Saturday, October 24, 2009

I am so blessed

Cool River is the culmination of countless hours of pondering the question "what does the guest really want?"

The restaurant was to be called Cool River. The ambiance would be warm yet elegant. It would have a residential feel. It would offer a fine restaurant with steak and seafood with a southwestern twist along with an elegant and elaborate bar with hand crafted billiard tables behind walls of glass. The restaurant and bar would be separated by an extraordinary cigar room adorned with stuffed leather and elegant appointments. A perfect transitional buffer blending the space. It would feature a sound system second to none.

The space would be organized to maximize energy and satisfaction. In short, it would cater to all senses; taste, feel, sight, sound, and smell.

Cool River's success and uniqueness has been quite exhilarating and challenging. It has exceeded all expectations.

I went here on a Friday night for a friends 31st birthday celebration. It was fun for awhile and I only stayed so long because I was talking with my friends mom and sisters. I haven't seen them since High School back in the days. It has been almost 15 years. I have always kept in contact with her but haven't seen her. It was good times to reconnect.

I am so blessed because I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I don't have anything against anyone who drinks or smokes, but last night while on the dance floor, these drunk guys came onto me and my friends. They kept touching me! It scared me and yes I did scream. I did tell them that I have a bubble and please do not disturb it. All but one understood and that was the one that I was worried about.

Watching my friend, her mom and her two sisters drink whatever was bought for them, downing them, I was glad that I could leave the place not drunk and able to drive home. I have my standards but it is a little sad to see what I did with my friends. Am I going to stop being their friends, No! That is not who I am. They know my standards and who I am. I remember a time where I was in high school and was invited to a sleep over for my friends birthday and they put on a rated R movie. At that time, I didn't want to ruin her party because I didn't watch rated R movies, so I got up and went into the kitchen. Her mom came in and asked me what was wrong and I told them my church and my standards and they were ok with that. To my surprised, they changed the movie to something I could watch.

The night did end great. My sister Sharon, her husband and youngest drove from Atlanta. At first I thought they just wanted to see me but that just wasn't the case. Her best friend is getting married in Trinidad and her wedding shower is actually today.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


So my dad is out of the hospital and that is ALWAYS good news.. I also have a job!! That is wonderful news. I work part time at Bed Bath & Beyond and actually love my job. I have had many retail jobs but I believe in BBB. They train you in everything and you have to be certified! That's the key. They certify you in all areas after a test to make sure you do know what you are trained to do. It is a better way to know that you really know what you are doing.

There is a family that I really love here in Texas that I have known for years. I love this picture of her son Forrest. His photo shoot of Jesus is a WOW in my book.. I can't stop looking at it and you will see why.