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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Waiter's Tip

Ok, so I have been wanting to do this for awhile. If you didn't know already, I work as a waitress and have been working as one for the last 4-5 years. I worked as a waitress while in college and since. Waiting table is good money. I usually only have to work about 5 hours, upwards of about 10-12 if I'm doing a double. It does a good job of paying the bills and giving me a little spending money afterwards. By no means do I consider serving to be a career. When I'm not working as a waitress, I am at home, taking care of my dogs, keeping house, and trying to start my own business, Koda. Working at a restaurant allows me the time and flexibility to be able to run my small business and that's why I stick with it. As soon as Koda takes off, I'm throwing in the serving towel.

Let me just say, I know what people outside of the industry think of me. Just from seeing me walk to their table, they're already thinking, "yeah, the only job she would be able to get would be as a server. Look at her tats and her blue hair." (and no, I don't say tats. But for whatever reason, people think that they can be on some super cool tattoo level with me if they call it that. Yeah, nice. You wanna grab my arm to look at em to? OR MAYBE, you wanna ask me what I'm going to do when I break up with Bob. Now that one will make me swoon.) Fact is, serving is not it for me, it's a job. My career is what I'm starting at home in my studio. And a majority of the people that I work with are in school and working as a means to pay for it. And for the rest, who cares that they work in a restaurant. Chances are that I make just as much as any of my peers who work an entry level job at cubical, but I work less and have more fun!

Before anyone jumps down my throat with a "Serving is so easy! Why are you complaining?". Serving doesn't suck. People suck. There are tables that come in that are just flat out rude, miserable, without manners, and looking to complain for a handout. So, once a week, I will be update my blog with a waiters tip for everyone out there that has not worked in the industry before, because I have come to the conclusion that tipping etiquette or any kind of etiquette is not taught in school these days and parents are dropping the ball with these brats that now dine out at restaurants. Also, I need to have an outlet for these rants because I'm sure Aaron could use a break.

Tip #1:
When dining with small children, leave at least 20%.

I can understand that dining out with small children isn't easy on the parents. They get antsy, the don't want to eat, they make a mess, they scream.. the list goes on. I do my best to accommodate families and I usually go above and beyond for them. My restaurant doesn't have a kids menu, but I can give you all sorts of kid friendly suggestions, make an entree kid's portioned, get them kid's cups, and whatever they could possibly need. Parent's are almost always receptive to this and thank me up and down. But when it comes time to collect the check and I'm looks down at a messy table, chairs, and floor, only to open the check book and find a 10-15% tip, I'm disappointed and angry. I went above and beyond AND now I have to spend an extra 5 minutes more that it would normally take to clean and reset a table to clean up after your child's mess. So parents, please leave me a nice 20% tip. It's well deserved. I also remember all of my tables that have tipped really bad. Even better yet, I remember all of my tables that have tipped really well, especially if they had kids at the table. And I'm always even nicer to those tables on their next visit.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Interiors: Dog Crates & Beds

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Moto Monday: Flake & Flames

I stumbled across the trailers for this indie-documentary and I thought I would share it with everyone. It's shot by two guys on their search for the best in custom culture (or Kustom Kulture). This includes tattoo artist, pinstipers, pin up models, painters, and motorcycle and hot rod builders. I'm going to be keeping an eye out for a release date.
Flake & Flames


Sunday, May 20, 2012



Breaking Bad

Korean revenge and gore movies

Working on:

Pins, and possibly some necklaces and bracelets. I was planning on having a booth set up at First Thursday in June, but after pricing everything out, it looks like I'll have to wait until July and save up a little more money. This also means I'll have more time to produce some new products. =)

Looking forward to:

The day Sid stops peeing in the house. Ha!


Watermelon and Fro-yo. Maybe even watermelon flavored fro-yo. Mmmmm..

Thinking about:

What I should get Aaron for his birthday. 

Listening to:

The people upstairs bang pot and pans, vacuuming for hours on end, and playing leap-frog or some other game that involves jumping around. Sigh.. I need a house.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I got a new pup!

And his name is Sid! Today, he's just hanging out, watching me make some pins. Shop dog!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Moto Monday: Vintage Posters

                                                                Source: via Samantha on Pinterest
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jenna's Bachelorette Party/Wedding

Back in January, I went back to Illinois for my sister's wedding. I forgot all about the picture I had taken until I uploaded my camera over the weekend. 

Penis straws!

She couldn't take the shot with no hands. It got a little messy!

Plank shot

Rehearsal dinner at Lou Malnati's. I miss Chicago food!