Friday, July 12, 2013

Questions #5

     When I was doing the A to Z Challenge in April, I asked my readers for some questions so that I could do a post for Q. I didn't think I would have enough questions so I asked my friend Ashley to send me some. She sent me eight hundred so I decided I would accept the challenge and answer them all (like she also decided) but I would split it up with posts. I'll be continuing from where I left off from the previous post. You can see the other questions here.

     (For the record, this post was written when she sent me the list for the Challenge, so not all of the answers are completely up to date.)

94) What type of music do you like?
     I typically listen to country and rock. I don't like rap. Generally, I'll listen to anything at least once.

95) Have you ever been skinnydipping?
     No, but one of my friends (who isn't a friend anymore and shouldn't have been to begin with...) tried to make me go once. She was a preacher's daughter and we were about 12 or 13 at the time. I refused to go.

96) How many pillows do you sleep with?
     Just one, unless they're really flat pillows.

97) What position do you often sleep in?
     My side or my stomach. Usually my side.

98) What do you wear to bed?
     Comfy shirts that are typically too big and comfy PJ pants or shorts.

99) How big is your house?
     Not that big. It was set up for one person, but there are two living in it.

100) Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?
     Sunrises, because I rarely ever see them and it means a new day is beginning.

101) What do you typically have for breakfast?
     I don't usually eat breakfast. I usually wait until lunch.

102) Do you like scary movies?
     Yes, and that is a problem, because I do not have a tolerance for scary movies anymore so I always end up being scared.

103) What's your favorite milkshake flavor?

104) Have you ever been in a newspaper?
     The school newspaper in 7th grade, which I wrote articles for. And at least one newspaper when I was in 4th grade (I think) because my grades were so high. That's all I'm aware of.

105) How long can you balance on one foot?
     Long enough to put my pants on, if I'm lucky.

106) Have you ever fired a gun?
     Yep. I'm a pretty good shot, if I do say so myself.

107) Have you ever tried archery?
     Not yet, but I would like to.

108) What's your favorite condiment?
     I don't really have one. I like different things for different foods.

109) What's your favorite clean word?
     Apalachicola. It's a town in waaaay south Alabama. The word is just fun to say.

110) What's your favorite swear word?
     Mother fucker. Specifically used in the phrase, "look here mother fucker".

111) What's your least favorite word?
     There are a few that I'm not comfortable saying. One has the initials GD and one starts with the letter N. I refuse to use those words and I do not like them at all.

112) What was the last film you saw?
     Assuming you mean movie and not in the theater, it was Spiderman 3. Or whatever the correct name is. I think. (hahaha Written so long ago, that was still right. I watched something last night but I was too tired to remember what. Mom also watches Lifetime a lot but that doesn't count.)

113) What football team do you support?
     I don't really care about sports but my boyfriend wants me to support the Steeler's so I guess that's my answer?

114) What's the longest you've gone without sleep?
     I'm not sure of the exact amount because I was pretty out of it, but it was going on 72 hours.

115) What's the tallest building you've ever been up?
     I'm not sure because my uncle used to take me on top of skyscrapers when I visited him. The one I remember is the Reunion Tower in Dallas Texas. At least, that's what Google says the name of it is.

116) Do you have any scars?
     A few, but they're not really noticeable.

117) Do you like marmite?
     I don't know what that is so I don't have an answer.

118) Did you ever win any sportsday events?
     I'm almost certain I've never won anything to do with sports, ever.

119) What did you want to be when you grew up?
     A teacher, a vet, and a singer are the main three things that I wanted to be. I can't deal with 30 kids all alone, I hate blood, and I can't sing so they're all out of the question.

120) If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
     My self-esteem because I know it freaking sucks because I can think of thirty things to answer this question with, without even trying.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Things I Did As A Little Kid

     My grandma called while we were eating dinner today. Somehow, we ended up on the subject of something that I did when I was a little kid. I thought about it for a few minutes and realized quite a few things from then and now. I have a bunch of little kid stories so if ya'll like this, I'll probably write another post like this.

1) I could never do math.
     When I was in pre-k, I was writing out three letter words and a couple four letter words like "fish". It might have had to do with the fact my birthday was 22 days after the cut off date for the year, so I was four instead of three. However, then I have to remember the fact that I once got into a huge fight with the only friend I had. He thought the numbers went "twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty". I was convinced it went "twenty-eight, twenty-nine, twenty-ten" because "thirty didn't make sense". I'm proud to say that I can now count but my math skills haven't improved by much.

2) My dog was a saint.
     The second I was given a walker, I figured out how to use it and I was gone. Simple as that. My mom had had a dog since she was fourteen, who she still had until I was about five. That dog used to stand over me and growl if anyone else tried to get near me. After I was in the walker, I used to chase her around the house screaming "DUN-DARRR" at the top of my lungs because I couldn't pronounce her name. She never bit me even though she really should have after that.

3) I was an arrogant little diva.
     Until I was like five or six, I used to stare at myself in the mirror and I was obsessed with how I looked. All the time. Pretty self-explanatory. I have no idea why I used to do that but I don't like mirrors anymore, especially when its dark.

4) I never really liked people.
     I always hid behind Mom when people would try to talk to me, even if it was family. I never wanted to talk to anyone and I remember a few times when I almost started crying because they would comment on how shy I was because I didn't want to talk to them. I was much happier around the couple of friends I had, or around any animals.

5) Not a fuck was given.
     The story my grandma told me was that when I was about three or four, my grandpa was trying to light a fire in the fireplace. I kept warning him that he was going to get burned but he didn't want to listen, no matter how many times I told him, so I went to my grandma and sat down next to her. I told her, "I warned him. Oh well." Mom said I must have jinxed him because the newspaper he was using kept catching on fire and flying out at him. I remember just sitting there like, "Well, I did warn you."

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Questions #4

     When I was doing the A to Z Challenge in April, I asked my readers for some questions so that I could do a post for Q. I didn't think I would have enough questions so I asked my friend Ashley to send me some. She sent me eight hundred so I decided I would accept the challenge and answer them all (like she also decided) but I would split it up with posts. I'll be continuing from where I left off from the previous post. You can see the other posts by going here and here and here.

     (For the record, this post was written when she sent me the list for the Challenge, so not all of the answers are completely up to date.)

70) How many hats do you own?

71) Are you any good at pool?
     I'll let you know if I ever play.

72) What's the highest you've ever jumped into the water from?
     Probably just the side of the pool but I'm not positive.

73) Have you ever been admitted to hospital?
     To go to the ER for something, yeah. I don't think I was ever kept overnight or anything though. Even when my eardrum ruptured when I was six, I wasn't kept overnight.

74) Have you ever had any brushes with the law?
     Maybe? In sixth grade, my teacher and the principle didn't keep attendance properly. I had to deal with a truancy officer and brought proof I was going to school, even though I was marked absent. He put me on probation for a year and told me to talk to the councilor every day (she was never there) and said if I screwed up, I would be put in Juvie. I dropped out half way through the next year because the schools here are so terrible.

75) Have you ever been on TV?
     Not to my knowledge. I was supposed to be for a school thing, but my mom wouldn't give the permission for it.

76) Have you ever met any celebrities?
     My grandparents took me with them to this thing the country group Alabama does every year. I met all four of the band members. They remembered my grandparents the next year but I was just... there.

77) Have you ever been to Legoland?
     There's such a thing as Legoland?

78) Have you ever done something heroic?
     Probably not.

79) Have you ever played a practical joke on somebody?
     Yeah. Just small things that are only half thought out though. I still laugh at my mom calling me repeatedly when I got to Wolfy's house in April, so I answered with, "Hi, he killed me." and she totally freaked out. I wasn't even trying to play a joke on her but it was better than anything I plan.

80) Have you ever been the recipient of a practical joke?
     Have you met my mom?

81) What would be your best achievement to date?
     Not turning out like most of the people in my family, when all of the statistics say that I should be just like them, or even worse.

82) Do you prefer baths or showers?
     Typically, showers. But baths can help my jacked up shoulder so...

83) Do you prefer towel drying, blow drying, or natural drying your hair?
     I usually dry it with a towel the best that I can and then let it finish drying from there. Blow drying it makes it poofy, dry, and irritating. (Updated before posting: I just dyed my hair redbrown so now I have to blow dry it otherwise it bleeds red everywhere and stains stuff.)

84) Have you ever built a snowman?
     Yes. It is not as easy as you think.

85) Have you ever been sledding?

86) Have you ever flown a kite?
     I think I did, when I was really little. I barely remember it but I think my dad took me.

87) What color socks are you wearing?
     I'm not wearing socks at the moment.

88) If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
     A place without storms. (I said that while its storming outside too.)

89) Have you ever been famous?
     Not that I'm aware of.

90) Would you like to be a big celebrity?
     In a way, yes, because I would love to have all the perks a famous person does. But in the end, no. Celebrities are bullied by thousands, or millions, of people. I've been bullied before and I don't want to go back to that.

91) Would you ever go on a reality show, if so, which one?
     I don't see myself on a reality show. I'm too quiet so I wouldn't even be allowed on.

92) How big is your TV?
     I don't own the TV; Momma does. I think its like 20 inches? I'm not really sure. That's just a guess.

93) What is your most essential appliance?
     Probably the stove. Because food.

Monday, July 1, 2013


     Before I get to the actual blogging part of this, Kianwi said she was going to drag me along into blogging this week, so we both blogged! How crazy is that? We actually blogged? What? Also, I am now committing to posting real posts on Mondays but answering the question posts on Thursdays.

     After tomorrow, I won't cover for anymore people on Tuesdays and I haven't been scheduled that day otherwise, so I should be able to be halfway awake to post. (In the past week, I agreed to cover five different shifts and turned down a sixth one. Plus, I'm already scheduled for a double shift on Saturdays and that meant Sunday ended up being a double too. Needless today, I spent today sleeping.)

     There you have it. Real posts will actually start happening again. I'd be more excited if I wasn't thinking about the oreos in the cookie jar, in the kitchen. Sorry.

     Anyways, a couple weeks ago, I worked a fairly busy shift. I don't know why, but I sold a lot of wine that night and since I don't know anything about it, it usually takes me forever to get the drinks out and rung up on the computer. It really sucked because one guy ordered a specialty drink that the restaurant has, that's apparently like a long island iced tea, or that's what a server told me. It took so long to find somebody who wasn't busy to make the drink, I was sure I would get a horrible tip from them.

     I got everything out as fast as I could and I apologized that it took so long, but I explained that I had to find somebody to make it and everything seemed fine. They were really quiet. Some tables really like joking and talking, which is pretty fun when you're not incredibly busy, but they were just super quiet. The quieter tables tend to leave me the worse tips and I'd already had a bad night with that, but then I opened the credit card book and found this.

They left me an average tip. Not good, not bad, but somewhere in between. Leaning more towards the good side though.

     I was smiling for the rest of my shift because of that.

     My mom and I went out to eat a few days later, after a really bad day on Father's Day. We should have had double the staff and been better stocked with food, but this was apparently the busiest Father's Day we've had in years so not nearly enough people were scheduled. I ended up getting double sat (being seated with two tables within 10 minutes of each other so that you can't even get out drinks) with two six tops, not once but twice.

     The other girl working the banquet room with me was double sat with two six tops and a four top. One of those six tops should have been mine before I even had the drink orders out when I was double sat the second time., but I was so stressed that I refused to take it. I worked the lunch shift and was called in early, but I didn't leave until 5:30 and my manager wanted to keep me there. I literally hadn't eaten since I had woken up that day so I texted my mom, who came to help me clean the banquet room because the other server was already an hour late to something she had to go do and offered to pay me to do it for her.

     As soon as we sat down at the restaurant, my mom told our server that I needed to get some sort of sugar in me before I passed out (thanks, Mom, I could have waited the extra thirty seconds for her to get your drink too) and she literally ran to get me sweet tea. After that, all I could think about was how nice she was and when she was going over to her other tables, they all seemed to get togo boxes or their checks at the same time, so it seemed like she had been double (or maybe triple) sat.

     At one point, she asked how we were and I told her I was tired and she said she was too. Her sister has cancer so she works at that restaurant so all the money can go to treating her with chemo and paying whatever bills possible. Both Mom and I listened for her to even vaguely mention that to any other table as a con, but we were the only ones she told. I also saw bags under her bloodshot eyes that looked like she was over worked and over tired, which is why I believed her.

     When we left, we gave her a really good tip and I left her a note on the receipt because I was hoping she would smile as much as I did when I saw the note left for me. I thanked her for taking care of me, for taking care of her sister, and wished them all luck. That was it but I'd like to think I made her smile.

     I've had a couple notes left sense then, but they were all written on the copies with the tip amount on it. That means I couldn't keep those. One said "Best server ever!" and another from the same table said "Best waitress ever!" I made about ten dollars from that table. They specifically asked my name, my schedule, and said they would only sit with me.

     Another was from a couple last Saturday night. I completely forgot lemons for the woman's water and apologized but she refused to let me take the blame. Every time they needed something, they apologized for asking, and they left me a good tip. They wrote "Rachel gave us 1st class service" and told my manager, so I got a free meal because of it.

     The thing is, even though the tips were all good, that's not what really made me happy. I mean, obviously I'd be upset if I had a good note but a crappy tip, but just the fact that they took the time to leave a little note to tell me something positive like that made me happy. The twenty dollar tip I got from somebody else on Saturday made me smile a bunch, but money comes and goes. Compliments and general nice human gestures will stick with you. Not enough people compliment each other regularly and they certainly don't take the time to compliment somebody that they might not ever see again.

     If I can suggest anything, is that if you do decide to leave a note, do not do it on the copy with the tip written out on it. We aren't allowed to keep those. We enter them into the computers and then we have to turn them it, so it will be a nice thing to see but then we can never see it again. I personally want to keep my little notes because they make me happy.

     Also, there's a project going around Twitter @thehopefulnotes for something like this. Its just being nice for no reason. I heard about it before I ever got my first note and I kind of brushed it off like "They probably won't really care". Yes, they will. They will care.

P.S. Just for the record, the title of this is the hashtag that a lot of the people use for The Hopeful Notes project on Twitter.