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wherein Friday the 13th starts at 4:30 am

Nothing like waking up at stupid-thirty to find that the thermostat decided to die in the middle of the night.  It will run on the "on" position, but not an auto, and the digital read is blank.

Not.  Good.  If it hasn't miraculously fixed itself by the time he gets home, Kent will have to put in a work order, because we CANNOT be without AC in mid-May in NC, and we don't have box fans (my family's preferred method for surviving summer in the South when I was growing up).

Unfortunately, that means people tromping through the house, with sets us both on edge.  And we'll have to find a time where one of us is here.

Hell of a way to start the day.  Obviously, I'm not going back to sleep.  I only work 11-3 today but, still...blergh.  I was hoping to go to the Trash2Runway opening at Frank tonight (first, I go to everything Sudie invites me to.  Second, this might help with my Project Runway withdrawals), but I may come home and just crash.  Who knows?  Maybe we'll be slow and I'll come home early and grab a nap.

We keep getting scare stories about work slowing down, but I've yet to see it this week.  We haven't been "open up the second floor dining room" busy (THANK GOD!!!!), but we've had tons of carry out/Tarheel Takeout orders, and big ones on top of it.  Like, "oh, we forgot to have this meeting catered.  Let's order 20 different sandwiches for pickup right before lunch."

Thank the gods I'm on the downhill slide of another 6 day week.  I'm proud of myself, though.  I actually came home and did laundry yesterday, took it up to the laundromat to dry (it was warm out, but afternoons this time of year mean pop up rain storms, and I didn't want to risk giving Kent a damp uniform at 4:30 in the morning), AND made dinner.  Yay, tacos!

I have been wanting tacos made from one of those kits like my mom used to make when I was a kid.  Literally for weeks.  So I bought one when I did the grocery run this week (I think one of the things I like best about Kent going back to work is that *I* get to do the grocery run again.  I've missed that.  Yes, I'm weird).  Oh, NOM.  Sometimes, when I want something food-wise and get it, I'm disappointed because it is not nearly as good as I remember.

This was not the case.  Kent and I *destroyed* that shit, and had cheesecake for dessert (we over-prepped for free desserts on Mother's Day, and it's not like those suckers can go back in the freezer.  So, if you order a staff meal this week, you get free dessert.  Whee!).  And then cuddled on the sofa during an epic thunderstorm.  'Twas nice.

He's alternately in love with and terrified of this new job.  He loves being back running a kitchen, but didn't anticipate that he'd have as much contact with the residents as he does.  He said flat out yesterday that I'd be better at his job than he is, because I "get" old people.  He only had his Grandma Gerta growing up, and didn't have all that much contact with her--holidays and offers of cash if he would just cut his hair, that sort of thing.  He'll learn, but right now, I think he's...intimidated?  Whereas I grew up around old people and, frankly, usually get along with them better than I do my peers (for example, Santa Pete).

He's also keeping an eye out for the minute there's an opening for a dining room attendant.  Gee, remember how Miz So-and-so likes her toast, gently but firmly enforce dietary restrictions, and listen to the same stories over and over and over?  I do believe I've been doing that for free my entire life.  :)

(And, frankly, I've been a little jealous of his job.  Feeding people in their declining years has MEANING.  I want that)

Speaking of feeding people, it's time to suit up.  I hope I drank enough iced tea to make it through the next 4 hours.



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May. 13th, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
Woot woot! Sounds like you've had a pretty productive last couple of days and yikes sorry about the thermostat going all loopy. Hope it gets fixed sooner or later. It's summer here atm in the Philippines and I feel like setting myself on fire would be a better way to go rather than endure 43 degree Celsius of heat everyday + humidity. Fml.

Also, you're SO not weird for missing grocery runs. I used to love doing the groceries back when I was still in Florida - it means I get to pick the food we get to stock up for a week. What's not to love?

Hope the mothers day treats/desserts were awesome!!!!
May. 13th, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
I think I get you both about being around elderly people. I spent so much time with my grand-parents and now my great aunt... and also in high school we'd sometims go to some kind of hospital and a few times we had to help them to eat...I love that.

On the other hand someone old that I just meet might intimidate me for a moment, being afraid of doing something they'd dislike- not knowing that person well, because I know, they have their choices and stick to them..that's important for them.
May. 13th, 2016 08:03 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you ad a real productive day. Toff my hat of to you.
May. 14th, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you. I seem to be on a post-work productivity streak. I came home today and straightened up the end table on "my" side of the sofa (not as an innocuous activity as it sounds. Books and art supplies and yarn have a tendency to breed when unchaperoned) and cleaned out the fridge.

I don't know what's wrong with me, but I hope it continues...
May. 13th, 2016 11:44 pm (UTC)
Ugh about your AC being out! I understand how you don't want it to be out in NC. It's humid down there just as it is up in Maryland (although I reckon you guys probably get your ass kicked worse down there than we do in Maryland) in the summer and May. I hope you all get it fixed soon! Keep cool :)
May. 14th, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)
I hope you get the AC fixed soon! That does sound like it would be awfully unpleasant in the summer.

It sounds like you had a productive day! The tacos and cheesecake sound delicious!
May. 14th, 2016 01:03 am (UTC)
Feeding people in their declining years has MEANING.

I love that, and you're so right too.
May. 14th, 2016 09:20 am (UTC)
Ack! Hope it can be fixed!!!
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