I know I hadn't updated for a bit but the play officially opens tonight, with last night being a final dress rehearsal in front of an audience
All went well and I'm really looking forward to tonight. I did manage a few pictures, hoping to get some more tonight as everyone was so tired yesterday, myself included. The pictures I have are from set build last Sunday as well as myself with our director and other characters from the show.
Well the play rehearsals are going well with the exception of the late evenings wearing a little thin on me. It can make for some very long days to say the least. I do have a meeting this Sunday evening which will be important. The store I work at will be closing on May 3rd for at least 2 months, we have to vacate by the 7th and we'll be reopening in a brand new store, early to mid July. I now have to decide what I want to do. I will get all the details come Sunday evening but essentially it will be as follows:
1- transfer temp to another mall (not my favorite choice)
2- take one of 2 positions in another store that has approached me
3- take a break for a few weeks
4- find something totally different
It's nice to be wanted but I need to come to some kind of decision pretty soon, we'll see what happens
to be continued...................
or so it started out so. I went to work just like always and when I arrived, my manager arrived at the same time. We went to open the gate to go into the store (work at the mall) and this obnoxious odor started to come out. We looked at eachother and didn't know quite what to say. We weren't quite sure what it was, just that it was horrible, smelled like the sewer backed up and it was throughout the store. So we went to make the bank deposit stopping off at Eckards to pick up some air freshner and we went back to the store and sprayed the heck out of the place. It smelled better for about 10 mins, then it was worse. We tried to open for business as it's projected to be a busy day but after about an hour and half we couldn't take it anymore and both of us weren't feeling all that well. We decided we had to close at least temporarily after Mall Maintenance came by and said we needed to get our plumber in to look at the problem. So we sat outside the store waiting and calling the District Manager who couldn't understand why we wanted to close The plumber couldn't figure out why but apparently sewer gases were coming through the vent and he felt it might have to do with the space next door which is under construction. It was decided that we would stay closed at least for a few hours more so I came home. I just hope all the clothes don't pick up that odor as it's really nauseating.
Well I can't help but to keep thinking about what happened to me the other weekend, not sure how I should feel about this. I was working at the store and this guy comes in with his girlfriend/wife, not sure. He's about 30 give or take a couple and as his gf/wife is looking at items in the store he approaches me. He says is your name Susan? I answer yes, he continues Susan (insert my last name here)? He continues "You don't remember me do you, my name is Lance (insert his last name) I manage the cemetery. I say "oh, hi I'm sorry I didn't recognize you."
Now I'm feeling a little unsure. See I have spoken to this man twice in my life. First when I bought a plot for my Mom in the Spring of 1999 and the second time to bury her ashes in the Fall. I have not spoken to this man since and he remembers both my first and last name? Think my conversations combined equalled 20 mins and how long ago?
Then he continues, "By the way isn't that you who walks in the mornings on (insert street name here) ? I answer um, yes. He says I haven't seen you in a while and I remind him it's still icy out, (was till this week) I don't walk under those conditions.
First, is it just me or what, I feel a little creeped out and second, I think I need a new walking route. :D
Well last night we started to block the scenes. Blocking is where you are located on stage as different lines are performed. Once a scene is blocked, it stays the same throughout and doesn't get changed so it takes a few trial and errors to get it blocked properly. Tonight I can skip rehearsal as I'm not in any of the scenes being blocked but tomorrow and Thursday evening is a different story. My understanding is we'll start getting our songs to learn on Thursday, wonder how many they'll be?
I need to get my thoughts together on a costume as there really isn't much time to play with. If I make my own, I can pick and choose what I want to do and color. Have to get busy looking, this is fun but can be very time consuming. I can sew somewhat but I don't like being under a time constraint. We'll see what I come up with again
They decided my name is Jackie Wilde, much improvement over Tinsel Towne don't you think?
Till next time.....................
Well rehearsals have started this week and it's been fun. I will be playing a saloon girl again and yes, there will be singing involved again . I don't mind really, had a blast last year and am so looking forward to it. There's so much on stage antics that I'll get to do, as the director mentioned "you girls had your own show going on in the background" lol! Only thing is it makes for long evenings but rehearsals will be scheduled a little different this time due to some conflicts. I have to start thinking of a costume again as I don't want to wear what I did last year, needs to be a little different
I'll post another update soon, till then.................
Well despite the sub-freezing temps and high winds making for whiteout conditions, I did go to the audition which continues tonight and next Monday as well. I was quickly reminded of how much fun this is and I'm so looking forward to being assigned a part. There are 22 parts for this play and many have very minimal lines but very involved physically on stage. I don't care what part I get, I do know I'll be in it though. Rehearsals start a week from tonight, and we have approximately 6 weeks till showtime, running a little behind.
I'll update again once I have more information. :D
For staters: Happy New Year to All Who Read My Blog! :buddies:
What can I say, this past year has been a real rollercoaster for me. I have been through a few bumps, received some bruises and had some great times, had new experiences and met some new people as well. Not all have been pleasant, some have been scary and others amazing experiences that I will never ever forget. I can't get into details, sorry but if you are a close friend of mine, you'll know what I'm talking about
I look forward to 2007, can't wait to see what it'll bring but the end of 2006 has been pretty good to me. See you all next year, stay safe and have a happy one! :D
Well for those of you who know me, know that I work in a women's clothing store at the mall. I decided to go back into the world of retail this year after a 5 year hiatus and have enjoyed it quite a bit. This is my favorite time of year though, especially these last few days before Christmas. The majority of our customers are male buying gifts for their wife, girlfriend, sister, mother, whoever . Some are pretty well prepared and come in with a newspaper circular or magazine picture with an item picked out saying "I want something like this! " Other's haven't a clue and it can be quite amusing. The best is though the majority have no clue as to what size they need something in and they're pretty determined to buy an actual item vs a gift card. I personally love gift cards but they seem to all say, "no, I can't give her that, she'd kill me!" I have no clue why. I always try suggesting adding a piece of jewlery with it, you should be safe but most won't go for it. I have several who say "You pick it out for me as she doesn't like anything I pick out" those are the hardest . I picture all these women coming back to see who it was that picked it out, lol .
Then we get to the best part, "what size do you need?" roflmao. I have decided the easiest thing was to say " Is she my size, bigger, smaller?" I have never had so many men looking at me before and I'm still embarrassed but, hey, what else can I do! I also try to convince them that if they're deciding between 2 sizes, go with the smaller, it'll cost them a whole lot less in the long run, lol. By the time Saturday and Sunday come, I'd say 80% of our customers will be men! Gotta love retail! :(
It has been the most amazing 24 hours in that I have had the oppertunity to hear/speak to/from about 6 people that I haven't had the chance to in many months. I'm just totally in awe over it and so very thankful that everyone is great . I love my friends !
Well I finally did it, pulled off the breakfast fundraiser for the volunteer ambulance. We had a great turnout from both our club and the ambulance volunteers although we were a little light on the amount of patrons. We still made money and had a very good time. They really enjoyed this event and had decided that if I agreed to lead this event again next year, they would provide me a co-chair from their organization to share the work load and equally divide the responsibilities. I'd love to do it again under those circumstances.
My youth group came in shifts and provided face painting/temp tattoos for the kids, both young and young at heart as well. Two of the ambulance members made these jumbo, huge massive pancakes and decided to have a eat off contest between them, omg, I was just thankful the EMT people were there as I thought for sure someone was going to choke or get sick
I am so happy this turned out so well as I had only 6 weeks to get everything planned out from start to finish. Next year I'll have more time to plan it better as this was only a thought to do in early Sept. Only down thing was I have an awful head cold, made sure I stood away from the food , no kitchen duty for me today, hehehe.
So I need to run a few errands before I head out to my youth group meeting and as I turn out of my tract onto a semi busy road, there's my mailman standing outside his truck holding a small dog and looking rather lost. I stop on the road and ask him if he's found a new friend for himself. He responds that he stopped to catch this little dog and it almost got hit by a passing car. I asked if he wanted me to take him and he was thrilled as we've known each other for several years. He knows how I am and that I'd find this little ones home.
I see that he has a collar and tag with a name and phone number and see that this little 4lb baby is named Cocoa, a little yorkshire terrier. I call his home and get an answering machine where I proceeded to leave my cell phone number. I decide ok, I'll go home and get my soft carrier to drive around with Cocoa and see if I can find his house. I knew he didn't live in my tract so I decided he must be from the other side of that road. Cocoa didn't appreciate the carrier but I didn't know how well he'd be in the car so I felt this was the best thing to do for us both. I do secure my own furbabies in the car so I knew I needed to for this one as well. I drove around the neighborhood for awhile then decided I had at least get to the bank, which I did. I had also planned on going to pick up some reserved media I had on hold from the library and decided to head that way when I get a call from a very excited young lady, she was quite upset, and I told her I'd be there in a short bit. She was so excited to see Cocoa and can't figure out how this baby got out, told her having that tag was the best thing she could have had on him as it made the search a breeze .
She thanked me while hugging and kissing Cocoa 1/2 laughing 1/2 in tears and I left.
About 2 hours later I received a call from her mother who couldn't thank me enough. It made me feel good that she took the time to call and say thank you, said that she once lost a dog a few years ago and never found it. She said she's always feared that someone wouldn't return her baby if she ever got lost and needed to say thanks to me herself. I thought it was very sweet of her to call and told her I knew exactly how she felt as I'd be devastated if I ever lost one of mine. I'm just glad it all ended so well :(
Well yesterday I went on my first wine tour with a group of friends. We were 18 women with a 40 year span between youngest/oldest, yet we all still had many things in common amoung us. We rented a limo/bus to take us around so we didn't have to worry about driving/parking and could really enjoy ourselves. Everyone brought a dish to pass and we feasted in between our tastings. Each winery had a different way of directing their tastings. Almost all had a fee between $1 and $3 for the tastings but some applied it towards any purchase you made and some waived the fee all together. I picked up 6 bottles of wine, all different .
The east side of Seneca Lake was our destination and we covered about 8 wineries. The day started out sunny but cold and a little frosty but warmed up to the upper 50's yet it was very cloudy by the afternoon. It was a lot of fun and we're planning on doing this again late April but we'll have another lake as the destination.
Well to say I'm juggling too many things at this time may be an understatement, let's see where I'll begin
My youth group meetings have started this month, what can I say but I love these kids. I never realized how much of an influence I am on them till a couple of weeks ago. A former student contacted me about being a reference for a job that he was applying for. I had worked with this young man for 4 years and he has always been terrific to say the least. To quote him:
10:04:54 PM him: Thank you very much! I'm [hopefully] getting my first job, so I'm a little nervous.
10:05:04 PM me: you'll be great!
10:05:17 PM me: don't be nervous, you are an awesome person
10:05:31 PM me: they'll be lucky to have you there
10:05:50 PM him: Hahaha, thank you. And thank you for helping whip me into shape in Leos.
10:06:02 PM me: lol, thank you
10:06:21 PM me: always loved having you in the club
10:06:58 PM him: I enjoyed being in it, it was my pleasure. I enjoy college, but sometimes miss the high school days.
Made me feel good and realize that I can make a difference. I am starting my 6th year doing this and I couldn't imagine not being there. These kids mean so much to me and I love being there for them. We are in the process of planning several projects, including their assistance in the pancake breakfast.
As for the breakfast, I finally got all my documents and have my confirmation of the booking of the school for the event. I am so looking forward to getting this underway. I am in the process of assisting in writing ads and press releases for this event. I have been in contact with the volunteer ambulance people and planning the event is starting to take shape. There's a lot to do but it will be done one way or another. I hope we raise a good dollar amount, only time will tell. I think the club is really looking forward to this; it's so needed to raise morale. The school districtis also trying to work with me on a date to present their proposal which comes up for vote on 11/14. I am trying so hard to please so many at times that sometimes I just get lost in what I'm doing and forget things for myself.
Before I know it, I'll be in constant meetings for the tree lighting too. That comes up Dec 1
I am still scheduled to host a party for at least 50 at my home on the 21st of Oct, I have no clue where they'll fit but that’s not my problem . It should be fun but I do have to plan that. This is for the theater group, which apparently, I am on a couple of committees. Okay that’s news to me! I am so happy I am not in a play at this time but I really want to do another so very bad .
I have decided to not take a sales lead position at the store at this time. It would be too much for me at this time and I don't think I want that right now. I have some personal things I'm dealing with now that need my attention and I'll just leave it at that.
I do have some fun in my life too, tomorrow I'm going with a group of 20 on a wine tour on the east side of Seneca Lake. Should be a lot of fun. I'll write more about it when I can .
That's it for now, Bye till next time :yeahrite:
Well it's been awhile since I've updated and I'm kind of getting a little overwhelmed so this entry may kind of go all over the place so my apologies now .
As you all know, I belong to a community service club which I have been an officer on the board now for several years. At our last board meeting a couple of weeks ago, the current President made a comment to me that I haven't been taking an active enough role as VP , this was not taken well by me, or the other board member there. My response was I do more for this club than any other member and if it had not been for me personally, 2/3 of the projects would have never been done. I then proceeded to walk out of the meeting.
As VP, he was out of town last Thursday, I had to run the dinner meeting. I addressed the group and told them how I felt being a board member, that we are supposed to help direct the club but currently the board has been doing everything. The club as a whole is supposed to help choose, plan and execute a project. Instead what has been happening is they just show up for a bit to lend a hand during a project. I told them I wanted them to take a more active role and if they didn't help the board in increasing membership, I expect the club wouldn't survive more then another year or two. Needless to say some of the older members from the board were not impressed by my boldness of laying things on the line. I finally said what needed to be said for the last 2 years which no one else had the courage to. I had also ended the meeting about 45 mins earlier than any of the presidents have, covering just as much if not more.
One of the things covered was the pancake breakfast, which they all want to do, I had asked who wanted to work it and they all volunteered. When I asked who would co-chair, no one spoke up until I said fine, we won't do it then as I refuse to take it on alone. I did get a volunteer from an older member who had not taken on a project in many a year. Seems I had lit a fire when I spoke and I'm honored to have him helping. His wife who is also a member will be chairing as well. So now we have to get this underway as it's supposed to take place on the 5th of Novemmber which is the Sunday before election day. Our club President was supposed to book the venue over a month ago but didn't.
Well Saturday past was the fair in town. I worked the entire day and boy the weather was so strange. We had rain, sun, wind, heat and cold intervals. It was one of those days when litterally the weather changed every 5 mins it seemed. That was until about 3:00 when the cold front blew through with the constant winds blowing. I had such a chill that I couldn't get warm till the next day . The fair was on a much smaller scale then previous years and also I'm so happy that it was a one day event. My youth group was there, my community service group was and I was running around all over finding different people. At the fair I spoke to my 2 co-chairs and we've come to the decision that we were going to base the pancake breakfast on a red, white and blue theme calling it the "Red, White and Blue Pancake Breakfast" and the bennificary of the proceeds would be the local Volunteer Ambulance Company. Well I went over and found their President, who was thrilled to hear that we wanted to do this. They have agreed to help sell tickets, advertise with us and man the breakfast with cooks and servers. What better arrangement could we get! Well of course when I told most in the club, they all agreed that this was great. See our service club was responsible in raising the funds in getting their first actual ambulance many years ago so this just seems natural especially since they are in need of so many new things currently. Of course then you have those "members" who I ticked off the other night who are objecting. My response is if you don't like it, it's too bad as it's already in the works. You can accept it or take it over, your choice . Needless to say they just walked away. Now I have no choice but to make this a successful event. I have to get media involved, and I already spoke to several town board/council people in helping to make this event successful. Most of this will rely on my contacts and my reputation within the town. I have a lot of people who want to see me be successful and a few who are waiting for me to fail. It'll be interesting to see where this goes.
Now today my first youth group meeting took place. I'm happy to say it was short and sweet and I look forward to working with them again this year .
I also had my first meeting with the local community theater group board tonight. They are trying so hard to recruit me on the board but I don't want a board position. I told them I'd be happy to attend meetings, be on a committee, and help where I could but do not want a board position. I also ended on volunteering to host a party for 50 plus people next month, lol. How do I get myself into these things, hehehe.
Well I think thats it for now, just a glance at my past week in my boring life , until next time.........
A Special Message To My Members!
On Friday August 11th, STCT will be celebrating our second birthday/anniversary! Wow, I can not believe how fast the time has gone and how much we've grown. We still are "technically" considered a small forum because of our number of members, but what members we have. Our content and post count far exceed forums many times our size.
I love that we are a smaller board as it allows us to be more personal/friendly with each other. We've shared many laughs, tears and joys between us and I couldn't think of a better group to do it with. Many of us have developed very real friendships here even though we have never met and have a very strong bond with each other. I also want to thank the rest of STCT's staff, Cackle, Debbi, Lorraine and Erica, as I have said over and over, I couldn't do it without you ladies! All of you members, you rock! You are the reason this place is the way it is and I love having this forum ! Thank you for making this place as great as it is! As I've always said, I consider this a member's board and am more than happy to add anything to the forums that you think we may need.
Here's to many more Birthday/Anniversarys! :buddies:
Well I haven't blogged in a bit so I will make this a quick update.
I was almost hit by a pick up truck a week ago Friday by a guy in such a rush, he couldn't wait to back out of his spot I went grocery shopping and had just loaded my groceries into the car, started to put my cart back, and well this idiot starts to back up as I'm crossing. I realize he isn't even looking and continues to back out almost hitting me , I had to jump out of the way and leave the cart which he bumps as I start yelling. My cell phone is in a holster and attached by the clip to my purse so of course I caught it so it hit the ground and ended up almost under his tire and popping out of the holster. As he realized I wasn't behind him now he proceeded and I yelled at him to stop and wait! My phone, so I pick it up and he starts rolling and I smack the back of his truck and yell wait and then proceed to pick up my holster for the phone, I swear some people! Some other guy who just parked comes running over towards me asking if I'm ok and I say yeah except this bastard is trying to run me over. So the guy driving finally gets to back out, rolls down his window and starts saying he's sorry but he didn't see me. My response was I'm almost 5'7 wearing almost 3 inch heels and dressed in bright hot pink, if you didn't see me you have a problem buddy and shouldn't be driving!
On a happier note:
This past Friday was my Lion's Club day to sponser Camp Open Arms. This is a 2 week day camp put on by Cancer action for children with cancer and their siblings. They rely totally on donations and their is no cost to the families who come to this camp. Our club funds and puts on a whole day of activities for them. We had reserved one park for the event but had received almost 4 inches of rain Wednesday causing the park's lodge we reserved to be under about 2 ft of water . So everything had to be redirected to another park which was about a 25 min drive for me. The worst part was calling everyone and making sure they knew we've changed locations. Friday was a wonderful but long day, very hot but very dry so it was comfortable. I had to pick up pizzas for lunch (which meant driving back to my house practically as the place is just down the road from where I live) then going across town to the other side of the city to pick up more ice, (thanks Doug ) Everything worked out well and we served up 5 lbs of tossed salad, 250 hot dogs and 6 huge sheet pizzas. In addition we served juice, bottled water, ice pops and tons of bags of potato chips, these were hungry kids and we served a total of about 150 individuals. Would you believe it if I told you I was exhausted by the time we were done cleaning up, lol.
Okay, I've been getting a little bored at the gym lately. Don't get me wrong as I love working out but now that it's summer I like to do some outdoor activites and our weather here hasn't been the most cooperative . So I go to the gym for my regular routine yesterday and as I walk by the aerobic room, I see all these exercise balls in a stand and I'm curious. I see one of the trainers and I ask what's up? She explained to me it's a new class that they just started to work on "your body's core". Okay, I'll try anything once and I find out it will be today early in the morning. I figure what the heck, I have one of these balls at home that a friend of mine gave me about 6 months ago. It's been sitting on top of a plant stand in my bathtub like a sculpture and occaisonally I'll remember to dust it . I thought about it and decided to take the class, maybe I'll finally know what to do with this big plastic ball for once!
So I get to class and she tells us to choose a ball. If you're taller you'll want a larger one so you're not sitting too low when doing some of the exercises. Ok, whatever you say. So we start, some of the things were not so easy to do, balls were rolling all over the place. People were having a tough time trying to balance on it at first too. I did pretty good with the balancing part in that I didn't fall off, not so easy to do. Then she asked us to lay on mats on our backs and place the ball behind our knees catching it with our heels and do leg lifts, again balls were rolling all over the place and people were laughing. Then we had to do this one move where my pants started to stick to the ball and I almost lost them as we had to roll on the ball and they didn't want to come with me I found out later that some of my problems with my ball were due to it being overinflated which explains why I couldn't balance as well as I wanted to .
All in all it was ok, I will need to try it again before I decide if I like it or not and I will make sure to wear better pants! I have a feeling my ball will continue collecting dust as a sculpture though !
So last night was the audition for the next play I am interested in and I have to be there at 7pm, no problem. I look up on the map where I have to go and have a pretty good idea. It's the town's community center, how hard is that to find . I know that it will take me about 25 mins or so to get there so I leave here at 6:20 figuring it'll give me ample time to get there and possibly read over some of the script before I have to audition. Jillian had not received the scripts on time to get them mailed out to everyone so here I was going in blindly again.
The roads were nice and empty and I figured that I'd have plenty of time to read through before I had to audition, wrong. I hadn't driven on this road in about 2 yrs and many things have changed. It used to be mostly open fields but it was pretty built up and I ended up taking the wrong turn and going the wrong way for a bit, I tried to ponder for a moment do I need North or South, gee I don't know . I think I need to go this way, hmm wrong way, I needed the other direction . Okay now I know where I am, if I don't get lost again I'll make it on time. So I get to the driveway/street where I was told to go to, hmm I'm here but which building is it? Hey Sir, can I ask you which building is the community center? Community Center? We don't have one in this town. Um okay, thank you. I decide I'll go park the car and go into the library, they should know where it is as the library and recreation depts in most towns work together.
I go start walking towards the library and ask a woman coming out if she knew where the rec center was, Oh yes, just go into here bear to the left and you'll see the room, that's where you want to go. "Oh thank you so much" I say! I enter the building, bear left and hurry in as it's 7:00 to see a bunch of people............playing chess! You know where they have the clock that they hit after each move, Guess I'll go check with the librarian, lol.
Hi I'm looking for the community center, can you tell me where I can find it? She responds with I don't know, go over to the reference desk over there, they may be able to help you. Okay, thanks You would have thought a town employee would know where the rec center is, wouldn't you? Walk over to the reference desk and there are 2 women sitting there. I figure I'm going to take a different approach here. I ask them do they know where the Henreitta Community Theater Group is holding auditions, it's supposed to be in the community center and no one seems to know where that is. The first woman responds with" We have a Theater Group?" The other one looks up and says oh yes I read about the auditions in the paper the other day, you have to go to the Recreation Dept for the auditions. I was so happy someone finally knew something . Okay where is that I ask. She says I have to go about 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile down the road, look for the sign as thats when I turn. Thanks so much!
I run to my car driving to where she said, see the sign and turn. There are even more buildings here but they look like all offices. No one is around to ask, I have a feeling this is wrong. I should just turn around and go home, it's already almost 7:20 and I can't find this place :smiley: ! No! I don't want to give up, think! Wait! Jillian said she was coming, let me think, yes! I did have her cell phone number in my address book on my phone, woohoo!!!!
So I call Jillian and she says where are you, thought you were coming? I am if I can ever find the damn place! Where are you now, nah that's wrong, go and make a right come down about 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile and look for the library, we're behind there. I was just there and they sent me here! She says I'll meet you outside, ok I say and off I go.
Soooooo.............. I'm almost a 1/2 hour late and I have to read for a couple of different roles. One section of script I had to read for required lots of attitude and yelling, wasn't too hard to get through that part.
It went pretty well I think but I'm up against a lot of experienced people, they said they'll let us know by the end of the week. If I get it great, if not they'll be another audition for my town's theater group soon and I know how to get there! :P
Well Saturday evening I attended an awards banquet hosted by our local Community Theater Group. They presented me with an award similar to a congeniality award, thought it was so sweet of them . In addition I got to see several of the cast members from the play which was great. I really missed them and have decided that whoever gets their copy of the play first starts a telephone chain to get together to watch it as a group at my place, the idea was well received.
Now one of the girls who was in the play with me is going to be stage manager for another play called Cinderella Waltz, (it's a fractured version) and has invited me to read for it this coming Monday night. I agreed so here we go again, lol. I'm getting a little nervous now but it should be fun. Nick is directing again so I know he'll make things fun. It doesn't matter if I get a part or not, just looking forward to trying again, besides my local theater groups play will be holding auditions a few weeks later so I can try there if I don't get this . Won't be able to do both as they clash time wise.
Wish me luck! B)
I just have to blog about this, as it has often been said that there isn't enough of kindness and people don't take the time out to help or recognize one another.
I went to dinner tonight to the local Chinese restaurant I have been going to for years and behind me was a Mother with her 7, yes I said 7, adopted disabled children. The children ranged in disablilities and ages from 5-14 and everything from being blind to emotional disorders. This family does come in regularly and usually Dad is with them too but tonight he wasn't able to be there for whatever reason. As usual they had their dinner and although you knew there were children there, they were really well behaved and certainly you would never know there were 7. The woman who works there had filled me in as to what was about to unfold which is why I'm able to share this tonight
At the next table there was another Mom with a little girl and as they ate their dinner and you could see that she was impressed watching the table with all the children. When she was done with her meal she went over to the other Mom and told her I want you to know that there should be more people in this world like you, you are a wonderful person and have a beautiful family . She then proceeded to leave to pay her check and told them she wanted to pay for the other family's dinner too , and she did. She told them not to say anything to her till she was done with her meal but she just was so in awe with them she needed to do something.
When they were done with the meal Vicki was wrapping up the remainder of their food to take home, she shared that the check had been taken care of already. I thought the woman was going to cry as she couldn't believe that a total stranger would do that for her. It's nice to know that there are people out there like this, I thought this was so heartfelt that I needed to share it. Thanks for letting me :yeahrite:
I have been involved with this community service club for 5 years now, and I have been Secretary twice, 2nd VP for 1 year, and have been elected for my second term as 1st VP so I know my way around this organization to say the least . They have wanted me to be President for a couple of years now but I won't take the position, I have my reasons . Well the guy who is President will be doing it for his second term this year and it's not starting out any better than last year. I guess some people do not learn from past errors no matter how you try to intervene.
One of the biggest complaints from membership this past year was that "we have not participated in enough activities" . We have on July 14th, Camp Open Arms coming up. This is a 2 week day camp operated by Cancer Action, for children with cancer and their siblings. They seek sponsers and our club sponsers an entire day of actiivities. We hire a DJ, Ball Crawl, Blow up Slide, Clown, Face Painters, etc and provide food as well. Our President forgot to inform members last year when the event was and didn't plan on most of the activities and things till the week of the event even though he was well informed of the July date in January, . Needless to say as he called me in a panic attack to save his ass, I did my fair share of hustling as well, not appreciated one bit by me! There are normally over 100 kids and 30 something teenage counselors that we provide and serve food to so we need several volunteers to cook, serve, clean up, etc.
Well tonight was the final meeting for the season, we won't have a membership meeting till Sept and as I was saying good bye to some of the members, they commented "see you in September", I say aren't you coming to Camp Open Arms? They had no idea when it was, grrr. A repeat of last year I see. I had been so busy with the play for a bit but had reminded Doug multiple times about this event that I thought it stuck but WRONG!!!! So tonight I smacked him multiple times as I asked did you do this? No? SMACK, why not! (It was in a playful way) This was repeated multiple times and the other members quite enjoyed it ! I did too , got quite a bit of frustration out, lol.
I made him change the board meeting to next Thursday, told him he better or get his Secy to get a note out to all members about the Camp ASAP as I will smack him twice as hard if he doesn't . He didn't see why I was so upset till I explained to him that you can't keep a club active with members unless you prove there is a need for them. Men, they just don't get it sometimes!
I love trees, flowers, gardens, etc. My neighborhood is fairly new but established, most houses are 15 yrs old or younger and there aren't very many trees around as it had been a farm previously. My next door neighbor just cut down their one and only established tree. I just watched from my desk here 3 men take down, and destroy in 10 mins what took nature at least 40 years to grow, I can now see my neighbor's (kitty corner from me) yard which had been totally blocked previously and it's not very attractive. I am very sad by this, almost like a death as I really love trees.
Now before you think I've lost my mind this is what I refer to as our summer snow. Every year at the beginning of summer the Cottonwood or Poplar Trees (known as both here) bloom and go into seed. If you have never experienced this, you're lucky, as it makes an awful mess all over the place. These trees have long white fuzzy blooms that disect into little fuzzies and blow all over the place. They are particularly annoying if you're trying to do things outside like stain a deck, paint your house or even just trying to be outside as they blow into your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth . This will go on for a couple of weeks but on a breezy day, it really does look like it's snowing!