Saturday, August 23, 2008

Working Woman again!!!

I have a few minutes....(because I'm taking them) to come on and tell about my new jobs. Yes I said jobs. I really only intended to get 1 job, but sometimes stuff happens.
I recently decided it was time to go back to work. I prayed about it, worried about it and finally decided to start looking. Be careful what you pray for, you might just get it. I saw an ad in our local paper for our school. They were needing cooks and helpers, you only had 1 day to apply for the jobs. So I did. I went in and applied for a job, there were several others there also. Some were coming from other schools in the county. I sat and listened to some of the interviews of the others. Some had more experience than me, some had never worked before. Hmmmm. I waited my turn, was asked a lot of questions and was told about the job.Never an exact position , just that they had several openings.The lady Delores said they would call by Thursday of the next week if they were going to hire me.
It didn't really didn't look too promising though. I waited around till the next day and called my ex boss at a local restaurant. I talked to the woman in charge and they were really busy. She asked if she could call me back, I said ok..... I wondered if this was another dead end.
About 2 hours later she called me back, I told her I was in the job market again. She said she'd check and call me again. I thought, well here we go again. She called and asked if I could be there at 5pm. I said sure, that was quick.I started that night working part-time. 5 hours that night 4 hours the next day. I worked 5 and 4 every other day. On Thursday after I had given up hope on the school job,(School started the following Monday) I came in from work and hubby said the school had called. Report to work the following Monday, Did I still want the job? YES!!!
hubby said, she sure does!!!.
Hubby says.... now you can quit the restaurant. Nope, I can't do that. I don't quit without notice. I just don't do that. It's not right. So I had to talk to the owner when I got paid and arrange to work nights only. I DIDN'T KNOW SHE MEANT EVERY NIGHT!!!!!
When you hire in you are the jr, even if you have done the job for 10 years or more. I had to was dishes and bus tables . OR, any other job that needed done. Some nights I cook, some nights I waitress, some nights its ALL THE ABOVE!!! LOL
I had 29 1/2 hours in at the restaurant.
I also stared at the school Monday. I kinda floated around the first day. The next day Tracy (my boss) told me that I was the baker.Could I whip up about 400 wheat yeast rolls. OK THEN!!!. Point me in the right direction, and do you have a recipe for this? She smiled and asked "Can you read a recipe?".... Duh.. Yes I can. "Have you ever made yeast rolls before?"
Well yes, just never this many. But I think I can do it. "Thank heavens someone I don't have to lead by the hand"she said. That is how my week has went. Ever made rice* crispy treats for 400 people before? Neither had I till then. We survived our first week. Ask in a few weeks and I might be ready to give up my night job, just not yet. You see, when we are hired we are told we are on a 2 week trial. So we will see. The boss says she wants to keep me. She announced this in front of her boss and the other girls in the kitchen. Some like me, some I don't know, but I'll make it.
One other thing I found out too. We do 1 job for 3 months , then switch jobs for 3 months. This way in a years time you will be trained to do everything in the kitchen. If anyone misses, another can take over without a problem. I work from 8 am till 2 pm. thats 30 hours a week.
All together thats about 60 hours a week that I'm working. I'm 54 years old. I hope I can keep up with all this work. I'm sure gonna give it a try. If the Lord's willing and the creek don't rise, thats what Mama used to say. Meaning: I'll go till I can't go anymore.
Now on the home front. Sitting in my kitchen waiting on me is about 8 gallons of apples just begging to be put up. I have a 5 gallon bucket of red , and 2 big bags of tart apples. Tart for pies, and I think I'll can pie filling. I will dry some of them, maybe a lot of them.
I guess I better get started on them soon.
I also need to give a big Thank You to the hubby too. He has pitched in and taken over the house work and fixing supper for him and Jon. I haven't done any thing when I come home. He has did it all.He's even went to meetings at the school, bought supplies and did laundry when I'm working. So Thank You Sugar, you are the BEST!!!
God bless everyone, I'll try to visit when I can. I sometimes read and run this week, but I haven't forgotten you!!! Just time is a little short right now.
Take care, Donna


Anonymous said...

Holy Moly!!! Wow girl , wonder woman lives!!!!
Dang it I got tired just from the list of things you gotta do :)
I guess all that extra energy that I know you store like the everyready battery, will come in handy . You pracitce enough doing many things and hard hours , I am sure you make it through.
I paused for a min when you said "I dont quit , I just dont ,I isnt right" (Paraphrasing you )
anyway , I think that is commendable , and a rare quality in a person , one your employers should be grateful for , amoung all your other assets LOL

Dont forget to sleep , you know the thing you do in bed when the lights are all out ,,,,no, the other thing!!(BAD arent I)
and a good man there , wanna share HAHAHA

Take a break once in awhile , we will miss ya !


zzop357 said...

I do sleep(sort of) I fall into bed and crawl out the next morning. LOL
I won't share my hubby but he might have time to give us a few pointers on housekeeping.LOL.
Love ya God bless. Donna

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Good grief, Sis! No easing back into working part time, huh? Well, I hope the school job works out for you. Not too early a start, and you get home fairly early too.

I wouldn't mind the cooking part if I was able to stand on my feet to work, but busing tables, washing dishes and waitressing is for the birds! Just not my calling, but if that's what you like, best wishes at it. I just hope you don't cripple yourself up worse than you already are.

Bless J's heart for pitching in at home. Give 'im a hug and some sugar for me, and little J. too.

Love y'all,


zzop357 said...

No Diane, I don't like waitressing. But the tips are good and you stay busy. Makes time go by fast. When I waitress I have to go in at 4pm. It make it a lonnng 6 hours.
Love you Sister, Donna.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Wow that is a lot to make. I know you can do it just fine though. Hey, I am on my way to help with apples!

Linds said...

I am exhausted just reading your schedule, Donna! But great you have the jobs! Well done!

Aunt Jenny said...

Oh sound busy busy busy...I would just be falling into bed at night. Sounds like my kind of work though. I have always love waitress work. I have such a crummy bad knee that I just can't do it anymore though. I love my job subbing at the elementary school. I mostly sub for teachers in the lower grades, but I am one of the only ones who will sub for aides, or anyone. I would love to work in the school kitchen. I hope that works out for you...sounds like a nice job!That is probably really smart of them to rotate jobs so everyone knows all the jobs! I have worked lots of places where it really throws things off if the wrong person is out sick!
You take care..don't make yourself sick!! How wonderful that hubby is pitching in so much!!!
Have a great week!!

kansasrose said...

Donna Dynamo. That is your new name girl...I am so happy for ya. I have so enjoyed our friendship the past 2 continue to amaze me with your positive can do attitude, energy and get 'ER DONE! You are a people person too! I'll bet your co-workers love you too! You'd be a gas to work with hon.

YOU ROCK it out Donna D...for lack of better words right now. LOL

Be safe hon, keep on rockin' babe.

{{{{Love}}}}}, Jen

Sammy said...

Wow, Donna. I'm very impressed.

I waited tables throughout college, and it was hard work! Plus, I really wasn't good at it. But you're right, the tips are good and somehow make the hard work worth it. I'm sure you're much better at it than I ever was, which must make it easier.

The job at the school sounds great! Good for you!

I hope you don't get too tired out with these jobs. And I'm certainly glad that your prayers were answered.

Take care!


BigDadGib said...

That's more than I could handle...

You go girl!!! lol


Jess said...

Well I guess when God answers prayers...hw answers em! Two jobs...dang...and hugs to Johnny!

Love you guys...

Have a good week

Midlife Mom said...

I had to go take a nap after reading all that you are doing! Whew! Can I have some of your energy? I suppose if I weren't mucking stalls, mowing for three hours at a time and other yard work I'd have a bit more energy! ha! I would love the job of baking for that many people! What fun! I love making yeast rolls but have never attempted that many at once. How about posting the recipe?????? Would be great for church suppers! You rock girl!!!

Cecil said... need another job?? lol I'd ask my fairy god-mother for a double if I were you! lol You need another you for all that work! Congrats on both of your new jobs.. hope it all works out like you want!! Love y'all.... Cecil

Rachel said...

Mercy me!! Made me tired just reading about it! Cooking for 400 would overwhelm me for sure! LOL

Congratulations on your two new jobs. We are the same age and it sounds a bit much to me!! You must be Super Woman!!

Sister said...

You are the hardest working woman I know. Remarkable!

Anita said...

I have been fretting about not working more lately - but since there's really nowhere else in town yet to work, and I'm homeschooling everyday, I decided that my part time job with Greensburg GreenTown and the paper route Rick helps me do every morning will have to do!

Don't kill yourself... :)

thislittlepiggy said...

Whew! Have fun! ;o)

Lucy Stern said...

I hope you don't burn yourself out and end up working "no" Try not to over due, but it sure is nice that your husband is taking over at home, you are lucky to have him....Take care.