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Rent

Posted by mbamommy on July 23, 2010

Before I get into this post, I’d like to express my extreme gratitude to everyone who’s read my blog.  And even more gratitude to all of you who’ve reached out to me either here or otherwise.  Your response is overwhelming and it makes me so happy I decided to write about our little Z-man.  It’s enormously therapeutic for me, especially knowing there’s so much love and support out there.  So, thanks.  And, please keep reading. 🙂

I need to take a brief break from telling our Asperger’s saga to thank J for being an ah-ma-zing hubby.  I mentioned I recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of my 25th birthday, right?  Well, I didn’t do the post script.  You see, around here, birthday’s aren’t just one day.  Especially when what you *really* want to do on your bday is only an option a couple weeks later.

See, I have an obsession with Rent.  Seriously, I *heart* Rent.  I honestly can’t get enough of the music.  I’ve seen it 5 or 6 times and have a tendency to listen to the soundtrack on repeat.  I think if I could marry it I would (sorry, J).  The good news is, J is *almost* as obsessed with it as I am….probably by osmosis….I’m a little leaky.

Aaaaannnnnyyyywwwwwaaaaayyyy.  The day Rent shut down on Broadway was indeed a sad day in our household.  I think I cried, but I could be making that up for effect.  But, it was sad nonetheless.  So, imagine my surprise when I heard an ad for it on the radio here in Raleigh, NC.  Really?!?  How could that be?  Who cares!  Let’s go see it!

“J, I know what I want for my bday.  And the whip cream on top would be if you planned the entire night out: babysitter, dinner, tickets, etc.”

Well, folks, my man came through.  Which was such a nice gift.  We always have wonderful date nights and he usually agrees with whatever I plan but he rarely takes the initiative in planning things.  Granted, that’s probably because I’ve wet-noodle beaten him into submission:

“J, what do you want to eat tonight?”  “

I dunno, MBA Mommy, what would you like?”

“No, honey, I don’t care.  you decide.”

“Ok, how about sushi?”

“Hmmm….I was thinking more of ordering a pizza.”.

Seriously, why do I even bother asking him if I already know the answer.  BUT, when it really matters, he knows how to deliver (ask me to post my engagement story sometime…..it’ll make the ladies swoon and the men complain they’ve got big shoes to fill).

But, I digress.

So, last Saturday night, as he planned, the babysitter showed up promptly at 5pm (us old folk get an early start for our big nights out).  I get dressed up in a cute dress and shoes and as we were walking out to the car…..huh?  J, why is there a big black van parked in our driveway? Oh, why, it’s your friendly neighborhood Gary-I Gotcha Taxi, of course.  Triangle peeps, this guy is AWESOME.  His FB tagline is, “YOU DRANK I DRIVE”.  He’s an upscale taxi service with a KARAOKE machine inside complete with strobe lights in sync with the music.  Best of all?  They have a license that allows you to have an open container.

OK, I’ll admit it.  We’re not *exactly* his target market.  I think he spends a lot more time around UNC, Duke and NC State campuses than up in the ‘burbs where we live….but how cool is that?  J not only planned this wonderful evening for us but he threw in a fun little surprise.

So, off to dinner at Second Empire we went with our mini-bottles of wine in hand (W.T., I know), where we had a fabulous dinner complete with Cakebread Chardonnay (my fav and too rich for daily consumption) and chocolate cake (see previous parentheses).  Then, back to our car service and off to the show.

Soooo…….the show.  Rent.  My favorite.  The show I can sing along to just about every word and I cry at almost every song.  Why, because it’s sad?  No, because the music gives me goosebumps (I cry when I get goosebumps?  Huh?).

The show was amazing, although I think the show would be amazing if I was watching The Chipmunks perform it (haha, just had a mental image of Alvin singing Maureen’s “Over the Moon”).  The music was the same.  The stage was the same.  The singing?  The dancing?  Well, I think it left a little to be desired.  I thought JoAnn, Maureen, Collins and Mark did a wonderful job.  But, I thought Roger, Mimi and Benny were lacking.  True, Roger and Mimi are huge shoes to fill but they’re also very important shoes.  And, Angel did a great job dancing but his voice just wasn’t there.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  And I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.  Both J and I simply noticed that we weren’t watching Broadway, that’s all.

Wanna know the best part?  J and I.  As far as we were concerned, we were the only ones in the world.  Well….us and Gary-I Gotcha.  With everything going on in our lives it’s truly wonderful to be able to escape with your plus 1 for a night and remember why you married them in the first place.

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Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

Posted by mbamommy on May 7, 2010

A tale of two restaurants….

Restaurant #1: Twisted Fork

Background: This restaurant is about 10 minutes from our house, ranked #1 in the Triangle for Kid Friendly by City Search and a family favorite.  We even had a particular booth we always asked for (in the back, semi-private and difficult for the kiddies to run loose).

One Sunday, JC, RunZMC, Petite Syrah and I head over for brunch.  We LOVE their Sunday brunch.  JC and I both got omelets and the kids shared pancakes.  Less than 10 hours later, JC and I are taking turns worshiping the porcelain goddess and feeling achy all over.  We double check with some friends who we had dinner the previous night? Nope, they’re fine. And, brunch is the only thing we had eaten that day.  Hmmm….looks like food poisoning.

On Monday, I called Twisted Fork and spoke to the Manager.  I told him the situation.  My main concern was to let him know that something was wrong with his eggs just in case anyone else calls….and, maybe he should make sure to throw that batch out.  Honestly?  That was it.  I just didn’t want anyone else to go through what we had gone through the night before.

Mistake #1: his first question was, “Is that what the doctor diagnosed”?  (no, you dummy, I’ve been too busy throwing up to go to a doctor’s!)

Mistake #2: he goes on to say that no one else had complained. (that’s cause they’re too busy throwing up!)

Mistake #3: he offered to give me a gift card for the amount we paid. (do you really think I want to eat at your restaurant again?!?)

Success #1: he offered to refund our full meal

BIG FAT MISTAKE: I never heard an apology or sympathy for my pain.  I *may* have gone back if I had heard him say “I’m so sorry that happened”.

Here’s some stats for you:

  • Approximate frequency of dining: 2x/month for 3 years.
  • Average bill: $50
  • Estimated amount of $ we spent there: $3600
  • Estimated LTV? Over $10k
  • Cost of refund: $44

But, alas, we now need to find a new favorite family restaurant…..which leads to….

Restaurant #2: Nantucket Grill

Background: This restaurant is 2 minutes from home and only recently opened.  JC and I decided to check it out on a date night a few months ago and loved it. Why?  It was reasonably priced, good food, good ambiance.  We just bellied up to the bar and talked for hours.  OK, I lied…that’s not why we (I) loved it.  Every Saturday night, they give out FREE CAKE. What?!?  FREE CAKE? I’m sold.

One night, a couple weeks ago when the g’rents were in town, we ordered in.  When the food came, two of the meals were incomplete and mine tasted terrible.

Success #1: the first time I called to tell them the order was incomplete, they apologized and offered either a free side or a free piece of cake next time we came in…just give my name to the manager, they made a note of it.

Success #2: the next time I called to let them know the food was inedible (waaayyyy too salty), they apologized again and said the next meal was on them.

Success #3: the next time I ordered for pickup, I mentioned my name, the manager gave me my food, apologized again for the inconvenience, chatted for a couple minutes and held the door for me on my way out.

And, some more stats:

  • Approximate frequency of dining: 1x/month for 3 months (future frequency? 2x/month)
  • Average bill: $50
  • Estimated amount of $ we spent there: $150
  • Estimated LTV? Over $10k
  • Cost of refund: $30

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?

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I *heart* G’rents

Posted by mbamommy on June 10, 2009

Now that I have kids, my parents and JC’s parents have renewed their place as some of our favorite people in the world (mine dropped off when I was a teenager and have been slowly moving back up in the ranks since then).  A couple weekends ago, 2 of the 6 grandparents came in to see Petite Syrah, runZMC and Boo (oh yeah, and us, right?).  All the kids LOVED the extra attention and treats they got.  We played at the pool, took walks, got tons of awesome pics – and JC and I weren’t running around like crazy following the kids.  It also allowed MBAMommy to take a nice little relaxer from carrying 55+ lbs of baby up and down stairs all day.  See, when Grandma C and Grandpa R are in the house, Mommy and Daddy are totally lame.  And we LOVE that. 

We even got a *much* needed date night.  And, herein lies the first reason why I *heart* g’rents.  FREE BABYSITTING.  Not only that, but post pre-dinner drinks and pre-dinner, we realized that our car wouldn’t start and we’d need to call AAA/get a cab/get towed/whatever.  Here’s the 2nd reason I *heart* g’rents.  FREE RIDE HOME.  Which leads to the 3rd reason. FREE DD.  Once JC & I coordinated with Grandpa R when and where we needed to be picked up, we thoroughly enjoyed a bottle (+) of yummy wine and some delicious Cafe Luna treats.  It was one of those nights where the restaurant could have burned down around us and we wouldn’t have known.  It was one of those nights where I was reminded that I married an amazing man, not just an amazing Daddy.

Back to the first reason I *heart* g’rents.  The next day, JC and I head back downtown to figure out the car situation only to realize as we’re trying to unlock the car that we’ve left the keys back at the house (probably a little too much yummy wine the previous night?).  So, back we go up to the house and back we go downtown (a 25 minute trip, one-way), get the car started and get on with our days.  I *heart* g’rents because we didn’t have to take the munchkins on our 75 minute tour of Capital Blvd (FREE BABYSITTING), which would have made last night’s yummy wine soooooo un-yummy.

G’rents, if you’re reading this, you’re welcome to visit anytime!!! 🙂

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