Monthly Archives: August 2016


Well, I felt like I had a lot to say here tonight…and then I helped my 8th grader with his math homework and now I feel like the soul has been sucked right on out of me.  And if you’ve ever argued with someone you gave birth to about how to find the perfect cube of a number, you just muttered “amen, sister” under your breath.  I KNOW, RIGHT?  Here are a few things of interest…and none of them have to do with exact cube roots.

  1. We were beyond honored to be interviewed a few weeks ago by the Associated Press regarding our feelings on growth in small business and our long-term PJP plans.  As it turns out, the article was in newspapers across the United States this morning (prompting some great email and blog comments from new readers in all sorts of places.)  Here’s the full link if you are curious.
  2. We received several calls today about placing Thanksgiving orders.  WOW.  We haven’t figured out our exact plan just yet, but have decided that the ordering system will open on September 1st and likely close on November 1st.
  3. Thinking about Thanksgiving terrifies me.  Just keeping it real.
  4. Also, I have trouble planning out what I’m doing two weeks from Tuesday (besides baking pies), so that some people have a Thanksgiving plan already never ceases to inspire me.
  5. For our August Epic Pie Tasting event, we tried out a Peach Raspberry pie and it received rave reviews.  We’ve added it into the baking schedule a few times over the last week and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  So we made it Square official and added it to our inventory.  That’s like saying we put a ring on it.
  6. Speaking of events, we are hosting an open baking night tomorrow for Peach Praline.  Two seats remain available if anyone wants to drink wine with us tomorrow night and learn how to make Peach Praline topping.  That’s an offer you don’t hear every day, right?
  7. Jeanne and I are hopeful to leave PJP in the hands of our capable employees on Saturday, as we realized it is the last Saturday for the next NINE weeks that we aren’t booked with something major that requires us both to work all day.  As usual, I feel reluctant to take the day off…so much so that part of the homework that our business coach left me is to send him a selfie on Saturday to prove I’m not at PJP Buttonwood.  I think he knows how to handle us pretty well by now, no?
  8. I have nothing else.  But did you know that eight is a perfect cube?  Because I totally did.


Mac. And Eritrea.

We were totally surprised today to walk in PJP from running a few errands earlier today and find our beloved Mac standing at the front counter.  Back from eight weeks or so in Europe for his graduate program, we’ve seriously missed him this summer.  While we have a strong and amazing team working, Mac brings a little bit of familiarity to what we do each day because he’s been with us for the past two years.  And when we are growing quickly and working to adapt to the changes needed in us to grow, familiarity is SO SWEET.  (Also, Mac is fluent in Parks and Rec quotes.  He’s the Ron Swanson to my Leslie Knope…)


Mac couldn’t have come back at a better time.  Everyone’s change in schedule for the fall semester has been an adjustment.  (Most of the time, Jeanne asks me who is coming in to work and then I can’t remember and I have to consult a tattered piece of paper where we mapped it all out a few weeks ago.)  We have a new member of Team PJP who has taken Gunnar’s old 8-2 daily shift.  Her name is Emily and well, she’s completely amazing.  In her spare time, she is working to get her floral design business off the ground.  Check out her work on Instagram @sugarberryblooms.  AMAZING STUFF.

And in a total random turn of events, we are welcoming a new employee tomorrow who is actually new to America.  She and her husband are refugees from Eritrea and a local organization has sponsored their travel to America, arranged their current living situation, and are helping to place them in jobs that suit their skill sets.  All I know is that she seems completely delightful, she speaks limited English, and despite that, she seemed like she wasn’t fazed by the amount of crazy going on at PJP when she stopped by to meet us.  I think she will be a great addition to our team and maybe we can be a great new family to her as she starts a new life in America.  (In full disclosure, I had to Google Eritrea.  It’s in Africa.  I feel like I should have known that.)

If we add any more new employees, we are seriously going to need a flow chart to figure it all out.  I’d say we are staffed pretty well…now, just bring on the fall baking season.

By The Numbers…

By the numbers…

  • Number of stickers printed today:  0 (ugh)
  • Number of swear words used while working on stickers:  81 (at least)
  • Number of plane tickets purchased to Las Vegas for the Baking Convention:  2 (obviously)
  • Number of antics anticipated in our 4 day/3 night trip:  178 (or more)
  • Number of times we have left PJP for two days and gone to another state:  0 (no joke)
  • Number of employees we will require to work those two days:  6 (all of them, yo)
  • Number of 12-inch pie boxes ordered from Amazon:  200 (prepared, no?)
  • Number of boxes that showed up when UPS texted they had been delivered:  0 (what?)
  • Number of times we’ve felt unsure about certain things in the past week:  77 (trust me)
  • Number of times we just pushed forward anyway:  77 (winning)