One of my previous jobs was at Red Robin, the restaurant chain with a robin mascot named Red that walks around occasionally. One of the day’s I was working the usually person who dressed as Red called out sick and they asked me to fill in. Being a ‘Yes woman’ I agreed and also because I didn’t have much of a choice. I was taken to the break room and given clown shoes, yellow tights, a furry bird body with a rounded belly, and a large head with an extended yellow beak where I looked out of. I put the suit on and was lead throughout the restaurant. You should know, either mascots are particularly good at their craft, or they have had years of practice. Either way they make it look much easier than it actually is. What most people take for granted while enjoying a nice meet and greet from Red, the Red Robin, is that he/she is wearing a head estimated to be 20 pounds with tunnel vision and shoes 3 sizes too big.
However after awhile in the suit, I started to feel increasingly more confident. I realized that wearing this suit was like wearing the invisibility cloak from the Harry Potter movies, something I had always wanted to experience. So I shamelessly started dancing, and throwing around high fives to all who entered. At one point a young girl came through the doors and was so excited to see me. I remember thinking “what the heck, let me make her day,” so I bent down and threw my arms out for her to give me a hug. Unfortunately this moment was not something you would see during the 7th inning stretch at a baseball game. She ran full force at me but stopped short when she hit her head square off my extended beak. It’s hard to explain what the moment was like from inside the mascot head but the sound was similar to a bird flying into a screen door. All went unseen by her family, who were talking to the hostess as everything went on. So I jumped up brushed off her head with my furry gloved hand and shuffled her along to follow her parents to be seated.
I kept this gem of a story to myself, mostly because I couldn’t tell my coworkers because birds can’t talk and I forgot by the time I took the suit off. But when I remember a good awkward moment like this, what better place to share it then the internet. Hope you enjoy.
Please note: this picture is not me, but the same costume I wore.
1. Doesn’t wear deodorant
2. Takes selfies (more than a normal amount)
3. Orders an ice cream cone with sprinkles…sorry. So little boyish
4. Was ever involved in a gang
5. Listens to Jack Johnson
6. If he asks you out on Facebook
7. Wears short shorts (never really a need for that)
8. Goes shirtless anywhere but the beach, near the beach, or when working outdoors
9. If he straightens his hair regularly
10. Doesn’t order food when he offers to take you out for food. Like what’s your deal dude.
11. If he brings up what he got on his SATs, without an appropriate segway to this topic in the conversation.
12. If he has any interest what so ever in segways
13. Drives recklessly
14. Acts into every other attractive girl before you
15. Never laughs or nervous laugher
16. Pokes you on Facebook (worst)
17. Comments on how much you eat
18. Gossips. Save it for the ladies please.
19. Wears a fedora
20. Owns anything Gucci
We had a much anticipated yard sale a few weekends ago. It was fun because we were preparing the whole week before and hoping to make a pretty penny off of our old goods. My friend Paul came along to help, and when he is around everything is hilarious. Check out some of the picture!
Things started off slow and kind of boring at 7:30 AM. Luckily we made fun of the items we were selling to pass the time…
This last picture we are laughing because as we were posing a group of customers walked up! Hahaha! Fun day!
This Friday marks the end of my first week as a full time workin’ momma. I’ve had what was considered part time jobs, where I worked full time hours but nothing like this job. This is the first job where I feel like an adult. Drinking coffee early in the morning in order to start my long day in the workforce. I work at a kids day camp and for as hectic as it is, I actually really like it. The kids are a handful but so adorable. It is so neat how quickly they learn your name and feel comfortable enough to come up to you and vent their woes about never being first in line.
For as cute as it is, come Friday morning I was up early, ready to get the day over with and relax for the weekend. Oddly enough, by Saturday morning I was bored looking for things to fill the empty space.
I dislike stress, big time. I actually don’t really know how to handle it. But nothing beats a day where you jam-pack so much into it, that by 10 o’clock at night you can’t keep your eyes open. Some of my most positive memories are from the busiest days. The type of day that ends with you knowing it was filled with purpose.
Purpose is really important to me. I want to be able to make an impact. I like to end my days feeling fulfilled. And for that I really like this job and that is something I don’t say often.
Advice: “You must be calmly active and actively calm. Be intensely aware of everything you are doing” ~Yogananda
Just some more photos of the beauty I ignore in PA. Today there was a cute little canoe race that my family was in. Me, my mom, and best friend where the cheerleaders and picture takers of the day. It was a lot of fun!
Check it out:
And they’re off!
Proud watchers! We are gearing up for next year!
Really good day!