The Caffeine Addict

Good to the last drop.

Rachel March 13, 2006

Filed under: Family,Work — Shannon @ 3:17 pm

Today we went to the doctor to check on her physical development. They had us go for x-rays because they think maybe her hips might be off which might explain why she is not crawling. We find out on Thursday – I will keep you updated.

I will be in Orange County this Tuesday, next Monday and Tuesday and the Brea location of where I work! Come by and see me!

Update: Rachel’s x-rays came back normal! Thanks for all your prayers.


Can’t think of a title January 20, 2006

Filed under: Family,Rant,Work — Shannon @ 1:18 pm

I have enjoyed going to all of your blogs lately. Some of you need an update, eh?

I am in total agreement that Lost and 24 rock! I also started watching AI again. I know, guilty pleasure. Who else was totally freaked out about that guy that seriously looked like a chick? Did you crack up when the background music switched to the theme from “The Crying Game?”

I am officially working “full-time” now. I am working 5 nights a week Tuesday thru Saturday with the occasional double on Saturdays. Jon and I have some aggressive financial goals for the next year and my salary is flexible. The Victoria Gardens shopping center has taken a lot of business away from our restaurant. We are just not as busy as we used to be. Many of you have visited us and seen the growth (finally) around our house. We are expecting 3 new restaurants to open. They are rumored to be Applebee’s, Johnny Carino’s and On the Border. Have any ideas which one I should go to? I have heard several bad things about Applebee’s. I visited Johnny Carino’s website (I have never dined there) and they give a tenure bonus after one year! That is pretty unheard of in the restaurant industry. It is getting crazy getting to work at CJ! It takes me like 30 minutes to get 11 miles! To those of you who still remember the coffee store, I have not forgotten them, I just need to bring in more money than that right now.

Seth has become the scooter man. He does it every day after school. It is nice because I was worried before he would just be an inside kid and not too interested in playing with others. Now, he is off and playing around the cul-de-sac with the neighbors all the time. Jon and I have started to babysit one of his friends whose mom is a single parent and a flight attendant. We have him about 5 times a month.

Audrey just started gymnastics at her school. There is a program there that is called Tumblebus which is a mobile gymnastics studio. She loves is. She does it on Tuesdays before preschool and then they walk her to school. This allows me to volunteer at Seth’s school while my father-in-law watches Rachel.

Rachel just went for her 9 month check up and the doctor gave me that what for on her rolling over. Not something she managed to do before the check up. She needed to learn how to do it before she turned 10 months or they would send her to physical therapy. They said she was lazy. I know my daughter and she is not lazy. She is just compliant. She is happy to be wherever she is. She is sitting on her own and feeding herself. Anyway, we have forced the issue of rolling over and she mostly gets it. She still lands on her arm but she has learned to push herself over with enough force to go over her arm and then pull it out. The other two kids and most others learn to move there arm before they roll over. Hopefully, this will count to the doctor.

I have also been quite the social girl lately. I have made several new friends here in the IE. This was something I have not really tried to do – having better friends. I have always been okay with the ones I have had. I still love my friends in OC but it is also good to make friends that live a little closer I discovered. I joined a co-op for child care and that has been fun. We swap babysitting for Baby bucks which are good for one free hour of babysitting per kid. These are quite valuable considering that babysitting for three kids is about $15 an hour out here. Some new friends I have made have a husband that is in charge of motorcross and another the California speedway. Another one is in charge of distributing Jack Daniels around So cal. Party anyone? If only I had the weekends off!

J and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary. I know they call it the seven year itch but I am more in love with him than ever. I think I had the two year, three year, four year and five year itch but none so far. Having kids so fast has been quite an exciting ride, but I look forward to things starting to mellow out with all that. (yeah vasectomy!) Kids growing up has its challenges, but getting out of the baby stage is an achievement!

I look forward to hearing from you soon or seeing you soon! God’s blessings to you all!


No free coffee for me – not yet! June 27, 2005

Filed under: Family,Work — Shannon @ 9:52 pm

I did not hear back from the coffee store. It is always reassuring when you can’t even get a minimum wage job as a college graduate. I am assuming it was because of my availablity. Maybe later I will try again.

I just fought an interesting battle with my employer. As you know I was approved for the Family Leave Act and get paid another 4 weeks. Well, they would not let me take the leave or I would lose my job. After much calling around to the EDD (Employment Development Department) and the EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer) we discovered I was a victim of pregnancy discrimination! I left this information along with the pending claim number on a message to my HR and later heard from the head of HR who is also an attorney that my leave was approved and should I need any extra time just let them know! What a pain in the butt that was!


Have not decided yet June 17, 2005

Filed under: Family,Rant,Work — Shannon @ 10:23 pm

I am thinking about going to work for the coffee store. Considering how much of my fun money I spend at the place, it would be amazing that they would actually pay me to be there. They have a 4:00am-9:00am shift that is available and I am thinking about taking it. Yes, I would be making less money and all but I would get to be home with the kids and be available to do homework with Seth when he starts school. I just don’t know. I would not be getting much sleep.
Why can’t I just relax? When I try, I just keep thinking of all the things I am not doing! I guess I just like to be busy. I think it started in high school when freshman year I said that I wanted to be the girl who had the most achievements under her name and I think I tied with three other people. I did those things all the while working at least one job, sometimes two. My high school friends can back me up here.
I just received a note from the EDD stating that I qualified for the Family Leave Act. That means I get an additional 6 weeks of paid time off. I better tell my work that I am not planning on coming back.


Going back to work May 22, 2005

Filed under: Family,Work — Shannon @ 7:16 am

I have had the pleasure of being off work since the middle of January because of my preterm labor ordeal. I have to go back June 5th or I will lose my seniority and have to get hired back. I am totally not looking forward to it because it has been so nice hanging out with our family and friends. I was just beginning to get used to having the weekends off. It was nice knowing you all and I hope to see you soon! Good luck to Jon as he learns how to juggle 3 children!