♥ Catching up with a friend!
Sunday, when my family and I went out for breakfast at our usual place every, we were happily surprised to see a guy there whom was our server person when we first started going there…and, we fell in love with him. He is so sweet and just awesome. We would sit in his section every Sunday and hang out…he taught me how to do the Cup Song thingie with plastic cups…so cool! A little while back, he started getting scheduled for dinners and we didn’t get to chit chat anymore. Well, Sunday, he was there! It was so much fun seeing him and catching up with what’s been going on. The manager actually scheduled him for dinner because we had mentioned how much we miss him. That place is like my second home and family. :)
♥ Meeting fantastic new people!
Monday, was great too! We got over to IKEA for free breakfast, and enjoyed people watching. My kiddo was behaving pretty well …which is a rarity lately. We ate and had coffee (bad me on the coffee). My son loves to talk up anyone and everyone, so he asked me if he could leave the table by me to sit with the lady he was talking to; he said “she is insisting on it), so I walked over to meet the woman he was chatting to. Turns out, she is a wonderfully kind grandmother to a grandson who would be there shortly, and would likely love to meet my son. I told her my son is on the autism spectrum, to which she told me that her oldest grandson is as well. She further told me about this amazing plant-based medication (made by a group of doctors, if I’m recalling correctly), that has been shown to help the brain of autistic individuals to rewire (in a sense). She gave me a lot of info to look into and said she takes it to help lessen her brain tumor and her daughter and both grandsons take it for concentration and and focus. I am definitely looking into it! We sat down and talked some more…I told my mom to come over and chat too, because I kind-of left her at the table while I went off). Soon, her daughter and grandson showed up, and those two boys got along splendidly! They both loved certain games and such, had the same sandy blonde hair, blue eyes and thick, long eyelashes that girls will eventually be very jealous of. They were so cute together! :) We all exchanged numbers and hope to get the two of them together again for a play date. We thought we had bid farewell, but we ended up seeing them again later at a different part of the store…and started talking again. The grandmother was to be going in for a brain scan to see whether or not her tumor has shrunk more, so I am hoping it did! I was so thankful and grateful to meet such lovely people. I hope we can catch up again very soon.
More things to be grateful for:
♥ Earth Day on Monday – using reusable bags, recycling and bringing along an eco coffee cup for my tea
♥ Eyeing a beautiful hammock at IKEA (I have ALWAYS wanted a hammock), but nit being able to buy it…then, finding the SAME hammock (and the metal stand for it-a nice family ran to catch up to tell us they saw the stand there and wanted us to have it) both on clearance, because they had been returned! Turns out that hammock pattern isn’t even on their website anymore…yet they had it displayed (must be the very last one). So happy to finally have a hammock!
♥ Also finding a hanging indoor swing for my son that I have been wanting from IKEA for quite some time on clearance (it didn’t have its package)! It will be perfect for his sensory needs. Even more to be grateful for: when I asked the nice IKEA worker about it, he said his son loves the one they have…we chatted a bit as I told him about my son and how this swing will be perfect for him, and amazingly it was only $10; I told him how expensive things for sensory are if they’re labeled as such, but this was great! He then said that he would go check to make sure all of the items were in the bag. He came back and said it was all good. I told him how awesome he was for checking and thanked him. My mom grabbed the bag once we got home later and said it hadn’t been opened – how would he have checked? She then looked at the price and it read $4.99 (he lowered the price further when he went in the back). I didn’t even notice that when we were all talking. That was very kind of him. :)
♥ Speaking up and standing ground!
I am grateful for being able to take the lead (when my mom freaked out). I have always loved IKEA and have never had a problem…until that day. We left an item in the parking lit, got home, realized it was left, called the service center, service center told me to go back with my receipt and they would replace it. So, we drive back and customer service told us that the manager told him ‘once it leaves the store, it’s your problem, not ours, nothing we can do.’ We were both ticked off that wr had been told otherwise. It was a pain amd my mom couldn’t deal, and left. I stayed and dealt with everyone. The CS rep and the manager were rude and short with me…the manager ripped the receipt from my hand twice to look at it. I think they got sick of me and eventually gave me a gift card to get another one. I called home office and made a complaint against them…still haven’t heard back, and probably won’t, but I felt good doing it.
♥ grateful also for dark chocolate and delicious coffee I am not supposed to be having, but enjoyed greatly
♥ grateful for spreading autism awareness wherever I go, to whomevwr I speak to. 1 month ago