My Barnes & Noble @ Foothills Mall
Kim and I spent many hours at Barnes & Noble over the years...we loved to go to the Foothalls Mall location, a big, two story spacious building...it started out as a Goldwater's Department store, then was a Dillard's. Kim and I would get a cup of coffee and sit and talk in the cafe, or stroll around the stacks looking for something that interested us. It was always calm and relaxing.
When I worked at Toys R Us on Broadway and Craycroft, the Barnes & Noble used to be right across the street on the southwest corner, where Kinko's is now. I'd get off of work, and we go over to Barnes & Noble and hang out until they closed.
Once we had kids, we loved to take them to the wonderful children's section, and sit with them on the stage that they have and read to them. The kids have always loved books. When I saw that Barnes & Noble was looking for a store manager for the Foothills location, Kim and I looked at each other and said, I can't believe I never thought to apply there earlier in my career!
Obviously, I feel blessed that I am with Barnes & Noble - they have taken such good care of me and my family...this week, I started back to work and the store looked great and felt great. Everyone was excited to show me their departments and what they have been doing to drive sales.
And here is the view of the mountains looking out of them. It is so incredible during monsoon, as the black clouds and lightning come over the mountains.
It is good to be back, with the great people that I am blessed to work with and I appreciate all that they did for me and the family!!!
On the way to work, I noticed a stray Christmas tree sitting, lonely and abandoned, in front of the Good Will on Valencia Rd. There is some unwritten law, that, this is where you come to dump your dead Christmas tree. Kim and I would pass by and rubber neck, with fascination, over the mounds of trees that would accumulate beginning 12/26. When the mound got high enough, the city would come by and take them away. The very next day, the pile would commence growing again...as if by some sentinel force. It was eerie.
Just the other day, Cody and I were passing that spot and I commented 'I keep looking for another tree to show up'. Cody thought it was way too late for that to happen...and yet, when I passed this morning, there it was! I quickly texted Cody 'Dude, passing Good Will and there is a lone, stray tree in front! Love U' He hit me back: 'Awesome! Love u too. Bye!'...he's a sweet kid.
The bambini's had a good day in school...and talked me into In & Out Burger for dinner...I remember, when I busted Kim out of the hospital one time, all she wanted was to stop there and eat. We went through the drive thru and sat together in the parking lot enjoying our burgers and each others company...I'll always have a fond spot in my heart for In & Out Burger...