Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A New Venture


There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day lately...but, then again, if there were any MORE, I'm not sure WHAT I would do!  I was really in hopes that life would "slow down" just a little after my daughter's wedding at the first of April, but so far, I have not seen too much change in the pace.

I am continuing to work as a hostess (several evenings a week) at the local restaurant that I worked at prior to Grace's wedding, but I am now taking on a new venture...SERVING!  A month or so ago, the General Manager of the restaurant asked me if I would be interested in learning to be a server.  He said that I should be able to make more money for the same number of hours worked and he thought that I would be good at it.  My first response was, "Sure!", but then as I began to think about learning something all new, I started having second thoughts.  And, after the first night of training (on a SATURDAY night), I was having serious reservations...and I'm NOT talking about the dinner kind!!

For those of you who haven't discovered this yet, memorizing and retaining information starts to become a little more difficult after "a certain age"...and I have definitely passed that said age! I had no idea of all the "details" that go into running a Fine Dining restaurant...right down to how many inches away the from the table chair sits!  And who knew that each chair at every table has a "position number"?!?!

This week, I will be taking my "Menu Test" where I will be expected to write down EVERY ingredient in each of the Appetizers and Salads on our menu. I have made 3 x 5 index cards (much like I use to memorize my Bible verses) and have been trying to learn all the ingredients, but I must say that I am still struggling with some of the dishes.  I haven't even begun to study the ingredients in all of the Entrees yet, which I will be tested on next...not to mention the extensive wine list!

It is a very fast-paced job and, at this point, I am wondering if I should just stick with being up front at the Hostess stand where I can just "Smile and Wave, Boys...Smile and Wave".  I know I can handle that!

5 comments:

Love Being A Nonny said...

There is NO WAY I could do that! I barely remember what I ate for breakfast today! I remember one of my boys waiting tables and he had to memorize all that....it was easy for him. Me, not so much! Good luck. Maybe they will let you use the *senior sympathy card*...LOL!

Faith said...

I'm so proud of you! We'll have to come see you (and your cute little tie) for dinner one night!

petrii said...

Oh my. That is a lot to remember.

But you can do it friend!!

Have a Blessed day,
Dawn

Melissa said...

I can do ALLLLL things through Christ who strengthens me.. and helps me remember things! :) You, of all people, CAN DO THIS! And learning something new is how we stay young! Keep learning!! You will do great!

Alex and Jill said...

You can do it!! :) Wish I could come visit your restaurant - you'll be a wonderful waitress. I've always thought I would be good at that - it's one of those jobs that I've always wanted to try. I've also wanted to try bagging people's groceries. Random. I know.

Good luck!!