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A Day In The Life

24 May

Do your days follow a routine?  Mine do in the sense that I work the same shifts at the laundromat each week, but the before and the after are usually unpredictable.

Friday

7:45 a.m. – Wake up, let the dogs outside and feed them some breakfast.  Peek into the whelping box to make sure everyone is A-OK and then head back upstairs to get myself presentable.

8:15 a.m. – Out the door and on my way to snag some deals before morning deliveries!  I noticed that Walgreens had a few of our favorite cereals on sale this week 2/$5 with a $1 in store coupon.  I had a coupon for $0.60 off a box of Trix and $0.60 off a box of Honey Nut Cheerios.  That means I got both boxes for$2.80….holla!

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8:20 a.m. – I am on the road for morning deliveries.  But not without my precious….

Oops, I mean…

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Our Friday deliveries are sort of scattered, so I was on a self-guided Tour de Pittsburgh:  North Huntingdon, Forest Hills, Wilkinsburg, Shadyside, Bloomfield, the Strip, and then finally Downtown!  Phew!

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10:15 a.m. – I finally get back to Changin’ Time and drop off all the things.  Amanda tells me that since DR stayed home from school today, she is able to stay until noon. Music to my ears!  Normally I report for duty at 11:00 a.m., so I am pleased to have an extra hour to myself.  I visit my darling at the rental to check on progress.  The windows are almost completely installed now!  We still need to paint the awnings/gutters grey and cover up the wretched black and gold paint job….

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11:00 a.m. – I head to the house to pack my lunch and let my fur babies run around in the back alley for a few minutes.  The weather has been a little rotten the last few days, so they needed to get out some pent-up energy!  I also use the time to scavenge around the “Paper Retriever” at the borough building to see if there are any coupons dying to be clipped. It’s a little low so I’m nervous to jump in because what if I get stuck!?  How would I explain to the officers, who would no doubt walk out of the police station at that exact moment, that yes I am stuck in a paper dumpster and my dogs are wandering around outside wondering what the heck I am doing.

11:30 a.m. – I feel guilty for squandering one of Amanda’s hours dumpster diving, so I head to Changin’ Time to relieve her.  Lil’ RED desperately needs a nap and DR is going a bit stir crazy, so I’m glad I headed in earlier than noon.  Once they head home, I finish washing diapers and notice that the detergent dispenser is getting low.

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Then I hang out with some traveling carnies who are in town for the weekend and stopped in to do their laundry.  Oh, life.  How random you are.

12:30 p.m. – I dial into a conference call for a trade association we belong to.  Since I am vice-chair, this is one of four conference calls I attend each month.  We discuss all kind of important diaper industry happenings, none of which I can tell you about!  😉

1:30 p.m. – I finally have time to enjoy a banana, a bottle of water, and some Feedly.  After the carnies clear out, I sort and dry and then re-sort diapers.  Then, move onto some of our wash ‘n fold customers and other diaper business.

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3:45 p.m. – I quickly speed up the road into Munhall, the neighboring borough, to grab my on-call phone from the senior care place I work every other weekend.  I am basically the weekend answering service/caregiver coordinator.  Since its a holiday weekend, I will be pulling an extra long shift (Friday evening – Tuesday morning).  I chit chat with the office staff and owner about the doodles and random happenings with clients.

Once I got back to Changin’ Time, she told me that our plans to babysit were cancelled!  I am happy in the sense that we have Friday night free, but a little disappointed because we have so much fun when we hang out with her brothers (CO & CJ).  I spent the rest of my shift preparing for an early morning diaper service orientation and wrapped up some administrative stuff.

6:00 p.m. – My favorite time of the day.  Not what I would call quitting time, but certainly time to head back to the house(s).  Most days I walk to and from work, since we live just around the corner.  This becomes less convenient when its snowing, slushy, super hot, or raining, but the weather was perfect.

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After work I stopped at home really quickly to grab a power snack that would actually be my dinner…

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and then went over and “helped” Christina clean up the rental so that we could show it to a prospective tenant at 7:30 p.m.  The woman was very nice and showed up with a little group of friends to help her decide what she wanted to do.  She seemed to love the place and after about a half an hour decided to mention that she wouldn’t be able to move in until August.  Womp womp.

8:00 p.m. – We swung back around to close the laundromat.  Changin’ Time wash ‘n fold closes at 6:00 p.m., but the laundromat stays open for self-service until 8:00 p.m.  Then, since there was still some daylight I convinced Christina to help me dumpster dive for coupons.

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Yes, I know I am insane.  But the savings!  Think of the savings!  I returned home happy with my efforts and clipped coupons while Christina had puppy time.

10:00 p.m. – I finally had time to sit down and write this recap!  Now I am going to relax for an hour or so and then head to bed because tomorrow promises to be even more busy and random than today!!!

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Spiced From The Strip

17 Apr

Dinner was Strip District-inspired last night.

If you’re not from Pittsburgh, you are probably asking yourself what racy, scandalous inspiration that is.

The Strip District is a wonderful area which connects to downtown Pittsburgh.  It’s called “the Strip” because its just a little “strip” of property that runs parallel to the river.  It’s actually the historic location of one of Andrew Carnegie’s first steel mills, ALCOA aluminum production HQ, and Westinghouse’s first factory to product air breaks.  I just love history.  At the turn of the century, the Strip become the center of produce in Pittsburgh.  The city’s main train station runs through the area, so produce merchants were able to get fresh fruits and veggies through easily accessible channels.  Today, the Strip has changed a lot, but its heartbeat is still the same.  It’s now home to many ethnic grocery stores, a destination for fresh produce, meats, cheese, and pasta.  There are so many little niche restaurants and cafes and bakeries, that you can get lost there for hours on the weekends.

We ventured down there on Monday morning, before I reported for duty at the laundry facility, to visit a novelty toy wholesaler named Mike Feinberg’s.  We had to buy prizes to give the big kids at the Great Cloth Diaper Change on Saturday.  Changin’ Time is in charge of kids games and activities!  Just across the street is one of my favorite places: Penzeys Spices.

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I had accrued 4 coupons for free or discounted spices, so I had to stop for a spice haul.

Next door to Penzeys is a gourmet coffee dealer called Prestogeorge Coffee Roasting Company, a company which was founded locally in the 1960s and eventually found its home in the Strip.

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When you walk in the door, the smells which lured you in from the sidewalk are amazing.  The walls are lined with interesting and rare blends of coffee beans and teas, biscotti, baked goods, deli meats, and all things delicious.

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We were just stopping in for some tea, but I could have spent hours looking at all the different blends.

So – what ended up in dinner last night, you ask?

The featured spice at Penzeys this month is called Berbere, a fiery Ethiopian spice blend.  Because I subscribe to their catalog, I received a coupon this month to try it for free!  You can order it online or find it in the store for $4.39.  We love spicy food, so we had to try it out.  I used it as a rub on chicken.

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At Prestogeorge, they had been sampling something called “Caribbean dip.”  We liked the sample and are constantly looking for new spicy items,  so we bought it.  When we got home, we realized that it was a little bit too mayo-based to really use as a dip.  However, I thought it would be excellent to use as a spicy breading base for the chicken, so I brushed some on!

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Then, I lightly dusted the chicken with Panko.

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And baked it for about an hour at 350F.  When it was done, I topped it with just a dab of the dip and served it.

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It was seriously SOOOOO good.  And spicy!  Like, I served it with celery spicy.  A yummy entree which supported two local business. 🙂

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Laundromat Lunch

18 Dec

This week, my business achieved a huge milestone!  (Damn you, Facebook, for making that sound so cheesy.)  We moved into our new location.  It took many many weeks of constant toil, but we did it.  We now have room to run our business and plenty of room to grow.  I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now!

Saturday marked our official grand opening, which we celebrated with a party at the new facility.

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That means Monday was our first official day of “normal” work.  It was both exhilarating and anticlimactic.  It’s so hectic right now between the puppies and launching this expansion that I have barely cooked a substantial meal in weeks.  Call me crazy, but the thing I’m most excited about right now is having a schedule.  Knowing when and where I need to be helps me get back into the habit of cooking all three meals instead of depending on “grabbing a quick bite.”

Today, for lunch I made broccoli bites from Stacy’s Snacks

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What You Will Need:

16 oz. broccoli florets (fresh or frozen will work), with the liquid squeezed out
1 c. bread crumbs (I use Panko)
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

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Lucky for me, I live just around the block from where I work.  Since we are currently whelping puppies, we have to check in every hour.  Unless it is unbearably cold or wet outside, I try to walk home on these breaks.

I’m learning to love my little walk, even when it looks like this outside:

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So, this is the first of what I’m sure will be a long series of laundromat lunches.

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I had plenty left over and we reheated them for dinner.

Wheelin’ and Dealin’

24 May

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

We are leaving this weekend to pick-up Changin’ Time‘s brand new shiny diaper delivery truck!!!

I’m beyond ecstatic!

But that means I need to get some research work done before I leave,

so you will just have to check my Twitter to find out what I’m up to until Monday…

I’m sure I will have a TON of stories to tell you ♥

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28 Apr

Well, Changin’ Time is one step closer to expansion, pending some serious financial decisions to be made this week (and not by us).  So last night, feeling pretty confident in what we have accomplished so far, she♥ and I went out to celebrate a little bit.

Like an good lesbians, we went to Shadyside, thinking we would do a mini-bar crawl (like 3 bars).  We started at 5801 because, hello.  Its gay and classy and has a patio (not that it was warm enough to take advantage of it).

I am pretty sure this is her♥ initiation into Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week

Mine was the other day, if you remember correctly.  She hated this one, but ended up finding one she did like.

I had a pomegranate martini.

Now, I am by no means a drinker at this point in my life.  Beer has made me fat.  Wine is fine.  But liquor – whew! – things can get a little messy.

So in order for me to maintain my dignity (and don’t worry, I spilled some of my drink after 3 SIPS!), we ordered one of the healthier looking bar munchies, roasted red pepper hummus with flatbread:

So good!  The flatbread seemed like it had been fried though, which of course takes the health level down, but we didn’t even finish the small portion that we shared.  Guilt-free celebration, especially since I turned out to be a one-tini-weenie.

We called it a night by 9:30 and crawled into bed…had to get up early to support some of our boys at their track meet this morning!

Of course Shadyside is known for its nightlife, but I do like to people watch and check out scenery so our trips to Shadyside are like a triple threat!

This was the gallery we parked next to, so I thought I’d take a few shots to share:

It was a great night!  Just long enough for a little celebration and then a lot of sleep so we can get a TON done this weekend!

The kids did amazing at the track meet today, and hopefully the little league game that she♥ has this afternoon will go the same.  Go Bluejays!!

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