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12th-May-2012 10:52 am
Alan Rickman
Well, if you don't like boastful posts, then don't read this.  Because in this post, I am going to be tooting my own horn quite a bit (get your mind out of the gutters, ladies!).  It has been a while since I have felt this good about myself, and I would like to share it with all of you!

First, it is Mother's Day tomorrow.  I had absolutely no clue as to what I should give to all the moms in my life.  I knew that it would have to be something cheap, because, well, finances suck at the moment.  But my mom gave me a great idea, which I will be able to give to everyone.  I am able to knock out many, many moms with one stone.  She asked if I would make her some Stickie Vickies for breakfast (thank you so much Teddy for that recipe, it is a HUGE hit!).

So when I got off work yesterday, I went to the store to buy the ingredients that I was missing.  Came home and started working on the recipe.  I most definitely put my mom's stand mixer through its paces.  I was only going to make one batch that night, and another the next day.  But I decided that since I already had everything out, and I was already messy, I might as well make the first batch, then another right after.  Yes, that's right, I doubled this bad boy of a recipe.

And, yes.  I took pictures.

I used the biggest bowl I had to put the dough in, because I knew it would only get bigger while it sat.

I don't think the pictures do it justice.  This bowl is about the size of a standard toilet bowl, possibly bigger.  And the dough was overflowing it bowl.

Not the greatest picture, but you can see just how big this thing was compared to the mixing spoon and the rolling pin.

Yep, 3 and a quarter inches high all rolled up.

Almost 2 and a half feet long.  And in case you were wondering, that is my glass of milk that I was drinking this morning.  Root beer flavored milk.  Tastes just like a root beer float.  Delicious!

Try not to look at the rest of my messy table in this picture.  This is the result of doubling the recipe.  I had to use all my pans but the bread pan to fit all these guys.

Right now these guys are resting and rising a bit more before I put them in the oven.  I don't think they will all fit at once, so some will just have to wait.  Perhaps once they are finished I will update this post to include the final result!

And now on to my other topic to boast about...

I had my 60 day review at work yesterday.  Has it been 2 months already?!  Well, to say the least, it went really well.  Here are just a few of the things that were said:
- It was one of their best decisions to hire me.
- If they could clone me to make all the other new hires just like me, they would.
- They have never, ever had anyone pick up the work as quickly as I have.
- I have a 2% error rate which is the lowest they have ever seen, and wouldn't be surprised if it were less than 1% by the time of my 120 day review.
- I have some of the best customer service they have ever seen.
- My working speed is at the same level as most people that have been there for 10 years.
- I am like a sponge, and they don't have to tell me to do things twice.
- I learn very quickly and can adapt to new situations easily.

Those were just a few.  My favorites were the cloning comment, and the 2% error rate.  I asked if they could frame the error rate and hang it up on the wall by my desk so everyone knows how awesome I am.  They thought that was really funny, I was being serious.

So, with the monstrous task of doubling the recipe and the great results of my 60 day review, I am feeling really good about myself!

And Teddy, thank you so much for such a great recipe!  My family loves my cooking, but by far, this is their favorite!

12th-May-2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the fantastic review! How awesome that they wish there were more of you to hire. You must be on cloud 9. And those rolls look DELICIOUS. Have a happy Mother's Day!
12th-May-2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am rather proud of myself. I was thinking that I was having so many issues, but apparently I am doing much better than I had thought!

Have you made these yet? If not, then it is a must that you do! Perhaps you can convince your husband and daughter to make them for your Mother's Day present? By the way, Happy Mother's Day!
13th-May-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
Happy Mother's Day to you! No, I haven't made them, though I have all the ingredients except yeast. You were brave to double the batch. For a while, it looked too large to manage!
12th-May-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)

Congrats! Hopefully you will get better compensated. =)
12th-May-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
I forgot to take a picture of the finished product, and now they are all wrapped up and ready to be gifted. But I has a little taste, and they are divine!

Perhaps after I finished being on new hire probation I will ask for a raise. Honestly, I almost asked for one in the meeting, but I felt that it still might be a little too early in my career for that...
12th-May-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
You have every right to boast. Those are some awesome looking Stickie Vickies! I showed them to the Hubs who made little whimpering noises and said, "I miss those!!"

I am so proud of your with your job, and here you were worrying that you wouldn't be able to get up to speed on your work.

Ah, babe, I am so thrilled for you - you deserve all those Kudos and more.

And the SV's are the best I've ever seen. If I still had the Vic, I'd hire you! ;)
12th-May-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That is the highest form of compliment! I am so happy that I have earned the stamp of approval from the owners! I can't wait to give them out tomorrow, because I know how much my family loves them. I am also taking a couple that are leftover to some girls at work that wanted to try them out.

I really feel appreciated at this job. That all my hard work doesn't go unnoticed. That review made me feel like I was on Cloud 9, and it was just what I had needed.
12th-May-2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
I am SO glad that you decided to quit your previous job (even though it may have seemed counter-intuitive at the time!)... and I'll bet you are, too! And I am glad that you seem to enjoy your new job! Yay!
12th-May-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, quitting that job. Although now I make less, my happiness pays that back in spades.

This job is a much better fit for me. I am very good at what I am doing, and I (for the most part) like what I am doing. I don't wake up every morning with a sick feeling in my stomach at the thought of going to work like my last job. I don't mind going to work, I do mind the fact that I have to wake up so early, but that's the way it goes, you can't have it all.

I am so glad I had your support through that time, and continue to have it now. I don't know if I would have made it without you.

I really like the company that I work for. Everything you do is appreciated, and it is all noticed, even the little things. My supervisor came over to my desk the other day and gave me a pen. It wasn't that big of a deal, I mean, its a pen. But I was given it, and no one else, because I have really good customer service skills and he wanted to let me know that he appreciates how well I am doing and wanted me to know it.
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