Bagel, Dragon Ball & Work!

Weds. August 8, 2018

Just relax.

I have to say, working a dinner shift is the best because I get to sleep longer in the mornings. I did not get up until 9:30 this morning. It felt great! So great that after brushing my teeth I put shoes and a shirt on, grabbed a hat and took off.

I woke up with a taste for a cinnamon raisin bagel and coffee. I figured it was a great way to start my day so I jumped in my car and drove right over Dunkin’ Donuts. I wanted to be productive at the same time so before leaving the house I set a load of clothes to wash. The truth is, when I rolled out of bed and looked down at the clothes I remembered that I actually needed them for work tonight. Luckily, I thought about it or else I would have had to put on my good clothes and risk ruining them.

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Afternoon confusion.

Back in the house I worked on the blog for a bit. I am not sure if I want my post to show in full length or summary. I think it looks clean in summary but I also like how the entire post can be read in full view. I went back and forth with it a few times and decided to leave it in full. I might change it back. Very confused.

While gathering a few articles for the Motivation page I watched a few episodes of Dragon Ball. Only 145 more to go. It has been a while since I have seen these episodes so it is a little shocking to witness how perverted the show is. I always knew Master Roshi was lady chaser but he does not even compare to the rest of the anime. Very interesting to see the difference in episodes from then to the new series. Also interesting is how as a child, we are innocent and do not even realize what is happening. Youth.

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Time to make it.

Around 3:15pm I left the house to head to work. I had to meet the lady I work with at a luxury apartment building in Hoboken. Before getting there I thought I would pick up a snack from a local healthy place. While trying to find it I realized it was going to more challenging than it should have been. The entire place had double parked cars and the street parking was all ‘residential parking.’ I mean every street within a mile radius had a bright green sign on it. I just wanted to stop for an acai bowl but with the parking restrictions I never got it.

At the site I met up with the lady. It was now 4:15pm, I was bowl-less and thirsty. The temperature was at its peak and all I could think about was how refreshing that bowl filled with acai and fruit would have been. I had to let the dream go.

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Bitmoji ME sad

After shifting our cars three times, for better visibility from the door, we got right to work. The last time we were there it rained on and off but the number at the end was pretty good. There were also three of us so the process moved smoother. Today the sun was shining and it was just she and I. 90% of the time we were on fire. Keeping a nice pace and making sure people did not wait too long. During the final stretch we were exhausted from the heat and our bodies had slowed down. The last three customers had to wait but thankfully they did not mind.

We shut down at 8:45pm after completing a great service. 

By 10:30pm I was home in the shower. Right after I sat down to have a really late dinner while watching another episode of Dragon BallI’m dedicated to watch it all.

 An Interesting Time At The Café!

Tues. August 7, 2018 

Last night was rough.  

I woke up at 3:30am to the power going down for seconds. I am a light sleeper and heard it in my sleep. I knew the air conditioner had shut down along with my computer because the room had gotten quiet. Then I woke again at 6am thinking it was time to go soon realizing I was an hour ahead of my alarm. When it did go off I was basically already awake. My mind was focused on not sleeping through it. 

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Bitmoji alarm ME

I had to meet the lady I work with at 9 so we could head into New Hope, Pennsylvania. We were going to set up the café as best as possible with the appliances we had from the delivery on Friday. Today we had even guests, her son and his friend, to help us move things around. The more we muscle the merrier.  

Getting things set! 

On the way to New Hope, we stopped at Panera Bread for breakfast. I order a Superfruit smoothie again but instead of a butter-less bagel I chose a new item in the pastry window, triple berry scone. It was my first time eating a scone and I have to say, it was good. It was a bit thick so next time I will grab a coffee to pair with it. I think a hot cup of joe would make it better. 

In PA we got right to it. Well as best as possible. After tearing half of the box from the refrigerator we could see an issue. I looked slightly bigger than we hoped. Even the contractor as he left us said, “I hope the fridge fits.” At the time we paid it no mind but taking a few measurements it was very obvious that the refrigerator she order was too big.  

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Bitmoji ME, confused

Scrambling for ideas the only option the lady I work with could think of was to call the contractor back as reinforcements. Our minds – the lady I work with, her son, his friend and I – could not find a way to get it in. Besides that, we could not even figure out how to get it off of the double pallet it was on. We were in a serious bind.  

Thankfully the contractor and his buddy were not too far from us. After waiting about 20 minutes they showed up and were the most help. Right from the door they started to plan out how they were going to get it off the double pallet and possibly squeeze the 54 in stainless steel refrigerator through a 44 in walkway, to then get it past the door frame.  

As they planned, most of it worked. We were able to eliminate one pallet getting it onto a platform with wheels. From there the contractor and his buddy tried to wiggle their way through the door frame only to wedge it tight letting the fridge prove its point, too big. After that we tried to remove all padding but that did not work. The last option was to have all six of us – the contractor, his buddy, the lady I work with, her son, his friend and I – hoist that 519 pound beast over the counter. That was a no-no. Way to heavy. She called the retailer to return it right it away. We tried our best. 

After the contractor and his buddy left we handled the rest since the refrigerator was no longer in our way. the two boys and I unboxed and built a hot table while the lady I work with took off to meet a local realtor. She is the market for a closer home to the café and for her mother. We also throw out the trash from the torn boxes and broken pallets. 

Café project ceased 

Around 2:30pm all of us left the place as clean as possible. On the way back to her house we stopped at a place in Hopewell with good fresh food, Brick Farm Market. I had a teriyaki sandwich with spicy pickled cucumber salad on top. Very good. 

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Back at her house a bit before 4pm. I stayed for a short time to talked about the fridge situation. We need plans to replace it but cannot afford to make the same mistake. We thought of a few ideas but what to do, what to do? 

On my way home, I had the biggest scare. It was well into the 90s today with the sun beaming down on earth as if it were trying to roast my side of the equator. It affected me big time. I ended up slightly falling asleep coming close to the highway divider. If it were not for an empty bottle that I ran over I would have definitely hit it. The bottle woke me up in shock with just enough time to react. 

Finally home I went straight to bed. I needed some rest. 

I ended up being woken to the sound of thunder and rain hitting the side of the house. It was very frustrating to be up because I could have really used another hour of shut eye. I even planned on it by setting my alarm beforehand. But since I was up I decided to eat. Pepper steak with white rice. As I ate I listen to a few mixtapes. Artists that I used to listen to in the past came out with new music. I was excited but, in the end, they were not good. 

Then I watched two episodes of Dragon Ball, the original, before getting on Fortnite.

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It Started Good, Got Bad, Then Better!

Mon. August 6, 2018 

Is this night 2 or 3? 

I probably woke up about three times last night. Not to use the bathroom like yesterday but because I could not sleep. I did not even dare to look at the clock in hopes I would fall back to sleep. By the time 7:30am came around I was already up and moving. I thought about going back to sleep but my mind would not let me.  

Instead I turned on my 22 inch monitor and got to typing, reviewing articles, looking for a new car and watched a live stream of the new Call of Duty game coming out in October.  

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9am. I was walking out of the door to car.  

I had to stop by the bakery before heading into Jersey City for work. While at the bakery I went to order my usual two cappuccinos but overheard the guy in front of me request ice coffee. Interested I asked the cashier if they had any. To my surprise they did. But not some regular iced coffee, it was iced cappuccino. After getting it and taking a sip I realized something. They have a great idea going and it beats any Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks out there. Teixeira Bakery has out done themselves.  

Driving into Jersey City I decided to take a bridge that was opened up a month ago. It was supposed to be a faster way into town but I have doubts now. Traffic was a pain in the butt to get through and I do not think I will be taking it again. When I did make it through I took the back streets. It was a much smoother rider.  

After parking all I could think about was the lady I work with trying the iced coffee. We are big fans of the bakery coffee and after this I knew we would be hooked. She loved it. Even drank it faster than me and I had a whole car ride with it. 

Not a good start. 

The day started off happy. She was bright and joyful loving her coffee. Then an email came in from the catering we did on Saturday with not so good remarks. For our first time trying something like that, it seemed we failed. The people at the party were not satisfied and it hurt the lady I work with. She gets disappointed when people do not like something she offers. Unfortunately, not everyone has a tongue for a foreign taste. Especially when they expect it to be something else. But lessons learned for the future.  

For today – win some, lose some. 

After that her day went to the trash. Business was slow, it was over 90 degrees and all she could think about was the email. The only good part of our shift was all the love received from our regulars. After a month of not being there they all came out to chat and eat. So many happy people. Unfortunately, it was not enough. 

Business night! 

We finished up around 2pm and officially shut down around 3. I was home within 45 minutes and enjoying a nice cool shower. Today is Monday which means office night. I missed a big event on Saturday because of the catering so I was glad to be going in. But I was home earlier than normal and able to relax.  

Around 6pm my parents showed up with my nephew. I love that little guy. After playing with him for a bit I had to get ready to go. My outfit for the night was olive green chino pants, a light blue button up, brown belt and shoes. It was my first time wearing the combo so I hope it looked good.  

On the way to the office I stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts to get an iced tea lemonade. If the lady I work with was to get a break, today was not the day. It actually got any worse. We are going to be at the café tomorrow and needed a key. After taking an hour drive to New Hope, PA, the key was nowhere to be found. One of the managers of the building had left it in a cup but someone had walked off with it. I felt so bad for her. That means we have to rely on the contractor of the building to be present. If not, tomorrow we won’t be getting in the building. 

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At the office I was ready to learn. The topic for the night was ‘Mastering Communication.’ I thought my talking skills were good but I learned how to improve them. Some highlights: ask, empathize, don’t rush, talk to the decision maker, speak well of others. 

Good night! 

Home by 10pm back in front of the computer. I am determined to find a new car. I also need to figure out a schedule for the Motivation page. Timings will be changed over the next few weeks to see what works. 

In bed by 12:30am to wake up at 8am 

 

Catering of The Year For The Big 8-0!

Sat. August 4, 2018

I got it, but at a cost.

There was no way that I was going to miss out on getting a bowl today. I planned it out – wake up early, get some writing in, leave early.

I left my house at 11am to head into the neighboring town. It is the only place within a 10 minute drive that I can get a acai bowl. The place is called The Dancing Blender and they have a large menu with juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads and my favorite bowl. I have not tried anything else but they all seem very good. To cheer up the place there is a young lady, probably around my age, at the register with an amazing aura. It just attracts people in a pleasant way. She also has the biggest warmest smile in place so she just makes people want to smile back.

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Have to get going!

My planning turned out to be poor. I thought an hour would have been plenty of time to get to the lady I work with but I was very, very wrong. Running late I shot across town to jump on the parkway. I needed more time and had to make up for it with speed. At every red light I munched on my bowl until I hit the highway where I need both hands.

The parkway was a bit packed but I was able to weave in and out between the gaps in the lanes. I will never understand why people cannot keep a simple pace. If they want to move slow then fine, but in the SLOW lane. NOT in the middle of the highway. Luckily, I made it to the lady I work with 5 minutes after our scheduled meeting time, 12:35pm. To my surprise she was nowhere near ready. I was rushing even though I had time to spare. It was okay though because I was able to help her son and his friend, who joined us for the day, finish loading up.

Around 1pm we left.

Let the catering begin!

Today we were going to be catering for a very lovely lady who has helped us in the past with other jobs. It was her mother’s 80th birthday party and we were invited to help with the celebration. With eight items on the menu it was going to be an interesting one. And it was. 

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For 2 and a half hours we served people like never before. Her son and friend actually walked around with a tray like servants at a black-tie party handing out little plates of hors d’oeuvres. It was a weird one but it seemed to be functioning well for our first time attempting something like this.

Towards the end of the shift is when people started to get picky. Some wanted one item where others wanted another. Honestly, we did not pay too much attention to it. We had many things to push out and not much time left to do it. So instead we put it all together and sent the boys out. The crowd was able to pick as they pleased.

By 6pm we finished. As we packed up we got a little surprise. Rain. Yes, once again the rain comes out of nowhere. It is really odd how often this is happening. But it only lasted for about 10 minutes so it was fine. The rain was also really cold which felt good against my skin after sweating away.

Let finish up the day.

On the way back to her house we stopped at Wawa for milkshakes. We worked hard so why not treat ourselves with a little reward. The small things in life are always the best. Especially the sweet drinkable desserts. Yum!

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Back at her house we unloaded everything and as the kids went into the basement to hangout she and I stepped outside. For 10 minutes we sat on the porch talking about the future of her business. I have faith it will work out but she is the ‘doubt’ phase. I am not confident that her feeling will pass once everything is up and running itself. It also got me thinking about my own business.

I envy her will to grow as a business owner and question my own ability. Am I meant to run a business or meant to work for someone the rest of my life? I tell myself I need to work harder at it but yet I have not begun to. I really need to think about my future more and truly learn how to prioritize.

The Day After Is Better Than The Last!

Thurs. August, 2, 2018

It’s a better day.

I tried my best this morning to write before leaving the house. I even woke up early around 8am in hopes of redeeming myself from yesterday. I just could not get a hold on anything with my mind shut down and will broken. This time I did a little something and it felt great.

Today the lady I work with and I met at a Party City headquarters. We have been there before and really enjoyed the company and its people. I have yet to meet someone grouchy or snotty. They are all happy and excited. It is actually really cool to see that many people from one building could be so enthusiastic. But before I got there I had to get something in me that would put a smile on my face.

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Across the street for the office building is a Dunkin Donuts. It is so close that if I really wanted to I could have parked at Party City and just walked over. While at the register the cashier guy let me in on a new item. Something that I never thought would happen but makes sense as far a business tactic. They now sell chicken strips. That is right, chicken strips. I did not try them but I was told they are not that bad. Kudos to Dunkin’ for trying to make a dollar.

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Working at the headquarters was great. That was until it started to rain and stop and then return without a warning. Not even the weather person could have predicted this sporadic downpour. Sometimes it would drizzle and out of nowhere just drop buckets of water for all to wear. The good thing about it, the rain was cool and felt amazing.

On to the next.

We finished up around 2:30pm. Leaving the headquarters an hour later to head towards our next location for dinner. It was about 25 minutes away and seemed simple to get to. Within 3 minutes of actually getting there I made a wrong turn on the highway getting rerouted for an extra 10 minutes. I could not believe how close, yet so far I was. I was so confused as to how I ended up in that position. But believe or not everything worked out. I had to sit at so many red lights that I was able to eat my late lunch. I was happy.

Finally, at the location I met up with her. To think I was behind her the whole time until that wrong turn. I am surprised that she never brought it up honestly thinking she would. It seemed me getting lost was not important. What was important, getting everything set up once again for dinner.

For about 2 hours it poured again. Leaving us in doubt of any profitability. But then out of nowhere the skies cleared up, not a single cloud, and the sun was out nice and bright. I do not remember ever experiencing a day like this. From darkness to light, back to darkness to light. I think the heavens were even confused.

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The rest of the night we did well. Just a little over lunch making coming out in this crazy weather worth it. After a day like this I was glad to see us in the green. We were worried that we would not be.

Go relax.

10pm. On the way home I could see the sky lighting up as if it were fourth of July again. The rain was coming for its finally show and I knew it would be heavy. Luckily, I made it home in time. Just as I pulled into the driveway it started to drizzle. As I pulled out my house keys it started to pour. Thank goodness we left when we did.

P.S.

Those USB Type-C cables that I ordered the other day, work great!

What An Interesting Day !

Tues. July 31, 2018 

Early for a bit. 

I woke up at 7:30am to check my phone for a text. I knew I had to work today but I did not have a time or address to be there. Knowing the lady I work with, I expected nothing less than an early morning message with the details. 

After reading and responding to her, I made a grave mistake. I thought I could fall back to sleep for an extra 30 minutes. Well, I got plenty of rest but a whole hours’ worth. When I opened my eyes to check the time I let out a single curse word to express my emotions at that time. I had 15 minutes to get ready and leave. No time to do my hair, write, eat breakfast, nothing.  

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Bitmoji ME, wth!

Moving along. 

Along the way to meet the lady I work with, a pitstop was made. I needed coffee if I was going to make it through our shift. A 10 minute ride away stood a Starbucks. I could see it glowing in the sun. It was my safe haven. Two large cups of iced coffee and pumpkin bread to go. I was all set and back on track. With coffee in my system I had a little ‘umph’ to me. I was ready to start.  

Finally at the location we had a big of a hiccup finding a place to park. There was a large industrial dumpster blocking the path. After the organizer made the crew move it we were golden. Speaking of the organizer, she might have been sending me a few mixed signals. Signals that I was not interested in but were obvious, maybe. It could be in my head and she could have been one of those really friendly type but this is how it started. 

I pulled up in front of her as she denied me a place to park until I told her I was with the lady. After double parking and chatting I went to open my door for more air flow. My air conditioner is busted so it gets hot quick. She then grabbed my door, opened it all the way and stood there in front of it as if she was blocking me in. We must have become close buddies in those 5 minutes of chatting. As I made my way past her, leaving my car in its place, she hung out at it until I came back to park. After parking we chatted some more where she started to fidget in place playing with her dress.  

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Bitmoji ME, confused

I am very bad at reading ‘flirt.’ Sometimes it has to be explained to me so I might have imagined it all. But when the lady I work with brought it up, describing everything that happened in detail, I guess it was not in my head. She was watching from afar enjoying the show the entire time 

Short shift. 

We set up and got right to it. By 11am we were ready to go. After sitting there for 45 minutes, waiting, we then got busy. In waves of 10 people at a time we kept a nice pace going. In between the waves a few people looked at us and walked away. It was sad because 90% of them did not even say hello. Eventually, the shift was over. I hoped more people would come but they never did. By 2pm I was packing up because the crowd was no longer around.  

I was home by 3:45 and right back to work. The fence that divides my property from the neighbors had grown vines on it that irrigated me every time I walked down the driveway to my car. They would brush up against me like a creepy old man try to get a feel. I had enough of it so I handled it. I cut it all down. The vines, weeds, some flowers, new growth trees. All of it.  

When I got home the original plan was to work on my car. After finishing with the distractions, I focused on it. It needs a good mechanic but I did what I could. A simple oil check and spark plug change. Then I made my way into in the house for a shower. The sun was beaming on me the entire time turning my body into a giant sticky pad. I had grass stuck to my legs and arms and grease marks all over my hands. I probably should have hosed myself down out back first. 

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Bitmoji ME, showering

Time to end it. 

For dinner I heated up left over cheese ravioli from Olive Garden while I started to watch season 6 of “Arrow.” While watched and once dinner was finished, I folding 3 bags of laundry that I had piled up in a corner. I did a big wash the other day and left it in the bag after drying them.  

Around 8:30pm my girlfriend came over to hang out. She was glad to see my nephew. He’s has gotten big over the past 10 months. I remember him being so small and sleeping all the time. Now he has a walker that he loves and six teeth that he tries to use for everything. They grow up so fast. 

The rest of the night she and I laid in bed relaxing. 

P.S.  

I opened up an Amazon package that I was expecting for the past 2 day. My USB Type-C cables finally arrived. 1 x 4ft and 1 x 0.5ft. Excited for the spare cables!  

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Day 2 At The Vineyard & No Balloons!

Sun. July 29, 2018

Today started like every other day. 

I woke up at 8:15am to get ready for work. I had to leave at 8:45 but left later than I should have. I had a half an hour to get to the lady I work with.

Unlike yesterday, everyone was making their way down the parkway. I assume to the shore but the weather, yesterday, was way better for it than today. The forecast was about the same but the air felt less hot. I guess that would be less humid.

I got to her house right on time. Pulling into her driveway at 9:30am. I could tell from the looks of things that she was ready to go. When she walked out of the house, she had nothing more than a purse across her body and phone in hand. The truck was already loaded and set. It was just missing our bodies and the key to be put in the ignition.

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Today was day two of being at Unionville Vineyards. We were invited to vend for their Summer Artisan Market where they had craft and gourmet vendors along with live music and wine tasting. It was truly an honor to be asked to stay for the two days. But before actually getting there, we made a few stops for the important items we were going to need. For example, we went to Target because they had a Starbucks. It is hard to start a day without a good cup of joe. Like I said yesterday, Dunkin’ Donuts was not an option. Next, right across the lot, we walked into Costco for cases of water. We learned that water was a very important product to have since everyone was outside.

Then from there we continued our course.

We’re back baby!

We made it to the winery at 11am, way before the estimated time of arrival. With an hour to set up, we were ready within 30 minutes. We even opened up earlier than we had to. It was a beautiful sunny day without the heat and she wanted to get started as soon as we could. I would have preferred to prepare more but I was okay with it.

Just as yesterday, a few towns over, was a balloon festival.  Once again, we assumed most people would be there instead of hanging out with us. Not to blame them because if I had the opportunity I would have loved to see a few hot air balloons take off in their mysterious fashion. I have only seen it in video but I have heard in person is much better.

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Today’s business was just about the same as it was yesterday. We were on and off. We would get short burst of people come and order to then go dead for minutes. The upside was that she left her son home so it was not too crowded and air could flow nicely. I did miss his company though.

The other vendors knew a secret that we did not.

We could see a few of them start to pack up. We wondered why did not look too hard into it. We just figured they had sold out or simply had to be on their way. It was not until 4:50pm that we informed of the secret by a customer. A customer who paid close attention their newsletters. He was the one to let us know that the winery actually closed early on Sundays. Instead of it closing at 6pm, like yesterday, it closed at 5 today. At that point we shocked. 10 minutes till closing?

We headed out around 6pm back her house. If we would have known about the hours sooner we could have left sooner. Once there I unloaded her truck with the help of her son. I was glad to see him but he had this heavy aura on him that made it seem like he did not want to be bothered. Not wanted to force a conversation out of him, I left and went straight home to shower.

The rest of the night I sat in front of the computer looking up USB Type-C charging cable and articles to post on the Motivation page. I might have found a few that I like.

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At The Vineyard & IHOB!

Sat. July 28, 2018

No office.

After having such a motivating weekend in Georgia, I wanted nothing more than to be at the office creating some activity. Unfortunately, the other job has to take priority right now.

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Bitmoji alarm ME

I woke up at 7:30am to get ready for my day. I had to meet the lady I work with by 9. After fighting to get out bed I had less than a half an hour to walk out of the house. I think if I did not have to wake up for work I would never get out of bed in the mornings. But today was not the day so I had to leave.

Too soon.

I left earlier than I needed to pulling over and parking a few houses down from hers. Normally I am early, she expects it, but today I was 15 minutes ahead of schedule. I thought people would be headed down to the beach since it was going to be a hot day but the parkway was clear. Maybe I was up too early for them.

When I finally pulled into her driveway I could see her son getting things ready. They were basically set to leave. All I did was adjust her truck in a way for us to finish loading and by the time she came out we were set to go.

Wine?

On the way to Unionville Vineyards we stopped at Panera Bread for breakfast. The lady I work with was tired of eating the usual Dunkin’ Donuts and wanted a change of taste. I was more than happy with it because I love their Superfruit smoothies. I do not know how they make them but I taste Greek yogurt.

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(photo found on Google images)

Finally, at the site we set up in between a wooden fence opening, with the best view of their property. Open field, nicely stained picnic table, beautiful tree line, it was an ‘awing’ moment. After taking it in we started our shift at noon with a slight concern if whether or not we would be busy. There was a balloon festival happening not too far from where we were and expected most people to be there. On top of that the forecast had a slight chance of rain that we really did not want to see come down.

With those thoughts in mind the three of us pressed on. We serviced the customers the best we could and were grateful for each one that came out. Even the other vendors with the ‘knick knack’ tents enjoyed what we had to offer. Since it was a bit slow we even enjoyed a few things they had. Now that I think about it, I wish I would have saved the name of what I ate. All I know is that it was a peach bread with 90% of it being peaches and the rest of it flour to hold it together. This cake or bread was so moist and delicious I hope she is back tomorrow.

Time to leave the beauty for the day.

Around 5pm we started to clean up. The crowd died down substantially. When 5:30 came we could see the vendors packing up, getting ready to head out. We knew that was our cue. At that moment we started to move a bit faster so we would not be left behind. The lady I work with, her son and I packed up so fast that we actually left before a few of the other vendors. It was great.

On the way back to her house we made a group decision to stop and have dinner. It was actually her son’s idea but we had no objections. I was tired, wanting to go home, but I knew I needed something in my stomach. It was such a hot day that for 6 hours I did not eat except for the piece of peach bread and a chocolate chip cookie.

To fill our stomachs, we stopped at IHOP. It was along the way and sounded good. There is nothing quite like breakfast for dinner. I had the stuffed French toast with strawberries. My ‘go-to’ meal. It never fails to keep me entertained one fork after the other.

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(photo found on Google images)

Back at her house, her son and I unloaded the truck before I left. I was exhausted wanted nothing more than a cool shower. Having my want fulfilled I then sat in front of the computer looking through Amazon for a charging cable for my new phone. I might need a spare wall brick as well.

Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.