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Friday, November 4, 2011

Lessons from the Lunchlady: it's all soup to me

It's Friday! You know what that is time to review what we have learned in the cafeteria.

The computer likes to taunt me. Every day, when logging off of the computer in the cafeteria, it asks "Do you really want to quit?". So. Freakin'. Bad. I can't shake the I HATE MY FREAKIN JOB blues. Why? I'm not sure. Morale in the entire building is very low, the kids are increasingly rude and disrespectful and I often feel like a maid. Anyone have any spare happy pills?

Requiring manners makes for a slow moving lunch line. As stated above, rude kids push my buttons so my boss and I have decided to wait for a please and a thank you before releasing their tray. You'd be surprised to find out just how long some of the kids will stand there as they try to figure out what we are waiting for. Our hope is that after 30 days it will become a habit.
Mashed Potatoes are hard to draw. I lamented a few weeks ago about the dificulties I had drawing corn but they were nothing compared to the challenges I faced attempting to draw mashed potatoes. I knew I was in trouble when those kids started asking for soup.

You don't know how much you'll miss someone until they're gone. Our custodian needed to take a few days off this week and let me tell you that ain't fun. Suddenly the garbage, the floors and the tray dumping all fell on the cafeteria staff. Thumbs up to our principal, who isn't afraid to get a little messy.

Mental Health Days are recommended. I took today off. I spent it with my good friend, who also took the day off.

We went shopping at a craft warehouse and I got lots of goodies.
And we drank our lunch.
I might actually be able to face that computer on Monday without saying "HELL YEAH I WANNA QUIT"

What did you learn this week?

6 random thoughts:

Jenners said...

I think your mashed potatoes are cute!! So happy too! I can't imagine how much better they could look. And good for you for taking a liquid lunch on your mental health day!

becca said...

cute stuff you got and mental health days are important to survival

Kristie Maynard said...

Doesn't sound like you had a very good week. I'm sorry to hear that. This week, in fact today, I learned that flying ants are not fun. Don't even ask!

Miss Kendra said...

I am a Director of Nutrition for a charter school in Utah. I found your blog through Jenners. I have to say that I am not a typical director. I have my office in the kitchen so I know what is going on and I step in and help often in the kitchen.

All I have to say is I understand how you feel. I feel the same way when the computer asks the "Are you sure you want to quit" question.

But you have to be a bit more grateful for your little ones. I know the little ones are rude and don't say please and thank you but I work at a K-8 school and the middle schoolers are WAY more rude then the little ones. Be grateful for that.

Thanks for the blog. I read it to my ladies everyday that you post. We look forward to reading it!

Sporadically Yours said...

Found you on writeonedge. I love your "about" profile.

Anonymous said...

You hit a nerve with the whole 'waiting for a please/thank you' thing with the kids. WHERE has this GONE? I just don't get it.
Also? I think your mashed potatoes are adorns.

As for what I learned last week? Mostly it was stuff about my butt, that you don't want to know.

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