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Dining out secret...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

DH and I went out to dinner last night with DS. We were seated and ordered our drinks and dinners. The waitress tried to tell us that we couldn't order a certain gluten-free item (from the gluten-free menu!!) and we had to set her straight...nicely. Then we waited for the drinks and bread to be served. And waited. And waited. And waited. Our drinks finally came and about a minute later so did our food. No one stopped at our table at all between the order and the drink delivery. The waitress stopped by our table three times. Once to get our order. Once because I flagged her down for a refill. And once to drop off the check. Poor service. emoticon

DH and I went out to dinner again tonight (I know, tough life, huh?). We were seated and ordered our drinks and dinners and an appetizer. It took almost 10 minutes for the appetizer to arrive. Food again served fairly quickly after the appetizer was served. I don't know about you, but I tend to judge (yes, I said judge!) how good the service is based on how quickly my drink is refilled...assuming it's not alcoholic. Tonight, DH's drink was refilled twice, by someone other than our waitress. In fact, when we were towards the end of the meal, the waitress dropped off the check and walked off. Didn't even offer a refill! And both my water and DH's soda were empty! Ugh!! Again, poor service! emoticon

So what's the secret? Order your drink. Then, AFTER they bring the drinks back, THEN you can order your dinner. Even if you know what you want before you ever drive into the parking lot, do not order dinner until after the drinks are on the table. If you order early, you will mess up the rhythm and your food and/or drinks will arrive late. Just a few words of wisdom from someone who's been there. You're welcome. emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/2/2010 12:09AM

    Thanks a lot for this valuable information, now if you can just come over here and babysit the twins we might actually have a chance to try this in real life... LOL


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USERNAMEDD 5/31/2010 12:25AM


Last time I went out to eat, I ordered and went to wash my hands, taking
only a minute or so.

When I got back to table I had the appetizer, first course and main meal all plopped in front of me.

We were the only customers at this station, so I guess the waiter had better things to do than see if the food was still hot, or the order filled correctly.

Maybe it's something in the air? emoticon

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BKNOCK 5/30/2010 1:50PM

    Wow, I love the way your brain analyzes everything! You would be so cool to hang out with. I would probably just watch your brain at work!

LOL, thanks for the tip.

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AUNTIEANNE22 5/30/2010 12:09PM

  I have to agree with you. I recently went out with someone and our dinners came just after the appetizer. I didn't care though, because I wanted to be done with the appetizer. My dining companion ate 3/4 of the appetizer.
The restaurant was not busy, so there was really no excuse for the service.

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LMB-ESQ 5/30/2010 8:12AM

    Hadn't thought of that. We'll have to try it the next time we eat out.

I've always chalked up bad service to the general overall failure of the customer service trade. Seems nobody believes in it anymore. Kids getting their first serving jobs have often grown up with an attitude of entitlement and their managers at their first jobs seem unable to train them out of it. When I get good service in a restaurant, I'll let the server (and the manager!) know by saying so, in addition to leaving a nice tip. If I get bad service or bad food, I'll let the manager know and I might give the place one more try. If I get bad service AND bad food, forget it, I'll never go back.

Reminds me of a time I went to eat at a fast food place (back when I was still eating that poison LOL) and the server went beyond her duties to be friendly and helpful. I called the restaurant and asked for the manager. I got this very worried voice on the phone that was like, "uh oh, what did we do wrong this time, and who do I have to fire?" When I told him why I was calling (to tell him what a great job this girl did), he was shocked. He said he had never gotten a call like that ever, that he would definitely let the girl know, and said how much he appreciated the good words.

So there's your second secret to good service. If someone is doing a good job, let them know, so they'll keep doing it!

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GEEMAWEST 5/30/2010 1:19AM

    I totally agree with this plan of action. The exact same thing has happened to me.

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STEVENGO2 5/30/2010 1:13AM

    Another secret is to go when the restaurant is not very busy. A friend and I try to get to the restaurant around 11am before the noon rush. That way the waitress can focus on us. We have found this a good way to get decent service.


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Biggest Loser for the Wii, etc.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I got to "play" my Biggest Loser game for the Wii. I started with the workout. It was a good workout with warm-up and cool-down. I'll go up a level the next time I do it, tho. After I was done, DS decided he wanted to play. He did some of the challenges. Those look like fun and I will probably try those next.

Tomorrow is library day. At work, I am leading a team to "Walk to Wellness." The team has 141 minutes to walk to complete their goal by May 31st. I personally have 108 minutes to go! Oops! So...if the weather cooperates, I think I will walk to the library and back tomorrow. It's a little over a mile away, so about a 20 minute walk if I'm by myself. Longer if I'm with the kids. And, I only have DVD's and one book due tomorrow, so not too much to carry.

Speaking of DVD's, I still need to try the third one I checked out. Really liked the other one by the same guy, so high hopes for this one.

I went to my hair appointment today at 5:00, just like it said on my calendar. Unfortunately, my appointment was at 3:00. I was a little late. emoticon No hair cut/color for me today. The good news is that she is going to squeeze me in next Saturday. And, I got her thinking about different shades for my hair color. Maybe a little more brown in the red...maybe. We'll see what we come up with in a week!

Time to get something else some sleep. Later y'all!

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GEEMAWEST 5/29/2010 11:57PM

    Make sure you post pics when you get the new hair color and cut!

P.S. I love Wii!!

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STEELERCRAZY 5/29/2010 7:44PM

    I think Brown Sugar (the hair color) would look good on you. I put a rinse on my hair yesterday before Bre's graduation and when the light hit it, it looked BURGUNDY. Brian didn't say anything about it until I got under the bright lights and he was like, "Ew. Your hair looks creepy."

Back to Walmart tomorrow for more hair color.

Oh, and congrats on the Wii!

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BKNOCK 5/29/2010 6:13AM

    I am sorry you missed your morning workout but sometimes the body needs rest! Good luck getting your steps in!

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I will be running tomorrow!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Big, big, big plans for tomorrow! First, get up at 4:00 (yes, that's AM) to work out before coming home to shower and dress for work. Go to work and kick butt until 10:30. Fly back home/DS's school to watch his choir performance. (Side note: I would like to have magical powers JUST for the teleportation. Do you know how much time I could save every day if I could just pop in and out of the places I needed to go?)

After the choir performance, hoof it back to work to continue the a$$ kicking job that I do. No time to take names! LOL! Leave at 4:30 to get to my hair appointment. Leave there more beautiful than ever (yes, I AM humble. Thank you for noticing!) and head home. Very likely will need to make dinner cos DH won't. He might get DD to do it. Tacos, not too hard! LOL!

Oh, and I'm getting some lunch during the flying and hoofing to and from DS's concert. He told me tonight that he has to dance and sing to "old person" music. Yes, I recognized the song! LOL!

On that note, I need some sleep. Nite y'all!

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CARLANNIE 5/28/2010 9:29AM

    I have always wished I had those teleport powers, especially when I was a teenager and grew up watching Bewitched. I walked 1.5 miles to school and always, always, always wished I could nod my head, blink, and suddenly be home. Ah, well. Have a great weekend!

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BKNOCK 5/28/2010 6:05AM

    Wow, sounds like some day! How are you feeling? Because I am sure that it is all over already as you read this! Congrats on getting up so early to exercise.

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ELYMWX 5/28/2010 12:58AM

    And afterwards, CRASH! emoticon

Have a great day!

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USFBULL 5/28/2010 12:36AM

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Seventeen years in one place?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Okay, not really one place, but one company. I started at "my" company seventeen years ago today. I worked nights (7pm to 7am) and weekends and I was pretty happy to do it! I had more regular hours, having just come from fast food, better pay (again, fast food!) and less responsibility. Win, win, win!

I stayed on nights for two years. One of those years, I was a trainer. Let me tell you, I have a great respect for trainers/teachers. I did the job for a year and hated it! I do not have the patience to teach the same thing over and over and over again. Different people, but the subject matter didn't change. After two years, I went to days and have worked days ever since.

Lots of jobs, bosses and areas but all still ini the same department. I really like my job and my company. Except for DH (we've been married almost 20 years), my company has been in my life longer than most everything else. Kids came after. My house came after. Even my dogs came after! LOL!

Here's to 17 more years...and then 20 more after that. Then I'll be ready to retire! LOL!

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DONNAORLENE 5/28/2010 1:24AM

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I must say I am impressed, but not really surprised! You're a go getter and you have more energy than anyone I have ever known' (except Marshall, LOL!) You should be very proud of your accomplishment and I'm sure your family is.
Happy Anniversary!,

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CONCHALEA 5/27/2010 10:57PM

    Way to go! I'm retiring after 29 years of teaching, 20 of those with the same district. I hear ya about the same topics, just different learners. I've taught chemistry since 1991, and remedial chemistry for the last 3. That does get tiresome. If you still enjoy what you're doing, go for it! I enjoyed teaching until this year, and that's why I'm retiring. I respect anyone who can work in the same place for as long as you have. emoticon

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STEELERCRAZY 5/27/2010 10:40PM

    That is a terrific accomplishment! Be proud!

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LMB-ESQ 5/27/2010 1:51PM

That's great! You don't hear about that kind of longevity much anymore. I've sure never done it! Maybe once I finish school and then I'm working on my own I'll be able to do that. Of course, in 17 years after that, I could be dead! And I still won't have done it. LOL

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DAMONK76 5/27/2010 1:38PM

    Congratulations! I've been with the same company for 7 years and I'm usaully on the 2PM to 12AM swift during the holidays.

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GSCOTTC 5/27/2010 7:26AM

    Congrats on 17 years. It doesn't happen very often. The company that I work for has quite a few people that have long service. I have 32 years myself.

take care


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BKNOCK 5/27/2010 5:37AM

    Congratulations! I am in education and it can be challenging! I have been at my job 15 years! It is amazing because most people don't stick to one company for that long.

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JUNIAATROME 5/27/2010 2:35AM

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Should be 17 of them - you figure why! LOL
Hope they show their appreciation too, you've earned it.

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ELYMWX 5/27/2010 1:37AM

    So, did you figure that out by taking a core sample and counting the growth rings?

Seriously, happy Anniversary there. I'm coming up on my 15-year mark with my company in December.

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JAMER123 5/27/2010 12:50AM

    Hang in there. Long term is doable. Nights and training can be gruelling. I worked in the same facility for 35 yrs. and about 30 of them was on the night shift 7PM to 7 AM. So glad that I took an early retirement as I can really enjoy being up during the daylight hours!

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For all of my non-math nerds out there

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Here is an example of a stem and leaf plot.

1| 2, 3, 3, 4
2| 0, 4
3| 1, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9
4| 9, 9, 9

The numbers are 12, 13, 13, 14, 20, 24...anyway, you get the idea. I'm not completely sure why anyone would want to want to ever use one of these, but apparently you have to know what they are if you want to pass 5th grade math.'s 6th grade math. DS was placed into the more advanced math for his class. Of course, you have to hand in your homework to pass. emoticon emoticon

Aren't you glad you asked? emoticon

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/26/2010 7:48AM

    I'm pathetic--still don't get it!! But that's OK--thanks for trying to explain! LOL

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LMB-ESQ 5/26/2010 7:13AM

    Oh, but I AM a math nerd... or at least I used to be. So I get the name, stem and leaf, but what's it used for? Everything in math is sequential... so, where did it originate from and where does it lead to?

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CONNIELEE54 5/26/2010 1:48AM

    emoticonI am so glad you got to help with this homework and not I...still am not sure what is happening. They are number patterns, and the size of the numbers increase as the pattern builds, but HOW do you figure out what the next number in any given pattern is???
When I saw "stem and leaf" pattern on the title, before I read the blog, I thought you were going to be writing about some gardening situation!!! (Smile!) emoticon emoticon

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FIT_BY_2012 5/26/2010 12:47AM

    It took me a few minutes to get it, don't remember these in school, and I still don't understand what this knowledge would need to be known/used for. I never was very good at math.

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LUNADRAGON 5/26/2010 12:36AM

    Wow, I am not smarter than a 5th grader! I didn't learn about these in grad school.

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STEELERCRAZY 5/26/2010 12:07AM

    What the heck in Sam's tarnation is this??? Wait...I missed your last blog...maybe it'll shed some light on it.......

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MUSIC66 5/26/2010 12:04AM

    was nevrer good a maths at lol but at least my 3 sons are good at math lol.

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