In effort to allow Jeanne to fully enjoy her TVLand Gunsmoke marathon today, I tried to call her less than normal. It wasn’t easy and I didn’t enjoy it, but I felt she deserved uninterrupted time with Marshal Matt Dillon. Sometimes I think about explaining how to DVR all of the episodes of Gunsmoke so that she can watch them commercial free, but I don’t think she could handle that level of James Arness access. Say that three times fast.
Today certainly wasn’t the norm for PJP. I had three people working this morning, meaning that we finished the baking schedule by 11:30. By noon, I sent everyone home and settled into a long afternoon as solo pilot of PJP Buttonwood. Even a few short months ago, I would have lingered in my doubt about what to do all afternoon if Jeanne wasn’t there to direct. But now, I’ve matured enough to be JUST FINE…and super productive. Let’s all give a cheer for emotional growth.
Here is a list of unrelated items that you might find mildly interesting about PJP life lately…
- The long-awaited logo stamp arrived last Friday. It is lackluster in box stamping abilities. It is top-notch for temporary tattoo abilities.
- Buying regular 30 gallon trash bags does not mean buying 30 gallon CONTRACTOR trash bags. Hefty should really be more clear in their packaging. Or Jeanne should always be here to buy the trash bags.
- Jeanne has been telling me for months that we couldn’t wash the bowl to our commercial mixer in our marginal dishwasher. But today, I did and IT WORKED OUT (marginally) PERFECT. Jeanne, I’m on to your game of convincing us to hand wash all dishes.
- The new Jason Isbell album is available on Spotify. Go listen now. You won’t be sorry.
- Speaking of excellent music, PJP is taking pies on the road to the Roots N Blues festival in late September. We are completely daunted by the prospect, but we’ve decided we will worry about the logistics right before the event so we can fully freak out on each other…that ensures our best performance.
- I scraped the floor today of dried dough. It is Jeanne’s favorite PJP task and after doing it today, I just have to say…I have no idea why she likes it.
- Our $27 cheaper per case pie pans are a $27 disappointment.
- Our electric bill went up $220 in one month. Until further notice, we will be buying the cheaper tins and baking in the least amount of clothes the health department allows.
- Today someone asked me for a bag, a fork, and a napkin….and we actually had all three. And the pie was in the appropriate sized box. Just noting it for when it doesn’t happen and I feel like a failure. Probably next week.
- Oh, and I super ready for Jeanne to come back.
So, Jeanne has been on vacation this week…(if you are willing to loosely define “vacation” as mowing and then binge watching Wagon Train and Bonanza). And this may surprise you a bit, but I MISS HER. Also, I’m worn out when I get home, because it is super hard to be the solo captain of PJP…
Due to dough shortage emergencies and overpacked baking schedules, I feel like I haven’t had the proper time to tell Jeanne all the miscellaneous whatnot that she will find interesting. So here you go, Jeanne…a mid-week list:
- The bird nests outside our door have been removed. That said, I still needed to vacuum away the straw and feathers like every other morning this year, so no, I don’t understand it either.
- Someone left a king size mattress next to our dumpster. Trust me when I tell you it looks and smells terrible. When trash pickup came this morning, they ignored it because it wasn’t in the dumpster and we’ve all taken bets on how long before someone finally hauls it off. I’ve already claimed August 12th. I put you down for the 18th.
- I tried the new cold press coffee at Starbucks. I could hear the blood rushing through the veins in my head due to excessive caffeine. You probably won’t be fazed at all…even after a venti.
- DeeJay Mac has been in charge of our baking tunes. You would be have a fit because this morning, we listened to a solid hour of ‘NSYNC and solo Justin Timberlake. We joked that you would have threatened to shoot the computer 15 minutes in.
- You are clearly the only one that enjoys scrubbing the baking trays with an SOS pad for relaxation. So we are saving them all for you. Please consider coming back a day early.
I think we will all agree that the new Starbucks was built on a mere postage stamp size of land. I wouldn’t venture a guess at how many square feet is on the Starbucks footprint, but I’m certain that it isn’t enough to accommodate the carloads of people now thrilled to order coffee without ever leaving their cars. And the traffic snarl among Sonic customers is hardly a shock, considering the two buildings are mere feet from each other.
But shortly after the Starbucks opening, we noticed that our parking lot had significantly less amount of available parking. And it only took a few minutes of observation to learn that 75% of our parking lot was now consumed with Starbucks and Sonic employees parking their cars for their various shifts.
It wasn’t more than a few days before a few of our neighbors became highly disgruntled at this parking lot turn of events (which is actually a refreshing turn of events, since we are usually leading the charge to Righteous Indignation). And the next thing you know…we received a MEMO from Silent Stan and group. And nothing good ever comes from a hand-delivered memo, you know?
Effective immediately, absolutely no one that works at Starbucks, Sonic, or any of the businesses at 3601 Buttonwood are allowed to park in our parking lot. Self included.
I would suggest here that parking issues are probably something that Silent Stan and Starbucks should have considered before deciding to build on the smallest available plot of land in the 65203 zip code. And this may sound self-centered and a bit like a first-world problem, but I’m not interested in parking by the animal hospital or at the Bank of Missouri. And here’s why:
- We arrive early and stay late. I have zero interest in walking to or from my car in the dark by myself further than absolutely necessary.
- Especially while carrying a bank deposit.
- We are usually carrying at least load of groceries. Apparently we are allowed to park briefly to unload items and then move our cars, but you know what? I don’t want to do that. And that is just the honest truth.
- I spent a number of years working at various places that required parking passes and hikes to offices while wearing heels. Playing Frogger while crossing Buttonwood as the owner of my very own business isn’t on my bucket list.
- Violators will apparently be ticketed by some unknown private source with an orange “VIOLATION” sticker on their car. I have not seen additional information on this, but I am expecting a $64,291.42 charge to the tenants as a “necessary common charge” in next year’s billing. It should cost roughly the same as the charges for the nonexistent sweeping, right?