October 28, 2011

A Post Without Words











October 21, 2011

Awkward and Awesome (Mostly Awesome, Partly Awkward) Thursday a Day Late....

Commencing the craziest weekend--no, week?-- of my life.


Yesterday I got my grade back on my French presentation. Jana gave me 100%, even though some of my grammar was wrong and I didn't place all the right accents in all the right places. I don't feel right bragging anywhere but my blog, so I feel like I can say all this here :) she whispered to me as I came in that it was the best presentation she had ever had. Then she told me that if I wanted to work through a module a day, she would help me do that. Ha. Good thing she was joking. (Our book is a two-semester text with fourteen modules.)

Also yesterday, I managed to get my persuasive speech out of the way, which feels great. I was the only person ready to go, but I'm so glad. Even if I had waited until Tuesday, then I would be competing with other people for the chance to get it done, and I wouldn't be that much readier by Tuesday anyways. I'm the type of person who, if given extra time to do something, I just cram the night before. Extra time does nothing.

All in all, though, the speech went really well. I felt confident and well-informed, and the rest of the class was responsive and said my topic was interesting. I wanted to eventually record the speech with my webcam (since one of the managers at Sizzler, Sona, really wanted to see it) but I don't think I will find a spare minute for that until Christmas vacation. When I do, I'll probably post it on here.

Finally, I worked... and here comes the awkward part of awkward and awesome.

People were really mean yesterday. I mean like snooty. They were stuck up and rude and just ugh. One family came in and it was pretty busy and I was the only counter person, so I was a little irked when the mom and daughter ordered 2 salad bars and the dad was texting.

Without even looking up, he ordered "the biggest New York strip."

Now, in my head, I'm going, What the heck is a New York strip? And at first I thought maybe he did order something we had and I just heard him wrong. So, I looked at him expectantly. He looked at his wife, and back to me. "Are you having trouble hearing me??"

Now, it's hard to convey tone of voice over text. But this guy was irritation at its best. Sometimes people just send me over the edge, especially in my line of work. His voice was oozing sarcasm. I just wanted to kick him in the shins.

Instead, I smiled sweetly and said, "Are you asking me for the biggest steak on the menu?" 

Get me out of here.

*sigh* Another crazy weekend in the life of Nicole, coming right up!!


October 18, 2011

Coffee by Numbers

I'm wearing 5 pretty hats today
I got 4 places to be, and 3 critical endeavors to save.
2 hands are not enough to balance all this stupid stuff
And 1 head can hardly run on 0 hours of sleep... you know that it's not fun.

But 6th Avenue is calling me away, it's 7 blocks from here
to 8 or 9 perfect cafes.
I guess I've drawn some kind of line
Gonna drop some balls, gonna make some time
My steps are steering that way now
It's not like I'm useful lately anyhow.

I'm gonna waste time and play
I'm gonna find the right cafe.
Gonna lay down my dismay and sit in just one chair all day:)
And wonder wonder wonder what it would take to stop
the world...
a spell
I feel dizzy and a bit unwell.

Just sit, just stare
There's no one in mortal peril if I
Stop the world awhile.
1 raw sugar please, I love your smile Babe
Just chill, just breathe
I'll take this one in a real cup please.

Gonna breathe deep 'til I'm dizzy
Stranger, you look pretty busy

Hey Love, you look like a zombie on parade
You got a cell phone sword and a briefcase barricade.
You can't taste your coffee when you drink so fast
Is that your 10th or 11th cup?
Stranger, look at me.
I never said hello and that's killing me.

I've seen you here 12 times
But I've been wrapped up in my rhymes
We've got places to be, people to see and doubtless ladders to climb
But wouldn't you wouldn't you love to stop
The world... with me?
Take ten minutes being just to be
We'll talk. Or not. You don't really need that extra shot
Just sit down, drink up, Darlin' you look simply thunderstruck
I'm new myself to this startled state of mental health
And I'm mad, I'm sore
So let's hold the phone, Babe, let's hit ignore
Might read or write or I might not do one worthwhile thing tonight....

there's much more, but honestly I got tired of typing. My brother sent me Marian Call's new CD: Something Fierce. It's amazing. You should buy it. :D 

October 5, 2011

Grow up, little heart.

Grow up, little heart...
You trust far too easily.

You think everyone wants what's best for you,
You think everyone wants to be close to you.

You are wrong, little heart.

Not everyone has your best in mind.
Some people take what they want and leave.
Some people get close, just to leave.
Some just make you go "pitter patter" with no intention of follow-through.

Grow up, little heart.
You trust far too easily.