I have five catering jobs this week. Five! And while I'm working through it all pretty well considering, last week just thinking about it all was really stressing me out.
Monday was a day of shopping. Three stores, and Sophia got out of school at 12:30 pm for parent-teacher conferences. I actually managed to get dinner on the table too. Would have been nice if Harrison woke up from his nap, and Vince got home from work in time to eat with me and Sophia. Oh well.
Tuesday, today, was drop-off lunch for 15. And I'd say it went pretty well, except I left my two "to go" orders on the counter, and didn't realize it until I was at the job site. Well, at least I had something to offer Sophia for lunch that she got excited about. And again, Sophia got out of school at 12:30 pm. Damn those parent-teacher conferences.
Wednesday will be another day of shopping and prepping. After my Wednesday morning bible study ends. And for the last time, Sophia gets out of school at 12:30 pm. But I have to be back at St. Mary's for my parent-teacher conference by 5:30. Another full day.
Thursday is drop-off lunch for 20, and on-site dinner for 11. The lunch is no problem. As long as I don't forget anything again. The dinner I have to be at the clients home around 6pm with everything prepped for their four-course dinner. Once there I have to finish cooking, plate, serve then clean-up. Hope it's not too late of an evening. And the client wants the first course served in the living room. Pan seared scallops with beurre blanc. While it doesn't require a knife to eat, a fork is a definite must. I just don't see it as "sitting on the couch while eating" kind of food. But hey, I'm just the hired help.
Friday is drop-off dinner. But there is no school at all that day, being Veteran's Day. So not only will I have Harrison and Annamaria, but Sophia and my friend's kids, Kristen and Joseph. My friend is back in Pennsylvania for two weeks, helping take care of her mother who just had cancer surgery. So to help her out I agreed to let her kids hang out at my house for the day since they didn't have to go to school. No big deal, but then things got kind of tricky when she asked if I could help her kids make a birthday cake for their dad that day too since his birthday is Saturday. Of course, but then I remembered I had dinner to prepare and drop-off too. I didn't have the heart to tell her or her kids no about the cake. I'm sure we'll get it all done.
Saturday I have drop-off desserts for 50 people. So I'm looking at about 200 pieces of various cookies, bars, and tartlets. Looks like I know what I'll be doing all day Saturday.
So needless to say, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. Guess I'd better get off my butt and start working on my scheduling for the next couple of days. And I just noticed it's gotten rather dark outside, and it's just past 3pm. Looks like rain.