Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Troup Update

I've been scolded by my mother about not posting frequently enough. I'm trying to keep up with the service blog as often as I eat out, but our family blog has fallen by the wayside.

I'm cursing under my breath today because I finally blew out a knee in my favorite old jeans. I've had them since college. They're a little tighter than I should wear them, but they're worn and comfy. I'm mourning. I'll keep them around for wearing in the house, but they need to be replaced.

We're cooped up at home for a bit because Avery has pink eye and a double ear infection. Fun! She completely perked up yesterday morning, so we took the whole family to the Predators game last night. The kids were great and our seats were awesome! We were 11 rows off the ice behind the goal. Too bad we blew it in the shootout.

We're spending the day packing for our holiday with the Troups. We'll head straight to Huntsville in the morning after the Thanksgiving worship service at Otter Creek. While I'm really looking forward to some good food, I'm dreading blowing my diet. Nursing is winding down, so I'm getting serious about finally shedding the baby weight.

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. You don't have to worry about buying gifts that people don't really want or transporting too much stuff in the car. You just get to celebrate being a family and counting all your blessings. Oh, okay. Yes, I love the food!

I wish all God's blessings on you and yours this Thanksgiving holiday! I leave you with photos of our activities over the last couple of weeks.
Here's Chad accompanying Avery on the carousel at the mall. We took her to visit Santa, but she wouldn't get her picture made with the poor ol' guy!
Stuart loved watching the animals go around and around.
Stuart loves feeding himself. Most of the food ends up in his lap or on his face, but it sure is fun!
Za and Krishon made an oh-so-brief visit from California, so we stopped in to eat at the Loveless and shop at Hams & Jams market.
I was afraid Krissy would try to sneak Stuart into her luggage.
Avery is quite fond of her new elephant jammies. Makes bedtime MUCH easier.
Papa stopped in for a couple of hours on the way through town to play "Ride a Big Horsey."
Stuart was showing off his clapping skills for Papa.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The Other Blog

I started another blog. I have no idea how I'm going to keep up with two, but I'm gonna try! The other blog is It's dedicated to my reviews of restaurant service. What???

I know it sounds completely off the wall, but I've always had a strong passion for good restaurant service. We've all had bad restaurant experiences. It's hard to forget them. My plan here is to critique restaurant service with the ultimate goal of having restaurants improve their service. I've been writing training material for years now--assembling notes from my various experiences along the way. This new blog is going to be my sounding board and my storage unit for all the notes to come.

I'd appreciate if you'd bookmark the site and share it with others. I plan to make it interesting and I promise to share the funny stuff along the way. Thanks for your support!