31 Little Things – 14

This time you get a 2fer.

First up, a giant bubble

Seriously. how awesome is that bubble?

And #2 is the place we had dinner with my in-laws last night

If you ever find yourself in the IE and in need of a delicious steak dinner. This is the place. You just can’t beat the price. I’m talking about a dinner salad, 16 oz. rib eye cooked to order, your choice of potato and a big hunk of garlic bread for $13.50. It was absolutely delicious! Jess and a grilled cheese and not only was is huge, but they made it with garlic bread. So good! It’s absolutely worth every penny and more. Let’s just say we had 4 steak dinners and a child’s meal plus drinks (non-alcoholic) for LESS than $75. Thanks Brandon and Corey for suggesting this place. Can’t wait to eat there again.

31 Little Things – 3

Today’s post is a series of four pictures. So what makes me happy today?

This:

This is an Ottlite. It’s energy efficient full spectrum lighting. It’s fantastic for all kind of tasks, but if you’re a crafter who works with beads, needlework, polymer clay and more, this little light is a must have. They’re expensive, but they can be found at discount stores for 50% off or more. I was wanting one for a long time and one day I went to Tuesday Morning and saw this little baby sitting all alone on the shelf. I couldn’t believe the price. It was incredible!

So what’s the fuss? The first picture is my work area in “natural light.”

And this picture is with the Ottlite turned on:

This little baby has revolutionized my ability to work on my jewelry.I don’t have to stop when the sun goes down. My previous overhead lighting just didn’t have enough oomph for me to see at night. Now? I can work on a project whenever I want to.

They have a bunch of different styles and sizes, but for my needs, this is just perfect.

For the record, I bought this light myself. I’m not sponsored by Ottlite, I’m not being compensated for writing about this little light. I bought it, use it, and love it. If you’re in the market for a great desk lamp or even a floor lamp, check these out.

New Moon Soundtrack – First Impression

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I realize most of my regular readers won’t care one bit about this post. However, I want to share my opinion of the album. If you aren’t interested go ahead and skip it. It won’t hurt my feelings. Much. 😉

The Twilight Saga – New Moon (The soundtrack- not the score)

I wanted to like this album. I really did.

New Moon is a much darker story than Twilight, and therefore the music is much darker, and supposed to be more moving than the Twilight OST.

The only song I really like is Hearing Damage by Thom Yorke. The rest of the album tries, but fails to invoke the intended emotion. It’s just too dreary for my taste in music.

As for the Muse song, I Belong To You, the original is better than the New Moon Remix, but it’s not even one of the best songs on The Resistance. Guiding Light would have been much more appropriate. It pains me to say that because I absolutely love Muse. (BTW, I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Resistance)

To be honest, I didn’t love the Twilight soundtrack when I first heard it, but I do enjoy it now. Maybe New Moon will be the same, and it’ll grow on me after I see the movie.
For now, this album is being removed from my iPod. We’ll see if it ever makes it back on.

Bad Customer Service

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I might have mentioned here that we don’t really go to many local establishments. Mostly chains. I don’t know why bit this is all across the board, from where we shop to where we eat. However there’s a local restaurant (that’s actually branched out to 3 locations) that has been a local favorite for years. Unfortunately they seem to have lost something in the customer service department.

Jason, Jess, Christian and I went to our favorite Italian place, Lascari’s, on New Year’s Eve. Once we were seated, which didn’t take all that long, the wait for our server felt eternal. The wait for our food was even longer. However, we kept in mind that it was New Year’s Eve, and our server mentioned the kitchen was short staffed. I thought that was understandable, so I didn’t complain.

But last night. Oh my gosh! My aunt, Jess and I went there for dinner. We were debating between eating there or ordering in. She checked the wait time. It was Saturday night around 5 p.m. and was told the wait for a table was only about 10 minutes. We decided it would be faster to just go in and have a meal. Big mistake.

First, the wait wasn’t actually 10 minutes, but closer to 20. Ok it was a Saturday and of course there would be a wait. When we were seated, a very outgoing and charming guy came over and said he’d be our server. Let’s call him Julius because that’s his name. So Julius seemed to be very enamored with my gorgeous aunt and I was all but invisible. Lovely. We ordered water for us and milk for Jessalyn. Jess took a drink and all of a sudden her straw seemed to explode and milk flew all over the place. I checked out the straw and saw a hole in it. I took the straw from my water and placed it in her cup. Julius wandered over to flirt with my aunt some more and asked if Jess preferred to drink from a grown up straw. I assured him no, hers had a hole. So he brought her a new one, but didn’t give me a replacement straw for my water. At this point my aunt ordered a cappuccino only to be told they were out of espresso beans.

After waiting what felt like an eternity (mostly because I was trying to entertain and 3.5 year old) he came to the table to let us know our “food should be out in no less than 3 or 4 minutes.” Did you catch that because I did. No LESS than 3 or 4 minutes. We joked about it after he left the table. Turns out he didn’t misspeak after all. It was good 15 minutes before the food finally came. In the mean time, Jess had crawled under the table and found a stray tomato from someone else’s dinner. I put it on the edge of the table where it sat the entire time we were there. Another thing that sat there was a puddle of milk from the straw explosion and my useless glass of water. Jess had put her holey, milky straw into my water glass. So now my water is all cloudy and nasty looking. I put it on the edge of the table so he could see it was no longer drinkable, but he NEVER asked if I would like a new one.

Ok, so the food comes and about 2 seconds into it he asked my aunt how her food was. Again, I’m invisible.

We had quite a bit left over. Jess’s pasta, my aunt’s pasta and half of my sandwich. He asked my aunt if we’d be needing 2 boxes. I looked at him and said 3 please. He looked totally perplexed. I pointed out Jess’s food, my aunts food and then my sandwich. “Oh. Uhhhh ok” and off he went. A few minutes later the guy who boxes up food came over and started packaging everything up. They have a policy where they pack it up for you, but they never actually touch your food. If you have a sandwich, they ask you to put it on the paper to be wrapped. First, he didn’t bring the paper, he was just going to be tossing my sandwich into a box. Second, he straight picked up my sandwich with his bare hands and plunked it in the box.

Moments later Julius came over, dropped the check and said have a good night. Not, I’ll take this when you’re ready. You pay at the table! They’re lucky she had cash because he had no intentions in coming back to the table. He also didn’t ask if anyone wanted dessert, but my aunt fully intended to get tiramisu to go.

The more I thought about the crap service, the more irritated I became. I ended up going to their website and sending a nice long account of just how poor our service had been. I also mentioned that it was once one of our favorite local eateries, but we have no plans to return there any time soon.

I’m not one of those people that actually complains to a company, but this is out of hand. The past two time I’ve been, I’ve had completely crappy service and that’s not acceptable. If they want me to spend money in their place, they need to step up their game. Oh well, I won’t know if they do because I’m not going back got for quite a while.

You know, with the way people are trying to spend their money more wisely, and going out to dinner is more of a luxory than it once was, you’d think the staff would recognize this and make sure to take care of their customers. If someone’s going to be spending their money on going out to eat, wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to make sure they had a pleasant visit and will think of your establishment when they go out again?

Reviews You Can Use – Or Not – Smooth Away

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In the interest of “Full Disclosure” and all that, allow me to state for the record I’m not getting paid to do this “review.” I haven’t been approached by anyone asking me to review this product. I’m getting absolutely zip for doing it. I have, however, used the product so I thought I’d tell you how it went.

So the story begins with my mother. She had this thing and asked me if I had seen it or used it. She was surprised that it actually worked. I told her I had seen it but didn’t use it. She said she got hers at CVS. Honestly, I had no intention in purchasing this product, and I wasn’t even all that interested in trying it out.

What am I talking about? Smooth Away. Well according to the website: Each Smooth Away Pad Is Covered With Superfine Crystals That Buff Away Unwanted Hair Leaving Your Skin So Soft & Incredibly Smooth. (Personal aside, beware of the video that starts if you choose to go to the website)

Anyhow, I had gone over to my mother’s yesterday and she says, “That pile of stuff on the floor there is for you.” Included in said pile was the Smooth Away Hair Removal System.

Ok, I though, I’ll go ahead and try it out. There is a long list of do’s and don’ts. Do have clean skin. Don’t have wet skin or any kind of cream or lotion on your skin. Do rub in a circle. Don’t rub the pad up and down or side to side. Do apply gentle even pressure. Don’t press too hard.

So there ya have it. Seems easy enough. You just slap a pad on and start rubbing the hair off. This product actually does a pretty darn good job at removing the hair. (I only used it on my legs) When the instructions say don’t push too hard, listen! I was having trouble with the area over my shins. It didn’t seem to want to remove anything from the area at all. So of course I started rubbing it up and down too fast and too hard. At least it didn’t break the skin and cause bleeding or anything like that.

The other “problem” I encountered was that it made my legs crazy ashy. So once I was all done getting off as much unwanted hair as possible, I slapped on some scented lotion. That’s when I learned they mean it about the not pressing too hard and not going up and down too fast thing. Ladies, you know how when you shave and then shortly after go in the pool or the ocean and it feeels like your legs are burning off? Yeah, the scented lotion was doing the same thing to my legs, but only where I rubbed too vigorously. Lesson learned.

  • So will I buy replacement pads when these are done? Probably. It’s easy enough to use the product.
  • Would I recommend it to others, especially since I didn’t put up any of my own money to buy the thing? I guess that depends. How much do you hate shaving? Can you stand to have legs that aren’t perfectly smooth? Maybe I’m the only one with that issue. I’ll say yes, I’d recommend it.
  • But would I spend MY money on it? I think I would since I know it actually does (mostly) what it says it does.
  • Has this product revolutionized the way I think about hair removal? Uhhh, not really. It does work much better than I had expected it to. But I’m not going to tell everyone in the free world about Smooth Away. If the subject of shaving comes up with girlfriends, sure, I’ll talk about it. It’s a pretty good little product that I’ll be using for a while.
  • On a scale of 1-5 (1 being don’t bother and 5 being OMG go get one NOW NOW NOW!) What would you rate your experience with the Smooth Away hair removal product? I’d give it a solid 3. I’d even go so far as to say it’s a 3.5. It’s easy to use, works pretty well, and isn’t all that expensive.

If you try it out and have a completely different experience, or have a question about it that I may not have answered, please leave a comment.