Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I woke about 5:00 a.m. -showered and got ready knowing that I would test better if I looked presentable...right?
From 5:30- 6:30 a.m.- I crammed all the last little bits of knowledge into my head.
6:30- I left to pick up my friend Leslie- you see she has a tendancy to run late all the time and since this test was important I needed ample time to get to her house and wake her up and still get to the test if necessary.
I get to her house she is outside waiting on me. As we drive to the test we quizz each other, followed by telling each other we don't even care how the test turns out....followed by telling each other we can't wait for it to be over, praying we pass.
7:15- we pull into the parking lot and pray together- get out of the car have a mini photoshoot and then proceed into the testing area.
We sign in- get palm- vein scanned, and begin testing---yes at this time I come closer to passing out than I ever have....tunnel vision, sweaty palms..
7:35 sit down to test and begin the process of putting my thoughts on the computer as fast as I can.
Before I knew it, it was over and it was scary how unstressful the test was. Les and I were probably the most extatic girls to ever finish that test....hugging, and singing the Hallelujah chorus. It was great ending to a busy week.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
I have always loved Abner's. Mainly because I don't eat meat off a bone and so I know I can go and get exactly what I want...chicken tenders. Recently my mom and I ran in the Tupelo Abner's for a quick bite. As we walked to the counter no one was there to greet us but through the pass through window I could see two or three guys standing around talking. I made eye contact with them and still they continued their conversation. A few seconds later a young girl bops out from around the kitchen laughing an giggling...headed our way. She stops turns around and chats back and forth through the pass through window to the boys. As she talks she inflates one of the carry out bag and pops it...still never acknowledging us...
-A t this point I need to tell you that my mom rates food service. She takes it very seriously and can become offended very quickly. While I had been easy to this point I began getting a little upset.
Finally the girl looks and from across the counter (never moving toward us) she said, "Yall ready to order?" I told her we were and then---brace yourself Hospitality Management Graduates---she grabs a towel and yells through the store---"I'm going to clean tables" and she leaves us standing there, wallets in hand, mouths watering....
Mom and I turn on our heels and leave. I wasn't through with it, Mom was, but I wasn't.
So on the way home I put Oprah's No Phone Zone to shame. I googled Abner's Tupelo, got the number and called up there. The manager was off duty so I asked for her cell number. I then call her at home or wherever she was at the time. I then told her the story and told her that I knew who Abner was, I knew his ex wife Karen, and I even knew who he dated-I would not be afraid to facebook and email whomever I needed to to let them know I was not happy with my service.
At no point in time did I want someone to lose their job, but that is out of control. In this economy no business wants to see money walk out the door. Well, the next day I left on vacation and when I returned home I had a gift certificate waiting on me. But how on earth can I use it? They will know I'm the girl that complained. My mom says she won't go back...but I do love tenders so Cullen and I may go sometime...I'll let you know how the service is....
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Next we traveled into Yellowstone. We were on a mission headed toward Old Faithful. I will say now that at no point in time does one want to break down in Yellowstone. It would take forever to get help and you can't get anywhere quickly. I spent a lot of time in the vehicle.
Finally, we made it to Old Faithful. We stopped along the way to look at the huge gorges that we were winding past in our car, and to see the snow, and to stretch our legs. Old Faithful, another one of the stops on my trip I was so excited to see. Guess what it looks the same in person as it does on t.v. minus the smell. But, I can check that off the bucket list now, too. I did enjoy seeing the Old Faithful Inn which was really neat completely covered in wood and just really undescribable.
We grilled that night in Yellowstone and then headed back to the house to crash. The next day we toured downtown Jackson which Cullen and I had done two years ago when we came to ski. I enjoyed it much more that it was warmer. That afternoon half of us decided to go back to Jenny Lake and hike the 2.5 miles to find Hidden Falls. About a quarter of a mile in I was talking and walking...until I found the great brown wall of fur which was a moose that wasn't 10 feet from me. Well, I took off running praying that I would be faster than the seniors we were chaperoning. After my heart slowed I realized that everyone else was taking pictures of the dern thing. They were scared a bit. So I calmed my nerves and snapped a picture. We waited for it to move and then kept hiking. We found the falls and then headed back. It was a quick hike and yes my outta shape self became very sore. We spent Wednesday in Yellowstone seeing Mammoth Springs, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and getting to see the Upper and Lower Falls. It was absolutely breathtaking. We saw countless elk, buffalo, and moose. We also got to see a wolf, a black bear and a grizzly bear.