Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
So, shake, shake, shake,
shake, shake, shake,
shake your booty!
shake your booty!
Or, Peaches and Herb, one of my favorite duos from that same time period (1978), might also inspire you to shake!
Shake your groove thing, shake your groove thing, yeah, yeah.
Show 'em how we do it now.
Check the homepage for more Heads or Tails participants. We wish you well, Skittles, our awesome hostess. Hope you're up to shakin' your booty and your groove thing soon!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...Travel can bring a whole host of frustrations: Crowds, delays, late arrivals and departures, inevitable waiting in lines, particular for security checks at airports, traffic jams, "lost" spouses who won't ask for directions, just to name a few. The hardest thing to do is to keep your frustration and anger in check. This may be the most difficult time to apply the Golden Rule. Just remember that having a bad attitude isn't going to change the circumstances or speed up traffic or change airline restrictions. Keeping your patience will allow you to enjoy yourself more once you arrive at your destination.
If you travel, chances are you will be dining out. And chances are, you will have hostesses, servers, or other people who provide a service or take care of your needs. While tipping is a social custom and it is your expression of gratitude for a service provided, it is definitely NOT okay NOT to leave a tip.
Generally speaking, tipping (leaving a gratuity) in a restaurant will depend on several things: the quality of the restaurant, the amount of the bill, and the quality of service. A standard rule of thumb is to leave 15-20% of the pre-tax amount of your bill. It is also standard practice to tip skycaps at airports and bellboys at hotels $1 to $2 per bag. It's also customary to tip shuttle drivers, taxi cab drivers, and maid services at hotels.
There are non-travel situations where tipping is a good practice. Some of these include home delivery of food, flowers, and gifts; help with carrying groceries to your car; movers; and valet attendants.
Clients generally tip for salon and spa services as well. Whether you're getting a shampoo, haircut, hair color, and/or style, your barber or hairsylist will appreciate a 15-20% tip for their quality service. In addition, it is also acceptable to tip after receiving a manicure, pedicure, wax service, or massage.Last, but not least, tipping on cruises is basically a requirement. The amount you tip will vary depending on your cruise line and the length of your cruise. Cruise lines usually publish a guide to tipping. And new cruisers need to understand that tipping is basically a service charge to make up for low wages that are often paid to the staff. Many of these gratuities are automatically charged to your shipboard account. Click the following links to see published tipping guides for some popular cruise lines: Carnival, Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess, and Royal Caribbean.
The two main things to remember:
1. Travelling will be more fun if you relax, stay calm, and smile.
2. It is NOT okay NOT to tip.
This is Lacy sleeping on MY bed with MY pillows! I don't mind, though.
Here is a sample of some of their cards:
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
Today's task was also my favorite for the week. She asked us to give a "round of applause" to a family member who could use a little boost! Sometimes, I think my husband doesn't realize how much I appreciate him. I made sure he did, today. And my oldest stepdaughter helped around the house (without complaining). Not only did she get a hug and words of appreciation, but I tried really hard to help her with several things that she was doing, and it was so good for our relationship.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you either positively or negatively
2. link back to the person who tagged you WLK (Thanks for thinking of me!)
3. link back to this parent post: tag post
4.tag a few friends or five, or none at all
5. post these rules— or just have fun breaking them!
1. Blogging consumes a lot of my time (by choice), but it takes time away from other things I could be doing such as grading papers, scrapbooking, watching TV, or napping.
2. I am constantly thinking about my blog and my blogging buddies. Sometimes I wonder if it's too much of an obsession, but it's not something I want to give up.
3. I have won/received some great things from bloggers (which you'll get to read about later today or tomorrow). I love entering blog contests. I've also been able to give things away, and that feels good. (Right now, I'm giving away a Bob the Builder computer game. Soon, I'll be giving away some children's books and a cookbook.)
4. Blogging is a creative outlet. It allows me to express myself through writing and photos. It's a great way to share my hobbies, such as scrapbooking, and I learn new things from my blogging friends.
5. Best of all, blogging gives me a sense of community. In many ways, it's better than FIRL (friends in real life). I have developed some special friendships, and making new friends is always fun, too. Bloggers are genuine, accepting, generous, understanding, honest, and fun!
I tag Chrissy at Chrissy's Creative Spot, Lucy at LuLu's Petals, Genuine Gem, Tammy at Queen Size Funny Bone, Jenn at My Kids are My World, and Tamy at 3 Sides of Crazy and anyone else who wants to join in. (I can't wait to see how blogging has affected your lives.)
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Hubby and I had some alone time. I may be 43, but I still got it! We went to eat at a local eatery called Frenchy's Italian Restaurant that has the best baked lasagna that I have ever eaten. It's a little taste of heaven in every bite.
I got to come home and take an hour long soak in the tub with my new bath products while reading my book. This day was absolutely fabulous!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- One should observe the hierarchy in one's business, study it, and emulate it.
- Typically, a lower ranking person is introduced to the higher ranking person.
- Stand when meeting someone, and stand for a higher ranking associate, male or female.
- Professional courtesy usually calls for a handshake upon meeting a new client or colleague.
- If offered a business card, it is best to acknowledge some information from the card while making eye contact with the giver.
- Dressing as a professional is common courtesy in most places of business.
- Avoid gossip and back-stabbing.
- Keep emails in a professional tone, and keep personal email to a minimum (if your boss approves) or to none. Just because email is so much easier to use than the telephone doesn't mean it doesn't deserve the same attention to detail and professional courtesy that a face-to-face conversation would receive.
- Keep professional conversations short, and leave out personal information unless specifically asked.
- Don't complain about your boss or your workplace while you are in the workplace.
- You can create a professional image with just these few reminders!
- Out in public, it is best to keep your cell phone calls private.
- Other rules you may follow to display courteous manners include saying "Excuse Me" or "Thank You" if the situation calls for it.
- Another rule of etiquette to remember when you are out in public is to be patient.
- You may also consider it proper common courtesy not to spit, litter, or curse in public.
- It's easy to present a positive image in public by following a few, simple rules of etiquette.
- Be Prompt
- Be Prepared
- Be Polite
Thank you to Sassy Mama Bear for designing my badge and helping me with the code.
Thank you, Jenn, for the Birthday Shout-Out on your blog!
And Tamy! What a great Birthday mascot on your blog! (I've used three of your yummy recipes this week!)
Thanks, D. and Chrissy, and Lucy for the sweet emails.
And thank you to all of my wonderful bloggy friends for the happy birthday wishes! So far, it's been a great day. I love all of you guys!
Doesn't the "after" shot look more appealing? The mug is something my daughter made for me, and the "Lincoln" is something the kids brought back from their 5th grade trip to Washington DC. We have some coasters, a candle, a candle snuffer, and a reed diffuser. That's more than enough for the bar area!
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