Monday, September 27, 2021

Life In Lumber Y3, W26

 Day 109:  $5248

Arrived; the first hour wasn't too bad.  Rang up customers and did soda count, but when Loader C went to lunch, all hell broke loose.  Couldn't get anyone in OSLG to answer the phone when a customer bought 2 fence panels; couldn't get anyone with a forklift license to come load flooring; no one to answer the Code 50s. When Matt arrived at 7:15 to give me my break, I greeted him with 'Welcome to Hell".  Turned out NO ONE in the other departments were scheduled past 5pm!  WTH???  Told HC N we should have closed the store at 5.

After my break, things did calm down, and I was able to get my LU finished (I'd started it around 5!) and the floor swept.  I'll do AP4Me tomorrow, and hopefully sanitize the counters.  Pulled trash, gathered paperwork, and clocked out around 9:30.

Outfit:  Yellow Fla tee (Fave Vacation Day), cut off capris, Starry Night mask.  Tomorrow is Western Day.

Day 110:  $7172

Arrived, and hopped on #2 to help Bill with the line.  Think I did 5 to his two....then did pop count, and other prelim duties. Was able to get my LU and AP4Me finished, then started sweeping.  Went to lunch at 7:25, and when I returned, gathered trash, finished sweeping, then sanitized the registers and cleaned the counters.  HC C cleaned me out after I locked the doors, and after putting up my vest, took the front end's trash down AND put away the mop bucket.  Then put up C's vest, and clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Bon Jovi tee, cut off capris, elephant mask.  Tomorrow is Crazy Sock Day.

Day 111:  $5822

My heart was heavy today, since I had to call the vet to schedule Abby's Final Goodbye shot.  Arrived teary-eyed, but got myself under control to do my job.  Did soda count and prelim duties, then had to have 2 o/ for a door and another for an SOS item.  Alexa brought the soda down around 6, then she sent me to break at 7.  Returned and finished sweeping, but couldn't sanitize, due to no wipes.  Locked the doors at 9, put away a cleanser, and put up my vest.  Clocked out at 9:30, then was teary-eyed all the way home.

Outfit:  Blue LU tee, cut off capris, elephant mask, orange pumpkin Halloween socks.

Not sure if they'll call me in tomorrow or not; I checked the schedule:  No one is scheduled for my shift.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Life In Lumber: Y3, W25

 Day 104:  $3,385

Arrived; helped Aryona with a complicated order AND an approval code before logging on.  We were slightly busy the 1st hour, then things slowed way down.  I did pop count, then gathered paperwork and started sweeping, and did LU and AP4Me.  Took my break at 7:15, and when I returned, gathered trash.  A left at 8, and I began sanitizing.  Marci stopped by, and after I locked the doors, had another customer come up.  Finally got them rung up, then relocked the doors after they left.  Took an electrical outlet cover plate back, then put up my vest.

Told HC M I'd be calling in to let them know I'd be late tomorrow.  It can't be helped. Discovered Corporate's due in on Wed.

Outfit:  S's Venom tee (for Marvel Day), original capris, blue tools mask 

Day 105: $967

I had to go to Lafayette to take Mom to an appointment, and couldn't get anyone to take my shift.  As soon as I arrived at CP, Mgr S called, asking if I'd come in early.  Filled him in on why I couldn't, and at 3:45, called to say I'd be there around 7pm.  

Arrived at 7:15, and found Jill in Lumber.  Did my LU, then rang up two customers, then took the returns back.  Swept and helped Alexa put the soda away, then J left at 9 while I stayed behind to lock up.

Outfit:  Purdue tee, original capris, elephant mask

Day 106:  $2.941

Arrived; hopped on #1 and rang up a few customers, then did my LU (scored all 3 correct!)  Bill was waiting on an o/r, and finally HC C came  down around 5:15!  Got the soda count finished by 6; paperwork and trash gathered by 6:30.  Began sweeping, and Brenda came down at 7 to give me my break.  After I returned, pulled trash, finished sweeping, and began sanitizing. Locked the doors at 8:56, since we only had one car in the bay, and was told he was checking out up front.  Anyea took part of my trash after I put the soda away, then Loader C took my last bag.  

Outfit:  LJHS tee, faded jeggings, moose sox, Monet mask.  It was 56 degrees outside and rainy most of the day!

Day 107:  $5622

Arrived; rang up two customers and did pop count, then gathered paperwork and trash.  Swept; decided to keep track of how many used store card vs not vs employees vs discounts.  Total:  40 customers; 4 discounts; 2 employees; 6 used store card; 28 did not; had one customer ask for an app.

Oh, and one LAR.

After my break, mucked out under all mats and sanitized.  Alexa took my trash; locked the doors at 9.

Outfit:  Pink/gray Mama Bear sweatshirt, faded jeggings, starry night mask.

Day 108:  $7541

Arrived; met an injured customer, so ran an alcohol wipe and bandaid to him, then helped Bill with the line.  When it was under control, B left, and I did the soda count, gathered paperwork and trash, and ran carts.  Took my break at 8, and when I returned, finished the closing duties.  Didn't sweep, since my broom was missing, and didn't have time to sanitize.

Outfit:  Deaf Leoppard tee, faded jeggings, Monet mask.

Called in for Sat; Marci wasn't able to take my shift.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Life In Lumber: Y3, W24

 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:  $4544

Arrived; took pics of the shiplap so I could put them in my book (note to self:  redo it; some item #s not right??).  Asked Bill if he'd swap shifts, but he doesn't want to lose any hours.  Marci may have a dr's appt, so may just have to call in or be late that day.  Saw Mr and Mrs Lewis, and gave Mrs L my website.  Customer arrived to pick up their pipe, but couldn't find the PL ticket, so just rang it up.  Harley relieved me for my break at 7:15, then took my soda count sheet.  Swept and sanitized, then tossed the trash in the hopper at 9.  Had done my LU before clocking in.

Loader C announced he was calling in tomorrow; Loader J works 10-7.  Hope he's over his snit toward me....

Outfit:  Star Wars tee, cut off capris, Monet mask.  Tomorrow's Hawaiian day.

Day 103:  $9124

Arrived; did my LU; was BUSY!  I did have time to do the soda count, but that's about it.  As you can tell from the sales amount, I did the equivalent of two days tonight.  Didn't get my break; HC N said there had been 3 call-ins, plus my loader C called in.  Loader J did talk to me somewhat....

After we closed, N let me go take a pit stop, then I walked with her to clean out 3 more registers.  Returned to Lumber to toss my trash in the hopper and return an electrical part, then put my vest up.

Outfit:  Flamingo tee, cut off capris, Monet mask.  Monday is Marvel day....I'll be wearing S's Venom tee. to SI Comic Con!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Life In Lumber: Y3, W23

 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) Sold 8:)

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

-Non-Con (Sept 25-26) Middletown, Oh Sold 1.  Was disappointed in the lack of traffic

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

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

-First City Music Festival (Oct 1-3) French Commons, Vincennes, In 12-8pm Sold 10:)

-Indy ComicCon (Oct 15-17) Indianapolis Convention Center Pd 9/23

-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 Pd 9/18

-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

-Royal Readers (Aug 6th) Mall of America Pd 9/16

-State Fair

-Daviess Co Wine and Art Fair

-First City Music Festival

-Cil-Con Mattoon, Il

-Non-Con Middletown, OH

-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 Sold 8:)

-Do well at Non-Con Sold 1.  Poor turnout, which was strange....

-Pay down debt

-Buy Inventory

    -Mixed Bag


    -Bridges Check!

    -Hotel Check!

    -CR Check!

    -Bad Decisions Check!

    -HLC Check!

September Reading Schedule:


Heaven and Hell-John Jakes Loved it!


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 Enjoyable!
Bloom-Cathy Jackson Very good, though I wanted to slap the heroine for being naive!
Blossom-Cathy Jackson Very good!

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 Slightly low, but still good:)
Million Reasons-Lady Gaga Good!
Dream Weaver-Gary Wright Nailed it, but camera batteries died.

9/23-Skipped, due to Zoom Meeting with SC, which was rained out and postponed.

Teen Angel-Mark Dinning Slightly low, but okay.
Sara-Starship Best one of the evening!
Don't Turn Around-Ace of Base Ugh...will put this on the 'never sing again' list