Monday, September 28, 2009

Fine Dining????


Saturday night after working all day at the fiber festival, Meghan and I decided we wanted to go out to eat and be served our food. We were both tired and dehydrated.
We decided to go to Applebees. Applebees is such a large chain that I figured it would be good service and good meals. But not so much of either.

When we got to Applebees,it was busy but they seated us immediately. It took a few minutes before the waitress took our drink order. Megs ordered a pop and water and requested a pitcher of water. I ordered some mixed drink and water with lemon. Nothing was said that we couldn't have a water pitcher on the table.

Well my mixed drink came in just a couple of minutes, but we had to wait for the water and pitcher for about 8-10 minutes. I understand they were busy, but you would think they could bring us water.

They did deliver the water, pitcher and pop finally. About that time I went to use the restroom.
When I got back I could tell Meghan wasn't happy about something....they took the water pitcher away. Meghan told me a different waitress came, lectured her about the fact that we can't have a pitcher of water on the table and took it away...... she lectured a customer! What kind of customer service is that?

Our waitress stopped by again and apologized, she said she didn't know pitchers couldn't be left on the tables.

Well finally our food arrived. Megs had ordered some hamburger with no pink in the middle. I ordered a rare steak. Meghans hamburger was pink. Meghan said she would still eat it. But then I cut into my steak and it was hardly pink, so we sent both back.

Not long after the shift manager stopped by as we had had so many problems with things. He applogized for the meals and the water problem. I explained to him that I wasn't really that concerned about the meals, those things happen, and that if they had allowed us to have the water pitcher, I probably wouldn't have complained about the meals. He told us that the Applebees policy is to not leave pitchers of water on the tables, they want to promote a more 'fine dining' atmosphere than a 'diner' atmosphere. I again stated that the customers had requested it and it was pretty poor customer service to ignore our request.

We received our recooked meals. My steak was still more medium rare than rare. I think Meghans meal was fine.

Meghan timed how long it took us to get water and pop refills and it took about 5 minutes....and that was 5 minutes when Meghans glass was empty except for a little ice.

After we finished our meal, we recieved our bill. I was quite amazed that they still charged us full price for everything. We weren't looking for a discount or a free meal, but to see everything that they screwed up in our meal experience, you would think they would do a little more than, 'We're sorry.' I also never asked for a discount or free meal from them, but I would expect a little more from a 'fine dining restraunt.'
After we left we were talking and we wondered what they would have done if we had ordered a pitcher of beer? I really doubt they would have refused to serve us a pitcher of beer. But then again they are fine dining.

I have dined at many places that I would consider fine dining and I don't recall having ever asked, but I bet if asked they would have provide some type of pitcher of water. I doubt it would be in a plastic pitcher, more likely a carafe or some stately pitcher of water.

Fine dining my a**!
So the next time you want a 'fine dining' experience, just go down to your local applebees, but make sure you don't ask for a pitcher of water!

North Country Fiber Fair Booth

Meghan & I had a booth this year at the North Country Fiber Fair.
A few photos of our booth....


I love this idea Meghan had....hand carded hand blended batts

I thought more people would have her blend up a blend of her alpaca and handdyed fibers, but I think most people fell victim to the cria fleece






These are our wheels......
We got a little time to spin on both days.


I had a little car trouble while there....my alternator decided it should die just to make the weekend memorable. Chad came up and towed it home, what a sweetie. We took it to Sears and they had it fixed by 10 on monday morning.

Sheep Shearing at NCFF

I've never gotten to see a sheep sheared in real life, so while at the North Country Fiber Festival I watched the demonstration....



A little blurry but we get the idea...




And then....
My battery in my camera died....
oh well it was fun to watch and hopefully next year we will get to start practing.....wheee
I have never felt wool fresh off the sheep.....mmmmm soft, lanolony smelling...mmmm


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Morris is a girl


My leaning tree.

The brown trim is what was on the whole house before. The white is the new trim. We have 8 windows done. The rest won't probably be done until spring.


It looks so much better now. The pictures definately don't do it justice.

Last weekend I picked out 2 more Kitties. One that looks like Morris, but she is a girl, so she was named Morris by Chad. And the other kitty is Boots, he is black with 4 white 'boots'. I am complaining because these were all supposed to be my kitties (Chad is allergic) and guess who hasn't gotten to name ANY of the Kittens???
If you guessed me, your right. So I want to get one more kitten, preferrably a female kitten. I still need to take morris and boots to the vet, but I don't think it will happen in the next 2 weeks. I plan to take them to the vet in Beresford to try it out there. I like the vet I use in Tea, but it is a pain to have to drive so far for appointments. And I will need to find a large animal vet if I plan to have livestock next year.

We have had several things happen lately, the water heater died (we fixed it), we got the outside water faucets installed and working, we are still working on the faucet by the old barn floor. We haven't gotten alot done in the house but have made some progress.

I and Meghan are going to have a booth at the Fiber Fair in Watertown on the 19th and 20th, wish us luck! Stop by and say hi if your there.

I haven't gotten my etsy or artfire back up and running yet as I just haven't had alot of time for photographing and listing and that stuff. Hopefully I can do that soon.

With the shortening days, I will have more inside time to do indoor things and will have to worry less about the mowing and the thistles and all that stuff.