I'll let you in on a little Team PJP secret here...Tuesdays are our most challenging day of the week. We've all had at least two days off, we start with not a single pie available in the store, and the baking list inevitably looks daunting. Ask any of us and we would rather start at 4 am on a Friday morning with a clear goal for a busy weekend and a fairly stocked half-off table rather than wager a guess at how busy our Tuesday might be while we stare at empty shelves. And in every way, today was pretty standard stuff for a Tuesday. We did a brief interview with a local publication, we baked a lot of pies, and Jeanne made me laugh so hard in the Wal-Mart parking lot that I had to rest against my car to catch my breath and wipe the tears off my face before I could get in the driver's seat. (And in case you are curious, I'm only going to say that she has A LOT of opinions about gladiator sandals.) And it is precisely that sort of thing that is the reminder we both sometimes need that we do have the best jobs ever (I probably won't remember today's baking list, but I will remember for a long time just how hard she made me laugh today.)
And then buoyed by the rush of endorphins from laughing until we hurt, we went back to the shop and I tried to teach her to cut and paste text in a Word document. OH GOODNESS. I fear I'm going to toss and turn in my sleep tonight and mutter "Control + V" relentlessly. I feel we made 41% progress on the entire concept...which is fair enough because she made about 8% progress in teaching me to use a razor blade to clean baked on fruit off the side of our baking trays before I wandered away.
And all that said, we do have some super exciting news to share that we can make blog official...though it has nothing to do with pies or Jeanne and I. Rezina, our employee who recently arrived in America from Eritrea, is expecting her first baby! And look, I believe in judicious exclamation mark usage as a rule, but this news definitely warrants it. We are really happy for both Rezina and her husband and well, also us because we love babies. And also, adding a newborn to Team PJP is a definite milestone. We've hosted quite a few baby shower/baking party events over the last year, but we've got some ideas in mind to throw Rezina an epic event that ensures she has everything she needs as she settles into motherhood and life in America (because doing just one of those that is more than overwhelming...much less two).
Like I said, standard Tuesday at PJP.