Post # 1
I had a bad day.
I work as a caregiver for an elderly woman and a babysitter for 2 little kids. I worked half of the day with the elderly lady and finished the day with the kids. Usually, I work with one or the other. It was kind of a long day for me and I was tired but determined to make the best of it.
Back to babysitting. The mother wants me to cook for the family. I’ve only babysat for this family once before and cooking went alright the time before. However, I did tell them I’m not that great at cooking. I was happy I did a good job the first time.
Today, they wanted me to make spaghetti with meat sauce and a salad. No biggie. I’ve done that how many times before? Anyway, I was cutting up the meat with a spatula and THE SPATULA BROKE. So I stood there in disbelief for a while thinking, “what am I going to do?” Meanwhile, the stove is a lot nicer than mine and only has about a zillion settings (ok, maybe 10?). I was cooking angel hair pasta on high. Bad idea. The pasta turned into ramen noodles — and I’m NOT KIDDING! It was HORRIBLE! I have never over cooked pasta before. I felt so embarrassed!
To make things worse, it was the first time I met the dad. So it was like, “Hi, I’m the babysitter. I broke your spatula and overcooked your dinner.”
The mom was actually very nice about it and told me they’d just boil up some new pasta. She said she over cooks pasta all the time when there’s 2 little ones running around. But oh my goodness, I am mortified. And I have to go back tomorrow. The SO said to me, “Well, maybe she won’t make you cook anymore.” That made me laugh.
On my way home, my service engine light popped on. That was enough to crack me and I just cried for a little bit.
I know none of these things are THAT big of a deal. I just was overwhelmed! Ugh.
Post # 3
You will def. laugh about it tomorrow. But I hate days like that! Last week I was to go shopping and make dinner f or an older woman next door. she asked me to buy plantains — which i have never got before. So i bought yellow ones, like bananas, apparently those are WAY too ripe! Then i started dinner.. also pasta. and after 20 mins way annoyed the water hadn’t boiled — i had forgotten to turn on the stove!! (Isn’t there a saying about not being able to boil water? thats me i guess!)
Post # 4
I felt like face palming so much today! And the mom wouldn’t let me buy them a new one. Oh well. At least she was nice about it! I would have bawled on the spot if she would have been mad.
I probably would have made the same mistake with the plantains as you did! 🙂
Post # 5
@Dancensations: Hey…I happened to notice your name. I used to teach at a dance studio with that name, many years ago! 🙂
Post # 6
Aw, we all have shitty days. I’m usually a really godo cook, but I’m sure I’d be nervous about cooking in someone else’s kitchen. I’ve always found myself a little unsure of myself and awkard. =) Best of luck next time though!
Post # 7
@Mrs.Lotus: If its in the dc area maybe you were my teacher :). I use it for every handle online on various boards and you’re the first to recognize it :).
Post # 8
@Dancensations: OMG. Yes, it was in the DC area, off Telegraph Road next to Hayfield Secondary. Wow. I feel so old! ha ha I was in HS when I used to teach (early 90s). You were probably a baby. 🙂 (I’ve been married a long time and don’t belong on this site but found it when I got my 10th anniversary upgrade and come here when I’m bored.)
Is Ms. Pat and Gloria still there? She taught me when I was a kid at Terry’s School of Dance and Glo was in the older show group when I was in elementary school.
(sorry to threadjack ladies!)
Post # 9
It is days like yours that make me want to drink wine.
Post # 10
@Mrs.Lotus: I private messaged you!
Post # 11
@Toonski: Aww that doesn’t sound that bad. It’s always awkward trying to do things in someone else’s space. You didn’t break down and cry or run off the job so props to you for stickin it out.