Monday, March 3, 2008

Snow = Stress

I, like so many other residents of the great St. Louis, are totally sick of this weather, especially after the gorgeous weekend. But I think that I maybe one of the most tired of it. Snow is a HUGE source of stress for me.

With the exception of MoDot workers, and people that HAVE to be at their jobs (aka doctors, nurses, police, etc.) I think when it snows I have one of the biggest headaches.

Part of my new job is running a school foodservice. The foodservice is ran out of a community college kitchen and then delivered to two schools. In one day, my staff makes and delivers about 600 meals, which from day to day is stressful in itself. But when you add snow into the mix watch out!

First of all, if for some reason the college is closed and the school we deliver to is open, technically I am supposed to call the school and tell them we can't deliver. In order to get all this info the college has to cancel classes before my school makes the call. Luckily, most of the time the college makes the decision earlier than my school program. But regardless, it is stressful. I usually go to bed between 8 or 9 and get up at 4:15/4:30am to be at work by 5:15am. On days it could possibly snow it is not so easy. My current alarms are set for 12:15 am, 3:45 am, and 4:30 am. 12:15 is usually when the college posts online if they are closed. 3:45 is about the time that I have to check and see if the school program is closed and if it isn't I have to make the decision of if we can deliver because I should notify the Principal by 4. 4:30 is when I will get up and get ready for work. I also usually get about 3 phone calls through the course of the evening. My main cook calling to see if she has to come in, the principal calling me on the phone tree, my boss calling to see if I have any updates, etc.

On top of all that is the normal stress of driving in bad weather. But honestly, with everything else going on that is usually the least of my problems even though if the college is closed and so is the school program I should really go in and catch up on paperwork.

Oh, and I was tagged by Julia, and I fully intend to share my 7 things, but I think it would be better to do it when I am not so stressed.


Julia said...

I'm so glad you will address the tagging! :)

Sorry you are stressed. This weather totally sucks [you've heard that from me a few times, huh?] We are the lucky ones with "must go to work despite mother nature crapping on the world" jobs. Totally stressful but hang in there!

Aimee said...

Oops - I tagged you, too. Oh well. :-) I couldn't remember who all had been tagged!

You could always share 14 things with us. :-)

Teresa said...

That's ok, Aimee. When I do it I am sure I can come up with 14.