Basically Required.

Earlier this evening, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion about women in business and finding balance in life.  (The event was hosted by The Hatchery and also included the owners of Nourish Cafe and Market.  It was so much fun and such a positive experience to hear the other perspectives from women in business.) So I'll be the first up to say that balance is never my strong suit.  I'm typically all about something...until I'm not.  And the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...what I know about balance I learned from Jeanne and she either works 14 hour days until she drops OR she watches Gunsmoke for 14 hours until her eyes glaze over.  Either way, but never both.  Where we probably differ is my ability to multi-task versus her ability to attack something with singular focus.  She prefers to roll dough in silence.  I prefer to do any task at PJP with at least two other people talking to me and while I keep a side eye on Instagram notifications on my watch.

I called Jeanne when I drove home, to check in and also to alert her that we really need to find some balance immediately.  She wasn't interested in helping me figure it out because she was getting ready for bed.  She's also not interested in yoga, meditation, or travel beyond 100 miles from her house (or past the nearest IKEA, whichever comes first).  And then I realized that I'm too busy for yoga, too antsy to meditate, and have no time to regularly go further distances than the IKEA, so maybe my balance comes from staying up late watching House Hunters and then wondering why I'm so tired the next day and never go anywhere but PJP and Hyvee.  Sounds right.

So just a few short things:

  1. Epic Pie Tasting was last night and it was a rousing success.  The big winner?  Honey Gooseberry Pie.  Surprising, no?
  2. The big loser was Almond Custard Pie.  And since I'm the one that made that one, I can tell you I'm completely not surprised.  It was super weird.
  3. We are going to do a Slice and Serve Saturday in April.  In short, we only sell slices of pie (instead of babies) and they are $3 each.  It's a fun way to try a slice of something you've always wanted to taste.  Date to be announced soon.
  4. And speaking of tasting, did you know Jeanne makes these cookies that have no name but are crazy delicious?  Well, she does and she's going to sample them out at the store tomorrow.  You won't want to miss it.
  5. I guess I only have four things to say.  Because I need to watch some House Hunters in order to give myself some balance.  It's basically REQUIRED, so what's a girl to do?