Monday, September 13, 2021

Life In Lumber: Y3, W25

 Day 99:  $4862

My hours have been cut back to 5-close.  Arrived, and Bill was happy to see me!  Took care of a few customers before he left, then did pop count and prelim duties.  The exterior of the store was getting pressure washed and painted, so had to close the doors and let customers only go in and out of the left side for a while. Never did get my break....finished up the closing duties between 8 and 9, checked my email, did my LU and AP4Me, and locked the doors at 9.

I got hit on.  Customer asked if I had a boyfriend.  "I'm not allowed; hubby rather frowns on that sort of thing."  "Darn..."

Helped Marilyn load the front coolers and took the trash down to the compactor.  We're having Spirit Month; today was supposed to be Camo day.  Tomorrow is Gold Day.

Outfit:  Blue/white striped tee, cut off capris, blue tools mask

Day 100:  $4465

Arrived to discover a) virtually NO ONE wearing gold and b) I was getting a trainee until 8.  Wasn't very busy the 1st hour; did soda count, LU, and the survey.  Got my trainee at 6, and started gathering the trash and sweeping. Matthew relieved me at 7:30, and when I returned, sent R home at 8, then swept, sanitized, and rang up customers til the last one left the building at 9.  HC C cleaned me out, then I helped Tim K get what he needed for his load.  Cam returned and helped him finish, then I went to put up my vest.

Outfit: Tribble tee, cut off capris, starry night/red mask

I got into SI Comic Con!  Got the notification as we were clocking out:)

Day 101:  $4659

Decided to wear my yellow/blue compression socks for Crazy Sock Day.  Did not observe anyone else wearing anything....Had an asthma attack when I got out of the car; think it was the paint sprayer as they were painting the canopies.

R, my trainee, was back again.  Showed her how we do the pop count, and she even took over the cash register some, and did well.  Showed her how to do LARs, checks, and gift cards, in addition to the Military discounts.

Mgr T pissed me off.  We had a particularly large order, and the quarter-round code didn't work on any of them.  I pulled out my notebook and was consulting the customer as to which one they had when T arrived.  I tucked my notebook in my pocket and typed it in....T came over and told me, "I don't ever want to see you do that again."  BS....sometimes it's a lot easier to do it that way!

Matthew came down to give us our break at 7:15, and when I returned, began the closing duties....mucked out under all the mats, and we even cleaned out the water thingy, when one of the guys painting the interior said that's where the gnats were.  It was nasty!  Not sure if it was coffee or juice, but very brown and sticky. Guess I need to add that to my weekly cleaning regimin?

Aggie came down and put soda away, and emptied #2 and 3, then hung around and closed us down at 9.  I locked the doors, then Cam and I had a miscommunication:  I thought he was coming down the aisle, so I shut the door and took the trash down.  I ended up locking him out, b/c one of my bags broke, and was trying to clean it up as he was trying to come in down at the front!

Over all, not a bad shift, other than the run-in with T.

Outfit:  Rob tee, cut off capris, starry night mask.  Tomorrow's Disney Day.

Day 102:  $

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Life In Lumber: Y3, W24

 Day 97:  Labor Day $7400

Arrived; was steady for the 1st hour, then Jill and I stood around and joked for an hour.  Did soda count and prelim duties, plus LU and AP4Me, and at 5:45, Kyra came down and sent me to lunch. Afterward, swept up and did the closing duties.  Didn't really have any 'problem' customers today.

Outfit:  White flag tee, cut off capris, Starry night mask

Day 98:  $7,262

Arrived early and did the LU before clocking in.  Relieved Kem, and was slow the first hour, then had our 4pm 'rush'. After Jill left at 5, things slowed down. Swept and did prelim duties, including soda count. HC C relieved me for lunch at 6:20, and when I returned, pulled trash and was slow.  Had one customer ask about the price of plywood, then went to take a picture of it.  The price was in the picture, but he wanted to know the price after we cut it.  Told him it was the same price; he had to buy the entire sheet.

Then had another customer with 3 sheets, but Loader C had cut through the bar code.  We flipped them over and found one I could key in the numbers.

Locked the doors at 9, and had to wait for C to bring in the hopper before putting my vest away.

Outfit:  Fire and Grace tee, cut off capris, Starry night mask.

I'm off until next week!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Teen Dream Come True!

I need to preface this with a flashback story.
Back in 1978, I was madly 'in love' with Shaun Cassidy.  His posters adorned my bedroom walls.  I sang his songs to the radio, and played his records on my stereo. 
I found out he was coming to Indianapolis on (yikes!) Palm Sunday, and begged my mother to buy tickets.
Her response?  "No; it's a Family Get Together, and you're not going."
I was crushed.
The day of the concert, I moped all the way to Granny's house, thinking my cousin and I would commiserate together.
But when we arrived....
"Where's Michele?"
"She's down at Market Square Arena at the Shaun Cassidy concert."
I don't think I spoke to anyone the rest of the day.

Fast-forward to 2019.  I discovered he's touring again, so I bought tickets to the Atlanta show, since the Nashville Meet-n-Greet was sold out, and Atlanta wasn't.  
Covid hit, and the concert was canceled.  I stupidly took store credit for my purchases.

Oct 2020:  Tickets go on sale in Nashville, and while there were no plans for a M-n-G, I bought new tickets to the show.  Due to CV, it's postponed until Sept.  A few months later, they open up the M-n-G tickets, and bingo!  Bought 'em.

But there's a hitch.  The new postponed date is over Labor Day weekend, which is a Blackout Day at my Evening Job.  No worries; I'll get someone to cover.  Then we learn we have to be FULLY vaxxed or show a negative test.  I opted for the test.

M-n-G is cancelled; they're doing a Zoom virtual one.  No problem.  I sold one of my M-n-Gs, and found a coworker to cover for me, AND a friend to go with me.

We have arrived!  After stopping a young lady to inquire about how the parking worked, I paid the $15 for 6 hours' worth of parking.  Hallelujia; we don't have to drive around and search for parking!  (We'd arrived just after 4pm Nashville time; our dinner reservations were for 4:30, and the doors opened at 6.)

Then Elaine and I discovered our home CV tests weren't valid, but no worries; for $15 we can take another one.  We swab our nasal cavities painlessly and go back outside to wait 10 minutes.

That's where we discovered the young lady we spoke to in the parking lot was traveling by herself, so we invited her to sit with us at dinner.

Lisa Kemmling (flowered shirt), Elaine Litherland (black shirt), and yours truly as we waited for our food and drinks.

I'd ordered the Mushroom-Goat cheese-Risotto Balls and they were AMAZING!!!  I also had a glass of the Debutane sweet white wine.  Later, Lisa bought me another one.

Around 6:30, after finishing our meal (I also had a chicken alfredo flatbread pizza and Elaine had dessert), we were escorted to our seats, Table 55, two rows up from the front, and center stage.  I also bought the hooded sweatshirt with the Magic of the Midnight Sky logo on the back.  Lisa's seat was in the front table.

While we waited, we noticed a slight commotion along the far wall behind me.  I told E it looked like Patrick Cassidy, so we grabbed our phones (along with  Lisa), and went over to have our pictures taken with him.

He was so sweet!  I introduced myself and told him how much I'd enjoyed watching his son Jack on The Voice in 2019, and that I'd been a fan of the entire family since watching Partridge Family on TV.

Lisa didn't have a camera on her phone, so I used mine for her photo.  I didn't realize I'd photo-bombed her!

Then the lights went down and the man of the hour appeared!  I think he's playing Magic of the Midnight Sky here....I was singing along to his next son, That's Rock-n-Roll!

He moved back and forth from guitar to piano, and here he is, just after taking off his jacket and talking to us as he rolled up his sleeves.

I think here he's talking about his childhood, and how he has PTSD 'because some of you acted chased me; you ripped my clothes; you climbed on my car; you pulled my hair...." All said in humor, of course!

He did a tribute to his brother David; here, he's playing I'll Meet You Halfway.

This was one of his final flourishes on Da Doo Run Run...."Here's my final secret of the night:  I have no idea what Da Doo Run Run means!"

The Shaun Sisters took a group shot afterwards, and we joked about how awesome it would be if Shaun were to photo-bomb us!  But no....

All in all, I spent way too much $$ on food, but it was worth the 3 hour drive to finally fulfill a 43 y/o dream.  I still hope he comes back to Indiana, but if he returns to Nashville again, I WILL buy tickets, and try to get a front-row seat again.  Friend Penny (2nd from right in back row) handed him her linen napkin when he expressed a need for a towel (and then tossed it back to her!), and during Da Doo Run Run, he asked members for their names..."I met her on a Sunday and her name was Dawn....I hope I don't play any of these chords wrong..."  and "I met her on a Sunday and her name was Tanya (girl in black on left)...".and I can't remember what he used to rhyme with her name!

I had many Shaun Sisters come up to me and tell me they almost wore their shirts, but we all had our buttons on!

My 12-y/o self is very happy right now.

Friday, September 3, 2021

September Goals

 Wow August went by fast!  How did I do on my goals?

-Lose 5 lbs (beginning 238) Lost 3!  Down to 235:)

-Do well at Royal Readers Sold 5; slightly disappointing after last weekend, but oh well....

-Do well at State Fair

      11th:  Sold 2

       12th:  Sold 5

       13th:  Sold 4  Week #1 total:  11

       18th:  Sold 8

       19th:  Sold 5

       20th:  Sold 6  Week #2 total:  19  TOTAL:  29!

-Clean BRM Nope

-Rip up DRM carpet Not yet

-Buy styluses (both colors) Nope

Magnets? Not yet...

Get CG version 2 ready Not yet...

Create spreadsheets for work (RB cooler and expiration dates, plus revised soda) Check!

Arm Health:  Still have days when it hurts, but range of motion is good, and the scar appears to be healing from the bottom up.

Books Read:  7

           Print:  3

        E-book:  4

Upcoming Events: 

-SI Comic Con (Sept 18th) Benton, Il (Got in last minute, due to cancellation)

-Penned Con (Sept) St. Louis, Mo Cancelled; however, going virtual again 

-Daviess Co Wine and Art (Oct 2nd) Washington, In 2-10pm Pd 8/13

-Pride Festival (Oct 9th) Harmony Park, Vincennes, In 10-11pm Pd 8/13

-Indy ComicCon (Oct 15-17) Indianapolis Convention Center

-Collectors Carnival and Crafts (Oct 30th) Princeton, In Pd 8/13

-Indpls Christmas Gift and Hobby Show (Nov) Indpls State Fairgrounds Pd 2020

2022 Events:

-Saluki Con (Jan 15-16, 2022) Carbondale, Il

-SI Comic Con (April 2, 2022) Benton, Il

-Superman Celebration (June 9-12th, 2022) Metropolis, Il 

-Wild Deadwood Reads (June 16-18th, 2022) Deadwood, SD 10-3pm Cost:  $160 (full table) Going to skip this year; I don't have the funds.  Will hopefully be able to afford it in 2022.

-Heroes For Kids (June 17th) Perrysville, Mo

-Imaginarium Convention (July 8-10, 2022) Louisville, KY Pd 9/15

-State Fair

-Daviess Co Wine and Art Fair

-Cil-Con Mattoon, Il

-Collector's Carnival and Crafts (Oct 29th) Princeton, In

-Indpls Christmas Gift and Hobby Show (Nov) Indpls State Fairgrounds

September Goals:

-Lose 5 lbs (start: 235)

-Empty Mom's storage unit Not yet; got some things out, but still need to get it emptied by next summer.

-Have good, productive visit with Wendy Check!

-Do well at Autumn on Main Sold 8!!

-Do well at SI Comic Con

-Do well at Non-Con

-Pay down debt

-Buy Inventory

    -Mixed Bag


    -Bridges Check!

    -Hotel Check!

    -CR Check!

    -Bad Decisions Check!

    -HLC Check!

-Promo for ComiCon

-Rip up DRM carpet

-Get CG2 up and order copies

September Reading Schedule:


Heaven and Hell-John Jakes

The Long Way Home-Pamela Horner
Lost Letters-Lori Roberts
The Worst Book in the Universe-Southern Writers
Herding Cats and Other Alien Creatures-SW
Apollo and Athena Walk Into A Bar-SW
Conspiracy of One-Leonard and Ann Marie Wilson
Sorcery, Spaceships, and Sarcasm-NE Riggs
Secular City Limits-Matthew Barron
I Heard God Laugh-Matthew Kelly
Cathy Jackson books (2)
Neurosis-Amy Hale


Listen-Robin Rance Interesting story....shows both sides of the story.
The First 1000 Kisses-Danielle Bannister  Excellent book!  DRR!
One Silent Night-Sandra Sookoo
Bloom-Cathy Jackson
Wrapped In Red-Sandra Sookoo
The Laird's Bride-Vanessa Brooks
Going Home Again-Carol Cassada
Redeeming A Tarnished Lord-Sandra Sookoo
Rule Breaker-Phoebe Alexander
Blossom-Cathy Jackson
Break My Heart-Jean Joachim
Renovating The Billionaire-JJ
His Pretend Duchess-Sandra Sookoo

Karaoke Songs:

Teardrops On My Guitar-Taylor Swift Not too bad:)
Sara-Fleetwood Mac Ugh....thought I knew this one.  Should have practiced it.
Dream Lover-Bobby Darin Slightly too low.

9/9:  Lafayette

Tears On My Pillow-Little Anthony and The Imperials/Sha-Na-Na
Same Ol' Lang Syne-Dan Fogelburg
Dream Weaver-Gary Wright

Teen Angel-Mark Dinning
Sara Smile-Hall and Oats???
Satisfied-Richard Marx???
Don't Turn Around-Ace of Base

Teenage Dream-Katy Perry
Saturday In The Park-Chicago
Down On The Corner-CCR

Monday, August 30, 2021

Life In Lumber, Y3, W23:

 Day 93:  $9,008

Arrived; things were steady for about a half an hour, then was able to do prelim duties; LU and AP4Me.  Got 'caught' being on my phone; Mgr J, Mgr Bra, and Mgr S walked up as I was doing some minor research on my phone for the current WIP.  Fortunately, no one said anything about it!

Went to lunch at 6:15 and was told to 'hurry'.  I clocked in/out exactly 30 minutes apart, but as I showed up, K announced she was 'about to have me paged'.  WTH???? It was ONLY 2 mins later than after I'd clocked back in!!!

Swept; pulled trash; sanitized the counters.  Lee came down and got the trash; I locked the doors at 9 and waited for Loader C to return with the hopper.  HC C cleaned me out, and I returned a piece of steel to Hardware, then put up my vest.

I'm off the next two days!!!  Hallelujia!!!

Outfit:  Las Vegas Indian MC tee, original capris, blue tools mask.

Day 94:  $14,722

Was slammed for the 1st hour!  Was finally able to get my soda count and prelim duties accomplished.  Couldn't get anyone to go to Subway for me, so my lunch was 2 Snickers bars.  Afterward, swept and sanitized in between customers.  HC M cleaned me out; Loader B (who's back from quarentine) took the trash, and I put up my vest.  Managed to get my LU done also.

Did an 'oops'....Customer wanted to put $$ on two gift cards; I misunderstood the amount, so when I tried to correct it, it didn't work.  Mgr T nearly had a heart attack; she though he was trying to PAY with the cards; I said no, we were trying to LOAD them!

Sent in my request for my October dates:  2nd, 9th, 15-17, and 30th.

Outfit:  Gold tee, cut off capris, starry night mask

Day 95:  $7981

Arrived; things were nice and easy.  Customer brought in watermelons for everyone in the Pro area; Kyra came down to kill time and help out, so I was able to get the soda count done while she rang up customers.  HC C took her back up front at 4, and then things got busy for the next 2 hours.  Loaders were down at the far end with the forklift; at one point I needed 2 code 50s. Plus I'd answered a phone call that was an associate from KY who wanted to know if we could order an item.  I couldn't get anyone to answer my page.  Finally, I needed an o/r, so HC N came down and I told her about the guy on hold.  Turned out he'd finally given up (I kept checking back with him every so often!) and hung up.

K came down and sent me to lunch at 6, and when I returned, I did the rest of the closing duties.  Swept, sanitized the registers and counters.  Clocked out at 9:20.

Before my shift began, bought the snowglobe Nightmare Before Christmas, the light up candy dish, and the motion-sensored books.  Plus, bought a ham and cheese from Subway.

Outfit:  Black lace tee, cut off capris, Monet mask

Day 96:  $15, 293

Arrived; did my LU and rang up a few random customers on Charlie's register.  C went to break; I covered hers.  Then J went to break, and I covered for her.  At 2:30, I took my 1st break, then C left at 3. I went to lunch at 4 (McAs, since Subway's lobby was closed), and when I returned, I did the pop count, and was fairly steady all day.  Marci agreed to take tomorrow's shift, so I can go to Nashville, to see Shaun Cassidy!  Took an OTC CV test, and came up negative.  Here's hoping City Winey accepts it!!

Outfit:  Blue baseball tee, cut off capris, Monet mask

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Life In Lumber: Y3, W21

 Day 85:   $2,524 (Rare Sat)

Mgr T texted me yesterday, asking if I could come in for a few hours, but I was at the State Fair.  Told her I'd come in today at 5, even though I was scheduled off.  Turned out they didn't need me after all, but it meant Alexa could rearrange the Monster cooler and we got all our closing duties finished early.

Loader J behaved childish; ignoring me and giving me the cold shoulder. *eye roll*  Hope he gets over himself soon; this upcoming week is going to be awkward, if he closes with me.

Outfit:  Classy tee, original capris, blue tools mask.

Day 86:  $6,836

Arrived; gave Kim, Charlie, and Mel their deep-fried cookie dough.  Hopped on #2 to help K with the line, then took over #1.  Was busy until 4, then did the prelim duties and soda count.  Things slowed down by 5, so started spot-sweeping.  Bill relieved me at 5:30, and when I returned, did my LU and AP4Me before beginning the closing duties.  Needed one o/r; a couple bought a display and it was marked down 20%.  Then at the end, another couple bought the 50 lb concrete, then noticed it rang up $3.38, but sign said $3.28.  HC A had to refund/rebill for the incorrect price.  Locked the doors; sent Loader Z to the hopper with the trash, and I went to my locker.  Anyea had already taken my returns to the appropriate departments.

Outfit:  Blue/white stripe tee, original capris, white tools mask.

Day 87:  $10,349

Arrived and discovered we had a new trainee, Melissa.  She shadowed me for an hour before her shift was over, then I did the prelim duties and soda count. Discovered Bob retired today.  Shift was rather quiet; no o/r or any problems.  Had a rush the last 5 mins; 3 customers.  Went to lunch at 6, and when I returned, did my LU.  Lee came down with her trash; I gave her mine, but still had to wait for Loader Z with the hopper.  Had a rush at 7, but it was handled smoothly.

Outfit:  Black Alaskan Highway tee, original capris, Monet mask

Day 88:  6,929

Began my day by having a horrible nightmare about ringing up a woman who put everything into small bags and packing them so was like the Mary Poppins tote bag.  I just couldn't find the bottom of the bag....then forgot what I'd already rung up!

Arrived and found a Pro vest to fit me!  Took over for Jill; Kem's eye operation was delayed until tomorrow (she has a sty that won't go away).  Shift was nice and steady; I was able to write a page or two on the WIP, in addition to doing my LU and prelim duties.  Went to lunch at 6, then began closing duties around 7.  Discovered Mgr T was passed up for the promotion she deserved; I expressed my sympathies. HC C came down and told me T and S wanted to talk to me; turned out to be the final paperwork on my arm.  Whew....I wasn't in trouble! Sanitized and got the trash ready for Loader C, who took it to the hopper.

Outfit:  Red tools tee, original capris, Monet mask

Day 89:  $8,911

Took over for Matthew, who seemed happy to give it up; shift was steady.  Did pop count and prelim duties while still trying to find a replacement for Sept 4th.  Finally HC M came down and printed out the schedule; there is virtually NO ONE to cover for me that day.  So I'm reluctantly giving up my hopes, and just accepting I'll have to work that day.

Went to lunch at 6, then began closing duties.  Saw BWG; made my day:)  Clocked out at 9:20.

Outfit:  Rebel tee, original capris, elephant mask

Day 90:  $14,422

Arrived; Kem was swamped, so hopped on #2 to help get the line down.  Ended up being busy all day, with very little downtime.  Went to lunch at 6, and when I returned, things slowed down a bit, so spot-swept and collected the trash.  Sanitized the counters, but that's it.  Locked the doors at 9, and clocked out at 9:15.

Outfit:  Yellow Fla tee, cut off capris, elephant mask

Day 91:   $6706

Began my shift uncertainly, b/c I'd been blindsided by an intestinal issue just as I was about to leave for work.  It only returned briefly around 2:30, and again during my lunch at Subway, so everything was okay.  Today was one of those days when everyone was there, and we had more workers than customers.  At one point, Anyea came down to give Marci her break, then was told to go to CS and do returns.  She tries to hop on the register, but I pointed out I was already there, so she could just go do her returns (she's not used to our system and has to have the cheat sheet).  She got the message and left...but then Lee came down to also give M her break!  We laughed about it later; M needs 2 people to replace her!  I ran carts, rang up people on Charlie's register when necessary, and stood around and BS'd or bagged for C or M.  M went to lunch at 3, then I went at 4.  After lunch, I did the pop count, and prelim duties, plus chatted with M until she left at 8.  Sanitized the registers, pulled the trash, and rang up a few stragglers, then HC A cleaned me out; Loader J took the trash; I locked the doors.  When he returned, I closed the big door and headed to the back.  Clocked out at 9:10.

Outfit:  Blue Aquarium tee, original capris, elephant mask

Day 92:  $10,674

Arrived and discovered it was just going to be me and Cindy.  Was fairly slow until C went to lunch at 1; then was slammed!  Lee had to come down to help me for 40 minutes before it calmed down.  I went to lunch at 3 (McA's) and when I returned, we were steady all the way til 6, when C left.  I moved over to #1 and did pop count and closing duties.  Things slowed waaaay down at 7:30, and at 8, locked the doors.  HC M had already taken my trash, so after she cleaned me out, all I had to do was put up my vest.

Ended up taking 3 breaks; one at 12:30, one at 5:50, and another at 6:45!

Outfit:  Black and tan blouse, original capris, starry night mask.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Life In Lumber: Y3, W 20

 Day 83:  $11,419

Arrived; relieved Kyra and was fairly steady until 7.  Ate a bag of Cheese Its, and teased Paul A about buying me a Snickers.  It was nearly 6; told him not to worry; they were about to send me to lunch.  Little did I know it would be another 90 minutes!  Lee brought my pop down and at 7:20 I finally clocked out for lunch.  Afterward, swept, pulled trash, and rang up more customers.  HC A cleaned me out; Loader B took the trash; I locked the doors and headed for my locker.

K tested positive for CV....but J and B are negative.  Whoot!

Outfit:  Yoda shirt, cut off capris, Monet mask.

Day 84:  $11, 274

Arrived, and was immediately busy.  Needed an o/r when Darryl T arrived with several discounted items.  Tried to ring up another customer on Charlie's register, but he needed to pay cash.  Finally someone told me to try logging off, then logging off #1 then signing back in; it would pop up.  It did!

Also learned two people called in; both Loaders J and B are out with CV; as I was walking in, EJ told me she was headed out for a CV test. Yikes....SO, before D and C left at 5, I took a pit stop and grabbed my lunch box.  Ate my lunch at 6, and didn't bother with the pop count.  HC A sent me to lunch at 7, and when I returned, finished the closing duties.  My dust mop is MIA, so spot-swept.  Sanitized all counters and registers, and when HC A cleaned out my register, locked the doors, took down the trash, and returned one item to Aisle 14.

I'm headed back to the State Fair tomorrow through Friday, then I have 2 days off!  Also, finally got an answer to the 'do we get paid for another 2 weeks if we test positive?'  Answer:  ONLY if we catch it from a co-worker.

S and A tested negative today....whoot!

Outfit:  Tools tee, cut off capris, Monet mask.