Well, it only took 45 months or so, but today we managed to knock out several PJP milestones...

  1.  Look, maybe you don't have vehement opinions about can openers...but we do.  Since opening, we've purchased and broken an embarrassing amount of can openers.  The primary problem?  Most regular can openers aren't suited to #10 cans of pumpkin.  But then most commercial can openers must be mounted to a wood block table to work properly (which sounds confusing and odd, to say the least).  Staring in the face of fear of opening dozens of cans of pumpkin over the next few weeks, I turned to Amazon and ordered a highly reviewed can opener and it was delivered yesterday.  IT IS THE CAN OPENER OF OUR DREAMS.  Mac, who rarely participates in our emotionally charged conversations about nonsense, was rendered speechless by the joy the can opener offered.  We are all basically smitten kittens for the Swing-A-Way Easy Crank.  Also, reading through all the reviews on Amazon makes me remember that the Internet offers everyone space for a vehement opinion on everything and that I've found my tribe of others who have strong opinions and detailed backstories of their can opener journeys.
  2. Secondly, I don't even know how this happened, but...we finished 34 six-packs of Jelly Jars by 1 pm today.  Should I recount here the number of times a similar task has taken us HOURS to complete?  And remind you that crying is almost always involved?  I don't even know what to say about today, except that if the world ends tonight, then we all know that finishing 204 jars (complete in their boxes with forks) was a sign of the end of times.  I'm still a little creeped out by our efficiency, honestly.  And the sweet customer who ordered them has been through this rodeo with us a few times now, so she probably needed to sit down when she called for a status check and we said they were done.
  3. And with all of that said, I found myself gathering my things late in the afternoon to leave the shop and pick up kids...but thinking to myself that I really couldn't wait to get back in PJP Buttonwood tomorrow to keep working on a number of different projects.  So for all the people that email me and ask how I know I made the right decision to upheave my life and be an entrepreneur, there's your answer...I can't wait to go back tomorrow.  Even though it's November and even though we have a million things to do.  Now, remind me of this in January, please.