||[Aug. 18th, 2008|12:38 pm]
I love my new hours at work. My boss has decided to actually try an idea I gave her. (I decided to stay at my current workplace, but thats a whole other story) So, I asked if we could try working 10 hour days at 4 days a week instead of the traditional 8 hour/5 day weeks. She's allowing just my dept in the firm to try this. Its working beautifully for everyone in my dept for various reasons. Myself and another co-worker have off every monday and the other two every Friday. The 10 hours dont really feel like 10 hours because we're so busy. It helps to with not having to work so much OT. Why? The only thing I can think of is because we're there so early which allows us to get more work done without distraction from the rest of the firm for a couple of hours. No phones, emails and people at our desks every 10 minutes. Its nice to wake up on a monday and not have to go anywhere, unless to run errands etc.. Its actually so much more convenient regarding Dr. appts; one girl can schedule all her pt time college classes on Mondays and another doesnt have to drive from Racine to work once a week. It was actually a good thing today I had off because my "trusty Camry" decided to have some strange issues that forced me to take it to a mechanic promptly. It wasnt a huge deal, but it sure was nice not to have to go to work late or not at all for this mishap. I'm not thrilled that it costed me $600+ for the work that had to be done, but if it has to be done, than it does.
In other news, it looks like Marvin and I will be making to DC for Christmas this year after all. We basically wrote off the whole idea of going due to high fuel prices and knowing that airfare would be outrageous. Well, for the airline we usually always fly, it is, but we actually found an excellent deal on another and will be able to go without it breaking the bank. yay! Christmas wouldnt be the same if we couldnt go. We've gone every year since 2003 (while we lived out there too of course) and always look forward to seeing the Rubio family for Christmas and of course so does Marvin. :) But alas, right after we spent the money on airfare for DC, my car decides to add to the financial woes we were hoping to avoid. I'mt trying not going to let it get to me though. Guess I'll have to work more OT. ;)
I have been back into cooking more again lately. The last few weekends I've been experimenting with different recipes and found some amazing ones. Some are beautiful the way they are and some are much better with some tweaking. Last night, we made beef tenderloin with a rub of dijon mustard, crushed peppercorns and minced garlic, with a creamy, super garlicky white sauce to top it off with. Holy yum city! For the side dish, penne and mushrooms in a sauce reduction of red wine, carrots, onion, celery, butter, tomato paste, thyme, pepper etc.. it was so naughty! I love trying new recipes! So much fun! For whatever reason, its so much harder for me to cook in summer than winter. I am much more in the mood during fall/winter seasons than any other. I'm trying to get a jump start I guess. :)