Monday, November 28, 2022

Life In Lumber: Y4, W40

 Day 169:  Cyber Monday  $6,638 (and 93 cents)

Arrived and took over for B, and did the prelim duties. Was fairly busy until 6, then began sweeping.  Had another 'rush', then Lex sent me to break at 7.  Returned and pulled trash and sanitized the registers and counters.  At 9, locked the doors and handed the loading tickets to new ASM S, and went to put up my vest.  Clocked out at 9:15.  Corporate's due tomorrow; I was surprised we didn't have to do more 'beautifying'.

Outfit:  Green "Naughty List' tee, black l/s tee, dark jeggings, Santa hat.

Day 170:  $3,685 (and 65 cents)

Arrived and took over for B.  Did the prelim duties, checked out a few customers....and things died down.  Began sweeping, then at 6, HC C cleaned out all the registers.  Checked out a few people, then things died down again until 8:45, when I had a small 'rush'. Even needed and o/r for discounted paint.  And tonight was 'sharing' night:  Loaders A and H decided to discuss their g/f.....OMG....the things you learn when college kids are talking!

Met the potential new SM Jeff.  He seems personable, knowledgeable, and nice.  After the final customer left, and was able to lock the doors, returned an item to Tools, gloves to Hardware, the trash to the Receiving bay, picked up some large trash bags, 3 rolls of small ones, returned HC C's vest to her locker, took a pit stop, then took one small and one large trash bags to Lumber, then the remaining 2 small ones to CS.  Clocked out at 9:20.

Outfit:  Black/gray/leopard stripe tee, black vest, dark jeggings, gold hoops

Off to Lafayette tomorrow and Thurs!

Day 171:  $4,730 (and 3 cents)

Arrived; checked out a customer or two; printed off my schedule and pay stubs.  At 4, I took the returns back and took a pit stop before B left at 5.  Em arrived, and sent me to lunch.  At 5:30, Em began doing soda count; I swept. At 6, was sent to Self Checkout, to cover until Dawson returned from HIS break. Then returned to Lumber for Em's break. Continued to sweep; Em had already sanitized the registers. Pulled trash, and did my LU.  Had a 'rush' at 8:30, then locked the doors as final customer approached.  Checked and let him out, then grabbed the tax exempt tickets and headed up front.  Clocked out at 9:20.

Outfit:  Black/red plaid, black vest, dark jeggings, heavy red sweatshirt, blue fingerless gloves, gold hoops.

Day 172:  Rare Saturday  $4,633 (and 38 cents)

Arrived and discovered I was half an hour early. So went on down and helped out, plus ate a Snickers bar. Em left at 5:30 and I did the prelim duties. Crowd left at 6, so began sweeping. HC C emptied my drawer at 7, and at 8:30, I had Loader E watch the register while I took a pit stop. At 9, sent my final customer up front (he was paying cash) and locked the doors.  E and another associate went out to bring in the concrete; I left them in charge of the door while I took the trash down, then returned items to Tools, Electrical, Paint, and Closets.  Clocked out at 9:20.

Outfit:  Gray Home in In sweatshirt, dark jeggings, small textured gold hoops.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Life in Lumber: Y4, W 39

 Day 166:  $8,139 (and 79 cents)

Arrived to discover SM S walked out, after an argument with our DM, who called him "a piss-poor excuse for a SM'.  Not sure what's gonna happen next.....also discovered confirmation ASM K got her position on her knees, so to speak.

Anyway, moving on....Did the prelim duties and my LU and AP4Me, and got hit with a 30 minute 'rush'. Kell sent me to break at 7:45, and when I returned, I pulled trash, swept, and checked out my final customer right at 9.  HC C cleaned me out; I took the trash to the hopper and rode one of the scooters to the front before putting up my vest.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Red turtleneck, black vest, faded jeggings, blue fingerless gloves, Yukon earrings

Day 167:  $5,917 (and 21 cents)

Today was one for the record books.  Arrived; there was plenty of coverage, so I stayed in Lumber.  We weren't busy, so returned items to Tools and Paint, then restocked some of the soda.  After returning the leftovers to the front, I took a quick pit stop and returned into chaos.  B tried to sort it out for me; I said we'd figure it out, and it settled down once everyone was taken care of.  I still have NO IDEA if one customer got his 48 concrete blocks.........

Was just very busy, off and on.  I was able to get the trash pulled, and the prelim duties done. Lex sent me to lunch at 7:30; I reminded her of my extra 15 mins, and returned at 8:15 to find her fighting the computer, trying to get Eric M's check to validated.  I tried it....even called for an approval code...nada.  Finally ended up running it through #2 and it worked!  Got him checked out...then I rebooted #1.  Had only a handful of customers after that; D and W stopped by to look at the 2x12x12s that I'd invoiced on Friday; D said no.  So I wrote Mgr G a note, telling him to put them in a cull pack; pulled the outside trash, and did a hasty sweep of the area.  Clocked out at 9:15.

Outfit:  Black/gray tee, black vest, faded jeggings, sea horses

I'm off until Saturday!!!!!!

Day 168:  Small Business Saturday  $7,079 (and 22 cents)

Was actually a quiet, busy shift.  Arrived to find Subway catered in, so took two slices of a ham and cheese sandwich down to lumber and ate them in between customers. Discovered a new policy:  After 6pm, the only cash register taking cash is up front, so I'm cash-free, which upset at least two customers. Was fairly steady until 7:30, when HC K relieved me. When I returned, was able to get the soda fronted, the entire area swept, and the mats mucked.  Pulled the trash, including the outside, and after locking the doors, took the trash to the overflowing hopper (compactor's down until Mon), and returned items to Plumbing, Electrical, Tools, Paint, and Flooring.  Clocked out at 9:20....just in time to see ASM K head down to Lumber, to close the back door.  Actually walked out the door (in the rain!) around 9:30. 

Outfit:  Santa shirt, black l/s tee, black jeggings, green 'jingle bells'

Off tomorrow!!!!

Monday, November 14, 2022

Life In Lumber Y4, W38

 Day 160:  $9,835 (and 32 cents)

I have a note on my phone calendar to request today off, to recupperate from the vacation.

I should have heeded it.

1) I left my phone in the bathroom.

2) My scanner quit, 15 minutes into my shift.  B's quit also, but he was able to reboot it.  So when he left, I took over #2.

3) I discovered no one put a trash bag in the outside trash can.

4) The Pro area was FILTHY; don't think the mats had been cleaned since I left last Tues.

5) Forgot to gather the paperwork until the end.

I DID get the soda fronted, and shuffled. I DID get the trash pulled.  Also had to return items to Plumbing, Electrical, Hardware, and a car to the rack.

I also bought a bath mat, 2 tee shirts, and a candy bar.

6) Forgot to check my sales for the day.

7) DID get my LU and AP4Me done.  Also requested off Dec 2nd, for my mom's dental appt, and emailed Mgr A about it.

Clocked out at 9:22

Outfit:  Black/white  l/s shirt, black vest, new dark jeggings, sapphire and diamond hoops.

Day 161:  $9,877 (and 30 cents)

Arrived to find ASM K leaving (for lunch, it turned out...) and B had called in; Ash was trying to help a woman, but she turned her over to me.  Turned out the woman wanted flooring; called Josh, but he was with a customer, so I sent her back to him.  After a small 'rush', I fronted the soda, then had to call for and o/r for discounted paint, and hopped on 2 to ring up other customers. HC C came down and ended up helping two more customers until everyone was taken care of,. I then did the prelim duties and began sweeping.  Mucked out the mats.  Lex sent me to break at 7:15, and said that HC Jas quit, b/c she didn't like the CS desk. After I returned, I began the closing duties.  At 9, I locked the doors....then learned we still had a family in 19. They checked out via me, so Mgt A logged into Genesis and I rang them up that way.  When they were finished loading, I put away the carts and closed the large door.  Clocked out at 9:20.

Heard ASM K say she was working 8:30-6 tomorrow...yay!

Outfit:  Blue hooded Cabela's sweatshirt, new dark jeggings, sapphire and diamond hoops.

Day 162:  $8,008 (and 24 cents)

Was snowing when I arrived; thankfully, it did NOT stick! Took over for B, and did the prelim duties, fronted the soda. Was fairly busy until 7, when I ran out of $1s, then switched to #2.  Swept the pro area and the mats, then Lex sent me to break at 7:30. When I returned, pulled the trash., did LU, and printed out my pay stub.  Checked my schedule and changed my PW.  Final customers were at 9, and I'd already locked the doors. Clocked out at 9:15

Outfit:  Brown sweater, new dark jeggings, sapphire and diamond hoops, blue fingerless gloves.

Off tomorrow!

Day 163:  $10,619 (and 8 cents)

Nancy dropped off copies of Beach within 5 mins of me arriving; was a busy shift!  Took over for B and did the prelim duties, and was thrilled to find my dustmop back! Fronted the soda, swept the entire Pro area (didn't get to the horseshoe), and mucked out the mats.  Had no less than 4 transactions around the $2K amount, all in cash. Had to have an o/r for discounted doors and carpet.  Sold HC K a copy of Beach, and ASM J wants one on Monday.

Was also a cold shift. Clocked out at 9:20 after returning items to Hardware, Lights, and Millwork.

Outfit:  Thick white sweater, faded jeggings, blue fingerless gloves, green dangly earrings.

Day 164:  Rare Saturday $6,264 (and 6 cents)

Arrived; HC K pulled me over to ask a question about a lady who bought plywood, had it cut to fit in her car, but decided to have someone else pick it up later.  Guy came to get it; someone told him to go to CS desk to have the loading ticket printed (wouldn't have been one if it was sold Carry With!), but who THEN told him to go get the receipt.  WTH?????  I told her I'd apologize to the customer if he returned while I was there.  When I got to my station, I discussed it with Ash, who told me she DID apologize profusely; it was just a lack of communication.

Shift was semi-busy.  At one point, I needed an o/r, then the line picked up.  Hopped to #2, and heard Josh call for a Code 99, but still no one arrived.  By the time I finished with the four customers, the 1st one was fed up and cancelled his order.  STILL no one showed up.  So did the prelim duties....fronted the soda and began sweeping. Mucked out the mats.  Kate sent me to break at 7:30.  Afterward, did the closing duties and sanitized the counters.  Since I'd gotten a credit app yesterday, I pulled off a cup from the board and opened it in ASM M's presence.  Won an extra 15 min break!  I'll take it on Tuesday. 

Realized after I'd arrived home that I'd forgotten to clock out.  Oops!

Outfit: Dark gray Home sweatshirt, faded jeggings, l/u, blue fingerless gloves, treble clef earrings.

Day 165:  Rare Sunday $4,820 (and 11 cents)

Was an interesting shift. Walked in and thought I was taking over for Lex, but she was on til 6. Things were slow, so decided to fill the soda coolers.  That took me until 5:30, in between filling in at the front (and freezing the Pin Pad!) and in Lumber.  At 5:30, they called a Code 3 to the front, and we were still managable, so I went.  Tried to leave 3 times, but people still kept coming.  Finally 'escaped' fifteen minutes later, and took a quick pit stop so Lex could leave. Started sweeping and doing the closing duties, swept the entire area, mucked out all the mats, and sanitized the registers.  After Loader E set the safety pallets and brought in the concrete, he took the trash.  HC K cleaned me out, and I returned an item to Plumbing, then clocked out at 8:20. 

Also sent an email to Kylie about my missed punch, and did my LU.

Outfit:  Lt gray IN sweatshirt, faded jeggings, l/u, blue fingerless gloves, treble clef earrings.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Life In Lumber: Y4, W37

 Day 158:  $7,065 (and 84 cents)

Arrived early, so did my LU and cleaned out my email, then clocked in and went down. Took over for B and Sonja drove me mildly nuts by trying to talk to me while I was ringing up customers. She left at 6, then I had to hop to #2, since #1 was out of 5s and 10s. Fronted the soda, spot-swept the area, mucked out the mats.  Will arrived and hung out with me.  Went to break at 7:30, then did the closing duties, plus my LU and AP4Me.  Had everything done by 8:55, so went ahead and locked the side doors. Rang up my final 2 customers at 9, then relocked the doors behind them. Clocked out at 9:22.

Outfit:  Crew neck Cabela's sweatshirt, fuzzy socks tee, faded jeggings, small textured hoops.

Day 159:  $5,202 (and one cent!)

Arrived to discover they were paving the street to our north; they were blocking the canopy access, so didn't figure we'd be too busy.  Fronted the soda and did the prelim duties, did my LU, checked my mail, and the schedule. Went to break at 7:30 and gave Lexi my phone # for the invoiced lumber a customer was bringing up cart by cart.  Tried to locate my missing broom and dustpan, but they were well hidden, so just did the closing duties.  Final customer was at 8:30.  After HC K cleaned me out, had to watch the door while Loader H set the safety pallets and brought in the concrete.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Blue/white striped sweater, faded jeggings, gold hoops.

I am on vacation until next week!  Headed to the Indpls Christmas Gift and Hobby Show!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November Goals

 Where did October go?  How did I do?

Spent most of the month bemoaning the loss of my transporation, and my hubby's health.  He 'decided' to take a slide down the basement stairs (he picked up our kitten, Tucker, to prevent him from darting out the door, lost his balance, and slid all the way to the bottom) and broke his right collarbone and tailbone. Spent a week in the hospital and is now doing physical therapy.

-Lose 5 pounds (220 start) Ugh, Halloween caused me to gain 5 pounds

-GET VAN REPAIRED!!!  New struts, check.  Now to get transmition checked out/repaired (won't shift past 3rd gear) UPDATE:  Wasn't the tranny; it was a wheel bearing!! 

-Do well at Lexington Legendary Book Bash Didn't go, due to transmition issues in van.

-Do well at Autumn on Main Sold was cold, and should have paid the $25 to be in the Creative Market at the Pantheon.

-Do well at Fez Con Didn't go; van issues

-Start clearing items from storage Brought home a lamp....

-Get a clean bill of health from Dr appt Had to cancel due to van issues

-Do well at Writer's Block in Toledo, Oh Had to pull out, due to spouse's fall down the basement stairs.

-Have an enjoyable Halloween Check!

-Buy copies of Rex, Hotel, Whispers, and Beach Nope...

Books Read:  4

           Print:  4

2022 Events:

0Craft and Vendor Fair Nov 5th, Camp Wildwood, Washington Ave, Vincennes, 9-2 ($20 Pd day of)

-Indpls Christmas Gift and Hobby Show (Nov) Indpls State Fairgrounds $100 Pd 11/26; $100 pd 8/31 (Bal:  $150); $100 pd 10/13 (Bal $50)

-Louisville Con, Dec 9-11??? No funds this year.

November Goals:

-Lose 5 lbs (Starting 225)

-Buy copies of Beach Check!

-Do well at Craft Fair (Nov 5th) Sold 1; it wasn't well attended due to rain.

-Have a successful ICGAHS Sold 16:

                                              Wed:  1

                                             Thurs (all day!):  4

                                             Fri:  1

                                             Sat (all day!):  10

-Finish paying for ^^^^^^Check!

-Put a hefty down payment on ^^^^^^Not this year; only made enough for gas $$ and the ornaments for the kids, plus my replacement tee shirt.

-Pay for 2023 Imaginarium Made special arrangements with Stephen

-Learn my part in 7 Noels cantata Getting there....

-Pay for final 5 keychains Nope....

-Order promo Check!

-Order inventory Beach, check.

-Enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving Check!  Had the flu, so only fixed the basics,

-Start buying Christmas presents Bought three....

-Start baking cookies Nope....

-NaNo??? Think I managed 500 words....

November Reading Schedule:

Harry and Meghan:  Their Story DRR!  Basically confirmed everything I suspected about their relationship, and was slightly surprised at the few typos I found, INCLUDING TWO (2!) complete paragraphs in the same chapter that were exact duplicate of a few pages back.  Not to mention the same adjectives used over and over in several places, to describe Me Gain's behavior/attitude/ambition.