Friday, November 14, 2008

Rainy Day Rambles and why my new favorite place is Chick-fil-A

Addiction is a crazy thing. Take for example my new addiction to Craigslist coupled with an insane desire/need to get the best stuff for Christmas for dirt cheap. I found a something for Allie today, can't say what because I have an 8 year old who can read and frequently stands over my shoulder at the computer. If I say what then the cat is entirely out of the bag about Christmas ;). At any rate I made arrangements to meet a lady about the thing today, because she lived very near another consignment sale I wanted to go to(yet another addiction). Today, of all days, with 100% chance of rain. And wind. I take 2 children with me who are oblivious, at least in part, get the thing and go to the consignment sale. Did I mention the rain? Yes, the raining all day and no way around it, why is that crazy lady dragging 2 kids out in this weather kind of rain. Not only did I tackle the consignment sale, I decided Allie was good enough for lunch at Chick-fil-A, complete with indoor playground. Consequently, a few others had the same idea (note sarcasm). I think I circled twice trying to find the closest possible parking space. As I struggled to hold the umbrella, get littlest man and his carseat out and coerce Allie to hurry, a kid from Chick-fil-A (Yes, I am getting old enough to call the teenage workers kids) came out with one of the biggest umbrellas I'd ever seen and walked us in. Allie was so amazed she wanted to hold an entire conversation in the parking lot (in the rain). When I got in and thanked the young man, he responded, "my pleasure." I was won over (I'm big on customer service and could go on forever about how it is mostly lacking in modern fast food and various other places). I stepped up and ordered immediately and before I could get my money out of my wallet, my food was on the tray(I did have to search the abyss known as the purse for the wallet, but it didn't take THAT long). A gentleman grabbed my tray, took it to the condiment station, loaded it up with ketchup, napkins and straws and followed me to a table with it. I thanked him to which he responded, "my pleasure." I wondered if I looked that frazzled that I had come out in this weather with 2 children, but then I noticed them walking others in and carrying their trays to the table, so I felt less self-conscious. We ate, Allie played, I sat, people-watched, got a refill from the lady who worked there and offered to get me one (who also said, "my pleasure,"). We got ready to leave, took a potty break and there was my tray friend, this time with an umbrella. He walked us back to the van and waited patiently as I loaded my children. I thanked him (you got it, he said, "my pleasure") and asked it they did this often. He said they normally do this when it rains. I was (am) awestruck. I don't think I've ever been treated so nicely in a public place. It was completely worth my crazy trip to see that customer service is not dead. So I am singing their praises. If you are ever on I-77 near Fort Mill, take exit 85 and enjoy a meal at new favorite place, especially if its a rainy day. Their customer service will knock your socks off.

I found this while searching for the graphic. Now I am endorsing the online store as well. I had no idea the cows were THAT big.

I think you will completely amazed at what's available (hint: a cow pez dispenser. too cool).

You will have to copy and paste, I'm not savvy enough to make it link. If I were good like my friend Chrissy, I could have you click the cow to link you there, but I'm not html-y like she is.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Today is kinda cloudy, rainy, dreary, and I have nothing better to do so I thought I would update my blog. (Translation - the baby is not up yet.) I realized I have not posted Halloween pictures yet, so here you go.

A Motley Crew

Fitting that a Drama Queen should be a Drama Queen (Sharpay from High School Musical) for Halloween

Go Gamecocks!
(My niece pointed out that mother in law is in her gown in the background. Sorry, MaMaw, this was too cute not to post)

A Cute Little Tigger!

Sliding at the Fall Festival! Our church has this every year. "Back in the day" we used to have games like you're supposed to at festivals - dart throw, ring toss, bobbin' for apples (who doesn't want to stick their head in a tub full of water and bite into apples that others have already attempted to bite into?)- now we just rent inflatables and let the kids run rampant from one to the other. Where's the fun in that?

My nephew is the little guy in blue. I wish I had a better shot for he was one stinkin' cute pirate. He lives for celebrations and parties, so he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

I saved the best for last. 'Nough said.