Friday, November 29, 2019

Life As A Red Vest, Week 35

Day 156:  Black Friday
Who knew LHIC would be a 'hot spot' for holiday shopping?  I arrived at 12:30 after a difficult week off; my dad passed away on the 20th.  I'd decided to work the weekend, so a) I'd have a larger paycheck next Friday and b) I'd get a paycheck on the following pay period!  I also needed to find out how to file for the FMLA leave of absence.  Walked in; Mgr Tasha asked if I was all right to work, and to let her know if I needed any breaks.  Assured her I was fine, then headed to the back.  Ran into HR Don, who pointed me in the direction of the 800 #.  Located it, but the break room was noisy.  At some pizza, then clocked in and headed up front.

Was a bagger for 30 minutes, then when I suggested going out for carts, they had me hop on Reg 9. At 2:40, they sent me to Lumber, where I stayed the rest of the day.  I was on #1 and Ashley on #2.  Was fairly steady, and went to lunch from 4-5.  When I returned, Ash went, then we were sent on our 15 min breaks, me at 6:30 and her at 6:45.  From 7-9, I did mainly the closing duties:  Soda count and restocking the cooler; trash; sweeping.So when we closed at 9, our section was done.  Went up front to help with Returns; I took the CS trash, then swept the area.  Had to put a Rayovac Battery box back together, then swept the front aisle.  Clocked out at 10pm.

Here's hoping tomorrow goes just as smoothly!

Outfit:  Teal tee, dark flex jeggings, red/green cascading earrings.

Day 157:  
Had to laugh; I was paid to stand around for 2 hours and chat!  There were 3 of us in Lumber, and we were NOT busy, so Marci and I spent more time talking than ringing up customers!  The lights still weren't working, so we joked we were doing a new twist on the joke, 'the lights are on, but no one's home' our case, we were open, but the lights were off!  Marci went to lunch at 2; Jill left at 2:45; I went to lunch from 5:10-6:15 (I came back to buy my turbo scrubber, but it was gone).  Since we'd gone to McAllister's, the tea made my bladder work a little overtime, so I pretty much took my 15 minute break immediately, ha ha!  Still, when Marci left at 7, I did the closing duties and had zero customers between 8:30 and close.

Khadijah said she'd work for me on Mon, so I can attend Alex's X-mas show.  I need to run it past Tasha though.

Outfit:  Blue Cabella's hoodie, dark flex jeggings, green Santa hat earrings, red/green X-mas charm bracelet, black snow boots, since it rained all day.

Day 158:
Another BS day......arrived early and bought my cup phone, windmill, and all-weather notebook, then clocked in. Smuggled two long john doughnuts down to Lumber and ate them on the sly.  From 10:30-12, I returned items, helped Marci inventory the expired snacks, and filled in when necessary.  From 12-1:30, I was on the computer, doing my bias training, as well as another training video series.  Helped Marci while Jill was at lunch, then D picked me up at 2:20 and we went to LJS.

When I returned at 3:30, I filled in when necessary, and did the pop count.  Tasha approved Khadijah taking my shift for Mon, and said she'd call me if they needed me for Tues.  At 5, Aggie came down and sent Marci home early, then Jill left at 6.  At 6:15, I gathered the rest of the trash and wiped down the counters.  Locked the doors at 7, and Cindy had my register cleaned out five minutes later.  Went up front to help out, and Crystal sent us all out for carts.  I went to the bathroom before getting my coat, and discovered that Rachel and Co had already brought in all the carts:)  So clocked out and told everyone that I'd see them 'next year', in case I wasn't needed for Tues.

Outfit:  Bless This Mess sweatshirt, dark flex jeggings, red/green stocking earrings, X-mas charm bracelet.

Day 159:  Filing FMLA

Flashback Friday

Nov 2009:
-K was finishing up his Eagle badge, plus lettered in Fball and joined the National Junior Honor Society.  We also went to the Purdue/Wisconsin game

-T'day was the infamous Big Boy who was fried for the 1st time vs'Junior', who was baked traditional, debate, plus the 'Great Lemon Pie Fight' between R the birthday girl and her brother J.

-Class Reunion was finished, plus received a contract for Teacher's Pet!

Present Day:
Thanksgiving is being spent in Lafayette this year:)  We're taking Taco with us, and I'm undecided what dishes we're hauling with us.  Stay tuned.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Flashback Friday: Thanksgiving On The Farm

Nov 1989:
I spent T'day with my potential new inlaws, at J's sister M's house.

I felt like an outsider, since I knew very few people, and I'd worn casual clothes, as we did at home, and felt like a slob.  I also disliked most of the trimmings, outside of the turkey, mashed potatoes, and the rolls, and felt relieved when we returned to my apartment.

I think we went to my parents' house on the weekend, and my Aunt Janet, Uncle Bob, and cousins Zach and Caty were there.

Next Month:  I turn 24 and The Best Christmas Ever!

Present Day:
I've worked three days this week, and am off to my cousin Brooklyn's wedding tomorrow:)  First, I set up at Jasper Craft Fair, then take off for the wedding.  Sunday, I'll be at Jasper all day.  I think I'm only 12-13 books away from my goal of 150 sold, so fingers crossed this is a good one!

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.

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 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 No; plans changed.
-Do well at Jasper show No; plans changed
-Enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving Check:)
-Work enough hours to meet expenses Check:)
-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!); pay (Unity) medical bill ($30 Check!). Bank funds ($77).

Nov 2-8:  18.5?
        9-15:  11
Nov 22nd Payday hours:  29.5
    -Projected income:  $322
       -$32 to church;pay (Neubergh) medical bill ($50); pay (GSH) medical bill ($61 Check!); pay Unity ($80.64 Check!); groceries ($45)=$180.  Imaginarium:  $100 Check!  Pay Suzanne $50??  Need WHH and CR inventory ($50??)

Expenses List:
  -ICTAHS:  $240+expenses (gas/rental car/food/lodging) (Sept-Oct) ($50 sent 5/10; $50 sent 6/21; $100 sent 10/ owe $40 Pd 11/10)
-2020 MOA table fee $120 (9/17:  Pd $60)

2020 Expenses:
-Book Lovers Con Book signing Sat (March 2020) $10+ travel expenses; Nashville, TN
-Liberty Writer's Workshop (April 4, 2020) New Jersey $50 plus hotel, car, gas and food expenses
-Kentuckiana Authors Fair (April) -$78 for hotel Paid! $83 for car rental Check:) Spent $36 (gas total); $10 (book); $15 (approx Arby's); $2.12 (iced tea); $16 +$2 tip (Sweet-n-Savory Food Truck). 
-Weekend With The Authors 2020 (April) and 2021:  20 ($200 hotel/gas/food/rental car);$50 charms.  21:  $225-300 table fee; hotel/gas/food/rental car
-Heroes For Kids (July 18, 2020) Perrysville, MO car rental $252, gas $40, hotel room, $140, food $40=$472 total)
-Indy State Fair (Aug $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 (Aug 8, 2020) ($200-hotel, $228 car rental, $120-food,$100- gas=$648 needed)
-Cil-Con 2020 ($75 plus  $340 car rental, $112 hotel, $30 food, $15 gas)
-Saluki Con expenses-Sept ($340 car rental (credit card), $203 ($25 refunded after stay) hotel. $66 food and $40 gas.)  
Imaginarium 2020:  $100 booth fee (PAID!); $30 banquet; $100 food, $200 hotel, gas. ($186 hotel, $371 rental car (prepaid $30 gas), $35 food, $10 gas)
ICGAHS:  $340 booth fee, $440 rental car, hotel/gas/food

November Reading Schedule:
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!
Carrie-Stephen King Very interesting way to tell a story, but enjoyed it!

Karaoke Songs:
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.


My father passed away Nov 20th, and until further notice, 'Alphabet' karaoke is suspended.  I may attend karaoke in Lafayette, but singing favorite ones.

It is my hope that 'Alphabet' Karaoke will resume sometime in the summer, after my mother's living arrangements have been made.

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!

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