Note to Bed-Stuy Restaurant Owners - Up Your Service Game
Surly Service at Peaches - waiter almost spilled coffee on me. Not sure if it was because I asked about it after waiting 20 minutes for it to arrive or because he’s a bit clumsy.
Non-existent service at Rustik - Two hours and 2 mimosas later, our brunch had still not arrived.
Tip Bullshit at Therapy Wine Bar - I can pay with my credit card, but I can’t add a tip to my credit card? What kind of bullshit is that?
Very slow service at Saraghina - Sometimes it takes awhile to get a waiter’s attention, but at least the food is quick coming out
Unfriendly Wifi Policy at Liquid Oz - They don’t seem to like it if you want to hang out there and use your laptop. They want you to buy something every 45 minutes. Can’t blame them, but it seems unfriendly and unwelcoming.
This one’s for Beso - If you know there’s a large group coming to your restaurant because they’ve called to tell you they’re coming, be prepared for a crowd. How do you prepare? Have enough staff to take and fill orders. Prep the food on the special menu you created and printed out for the group’s visit. Expect people to want drinks and have enough glasses for those drinks. Don’t tell people you don’t have something that’s on the menu unless you’re sure you’re out of the item.
Here I go again making promises to myself and breaking them. I told myself I wouldn’t buy any new handbags this fall, but I have already broken that promise. This time, the ASOS sale got to me. I couldn’t pass up that 20% off and bought this Cambridge Satchel, which I know are every where, but they had it in navy and God knows, I love me a navy bag. To make matters “worse”, I am the high bidder on a Michael Kors East/West tote on Ebay. To my credit, I am shopping on ebay and buying things on sale but still, I need to stop. I don’t have any more room in my closet for this stuff. As I glance around my bedroom, I can see no less than 8 bags strewn about. Yes, I have carried these 8 bags in the past couple of weeks so at least I’m using my stuff, but I need to stop shopping.
Unfuck Your Sunday: Kitchen Challenge
This 20/10, head into the kitchen and start with wherever the biggest mess is. If your dishes aren’t done (which they should be, ahem), start there. If they are done (yay!), weed out old or expired food in the fridge, give your stove top a thorough cleaning, or continue clearing the counters.
When Obama endorsed same-sex marriage…
When I wrongly assume that I can handle one more shot
Notes from Frugal February
This month I have not bought a stitch of clothing, a single handbag, shoe or accessory. I didn’t buy any cosmetics. No new mascaras or lipsticks or fancy moisturizer or shampoo. I bought groceries and had wine at home. I made my own coffee in the morning and brought in my lunch to work. I made dinner more than I ever had in any given month. I did not go to brunch.
I did cheat on no-buy month once or twice. I paid for a round of drinks and dinner in the neighborhood with my husband. I bought a skein yarn, but it was a necessity. With 6 inches left to knit on a sweater and seaming, I felt the purchase was justifiable.
Not shopping for a month has made me realize I am a bit of a shopaholic. What’s more, I’m a shopaholic who likes to tell myself it’s ok to shop if it’s on sale. I felt serious withdrawal the first few days. I ignored the Kate Spade sample sale. I ignored the Hayden Harnett winter sale. I deleted the email about the Philosophy sale at drugstore.com. I deleted every email from Sephora and JCrew. I unsubscribed from the Tory Burch mailing list and did not visit Gilt, Rue La La or Ideeli every day. I did not add to cart once this entire month.
There are just 5 days left and Frugal February will be done. I am embarrassed to admit how much I’ve been able to save. The temptation to shop for a friend’s upcoming wedding is strong, but going through my closet this weekend I discovered I already have everything I need.
And isn’t that the lesson. I already have everything I need.