We are 480 days or so into PJP V. 2.0. And if anything, we've shown consistency over the past 16 months in doubting ourselves and making things more difficult for ourselves, wherever possible. And I know that maybe that sounds a little dramatic, but I'm here to tell you that it is so very true for both Jeanne and I. We've been thinking a bit about what makes life at PJP particularly difficult on any given day. And working within a budget with limited staffing and VERY BIG WORLD PIE DOMINATION goals, we found that there were just a few things on the list that perhaps we could change right now.
And when we thought the actual day-to-day baking schedule at PJP, a few small, yet annoying, things came to mind. We are always, always, ALWAYS, ALWAYS running out of measuring cups, measuring spoons, and sharp knives to cut fruit and butter. And it is maddening to realize that you need to stop what you are doing to find a measuring cup in the sink or in the marginally functional dishwasher, wash it, dry it, and return to whatever you were doing before your measuring cup detour.
We started PJP with at least six one-cup measuring cups and six half-cup measuring cups. And by some sort of bizarre measuring cup attrition phenomena, we now only have three of each. So in my emboldened "I'm over difficult things and difficult people" stance, I logged onto webstaurant.com and ordered 27 one-cup measuring cups, 27 half-cup measuring cups, and oh...two really sharp knives. And for anyone who doubts the ability to be surprised and awed in the world we live in today, just wait for a box of 54 stainless steel measuring cups to show up at your front door when you've lived a life of three measuring cups. The struggle is real.
And so maybe you are reading this and thinking...they ordered 54 measuring cups and she is making it A THING? Yep, I am, INDEED.
Because it isn't about measuring cups really, it is about recognizing obstacles in the path to #World Pie Domination and working to change what we can. I'm far from a psychologist, but I'm fairly certain this swing in behavior can be safely labeled "emotional growth" in any diagnostic guide. Yay us. Right?