It's crunch time, folks.
This week i am busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger, and so is everyone else at the bakery.
Even though i wasn't scheduled to go in to the bakery yesterday, i stopped after cleaning Ms. S's house to see if they needed help and stayed four hours. Today i clean Ms. V's house then go to the bakery for 6-8 hours. Tomorrow i do Ms. G's house and then the bakery again.
Thursday, Christmas Eve, i will be at Ms. P's house until time to go to the Christmas Eve service where Sweetie will be singing in the choir.
Meanwhile, i have to figure out when i can cook whatever Grandma wants me to bring down there for Christmas Day, and #2 Son's wedding is Saturday. Nothing like getting married on Boxing Day to be able to always remember your anniversary.
As for the bakery, the owner, Ms. E, is a fabulous lady who is not at all averse to getting in there and getting her hands dirty. She is working alongside us, the managers are even taking turns at washing dishes, and everyone who is left (five people have quit in the last 5 weeks, including the head baker!) is working together easily and well. We've decided we are a team and the team is going to help each other make it through the season. Even on days when we have a single order for a hundred cakes as well as all the other orders, we will make it.
It's going to be an exhausting run, but we can all get through it.
Asarah B'Tevet -- Judaism (Tenth of Tevet, a minor fast day, in remembrance of the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar)
Beetle Banquet and Badger Ball -- Fairy Calendar
Chipmunks Day -- the date, in 1958, when Alvin, Simon, and Theodore hit #1 with "The Chipmunk Song"
Day Sacred to the Lares -- Ancient Roman Calendar (household gods)
Hari Ibu -- Indonesia (Mother's Day)
Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Gattapefur -- Sniffer, who uses his big nose on hlakkandi ("looking forward" day, when you begin to look forward to Christmas) to sniff out a cake or two to snatch
Khoiak Ceremony for Raising the Djed Pillar -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (Osiris festival, the pillar represented his spine, and so stability and strength; date approximate)
Kiwi Fruit Day -- California, US (celebrate with them, these are good!)
Mawlid an Nabi -- Islam/Muslim (Prophet's Birthday, celebration begins at sunset)
National Date Nut Bread Day
Santa Claus Flight Clearance Day -- US FAA (they make sure he's cleared to fly, with his de-icing system, Terrain Avoidance Warning System for low-altitude flight, and special seat belt extension in good working order)
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini's Day (Mother Cabrini, the first US citizen canonized; Patron saint of emigrants, hospital administrators, immigrants, orphans; against malaria)
Unity Day -- Zimbabwe
Jordin Sparks, 1989
Ralph Fiennes, 1962
Maurice Gibb, 1949
Robin Gibb, 1949
Steve Garvey, 1948
Diane Sawyer, 1945
Steve Carlton, 1944
Hector Elizondo, 1936
Joe Pyne, 1925
Barbara Billingsley, 1922
Gene Rayburn, 1917
Claudia Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson, 1912
Dame Edith Margaret Emily "Peggy" Ashcroft, 1907
Edwin Arlington Robinson, 1869
Giacomo Puccini, 1858
William Ellery, 1727
James Edward Oglethorpe, 1696
The Graduate(Film), 1972
"Ding Dong School"(TV), 1952
Today in History:
A serious earthquake strikes Innsbruck, 1689
The Turkish fortress of Izmail is stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies, 1790
The first freight train is operated in Roorkee, India, 1851
Jules Janssen flies in a balloon in order to study a solar eclipse, 1870
The first string of Christmas tree lights is created by Thomas Edison, 1882
Ito Hirobumi, a samurai, becomes the first Prime Minister of Japan, 1885
French officer Alfred Dreyfus court-martialed for treason, triggers worldwide charges of anti-Semitism (Dreyfus later vindicated), 1894
Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity, 1956
Berlin's Brandenburg Gate re-opens after nearly 30 years, effectively ending the division of East and West Germany, 1989
Richard Reid attempts to destroy a passenger airliner by igniting explosives hidden in his shoes aboard American Airlines Flight 63, 2001
An important peer-reviewed study of the spatial memory of bumblebees is published in the Biology Letters journal of the Royal Society by a class of 25 8- to 10-year-old children at Blackawton Primary School, 2010