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Friday, May 20, 2011

Lessons from the Lunchlady: thanks for your protection

This week was loooooong. You can tell that the end is near and I'm not talking about tomorrow, which apparently is the end of the world.

I was just talking about the end of school, which is 12 and a half days away...thank God

Here's what I learned in the cafeteria this week.
  • Muffins are better when they aren't all muffiny. We needed to make 200 muffins on a half day and between the three of us no one really wanted to do it so my boss decided to make them like a sheet cake. They turned out much better than, well, muffins.
  • Third grade talent show. Turns out my dreams of dressing like ketchup while my co-workers dress up as mustard and a hot dog as we dance and lip sinc to the weird Al classic "Eat It" have been dashed. No one wants to do it even though it would be an instant You Tube classic.
  • Hero day. I was feeling a little low on the parental love meter this week because as I have aleady shared with you my oldest daughter wrote this lovely_story_in-which-she-kills-off-her-mother and then out of the blue my youngest daughter invited me to hero day. Before you say "awwwwweeeee" you should know I didn't make the cut. Daddy is her hero. Love tank=empty.
  • Video Staff Meetings. We had a video staff meeting to review our district's budgetary woes and to learn more about our district's vision statement. I learned that the Child Nutrition Department, of which I am an employee, is having a contest. The word contest indicates prizes. I can't wait to see what I win.
  • Stubborn children make poor customers. We've had some frustrated customers this week. I learned how to serve soup over the top of our serving line so kids could go around a disruptive student and I learned how to serve students who may sneek in from behind. How many more days of school did I say we have?
  • Protective Services. Our custodian, Mr. G, gets paged multiple times a day. "Mr. G., please contact the office. Mr. G., please contact the office.". I found out today that some of the kindergarten students have been wondering why he has to protect the office sooooo many times a day. How cute is that?
  • Jet Dry & Eyeballs.  They don't really mix.  In fact, splashing jet dry all over your face and into your mouth is not recommended.  Iching and burning will occur.
  • Donuts and muffins and fruit We had a big breakfast for the kids today. They were allowed to bring 2 guests to breakfast and we had donuts and muffins and fruit...oh my. We served more than 300 kids and VIPs. However there are always a few breakfast kids that come without needless to say I had a lot of donuts this morning. It was for a good cause. No one should eat breakfast alone, especially the day before the end of the world.
What did you learn this week?

7 random thoughts:

kt moxie said...

Oh... I sooo want to see a rendition of Eat It from you and your coworkers. You are right -- it would have shot right to the top of YouTube!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

HUGS! I read your DD's story and was um well speechless, but at least she is trying right? You are so sweet to get so many donuts, that always broke my heart while I was teaching.

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Kristie Maynard said...

I 'relearned' something, when you make something, people love it and don't see the flaws that you see.
I made a wedding scrapbook for my nephew and niece and everyone that sees it loves it. No one notices any of the little flaws that I see, to them it is just perfect. I need to remember this!

Jenners said...

Man ... I would love to see Eat It. It sounds like an immediate hit. And you need that love tank filled up STAT!!

septembermom said...

Hero...very cool!

I want to see that YouTube video. I bet you guys would be awesome :)

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