Monday, December 26, 2022

Life In Lumber: Y 4, W44

 Day 184:  $6,297 (and 46 cents)

Arrived; sent all the return items, except for Tools, down to CS.  Did the prelim duties after catching up the line, and fronted the soda, then began sweeping.  ASM K left at 7, so did my LU and AP4Me. Seb relieved me at 7:30 for break; I was in the middle of setting up a delivery order. After finishing, I checked out 2 more, then escaped.  After returning, S said he only had maybe 2 customers while I was gone.  Mucked out the mats and sanitized the counters. Pulled trash, and final customer left at 9.  Locked the doors; while Loader E was bringing in the fork lifts, I returned the items to Tools and two to Plumbing.  Waited for E to take out the trash, then lowered the door and put up my vest.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Most Wonderfult time...tee, black LS tee, faded jeggings, LJs, red/green danglies

Day 185:  $7,510 (and 19 cents)

Arrived; took over for Adriane. Gathered the paperwork, then was fairly busy, plus a customer who decided to tell me to take off an item AFTER giving me a partial payment!!!  Ended up calling HC K down to deal with it while I hopped on 2 and rang everyone else up.  She finally got it refunded and rebilled. Started prelim duties at 5; went to lunch at 6:30.  Took back Lightbulbs and grabbed a roll of trash can liners, then clocked out.

Afterward, swept and rang up the random customer,  ASM K left at 3, so did my LU. Mucked out the mats, fronted soda, pulled trash, and tried to stay warm until I locked the doors at 8:55.  Loader E brought in the concrete, then took the trash around.  Clocked out at 9:20.

Outfit:  Red 'snowflake' sweater, faded jeggings, LJs, blue fingerless gloves, red hooded sweatshirt, snowflakes.

Day 186:  $12,912 (and 72 cents)

The GREAT news:  Found out I got a raise!!!  Up to $14.52 instead of $13.33:)

The good news:  Was up front at first, then was puzzled as to why no one but Jax was with me (he was on self-checkout).  I was about to shanghai Ian to watch my register while I took a much-needed pit stop, but before I could get his attention, Jess paged me and told me I was needed in Lumber.  Told her I was the only one up front; she said to let Jax handle it. So did that, and told B about my urgent matter.  After I was finished, I returned and let him go, and things went smoothly until 8.

Then the sh*t show began.

The bad news:  Customer A had 3 doors, but couldn't find the code for the 3rd.  He said he'd be happy to go take a picture.  I saved everything under my phone #.  He returns several minutes later, then tried to pay in cash.  I apologized and said I was only taking cards.  He said to forget it all and stormed out. Customer B asks me where to find a certain OSB; I looked it up and it should have been right in front of him.  I can't check it, b/c a customer is waiting.  I asked one of the OSLG guys to help him; he got huffy and asked WTH was my loader?  E was in the process of checking in. I helped my customer; I saw ASM J pass it off to E. 

Jay came down and sent me to lunch, which was fine.  But when I returned, Customer C decided what she'd tried to buy was too much for her card, and needed to pay cash.  I saved it under my # and sent her up front.  I then get a phone call from an irate cashier about how the invoice had other stuff on it; I explained the situation; she said never mind, she was just rescanning it all. After locked the doors and logged out of the system, Customer D arrives, but wants to pay with his phone.  He has no cash and no card....but his buddy does.  I ring it up; his buddy's card doesn't work.  He taps on his phone and tries again....goes through!  They left; E took the trash and brought in the concrete.  I shut the large door and returned items to Electrical, Tools, Aisle 10, and Paint.  Trinity took the rest.  Put up my vest and clocked out at 9:30.

Oh, and earlier, when I tried to print out my pay stub, the printer had a paper jam, which I DID get fixed.  I also did manage to do most of the closing duties.

Outfit:  Black/white poncho, white tunic, faded jeggings, LJs, blue fingerless gloves, good gold hoops.

Oh, and ASM K was leaving as I arrived up front at 3:)

Day 187:  $10,872 (and 28 cents)

Was called into work early, so arrived shortly before 4 and hopped on Reg 9.  Was up front for an hour before being sent to Lumber.  Good shift, but busy!  Managed to get the closing duties done after my break at 7:30.  Clocked out at 9:15.

Outfit:  Black tunic, gold plaid vest, faded jeggings, LJs, silver chain links

Day 188 Rare Sunday $4764 (and 47 cents)

Happy New Year's Day!

Arrived at 3 and helped Em with the line. She went off to fill the soda coolers; I rang up customers and began a credit app.  Em finished the main part while I was ringing up customers, then I took over again.  Ran into a snag when I couldn't pull up his info after he was approved, but his email arrived and I was able to check him out.  Problem was, he wasn't done shopping.  I humbly apologized.  An hour later, he was back with his 50 2x4s. and thankfully Maria was there to help him get his 20%, Em had a customer who tried to pay with a GC, but the system malfunctioned, taking the funds with it.  She was able to get it fixed while I hopped on #2 and rang up the others.  Lex gave me my break at 5:15, and when I returned, pulled the trash, spot-swept, and locked the doors at 6.  Had to turn away 2 customers who arrived shortly after, while Loader E was taking the trash and bringing in the concrete.  E brought in the cull cart; I helped with the other carts, then returned items to Tools, Lights, Aisle 10, and Paint.  Clocked out at 6:30.

Outfit:  White tunic, Black Millenium tee, faded jeggings, LJs, small textured hoops.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Life In Lumber: Y4, W43

 Day 180:  $4,644 (and 35 cents)

Arrived; immediately Loader AM and I began teasing each other, and it continued until 8pm, lol!  Took over for B, and was fairly steady until 7.  Did the prelim duties, fronted soda, pulled trash.  Went to break at 7:30, and when I returned, found my green broom and took the dustmop from Loader AM.  Completely swept the area, mucked out the mats, and finished the trash pulling.  Sanitized the registers and counter, then pulled the outside trash while AM was bringing in the concrete.  Locked the doors at 9, brought in the cull carts, and went up front after returning a paint brush to Paint.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Red snowflake shirt, LS black tee, black jeggings, LJs, green bells.

Day 181:  $6,303 (and 12 cents)

Arrived and was on Self-Checkout for 2 hours, before moving me back to Lumber.  Did prelim duties, and was busy for an hour.  Kel sent me to lunch at 6, and when I returned, was able to sweep and muck out the mats. Fronted the soda, pulled the trash, and locked the doors at 9, but then had to wait for final customer to load all 4 of his carts.  Returned items to Tools and Hardware, then put up my vest.  Clocked out at 9:30, then drove to Lawrenceville for a book signing, but arrived too late.

Outfit:  Naughty List tee, LS black tee, faded jeggings, LJs, stockings

Day 182:  $1,309 (and 36 cents)

Arrived and spent 2.5 hours in the self checkout, then took my break and was on #9 until 7.  Jax went to break, so I stayed around until he returned.  Nice, relaxing shift!  Clocked out at 7:20.

Outfit:  Red Santa shirt with ruffled sleeves; LS black tee, black jegggings, LJs, Merry and Bright.

Day 183:  $4,935 (and 95 cents)

Was asked to come in at 4; clocked in at 4:15, due to shower pipes frozen.  Was up front until 5, then in Lumber.  Wasn't that busy; it was hit and miss.  Managed to get my LU AND my training vids caught up.  Em sent me to break at 7:30; when I came back, did all the closing duties....trash, sweep, mucked the mats, and fronted the soda.  Even drank a cup of coffee trying to stay warm (2 degrees with wind chill of -18!).  The wind was BRUTAL!  Clocked out at 9:15,

Outfit:  Red/black Santa shirt; LS black tee, black jeggings, LJs, blue fingerless gloves, red hooded sweatshirt, Santa hats

Have a Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Life In Lumber: Y4, W42

 Day 176:  $4,870 (and 94 cents)

Took 3 doz cookies into work, and dropped them at Lumber so the pre-5 pros could have some.  Clocked in and took over for B, and register malfunctioned 3 times before it settled down! Did LU and AP4Me, swept, and fronted soda.  After my break at 7:30, finished sweeping, mucked out the mats, sanitized the registers and counters. Locked the doors at 9 and brought in the 3 cull carts, plus helped Loader AM bring in the final carts. Took the trash down, then returned items to Plumbing and Millwork.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Brown gauzy blouse, black vest, new faded jeggings, LJs, blue fingerless gloves, thin gold hoops.

Day 177:  $3,978 (and 91 cents)

Dropped off another 3 doz cookies for the day shift at 12:30, then returned again at 5 for my shift.  Took over for B, did the prelim duties and my LU, then began sweeping.  Dawson sent me to break at 6:30, and when I returned, snagged my dustbroom from the far end and swept the entire area. Pulled trash and checked out a few customers, but final one left at 8:45.  Locked the doors at 9 and had to wait for ASM A to clean me out (they've decided having me cashless after 6 isn't working for the customers). Took the trash down, then put up my vest.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Bless This Mess sweatshirt, new dark jeggings, LJs, small gold hoops.

Off til Friday!  Tomorrow, Lafayette and take Mom to dental appt Thurs morning.

Day 178:  $10,295 (and 46 cents)

Arrived; found out ASM K had called in!  Whoo hoo!  Printed off my pay stub and did my LU. Took over for B, and after ringing up a few customers, the place died.  HC K cleaned me out at 5:30, rendering me cashless. Did the prelim duties and swept; was sent to break at 6:30. Returned and helped ring up Brandon V's order (needed an o/r for his sink), then attempted to help Neil G find a fridge.  Needed an o/r for his paint and fridge.  Sanitized the registers and fronted the soda; pulled all trash.  At 9, locked the doors and took the trash down; discovered new SM and ASM K aren't getting along; good.  Now she knows how I feel at times.  J thinks she's lazy.  Loader A is on his last nerve with the leadership.  Returned items to tools and electrical, then put up my vest and took the leftover Monsters to the front, along with the Loading tickets and t/es.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Red NRA polo, gray sweater, new dark jeggings, LJ's, Treble Clefs

Off tomorrow!

Day 179:  Rare Sunday  $12,172 (and 52 cents)

Was up front from 2-close, which was a nice change of pace.  Was very busy, and was in a good mood, even when my register malfunctioned (had to shut it down for a few minutes), or even shut itself off.  All in all, everyone was in a good mood.  Went to lunch at 6:30, and at the end, pulled the trash and put up my vest.  Clocked out at 8:20.

Outfit:  Black sweater, red NRA polo, new dark jeggings, LIs. red/clear beads

Monday, December 5, 2022

Life In Lumber: Y4, W41

 Day 173:  $8,658 (and 9 cents)

Shift began on a high note; everyone was in good spirits, and the 1st hour passed quickly. At 4, I took some returns back to Plumbing, Tools, and Fashion Bath, then took a pit stop. B left at 5 and things slowed down a little.  Did the prelim duties and swept the entire area, then mucked out the mats, did my LU and AP4Me.  Lex sent me to lunch at 7:30, and when I returned, began sanitizing amd pulling trash.  My final 2 customers had issues.  A had several different types of plywood; after paying and looking at his receipt, discovered he had loaded the wrong ones, and it took several minutes to get it straightened out. Then B objected to the price of a smoke alarm; sent him to CS.  After everyone left, locked the doors and returned an item to Millwork and an item to Tools. Clocked out at 9:30,

Outfit:  Maroon 3/4 length blouse, black vest, dark jeggings, ljs, silver diamond-shaped earrings, blue fingerless gloves.

Day 174:  $2,566 (and 57 cents)

Tonight was quiet.  It rained, so the store was fairly empty by 6.  Did the closing duties and swept, did my LU, and mucked out the mats.  Ate a .ag of Chex mix; I was hungry.  At 8, realized I was not getting my break, so ended up checking out the late-stragglers, even gently throwing out a hint to three guys we were closing.  Loader AM brought in the concrete and the cull cart; I locked the doors, took the trash down, then returned items to Tools and Paint, then took the loading tickets and tax exempts up front.  Took a pit stop, then went to Receiving to take care of the trash Sebass had just shoved down there.  Clocked out at 9:30.  

Outfit:  Palm tree sweatshirt, new faded jeggings, sea horses, blue fingerless gloves.

Day 175:  $5,855 (and 86 cents)

Arrived and jumped on #3 to help with the line, but first the register malfunctioned, and had to exit out and relog in.  Rang up two customers before hopping over to 2 while B was on break....then Kem finally left and I was able to get on #1!  At 6, things calmed down and did the prelim duties, and swept.  ASM K was hovering, so didn't do my LU. Thankfully, she didn't hover for long!  Went to lunch at 7, and when I returned, found ASM K dealing with two customers and a third came over to set up a delivery of drywall.  Had two customers try to write a check; the 1st one whipped out her credit card and told her friend to make the check out to her; the 2nd one I invoiced and sent them up front, since they had a bunch of lumber.  Mucked out the mats, brought in the cull carts, sanitized the registers, pulled the trash.  Locked the doors at 9 and took the trash down, then put up my vest.  Clocked out at 9:20, then helped HC A, Lex, and ASM K bring in the final carts.

Outfit:  Blue Whitehorse sweatshirt, new faded jeggings, Yukon danglies, blue fingerless gloves

Off til next Monday!

Saturday, December 3, 2022

December Goals

 How is it December already?  November flew by!

-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

                                             Total:  16

-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??? Managed maybe 500 words???

Books Read:  1

2023 Events:

April 1st:  SI Comic Con, Benton, Il Pd 4/2022

22nd:  Daviess Co Wine and Brew/fest, Downtown Washington, In

May 5-7:  Indianapolis Comic Con, Indiana Convention Center $300

June:  IABE, Peoria, Il

June:  Superman Celebration

July 9-11:  Imaginarium Convention, Louisville, Ky $165 for table 12/2:  Pd $120 

July :  Heroes For Kids, Perryville, Mo Hoping the $$ I paid last year 'rolls over'....

Aug:  State Fair??

Aug:  Hanna House

Sept:   15-16th:  Cil-Con, Effingham, Il

Oct:  TBD

Nov 8-12:  Indianapolis Christmas Gift and Hobby Show $350

I'm really hoping this year is a better financial year.  No 'side' trips are planned

December Goals:

-Lose 5 lbs

-Order copies of Whispers

-Mail on WA to customer

-Bake cookies Check!

                12/9:  Choc Chip:  12 doz

                12/10:  Oatmeal/Raisin: 6 doz

                            M&M:  2 doz

              12/12:  M&M:  9 doz

             12/17:  Choc Chip:  12 doz 

             12/23:  M&M:  9 doz

-Decorate Check....

-Take Mom to dental appt Postponed until Jan 5th.  She has bronchitis

-Learn my part of Cantata Check!  

-Have a GOOD performance Check!  Even performed The Star at the worship service on 12/18!

-Enjoy birthday karaoke 12/15:  Postponed due to my not getting home from Lafayette until 9; 12/23:  Postponed due to weather; 12/29: Had a WONDERFUL time!  Got to sing 7 songs!!!

-Have an enjoyable birthday Check!  Watched Eureka and Pitbulls and Parolees, ate dinner at El Corral, followed by a trip to see the X-mas lights around town.

Have a relaxing Christmas Check!  12/23:  Postponed til 26th, due to weather; 12/26 postponed til 1/2 due to Sara being sick.

Have a relaxing NYE

December Reading Schedule:

Forever Odd-Dean Koontz Good story!
Outlander-Diana Gabaldon Slightly wordy in places, but am enjoyed it and am looking forward to #2!  Thank GOD I live in modern times!!!


Red Carpet Romance-Jean Joachim DRR!  Enjoyed this re-read:)