Jeanne felt a bit under the weather today, so that left me alone at the helm of PJP. And after doing this for almost three years, you would think I wouldn't care much either way whether she stayed home for a day or not...but I do, mainly because she's fun. And let's be honest, I'm co-dependent and like routine. (Holla to each of you that just whispered "me too".) But whereas just a year or so ago, I would have still been making fruit pies at 2:30 and doing dishes at 4:45 in the afternoon if Jeanne wasn't there, we were done with our baking schedule and cleaned up by 12:30 or so. (Holla to Team PJP, who was on point all morning.)
Which left me time to work on stuff like a legit business professional...stuff like figuring how how to gain 421 new Facebook fans by April 17th in order to meet our goal of 5,000 by our third birthday. I didn't really come up with much in the way of accomplishing this, so if you read this blog and you have a cousin who has a wife who has a sister who is married to a someone that hasn't liked our page yet, please tell that person to hurry up and do so. And why the 5,000? No particular reason. I'm just competitive and now that Pi(e) Day is over, it gives me a good goal to simmer on. (Holla to social media. I think.)
And once I moved on from Facebook, I did something that I've never done in our almost three years at PJP...I made an employee schedule. Yeah, I know. I'm not sure why it took three years either...I would guess because neither Jeanne or I are terribly focused on rules and unnecessary planning. But as we've grown and as we've both spent more hours at PJP each week than we ever imagined, we are pretty salty by noon or so on Saturday. Having someone ready to work and check out customers until we close at 4 pm makes all the difference in our week. So I texted the four employees who work Saturday afternoons and checked availability for all Saturdays in April and then I put together a master schedule for the entire month. Now we know the plan and now they know the plan, which has to be easier than us being grouchy when no one can work because they all made plans because they didn't know we needed them to work. And look, if I would have figured out how much easier that made life a few years ago, then who would I really be? (Holla to being consistently late to the party.)
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(Holla to a final shameless plug for the quest to 5,000).