sit there. It isn’t like people were listening when I was young.