Friday, August 16, 2019

Flashback Friday: New Job and New Boyfriend!

Aug 1989:
BM and I were seeing less and less of each other; JL surprised me at work and we spent the evening together, and he even drove to Lafayette just to watch the Cubs baseball game with me.  I'd never had a guy go that far out of his way to be with me, and was impressed.  We went to see the movie Parenthood, and he was happy to discover I wasn't a female who picked at her food in front of the opposite sex, when we shared a pizza afterward.  Discovered JL was a virgin, so agreed no 'relations'.

The next week, Crossroads Rehab offered me an interview as a driver, and when asked how well I knew the city, I know Divine Intervention stepped in, because I started naming the areas I was familiar with when all of a sudden I stopped and said, "No matter where I am, I find a familiar landmark, so I've never been totally lost."  After turning in my background check and taking the Chauffeur's License exam three times before passing, I was hired.  It was decided I was to go live with Bob and Ann Mead until I could save up for my 1st apt, and I moved the following week.

JL and I had a few arguments during that time, but nothing I took seriously.  If he upset me too much, I yelled back, which would diffuse his anger, and he'd laugh, and everything would be okay.  Little did I know this was just the beginning.

Next Month:  I'm A Brat, But He Still Pops The Question

Present Day:
My sister and her kids are here!  They arrived Monday, and D said he wants to hug G'ma, while R wants to sit on the couch with G'ma and watch Jewelry TV with her all week.

Today, I'm headed to the Mall of America in Minnesota, a place I've dreamed of visiting for at least 25 years or more!  The Royal Touch Reader Event is on Saturday, and I plan to see as much of the mall as possible, since I have to leave on Sunday.  Originally, I'd planned to leave Monday, and spend all day Sunday at the mall, but that was before I discovered W's plans!  They're leaving Monday, and if I want to spend ANY time with them, then it meant readjusting my travel plans a bit.  Wish me luck and safe travels!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Life In Lumber Week #20

Day 101:
Shift was fairly steady all day; I managed to locate my broom after lunch and completely mucked out from under all the mats.  One of my customers came in and said, "Every time I come in, you're cleaning!"

Lumber manager Ian borrowed my pen, and a few minutes later, I realized he'd kept it.  So I paged him, and told him.  When he returned it, I told him next time I'd loan him the one with purple ink!  We had a laugh about it!

Still trying to take off Thursday, but the schedule won't let me see past the 17th.  I want to switch with someone and have them work for me on Thurs, and I'll take their Sunday the 25th.  I may simply have to have my 1st call in.

Outfit:  White cross-neck shirt, green vest, dark denim capris.  Hair pulled back in clip.

Here's hoping tomorrow goes well!

Day 102:
Today was nice and steady, albeit a little slow.  Saw one customer 3 times; the third, I cracked, "We've got to stop meeting like this; people will talk!"

Wiped down all the counters and had everything done by 8pm.

Found someone to cover my shift on Thurs, so I can spend the afternoon with my sis and her family!!!!  Course, this means working 6 days in a row next week....ugh...

Outfit:  Rebel tee, patterned capri leggings.  Hair pulled back in ponytail.

Day 103:
Was in a good mood all day!  Had a moment of craziness happen about an hour in:  Had a customer with 3 carts.  As I'm totalling him up, the phone rings, and it's Mgr Tasha, asking if I need help.  I say no, b/c we're nearly finished, and there's only one customer in line.  She says okay and hangs up.  Customer #1 then says, "I need to put funds on my LAR" just as another customer gets in line. 

I call for a code 3, and hop over to #2, then have issues logging in.  Aliscia arrives, and watches me load his LAR (via check!, grrrr), and of course the register malfunctions.  I finally go back to #1 while Tasha and A figure out what's wrong with #2, and after I ring up customers 1 and 2, A rings up #3, then comes over and tells me NOT to use #2; something's wrong with it.

The rest of the shift went smoothly....until around 8pm.  HC MK comes down to clean out my register, and agreed to watch it while I used the restroom.  I'm halfway down aisle 20 when I hear 'Hey...Hey....HEY!"  I turn around and there's a guy with his shirt over his shoulder, asking me for help.  He's got a toilet seat and something I don't recognize, and looks bewildered when I tell him I've left my phone in Lumber.  I tell him to come on; we'd find someone to help him.  Bob in Building materials has 3 people; Ben tells me to wait a minute; guy in Lighting is busy.  I spot Scott and flag him down.  First thing he tells the guy is, "First of all, the head goes THROUGH the hole at the top of the shirt!"  I escaped to the restroom.

Seconds after I return, the guy arrives with his new toilet seat, still shirtless!

Rest of the hour went well, and we were finished by 9:15:) 

I'm off to Lafayette tomorrow, then Minnesota on Friday for the weekend!  Whoot! 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Flashback Friday: Bad Decision....

Aug 1979:
We took our annual trip to the State Fair with friends, and Mom let us each select three rides to ride before walking around the exhibits.  I think this was the year we decided to try the fun houses...the Hall of Mirrors was uneventful, since we followed someone who knew how to do it, and the 2nd one had one of those awful 'drum' obstacles at the end.  I could not do it, and fell down, scraping some skin from my shoulder.  Think I actually rolled out of it.  Went on the Flying Bobs, then regretfully left the Midway and went to enjoy the rest of the fair.

My 8th grade year did not start well.  Principal divvied us up according to last names, and I misunderstood where my name fell when he got to the 'M's.  Thankfully, I wasn't the only one, and was redirected to my new home room.  Then, I discovered I'd been placed in Select Choir, which was the mixed choir, and since I didn't feel ready to sing with the boys, and hadn't even tried out for it, I went to the guidance office the first chance I got and asked to be placed in Girl's Choir instead.  Hindsight, stupid, stupid, STUPID!

I immediately 'clicked' with my Health class teacher and my Social Studies teacher.  I had a mild dislike for my new English teacher, and was very dismayed at my Science partner for the first semester.  Rick was one of the 'loser' guys, and I sensed this semester was going to be a challenge.

Next Month:  Disaster in Science

Present Day:
I am off to the Collector's Carnival in Princeton tomorrow!  Had a very relaxing weekend last week, walking around the Watermelon Festival as an ordinary spectator.  Also spent 3 days at the State Fair, and sold 18 books, met Al Unser Jr, ate a lamburger, deep-fried cookie dough, and cotton candy, rode the Re-Mix, and had a blast!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Life In Lumber Week #19

Day 97:  Fill-In For Cassie
Was asked to come in Saturday at 5 to cover for a call-in, so said yes.  Ended working the front end, and the first two hours had its ups and downs.  Had a customer complain when I scanned one end table twice, so I zeroed it out and scanned the other, then adjusted the price.  She complained AGAIN, and then I looked at the actual price vs the price tag and it didn't add changed it back to the original price.  Makayla came over and helped smooth things over, then agreed with me after they'd left that if she'd kept her mouth shut and let me do my job, there would have been no confusion.  M:  "She didn't have to be such a dick about it though."

After a brief 15 minute break, I was told to go down to lumber.  Enjoyed my 'freedom' (up front, we're not allowed 10 feet past our register, and that doesn't exactly apply to lumber!), joking with the guys and doing the rest of the closing details.  At 8pm, however, just as I began to wipe down the counters, the floodgates opened and I was busy for an hour.  Had a customer arrive, wanting to pay for his drywall in advance, so that took time looking up the numbers.  Had another customer come down at closing time with three carts, and I didn't even have time to lock the doors or even close the overhead door.  McKrenda came down and filled the soda for me while I was ringing them up, and a woman even walked in and asked if we were still open.  MK:  "No, we closed ten minutes ago."

We skipped the bathrooms and clocked out at 9:40!

Day 98:  Switching Shifts With Brenda
During my shift on Sat, B asked if I'd work for her on Sun, and she'd work my Thurs.  So said yes, and after breakfast at Denny's, I clocked in at 9am.  Was on Reg 11 for two hours, then took my 1st 15.  After which, they put me on $8, and after lunch at 1:45 at McAllisters, was on #13 until the scanner died!  With 2 minutes to go in my shift, Cassie (#9) left to take her break and everyone got in MY line!  Didn't clock out until nearly 5:15!  No 'crazies', and enjoyed joking with Mary when she ordered me off my register (she needed to pull the till), and other than the 5pm 'rush', the day went fairly smoothly!

Here's hoping Monday is fairly quiet!

Day 99:  Back In Lumber:)
As soon as I arrived for work, my hearing batteries needed changed, so told Aggie to let Kem know I would be a few minutes late.  Things were fairly steady for the 1st 2 hours, with me forgetting to give a customer his $4.....Ian mocked me about it, ha ha, but forgot how to open the register, so MK had to do it!  Marci came down to relieve me for lunch, and I promptly had to help a customer in Tools.  After lunch, I returned to find Marci ringing up a large order, so I hopped on #2.....and discovered I needed to change my PW!  So after I did that, I rang them up plus one more while Marci finished up.

The hours of 7-9 slightly dragged.  #1 ran out of pennies, so had to be on #2 while I did my closing duties.  MK said we were NOT doing the soda count or the bathrooms, so that relieved a little of the burden.  At 8:30, MK came down and moved me back over to #1, because "a customer said you refused to give them back their $100"....which was bogus and proved not to be me!  I even told MK that "I think I would remember something like that, and I KNOW it didn't happen!"  Still, the till audit had to happen, and it proved me correct:  It hadn't been me.

At the end of the shift, Scott said he'd walk with MK if I'd finish bringing in the carts.  D arrived as I was retrieving the last one, so Alex got out and helped me.  She then helped me turn off the fans and take the trash down, then got to see the break room.  Scott got a jolt when she burst out of the aisle by CS, then realized I was right behind her!  Clocked out and we left.  I'll be at the State Fair Tues-Wed-Thurs, so my 100th day will be Friday:)

Also told MK I was available from 6-close Sat and all day Sunday if they needed me.

Here's hoping Friday goes well!

Day 100:
Shift began on a good note, and was fairly steady through 6pm.  After I returned from lunch, Aliscia was ringing up a large order, so I got to hang out for a few moments.  I rang up a few customers, then began my closing duties amid the straggling customers.  Around 8, however, the floodgates opened, and I didn't have time to fill the soda coolers, wipe down the counters, or even sweep!  No major incidents, thankfully, just BUSY!

Here's hoping things slow down again next week, and I can swap shifts with someone so I can have Thursday off.

Heading to Princeton tomorrow for the Collector's Carnival:)  State Fair was AWESOME; sold 18 books, ate a lambburger, rode the Re-Mix, and brought home some deep-fried cookie dough for the kids!

August Reading Schedule

Where did July go?  It was a whirlwind of events; think I only had one weekend to myself, ha ha!
-Send pkgs to Wa, Indpls, and Tx 7/8:  Put them together!  7/10:  Mailed:)
-Work on Regrets #2 and New Story 7/8:  Wrote nearly 5 handwritten pages:) 7/31:  Began Ch 3!
-Do well at InConJunction Fri:  Sold 2:)  Sat:  Sold 2:)  Sun: Sold 6:)  Total:  10 books!
-Enjoy my JHS Class Reunion Check!  Sold 10 books Friday night:)
-Do well at Heroes For Kids sales, but 1st year Con, and did hand out a lot of cards, year???
-Order copies of Dreamscape (not available yet) and Catered Romance (Check!)
-Organize more basement Not yet
-Do more work on Green and Brown Houses Ugh....added Mike Mendoza's stuff to the front room!
-Lose 5 pounds (beginning weight:  232) Scale is low on batteries; haven't been able to weigh myself.

Ortho Update:  
I'm able to wear the new orthotics full time, with breaks in between.  When I'm at work, I kick them off during my breaks, which helps.  I also danced the Cupid Shuffle Aug 1st:)

Books Read: 4
           Print:  2
        E-book: 2
            DNF: 2

Karaoke Songs Added:  7

August Goals:
-Enjoy trip to Indy for spouse's Dr. Appt Check!
-Mail pkg to HS friend
-Do well at 1st Friday Art Walk (am skipping Watermelon Festival as vendor this year) Sold 2:)
-Do well at State Fair the 6th (0), 7th (Sold 9!), and 8th (Sold 9!  Total:  18!)
-Do well at Collectors Carnival Sold 4:)
-Do well at MOA as well as SAFE trip
-Enjoy visit with family
-Add words to Regrets #2 and new WIP....and type it up
-Organize more basement
-Work on both Green and Brown houses
-Order Dreamscape, CR, and Whispers copies
-Lose 5 pounds (starting weight:  232)

Payment Schedule:
July 13-19: 24
         20-26: 24
Aug 2nd Payday hours: 48
     -Projected income: $521
         - $52 to church (Check!); pay Maurice's (Check!) pay medical bill (E'ville, $50 Check!; GSH $30 8/2:  Cannot contact); $157 car rental (State Fair Check!) Bank as much as possible ($212) for Aug trip+ $20 1st Friday sales+$70 SF sales (after expenses)-$31 TP copies ordered-$31 CR copies ordered-$24 WHH copies ordered +$35 CCC sales-$25 bus cards ordered= $226 banked-$149 other expenses=$77 banked
July 27- Aug 2: 24
                   3-9:  24
Aug 16th Payday hours: 48
     -Projected income: $438
        -$43 to church; Bank all funds ($395) for Minneapolis trip.  $395+$77=$472-$2 (candy bar)=$470-$200 (hotel)=$70
                 10-16:  24
                 17-23:  24
Aug 30th Payday hours: 48
     -Projected income: $461
          -$46 to church; pay medical bill ($50), pay ortho bill ($50).  Bank all funds ($315) for Indy Author Fair+Minn sales; Pay Imaginarium??? ($120)
 Aug 24-30:  30

Payments/Expenses List:
-Indy State Fair (Aug 6th-7th $100) ($50 sent 4/26; $50 sent 6/7) Rental car:  $257, gas $30, $15 admission; $24 parking fee; $20 food; $6 ride
-Minneapolis travel expenses ($200-hotel, $300 car rental, $120-food,$120- gas=$740 needed) (Aug)   Marriott Cancellation #52928538
-Indy Author Fair expenses (Sept 13-15):  $200 hotel?  $252 rental car?  Food/gas? (Aug)
-Cil-Con expenses-Sept ($252 car rental, $112 hotel, food, gas)
-Saluki Con expenses-Sept ($252 car rental, $203 ($25 refunded after stay) hotel, food, gas)
-Imaginarium (Oct):  $120+ expenses (Sept)
-ICTAHS:  $240+expenses (gas/rental car/food/lodging) (June-July-Oct) ($50 sent 5/10; $50 sent 6/ owe $140)
-Rivet Craft Fair:  $45 (July 5th)
-Weekend With The Authors 2020 and 2021:  20 (reader ticket, hotel/gas/food/rental car); 21:  $225-300 table fee; hotel/gas/food/rental car
List is shrinking!  Nearly all booth fees are paid; all that's left are ICGAHS (Nov), Imaginarium (Oct), Rivet Craft Show (Nov), and WCC Christmas Craft Show (either Nov or Dec)!

Reading Schedule:
Needful Things-Stephen King Really enjoyed it!  If you're a King fan, RR!
Quiet Strength-Tony Dungy

Karaoke Schedule:
Written In the Stars-Tinie Tempah
Union of the Snake-Duran Duran Slightly low, but not too bad!
Beautiful Goodbye-Amanda Marshall Nailed it, plus caught it on camera:)

Radioactive-Imagine Dragons
Until The End of Time-Foreigner
Being With You-Smokey Robinson

Un-Break My Heart-Toni Braxton
Bed Of Roses-Bon Jovi
Unanswered Prayers-Garth Brooks
Brass In Pocket-Pretenders

Monday, July 29, 2019

Life In Lumber Week #18

Day 94:  Blah Day....
First of all, my weekend was FUN, but no sales made my finances tight.  Still, I enjoyed meeting the actor WF Bell, who played Anchor in The Walking Dead, and Wyatt Weed, who was in Predador 2 AND an episode of Star Trek TNG.

Shift was steady for a while, then slowed.  I should point out my mood was a little sour, since it began raining around 2, and I was rushed for 15 mins as I tried to swap out the laundry, take my meds, finish dressing, and eat something.

1)  Was informed by Tiff that we now had a barcode to scan in for undocumented Vets!  Oh yay...but it doesn't begin until August.

2)  Was informed by HC Cindy 30 minutes later that we are NOT to ask for MyLowes or if they have a Military Discount.  So how will the undocs know?  Rather confusing....

3)  Got hit with a massive wave of sleepiness around 5:15, and was thankfully sent to lunch fifteen minutes later....the same time my ear batteries were dying!  Yes, I'd brought extra ones.

4)  After lunch, Mgr Tasha informs me my book Catered Romance is 'inappropriate' for the break room, and will I please remove it?  I put it in my locker at the end of the shift, so if Jill wants to finish reading it, she'll have to ask me for it.  Guess I'll have to take the Orion Antho in....or Whispers....or even Balancing Act, or the un-smutty one, Love Weighs In.

5)  Managed to clean the windows tonight, since I had the time, and won't be here Thursday (the day I normally try to do it!)

6) Clocked out at 9:15!

Here's hoping my mood improves, and things go smoothly tomorrow!

Day 95: Total Blonde Moment
Shift began fine, but was having issues with my eye-hand coordination on the key pad.  For instance, was trying to take a credit card over the phone and had to enter it FOUR TIMES before it matched up!  Not sure if it was tied to the loud speaker or the forklift, but was finally able to get the customer rung up.

When I went to lunch, discovered mold or something on my chicken.  Tried to eat just a cracker and a cheese slice, but something tasted 'off'.  Ate only my P3 and Snickers.

Near the end of the shift, I rang up a customer's $205 as $202, and realized after I'd closed the drawer that it was wrong.  Called HC MK, but just as she came down, a customer paid in cash, and didn't need her after all.  Apologized to everyone for the mix up.

After we closed on time (a miracle, considering Sacred went home in tears over a personal matter, which meant MK had to be on a register for an hour), D took me to the store, where I showed my Lunchable issue, and the manager let me take two in return.  He then very kindly took me to S-n-S for food!

Here's hoping I can get it together and do well tomorrow, and that customer-wise, we're again slow and steady:)

Day 96:  Better Day!
Shift went 100% better today!  Discovered our janitor, Doug, was let go after 15 years of employment, and until an outside service begins, Aggie, Makayla, Cindy, and I were tasked with cleaning the bathrooms.  Didn't finish until 9:30. 

Really no issues, and saw Mike Frey, Mike and Gretchen from choir, and Tim Kirk:)

Am off the next two days; tomorrow we go to Indy for D's visit with Dr. Steve, and am setting up Friday night for the Art Walk.  Saturday, I plan to go over to the Watermelon Festival to enjoy it as a spectator for once, lol!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Flashback Friday: County Fair

July 2009:
Spent the 4th working at the fireworks store, and met Brandon's g/f Mel, who mentioned she was looking for a babysitter for her 3 y/o daughter.  I mentioned I had a young son who needed socialization, so we agreed to try it for a week.

W and C clicked immediately, so we began watching Miss Claire every day.  Even took both kids to the county fair, and S and C rode the merry-go-round so many times, my 15-y/o got sick of being on it!

It had rained earlier in the week, and as we were going to the car, W raced through the mud puddle, while C came to a screeching halt and walked carefully around it!

K had also joined the football team, and as a parent, I was recruited to help park cars one evening.  As it turned out, the shift I chose was also after a torrential downpour, so K spent his three hours helping cars stuck in mud to break free, while I directed traffic down to the other parking lot, and let in cars for the Demolition Derby!

Next Month:  Football Mom!

Present Day:
I'm off to Perrysville, MO for the weekend, to the Heroes For Kids convention!  Wish me luck; my budget is tight, and I might have to return Saturday instead of Sunday.

Have a great weekend!