Today was a whirlwind of activity. A brief look: 6:00 - 8:30 am: Furiously bake 25 nine-inch pies and 40 tarts for a 9 am pickup.
8:30 - 9:00 am: Box pies, bag tarts, double count ourselves eight times before customer pickup.
9:01 am: Starbucks. Drive-thru. Finally.
9:15 am: Go to City of Columbia Municipal Court to pay a $100 ticket I received IN OUR PARKING LOT. Am pleasant to the clerk, but plot righteous indignation and long-term grudge holding over the entire situation. Because a $100 ticket IN OUR PARKING LOT.
9:45 am: Realize that we need to bake an entire store's worth of pies, plus 42 Jelly Jar pies on order. Panic a bit.
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Bake pies. Wait on customers, at least once with cocoa on my nose. Also, answer the phone and disappoint at least two salespeople.
2:00 pm: Look at email. Read at least two notes from our accountant that make me stabby. Also decide that eight hours into a 12 hour day isn't the best time for me to discuss budgets.
2:01 pm: Be suddenly aware of the time and remember that we are hosting a party for 20 at 3 pm...our first baking party during open hours.
2:05 pm: Clean baking space. Answer the phone, taking more Jelly Jar pie orders in one hour than in the last week.
2:30 pm: Realize that we are short four bowls, five whisks, and two rolling pins for our larger than average baking party. Jeanne leaves to pick up my kids from school so she can have a quick break.
2:31 pm: I head to Big Lots to purchase extra supplies. Remember that sometimes I need to go to Big Lots to remember why I don't like Big Lots. Quickly find everything and then spend eight minutes in line behind someone purchasing two cases of Capri Sun and a jumbo bottle of shampoo.
2:50 pm - 5:00 pm: Host a party for an absolutely delightful group of people who probably wonder why we seem a little unhinged as we teach them to bake Chocolate Bourbon Pecan and then also wait on the front counter and answer the phone. Thankfully, they are zen and seem happy. Customers who stop by to purchase pie are also zen and happy and don't mind 20 extra people standing in the baking area wearing aprons. Turns out, we are the only high maintenance people in this show.
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Clean up from the party. Make tomorrow's baking schedule. Almost dent our dough rolling table when I throw down my head in exasperation as Jeanne says, "so, we will meet at 4 tomorrow morning, then?"
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Make dinner, clean up dinner, make lunches for the kids.
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Print shipping labels for Jelly Jar packages shipping tomorrow via UPS.
7:30 pm - 7:35 pm: Have a conversation with Behind-The-Scenes-Tech-Guru Jason about Quickbooks that basically should have just been in a foreign language that I don't speak.
7:35 pm - 8:00 pm: Sit on the couch and legit read Buzzfeed for 25 minutes. No shame.
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Watch Hell's Kitchen on Roku with my people. Be seriously thankful that Gordon Ramsey didn't yell at me today. But be a little sad that he hasn't seen the meticulous standards of Jeanne's kitchen...I bet that dude would fall in love with her cleaning habits ASAP.
9:01 pm: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnndddddddddddddd...here I am.