Pizza What?

Last night we decided to order a pizza.  When I placed my order online, I got a message saying it would be delivered in 3 hours.  Well that’s kind of odd…and well…I want my pizza now, not at 9:45PM.  I called the store and was told that the soonest our order could be delivered was over an hour away.  I asked how that could be since I order pretty regularly and get it in about 20 minutes.  She – very rudely – advised me that I wasn’t the only person who ordered pizza tonight, that there were 4 orders ahead of me.  She went on to say that it would take as long as it takes for the driver to come back and forth for the 4 orders in front of me.  I didn’t feel like arguing with her, but thought it strange that she was making it sound as though they only had one driver.

Believe it or not, the driver arrived about 25 minutes after I ordered.  And it was a cat we know pretty well…as much as you can know your local pizza delivery guy.  He’s really neat and super friendly.  He once gave my husband a 2 liter of Diet Coke after realizing my husband was in the ARMY when he arrived home in uniform during a delivery.  He truly is a pleasantry to have standing on your doorstep chatting about life while signing a credit slip.

So when he showed up last night, I asked him what was going on at the restaurant since they seemed to be in a cluster.  He immediately looked exasperated and exhaled loudly as he began to tell his tale.  He said Pizza Hut is a huge corporation that simply doesn’t want to pay it’s employees.  He said that they pay their drivers $5 an hour when most pizza joints pay their drivers $7.25.  He said no matter what, they’ve refused to compete with the other guys by raising their pay rates.  He said because of that, ALL THE OTHER DRIVERS QUIT!  That’s right, all the other delivery drivers quit because they weren’t making enough money to survive.  Not only that, but the restaurant employees quit, as well…leaving the manager to make the food that night.

We asked about credit card tips, and he told us that not only does the restaurant take a cut of the credit card tips, but that he doesn’t see those tips for some time after.  When it comes to it, he makes very little guaranteed money, and the tips he gets from credit cards are reduced and take time to get to him.  He also said that of the $2.75 delivery fee, he only gets $1.  The only way he can really survive is on decent cash tips.  I asked him why he stayed, and he said he had no options.  He has a young family to care for, and he’s going to school.  He can’t run the risk of not getting another job or getting one that he couldn’t work around his schedule.

At this point, I feel like crap because I gave him a $5 credit card tip – before hearing his story.  Off he went and I found myself in a conundrum.  Do I stop patronizing this establishment because of the way they treat their employees?  Or do I continue to order pizza from them and leave huge cash tips for this driver?  It’s a whole day later and I still can’t stop thinking about it.  This guy is first generation in the states, has a family to support, is going to school, and is trying to make a living.  And this is how we treat him.

I Don’t Mind…

1.  Sorry, Usher.  I have to respectfully disagree.  I’m pretty sure dancing for money on a pole does make you a hoe.

2.  This Thomas the Tank Engine wall poster is still hanging in my living room, more than a week after my son’s 3rd birthday party.  ‘Effing Classy!

3.  I would rather listen to Steve Earle sing Galway Girl than hear anything that Ariana Grande twit squeaks out.  Seriously, who decided she should be a singer?

4.  Sometimes I’m too lazy to remove my nail polish when it chips.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I never remove it.  My nails are in a constant state of half-peeled, “what’s that shit on your nails?”

5.  I print hundreds (if not thousands) of recipes, but always make the same handful of things for dinner.

Sometimes You Can’t Have What You Want

The government shutdown is now in day 16.  Today we received a partial paycheck for working the week before the shutdown.  It was 1/3 of our regular take-home.  (Let’s not even talk about the fact that my husband is still working – for free).  I’ve already mentioned that I cannot buy groceries, and that we’re living off what is in the cabinets and freezer.  But now I am 100% certain that we cannot pay the mortgage on November 1st.

One thing I have always enjoyed was monthly subscription boxes.  I used to get a lot of them.  But in the last 3 or 4 months, I started canceling.  Obviously this was nothing to do with the shutdown, but it had a lot to do with:

1.  poor box curation,

2.  skyrocketing prices,

3.  crappy shipping

In all, I’ve cancelled 20 boxes in the last 6 months.  Each of them for one or more of the above reasons.  I currently only have  5 active subscriptions, and 2 that are finishing out their pre-paid subscriptions.  Today I cancelled Ipsy Glam Bag.  Mainly because I don’t wear makeup, and no matter what I do with my profile, they keep sending me mascara and eyeliner in every bag.  I only subscribed for the cute little bags, but they’ve been quite rubbish, too.

So when the news came out today that the POPSUGAR Must Have box with Neiman Marcus would be $250 (instead of the typical $100 for the luxury boxes), I about died.  Not a fat ass chance in hell could I even budget for that!  It would have been a struggle to come up with $100!  As I commented on Liz’s Blog, I think POPSUGAR plans to increase the prices of all their luxury boxes.  Had it not been for a great October Musthave box, I would have cancelled POPSUGAR as well.

The fact is, we really can’t have everything we want.  Sometimes, we can’t have anything we want.  Right now I’m thankful I have a little bit of food left in the house to feed my son.  I know there are some in my position who don’t.  I don’t need a $250 box.  What I do need is a $5 half-gallon of milk.

What’s What Wednesday

1.  Washi Tape – I guess I’m late to the game, but I just discovered the stuff.  Truth is, I honestly don’t know what to do with it, just that it may help me to look crafty when I’m not.  I ordered a bunch from Wishy Washy Tape and can’t wait to see it.  I have a project in mind, but I’ll share that if it actually works.

2.  Rockin’ Tunes Giraffe – I used 3 coupons and got it on sale at Target today.  I’m really hoping C will take to it, as I went all out to get it.  Did I mention that it took my husband more than a half hour to put the damn thing together?  Sometimes I wonder about him.  I mean, seriously, 4 screws, man!

3.  I’m itching to get the Halloween decor up.  Last year we didn’t get it up until the weekend before Halloween.  I asked hubby to pull out all the decorations today, but he was so busy putting together a stupid rocking horse that it never happened.  We don’t go insane with the decorations, but we do set up a graveyard out front for the kiddos.

4.  I made bread today, but it fell.  Super disappointing since it took so much time.  My husband thinks it tastes great and is eating it as though it is going out of style.  Sometimes I wonder if he’s humoring me, or if he’ll really eat anything.

5.  I’m loving the cooler weather!  We got a blast of hot weather out of nowhere the last week or so, and a storm that came through on Monday dropped the temps – for now.  And I was the crappy mommy who took her kid out in short sleeves today.  It was like 72 degrees in the house…how was I to know it was only 59 degrees outside?

That’s all for today.  Plan on catching up on New Girl and The Mindy Project tonight.  If FOX doesn’t put it on demand, I guess we’ll be watching Lincoln.