Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beer Was the Reason

Remember that day in Maui at one of my father's favorite places to go for Happy Hour? The spot was called the Kaanapali Grille & Tap Room. As a regular there, my father introduced me to one of the managers there. After declaring that I am also in the restaurant industry, the conversation went along the lines of this:

"I'll be going to Oahu to help open a brewery there." - Gary.

"No way! I'm opening a brewery as well!" - Me.

"You should come out. I'll be there over Labor Day weekend and it's my birthday." - Gary.

"OK!" - Me.


When we left the restaurant, I was thinking there's no way my business partner would be OK with me leaving again for Hawaii the following week. He freaks out, "Oh, everyone is taking vacation except me." Boo hoo. Can you hear the fiddle play the saddest song? BUT, what if I asked him for both us, both beer lovers, to go to check it out. The thought of both Operating Partners leaving the business at the same time was a bit scary, but he said OK. After a double take and asking "Are you sure?" once or twice, I didn't give him a chance to change his mind. I booked our flights immediately and even got one of us to fly half off with as one of my Hawaiian Airlines credit card holder perks.

Beer was the reason why I finally got to explore the island of Oahu. Isn't it amazing how some opportunities present themselves? Also, do not be afraid to ask. The worst they can say is 'no.' Though not drinking at the moment, I look forward to the doors that beer will open up for me.

Stay tuned for posts on Oahu from the Top of Waikiki, The Mighty Mo and Pearl Harbor and exploring by myself and meeting new friends including a man with fresh stigmata-like wounds on the tops of his feet. Oh, I love traveling and the people I meet.






Related articles - Maui 2016 - Day 2

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Monday, April 24, 2017

#FTW

I won $5 from the Monopoly game thru Safeway! It came in one game piece too. Are they all like that? There are 800,000 $5.00 prizes. I'll take it. Along with Monopoly, I have redeemed other Instant Winner game pieces for extra game pieces but have also gotten Pop-Tarts, Open Nature Greek yogurt, Signature branded whole kernel corn, an avocado and french bread from their bakery. Free food? Yes, please!



I also attended a seminar at the Yelp office in San Francisco where they were raffling off a food photo shoot for restaurants. I didn't win the shoot but I did win a swag bag with pint glasses. A lady's name was drawn before me. She was able to choose from the swag bags with coffee mugs or pint glasses. I joked with Rachel that she was crazy and that I still had a chance! And I won!


I continue to enter contests. While listening to the radio, they mention keywords you text to a certain number to win $1,000. I could definitely put that money to good use. Today I searched Maui condos on Zillow for fun. One day.

What is the biggest prize you have won?

Related blog posts - Chances Are... 2017
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Happy Clients

In this day and age of three-year-olds asking their parents for their iPhones when they're bored and movies available via Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu within weeks of it being pulled from movie theaters, I get pretty excited when I receive personal snail mail. I enjoy sending post cards at random to friends and family and I love receiving them in return. My male roommate gets more personal mail than I do! I may be just a little jelly.

Though not snail mail, a card was hand-delivered by a client, thanking me for making her sister-in-law's bridal shower a wonderful event. I checked on the table every so often and they were very happy. My client was sweet, friendly and so appreciative. The card put me in a good mood.



Do you send personal snail mail?
How do you show your appreciation?



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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Still In It 2017


#Stillinit17 starts tomorrow and I have declared the below goals.

1) Lose 10 pounds
2) Have ONE alcoholic beverage per week.
3) Eat healthier - no carbs after 5 PM, track what I eat and drink more water
4) Reach 10,000 Fitbit steps
5) Hit the gym HAAAARD


What are your goals for the next 8 weeks?

2015's Still In It 8-week challenge showed little improvement. This year, I am ten pounds heavier, therefore the weight goal. The #250KChallenge was a failure as well. I have had some major changes occur in the last few weeks. I would like to believe they were for a reason and it has lead me to where I am today. Tomorrow, I will continue to adjust to those changes and make the effort to turn them around that benefits me. A little sweat and hard work has never frightened me away.

I will raise tomorrow's morning protein shake to those also on this fitness journey, to my supporters and friends and to those haters that want to see me fail. Thank you for the motivation.






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Friday, April 21, 2017

Earth Day 2017

We only have one earth just as we only have one body. Let's take care of them, shall we?


Tomorrow, April 22nd, is Earth Day. What are you doing to decrease your carbon footprint? For one day, try to take it a step further and do more than you would any normal day.

I recycle, reuse what I can, don't buy bottled water unless I don't have my Camelbak and I will now be taking BART more. Every little bit helps. Here are some tips.







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Sunday, April 16, 2017

From Condo to Cabin

There's no doubt that my Boston Terrier is spoiled. He is insured, gets pineapple and cheese every now and then and gets to travel with me as often as I can. If we're driving, he's most likely coming with me. Before he got big, he has been to Pennsylvania and New Jersey via a plane. He's been to Los Angeles, Yosemite, Bodega Bay, Fallbrook and Lake Tahoe. However, this One Busy Bee works a lot, is very social and is often on her phone and her laptop blogging like so. I am giving him a belly rub with my foot as we speak. Bevo is often in the bathroom boarded up by a baby gate and/or in my room with me. It's nice for him to have some space to run around in every so often. He used to have a yard but let's not get into that! (I AM SINGLE!)



On this past quick trip to Boulder Creek, CA to have an overnighter with my best friend and my niece and nephew, the Beeves came with. It was nice to get him out of the condo, let him poop in nature and roam free. He loved the attention the kids were giving him, playing with the other dogs that Christy's friend brought over and just having room. He deserves it. He's a good dog. Here he is enjoying the cabin, getting too hot and sort of playing hide and seek by staying under the truck and exploring.









Do you take your dog every where you go?
What is the farthest place he/she has been to with you?



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Happy Birthday, Court Court!

We have done quite a bit together in the year and a half that we have known each other. #BernNCourt adventures continue.

She asked me, 'What are we doing for my birthday?"

"When's your birthday?"

"April 11th."

"I'm, I mean guess we're going to see Black Swan."

"OK!"

And just like that, plans were made. It was a similar, quick conversation when I asked her if she wanted to go to Italy or France.

I fell in love with the ballet when Cristen and I decided to go see The Nutcracker. I know people that make it an annual tradition. I have never seen it. Up on the balcony with our $40 tickets, I was captivated. The next week, I bought a 3-pack of tickets for the upcoming season AND even donated a pretty amount. Worth it? Perhaps as we were got to seat orchestra level this time. I was so excited.

But it was Court's birthday. I met her in the lobby of the Twitter building and we walked towards Cafe Delle Stelle on Hayes, as I blew bubbles wherever we went. The bubble tubes were part of our recent Women Wednesday event at DW.

We were sat and looked over the menu. We ordered a bottle of the rose prosecco and appetizers. I had the muscles with gorgonzola with a white wine sauce and flatbreads. Court had a salad. I asked our server if the kitchen could possibly make me a carbonara. I have been craving an amazing carbonara since Italy. He said they couldn't do it and I went with the hand made, hand stuffed Tuscan kale and ricotta ravioli, tossed with a creamy lemon zest. Court went with the rigatoni with sea bass, mushrooms, sweet peas and creamy marsala. We enjoyed the prosecco, I really enjoyed the mussels but I wasn't too thrilled with everything else. We actually had majority of our entrees boxed up and left atop a garbage can on the street for a homeless person.






Dessert did come out for Court and it was tiramisu with a candle. If I knew how to say Happy Birthday in Italian...



We then sought out a bar. Not an uncommon thing for us to do. We popped our head into Absinthe to see if there were any spots at the bar. Negative. We stopped into Arlequin, a wine shop attached to a deli and they served cheese and charcuterie. Nope, no available seats either.  We then stopped at The Hayes Street Grill and found a seat the bar. I offered it up to Court and the sweet lady that was also headed to the ballet was on her way out. We ordered dessert wine and dessert. Unfortunately, they were out of the strawberries and zabaglione so we went with the creme brulee. She enjoyed it.





We texted Mercedes as she was going to go to the ballet too with a coworker. We followed her to the opera house and found her in line for drinks. We were going to meet up after this amazing show.

Swan Lake was gorgeous. I have seen The Nutcracker and Frankenstein. I loved the tutus, the solos by the prima ballerina and the music. Court said she hasn't been to ballet since she was a kid. She loved it as well.




We met back up with Mercedes and her coworker and discovered it was raining outside. Where to next? We needed late night snacks and drinks and decided not to go to DW. So we went to Mr. Tipples to end the night after a fun walk in the rain using our ballet programs as shelter from the rain. We ordered almost everything on the menu and called it a night. Court had to catch Bart back to the deep East Bay.




27. So young.

See the other adventures of #BernNCourt HERE.







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