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Wednesday, November 16, 2011


So, I love Groupon, Eversave, and all the other "deal" websites.  I love them and at times, I get a bit addicted to them:)

Getting my nails done is a TREAT.  I am a once every 3 or 4 month mani/pedi girl and I usually go to nail places where there are 10 chairs, nothing swanky, and I'm reminded of Bon Qui Qui skits every time. 
So, today April and I enjoyed one of these deals to celebrate my birthday (back in May).  It was at the Spa at Willowbend in Plano.  There was a wreck on the interstate so we were late.  I called and told them we'd be late.  The woman who answered the phone told me if we were 10 minutes late it was fine but if we were more than that, our pedi/mani would be shortened.  Okay so we go there between 10 and 15 minutes late. We filled out our paperwork and the receptionist who had a very strong European accent informed us that because we were 15 minutes late, we would lose 15 minutes of our services.  April and I looked at each other with a confused expression.  April asked, "What does that mean exactly?" At this point, I'm thinking, "If 10 minutes was acceptable to be late but 15 minutes meant we lost some time, wouldn't we only lose 5 minutes? "  She explained that there was a client right after us and she couldn't make them be 15 minutes late. Okay so I understand and I think we lost a massage.  We got the pedi/mani with paraffin which was wonderful.  Our nail techs were fine but April and I both felt like we were inconveniencing them a bit.  As we sat and let our nails dry, we fully expected clients to fill our spots, no one.  We let our nails dry, paid, and left without any other clients filling our spots.  And as we were leaving and paying, the same receptionist tried to upsale us another mani/pedi for a great price of $55. No offense, I would not pay $55 for what I got today.  Doesn't she know we're Groupon-alicious?  We bought the 3 mani/pedis a month ago for $55!!

My review:
  • my nails look great
  • the mani/pedi was very good 
  • I loved the paraffin treatment on my feet and hands.  It was great. 
  • greeting from receptionist wasn't very understanding or forgiving
  • didn't feel welcomed or appreciated as a customer
Final Thoughts: I'll stick with my Bon qui qui nail salons and leave the swanky spas for those with more cash flow!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Moved by Music

I'm getting a jump on my "thanks" for tomorrow. I was listening to our playlist for tomorrow and I was moved.  We're singing Revelation Song.   It is powerful but oh my gosh, I sat here and the tears just came, I mean like bitter beer face crying.  I needed to hear and be reminded of the power that God truly has.  I need to be reminded that He was and He is and He is to come.  The "is to come" is the one that trips me up. I worry and I get anxious and I stress.  This song was the perfect reminder with bitter beer face and all that HE IS TO COME with all power and glory and wisdom.  And when I even type that, I think, "who the heck do I think I am?"  Glad for the reminder as I sat in my room at my computer with hands lifted in the air singing at the top of my lungs tonight.  It was definitely a moment!! (I was kind of surprised my kids didn't run in to tell me to turn it down.)

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I decided to do a thanks a day during November.  It's been really cool to reflect on all of the people that I am thankful for.  I've been blessed. 

As I was reading about the First Thanksgiving and why we celebrate that day, I was reminded that there are still people in our country who do not experience freedom and who are still oppressed.  That makes me so sad. I want my kids to understand and appreciate what we have but I also want them to be moved to action to help the oppressed.  I want to be a good example of that for my kids and I'm not sure I am.  Definitely need to do some more thinking and "acting" in that area.

that's it!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


So, I was slightly offended (not really) when asked earlier this week if I was through with blogging.  I guess by behavior, all signs lead to that conclusion but not in in my heart.  I truly want to document and fill you all in ....because I know you are all so curious as to the happenings of my life.  I realized though at times, my blogging desire borders on a strange desire to complain, fuss, vent on the world wide web.  Although sometimes I find that appropriate, no with my motives or intentions.  I'm trying to tame my tongue and more so, my thoughts.  I've struggled the past month with negativity and criticism.  I am reading a book called, The Dance of Anger. It is fabulous.  I am trying to figure myself out which is not an easy task.  I'm trying to figure out what is it in me that causes such a strong reaction of negativity to certain situations. I don't have many answers but at least I'm connecting some dots for myself.

In other news, this week is crazy.  We've tried very successfully to reduce some schedule chaos.  This week, however, is a chaotic schedule week.  Monday night I had a Scentsy open house at a local high school, then an event at A's school.  Tonight we had K's end of season soccer pics & party.  Tomorrow night, we're going to celebrate Chick-fil-a's 5 year anniversary, Thursday, we've got a meeting, Friday, I have a Scentsy open house, Saturday we have a birthday party.  Isn't that wack-a-doodle??!!  My goal tomorrow is NOT to leave the house except to take & pick up A from school until dinner time.  I'm so doing it;)

Alrighty, that's an update.  You're all caught up on me!!!