Breakfast Tips

breakfast coffee
breakfast coffee

Did you ever think about how much less money waitresses make in the morning versus working the dinner shift?  I feel bad for them.  They have to get up earlier than most of us to be there all wide awake and friendly in order to greet us first thing in the morning.  They have to be cheerful to those of us that most definitely are not that fun to be around early in the day.  They have to make sure your food is delivered to you as soon as it’s out because who likes cold eggs or pancakes?  They come to the table a lot more than a waitress does at dinner…at least for me, who likes my coffee refilled pretty much every time she walks by.

So what do they get for all of this?  They get a fraction of the money that waitresses earn later in the day. Lunch waitresses get ripped off a little bit too but they, at least, get to sleep in, still are home at night, and still make more money than breakfast waitresses do.  In fact, most lunches are getting to be as expensive as some dinners.

Let’s figure this out.  Let’s say that you are going to breakfast and dinner with 3 friends.

  • If you order a full breakfast, let’s say your bill comes to $10.00.
  • Add on a 20% tip, which is $2.00.  For your table of 4, the waitress gets $8.00.
  • Let’s say she waits on 15 tables that day.  That gives her a tip total of $120.

 

  • If you order a full dinner at a moderate price, let’s say your bill comes to $25.00.
  • Add on a 20% tip, which is $5.00.  For your table of 4, the waitress gets $20.00.
  • Let’s say she waits on 15 tables that day.  That gives her a tip total of $300.

That’s significantly less money that the waitress earned for breakfast while waiting on the same number of people and tables.  Multiply that times 5 days per week and it adds up to $900 less for the week!  Now, I’m not saying that any server doesn’t deserve what they get.  They most definitely do.  They have to deal with all kinds of people for their entire shift and I’m sure not all of their experiences are pleasant.  I’m just not sure that the nice people serving our breakfast deserve so much less than those serving us later in the day.  I know that standard tipping is 20-25%, but maybe we could throw in a little bit extra for those angels of mercy with the coffeepot first thing in the morning.

Happy Taco Day!

taco day
Taco Day

I LOVE LOVE LOVE tacos!  There are so many ways to fix them that it can work for everybody.  As a busy mom, you can throw these together in seconds.  I always keep 1# packages of taco meat in the freezer.  You simply thaw and heat, add the toppings and you’re ready to eat.

Depending on what you put in them and how you fix them, it can be a gourmet meal (think lobster and melted butter or prime rib) to casual (ground beef, turkey, shrimp, etc.).  You can fix the base of the tacos (shell, meat, cheese) ahead of time and let people add to them if they want or set it out as an all buffet meal. Nothing gets easier than that, especially for a team dinner or family get-together.

An added benefit to tacos is that you can sneak in some healthy ingredients without anybody being the wiser.  For years, I used a half-and-half combo of ground beef and ground turkey for all my recipes and nobody ever knew it.  You can shred some veggies and add them to your tacos.  One of my very favorite ways to eat now them is to saute some red, orange, and yellow peppers and some onion in coconut oil, add some black beans and seasoning, and roll it up into a corn tortilla.  YUM!

Any way you fill them, roll them, or eat them, tacos are a great thing. Happy Taco Day to you!

Those Two Little Words

apology flower
apology

The power contained in the two little words “I’m Sorry” is enormous!  It can heal years-old hurt, renew friendships, and restore relationships.  It can change people’s lives by allowing them to start forgiving and to get past the hurt and it makes you feel better as well.  Why, if it’s so valuable to say them, are these two little words so difficult for us to say?

Pride for one thing.  None of us likes to admit that we did or said anything wrong–ever.  Our first inclination, then, is to deny, deny, deny.  Some initial responses when you’ve done something that you regret can include:

  • That’s not what I meant
  • You misunderstood
  • That never happened
  • (S)he is lying
  • That’s not really what I said
  • It came out wrong
  • You don’t understand

Why do we feel the need to explain how what we did or said makes us innocent, even when we’re not?  There is not one single person on this earth that is perfect; NOT ONE.  Why do we try so hard to prove that we are?  What do we have to gain?  Time?  Almost all the time, things come out anyway and you end up addressing it, so why prolong it?  The longer you wait, the worse it gets.  It eats at the person that did something and it eats away at the person that was wronged.  You both know something was said or done even if you’re not quite sure of the details or disagree about the circumstances.  Sometimes neither person knows how to fix it.  Is it because of embarrassment?  Probably, but that stays with you, too, until it’s resolved.  Sometimes it gets to be so big that you lose the relationship rather than admit you were wrong.  Is it worth it?  Good relationships are a blessing and not replaceable. Continue reading “Those Two Little Words”

National Suicide Prevention Week

hope
hope

This year, this week…you can make a difference.  The issue of suicide is always a bit scary, both because we’re afraid it will happen to someone we love and because we are, for the most part, not very knowledgeable about the subject until it affects us.  I have a few people in my life that have been directly impacted by this issue and my heart still breaks for the pain that they experience.  While I learned a bit about it, enough to have an intelligent conversation, I was still unaware of the actual statistics on this issue or the information that is available to help us all become more aware.  This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.  In addition to that, for every suicide that is carried out, there are about 25 more attempts.  Life is hard for all of us and, for some, it’s harder.  We’ve made some strides in making this topic more mainstream, but we still have work to do.  Depression, mental illness, and suicide are not taboo topics; they are a necessary conversation.  This is no different than us researching cancer or heart attacks.  We all know the warning signs of those and take action to prevent or heal ourselves and those close to us.  We should be doing the same work on the topics of mental illness and/or suicide. Continue reading “National Suicide Prevention Week”

Selena Gomez is Not Alone in Fighting Lupus!

caring
caring

In the news today it was announced that Selena Gomez is taking some time off to care for herself in dealing with the effects of lupus.  Good for her!  She is not alone in fighting this disease and is, in fact, one of a growing number of us affected by an autoimmune disorder.  Yes, I said “us” as I am counted in that number and can speak to the fight that she is going through.  I am happy that she is speaking out and doing what she needs to do for herself.  We all need to do that, although it’s not easy and it’s not always even possible.

Facts & Figures:  Autoimmune diseases are one of the fastest growing categories of disease.  To put this in perspective and recognize the widespread impact it has, cancer affects up to 9 million people and heart disease up to 22 million.  According to estimates (below), 50 million people may be affected by an autoimmune disease.  Despite the vast number of people affected, funding for research into this area of health is woefully inadequate, as are treatment options.  It is estimated, and expected then, that direct healthcare costs are double those of cancer.  Continue reading “Selena Gomez is Not Alone in Fighting Lupus!”