Monday, March 12, 2007

The opposite of eye candy...

I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I had the busiest 4 days at work that I've ever had. I suppose that happens when the restaurant is understaffed and they decide to schedule six servers for the dinner rush. To say the least, I busted my butt. There's no question it payed off, but I'm definitely hurting for it. I suppose I didn't realize how much I was hurting for it until this morning when I was toweling off after my shower and found this on the back of my leg...

(Please excuse the white, pasty skin. It is winter here still, just consider yourselves lucky that my legs are shaved!)

Back to the bruise... This picture washes it out a bit, but it's every bit as purple and ugly as you might imagine. Anyway, it became increasingly apparent to me just how busy we were when I realized that I didn't remember what I did to acquire such a lovely souvenir from work. I cannot for the life of me remember how I did it. I suppose it just happened and I was so busy it didn't even register. I suppose getting drink orders for the fifth table I was sat at once was a little more important to me than thinking about why the hell the back of my leg hurt so badly.

Tonight was another lovely one at work. In fact, I actually got to use the emergency eye wash station. I was grabbing some salad dressing from the cooler when the whole shelf came down which in turn made the huge bottle of Thousand Islands dressing fall to the floor. Normally, this wouldn't be such a big deal. The bottles are plastic, sure they're about a gallon or so, but when the lid is screwed on they could practically be punted and not break open... I guess the key words here are "when the lid is screwed on."

Apparently whoever used it last decided it would be quicker not to screw the lid on. So the dressing hit the floor and splashed up into my eyes and my hair. Let me tell you, there's nothing greater than greeting your guest with a lovely Thousand Islands aroma, crunchy hair and blood shot eyes. You're sure to get a big tip then! And if you had any doubt that Thousand Islands dressing stings when it gets in your eyes, let me put your doubts to rest... it definitely does.

13 comments:

ellie said...

Ooof! What a week. I hope you're able to rest up.

Ruth said...

Wow, what a week! Sounds like a hot bath and a nice glass of wine are in order....

Lisa said...

Eww yucky bruise! Sorry to hear you hurt yourself, but glad it paid off! Hope your eyes are feeling much better now :)

Meg said...

Oooh Erin! You poor girl. I remember was it was like waitressing... it is one tough gig.

My favorite memory was when I dumped a milkshake on a customer... I was horrified. I also ended up getting my biggest tip from them! I guess they thought I was cute :P

Maybe Thousand Island orange is a good color for you!

Bean said...

This is going to sound really bad.... but I am seriously laughing my butt off right now! =-P

erica said...

It sounds like you need a good day off to rest up, take care of yourself and knit some lace. Sometimes at the library I come home with bruises I don't remember getting either.

Heather said...

Oooh, that looks painful. Please allow a random lurker to splurge pity on you! I hope you feel a lot better soon.

(I've been a fan of your knitting blog for a week or so, now. I am a beginner with needles - always a disastrous combination!)

Laurie (Moo!) said...

Oh my gosh! It sounds like you should be getting combat pay!

I would think that a Thousand Island cologne would be a big hit at restaurants. Makes people hungrier!

Your shower probably never felt as good as the last one.

How's your eye, now?

LisaB said...

You poor thing! I never would have thought that 1000 island stings. Hope work eases up a bit on you! Busy is a good thing, but hectic is another. :)

Felicia said...

Ouch! Hope it heels up soon.

Knittripps said...

Oooh! That is not good at all. I am so sorry! I hope your bruise heals soon and no more salad dressing attacks you.

crzjane said...

Ouch, that looks like it really hurts.
I do hope you are feeling better after the salad dressing. Wow, sounds like you need a little time off! (Before you really hurt yourself)

Becca said...

Egad! It sounds like quite the evening...hope your next shift is calmer.