It's nice to be back working both jobs. Our owners close down the pizzeria for two weeks around Christmas every year, which is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand it was nice not having to worry about trying to schedule off New Years Eve or being forced to cover a million shifts for people who were out of town; On the other hand, for those employees who rely on the job for income, a forced two week unpaid vacation is a source of stress.
Last night was pretty busy and it started off with a bunch of families coming in with their toddlers. It turned out that they all knew each other and they stood around in the middle of the walkways chatting. There was also several cases of runaway toddlers. I'll admit that it was annoying, but one of our front of the house guys kept muttering angry things about "Breeders" and how "they think they're so special" as he carried dishes to the back. It was amusing. I don't come down either way on the families. They should have moved out of the way, but I understand the necessity of setting the child down for a moment. He has no perspective on just how impossible it can be to keep a child under control at all times. Plus, we are a family-friendly restaurant, so there's bound to be kids around sometime.
I was having problems with dough all night. Mine just would not work into a circle. Finally Basil showed me a few tricks to get rid of corners (the dough had proofed to where instead of nice round patties they were smooshed into squares).
I've decided that I really want to serve mint iced tea at my pizzeria. I have no idea why more places don't do this. I love mint iced tea.