27 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday 5-21-2016

  1. I loved that movie – I think I watched it on Crusie/Rich recommendation. We saw it with my father in law who loves pie but hates any form of overt expression of emotion and my mother in law who loves a good romance in any shape or form…their marriage is long lasting but not the smoothest:-). F-in-l muttered his way through the movie, but was caught surreptitiously wiping away a little welling up at the end.

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  2. I started the day as a cleaner, rushing round making the house look beautiful, and taking off the masking tape, etc, I used when painting the corner of the dining room yesterday. (Removing an C18 corner cupboard to sell it revealed that Mum and Dad hadn’t decorated behind it, so the wall switched from pale green to putty-coloured and the woodwork from ivory to honey.) Then the two lots of potential buyers didn’t turn up.

    I’m obviously just going to have to keep the house clean and tidy until it’s sold.

    I have finally booked my first appointment to view, having been too occupied with getting Mum’s house on the market to look seriously. It’s more than I want to spend, and probably not going to work therefore, but it’s on my favourite road and the garden has possibilities. And I might as well start with something I fancy.

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  3. I’m getting very much into the swing of a circular shawl I’m knitting. My daughter saw photo of a version of it online and pointed it out to me.

    I found the pattern on Ravelry, it’s called Celestarium, and I’m making it for my daughter.

    It uses beads to make a pattern of the constellations of the Northern Hemisphere. It’s going to take a while, but I’m into the part that is just knitting and placing the beads, instead of the start of the pattern, which was so tiny and fiddly and difficult.

    I feel happy satisfaction whenever I take it out and start another round. Black alpaca and silver lined crystal beads. Yum.

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    1. Darn! Now I’m going to have to try to remember my Ravelry login and password. That sounds like an amazing piece of knitting!

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    2. Oof wow. I LOVE that shawl pattern – it’s been at the top of my aspirational knitting list for a while. (Just signed up for a Craftsy class on Continental Knitting in the hopes that my purling woes will be cured.) Go go you! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out – what a glorious thing to be swathed in stars 😉

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      1. I was smitten the minute I saw the photo of the finished shawl.

        Apart from the beginning, the pattern isn’t really hard. It’s mostly just knit stitches. You always work on the right side. Adding the beads is simple, if a bit fiddly because they are small and the crochet hook used to add them to stitches is dinky.

        It takes a long time to knit because a) you have to keep track of the places where you add the beads, and if you want to do the little holes, you need to keep track of where the yarn overs and k2tog are in each round, and b) it’s a big shawl and each round takes a bit longer to do.

        I’m on round 88 of 158. But the time it takes to finish a round just gets longer. : )

        I’ll try to get some good photos when I finish.

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      1. It’s more a long project than a difficult one, but for me it has just the right amount of automatic pilot knitting mixed with paying attention (placing the beads) to keep me both calm and interested.

        The beginning was frustrating. An understatement. But once I got the work off of the double pointed needles, I entered that flow state. It’s also very light weight yarn on US size 4 needles, so I use magnifier goggles sometimes.

        The yarn is so soft and feels so good to the touch. And the beads are so pretty. So when I pause, I like to just look at it, all soft velvety black with shiny sparkles. Mmmm… yarn. : )

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  4. Did you know there’s now a Broadway show of that movie (Waitress)? My husband was a stagehand on the Boston run before it went to Broadway. Amazing show, really great music by Sara Bareilles and heart-breakingly lovely performance as Jenna by Jessie Mueller, who won the Tony for Beautiful.

    Also, having waited tables myself (and been terrible at it), holy hell yes, be kind to your waitstaff and overtip when possible.

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  5. I worked as a waitress for a year, back in the day (I was also substitute teaching at the same time, if you can believe it). It was enough to make me overtip ever since.

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    1. Me, too.
      I was a waitress at the Happy Humpty Drive In in Wapakoneta, both waiting tables and taking out the food on trays, old-fashioned style. No, not on roller skates. I liked people and food and putting them together seemed like a good idea.
      That was a million years ago.

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  6. I loved that movie, too. It broke my heart when I read that Adrienne Shelly died right before it got accepted at Cannes film festival and became successful. She wrote and directed the movie. She also starred in it as the shy waitress with glasses.
    I love waitresses / waiters. I rarely have a bad experience with one.

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  7. My mom was head cocktail waitress at a fancy country club during the sixties.

    She had great stories, including the one where a state senator pinched her butt while she was taking his order. It startled her (“I was a mother of five, for God’s sake!”), and she landed her tray over his head. The table went silent. Then the senator’s wife, who was sitting right there, said, “Well, good for you, Alice. It’s about time someone did that.” Mom said no one ever touched her again.

    She also said other waiters and waitresses were always the best tippers, because they knew …

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  8. Former waitress here: The National Pike Crab House in Ellicott City, MD. Steamed crabs and beer. I still miss it. Anybody else have trouble resisting the urge to clear any dirty plate you see on any table, anywhere?

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    1. I didn’t work in food service long enough to develop any habits from it (other than the urge to slap anyone who tells me to smile), but I worked retail (in the men’s department of a big box store) for several long years, and I still feel the urge to fold the piles of jeans properly and turn shirts on a rack so they’re all facing the same way.

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  9. I have a friend who is a visual merchandiser and if we go clothes shopping together she refolds/hangs my discards. And she goes around the store fixing things if she’s bored waiting for me or if she’s looking for clothes for me to try on.

    It bugs the hell out of me that restaurants get away with not paying servers a decent, living wage and we as customers are expected to foot the rest of it. I’ve even heard of states where if a server makes the equivalent of minimum wage in tips, the restaurants don’t have to pay them anything. That’s just wrong. I still tip, but it annoys me. I don’t understand why restaurants are so special that they have special wage legislation.

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    1. If you want to really get het up about tipping, this article should put you well on your way: http://qz.com/609293/how-american-tipping-grew-out-of-racism/. Some restaurant policies around salaries and tipping are totally appalling. I feel lucky that my waitressing experience was in a state where tips are in addition to wages – I had no idea for the longest time that it could be any other way.

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  10. I totally know about the crap! Having waitressed since I was 14. It’s how I got myself through college. The worst and most awesome shift I ever had was when I was eighteen and worked at Swensen’s, which was an ice cream parlor and food place. For some reason, I was the only server, and the whole place was full on a Friday night–parents and screaming kids, teenagers on dates, old ladies thumping canes. No matter how hard I tried, I wouldn’t be able to make sure everyone got their ice cream or sandwich served in a timely manner. And ice cream melts on the counter. It was a disaster. My heart rate still goes up thinking about it. But once I decided I couldn’t do a good job, no matter what, I relaxed. I told everyone I would do my best, and somehow I got through the night. And they did, too. We all survived.

    I won’t be friends with anyone who’s a lousy tipper. I don’t care how poor you are or ignorant about tipping practices. You go out to eat, you know the rules. You tip your server a decent amount–until they change the tipping laws or outlaw tipping altogether. Anyone who takes their dissatisfaction with the system out on the server shouldn’t participate in the system. Stay home.

    But if you do like to eat out, consider the joy you’ll give your server if you tip them well. You just might make that person’s entire night or week. And you’ll get good karma in return.

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    1. I tip 20-25%, rounding up. Given the places I eat, that only involves about five bucks, which isn’t that much but can be a lifeline for somebody on minimum wage.
      Plus there’s a real pay-it-forward going on there as these comments attest: Once you’ve been a waitress, you’re forever a good tipper of other wait staff.

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  11. We don’t generally tip in New Zealand, except maybe for exceptional service, or a jar on the counter by the coffee machine. Not getting tips doesn’t make being a waitress any easier though, I doubt.

    It’s also already Monday here, which is apparently World Turtle Day. I had no idea so many things had their own special celebration day. I’m surprised Hallmark hasn’t installed a V8 on this wagon.

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  12. I worked in a burger joint, a Pizza Hut and a steakhouse for business lunches. You bet I overtip.

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