Happy belated Valentine’s Day to all of you love birds who actually celebrate the day.
Hubby and I acknowledge it. We spend a bit of time picking out funny cards. We write a little note of love inside, and let it sit on the counter for a few days.
And that’s enough for us. We tend to do something, just the two of us, each year and count that as our special celebration gift. This year was Florida. That trip counts for all holidays except my birthday. I’m a little spoiled that way.
Valentine’s Day was a hugely busy day at the hotel. We had 340 reservations to check in. Some love birds, some volleyball athletes, some Irish dancers, some bull riding spectators, and a few concert goers. We’ve never had that many rooms checking in in one day. I spent 10 hours at the front desk thanks to an employee call-off.
I returned early Saturday morning to check half of them out, and then quickly replaced them with a whole new set of guests.
To add to the fun, we’re hosting the big yearly meeting for our entire chain’s hotel managers, so everyone is scrambling to get the hotel into tip top shape by Sunday. No easy task to begin with, but add to it an entire hotel full of “normal” guests needing our attention, and we’re not getting much spring cleaning done.
I did get some baking time in this week. My oven’s been neglected the past few months with the exception of one or two pizzas. It was nice to fire it back up for these Red Velvet Cookies and Cashew and Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies.
That is, until the oven went haywire and shot up to 450 degrees before I realized it, burning my third batch of chocolate chip ones.
Normally I wouldn’t think anything of it, but these…. THESE were the absolute best looking, best tasting cookies, I’ve ever had. No kidding. I shed a tear or two over them. No kidding! After a conciliatory hug from my hubby, and a promise to get the thermostat fixed, I reset the oven and baked the last batch.
In cheerier news, we ended the week with what we hope becomes a tradition – Family Poker and Pizza night. (With a variation on the game and the meal if desired.) Chip made the long 8 mile trip from his trailer, and Mario and Amp made the long 30 step trip from their rooms. We spent a few hours teaching the kids a variety of poker games and let them keep their winnings. (If anyone asks, we were teaching them probability and statistics.)
So that’s what I’ve been doing. It’s been a very busy, but very rewarding week. We had what I hope is our last shot of winter, causing yet another snow (well really, ice) day, and now we’re in for some sun and warmth. Maybe I can finally say goodbye to the dreadmill and run on some ice free roads.