- Being able to cheer people up
- The smell of freshly cut grass
- Seeing one of my best friends, Shannon, twice within a week
- Celebrating my co-worker Tiffany’s Brithday!
- Trying out new recipes
- quesadilla combos
- Motivating my co-workers to eat healthier
- Printing off healthy snack list ideas
- That “good burn” from tequila
- Receiving compliments on my outfit
- Finding out there’s a new coffee shop opening by my apartment
- it was just what the little “downtown” area needed!
- Seeing ice cream trucks
- Summer is here!
- Seeing old water towers on the horizons
- Attending my first quarterly employee rally at my new job (March 2013)
- Being seated at the same table we ate at last week at our (Edgar & mine’s) new favorite restaurant
- went out for our 9 month anniversary
- Making a $2 Summer wreath
- only took about 5 minutes tops to complete
- Homemade Father’s Day cards
- Bonding time with my brother
- Changing in to a t-shirt and comfy shorts after a full day at work
- The big wedding we had this weekend going well
- another “room flip” rocked
- Going to the Ranger’s game for the first time this season even though it was super hot and we left early
- Free baseball hats!
- Having all of my “leading men” with me at once
- The first bite of ice cream on a hot, hot afternoon!
- hit the spot!
Add Crocheted Flowers to Your Spring and Summer Accessories!
- Fun day at the Fort Worth Zoo
- Perfect weather
- Not too crowded
- Cheetah print
- The cheetahs were hiding when we went to see them in the morning, but visible in the afternoon when we went back
- Making a good impression on my regional managers at work
- My access card at work letting me in on the first try (it tends to be temperamental)
- Getting a bit of “summer color” (tan)
- Feeling so in love with Edgar
- When nail polish matches clothes
- Post-it notes
- They keep me more sane than I’d be without them
- New job responsibilities/roles at work
- Getting errands done in one trip (especially those that I’ve been putting off)
- Putting my summer clothes out and putting my winter ones away
- Catching up with one of my closest friends, Shannon, at Chipotle
- Long overdue Chipotle visit
- Bistro lights
- Trying not to flip over when you get on a hammock
- Walking right up to pay at a register when I stopped in before work (Target is always so busy)
- Finding a good parking spot at work
- When toddlers clutch on to their parents while they’re being held
- Not getting lost for once trying to navigate to somewhere new
- Trying out new restaurants
- Fighting off my sweet tooth
- Seeing pictures of my extended family together (even when I can’t physically be there)
- Arriving at my apartment the same time as my boyfriend
- Andrew getting to meet Bandette (my roommate’s ferret) when he and my dad stopped by my apartment
Spring into my Etsy shop!
- Little kids wearing glasses
- Baby “flip flops” the ones with the straps over the heels
- Picking for Memorial Day
- Meeting new people
- Potential “friends”
- My mom and brother meeting Edgar’s family for the first time
- Homemade, “real” enchiladas
- Homemade trail mix
- Old iron work and tile floors
- Walking around big cities/downtown
- One of my co-workers saying “Emily makes everything better!”
- Eating lunch outside on my work break
- Coming home to a glass of wine
- Walking around in the rain
- Re-applying to grad school
- 1 Corinthians 6:12
- Not having to wait to cross the street
- Little kids swimming in the pool with their mommies
- Having the office to myself so it’s quiet and I can actually think
- Working on to getting potential “conflicts” taken care before they become issues
- When rainy mornings turn into sunny days
- Getting the picnic basket I’ve been wanting for $.97 when I used my gift card and 20% off coupon
- The bridezilla who was driving me crazy all day thanking me and giving me 3 hugs before I left on Saturday
- Going to the movies with my co-worker who I’ve been trying to spend more time with
- Epic (wan’t so “epic” to me)
- New Jamba Juice smoothie addictions (thanks to my boyfriend…)
What were some special things from your past week?
Shop Etsy for Spring!
- Bernini Exhibit with dad
- left me with major Rome withdrawals
- Andrew returns home for the summer
- brother sister bonding time (that has yet to happen though)
- Meeting Baby Noah
- Mother’s day
- Lunch with Mick (Great Aunt/Cousin?) at Olive Garden
- Edgar’s Nashville trip
- 8 month Anniversary
- Two co-workers leaving, Two new ones starting
- My boss getting promoted so she’ll be staying for sure
- Huge relief for me – I seriously would have quit
- Seminar/Workshop for work with Wendy
- Working with Carmen spring cleaning & wedding
- First trip to the pool to catch some sunshine
- Moore, OK tornado
- My brother (a current OU student, took two loads of donations from family and friends and helped volunteer)
- Reapplied for SW grad school
- Memorial day
- Visited the Old Red Museum in Dallas for the first time
- Picnic with new and old friends at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas
- Mom and Andrew (brother) meeting Edgar’s Family (& liking them!)
- His mom cooking homemade enchiladas!
- Safe Haven
- Iron Man 3
- The Great Gatsby
- Gangster Squad
- Side Effects
- Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
- Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan (Just couldn’t get into this one – Might give it another shot later)
- The Orchardist (still in progress, but I’m enjoying it so far!)
Exerpts from Gap Creek
When I thought of a boy I always thought of somebody I could give in to. Not one of these nervous boys that couldn’t hardly look at you without blinking. I thought of a strong man that knowed what he wanted and could teach you. I wanted a body that meant to go somewhere. I guess I wanted a man instead of a boy.
Now a look can tell you more than hundreds of words. If it’s the right look at the right time. A look can go through your face and eyes right inside you.
This is not me. This is better than me. This is better than I deserve. And I thought, No, this is what I have been waiting got; this is what the future is going to be like.
Worry never made anybody live a second longer
It was too perfect to think on. Nothing ever worked out that perfect in this world. And if I wanted it too bad it would never happen. The world was made so most people never got what they wanted most. Or maybe they wanted most what they couldn’t get.
I was not good at waiting for somebody. When I’m waiting I get flustered and hot and think aboutall the things that could go wrong. And the more nervous I am, the more I worry and get aggravated. When I’m waiting time slows down till it mocks me. When I keep waiting for somebody to come I feel like I’m going to fall to pieces. They only thing to do is not wait at all, but to get on with whatever you’re doing.
Anybody with a clear conscience can sleep.
When you’re tired it’s like all the force in the world works against you. Takes extra effort just to do little things. You feel it takes willpower just to breathe.
I don’t know what it is about a quarrel that stirs the body so.
If you waited til everything was perfect to celebrate, you might never celebrate anything.
I discovered hunger don’t make you resentful. Hunger makes you slow and brooding, like you are just waiting and waiting. You don’t feel like going anywhere or doing anything. Hunger makes you set around, makes you want to go to bed early and sleep late. You don’t want to think about nothing; for if you think you will think about good things to eat. When you’re hungry you do not want to think at all. You want time to pass. You are waiting for something to happen. You don’t want to waste the effort. You are saving the fat on your bones and the strength in your blood. You are saving your breath. When you’re hungry you don’t day dream a lot. You just drift through the hours and the first thing you know another day is over, another night has gone by. Mostly you want to forget.
Most days I enjoy my current position as a catering administrative assistant/event coordinator at a hotel/convention center, but I do not feel like it is the best fit for me long-term. I like more of the “behind the scenes: work of researching and collecting information that we will need, entering details into our computer system, and organizing everything.
I don’t like a lot of the clients I work with. They are literally driving me to drink. They can be so particular and demanding (aka crazy). I don’t know what is going on but there is so much disconnect between what the client wants and what they think that they are getting, even when we have an order printed out for them. I am always stuck in the role of the “middle man” – don’t I shoot the messenger – and I’m the one who gets to deal with the miscommunications between our departments – be the “fixer.”
After the past three weeks of working Saturdays without my boss I’ve learned to make sure than every detail possible is in writing. Yesterday a bride was upset about how her room/table décor looked. She wanted to know where the rest of the seat covers were for their head table and where the pink up lights for the walls were. Since they were $1,000 over budget she told my boss to take off anything that was not vital in order to cut back on costs. But of course the bride wasn’t pleased about this – If you want something specific to be left and/or taken away you must let your coordinators know – we aren’t mind readers! According to her, she told my boss that she was having a friend bring in the chair covers but there was a miscommunication between the “regular” guest chairs and the chairs for the head table. So crazy, pissed bride complains to our assistant general manager. In order to please her, my AGM caved in and told me to find whatever kind of chair covers and sashes and also table cloths we could. We aren’t charging her because it was “our error” which is completely ridiculous on so many levels. I am personally picking up the linens then going to work 2 hours early to set everything up. All of the tables (the head table is the one I am more concerned about since it is elaborately clad) need to be completely swapped out – centerpieces, small crystals surrounding the vases, table cloths, and flat wear. Yup, it’s going to be a fun morning.
Then yesterday my old boss asked me to set up a backdrop for a quinceanera we have going on that afternoon. She is not able to do it herself since we have a graduation going on in the same room that morning and it won’t be available until 3 pm. 1) No matter what my ex-boss says, I HAVE NO IDEA how to set up the backdrop and head table décor like she wants. Backdrops require ladders and more than one person. Yeah, we get busy, but when you fire your employee because you can’t pay her because you suddenly become too busy to set up your own shit (and still make her do it without compensation) you need to step back and examine your business plan and conscience to say the least.
And the mother in charge of her bratty, spoiled 15 year olds is another crazy one. I’m just prepping myself for when I have to tell her that Chef wasn’t able to find strawberry lemonade yesterday so they will have to accept the pink lemonade we do have in stock. “Why didn’t you place an order sooner? Why are you just now telling me this? You know how important this day is, why wasn’t this planned ahead” and yada yada yada – I’ve already braced myself. I’m just going to tell her as soon as I see her to get that mess out-of-the-way. Such an exciting day I have a head of me
I am hoping that I’ll at least feel better once I redo the wedding décor (hopefully take 2 hours tops) then let the bride know that NO FURTHER CHANGES CAN BE MADE. Then I’ll probably just try to figure out the back drop décor and have as much ready as I possibly can until I am allowed to set up.
So lesson learned: When clients come in to sign their contract make sure that the banquet even order is reviewed and signed (that’s what lists the details regarding food, set up, and A/V) and any additional changes to the BEO are signed off so people can’t say they had this or that and will fight to get their money back. People will dispute anything and everything in order to get their money back. It creates so much added stress on the day of, especially when I have other events and tasks that need my attention.
People tend to take advantage of me because I am “sweet, petite, and shy.” I am a nice person, but there comes a limit to my politeness. Nothing enrages me more when someone else things that they unrightfully have power over me. I WILL NOT let anyone treat me without the respect that I deserve! No ma’am or sir!
Oh, one would think that there are so many more important things in life than whether or not your table is present with tea or lemonade, the shade of black table skirts (that you are getting complimentary) aren’t “dark enough,” and where the DJ table is located on the wall…Shopping Time
- Finally getting my car’s maintenance work done
- Swinging by my parent’s house to layout and rest in the backyard before heading back to my apartment
- Enjoying new foods I tried – the new sweet chili chicken McWrap
- Mom giving me her $10 Kohl’s cash because it was expiring and she didn’t need it
- Hello free nail polish
- My parents bringing and setting up a “new” dryer for my apartment
- My dad seeing the puzzle (of a Manet painting) that I’m putting together for him for Father’s Day and him saying that he loves that painting
- Biting into soft apples
- Complements from co-workers about me getting better/learning at work
- Being able to clock into work at the very last minute before getting written up
- Sitting outside Starbucks while catching up with my best friend, Kristin
- Craving exercise
- Endorphins make me happy
- Liking my new co-worker
- When listening to Spanish music in my car on the way to work becomes a habit
- Randomly getting tests from my younger cousin
- Can’t believe how much she’s grown up
- Seeing posts from Shemar Moore’s Facebook page
- Random downpours
- Infinity pools
- Getting up close and personal with nature
- Hello, Birdie!
- Father-Daughter Dances at weddings
- My boss at work deciding to stay vs leaving for a “better job”
- Going 3 days without drinking a diet soda and not craving one
- Sleeping in
- Dinner out with my boyfriend