Thursday, October 15, 2020

BB All Stars, Week #10

 HOH Comp: Teeter-totter challenge; transporting plastic pumpkins across and keeping them in the basket.

With 2 pumpkins left, Christmas drops one, and has to reset.

Enzo:  Has issues keeping even 2 pumpkins in the basket.

Memphis:  Right on Christmas' tail, but drops one and has to reset.

Nicole:  5 pumpkins behind C and M, and is hopeful when they have to reset.

Nicole Wins!!!!

Noms:  Memphis and Christmas

Veto Comp:  BB Comics!

Cody:  16:08

Nicole:  11:21

Memphis: 31:56

Enzo: 28:19

Christmas:  27:45

Nicole Wins!!!!

Noms Stay The Same:)

But are Cody and Enzo on board to vote out Memphis, like Nicole wants???  Stay tuned!

Eviction Episode:

Monday, October 12, 2020

Life In Lumber, Week #62

 Day 275:  Hours Cut Again, 5-close

Arrived; Jill was ready to leave, so I immediately took care of the next two customers in line, then did the pop count.  Matt came down to get it just as I was finishing up at 5:30.  Was fairly slow; did all the sweeping and gathering the trash, then did my AP4Me.  Brea came down at 7 and sent me on my 15 min break, and when I returned, rang up a few customers and did some writing before starting on the closing duties at 8.  Scott came down and complimented me on my 15% LPP close rate, then joked he didn't have to yell at me for the door being open (I'd closed it about 30 minutes before!).

Kyle took my trash down at 8:30, so when HC C came to clean me out, I was ready.  Returned a tube to plumbing and three items to Paint, then put my vest away.  Took my final Tax Exempt to CS, then we all clocked out at 9:15.

Was approved for the 20th off and the 17th, though think she meant 19th???  Will check next time I see Mgr. T.

Outfit:  Teal flowered long-sleeved tee (it rained), faded jeggings.

Day 276:

Arrived; Jill had already begun the pop count (yay!), had bagged the trash, and sanitized Reg #2 and 3. Things went well for fifteen minutes, then Jerry K asked me to load his LAR.  I'd already rung him up, so used Reg #2 to do it, then returned to 1, and he needed an approval code.  I had 4 people behind him, so called for a Code 3, while we spoke to the approval person.  At one point, had to turn it over to Jerry to verify things, and when we finally got the code, he paid and was on his way.  Double-checked the soda count, then handed it over.

Next, had a guy buy the LPP, and we got stuck in a loop.  I'd total it out; enter his phone #; it would return to the sale page; I'd total it and lather, rinse, repeat.  Had to call HC C down to take care of it.  I hopped on Charlie's register and took care of the next person in line, and when I was finished, C had solved the issue and that customer was on his way.

Third, the system wouldn't find a veteran, so after three attempts, I gave up and used the promo code.  This would also happen two more times during the evening.

Brea relieved me at 6:30 for my break, and put away the pop for me.  When I returned, things went smoother, and was able to finish all closing duties.  Got mildly ticked at Olivia, who took my trash before I began the closing duties, but calmed down and filled another trash bag.

HC MK cleaned me out at 9, so I took that lonely bag of trash to the hopper and put my vest away.

Outfit:  Maroon plaid shirt, Livin' On A Prayer tee, dark jeggings.

Day 277:

Arrived and was able to chat with Marci for a few mins before she left; our 5 pm rush lasted until 6:30.  Was able to get the pop count done and the trash consolidated before being sent on break.  Mgr T called and said she was trying to find someone to cover my shifts next Mon and Tues.  HC C told me we were hoping to close up shop as close to 9 as possible.

After break, I bagged the trash, swept the floors, and handled customers....then at 8, began the cleaning.  Had everything wiped down by 8:50, and my last customer walked out the door at 9:01.  Locked the doors; HC C cleaned out my drawer, and when Cam brought the hopper back, I went to put up my vest.

Outfit:  Las Vegas tee, dark jeggings.\

Day 278:

Arrived; swapped places with Marci, and had an enjoyable shift:)  Only had two 'oopsies'....Dan V was in, to get insulation.  I thought he was taking it with him, but after ringing him up, he wanted to pick it up later.  So sent him down to CS to fix it.  Turns out VU 'retired' him, so he's bought a house in Decker to fix up and live in.

My 2nd 'oopsie' came at 7pm.  Had a customer who was just approved for a credit card, but her coupon was expired.  Took Aggie three tries to find the coupon, but it didn't take the 20% off.  She called Mgr T while I rang up Nancy's parents.  Turns out it takes the 20% off at THE END.  Good to know.

Also had a customer griping about the price of tools....apparently the one he wanted yesterday was now $50 higher, and the toolbox is sold out.  Customer C also shook his head over the price of lumber, and when I explained I'd gone to Vegas and the price went up when I returned, he said it was MY fault!

"Soo....I should go back to Vegas and see if it reverses itself?"  *wink*

Alexa relieved me at 7:40 for my break, and she was scared; she didn't know how to work the old system and we couldn't get #2 to switch to the new one.  Told her I'd be speedy.

Aggie cleaned me out at 9, and we were clocked out by 9:15!

Day 279:  Hazard Pay and Off To Kokomo!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

BB All Stars, Week #9

 HOH Comp:  BB Yoga Studio!  Remove your costume while holding onto 3 buttons!

-Christmas, out

-Nicole, out

-Enzo, out

-Memphis, 5 mins

-Cody, 3 mins.


Noms:  Tyler and Christmas

Veto Comp:  Baseball-themed, Snapshot Shuffle

Everyone plays! 

Nicole:  7:11

Memphis:  8:16

Enzo:  25 mins

Tyler:  25 mins

Cody:  4:57 Winner!

Christmas:  12:04

Veto Meeting:  Noms stay the same.

Eviction Night:

Everyone's talking....oooooh, please keep Tyler!!!

Eviction:  Damn it, Tyler went, 3-0.

HOH Comp:  Teeter-totter transport.  Find out Monday who wins!

Monday, October 5, 2020

Life In Lumber, Week 61

 Day 270:

Arrived; did Lowes U. Discovered #1 wasn't working, so spent entire shift on #2.  Things went well, and went to lunch at 6:20, and when I returned, was fairly steady until 8:15, when I began my closing duties.

Joked with Mr. Rogers that I had a "$100 smile", since his order was $100, and I said he was there for my smiling face:)

Outfit:  Maroon/gray plaid shirt, gray tank, faded jeggings

Day 271:

Was slightly grumpy when I went into work; I was emotional yesterday and somewhat today.  Griped that no one seems to do the pop count; they leave it for me.  Things were busy all the way til 6, when Sacred relieved me for lunch.  When I returned, things got hectic.   I rang up Customer A, who then informed me they needed to go get their card, so I invoiced it and pushed it behind the register.  Then Customer B arrived, and discovered his windows wouldn't scan.  Called Millwork, who said they would call Mgr T.  Meanwhile. I was able to ring up Customers C and D on Charlie's register.  Afterward, I tried to print A's pick ticket, but couldn't figure out which one.  Called CS, who told me to call HC M.  She and T came down; I hopped on #2 to take care of Customers E-G.  Customer A returned, and got their invoice recalled and paid for.  Meanwhile, T apparently got everything fixed with B and he left.  Before I could return to #1, however, I had more customers get in line, and it was 7:30 before I could hop back over!  

Did the closing duties, and my final two customers were at 8:30.

We also received our Front End Appreciation Gifts:  I got a sticky note pad, Kleenex, a Butterfinger (put it in Mel's locker), $100 Grand bar (consumed it right away, YUM!), and a Chocolate Granola bar (gave it to Noel), as well as some nice notes from Mgrs Steve, Scott, and Tasha.  Teased Scott when he came down; he asked me why the door was still open.

"You're going to take back all the nice things you said, aren't you?"

"Was yours about the positivity?"

"Yes.....'thank you for being so positive, even though you forget to close the damn door...'"

He laughed!

Signed up for vision and dental insurance for next year.  Instead of only $41 taken out of my check, now I'll lose $86, but at least I'll have insurance for a dentist visit and to get my eyes checked!

Outfit:  Brown 3/4 length sleeve blouse, faded jeggings.

Day 272:

Warmer today, and was in a better mood.  Sold Crosroads Antho to Marci, and discovered we were playing Cash Register Bingo.  At the end of the night, I had one across, but HC Mel told me it was 'cover all'.  Awwww.....

Anyway, the first two hours went FAST!  We were fairly steady, AND the new plexiglass protectors were in place. Brea relieved me at 6, and when I returned at 6:30, began the closing duties in between customers.

Had one customer show up with drywall, and they asked me for a special price.  Told them I wasn't authorized, but they insisted, so called for an MOD.  Scott called, listened, then said no.  I relayed the message, then pressed them on who had offered them a deal.  Turned out it was TODD, who was fired last spring! Called Scott and informed him, who laughed.

Had my final customer at 8:30, so we were able to clock out around 9:15.

Outfit:  Blue striped tee, dark capris, paper mask.  Gonna need a new one tomorrow.  Went home and watched the VP debate.

Day 273:

Marci and I enjoyed the hour we worked together, and the next hour flew by also, as I did the pop count and gathered the paperwork.  Brea sent me to lunch at 6, and when I returned, she had a small line, so I hopped on #2 to help her out.  After I was able to move back to #1, the lady I'd helped while on my way back up front showed up with her load, but Bryce said he'd check her out.

Started the closing duties, and was moderately busy until 8, then things slowed down.  Checked out a woman who as it turned out, did craft shows, so we talked shop for a while and exchanged FB pages.  Clocked out at 9:15.

Outfit:  Black/white poncho shirt, faded jeggings, red Monet mask.

Day 274: Payday!!

Paid off my Maurice's card today!  Whoot! 

Took myself to McD's before my shift, and spent a happy hour with Marci before she left, doing the pop count and ringing up the occasional customer.  After she left, it was steady, and it wasn't until my phone alarm went off that I realized I'd not been sent to lunch yet!  Waited until 6:45 before calling the HC....they hadn't forgotten; just short-staffed.  Desiree came down at 7.  

When I returned, I had to do a cart test, and passed, since I double-checked the Craftsman container AND knew how to ring up the carpet.  Did most of the closing duties; had a few customers and didn't have time to wipe down all the counter tops.  Just did the register counters, the stools, the phones, and the registers.

Clocked out at 9:15.

Outfit:  Colt's jersey (#88 Harrison), dark capris. 

Friday, October 2, 2020

October Goals

 How well did I do in Sept?

-Transfer van title to my name and buy new license plates Check:)
-Home School Teen He's loving Bio, but hates English, Algebra, and World History
-Lose 5 lbs (starting:  248) Don't know; bathroom scale broke!
-Work enough hours to pay bills Check!  Even paid off two of them!
-Type up Bridge story (Check!) and Defending Your Life (Check)
-Add words to Time-Travel, Rikar, or Heart Song
-Purge bedroom of unused items Getting there!
-Take remaining scrap to Dumes Not yet....
-Organize basement Not yet....
-Do well at Non-Con Sold 7!

Books Read:  9
            Print:  6
        E-book:  3

Updated Book 'Tour':
-Farmer's Market (Oct??)
-Autumn On Main (1st Friday in Oct???) Cancelled
-Kokomo Con (Oct 17th) $99 Pd 10/2
-Evansville Women's Conference (Oct 29th) $125 ($100 reg, $25 lunch) Pd 7/31 Postponed until Jan 21, 2021
-Collectors Carnival (Oct 31st-Aug fees roll over to this date)
-Rivet Craft Fair (Nov??) $45 PD 9/8

October Goals:
-Lose 5 lbs (starting:)
-Work enough hours to pay bills
-Finish new Bridge Story and type it up Check!
-Add words to Time-Travel, RiKar, and/or Heart Song
-Purge bedroom of unwanted items
-Take remaining scrap to Dumes
-Organize Basement
-Do well at Kokomo Con
-Do well at CCC

October Reading Schedule:
Eleanor and Franklin-
Trial of Billy Jack-Frank/Teresa Christina Good story!  Hadn't watched the movie, so wasn't sure what it was about.
ABCs of Dee-Danielle Bannister DRR!!!  OMG, I loved this book sooooo much, I had to finish it in one day!!!  I thought I knew who Dee would end up with, and I was right, but OMG....the twists and turns this book took....Well done!  Looking forward to this author's other Rom-Com titles!
Doppleganger-DB DRR!  Oh wow.....enjoyed this soooo much!
Must Love Coffee-DRR!  Excellent story from the man's POV:)
Taking Stock-DB DRR!  Really enjoyed this story:)
A Touch of Magic-Sela Carson
A Kiss of Magic-SC
Carolina Wolf-SC
Letters From Jayson-Amy Hale
Shadows of Jane-AH
Gumshoe-Laura Hawks
Egyptian Destiny-LH
Sea of Flames-Wendy Knight
The S*X Tape-Helen Scott/Serena Akeroyd
Next To Never-A.L. Long
Next To Always-ALL
Next To Forever-ALL
The Perfect Wife-ALL
The Household Guide To Dying-Debra Adelaide
The Kiss Quotient-Helen Hoang
Breakin' in the 80s series-Bonnie Swanson
Going Down In Flames-Chris Cannon
Blackmail Boyfriend-CC
The Dating Debate-CC
99% Faking It-CC
-Jason Nugent

Yours and Mine-Jessy Lin Good story!  Loved the 'realistic' emotions in this:)
Found-Jade Waltz Wonderful story, though I wasn't crazy about the 'tentacles'....and it seemed to drag at times.  Turned out I was wrong about one mystery, and now I'm intrigued enough by the final chapters to get the rest of the series.
Lads and Lattes-AJ Macey
Call of the Siren-Jarika James
Corsets and Quartets-Mercy DeSimone
Spectral Vibrations-MD
For The Love of Skating-Madeline Fay
Chasing Time-Katie May
Achieve-Jade Waltz

Karaoke Songs:
Til I Kissed You-Everly Bros Bleh....slightly too low, and I botched the bridge.
Rubber Band Man-Spinners Did fairly well; got off rhythm on 2nd verse, but not too bad!
Chains of Love-Erasure Not too bad, considering it was slightly too low.

Tainted Love-Soft Cell Ugh....too low!
Rumors-Timex Social Club I love this song, but again, slightly too low, and a 'misunderstood lyric' in 1st verse!
Had so many singers, I was only able to sing two.

Tacky-Weird Al DNH
Rumour Has It-Adele Did well, except for the bridge.  Will sing this again at a later date, after more practice!
Chevy Van-Sammy Johns Slightly too low, but I've loved this song since the 2nd grade!
Rolling In The Deep-Adele Nailed it!
Seven Bridges Road-Eagles (with Peppers) We nailed it:)

Take A Bow-Madonna
Rumor Has It-Reba McEntire
Comfortably Numb-Pink Floyd

Rubber Ducky-Muppets
Run-Snow Patrol??
Run For The Roses-Dan Fogleberg (Save for May???)
Remember Me This Way-Jordan Hill
Bring Me To Life-Evanescence

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BB All Stars, Week #8

 HOH Comp:

Dani uses her replay power, so Memphis can play, 'in order to increase the odds of the Committee Alliance winning'.

It's a Golf Course!  Players can choose to go for $10K or HOH, with the lowest score winning either or both.

Ty: Prize-3; Power-14  

Nic: Power-10, but goes out-of-bounds on her next two shots

Mem:  Tries to throw it.  Power-5, Prize-18

Kev:  Power-5, but out-of-bounds

Dani:  Prize-3

Dave:  Power-19, Power-7

Chris:  Power-10, then 12, then out-of-bounds

Enzo:  Prize-19, then 4, then out-of-bounds

Cody:  Power-6, then 2!

HOH:  Cody!

Prize:  $10K to be split, 50/50 between Ty and Dani!

OMG, Kevin....really?  That's NOT how you negotiate with the just put an even bigger target on your back and sealed your fate.

Noms:  Kevin and David

Veto Comp:  OTEV Returns!

Kevin, Cody, David, Tyler, Nicole, Enzo.

What IS it with Kevin and that yellow blanket?  He looks like Linus, carrying it all the time!

Dani is an absolute SNAKE!  I hope they get rid of her soon!

OTEV, the Psychodelic Salimander!  Find the tie-dyed T-shirt!

David-out, but with $10K....dude, what were you THINKING???


Kevin-out, by seconds to Cody!

Nicole-out; couldn't get up the wall!


Cody wins!  And keeps noms the same.

Eviction Night.....and TRIPLE Eviction Night!

Eviction #1:  Kevin, 6-0

HOH Comp:  Memphis; nominates David and Nicole

Veto Comp:  

Tyler, Christmas, Dani, Memphis, David, Nicole.  

Game:  Turn 'ice veto' into 'fire veto'

Christmas wins, but doesn't use it.

Eviction #2:  David, 3-2

Shut up Dani.....Please whoever wins next....nominate her or back-door her????

HOH Comp:  Tyler, and  nominates Dani and Nicole

Veto Comp:

Cody, Enzo, Christmas, Tyler, Dani, Nicole.

Game:  Transport Veto puzzle across to the other side, one pole at a time.

Tyler wins, but doesn't use it.

Eviction #3:  Dani, 4-0

Whoo hoo!!!!!!!!

Find out next week who the HOH is and who The Committee targets next!

Please, please, PLEASE let Dani be the one to go????

Life In Lumber, Week #60

 Day 265:

Arrived; discovered I'd be with Marci again for an hour!  Showed her pics of the weekend, and did my AP4Me and LowesU, and the pop count.  She left at 5, and the rest of the shift went well.  After Matthew relieved me for lunch, I had a woman tell she was 'not good', and when I asked why, she stated today was her birthday; she'd buried her aunt; and her b/f was being a jerk.  She broke down in tears.  After she paid, I offered her a hug, and she took it, clinging to me for several seconds.  I told her I'd be praying for her, and asked if she'd like to maybe sit down at the counter, to compose herself (I'd even given her a Kleenex), but she thanked me and said no.

I'd also brought a large piece of chocolate cake from the break room, to share with Kyle and Cam, but K informed me it was ONLY for the birthday people???  But there were two more complete cakes down there, and it was 2 hours til close.  Maybe the night shift will eat 'em???  Told K I was 'exercising my right to celebrate my birthday early', ha ha!

Outfit:  Whitehorse sweatshirt, faded jeggings.  It was barely 60 degrees today!

Day 266:

Brought Marci's books to her; she loved it!  Was fairly steady all the way until 6:30, when Matt brought the soda.  Olivia relieved me for lunch at 6:45; I had half the soda put away, and *assumed* O would do the rest.  When I returned, she was sitting down, and the soda was still in the cart.  When I mentioned it, she muttered something about doing an estimate, and ran off.  I found a paper where she'd doodled her name, and was furious she had time to do that, but not the rest of 'her job'.  Snagged a broom and dustpan from the break room so I could sweep the floor, and managed to get everything done by 9.

Outfit:  Yellow/maroon plaid shirt, red tank, faded jeggings.

Day 267:

Had a good shift, with only one slight hiccup....Wally bought a cull pack and I'd forgotten how to do it on Reg #1!  MK had to fix it, lol!  Brea and I decided to wear the same shirt.....and when she relieved me for lunch, I had a customer ask me a question, and when I returned, there were 6 people in line, so I hopped on Charlie's and rang up two customers.  Had to call for a code 50, and as soon as I did, MK called, wanting to know why I hadn't gone to lunch yet!

We were slow after I returned, and was able to get all the closing duties finished.

Outfit:  Red/black plaid shirt, black tank, faded jeggings.

Day 268:

Had a good shift, and was able to see BG again!  After his purchase, he came over and we talked some more:)  Was fairly steady all the way to lunch, when Brea relieved me, then was still steady, just not as busy, from 7-close.  Was able to get everything accomplished by 9pm.

Outfit:  Black V-neck tunic, yellow plaid vest, faded jeggings.  New Monet mask

Day 269:

Was slightly late, due to a last-minute decision to go to McD's and get nuggets and a small fry.  Clocked in at 4:02, and my very first customer had a bunch of MDF w/o bar codes.  Turned out to be a good thing, since I ended up ringing up a LOT of MDF!  Then, another customer's order, my gun didn't ring up ANY of it, so had to start over.  We had a good laugh about the 'gremlins' in the system 'b/c it's October!', and I managed to get the pop count done a little after 5, after Jill went home.

Matt relieved me for lunch at 6:30, and when I came back, was busy until 8:15, when I did the rest of the closing duties.

Outfit:  Blue Colts jersey (#88), white v-neck tunic, faded jeggings.