The cat training book told us we should encourage our cats to use the scratching post instead of carpets and furniture by giving them treats and praise when they use the post.
What they learned from this, after merely two lessons, is that when they want a treat, they should place their paws on the scratching post for about a second, and look at us expectantly waiting for a treat.
Yup, I finally did it! I produced a decent-looking Napolean. Not perfect - my fondant was a little too hot and set up too fast, but they still looked ok. Or, at least a vast improvement over past weeks. Of course, last week my funky-ass Napoleans were flying off the shelf...
You know how I'm a big know-it-all and love telling people what to do? Well, helping people at Home Depot might be just the perfect thing for me. I actually had fun today wandering around the store, asking people if they needed help and showing them what they were looking for. Weeee!
So what if some of the info I provided was only partially correct?
Day 2 of my double life. After not quite 5 hours of sleep, I was a zombie at the bakery. Chris let me try napoleans again; again, they didn't come out quite right. I'm going to practice at home before he completely gives up on me. Made about a gazillion tarts, which took about gazillion hours.
At the Depot, we learned how to cut rope, make keys, and some other stuff which I already don't remember. My inner information architect came out when I found myself compulsively reshelving loose items.
Today...sleep. Shower. Errands. Exercise. Massage. Clean refrigerator. Gosh, my life is exciting.
It occurs to me that both my jobs (the one that pays and the one that doesn't) involve my wearing apron.
At the white apron job, today I failed again to successfully make a Napolean. Actually, the things got made, but Chris had to do restorative work on them, and they were not pretty.
At the orange apron job (Home Depot), I finished the 3-day orientation training yesterday (yaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwn), and started in-store training today. I won't actually don The Apron for a few weeks, which I can already tell is a good thing. It's funny how different the store reality is from the training videos. In the videos, it's all helpful employees and wide, spotless isles. In the actual store, there's trash everywhere and you have to pretty much tackle someone to get help. Ok, I exaggerate a little.
Tomorrow is another day where I wake up around 5 am, work at the bakery from 6 am till around noon. Then I go to HD at 6 pm and work till 10. My body doesn't know day from night, sleep from waking, but I hope it'll straighten itself out eventually.