Saturday, June 12, 2010

My Last Day as Chick Fil A Mascot

Okay, so maybe you didn't know that besides writing I've been working as a mascot at a local mall for Chick Fil A. Back in November, my husband suggested I find employment during the holidays and hopefully they would keep me after Christmas too. After searching for a year and a half for a secretarial job (old school)now known as Administrative Assistant without any luck I ran across an online ad for the Cow Mascot. I was determined someone would hire me and I thought being a mascot would be a fun job. I was right. You could compare it to being a clown where you entertain. I've entertained in the mall, at schools, YMCA's, Macys, Belks and marched during an ROTC Drill Competition to name a few.

At our store in Triangle Town Center I was given a cow handler. Which has been helpful fending off cow tippers and tail pullers. My handler is essential in getting me dressed and in emergencies like a recent episode where my fan batteries exploded while I was of all things working with the area fire departments for a mall event. I thought cow might have to "stop, drop and roll"! It's been 'my pleasure' spending time with children from ages 1-80, posing for impromptu photos, being Santa Cow, photo shoot with the Easter Bunny, marching with the drill team and meeting wonderful senior mall walkers. Though I prefer hiding my identity to those I'm entertaining, some are surprised to learn that there is a 55 yr. old female in that cow suit. Unfortunately that means my knees are the same age and part of the reason for me closing my act. Today I'm dressed as Fireman Cow promoting our new spicy sandwich which is delicious!

I tip my fireman hat to my friends at the TTC Chick Fil A store. To Rally De Leon, Owner Operator you've been an awesome employer and a shining light in the mall. To his sweet family thanks for helping me during events and mall walks. Thanks to the wonderful cow handlers who helped me with the heavy costume. A special thanks to Ashley our Marketing Manager who is such an upbeat and hard working young woman. You've been fun to work with and I look forward to joining you for coffee upstairs! I have a new appreciation for all the hard workers in the kitchen who hustle to prepare the quality product day in and day out. To the other managers, cashiers on staff, and food samplers you made it a joy to come to work. I will miss you all and I will miss being your COW!

I've sensed God encouraging me to pursue my writing and will now have more time and energy to concentrate on my goals in that arena. I will pursue publication of my devotionals and a devotional book along with freelance article writing.

Thanks Cow, it's been fun!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What I Did on Summer Vacation

Do you remember when you returned to school after having the summer off your teacher would have you write what you did on vacation. As a child we spent every Fourth of July week at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina. I have wonderful memories of many hours playing in the ocean, building sandcastles, going down to the boardwalk, riding the ferris wheel which was scary enough for me and eating seafood at the Sanitary Fish Market. I had been back from the writer's conference for about ten days when we left for the beach in Emerald Isle/Indian Beach for a week. I'm a beach girl at heart and have an outline for a book that will be placed in that familiar setting.

I had a great time with the family. Our son who is home from college was our tour guide. He came up with several trails for us to hike on, one of which I was afraid we would never find our way out. We also went to Hammock Beach Park and ferried over to Bear Island. I know they said we were not to take any vegetation or animals off the island. I didn't know it at the time, but the sand fleas were trying to escape the island and thought I would be a good mode of transportation. We were in the beautiful town of Beaufort later that day when I realized I had hundreds of bites on my legs and arms. But it was worth it to walk on the beach where my husband and I found about 15 sand dollars and other shells. There are no vehicles on the island, you can make reservations and bring a tent for overnight stay and they have bath facilities, just remember to use bug spray!

I had sometime to review my conference materials and plan for my current writing projects. I will focus on devotionals and some articles that I plan to submit for publication. The conference speakers shared a wealth of information that I'm still digesting. Recently I've been reading "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. It's a very insightful book that was recommended when I took a college writing course a few years ago. And I heard through ACFW about Marlene Bagnull's bible study, "Write His Answer" and I'm working my way through that book.

Summer is a great time to visit your local bookstore or library and find a christian fiction book for hours of reading pleasure. Romance, historical, cozy mystery, chick lit or suspense are just a few to pick from. Some of my favorite authors are Susan May Warren, Karen Kingsbury, Kristin Billerbeck, Francine Rivers and you may like local author, Alice J. Wisler who currently has "Rain Song", "Sweet Tea" and soon to be released "Hatteras Girl" on the bookshelf. Christian Fiction makes a good gift too.

Hope you have a great summer vacation!