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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

September 22, 2009

Good:  Coffee + a newspaper on the first flight, dark chocolate on the second

Bad:  Laying off 6 undeserving people

Ugly:  Having to break the news to one of them over the phone

 

This morning I flew up to one of our offices to tell 6 people that they were losing their jobs.  I’ve been dreading this day for over a year.

Since there is no Starbucks at Love Field, I usually get my coffee at Cinnabun.  It’s not great coffee, but it’s good.

This morning, there was a sign in front of the kiosk that said “Cash Only”.

You had better bet I wasn’t the only half-asleep business person frantically searching my pockets and briefcase for cash.

Fortunately, I found enough to make the ridiculously steep price of $2.26 for airport kiosk coffee and my early-bird flight was made much more pleasant.

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I find it really amusing how people talk about the extremely outrageous prices Starbucks charges when a drip coffee this size at Starbucks is about $1.50 and way, way better.

Do you think Starbucks coffee is overpriced, comparatively or otherwise?

After single-handedly ruining the day for 6 people, I had a Larabar to console myself.

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(and to fill my growling tummy)

This was one of the samples I received from Larabar last week.

I love this one even though I’m not all that into tropical fruit flavors.  It’s different and really good.

I had a second Larabar, also from last week’s stash, not too long after but it escaped a picture.  It was the Cashew Cookie flavor and I think I like it least of all Larabars, but it’s still a Larabar and I have yet to meet one I wouldn’t eat.

We grabbed lunch to go from a deli near the office while coordinating shipping files and computers.  Simplicity is key in getting something safe.

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Spinach + fruit salad.  Typical fruit salad:

  • cantaloupe
  • pineapple
  • honeydew melon
  • strawberries
  • grapes

And I definitely like baby spinach better than… what do you call non-baby spinach?  Grown-up spinach?  Adult spinach?  Whatever you call it.

I partook in my typical nightly vices at the airport/on the plane:

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A rather unmentionable Cab.  I have found that good wine is nowhere to be found at a bar in an airport.  Shocking, I know.

And my daily dose of antioxidants from cocoa:

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Which made the flight much more enjoyable, particularly since I’d had the glass of wine on an empty stomach.

Since we still have no groceries, I made a pit stop at Freebirds on the way home.

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Bird salad with:

  • chicken
  • roasted veggies (tri colored peppers and onions)
  • lettuce
  • pico de gallo
  • red onion
  • guac
  • a little shredded cheddar
  • Tabasco 

Today was really hard.   I don’t have a huge problem feeling like crap whenever I have to fire someone for performance issues, but laying someone off for something that has absolutely nothing to do with them, in this economy, is awful.  Absolutely awful.

And now I think I deserve another glass of wine.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2009 8:18 PM

    Sorry your day was a hard one – that would NOT be an easy thing to do.

    … Grown-up spinach?! Nice one!

  2. September 22, 2009 8:56 PM

    Hope you enjoy your wine..you deserve it!

  3. September 22, 2009 9:22 PM

    oh girl! I’m so sorry- what a freaking day. I think some things at starbucks are reasonable and some of the more “treat” type items are a little expensive (but they are treats..right?). I think the misto is priced justttt right ;). Great looking salad with all that fruit-yum!

  4. September 23, 2009 7:59 AM

    Aw, I am sorry you had to do that, I am sure that has to be heart wrenching. {{{HUGS}}}

    I am so in envy of you and all the eating out you do. I hope I get to a place where I feel that good about it. I am scared to death to eat out and eating out is one of my favorite pleasures in life 😦

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