For those of you who don’t know how my typical Wednesdays go, here is a sample.
Why are Wednesdays so exhausting for me? To those of you who are wondering, wonder no longer. Here is why.
It’s not that I feel very exhausted right away. I do have a normal sleep schedule so it has nothing to do with inadequate rest. But it has everything to do with my body and how it responds later in the day.
Let’s start with the morning. I wake up and get my dose of coffee. I get up real early and even beat most of the morning rush hour. I get to work and do the normal morning routine. Nothing special there.
Now that would be on normal days (like Monday, Tuesday, and Friday to be exact). But this is a Wednesday. On Wednesdays, the supplies for the store are delivered there and I am tasked with putting everything away. It is a very easy and straightforward process, but some aspects of it can be physically demanding. Bundles of pizza boxes? No problem. Those are as light as a feather. Other assorted boxes (i.e. deep dish liners, napkins, paper plates, etc.)? Those are a cinch. Virtually everything in the front of the store is easy to put away.
The back of the store is a totally different story. Sitting in the back are bundles of flour and boxes of pizza sauce all sitting in neatly arranged stacks. Each bag of flour weighs 27 pounds and there are two to each bundle. That’s 54 pounds that I have to lift and sort, right to left Tetris style. Eight bundles all stacked in 90 degree rotations, forming two neat squares, with each new layer of four rotated 90 degrees.
When I’m done with the flour, I have to lift the 30+ pound boxes of pizza sauce, stacking them in my neat signature square arrangement. Then the lighter stuff. The pizza spice, deep dish oil, and vegetable oil all sit at the leftmost end of the row.
That finishes all the dry product. The cold product is stored in the walk-in. In there, I have stacks of cheese boxes, pepperoni boxes, flour mix boxes, and various other boxes to sort and arrange. All the cheese boxes go in the shelves. The pepperoni has its own shelf and it goes there. The dips have their own shelf towards the top. Put them there. All the frozen stuff goes into the freezer. It can’t stay in the walk-in. Usually, I have a system where I move all the old cheese to one spot so that it’s less of a headache to put away on Wednesday. This unfortunately didn’t happen today, so I still managed. I put everything where it belonged. Put all the frozen stuff in the freezer. There. All of the delivery is put away. Part one accomplished.
Yes. Part one. Part two is everything else that would happen on a normal day. Making the required amount of dough and food for the morning shift. Dough is pretty much my job, since I kind of mastered it. Let’s just say that I would get a gold medal if dough cutting were an Olympic sport. My speed is unmatched and I’ve been told by one that I’m the fastest in the whole store.
So I tackle part two in an hour and a half (eight batches if you need to know) thanks to our fourth person who helped me on the last three batches.
After that, I have lunch and we experience our typical rush, which was super easy with four people. My time expires and I clock out.
After arriving home, I start to feel it. Everything that I have done in the morning starts to catch up with me. The energy crash begins and I start to feel tired.
And that is why Wednesdays are so exhausting.
Fortunately, I have a solution. After arriving at home from a busy day, I get out my secret weapon. Java Monster Mean Bean. I down that and I get an extra boost. Enough to get me through the rest of the day. My solution to tired Wednesdays.
Remedy: Nice solution. I’ve been trying to think of one for Muse.
Is she crying nonstop?
Remedy: Nonstop. She’s just over a couple weeks old!
15 days to be exact. 18.5 inches long and 3.15625 pounds. An off the scale preemie.
Remedy: Well…I need to go help Nurture. She’s still trying to…
Nurture: She’s asleep. I finally did it.
Remedy: What did you do?
Nurture: I sang to her a song that my mother used to sing to me. This song put me to sleep every time. I suddenly remembered it and sang it to her. She was out like a light.
Sounds like a pretty magical song!
Nurture: It is. It is an old song that has been passed down for many generations…
Well, I need to get ready for ideation. I’ll let you two enjoy your evening.
Nurture: Oh, we will. She’s finally sleeping! And she’s so tired that she’ll sleep for a very long time!
Remedy: Let’s go, my dear. I have reservations at our favorite restaurant!
Nurture: Oh! You do? Bye Kyle!
Bye Remedy and Nurture!
*Remedy and Nurture vanish in a beam of light*
Well, it’s good that she’s finally sleeping. In about another three weeks, she’ll be something different. That’s IF she thrives. I hope that she does. I don’t want her to be a baby forever…
Today’s high is going to be 67 degrees and the silver lining is going to ideation tonight.
To those of you who are counting down to Friday, I hope that you all have a fantastic day.
Nurture: Oh! That place! I love eating there! And if Muse cries, I’ll be home in seconds…
Remedy: So will I. Time to enjoy the evening…
Meanwhile, in Muse’s room…