Monday, June 29, 2009


If I find something that I enjoy, I pass that information on to friends, family, co-workers, and really just about anyone that will listen. Any and everything is included in my recommendations... restaurants, books, deodorant, shoes, insurance, TV shows, CDs, quilt shops, blogs, school supplies... you name it, if I like it, I'll tell you about it.

I've been having issues with this lately though. I've given several recommendations lately that friends and family have taken me up on.

First, some friends of ours are in the market for a new car. When we bought our used car last year, we had a wonderful experience. I passed that information on last year and reiterated it recently when our friends mentioned they were looking. They took our recommendation and went to look at a car at that dealer. They had a horrible experience! The list of issues they had with the car they saw and the dealership was a mile long. I felt a little like an idiot. We had such a good experience and then here they are calling managers to complain!

Second, for Father's Day my in-laws were looking for a new place to take my father-in-law out to celebrate. Aaron and I suggested a new-ish restaurant that we've eaten at a handful of times. We've always enjoyed our food, had good service, loved the atmosphere, and felt like we got what we payed for. They decided that's where we should eat. I was excited to share this experience with them since I enjoy this location. When we got there everything started off great! Then it started going down hill. The big problem was when my MIL's food did not come out with the rest of the order AND she had to ask about it twice! Again, I felt horrible that I had suggested the place and then they were not having a good time.

I obviously can't take credit for all the problems that my friends and family encountered at these places, but I can't help but feel semi-responsible. Since both of these things happened very recently, I've been kinda shy about recommending things to folks lately. Does anyone else ever have issues like this?


  1. I have always been shy about recommending places. I have had similar things happen in the past to me as well. You are in no way responsible. It is just a bummer! The next time you go out with your MIL - I would just let her take a turn at recommending a place.

    You are being way too hard on yourself!

  2. Thanks so much for the kind comment!!! Yep I am a HOKIE! I graduated in 2001, which seems like forever ago now! I do head down to b-burg a couple of times a year and try to hit at least one game each season, but I missed out on it last year!

    I look forward to catching up on your blog! I think it'd be great if you join the steps challenge :) I'm going to add your name to the list, so now you just gotta hehe!