A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Butterflies in my belly...

Today I finally signed for the Tapas Bar... I really feel sick inside!

I had this same feeling nearly 21 years ago when I opened our first restaurant.
I was driving home to our flat above the restaurant after finishing my last paid evening shift. As I got nearer, reality struck and I knew I was out on my own!
I realised that everything I did from then on would have a profound impact on the rest of my life. That feeling of apprehension passed as soon as we started work on the building, opened up three weeks later and luckily never had to look back!

Now, our 21st Christmas well under way, two restaurants later, I am again getting butterflies in my belly!

To take my mind off business, I've decided to give my blog a facelift!
From January, when we intend to open, it may be a long time before the blog gets any hugs!


Blogger LDahl said...

You will do great!!! It will be fabulous!

15/12/05 12:00 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I love the new header! very, very nice. I am so happy for you that you get to have those feelings again! That is awesome cream!!! You will be great and with your wonderful wife and family behind you it is worth the sacrifices. However you will need our moral support so I am sure you will find the time to blog around... oh yes with your new tablet, I am quite sure you will have to submit some posts.

15/12/05 3:20 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

And you've made it look so fresh and dewy with your facelift. Now I want tapas. Can I pre-order? (How come visiting your blog always makes me hungry? :)

15/12/05 4:23 AM  
Blogger L'Oiseau said...

Beautiful & bright & sunny! Just what is needed in the dark days of December!

15/12/05 8:56 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I loooove that pic. at the top, Cream, it looks like wot I see in them books about faraway places.

Nice new look, man.

I will miss you in Jan. but I will be sending you LOTS of good vibes, wishing you success, bow-koo, bow-koo.

And see you in the great blog story!

15/12/05 11:57 AM  
Blogger Kingston Girl said...

Excellent! Where will the tapas bar be located? Good luck with it all - and I love the new picture1

15/12/05 1:42 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Very nice!I don't think you need to worry. You seem to have been blessed in all of your endeavors so far!

15/12/05 2:48 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Ldahl, thanks for your confidence!

Yes, the feeling of starting again is great, Val...And I am sure I'll find time to blog!

Andrea, the header was just a test and I'm glad it worked, I might titivate it a bit when I have two minutes!

L'oiseau, yes, it does cheer me up when I switch on the computer!

Gigi, I'm sure I will try hard to post stuff in January. After all, this blog is my window to sanity!
I am sure you could have a great header from Guyana if you wanted.

KG, just a few miles South of the Toon!

Janet, thanks for kind words. Very encouraging!

15/12/05 4:41 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

What, you worried? No way. You're seasoned enough to make it work!

15/12/05 9:05 PM  
Blogger cream said...

DC, thanks for the seasoning pun!

I'm not worried as one would be of failure, no. But just a little apprehensive.
I think the restaurants have worked because I worry a little bit. It might be the adrenaline waiting to kick in!

15/12/05 9:25 PM  
Blogger carla said...

I still get nervous standing up in front of students on the first day of school, and I've been teaching almost as long as you've been a restaurant owner. I think I'd be worried if I didn't get those butterflies...they signal anticipation and alertness. Best of luck to you - I'm sure it will be fabulous!

The new look here is very refreshing - springlike, in fact! I like this butterfly too. It's all light and happy here:>

16/12/05 12:20 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Thanks very much Carla!
You are right about the anticipation and alertness. I think the butterflies make sure we are alert!
Yes, light and happy! That's it!

16/12/05 12:40 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

How exciting! And the butterflys are part of the excitement - you wouldn't want to do it if it were as dull as yawning....

it looks like I will be in England next summer - am excited at the idea I'll be able to track down your restaurants and have a good meal... and say hello!

16/12/05 2:51 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Hayden, I think so about the butterflies. It's the little flutter of wings...
England in the Summer, alright!
We're in the North East, a couple of hours south of Edinburgh!
You're welcome!

16/12/05 6:15 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

Wonderful! An excuse to go to Edinburgh again - absolutely perfect!

fingers crossed that all goes well.

16/12/05 8:46 PM  

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