Saturday, August 29, 2009

And For My Next Act...Episode Two

Hellllllooooo!!!!! Betcha thought I burned my old job to the ground and went into hiding, huh? Nope. I'm not a vindictive person. I am, however, a huge believer of karma and I'm sure that what goes around will come around. The best revenge is living well, right? (What a load of crap.)

So I started at Outback. It's really been stressful! The menu's so much bigger than Rib City's. And there's so much to know with all the steaks, cuts, sizes, temps, etc. Some meals come with already decided sides, some come with the customer's choice of side dish. UGH!!! It's so much to remember!

I took my server test today and passed so at least that's over with. And today was my first day all by myself and I only had 2 tables and still managed to screw up one of them. I just forgot to put in their order. What?? Is that bad? They were really nice about it, though. I told 'em I was new and they were very cool.

So here's a fun little story for ya! First, let me paint a picture for you: On one side of the restaurant there's five tables that seat six people. Then across the aisle is a long bench with three or four tables with chairs on the other side and the tables can be pushed together for big parties. All of these tables were full. All of them.

On Thursday night it was my last night of training before I was on my own (today). Which basically meant I was doing everything and my trainer was just there to make sure I didn't screw up. So I go to a table of 5 and tell them I'm brand new, blah, blah, blah. Took their drink orders and went back to get their drinks. On my way back to the table (in the dining room) there was a puddle of water...I slipped and FELL DOWN!!!!! All the way down! And spilled the drinks all over the place!!! All over me. All over the floor. And on one of the girls I was taking the drinks to! I. Could. Have. Died.

Of course everyone was all "are you OK??" I just wanted to tell them to SHUT UP!!! DON'T TALK TO ME!!! You know how it is? You just want people to not talk and you'll be fine. So I go in the back and people start telling me they'd done the exact same thing. One girl dropped a whole tray of steak and lobster so at least it was cheap drinks I spilled but holy crap!!! Just freakin' kill me, please! So again, people keep asking if I'm OK. Which I was, so SHUT THE HELL UP!!! If I'm not dead, I'm fine. So of course...I get all weepy. Like a stupid girl. I wasn't hurt at all. The fall seemed to go in slow motion so I was fine. I went in the bathroom and my friend got me a new shirt and I cried. Not like full blown tears but, y'know, just weepy. I texted Tavis and told him I'd just eaten sh*t and spilled a whole tray of drinks. He laughed. 'Cause it really is FUNNY!!!!

I collected what very, very little dignity I had left and went back out to my table. (My trainer had, of course, taken over by now.) I asked if they liked the circus act and they asked what my encore was going to be. We laughed and all was well.

Can you even believe it?? People, I just wanted to put my head in the ground and DIE!!! (Have you seen Madagascar 2?) I never had that even come close to happening at Rib City and then it occurred to me why...the dining room is carpeted there. At Outback it's hard wood.

So after that, things could only improve. Remember this? I would take that with a side of me being buck naked compared to this. At least now I don't have to worry about the first time I fall/spill a bumload of drinks! And I also finally have an answer to the question, "what's your most embarrassing moment?" Although I really could have gone my whole life without an answer to that.

Things have been crazy-busy around here. Tavis is back to work (YAY!!!), Harley's been sooooooo sick (more about that on another post), school has started, I've been hip-deep in new job/training/studying for the server test, family in town (YAY!!!). So I'll be better at blogging soon. Having Harley be sick has pretty much kicked mine and Tav's butts. He's been way clingy and needing to be held. He doesn't sleep worth a crap right now. As soon as he's better I'll be back on the blogging horse! Until then, I'll be trying to keep the shiny-side-up at work!!!


Kristina P. said...

I could at least pat Harley on the head to make him feel better.

And I love your falling story. If it had been me, I would have broken my pelvis and also peed my pants.

Emma said...

So hard to function on no sleep and sick babies.
So sorry you fell are you ok?
just kidding thought maybe if one more person asked you, you would like that@!!
I'm sorry to say I laughed to, but what else do you do?
better luck next time!!

Vanessa said...

Good thing it wasn't cheese fries. And if they would have been mine, I would have eaten them off the floor. Did I just admit that?

It's ok, you'll never see them again, so who cares!

Michael, Dlaina & Ethan Lindsay said...

It was funny, seriously everyone has done it, me too a tray of about 8 drinks prob it was great and on a friday night so there wasn't a dry seat in the place. At least you got it done with now and you don't have to worry about looking like an idiot anymore cuz you already ate sh**

Hopefully Harley will feel better soon! See you monday at work :)

DeNae said...

Hoo hoo!! That one was AWESOME!! Full points, sister!! None of this "falling down where no one can see me and no one is impacted by it or anything" nonsense for our family!

People I work with? Check.
People I work FOR? Check.
Multiple witnesses all asking if you're OK? Check.
Bawling? Double Check.

That's a perfect 10 fall!! Well done.

DeNae said...

Oh, forgot the part where we dump stuff on the customer / airline seatmate / husband's supervisor. Check.

Seriously, we could teach graduate level classes on falling down.

M-Cat said...

Would you hate me if I told you that I laughed the entire post? (until the part about Harley STILl being sik).

And, that if I was there and witnessed, I would have laughed too?

I know, I am a mean mean girl.

At least you got that out of the way now!

Sher said...

I cry when I'm embarrased.
I laugh when I'm nervous or stressed.
I'll all backwards.

And I have fallen in front of alot of people too many times to count.

In fact, I forgot to write on my post about my trip about me falling out of the golf cart.

Casey said...

Tee hee hee. I'm not laughing AT you, I'm laughing with you. I did the same exact thing once but the tray had the table's entire dinner on it plus drink refills. I went to set it on a (not all the way open) tray table and BAM! They'll get over it! Yay for passing your menu test, that crap is HARD!

Moody said...

I waitress too and am now so thankful we have carpeting. And thanks for the snappy come back. I'm hoping I never have to use it though!