Romancing the Me!

About a year ago, (well – a year ago on St. Patrick’s Day) I won a gift certificate for the “Romance Package” from the Kress Inn in DePere. It has spent the goodly party of this year magnet-ed to my refrigerator waiting to be used. I had been debating on using it, waiting for the perfect romantic weekend opportunity. Well, I think we all know how my love life has been this past year (if not – catch up here) I had been worried I would let it go to waste. Not being the kind of girl who would waste a good freebie – inspiration struck! On 2/28, I would be part of the panel at the nnsmb (New North Social Media Breakfast) that was being held at the Marq in DePere. Eureka! Perfect. I packed my bags (yes. bags. I am a chronic over packer) arranged for a sitter for the puppy and headed up to DePere.

I checked into my amazing room (the executive suite thank you very much) and was greeted by the lifestyle I would like to become accustomed to.  King sized bed, fireplace, whirlpool, champagne & Seroogy’s chocolates!

Walking into this setting wiped away the dorkiness I felt booking the “Romance Package” for me and a night of working. After a couple of hours of work, and some bragging about my situation) I decided it was officially time to de-stress and I did something I rarely allow myself to do – I unplugged. I turned off the computer, closed the iPad and put my phone on silent.

It was time to bubble my stress away.  While I love what I do, and enjoy the extra curricular projects I have been involved in, the stress has been getting to me. To the point of my neck seizing up on me, so this night could not have come at a better time. So  I filled the tub, turned on the bubbles, poured a glass of champagne, opened the candy and did the most “spoil myself” thing I could do: I turned on Bravo & threw away the remote!

Normally, the only time I get to watch it is on the treadmill at the gym, and then I only get 1/2 an episode! Now that I am way more chilled out, I can plug back in and get back to work, breathing much easier.  And by working, I mean sitting fireside in my jammies with my Bed Buddy working out the last bit of bad neck and finishing another glass of champagne. All in all – good night!

So thank you, fine folks at Kress Inn & Bravolebrities!  You rock my socks! Tune in to the nnsmb UStream channel to watch our presentation here.

UPDATE:  I get up on my soap box often about customer service. I am a believer that the experience can be make or break for any place. This morning, I had to get my room re-keyd three times, but the front desk rep, Ben, was awesome about it. The first thing he did was apologize (I understand the situation and was laughing the whole time). He was friendly and helpful the entire time and got me into my room without letting me feel like a fool or treat me like it was my fault. I worked at hotels, you do kind of always assume it’s operator error, you just don’t show it.  Ben made a bad situation a positive and funny one.

Kudos Ben!


I Want the Best One

This past Saturday, I took my first wander though the Downtown Appleton Farmers Market.  For me, the first trip is always the best one, when I get to rediscover all the goodness that is freshly picked fruits and veggies along with the most amazing people watching.

I stopped at a booth to buy some sugar snap peas (my Farmers Market MUST have). I was all set to go with my purchase, I was overwhelmed by the scent of fresh picked strawberries. I broke down and had to buy a pint. When the vendor asked what pint  I wanted to choose – that’s when I said it.

“I want the best one”

The words fell out of my mouth (as they normally do), I hadn’t expected to shock him so much.  Now it is Tuesday and  I still am thinking about that comment.

Was it strange that I wanted the best? Wouldn’t you? Did he not expect someone to want to get the best possible strawberries they could?

Have people’s expectations gone so low that they will not ask for what they want?

Think about when you walk into a store – what do you expect the service to be like? Do you go in with visions of smiling, knowledgeable, friendly people who are available? Or do you just hope that the person you are trying to give your hard-earned money to will stop complaining to the cashier next to her long enough for you to get through the transaction?

I hope that I apply my want for the best to more than just summer strawberries.  The more I reflect on that one little phrase “I want the best one” the more I find myself striving to not only want the best, but to be the best. If I expect the best from the strawberry guy – what about me? Am I being the best friend/daughter/granddaughter/employee/coworker/blogger/ etc I can be?

How often have you found yourself “phoning it in” at work on a Friday afternoon? Have you ever hit mute on that phone call because you didn’t feel like talking to anyone? I think this will be my mid-year resolution, to put in that little extra effort (for those of you who know me from my Pierce days – please do your best avoid all 212 references here)

Rant over… time for some strawberries.