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Friday, April 16, 2010

Ribs R' Us

Restaurant: Ribs R’ Us
Date: April 15, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Guests: Mike, Tina and Brooklyn
Rate 1-5 with 1 being worse than 5
Entrée Value Taste Appearance Temperature Overall
Fried Tomato BLT 2 3 1 3 3
Brunswick Stew 2 3 2 2 2
Ribs 3 5 5 5 5
Coleslaw 4 4 4 4 4
Fries 5 1 0 0 0
Hushpuppies 5 2 5 2 4
Apples 5 0 3 0 2
Pulled Pork 0 0 3 3 0

Category Rating
Hostess 2
Bathroom Cleanliness 0
Restaurant Cleanliness 5
Server 3

Our server was so quite you could hardly hear her speak.

The ribs were wonder. When the food was brought out my pulled pork was not there. The waitress went to the back and told me she would bring some out. She came out and said it would be out in a minute. She brought me a little cup with maybe 3 oz of meat in it and said she would bring more out. The meat was inedible. I told her not to bother. I asked that they take it off the bill and they did. They reduced my meal price to that of ½ rack of ribs (9.95). I thought that was very fair. I do not like Jo-Jo potatoes. I had a ½ plate of those. I loved their cole slaw. Brooklyn’s apples were probably cooked last week and warmed.

Mike's Fried Green Tomato BLT was $5.95 and was two pieces of toasted white bread with one piece of lettuce, two slices of green tomato fried and one piece of broken into bacon. The brunswick stew was some sort of stew with pulled pork on top.

Mike would not use their restroom. Brooklyn went over to go and said no way. So I take it the restrooms were horrible.

We will not go back to this restaurant.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Blind Spots

The other day I was driving home from work thinking about my day and just driving. You know in that zone. I’ve been driving for 23 years so driving is automatic. I wasn’t texting (I don’t text and drive), I wasn’t on my phone, I probably was singing, but I was driving.
All of the sudden I heard someone frantically blowing their horn. I could not for the life of me figure out where it was coming from. Then I figured it out – it was someone blowing their horn at me. I was about to run them off the road. I went to pass an 18-wheeler and could not for the life of me figure out where this car came from. Of course, I got past the 18-wheeler and immediately pulled over. The driver shot me a bird (I expected that) even though I tried to apologize but then he pulled over in front of me and slammed on his brakes. I almost rear ended him. That was even less expected than the bird.

Yesterday on my way home from work I realized that I have a huge blind spot in my van. I adjusted my mirrors to no avail. I will really have to be careful merging left because if I look in my mirror and the car is beside me I cannot see it.

I was thinking about that whole situation this morning on the way to work as I was merging into traffic on the Smokey Park Bridge. How do we prepare for blind spots? You know, the times in our lives when the tragic or unexpected comes along and we are completely blindsided. Like when someone close to us is diagnosed with cancer, or we are diagnosed with cancer or another potentially terminal illness or when someone close to us dies or is in a serious accident or maybe our husband is diagnosed with cirrhosis. I know we immediately ask for prayer, but are we thinking ahead? We know that Eve ate the apple releasing chaos into a perfect world. How do we prepare for that chaos in our lives?

I think that is what 1 Thessalonians 5:17 is referring to. I don’t think we are meant to always be spouting scripture or sounding religious like the Pharisee. We can pray without anyone even knowing we are praying. In the old days it was called being prayed up. I don’t think we can always be prepared for everything that is going to happen; however, our relationship with our Father can be so full of trust that we can rely on Him in the midst of any storm and know that we are washed by the water.

Pray without ceasing.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Biltmore Baptist

Well, we've been so undecided about what to do about church. We like the Underground; however, it's just not exactly what we are looking for. Brooklyn has no one her own age there to connect with. Therefore, we keep checking out other churches to see if we can finally find the right church.

This morning we visited Biltmore Baptist. It's huge. I love the Children's Area. We parked on the side of the church and had to stroll through the elementary side of the building. It was exactly what I wanted to do at Covenant. I'm so glad they have the resources to provide that in our area.

The greeters spoke to us, but other than that no one else said hi except when they were told to during worship time. The orchestra did a great job and the worship was nice. The issue was it wasn't interactive. The worship was on stage, but it was as stiff as could be on the floor. That was disappointing. Some people would talk about how orchestrated it seemed (I'm sure they have a producer); however, most larger churches are using that format and to be honest, the people on stage seemed more into worship than the congregation did.

They baptised a guy that had intended on killing himself the weekend before Easter, and had gone to a restaurant to have his last meal. He was invited by someone he knew (his waitress) to attend their Easter program. He decided to wait and attend the service. He got saved and was baptized this morning. I cried. That's life changing. Everyone clapped. All I could think of was that man could have been dead, but instead someone invited him to church and he's alive. Not just alive physically, but also spiritually. God Rocks!

The pastor spoke on Baptism. It's was pretty much textbook. It was funny. It was straight forward.

They sang Blessed Assurance again and we left.

We would go back. I would like for Brooklyn to check out the middle school service at 9:45 and see what she thinks. That's the whole point.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Why Women are drawn to certain things in Culture

I think I know why women are drawn to the television show Grey's Anatomy. It's the men. Not because they are hot, but because they are manly.

A month or so ago, I heard a couple of guys talking on a radio show about how most comedies these days portrait men as weak. They were talking about how they had almost quit watching most situation comedies because of this continual attack on the family. It shows the women as smart, marrying obviously below themselves and enduring a marriage with a man who cannot lead and/or carry on an intelligent conversation.

I've thought about that show that I heard on the radio as I've watched television lately and found it to be quite true. The men on many shows are only after one thing, can't hold on to a job and cannot carry on a conversation. The shows I am drawn to: Bones, Fringe, and Grey's Anatomy have men that are strong, intelligent and care for their families.

I also think this is why the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer is so popular. The Cullen men are strong, they play ball, they fight for their families and they are extremely in touch with their emotions while also having a great desire to learn. Of course, they also have a desire to drink blood but that isn't the topic here.

As a woman I do want a man that is sensitive, can carry on a conversation and allows me to use my skill set to enhance our marriage.

Ecclesiastes 10 I think the bible is clear about roles. I think our society has tried to twist those roles. I don't really enjoy watching TV where the man is weak. Take "Life According to Jim," Cheryl is beautiful, intelligent and a stay at home PTA mom while Jim is off doing his best to get out of working. Same with King of Queens, Two and a half Men, etc.

Think about what you are allowing your children to watch. Do you want them to have a world viewpoint of men as weaker than women? I prefer a viewpoint where both genders are equal in the relationship with the man at the lead. The way God set it up in the garden.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


I am so thankful for all the friends and family that have been praying for us as we have been on this journey.

When we went to Florida we had an experience that showed us what being ungrateful looked like. I never want anyone to think I am ungrateful.

May our family always show gratitude.

Psalm 139:14

Insurance, MELD Scores, etc

While we were in Florida we got the call that Mike had been accepted by the insurance company to receive the transplant. When he told them we were in Florida they were a little shocked; however, they understood and told him to get his bloodwork done when he got back into town.

So, on April 21st he was officially added to the UNOS list to receive a donor transplant.

The other good news was that his bloodwork had improved and his MELD score had dropped. He is no longer in the top 10 so now we are just waiting.

I think the sunshine does alot for one's attitude and mental health. All the sun tanned him up and made him feel better (he drove the whole way back by himself).

The past few days Mike hasn't felt well again. If he starts feeling real bad, he has to go have more bloodwork and get a new MELD score. In the meantime, we wait.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Transplant List

Yesterday Mike was presented to the transplant conference and they accepted him for listing. He will do fresh bloodwork when we return from vacation and then he will be listed (as long as his insurance company approves it.)

We are heading in the right direction.