Posts Tagged 'Sari Beri'

1.1.09

Can’t believe I’m writing that “09”. WoW! 2009

Yesterday, New Year’s Eve, brought a nice surprise. Let me back up… Tuesday night, Sari Beri, my bff and I ate at Chopsticks in PTC. My fortune cookie read, “Soon, a visitor shall delight you.” And soon came yesterday morning when Rachel met Sari Beri and I at Starbucks for our weekly breakfast outing. I was delighted– we both were! What a nice surprise ๐Ÿ™‚ It wasn’t completely a surprise for me, but it was for Sari Beri.

Work today was pretty slow, especially the morning. It picked up some in the afternoon. We were able to get just about all of the setup done this morning.

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This was my little contribution– all except the coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

Henry, Herbert’s cousin, made an appearance in the store today. Actually, I’m not quite sure he’s been “discovered” yet. When last I saw him he was waiting in the bottom of a box of paper towels that was sitting on the floor in the back of the store. he he he he…

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Unlike Herbert, Henry is made of REAL fur. Although I’m pretty sure it’s not rat fur [probably rabbit] it’s fur none the less and pretty realistic looking. Should be interesting when it’s discovered.

I heard today that Herbert has been discovered and re-hid about three times in the past couple of days ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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12-9-08

FUNNY STUFF at SBUX last week: First we had a customer ask for a Venti Caramel Macchiato, Extra Hot with ICE! ha ha ha ha… what’s the point of that? Extra HOT with ICE! Then, Saturday, some dude in the drive thru ask if we sell ChapStick! Are you SERIOUS!? Does this look like CVS?!? NO, it’s Starbucks! We sell COFFEE! Who knows, maybe we SHOULD sell ChapStick…

Our tips got stolen on Saturday from the drive thru. They say it happens this time of year. Happened twice last year. It’s prone to happen any time of the year I’d think. I mean they sit out there unguarded most of the time on the ledge right outside the drive thru window. Anyone looking to make a quick buck could simply swipe them. But I guess there is more crime over all this time of year– Sad :-/ Also, there’s some con going around asking for change and then cheating you out of $10. It happened at our store on Saturday and Jonesboro Road too, and again today at Jonesboro Road. I don’t give change. If they ask I just say, “sorry” ๐Ÿ˜ฎ They can go to the bank if they want change. I’m sure they are not just targeting Starbucks, they’ve probably been to all kinds of other places around here as well. Sad!

Yesterday was an off day. I got to go to breakfast with Sari Beri and then to breakfast AGAIN ๐Ÿ˜ฎ with my bff. [I skipped lunch– the second breakfast WAS my lunch!] Then I accompanied him on a brief shopping trip and to two doctor visits. Next Monday is going to be an off day for the both of us again and I hope to do all of our Christmas shopping in that one day! Shopping is one of my least favorite things to do :-/ but doing it with someone you love always helps ๐Ÿ™‚

Tonight– home basketball!

Working every morning the reset of the week and Saturday too. It’s so festive and fun at the store right now. The Christmas music is playing, people are in a good mood, buying gift cards and other gift items, ordering Gingersnap Lattes and Pumpkin Loaf and BANANA LOAF ๐Ÿ™‚ he he he… that’s an inside joke, sort of…

Anywho…

We got our last White House Christmas card in the mail today, the last for the next 4 years anyhow. The verse in the card: Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” AMAZING that in this day and time we still have a President that will put a Bible verse in a Christmas card and send it out to people all over the world. That my friend is about to change. Sad days are ahead! I fear days like we have never seen before.

Someone has taken an old shack about 3 miles from us and turned it into a donut place. Actually, they are “turning” it into a donut place, they’re not quite finished. BUT, they put up this nifty sign this weekend and I LOVE IT!!! It’s SO cute!

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SPEEDWAY DONUTS! I told my bff that when they open I am, of course, going to go over and “checkout the merchandise” and if it’s good I’m going to offer my assistance on Race Weekend in March because you know they are going to be SLAMMED on Race Weekend! FUN FUN!!!

11.4.08

What a couple of days. Yesterday I worked at my store for 8 hours and then it was off to Jonesboro Road for another 4. Today, another 8 at my store. Right now my feet and legs feel like they’ve run a marathon!

Tomorrow, I’ll be working on computer stuff all day… web updates, programs, NewsBulletin, a billboard, etc., etc., etc.

It was crazy at work today giving away free coffees to all who voted and by the end of the day it was giving away free coffees to anybody and everybody because giving away something for voting is evidently against the law ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Late today SBUX posted this notice: “To ensure that we are in compliance with election law, we are extending our offer to all customers who request a tall brewed drip.”

My store manager brought me back a pin from the SBUX convention. ๐Ÿ™‚

For the first time in 30 years– the first time ever actually, SBUX has changed it’s mission statement. Now it’s more about “human spirit”… interesting. The old mission statement was: “To provide an uplifting experience that enriches people’s daily lives.” and the new one:

“To inspire and nurture the human spiritโ€”
one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.”

Sari Beri left today for 4 days at the Wilds. It’s going to be very quiet and lonely around here without her. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

11.1.08

The first day of November, I really can’t believe it! The year, 2008, is almost gone and what have we accomplished?!? A question, as we reflect, that we should all ask ourselves. Why wait until New Years Eve to look back on the year? Look back now, reflect while there is still time to do something positive in 2008 ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t know if I have fully recovered from the campout. Although I am finally warm and it’s been absolutely DELIGHTFUL to sleep so snug and warm in my own BIG comfy bed the past two nights, I still don’t think I have completely caught up on my sleep. Of course, some say that you simply can’t catch up. IDK. I’d like to think that you can, and I’ll keep trying ๐Ÿ™‚

I voted on Thursday. BIGGER Tom when with me to vote as well– it was his first time. Nice memory! We walked in, voted and walked out. No waiting at all unlike other counties in which there is a 2-4 hour wait! CRAZY!!!

I spent yesterday at the hospital [Crawford Long] with my sister-in-law while her husband had a 4-hour surgery. The doctors originally told her the surgery could last 6-7 hours. However, there were A LOT of people praying for him. We prayed every hour on the hour– or almost on the hour. At a mid-point during the surgery, to remove his esophagus and surrounding cancerous tissue and his gallbladder as well, a nurse in the operating room called my sister-in-law to tell her that things were going AMAZINGLY well and that there were really good “vibes” in the operating room. We both knew those weren’t “vibes”, it was the Lord, the Great Physician and the prayers of many Christians. I hope to go back up to the hospital again tomorrow. He will be in ICU for 4 days and in the hospital for about 12.

The Junior Class is having a bake-a-thon of sorts this weekend. Trying to earn $$ for the Junior Senior they put together a nifty order form that included baked goods– the specialties of many of the class members. The fundraiser seems to have been an overwhelming success and lots of orders were turned in for banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, cakes, pies, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bread and the like. They are using our church kitchen and the kitchen of a church down the road. Some of them were up late last night baking. I have baked 14 loves of banana nut bread and 4 loves of banana NO-nut bread in the past 3 days [including today], and this morning I made 5 batches of chocolate chip cookie dough– enough for 18 dozen cookies, we hope. The cookies are being baked by some expert bakers [like Sari Beri] as I blog. When I left them a while ago, they had made some pretty impressive looking cakes and a guy in the class was decorating sugar cookies — He was doing an AMAZING job. Very artistic! I was like totally impressed. Mostly the guys had been relegated to washing dishes ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I don’t know how much more they have to do, or if they will even finish today, but hopefully they will. I think they will probably do this again, maybe next month.

Tonight we are having a family dinner– Phil’s Famous Soup and cornbread ๐Ÿ™‚ And then we will take our annual family picture. I’d love to get everyone there in blue jeans and white shirts or khakis and white shirts or something like a Christmas sweater… however, at this point in my life, I’m just happy to get everyone there in anything ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t tell anyone what to wear, and nobody asked. I’ll just be REAL happy if everyone shows up! If we don’t match, I’ll Photoshop it or make it septa or black and white or do something creative.

Right now, I’m just sitting at Starbucks [not my Starbucks– another one] sipping a venti, quad, skinny caramel latte and having some down time– me time, until my running partner arrives.

WHEW! What a week it’s been!

Next week I have the football state program to do, a program for the basketball tip-off tournament, a 4-color flyer for a Christmas program and probably a follow-up on the billboard + the usual…

10.25.08

The work week is over. I was able to sleep in this morning and will do the same tomorrow. 2 of the 5 sports programs are done and our girls won the State Championship today. It’s race weekend and I feel like I’m regaining my sanity– somewhat…

I opened at Starbucks every day this week. Thursday and Friday we saw an increase in traffic as race weekend began. Thursday I really wasn’t all there or at least it felt that way. I don’t know what it was — the karma, the vibe, the Feng Shui … whatever you want to call it, it wasn’t happening! It felt like everything was moving in slow motion. Even one of the other employees commented that she felt that way too.

But Friday, that’s a WHOLE other story! We were on our game on Friday for sure! Even with it being a terribly dreary rainy day I’d like to think we were brightening up a lot of people’s day!

Friday I was in the DTO position [Drive Thru Order] which means I’m the person that greets you when you drive up to the drive thru menu board. I don’t know why, but Friday I just had like a TON of energy– maybe it was those 6 shots! I love working the DTO position because I can say whatever in the world I want and I’m not ever going to see those people anyway so who cares– I can get really, really silly! Before I knew it I was answering the drive thru like this, “GOOD morning! Welcome to Starbucks. This is Patsy. Can I interest you in a Signature Hot Chocolate or a PUMPkin Spice Latte on this cold rainy morning?” [and I said it with A LOT of enthusiasm too :-)] Then the person might laugh and say something like, “Yeah, I’d like to try the Signature Hot Chocolate.” or “No, thank you, I’d like to have a quad, venti, caramel latte…” And I’d follow that by something like, “Well, that’s a GREAT choice, one quad, venti, caramel latte, we’ve got a blueberry scone that would go great with that, can I get you one of those?” or “How about a pumpkin cream cheese muffin with that quad, venti, caramel latte?” At one point I had a lady take me up on that pumpkin cream cheese muffin offer. She said, “Sure, how many do you have?” And I hopped over to the pastry case and said, “Six, can I get you all six?” I was just joking of course. And she replied, “Yes, I’ll take all six.” Well, that just REALLY got me going! THAT got us ALL going! It was SWEET! We had a GREAT time working Friday morning! I wish every morning could be that way!

Now… on to today. The GCAA Volleyball State Championship: The only other year that BBCS has won the Volleyball State Championship was when my running partner was a junior. This year Sari Beri is a junior. I KNEW we’d win! It went all the way down to the wire– the fifth game, to 15 points and we were up by about 3 points I think it was– I did a play by play via Twitter for some who were not able to be there to follow and it was a GREAT competitive match as it should be between two evenly matched teams. Well, I say “evenly matched” I actually think we were the better team and for sure better coached and I’m not thinking we really even played our very best but we played well enough to win and that’s enough. It was a perfect ending to a very busy, very crazy, very hectic week!

Tomorrow is a race Sunday schedule at our church so with Sunday School at 1:00 p.m. and the only service at 2:00, we get to sleep in. And we SURE need it, ALL of us!

I’m looking forward to a limited schedule at Starbucks this week, the Chick-fil-a First 100 at Flowery Branch on Wednesday, BIGGER Tom coming home, spending the day with my sister-in-law on Friday and a 15-miler at the Rock with my running partner on Saturday. WHEW! This week is going to be a BLAST!

10.6.08

I am now officially a FULL TIME Starbucks employee!

Up until this month, in order to obtain full time employee status with Starbucks you had to be a store manager. However, as I posted on 10.4.08 Starbucks changes scheduling system to cutย costs the scheduling system is changing, not only to cut cost but also to help Baristas make that all-important connection with the customer. In the past Starbucks has set out to hire more partners [that’s what they call us] and have them work less hours. The typical Barista’s shift might be only 4 hours. Now, they are rethinking the plan. Actually, they are rethinking A LOT of stuff! With the new scheduling system there will be fewer Baristas working more hours. The typical Barista’s shift now will be up to 8 hours. They’ve figured this will save them money but also, and most importantly, it will allow Baristas to build relationships with customers– getting to know their names, their drinks, their idiosyncrasies, etc., etc., etc. AND, it will give the customer a familiar face to look forward to seeing when they enter their favorite Starbucks. It’s all about that Barista – Customer interaction, building trust, relationships and a strong, stable, reliable customer base.

Being a Barista at Starbucks should be like welcoming friends into your own home– your own kitchen even. That’s how I look at it and I think that’s how Starbucks wants us [as Baristas] to view it. When I’m working I want the cafe to be clean and inviting, warm and relaxing, and I want the customer to feel welcomed to sit and stay a while.

I am just AMAZED at how God has worked this all out for me to come into this situation at this particular time. It’s all so perfect! And it seems to just be getting better and better. I’ve never worked so hard, made so little and had so much fun doing it!

Last week we had to fill out an “Availability Form” which included:

  1. store hours
  2. the hours the employee is available to work
  3. the hours the employee prefers to work

Evidently, those employees who are not available to work a certain percentage of the store’s hours may be let go. I’m not sure how this will be handled or if it will affect any employees at my store. However, I know it doesn’t affect me because I was told today that now I am considered full time. I will have regular morning to lunch time hours more than likely Monday through Friday. WoW! I couldn’t ask for a better situation!

FUNNY STUFF: This afternoon Sari Beri and I went shopping at Target and I saw the funniest thing. I wish now that I had taken a picture. It was on the end cap, a clearance section near the toiletries. There were these mesh bags of rocks on CLEARANCE! And I just thought to myself, “Who would ever think people would BUY bags of rocks?!? Even on clearance!” Doesn’t that just sound CRAZY! But people probably buy bags of rocks every day. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA I just think that’s ridiculously funny!

Then, this afternoon my bff comes home with today’s USA Toady newspaper and in the financial section [page 2B] is an article entitled, “Wall Street fat cats likely to remain so” HA HA HA HA HA HA HA I just thought, “Could this be Cody & Ellie?” You see we live on Wall Street and our cat, Ellie, and my running partner’s cat, Cody, who stays here now and then, well… I don’t guess Ellie is really fat, but Cody… well, he’s kind of chunky.

OK, so that’s my funnies for today. It’s so good to laugh ๐Ÿ™‚

10.4.08

GREAT 10-mile run with my running partner at the Rock early a.m. She completed 10 miles before I arrived and ran another 10 with me. She will be running the Kansas City Marathon [26.2 miles] 2 weeks from today and I, at the same time, will be running the Peachtree Classic 15K [9.3 miles]. Hopefully, it won’t take me as long to run the 15K as it does her to run the marathon! But, you never know…

3 miles of our normal loop around the Rock was closed for paving, so we ran back and forth and back and forth and back and forth on a 2-mile stretch of the loop. Because everyone was condensed on this 2-mile stretch [runners, bikers, walkers, 3-Dayers, etc., etc., etc.] it was extra crowded and we spent much of our time dodging other people– because we’re so fast… ha ha ha ha.

Anywho… we saw the dogs in the station wagon and heard the guy yelling on the bike which I so totally, totally like! I wish I could get someone to run the marathon in March with me and yell at me like that, “COME ON BODY, LET’S MOVE, LET’S ROCK AND ROLL, LET’S GET IT GOING, COME ON, YOU CAN DO IT…” I love that! But, my running partner HATES it ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

After our run we made a stop at Starbucks– a Vivanno for her and a Venti White Mocha with protein and caramel drizzle and a Berry Stella for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotta have my Berry Stella or as someone I work with so lovingly refers to as a Belly Stera… he he he… She actually was suggestive selling through the drive thru one day and asked a customer if they would like to add a Belly Stera to their order. HA HA HA HA… it’s so easy to get tongue twisted when you’re working in the drive thru!

After that we parted ways– she to LA Fitness to train her first client ๐Ÿ™‚ and I to JoAnns to purchase some heavy clear vinyl for a project I’m working on… that’ll be a whole other blog post next week probably.

This afternoon we went to Sari Beri’s volleyball game and I just have to say she started [sorta] and played extremely well!

Salmon for dinner, worked on “the project” for quite a while and did a boatload of laundry!

WHEW! I’m worn out!


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