Friday, November 19, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It has come to my attention that Patrick's staff Christmas party (a luncheon hosted by moi) is the Monday following the weekend in which Victoria performs in the Nutcracker AND the children's play at church. Soooo, I'm tackling Christmas decorating this weekend and then will only have the tree to do after we return from Thanksgiving break in Tennessee.

Oh, and I'm open to suggestions for creative lunch ideas (ideally that can be made ahead of time or are amazingly simple, yet elegant).
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

No Good Deed...

Goes Unpunished

That's our saying for those times when you think you are doing a good turn to your fellow man, but instead the tables turn and you find yourself being punished for your virtue. For whatever reason, I seem to be on a roll lately. Today's lunch episode was the perfect example.

I haplessly walked toward the drink counter and discovered a young family who had turned on the peach tea urn only to find themselves unable to turn it off. After filling all their cups with the sweet amber concoction, it quickly overflowed the black mat meant to catch stray drips, started running all over the stainless steel counter and would soon be flowing off the front of the counter onto the floor. While they fiddled with the nozzle I instinctively shoved my water cup under the flow to stem the tide of tea which was pretty much covering a good portion of the counter. My quick thinking husband managed to adjust the spigot but not until my cup had overflowed. As I pondered how to move my cup that was filled to the tip-top with a drink I don't even like, a Shane's employees finally showed up, and the family explained what had happened. I was thinking I needed a tray or something to catch the inevitable spills that would occur when I tried to carry the cup to the trash can to dispose of the tea, so I say "Uh, I don't want this drink, so...." Without even letting me finish my sentence, she retorts, "You know that's a water cup and you're not supposed to have tea in it."

What can I say, guilty as charged. Honest to goodness, what happened next was a complete accident. As I reached toward the cup thinking I didn't care if it spilled all over the place I said, "Well, I was just trying to be helpful..." and somehow I bumped the cup and spilled the contents all over the counter. No, I didn't even apologize since that's where the tea rightfully belonged. Certainly it should NEVER have been in my water cup.

So does this happen to anyone else, or am I the only one who finds myself punished for my attempts to do a good deed?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dance Revolution 2010

A host of kids from the dance studio attended Dance Revolution in Orlando last weekend. I've never tagged along, but Victoria always comes home with stories of amazing instructors and hilarious tales of the ride to and from their destination. This year she rode down with a dear friend of mine and her daughter. Victoria and this particular friend always seem to bring out the silliest side of each other. A few days before the trip Victoria suggested I make sure she has extra batteries for the camera. Hmmm...wonder what they would need that for?

Victoria with one of her dance teachers and a friend (the one who is not camera shy)


Victoria posing with some instructors - fun times!

The big surprise came Sunday afternoon when Victoria was selected from all the junior dancers who auditioned to be the recipient of a full scholarship to a Dance Revolution convention next year. Woo hoo, Victoria. Great job!