When Life Gives You Lemons, Garnish Your Cocktail with a Twist

when life gives you lemons
Ahhhh. In the afterglow of Wedding Week, life returns to normal and I can breathe a sigh of relief.

I was working at my desk in the late afternoon, sitting as usual on the edge of my Office Depot standard chair, head bent over, shoulders tightened in a way that would make my massage therapist squirm, when he appeared out of nowhere. In soft-soled shoes that didn’t give me enough warning to alt-tab from blogger to Excel, it was my new boss. *damn* There was a tight-lipped smile on his face that definitely didn’t look like a boy scout selling cookies.

“Sarah,” he uncurled his lips, “let’s talk for a sec.”

Switching from Delicious to corporate Sarah, “Absolutely,” I replied in my best office-voice.

“Over in the Game Room.” The Game Room is a conference room. This was going to be a meeting. Important stuff.

“Should I bring my laptop?” He took a breath to pause.

“No, you don’t need it. It’ll be real quick.” Something in the tone of his voice, something about the pause being just a nanosecond too long made me feel uncomfortable.

I don’t need my laptop, but I grabbed my notebook and my pen anyway, and followed him across the polished concrete floor, past the fully-functional kitchen with a well-stocked pantry, through the engineering department equipped with a soda fountain and keg, into the Game Room. We sat down.

My notebook opened to the first blank page, pen in hand, I was ready to take notes.

“They’re eliminating your position.” He looked at me waiting for a reaction.

*whoa* I don’t think the expression on my face changed. I’m good at that. Words started flooding through my thoughts, but I stopped them. Stop. Wait. I quietly closed my notebook and set the pen down, perfectly parallel next to it.


He proceeded, but I wasn’t exactly paying attention. I caught words like “company’s revenue goals” and “budget issues.” I’m sure I had a very serious look on my face, nodding and mm-hm-ing at the appropriate times, but my mind was racing, turning to strangely related, but not exactly appropriate thoughts like…I should defintely try Honey’s Kettle up the street before my last day. And maybe get back to Katmandu Kitchen and Cafe Brazil, too.

He assured me it had nothing to do with me or my work ethic or my performance (well, duh, I already knew that), and that they’d like to help me in any way I can during “the transition.” Aw, how sweet! Tell “them” thanks, whoever “they” are. When it was all said and done, I picked up my notebook and pen that, yes, I didn’t really need to bring with me, and gracefully sashayed out of the Game Room, eliminated.

I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts about this later after I’ve had some time to let it sink in, but for now, I need a cocktail.

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1 Daily Gluttony October 11, 2005 at 3:08 am

Hey Sarah,

I’m gonna invite myself over to have imaginary drinks with you because I too am going to get fired from my job. Except I’ve known about my situation for prolly 7-8 months already and they’re thinking they’ll need us until around March-ish. Here’s how I made myself think about it: That’s a whole year I had to explore all the undiscovered good eats in the Valley!

Hope everything works out. Cheers! =)


2 Stephanie October 11, 2005 at 3:10 am

Oh, Sarah!

I’m so, so, sorry. I don’t even know what it is you do, but based on everything I’ve read here, you’ll find a new/better job in no time. You’re an amazing person, and I know you’ll be fine.

Since you’re no longer on the W diet…would a box of cookies help??? I’d be happy to send some!


3 Xericx October 11, 2005 at 3:34 am

damn, that sucks…apply to write food reviews for local papers!


4 Silvia October 11, 2005 at 3:43 am

Hi Sarah,

I hope you’ll bounce back relatively quickly, perhaps to an even bigger opportunity!
I too must confess that my mind wandered “to strangely related, but not exactly appropriate thoughts like….” hey maybe she could do a ‘Cheap Delish Eats of the Westside’ reviews while busy interviewing and collecting unemployment!

I’m sorry in advance if that’s entirely too inappropriate, but you’ll get something in no time so perhaps this would be a perfect time to spend time to discover some cheap, undiscovered and and yet delish establishments in the neighborhood.

Anyways, best of luck to you!


5 augustusgloop October 11, 2005 at 9:21 am

*hands you a giant Cosmopolitan*

I note that immediately before this post is the one where you mention opening a bakery. Is that a sign? =)

I’m sure that things will work out. Don’t the Chinese say that in every crisis there is opportunity as well? Good luck Sarah, altho’ I’m sure everything will pan out brilliantly for you.


6 Nic October 11, 2005 at 3:56 pm

Bummer! But I know that things will work out, Sarah. So eat out with your coworkers and have a few drinks.
And if you do decide to open a bakery, I know someone who would be interested (hint, hint)!


7 sarah October 11, 2005 at 4:49 pm

hey all! thanks so much for the encouragement :) and silvia, don’t worry. you can NEVER be too inappropriate around me! LOL!

i actually knew that this was sort of coming. my old VP was also “let go” and since he was the one who hired me in the first place, i knew that either the company here would let me go shortly thereafter, or that i wouldn’t be able to work too much longer with the new VP. i’m actually surprised that i was here this long, but thank goodness they did kick me out, otherwise, i might have gotten too complacent, and would never have the balls to quit myself to do bigger and better and bad-asser things :)


8 tokyoastrogirl October 11, 2005 at 4:49 pm

I guess it’s a sign- you can open up that bakery now…..just like your father suggested!

Hang in there- a girl like you will have no problem succeeding in whatever she does. It’s a no-brainer: You’re Fabulous.


9 e d b m October 11, 2005 at 5:41 pm

sarah, so sorry to hear that. if it makes you feel any better, i’ve been fired THREE times before. it sucks haha. they were menial jobs anyway. good luck with your next venture.


10 Eve October 11, 2005 at 6:43 pm


this will be for the best in the long run, i assure you, sweetie.


11 BoLA October 11, 2005 at 11:13 pm

Sarah, I’m always up for drinks. First few rounds can be on me. :) It’s funny how we enter these little online communities and are connected by something we’re all so passionate about…food, drink, life. And I agree with all your loyal readers here that something GREAT is just around the corner for you!


12 Anonymous October 11, 2005 at 11:28 pm

You and Pam should start a food business.


13 sarah October 12, 2005 at 12:18 am

it’s a thought…a food business. *think think think*



14 grace October 12, 2005 at 1:26 am

hi sarah, i’ve been reading your food blog religiously for a while now, and i have to say.. all this time i thought the W was for you! lol!


15 grace October 12, 2005 at 1:26 am

hi sarah, i’ve been reading your food blog religiously for a while now, and i have to say.. all this time i thought the W was for you! lol!


16 Lisa the Waitress October 12, 2005 at 1:07 pm

I know it sounds like such a cliche, but maybe take the opportunity to do something you really love. A lot of people end up with something really great after being laid off; you have so many restaurant reviews all ready to go, to send out to papers, etc. I wish you the best. Hopefully you’ll get a nice little severence? Also, if you need any laid-off humor, you should check out toothpastefordinner.com; he used his free time to write offbeat but really funny comics.


17 sarah October 12, 2005 at 4:38 pm

grace: actually, i think a lot of people assumed that because at first, i wasn’t outrightly saying that it was my sister’s wedding, just linkning back to the original post in which i talk about her engagement. haha!

lisa adn all: thanks again for encouraging words! i really am glad that i got eliminated…it’s sort of the kickstart in the head that i need to start doing something that i really care about. without a little noodge, i would have been too afraid. now i just have to think of WHAT that something is, LOL!


18 Anonymous May 25, 2007 at 3:20 am

life gave you a stupid lemon….

go ahead with your plans…

give back life the cannon ball !!….and give it so hard…..the one who fired the lemon….should have his balls bowled out clean !!


19 sarah May 25, 2007 at 7:24 pm

anonymous: thanks for the encouraging words. :) and forget firing back a cannon ball. i’d like to let it rain tiny ripe teardrop tomatoes all over it wearing white.


20 Anonymous October 13, 2007 at 3:39 pm

Your cocktail recipes are really great!


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