Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fall Forward

As most of you know, today is officially the first day of Fall. Ugh. I am a summer girl born and raised in the heart of summer, Huntington Beach. I live for the OC fair, warm nights at disneyland, beach days with my besties, bbq's and mini vacations every weekend. Its the best time of the year! For some reason people are just way happier in the summer. But now its fall... which means winter is just around the corner. Tank tops and flips flops are going away and coats and boats are coming out. The days end around 5 pm and its freezing as soon as the sun goes down. Cold and Flu season is in full swing and I can't for the life of me get warm no matter how much I wear. I basically just try to survive this time of year. However, there are a few small things that I enjoy about the cold season, and that's what I am here to share today. My (small) Favorites of Fall/Winter.

1. San Francisco Trip

For the past two years me and my some of my best girls have made an annual trip to San Fran. We LOVE it!!! There is nothing more fun than touring this amazing center and trying all their amazing restaurants and trying all their cool stuff. We have to much darn fun and this year will be no exception! this year will just be better because were making it my bachalorette get away!!! All my main girls are being invited and I am sooo excited to have all my favorites in one spot! Its going to be AMAZING!!!

2. Starbucks Apple Cider

 If you haven't tried this....your ridiculous. Its fantastic! I love getting this before a movie or something and just sipping and relaxing. Its warm, its sweet, its perfect. To make it extra amazing get the carmel drizzle on top you will NOT regret it!

3. Holiday Parties

Yes this is a table of food. My most favorite part of any given holiday party. My family has one every year with my dads side of the family and thats always amazing and filled with the best food (mainly my nana hughes's beans and yordabachals (a Norwegian donut type thing that I spelled wrong). Also Me and my friends usually have one, and my most favorite one of all is on Christmas Eve. Chinese Dinner. It makes my year, every year. Followed by a holiday party at my aunt and uncles to finish off the evening. I love holiday parties because everyone just seems so cozy and happy.

4. Wendy's Chili

Ok so I know this one is laughable but I can't help it! I love Wendy's chili. Me and my bestie Darian truly love this stuff. Its perfect on a cold rainy day and It may not be the best chili ever but i think its pretty dang delicious. 

 So there you have it, my small list of things I actually enjoy about the winter. Odd how it all revolves around food? I think not food is what makes the world go round. haha. Anyways thanks for reading folks. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

a little rant to calm the troubled heart

Ok so I know I posted yesterday but I've got sometime to make up for and this is something Ive been dying to write about for a while. Life in the Service Industry. For anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant you know what Im about to say... Its hard work! Have you ever noticed your server seems to be a little slow on a saturday night? ever wonder why? Most likely its because we have about 6 tables with at least 4 people at each one. Thats 24 drinks, salads, drink refills, side of dressings, "no onion add tomatoes", entree's, "mines cold", and again drink refills. So when you walk in slurp down two cokes in about 0.5 seconds, order a complicated order, and want everything from cheese to a side of cherries, give us a minute! My top pet peeves are as follows....
1. Say hello to us when we say hello to you. It is not polite for me to walk up introduce myself and say hello and you respond with "I'll have a diet coke." It makes us feel like you don't see us as a person...seriously.
2. If your unhappy with something, tell us. The second it happens let us know. We WILL take care of it. There is no reason to force yourself through a meal you hate then complain to our managers after. If you complain and we don't do something... 100% ask to see a manager.

3. Remember that 9 times out of 10 we clean and bus our own tables, or we have to pay someone to. Factor that into your tip as you mix your chocolate cake with ketchup when your bored.
4. If a coupon is expired, its expired. there is NOTHING I can do.
5. Lastly, just be nice. Honestly the nicer my tables are the more I try to help them out with free drinks, dessert on the house, an extra bread togo... I will always give better service to the people who are polite to me and will do everything in my power in ensure they have a nice night. If your rude, why would we want you back?

So there you have it. my rant for the day. Don't get me wrong 95% of my tables are great and I truly enjoy serving them, but those 5% make my world a nightmare when Im busy. Thank you for reading!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Back to Blogging

       Ok so you may or may not have noticed (I'm gonna guess not because I only have about 5 readers lol) that I have been M.I.A for the past few weeks. Why? You may ask... I forgot my email to log in. Yes, I am that forgetful that I could not for the life of me remember what my email was for this account! But Jason being as smart as he is, got on my old computer and found it! So now I am back! And in a big way!
       A ton of stuff has happened since my last entry... Wedding plans are finally coming along and it's so nice to actually be able to plan stuff now that we have our place picked, The Green Parrot!!! My parents loved it, we loved it, it was perfect. So venue is booked and thank the heavens above it comes with all the essentials (i.e. tables, chairs, linens, catering, drinks, plate ware) and its already beautiful so we need very little decorations! I just love it! Also, we have picked our FABULOUS and AMAZING photographer Kamee June. She has been my dream for two years (since David and Laura Presscott's wedding) and she booked and ready to go! Florist is decided and Dress has been found, not bought, but found. And grooms suit, bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen, and flower girls "attire" are all picked out! It feels good knowing most of the work is done!
       Besides wedding events school is in full swing, in fact I am sitting in American Studies right now, and I'm loving it! Its so fun going to school that I love and taking classes that I love and that I am actually interested in. For the first time since I started school, college in 2007, I am not scared of my classes. I am so used to being fearful about classes and failing and not understanding. I literally used to aim for C's and D's in my math and science classes just so I could get through them. Now however I honestly feel like I could get straight A's or at least only A's and B's. I love it!
       All my besties are doing great and were having a ton of fun and just loving life our little group is so diverse now with an engineer, the best nanny ever, apartment manager of the year, and queen of the hospitality industry! Sheryl moved away about a month ago, and it sucks. We have lived a block away from each other wince we were 8 and had countless sleepovers, all night talking sessions, nights filled with wild antics, and have been by each others side through all the ups and downs of life. Its weird not being able to call her and tell her to come over whenever I want. I am very proud of her tho and she is much more brave than me and I know she'll rock at anything she trys! Jason is doing great working full time and spending his remaining time with me. He's so helpful with all the little wedding details and it really takes stress off me to know that he will back me up with everything. Life is great and I know that it will only get better! I know this post was very "christmas card" ish but since I hadn't posted anything in a while I thought it would be good to give everyone an update! more posts to follow! thanks for reading!