Monday, June 22, 2009

Update on Buy-Out Status

Well, here is an update on this buy out status I am going through. I called the Human Resources (HR) last Thursday (6-18-09) and left a message. I asked to see if I am getting this buy out or not. Well, I worked Friday morning, 9 - 6. HR called me back at work Friday morning. They asked me what I wanted to know. I told them that I was going to Texas this next week for vacation and wanted to search for apartments in the Mesquite area. I don't want to go not knowing if I was getting this BY or not. They told me that all they can say is that I was number 30 out of 100 but it is not official whether I have it or not. To me, that is good news being that I am within the first 100 that is requesting it. I will be going to Texas Thursday for 13 days and will be searching for apartments. I will know for sure if I got the buy out on July 11th. That is the end of the 45 day grace period for people requesting this offer. I am going to continue to think positive and pray that I get this. Unfortunately, my vacation ends on July 7th, just four days shy of me actually knowing what is going on. Please, wish me luck and continue to pray for me. Thank You All!!!

Until next time,

Take Care and God Bless!!!

-Adam

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Best Burger in Town!

You want the best burger in town? Well, if you are in Sacramento, CA, feel free to stop by at the "Squeeze Inn". The place is like a hole in the wall, therefore it's called "Squeeze Inn". Their burgers are to die for. I believe they have room for about 10 - 12 people to sit at a bar inside and a few tables in the back to enjoy your meal. Don't plan on doing anything after you eat unless you walk around. You are gonna be quite full from eating. (feel free to click on the picture to get a larger picture to view)






For a Squeeze Burger w/ cheese and all the fixin's, small fries cooked to order and a large fountain drink, you will only pay a measley $11.31 tax included. Take a look at the picture below and you will see! Just looking at it makes me hungry. Make sure when you order this burger, you get it with the skirt of cheese on it. That's the best part. MMmmmmmm


Go check out the Hours and and directions. If you plan on haveing a place to sit, you best get their early!!! Here is the link to their site:


http://thesqueezeinn.com/sac.html


You can always call your order in!!! They have more than just burgers here. Take a look at their menu below and see if you find anything you like.



I have tried their steak taco and chicken taco. I believe I also had a corn dog. I believe they have Coke products now, not Pepsi!

Happy Burger Eatin'!

Until next time,

Take Care and God Bless!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

IT'S OFFICIAL

It's Official. I got the Buy-Out!!! I am finally, I mean , I am FINALLY going to move back to Texas. "HOME SWEET HOME" This is my plan for the next month:


July 24th - My OFFICIAL last day working at Bel-Air! A total of 11 yrs 9 mos. 22 days

July 25th or 26th - I will be going to Las Vegas for about a week vacation with some friends of mine!



August 15th - My projected date of leaving Sacramento, CA!!!




This has been an on going ordeal for me since April 30th, which was when I received the letter stating the offer. Now that the waiting time is over, I can move on. I started packing my things well over a month and a half ago. I have already started looking for apartments in the Mesquite area. Now is the time for me to start looking for a job. I am so excited about moving back to my home state of Texas.




I will dearly miss all the children, teachers, customers and friends I am leaving behind. I have seen so many children grow through out these last 11 years. I have seen a total of 6 groups of children grow from the beginning of Kindergarten to graduating the Sixth Grade. I have also seen many customers come and go and some even pass on to another life. I made so many wonderful friends through out living in Sacramento. I will do my best to keep in touch with as many as I can once I have moved.




It is now time for me to start a new era in my life as I end one. All I ask is that everyone pray for me and help me through this process of this major life change. I want to thank you all who have been there to support me in this decision and for those who have prayed for me. It is very much appreciated. May God Bless each and every one of you for your support. For all those who have endured me talk about this opportunity over and over again, please forgive me as I was just preparing all my friends and myself for this move.




Until my next post,




Take Care and God Bless!!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Dear Friend

Well, as time comes to an end for me in California, I just wanted to send a message out to my Bestest Friend in the World!

Jill, I have known you for about 12 years now. It is gonna be real hard to leave you when I move back. Thank God for Facebook and IM's and phones. I will do my best to keep in touch with you as I hope you will do the same.

My fondness memories of you are some good ones. Going to Lyon's to shoot pool like 2 times a week. Me driving you crazy trying to make two different kinds of shots. I still try those shots every time I make it to a pool table. Bill the bartender taught me those shots. He was by far the best bartender I have ever met. He was cool. Dinner and a movie were always fun. This is something we haven't done in awhile do to either no money, me working, not in the mood and this so called recession that this country is in. Working at the school, trying to get the attendance done correctly with no mistake. You would always find something wrong, no matter what. I think I got it perfect like once or twice. lol But oh well, Nobody's perfect. Driving down the road, listening to music, you would, out of the blue, yell at the same time you slap my leg scaring the crap out of me. We would laugh so hard I would have tears in my eyes. lol You coming over to my place to have Papa Murphy's pizza and watching a boot-leg movie. Helping each other burn cds and you printing up the cd covers and dvd covers. You always talking about my STM. Always having lunch with you every day when I didn't have to go to work early or I wasn't in a bad mood. Me receiving cards in my box at school or in my mailbox at home for no particular reason other than to say thank you for being a great friend. Going to see the Tran-Siberian Orchestra or Vince Gill. Going to the State Fair just for getting Kettle Corn and Funnel Cake. Or just going to Wal-Mart in the middle of the night. You being so nice as to watch over my place while I was on vacation either to Texas or Las Vegas.

These are some of the many things I can think of that I will cherish. No words can express my thankfulness for having you as a friend. You will forever have a special place in my heart for are the Bestest Friend I have EVER had in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

May GOD Bless YOU Today, Tomorrow, Now and FOREVER!!!

Your Loving Friend,

-Adam K. Buchanan

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Floral Beauty

I love taking pictures of nature, especially flowers. I have many pictures of flowers and even some with bees on them. Unfortunately, I am not uploading any of those at this time. I will do that sometime in the future. If you want to view the following pictures in its original size, just click on the picture itself. Feel free to comment the blog if you don't mind. Enjoy!


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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Lightning

You know. Some people are amazed at seeing lightning storms. I am amazed only to the fact that I think it is awesome but I also know it is dangerous. In light of the fact that it was lightning here in Sacramento, CA, I am going to post some lightning pictures. Hope you all like. Feel free to click on the photo itself to see the full picture!














Note to God

I heard this song on Oprah on Monday, May 18, 2009. I like it and I think it is awesome. The young lady who sings in this video is Charice Pempengco. I am going to post the video here and also add the lyrics below the video. Hope you like it!






A Note To God

If I wrote a note to God
I would speak what's in my soul
I'd ask for all the hate to be swept away
For love to overflow

If I wrote a note to God
I'd pour my heart out on each page
I'd ask for war to end
and for peace to mend this world

I'd say
I'd say
I'd say

Give us the strength to make it through
Help us find love, cause love is overdue
And it seems like so much is going wrong
On this road we're on

If I wrote a note to God
I'd say please help us find a way
End all the bitterness, put some tenderness
in our hearts

I'd say
I'd say
I'd say

Give us the strength to make it through
Help us find love, cause love is overdue
And it looks like we haven't got a clue
Need some help from you

Grant us the faith to carry on
Give us hope when it seems all hope is gone
Cause it seems like so much is going wrong
On this road we're on

No
No

We can't do it on our own

So
So

Give us the strength to make it through
Help us find love, cause love is overdue
And it looks like we haven't got a clue
Need some help

Grant us the faith to carry on
Give us hope when it seems all hope is gone
Cause it seems like so much is going wrong
On this road we're on

No
No
No We can't do it on our own

So
So

If I wrote a note to God

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dallas Cowboys New Home

Hello all. I just finished watching some videos on the new Dallas Cowboys Home. Awesome videos! I am so excited for the season to start. I am going to Texas in about 23 days and I plan on going to see the new stadium in person. It is huge from what I read about it. I am going to post some of the videos on here so you can see what I saw. The first video is a time lapse from the ground up. It is only a 2 minute video. Here it is:




So, what did you think? That was a cool video. Here is another video Unveiling the World's Largest HD Video Board at New Dallas Cowboys Stadium:








Last but not least, here is a video of the Cowboys Stadium Ribbon Cutting. Check it out below:






I hope you enjoyed the videos. You will be seeing more and more stuff on here from me about the Dallas Cowboys. Why you ask? Well, I am a Die-Hard Dallas Cowboys Fan. Even if I do live in Sacramento, CA. I am always surrounded by Haters (Raiders) and Whiners (49ers) but that does not keep me from rooting for my Home Team. Here is a question for you: Why is their a hole in the Cowboys Stadium? The answer is so God can watch his favorite team play. Yea! How them apples! lol

Until Next Time, Take Care and God Bless!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

An Intimate Message From GOD to YOU!

I received this letter from a friend at my school job. I thought I would share it with you. Please take no offense to what I type as I do not intend to offend you in any way. I am a believer in Jesus and His Father! I accepted them into my life back in April of 1997! It was an exhilarating feeling that I hope you all will feel if you haven't already!!! So here is the letter from GOD!!! Please enjoy!




An Intimate Message From GOD to YOU!

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27
In me, you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I panned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me. John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40
For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20
For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelations 21:3-4
And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26
He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is...Will you be my child? John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad

Almighty God

© 1999-2006 FathersLoveLetter.com

Life Changes and Hurry up and Wait

Hello all. I am going to post up two notes I posted on Facebook within the last week or so. One is titled "Some news going on in my life right now" and the other is titled "Hurry up and Wait". So here it goes!



"Some News Going On In My Life Right Now"
Hello all! Just wanted to share a bit of news with you all. About a week ago, I received a letter with my paycheck from Bel-Air (a grocery store I have worked at for 11 years, 7 months and 4 days to be exact). In this letter was something stated about a so called "Buy Out". Let me explain this "Buy Out" thing! Raley's (who owns Bel-Air) is offering to buy out head clerks and senior clerks. I am a senior clerk. I get paid $20.43 an hour on Mondays thru Saturday and about $26.80 an hour on Sundays. Well, with the way the economy is these days, Raley's is looking to downsize their staff and buy out those who have been there the longest. They want to get rid of the old clerks and bring in new clerks so they don't have to pay as much when the new contract comes out at the end of this year. I look at it this way, either Take the Buy Out or eventually get laid off by years end.

The Buy Out being offered is as follows:

1. They buyout benefit will be 75% of my 2008 W-2 earnings.
2. It will be paid in one lump sum.
3. It is also taxable.
4. My last day of work at the store will be July 24, 2009.

If I accept the buyout, I will get somewhere between $10,000 to $17,000. To me, there are some pros and cons with this buyout. These are what I think are my Pro's and Con's:

Pro's

1. I can MOVE back to TEXAS by the end of this SUMMER!!!
2. I can be back close to my WONDERFUL FAMILY again!!!
3. I will be able to spend Holiday's with my family!!! I haven't done that since Christmas of '98.

Con's

1. I will be losing 2 wonderful jobs that I have held for over 11 ½ years each.
2. I will be leaving many wonderful friends that I have created in that time.

As you can see, it looks like my Pro's out number my Con's. lol That I like. I am a happy and excited as well as nervous and scared. Please pray that I can get this deal and move back home and can get on with my life where I belong, IN TEXAS!!!

What do I plan to do with the money? Well, a few things to be exact. I want to pay my car off so I won't have to worry about a car payment. I would also like to pay off some debt to clear up my credit history. As for the rest of the money, I should have enough to pay first and last months rent on a new apartment for me to live in and I should have enough left over to help pay for a few months of rent in case I don't have a job lined up right off the bat. I will start looking when I find out what is going on.

Well, I hope you all will pray for me for the next few months. I haven't been able to get a good nights sleep in over a week now with all the things I am thinking about. Hopefully, by the time I make to Texas for my vacation, which starts June 25th, I will know what is going on. I will be on vacation for 13 days. I can start looking for a place to live when I move back and I can also submit some applications for future jobs there.

I love you and miss you all and can't wait to see you at the end of June!!! I will be there for July 4th. I am excited. Can we say Party? lol Well, maybe a family gathering. Good enough for me.

Hope to hear what all you think about this. I will keep you all informed on what is going on as I hear it. Mom, you and dad will be the first to know what is going on. I PROMISE!!!

Until June 25th, Loves to All,

-Adam

Now here is the other one:


"Hurry Up and Wait"
Man! I thought I was out of the military! I guess not. This so called "Buy-Out" offered by Raley's and Bel-Air is driving me crazy. I have so many emotions goin' on right now, I can't figure out wether to be happy, excited, nervous, scared or IMPATIENT!!! lol I guess I answered that one. Memories of the military. They want you to "Hurry Up And Wait"! Hurry and do this and wait for further instructions. While waiting, you see time passing by. Minutes turn into hours and before you know it, the day is over. Well, this Buy-Out is just like that practically. First 100 will get it. Fill out the form and fax in the request. (I did) Now wait two weeks. Next set of forms come in. It is the contract stating that once you leave the corporation, you can never, ever work for Raley's, Bel-Air, Nob Hills or Food Source as long as you live. (Maybe I can when I die, lol) Ok, soon as you get this contract thingy, sign it and have it sent to WHOEVER via intra-store mail. (this I did as well) Now the waiting game. I had 45 days from Thursday, May 21 to turn in my form signed and dated and to be delivered. Now it is time to play the WAITING game!!! How long do I have to wait to even know if I get this offer? Lord only knows. I have some stupid reason to think that I won't know anything until the 45 day grace period is over!!! What date might that be, you ask! Well, let me see!

(counting the days to see what the date is)

If I counted it right, it looks to be about July 5th or somewhere in that area. I will be on vacation in Texas at that time spending time with my family. Hmm I know! Go crazy!!! lol Nah. I will think positive. I will pray (as I hope you all will do) that I will find out sooner than July 5th or so.

Well, I will say this. I have heard it thru the grapevine that 230 people have opted to do this so called Buy-Out thingy! I also heard that not just 100 will get it but everyone who has bidded on this will get it as well. This makes me happy in a way. But like I said, it us just hear-say info. That is positive hear-say!!! I like that!

Oh, did I mention that I have already started packing? I have!!! I am not even close to being done though. lol I have tons of stuff to pack. I have a few more empty boxes and will have to get more. I am getting them from both my jobs. All my dvds, tapes, video tapes (old stuff) and cds are packed. One bedroom is packed and ready. I know I am ready! lol

Well, enough of this. I just had to get this off my chest so I can hopefully get some good rest tonight. All I ask from all of you who read this to think positive for me and pray that I get this offer. I am SSSOOOO ready to move and get back to my wonderful family again. For those of you I am leaving behind, you all have been such wonderful friends. I love each and every one of you. I have grown more and more from the many things I have learned from you! I have really enjoyed meeting you and just so you know, each and every one of you holds a special place in my heart. As for all the new friends I make when I get back to Texas, know this. No one, I mean NO ONE will ever replace the wonderful friends I have here in Sacramento, CA. You All are One in a Million!!!

I will keep everyone informed on this so called "Buy-Out" as I get the info.

Peace Out All

-Adam



Ok, That is that. I have so much I am going thru my mind I just had to write it somehwere. Thanks for baring with me.

Until Next Time, Take Care and God Bless!!!

-Adam