Sunday, 18 March 2012
Thursday, 8 December 2011
I totally forgot my camera last night when i went to work so I just pulled some pics off the good ole Internet of my work. Which really do this place no justice, especially now when its all decked out for Christmas.
The building I work in was built in 1908 by a fellah named BJ Wentker and is located in the heart of Burlington, WI. He had a business here called BJ Wentkers Triangle Buffet back in the 1900's.
The Bar is AMAZING! It was bought in Chicago at the World Trade Fair in 1896 and stored until built in here. The building is restored to its original beauty by a previous owner that my boss used to work for. The bar, floors, walls and tin ceiling are all original and the previous owner won awards because of his work. We even have a cigar lighter from the 1900's screwed into the bar. Great conversational piece! My current boss took over the place 12 years ago.
We have a full bar and 3 dining rooms. One in the bar area with high top tables and another 2 in the back with the lower dining tables. We have a total of 19 tables for serving and our most popular night is Friday, for our fish frys! We have everything from Steak to Lobster on the menu and prices range from $16-34 a plate. Fish frys are AYCE and are only $10/12 Cod or Perch.
I love the ambiance here. Many think its haunted and I would agree. I have had my fair share of sightings. I have a little different out look on "ghosts" or spirits, if you must. There is definitely some energy here and I get a glimpse of some of it late at night, when I am all alone closing this place. Sounds exciting aeh?
I have been bar tending since I was about 19. I can everything from a sidecar, or vesper martini to a twisted funky monkey and every martini in the books and TONS of old fashioned drinks. I make lots of Manhattans here. I am a professional at wine and craft beers as well. Total wine and beer snob!
BJ's is one of the higher scaled dining establishments in the area (aside from the Grand where Korin is, that is where i used to work until they screwed me over! or any other place in Lake Geneva.)
I have been here since March 2011 and am not sure how much longer I will be staying. My boss has an alcohol issue and hides his drinking from us, but not very well might I add. He lost his wife, kid, home and I imagine eventually this business. He is a phenomenal chef however and pretty laid back kinda hippie dude.
I usually work Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 4/5pm-11/2am depending on the business. Its been slow this week, which is not helping my Christmas shopping! We are hosting a free dinner this Sunday for the needy of the area. We all volunteer our time and serve people all day. We have 408 people signed up for this years dinner!!!! I am bringing Brinan and having her help out with dishes and bussing. It is a non-alcohol event (besides the employees really) so I will be serving all day as well.
Here are some pics of the place. (I may have to take more tonight if i remember, the Christmas decorations are just stunning.)
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
We spent the last 2 years landscaping this back yard. It used to be so dense with weeds and crap you couldnt even see the canal. The garden in the center there used to be a glob of raspberry bushes with a pile of rocks in the middle. We cleared that out last year and added mulch. there is a Mulberry and Lilac bush in there too. WE also added 2 peonys and 2 ferns. It looks SO MUCH nicer in the spring and summer!
Well we are off to spend money we don't have on Christmas gifts in hopes I'll make at least a 1/4 of that back tonight in tips! Ill also be taking pics of work to share with you all tomorrow!! Chow for now~ <3
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
I will give you a little run down on my history and through out this week Ill also give you the grand tour of my humble abode and maybe even a video peek into my daily life later this week! YAY! Oh so exciting, I know! ;)
Well, It started a long long time ago when two horny rabbit like hippies with 4 kids already popped a wee little one out in Jan 14th, 1983 at a whopping 5lbs 6ozs. Both my twin siblings weighed more than me at birth! I was and still am the runt of the litter of the 9 kids my parents raised. We grew up in a town called Waterford. We were infamous really. The trouble makers of the area and the slew of children, always in some kind of group with smoke billowing out of the centre of it. We grew up on a desolate peninsula off of the Fox River. It was a vacation type of area where 75% of the home owners were summer only residents and resided in Illinois. We had quite a hay day rummaging the homes during the winter months. :blush:
I still live in the same little ole town, well one over. An extension of the one I grew up in really. I now live in Rochester WI. A mere 5 miles from where I grew up and only a block from the home my husband grew up in.
My husband and I met in 1997 and have been together since. We did split however for a few years after HS while he experimented with drugs and I experimented with ...well, other men......
Here is a great vintage shot of my husband and I the summer of 99 with our 5 month old daughter Briana.
We have came a long way since then..... Here is us now!
Here is the last belly pic of my pregnancy with Stella and her, my darling little angel.
Sunday, 13 November 2011
I was going to just give Lucas a cupcake to smash but made a small cake for him and Ethan picked out what color frosting to put on it and he decorated it. He was so proud of himself! He even said it had to be on his Yo Gabba Gabba plate to match the frosting.
Lucas was all over the place! He runs everywhere with his walker.
We had a massively full house and he got a lot of gifts. He was a big fan of the cards too.
He got a new and improved walker! No more old cheap hand me down from his big brother. This one has all kinds of fun on it. I can't tell you how many toes he killed pushing that thing all over the house.
That's my boy!
Happy Birthday baby boy!
Thanks for taking the time to read the blogs I posted. I didn't have time to do one each day and my life is dull anyway. There's not much to write about other than my job and housework.
I really enjoy reading about each of you can can't wait for more blogs to be posted!
You all mean the world to me and I'm so glad I found you!
Thursday, 10 November 2011
History of Norwalk, OH
|On July 11, 1779, Norwalk, Connecticut was burned by the British Tories under Governor Tryon. A committee of the General Assembly estimated the losses to the inhabitants at $116,238.66. Later, our federal government gave an area in the Western Reserve of Ohio as compensation for those established losses.|
|On May 30, 1800, the United States ceded the land titles to the "fire sufferers" and the representatives of the Reserve transferred the political jurisdiction to the general government. The Indian title was extinguished by treaty on July 4, 1805, on payment of $18,916.67; and in 1806, 13 men arrived to make the first survey of the Firelands.|
|On November 9, 1808, a group of prominent citizens from Ridgefield, Norwalk, New Haven, Greenwich, and Fairfield met at the courthouse in New Haven, Connecticut, as the Board of Directors of the Proprietors of the half-million acres of land lying south of Lake Erie, called the "Sufferers Land." They passed a resolution naming many of the townships in this area known as the "Firelands of Ohio."|
|Between 1806 and 1810, many families made the trip to look over land they had purchased in the "Firelands." During the War of 1812, because of the fear of British and Indian raids, settlement of the Huron County area came almost to a standstill. However, in 1815, Platt Benedict of Danbury, Connecticut visited and examined the present site of Norwalk. He returned to Danbury and purchased 1,300 acres of land with an eye toward establishing a town.|
|In July of 1817, Benedict returned to Norwalk with his family and immediately built a house. This was the first permanent residence established within the limits of Norwalk Village. In May of 1818, the county seat was successfully removed from Avery, Ohio to Norwalk, and by 1819 a census showed a population of 109 residents. Platt Benedict, the founder of Norwalk, died in 1866 at the age of 91. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.|
|Among the earliest settlers of Norwalk were other men of wealth and education. They brought with them not only the customs, but also the architecture of New England. Many of their homes are still standing today.|
|In 1881, Norwalk's population reached the required minimum entitling her to incorporate as a city and the City of Norwalk dates from April 12, 1881.|
|The characteristic New England spirit of energy, perseverance, and frugality, imbued by its settlers who so successfully met untold hardships, still remains in their descendants. We credit this for Norwalk's continued growth. It has not matured by spasmodic impulses, but has developed at a measured and steady pace to its present size and importance among the cities of Northern Ohio.|
As the heart of the "Firelands" and the county seat for Huron County, Norwalk is known for the graceful maple trees lining its boulevards, thus earning its nickname "The Maple City."
The corporate home of Norwalk Furniture, the city has enjoyed a history of successful entrepreneurs. Body by Fisher was started by the Fisher Brothers, who grew up in Norwalk in the late 1800's. Norwalk Truck Lines, owned by John Ernsthausen, was once the largest independently owned trucking company in America.
Historical, sports, scientific and entertainment figures have been an important part of the Norwalk area's heritage. Norwalk inventors from the turn of the century collaborated with Thomas Edison, born in neighboring Milan. Major League Baseball pitcher Lefty Grove was a long-time resident of Norwalk. NFL Hall of Fame football coach Paul Brown was born in the city, as was the emerging young actor Graham Phillips.
Hence most of the towns around here have the same names as ones in Connecticut.
There is so much to see and do around here without traveling too far.
Norwalk has a bunch of parks
and a pretty nice Rec center which is a good place to go as long as you do not try to breast feed your baby while you are at the pool with your family. Some of us are still smarting over that discrimination from this past summer.
We also have 3 large reservoirs where our water comes from and where Veteran's Memorial Park is. There is a bunch of beautiful walking trails there, playgrounds, pavilions and great places to fish.
We are also the home of Summit Motorsports Park formerly known as Norwalk Raceway Park. If you are into drag racing and NHRA then you know what I am talking about.
Just 15 minutes north of here is Cedar Point Amusement Park.
Cedar Point is considered the Roller Coaster Capital of the World! We have spend many days there over the years and a lot of money too!
Here are pics from our last trip there. Lame from an adult fun standpoint since the coasters are out of the question when you have the little ones along for the day. But we all had a blast!
Ok, Lucas apparently was not all that impressed.
He finally showed some enthusiasm!
And after a long day, they both passed out on the way out of the park so mommy and daddy stopped at Pinks to grub some dogs before heading home.
We also love jumping on the ferry and heading over to the islands. Put In Bay is a favorite around here. Family fun during the day and wild and wacky (ok, drunk and X rated) at night! We are usually off the island and on our way home after dinner. We are too old for the wild nights over there anymore.
No trip is complete without a stop at the Boardwalk and a big bowl of lobster bisque! It's one of the best foods ever!
Family photo op....
Cruising in the golf cart was fun for Lucas.
But not as fun as it was for Ethan since he was without a car seat and just in a seat belt for the first time. He thought he was big stuff.
We always have to stop off for a race at the go cart track that Eric and Ethan always win!
We also have a bunch of great wineries around here and are exactly one hour East of Toledo and one hour West of Cleveland so when we want to hit the big city for some fun and shopping it's not that far. We are also 15 minutes from Lake Erie and it's beaches. As locations go, this is a pretty good place to live.