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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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Friday Things

8 Feb

There are so many things I want to say about Wednesday’s post, but I will have to save that for another day. 🙂

Today has been busy and its not even halfway through my day yet.  We’ve got some help at the house today and I’ve been told that the kitchen will be wired and dry-walled by the time I come home tonight.  YIPPEE!!!!!!  I made sure to take some before pictures late last night as I was emptying the kitchen of its contents.

This morning, I had to do diaper & laundry deliveries by myself.  Stressful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about doing deliveries by myself.  I always manage to get all turned around, even though I know exactly where I’m going.  I constantly find myself in the wrong or slow or turning lane.  And I do NOT deal well with detours.  After arriving at my first delivery several minutes before what would be considered “LATE” (<– my least favorite thing in the world), I decided to catch my breath and calm my nerves with coffee.

If you are from Pittsburgh, you know there are about a million coffee stops near Shadyside, but parking is always an obstacle for me.  I decided to swing by Coffee Tree Roasters in East Liberty for several reasons.  One, there is always access to parking.  Two, it was on the way to my next delivery.  Three, I love Bakery Square.

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The East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh is one of those in-between neighbors which is in the process of changing from a crime-riddled ghetto to one of Pittsburgh’s now re-gentrified destination spots.  It butts up against one of the most posh urban neighborhoods (Shadyside) and one with the worst reputation (Homewood).  Within a one mile radius, there is both an Anthropologie, a prestigious all-girls private school, and several low-income housing projects.  I think that its a neighborhood that is slowly assuming a new identity, but in a sustainable way.  The neighborhood needed some new life breathed into it, I just hope that as it grows it does so by welcoming people of all income levels.

The development at Bakery Square was a turning point for East Liberty, in my opinion.  The development of several blocks of vacant, run-down warehouses into luxury offices, storefronts and living space gave people a reason to give East Liberty another chance.  The fact that Google opened offices in the Bakery Square development surely didn’t hurt.

Nestled front and center is Coffee Tree Roasters:

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Feeling crunched for time, I just ordered a large black coffee and grabbed one of these vegan energy bars at the register:

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I know the quality is a little bad, but that’s what you get for taking pictures while driving.  I should include the disclaimer here that I am not a vegan or gluten-free, nor do I have any real desire to be.  This was an impulse buy – kudos to whoever the genius was who realized product placement was a good idea.  These Heart Thrive bars by The Healthy Baking Company (also the makers of the California Suncake) were dense.  And dry.  It wasn’t bad though.  It was just different that what I’m used to.  They claimed to contain ingredients with a low glycemic index, which sustain energy over a longer period of time instead of causing energy spike and dip in one spurt.  I’d say that was accurate.  Normally, I spend mid-morning in an english muffin or bagel-induced carb coma and I wasn’t feeling sluggish at all after these two cakes.

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Also, I chose Cranberry simply because the only other option left was Raisin Spice. After checking out their website, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for a Chocolate Chip one.  I would definitely try these again, but in a different flavor.  Cheers to trying new things!

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And to the little Transit that could.  She’s being quite a trooper while she waits for her bumper to come in (its on back-order until March).

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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.

Lights, camera…

3 May

It’s a little hard to focus because today is a HUGE day for my business!!  We received the final proof of our commercial/spot and posted it to Facebook.  It is getting shared like crazy and I am so happy I can’t even think about writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What do you guys think??

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Grunt work ♥

12 Apr

Since Easter, it has been work, work and more work!

Things are really moving along with my cloth diapering service, Changin’ Time.  The calls/inquiries are rolling in and we are trying to check – check – and double check everything so that this process is painless.  We are pretty much awesome.

Today was a lot of grunt work though.  Part 1 Phase 1 I feel like, of a broad marketing campaign that will start small and then escalate.  But like I said, today was Part 1 Phase 1…

Lord, I feel like we drove around EVERYWHERE today.  But, it wasn’t so bad really.  Logistically, it makes the most sense for us to target our main marketing areas, so in a few days we are going to do this all over again but with different types of businesses.

It’s actually pretty effing cool to be hitting the streets talking to people about cloth diapers and getting them as excited as you are about your business.

It was so nice out today…chilly but the kind of blue skies that Pittsburgh only really sees in the spring.

I love Bloomfield and wish I could have taken more shots of it today, but we were busy zip-zapping around getting our work done.

I did capture this growing over a fence in an alley…

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Pretty sure she♥ had this place in mind all along, because we “happened” to strategically pass by the Harris Grill on our way towards home.  I’ll let you wonder how it went until tomorrow….

Night, dolls 😉

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