"DAD! The doorbell! DAD! Someone's at the door! DAD!!"
then I heard him get the door & the girls screaming,
"Oooooh BALLOONS! BALLOONS!! BALLOONS!!"
Then I realized Joe sent me roses...and balloons. So I went back to sleep.
Around 10am the phone ring s& it's my girlfriend Carolee, calling to wish me a Happy Mother's Day. We chat awhile & I go downstairs, where I'm accosted by Marissa who can't wait for me to open the presents she bought me at the school "boutique". She got me a blank weekly calendar---just what I need to keep track of their activities, as well as a little mani/pedi kit. Daddy also helped them get me 2 movies that I've been wanting to see "27 Dresses" & "PS I Love You". I read the book for "PS I Love You" & couldn't wait to see if the movie was as good.
We had planned to go this big huge mall in upstate NY & have lunch at one the restuarants there then walk around & "possibly" shop. I say "possibly" because, um, I had every intention to, LOL! I chose to eat at the Outback since my other choice was the Cheesecake Factory & I had no intention of waiting (call me snobby but I was hungry!)
We got seated right away -- wonderful. The place was NOT busy & there was a lot of open tables around. Our waitress comes right up & takes our drink orders -- wonderful. She also takes our appetizer order at the same time -- great. She brings our drinks & I had asked for both a water AND chocolate milk for Gianna, whose 3 years old mind you. She gives us each our drinks & had Marissa's soda in a kids cup & Gianna's chocolate in a kids cup but the water that I had SAID was for my daughter was in a very tall glass! So I asked her to take it back & bring her a kids cup. Okay.
Soon afterwards our appetizers come & we dig in but our waitress NEVER TOOK OUR ORDER. We don't even SEE her anywhere. So I got up & went the the manager & asked that our table be switched & explained how my kids were CRANKY because they were hungry (they don't eat the appetizers). He asks who our waitress was & goes to find her. As soon as I sat down she comes over to take our orders. The manager NEVER comes to apologize or anything! I was so not happy.
FINALLY we get our meals & the girls are calmer & start eating. The waitress comes up when Joe's in the little boys room & asks if we want to order dessert & I explained to her that he wasn't done eating. I was so pissed! Meanwhile he comes back & finishes up but then it's the girls turn to go to the bathroom so I tell Joe to order me a coffee since he's getting dessert. Bad move on my part. I get my coffee with a bowl of assort sugar packets & barely have enough sugar for my coffee PLUS she forgot to give me a spoon to stir it with!! AARRGGGHHH!!! I told Joe he was NOT tipping her! I'm vindictive like that, but he won't do it & leaves her the bare minium. What TERRIBLE service!! And I repeat, IT WASN'T EVEN BUSY!!!!
Afterwards we walked around & did a little shopping which the girls hated but it was Mother's Day after all! And you know what I bought?? Clothes. For them.
Wow! This turned into a much longer post than I intended but I feel better getting that off my chest. I do want to point out that it did not ruin the day for me. I just refuse to EVER go back to the Outback in the Palisades Center Mall!!! Since you listened to me rant & rave I will be back tomorrow with some new LO's. Once again I say to all the wonderful women out there....
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!