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Blizzard 2015..

Let me start off by sayin that I am a born Northerner. I moved to the south for a couple years, found and married my husband (who is also a born Northerner), and decided to move back North with our family. Our kids are so young and haven’t gotten a real chance to live the snow life. Growin up I had the chance to deal with a couple snow blizzards and was the best thing ever! From igloos, to tunnels, to sledding there was always somethin fun to do! With all the ice we got last year we got a chance to have a small snowball fight which led to an approximate 10 ft. by 5 ft. igloo or as we called a long house. This year was a big tease! It never really snowed decent enough to go outside and enjoy it let alone when it did were we off work at a decent time, lol. Finally, it started to snow Saturday morning and didn’t stop until early Sunday morning, ending with ice showers. Yep..the weekends we work morning and get out shortly after lunch! 😀 Yay, can it be? Is it possible we can actually enjoy what everyone is callin “Blizzard 2015”?! We sure did, we got dressed very warm to the point of not being able to move, since the temperature is about 15 F plus the snow is still fallin with a slight wind, grabbed the 3 runner sleds, 1 saucer, and our swimming tubes and took off to the park..No one was there when we first arrived, next thing you know there is about 3 adults and 6 kids not includin our 4 adults and 3 kids (my mom drove us). We decided shortly after we arrived that we would make a ramp, yes a ramp! So we gathered snow as a family. Dad is shovelin the snow onto the sleds, kids pullin the sleds to me where I built the flume. At first we built a single ramp with walls down the hill, shortly after my sister-in-law arrived with her son we decided we would build a double ramp with walls to the next ramp! So much excitement you can’t even tell how cold it is! So after an hour of play we went home to enjoy coffee and hot cocoa. A fun outside winter sport to keep the family active!

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Scarytech..

If any of you are restaurant employees you might be familiar with this thing we call “scarytech” or steritech..this is almost just like a health inspection, just a little more detailed. I am recently promoted to shift leader, a non salaried manager. No, it is not the first time I held this position, just my first time in a full-serviced restaurant. Yes, I have held my servesafe certification for 8 years and am very familiar with food handling and safety (a certification sayin you know how to prevent cross contamination, food safety, how to handle sicknesses with food, etc). I have never been thru an inspection by myself as a manager..I have been there many of times durin the inspection as an employee. We recently had an inspection over a month ago and for really stupid things, we failed (not my shift, I wasn’t even in the building). Not anything to so with food handling and safety as much as it was our “housekeepin”. So needless to say with the winter season we are slow and every day we tear apart a different part of our restaurant to detail clean..we are by far the cleanest restaurant I’ve worked at in the past 10 years. So we got a chance to do an instructional walk thru inspection with a trainer who we were allowed to ask any questions we wanted (they get impatient with us askin durin a real inspection). I was able to be there during this training and retained a lot of unknown information. Not to mention that he said we have very good housekeepin, and if the hard to clean spots are cleaned, then were doin somethin right! My G.M, Hubby and I are all goin on 2 years at this restaurant and when we first got there, they had a problem with fruit flies, we (as a store) have come a long way with this problem and it no longer resides in our store! Whew..ok so these scarytech people always have a way of showin up when least expectin..Tuesday bein my last workin day of the pay period I have to watch my hours for overtime (I cost to much to get it, I get paid more than my General Manager when in OT) and was relayin the days worth of messages to my Assistant General Manager when my host ran back and trembled over her barely English speakin words “the man here, steritech he here, the man!” I said “no, no your joking?” she replied frantically “no yokin, he here the man!” So my A.G.M and I quickly started to lid everything and wipe down counters, etc.. Is it that easy?? No or I wouldn’t be writin this…All day I’ve had contractors in the buildin from fixing tiles, the plumber, and deliveries. So once we got the store “cleaned” I went out to the inspector to nicely stall him by explainin we have the tile man here fixin things please give my A.G.M. time to get him out so you have all of our attention (I have know this inspector all 10 years of me workin in the restaurant, he deals with the area we live in so I can’t get away from him lol). “Well can I come back to the office to set up?” was his reply. I quickly said “I’m only a shift leader, I don’t want to upset my A.G.M by allowin you to come back while she is with another person, please just another 5 more mins” in the mean time all of my servers are harrassin him askin him to just pass us and get it over with..were all sick of livin with the headache of when is he goin to show up. After a long 1 1/2 hours of nerve wreckin pain (me constantly thinkin did I miss anything out of date this morning, did I close all the boxes, are all the cracked dishes thrown away, etc) We had our sit down with the inspector and he told us how great the store looks, we’ve done a great job meeting his criteria in the past failed inspection! We got a 99.3%!!! What was wrong you ask? 2 dented cans..when we received them they were safe to use immediately, however with dents it allows bacteria in and havin them sit to use was not the correct way to go, a dented can cost us .7%, I am not more confident than ever to walk thru with the scarytech man!! I opened the store and our employees were countin on me to get us thru! And I did it, now where my raise?!?

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Our new home..

We moved into our home October 1, 2014. Agreed to do the cleanin and some paintin in exchange for the security deposit..what’s the point of cleanin the house twice? When we move in I would of cleaned it top to bottom anyways. It has been a fight since the moment we agreed to move in. Ha, ha, not necessarily a bad fight, yanno…you have to fight for what you want! The house is beautiful after a good few weeks of scrubbin it down and a fresh coat of paint. Some hurdles to cross here and there. But at the end of the day it is great! The boys both have their own rooms (I can separate them when fightin lol), they have a yard to play in (to yell outside without givin me a headache lol), we have a beautiful sun room and kitchen, and plenty of room for our zoo. This house comes with great life lessons and life morals for the boys, they can live and experience things they normally wouldn’t with our supervision and help.

Our home

1929-Conventional style house

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Hello world..

Welcome to whilehewasgamin! My name is Jazzy, I’m a happily married 28 yr. old mother of 2 boys (10&7). I work a f/t job in a restaurant with my Hubby. I also volunteer at the school doing various things from coaching sports to copying papers. I absolutely love my family, providing things for them, and finding cool and exciting things to keep us busy. Please stay around to enjoy everyday life with our family as we grow together!

Goin for a hike on a hot summer day.

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Still tryin to get ahold of things..

I am slowly startin to pick things up around here. I’m also adding a few other site around the web like this one here. Please don’t forget to check out this site too! While checkin out some of my other sites please have patients with me as I continue to add a lil more here and there. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @whilehewasgamin

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