Monday, November 18, 2019

Life As A Red Vest, Week 34

Day 155:
Began the evening up front, then was sent to Lumber.  Took my break at 6:30, and returned fifteen mins later.  I'd already done the pop count and collected the tax exempts, but five mins after Aliscia took them up front, I had another tax exempt.

Around 7:30, Robert, the swing-maker guy on 2nd St, came in and handed me two $100 bills.  They just didn't look right, so I called HC MK, who came down, looked at 'em, then opened my register and pulled out another bill to compare.  Sure enough, the two he'd given me were fake.  He told me he'd gotten them from a customer that day, from Illinois, who'd bought a swing from him.  He was upset to learn he'd been taken.  MK gave them back to him, and we pushed his cart to the side.  He didn't come back, so I'm assuming he's trying to track down the guy who'd hosed him!

I'm expecting when I work next, to be taken aside and told what to do when finding any further fake bills.

Finished my closing duties, and shined up the place more, since Corporate's coming in tomorrow.

Outfit:  Red plaid shirt, black vest, dark flex jeggings, gold hoop earrings.

Here's hoping Wednesday goes as smooth as today did!

Day 156:

Monday, November 11, 2019

Life As A Red Vest, Week 33

Day 153:
Snow began falling; D dropped me off close to 4pm.  Clocked in and went to Lumber, and was steady but slow all the way til 7pm.  Darren reported a car sliding sideways up 6th St; he also made a tiny snowman.  I did the AP4Me and got to 3 star Gold.  Started to do my Unconscious Bias Training, but kept getting interrupted.

Billy relieved me at 6:15, and when I returned fifteen minutes later, filled the soda cooler and started closing duties.  Took my time, and as it turned out, Kyle left at 7:30; his g/f had been in an accident over by Walmart.  Discovered Ian was no longer Lumber Supervisor, and Jerrod had gone back to Office Max.  Brendan's now over Lumber, instead of LG.  Only had one customer between 8 and 9.

Mel left at 8, so Crystal took over and closed us out.  She asked me to double-check the front doors, so I did, and clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Red shark-bite turtleneck and faded flex jeggings.

Day 154:
I arrived at 2; HC Cindy said she was thinking about swapping me and Aliscia.  So an hour later, I checked, and yup, I was in Lumber, and could close if I wanted to.  Texted home and told D to pick me up at 9.  Was fairly steady until 5; was able to get the pop count done and the tax exempts gathered.  Aliscia relieved me at 5, and when I returned 30 minutes later, she took her break.  Had one override all night:  Customer had three display tools, all $25.  MK came down to override them, them I was able to gather the trash and wipe down all the counters, as well as sweep.  Went the Extra Mile for one customer; wasn't able to find their VA account, so when HC Cindy came down with the soda and my $1 dollar bills, she looked it up and was able to fix it.  The couple thanked us both profusely!

Aliscia took my trash at 8, after covering for me for a 5 minute bathroom break.  I'd gone outside to empty the trash and bladder complained!  Cindy came down at 9:05 and cleaned out my register.

Outfit:  Bless This Mess sweatshirt, Lowes tee, tear drop earrings, faded flex jeggings.

I work again next week, but was able to bump my hours up by 2 this week!  Had the chance to work Tuesday, but after the 5-day stretch at the Christmas show, I needed a 'down' day!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Life As A Red Vest: Week 32

Day 151:
Was up front for 4 hours; the first 90 mins, chatted with Sandy and HC Mel while ringing up a few customers.  Also teased Mgr Scott when he came through my line, to not spend his $.18 all in the same place!  A few minutes later, Mgr Steve was leaving, and I asked him who was minding the store and to get his butt back to the office, ha ha!  He smiled, patted my shoulder, and said he was confident we were in good hands!

At 6:30, I was sent to Lumber to give Brenda her break.  Rang up 3 customers and filled her soda cooler.  Took my own break an hour later, then as soon as the 8pm people left, had a 'rush' of three customers in a row!  At 9:05, locked the outside doors, and by 9:10 was at my locker.  Clocked out at 9:15.

Outfit:  Yellow plaid, black v-neck shirt, faded jeggings, tiny 'drop' earrings.

Here's hoping tomorrow goes as smoothly:)

Day 152:
Was asked to come in at 3, so began my day in Lumber.  Did the soda count; gathered the tax exempt tickets, and was fairly steady.  Also did the AP4Me quizzes and managed to move myself into the 2 Gold Star level.  I'm only 20 points away from 3 Gold Star:)

At 5, when Brenda arrived, I went up front for an hour, then was sent to LG to give Deb her break.  Froze my butt off for 15 mins, and when I went back in, Aggie sent me down to Lumber to give Brenda her break.  B was dealing with a difficult order, so I hopped on #2 and rang up everyone else.  When she was finished, she took off while I finished ringing everyone up.  Finally got back on Reg #1 for a few minutes until she returned.  I headed for the break room for my turn....and got a phone call.  Brandon helped me answer it, then tried to call Brenda to relay Kim's message.  The 2nd time it worked, and I finally clocked out at 6:55.  Returned up front at 7:25, and Deb had wondered where I was; she had been due to get off at 7.  I explained what had happened, and how the breaks went long.  Deb left and I had maybe a dozen or so customers until the final one left at 8:50.  Locked the doors, pulled all the doors across the aisles, and then took off my vest.

Outfit:  Red/black hounds tooth plaid; black vest; faded flex jeans, zirconian earrings.

I'm off to the Christmas Gift and Hobby Show in Indianapolis!  I work again next week, Mon and Thurs, unless I'm called in.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

November Goals

How Well Did October Go?
-Do well at Imaginarium Sold 4, plus even trade:)  So 5 total??
-Enjoy Imaginn Awards Check.....came in 2nd to Neil Gaiman, lol!  Damn it....
-Order copies of TP ($61 Check!), Dreamscapes ($51 Check!), HLC ($40 Check!), Hotel ($80 Check!), and CR ($30 Check!)
-Lose 5 lbs (starting:  235) 10/11:  233...lost 2:)
-Do well at Farmer's Market  Sold 3:)
-Have a good Open Mic Night/Launch of Bad Decisions Bleh...no one showed.
-Do well at Collector's Carnival Rained; managed to sell 2
-Add words to Regrets (Not yet, but have the titles!) and new story, plus type it up (Reached Ch 4!)
-Work enough hours to meet expenses Sort of; hubby had to chip in $100
-Do more work in Green House Nope; weather and my schedule didn't cooperate
-Organize more basement Filled two more totes, so check:)

Books Read:  4
           Print:  4

Karaoke Songs Added:  9

November Goals:
-Lose 5 pounds (starting 233?)
-Do well at First Friday Sold only one...
-Do well at ICGAHS Check:)
          -11/6:  Sold 4:)
          -11/7:  Sold 3:)
          -11/8:  Sold 13:)  WOW!
         -11/9:  Sold 8:)
         -11/10:  Sold 1:)
         -TOTAL:  29!!!  Personal Best!
-Do well at Rivet Craft Show Sold 10; Nancy sold 5, so collectively, we equaled last year's!
-Attend cousin's wedding
-Do well at Jasper show
-Enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving
-Work enough hours to meet expenses
-Add words to Regrets
-Revise K and K Reunion and contact Dawne for cover (Second Chances??)
-Add words to Angel story and type it up (NaNo project)
-Organize more basement

Payment Schedule:
19-25:  11
      26-Nov 1: 10 
Nov 8th Payday hours:  21
    -Projected income:  $229
        -$22 to church; pay Maurice's ($50 Check!); pay (GSH) medical bill ($61 Check!);pay credit card ($50 Check!); give D $50; pay (Unity) medical bill ($30). Bank funds ($40).

Nov 2-8:  18.5?
        9-15:  11
Nov 22nd Payday hours:  29.5
    -Projected income:  $322
       -$32 to church; rental car ($340) + RCF sales ($77)=$27 + Car deposit ($200)-pay (Neubergh) medical bill ($50); pay (GSH) medical bill ($61); pay Unity ($50).  Bank all funds ($68)+Jasper sales for Christmas/inventory.  Pay Suzanne $50??  Need WHH and CR inventory ($50??)
       16-22:  12
       23-29:  8
Dec 6th Payday hours:  20??
    -Projected income:  $240??
        -$24 to church; pay (GSH) medical bill ($61), pay (Unity) medical bill ($50); pay credit card ($50); pay Sandy ($50)  Bank all funds ($??) for Christmas/inventory/next year

Expenses List:
  -ICTAHS:  $240+expenses (gas/rental car/food/lodging) (Sept-Oct) ($50 sent 5/10; $50 sent 6/21; $100 sent 10/15....now owe $40 Pd 11/10)
-2020 MOA table fee $120 (9/17:  Pd $60)
-Weekend With The Authors 2020 and 2021:  20 ($200 hotel/gas/food/rental car); 21:  $225-300 table fee; hotel/gas/food/rental car
-Liberty Writer's Workshop (April 4, 2020) New Jersey $50 plus hotel, car, gas and food expenses
-Book Lovers Con Book signing Sat (March 2020) $10+ travel expenses; Nashville, TN
-Cil-Con 2020 ($75 plus  $340 car rental, $112 hotel, $30 food, $15 gas)
-Heroes For Kids (July 18, 2020) Perrysville, MO car rental $252, gas $40, hotel room, $140, food $40=$472 total)
ICGAHS:  $340 booth fee, $440 rental car, hotel/gas/food
List is shrinking!  Nearly all booth fees are paid; all that's left is rental car for cousin's wedding (Nov 23rd)

November Reading Schedule:
Print:
Cosmic Egg Rapture-Robb Hoff Interesting concept; found some of it hard to follow and slightly confusing in places.  But well written, and I do want to read the next one!
Life and Death of Erica Flynn-Sara Marian
Justice-Karen Robards
Six Years-Harlan Coben

E-Book:
Real Men Don't Break Hearts-Colleen Kwan
Friday Night Alibi-Cassie Mae
Stage Mom-KL Montgomery
Pride-Brynn Paulin

Karaoke Songs:
11/14
Upside Down-Diana Ross Wasn't too bad....
Rock-n-Roll Love Letter-Bay City Rollars DNH
I Don't Deserve You-Plumb DNH
Chasing Cars-Snow Patrol Slightly too low, but wasn't too bad.

Uptown Funk-Bruno Mars??
Uptown Girl-Billy Joel
Rock-n-Roll Girls-John Fogarty
Complicated-Avril Lavigne


Urgent-Foreigner
Rockin' in the Free World-Neil Young
Cool Change-Little River Band


Friday, November 1, 2019

Flashback Friday: Fallout From Halloween

Halloween Recap:
I'd gone as (my interpretation of) a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, and another neighbor was a Playboy Bunny.  As the evening wound down, I thought I recognized a voice, but dismissed it, since he didn't live around us.....

November 1979:
I arrived at school the next morning to cat-calls, jeers, whistles, and teasing.  I was asked if I planned to pose for Playboy, and one kid even commented on my costume, even though he'd not seen it.  I just shrank inside myself and tried to get through the day.  I was confused; why weren't they picking on Rhonda, the 9th grader who'd dressed as a Bunny?  What was wrong with my cheerleader costume?

Later that day, I learned the awful truth....the boy who'd seen me had spread the word I'd dressed as a street walker.  I was horrified....and tried to tell a few of my friends the truth.  But the teasing from Mike and his buddies was too much.  I began to try to hide again.

Later on that month, I got a case of cradle cap.  Mom smeared my scalp with aloe vera, and we went to Indianapolis to the Paramount Pizza Palace with friends, to see the massive pipe organ.

For Thanksgiving, we checked into the Holidome in Lebanon, In.  We ate a wonderful Turkey dinner in the restaurant, then Mom and Dad turned us loose.  W and I had our own room, and we were told to swim, play in the arcade, or charge any food to the room.  It was one of my most memorable Thanksgiving days EVER!  The next day, Mom, W and I went shopping in Indianapolis.  I think we went downtown to the LS Ayers store, ate lunch in the Tea Room, and shopped.

Next Month:  I turn 14!

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Present Day:
Tonight is the First Friday Art Walk, and the 10th anniversary of The Open Gallery:)  Hoping for a successful evening!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Life In Lumber: Week 31

Day 148:
Woke up this morning to a text from Mel, asking if I could come in from 5-close?  So I did, and was sent to Lumber.  Was busy the first hour and a half, and wasn't even able to get the soda count done.  Cassie came down and did it, plus even filled it, then sent me to break.  Before she did, however, I had to call Aggie down 3 times for overrides:  A $2.50 discounted can of paint; a damaged door knocked down to $16, and a $40 cull pack for $10.

After I returned from break, I discovered I needed to change my PW, so did; then everything went downhill from then.  A veteran, for whatever reason, had his discount applied, but then it disappeared.

Another customer showed up with three carts full....then after he paid, I noticed the bucket of paint on the floor of the scooter.

Customer C tried to pay, but his boss hadn't loaded the card yet.  When others appeared in line, I saved his order, rang up the other two customers, then rang up C successfully.

I was sweeping up and moved a cart around when one of the guys from another dept decided to tell me to stay by the register.  So I did...which both pissed me off and stacked up carts in the area.

AMgr T and B told me to make sure I was scanning everything, due to the fact inventory had shown sooo many discrepancies.  We're only supposed to use the quantity section for items over 10.  Ummmm....I already DO that, unless there's a back up!  Yes, I've been guilty (today) of tabbing over for 4-7 of the same item....

After my final customer left, T cleaned out the register and told me to take my trash down.  After we clocked out, she asked if I could come in at 3 on Tues; apparently Tiffany's been calling in this week.  Gives me more hours:)  Whoot!

Here's hoping tomorrow isn't as crazy as today was?

Outfit:  Halloween shirt, faded flex jeggings, skeleton earrings, sides of hair pulled back in a clip.

Day 149:  All Over The Place!
Showed up at 2; Mel said, "Ummm....you're not supposed to be here."  Informed her of Tasha's request; Cindy told me to come up front at 3 and they'd let me know if they needed me.

Turned out they did, so I clocked in and worked Reg #11 for a few minutes, then was told to go to Lumber and let Kem go home until Tiff returned.  That took five mins, so went back up front.  Worked until nearly 4, then was told to go to LG and sent Taylor inside.  Was out there for 2 hours, and only had 10 customers.  Aggie called once and laughed when I told her I was in the Arctic, then called Cindy at 6 to request a bathroom break.  She came down at 6:15 and closed down LG, then told me to take my lunch.

Tried to thaw out, and at 6:45, went back to Reg 11, then at 7 took over Reg 9 and stayed there for the rest of the night.  Tasha took me into the office at 8:45 and we worked the calendar to give me a few more hours the rest of the month, then we closed up.

It had been a nice slow day, with no screw-ups!

Outfit:  Cabella's hooded sweatshirt, faded flex jeggings, skeleton earrings, hair in ponytail.

No clue if they'll call me the rest of the week, but I volunteered to work Sat 12:30-8 or close.  Hoping things go as well as they did today!

Day 150:
Went in at 12:30, and for an hour, was paid to stand around and talk to Sandy.  Had maybe ten customers between us.  Close to 2, Mel had me go swap places with Rashad in Lumber, who hugged me!  I spent the rest of the day down there, in 'my happy place', with Jill until 3.  Took my lunch break at 4:15 when Billy came down; met the hubby at McAllister's.  Was busy all the way until 8pm. but did manage to get all the closing duties accomplished....even though I didn't empty the trash until 8, after loading the soda cooler.

Wore the same outfit as Tuesday, minus the earrings.  Nice day with no screw-ups:)

Friday, October 25, 2019

Flashback Friday: My Football Player:)

Oct 2009:
Our weekends were full of football games, including Homecoming, Senior Night, and Sectionals.  K rode in the parade, played only on Senior Night and mostly in one game (the one we actually WON), and froze our butts off at our last game.  Never have I ever been so happy to see a game come to an end, because I was freezing!

S and I embarked on the Great Picture Hunt, as we make a poster of embarrassing pictures for K's Senior Night, and decorated a sheet for Homecoming with spray paint.

In The News...
Letterman was being blackmailed by a former lover; body modifications were becoming more and more popular (specifically, tongue splitting, being suspended by hooks in one's back-I'm still squeamish over that one!-and tattoos); and liposuction.

Halloween
W was Spiderman, and S was 'Vampira'.  One of her friends went as a Dark Angel.

Next Month:  Football Winds Down; Time To Finish Up Eagle Scout!

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Present Day:
I'm off to the Collectors Carnival tomorrow in Princeton, at the Gibson Co Fairgrounds.  Weather is supposed to be rainy; here's hoping it doesn't last ALL day, and sales are good!