Monday, November 20, 2023

Life In Lumber: Y5, W39-40

 Day 164:  $7802

I actually did more sales, but was on Bright's login for about an hour, and Cam's for 20 mins!

Walked into a sh*t show, and it never let up until 8. No staff available to help anywhere, and I think everyone who could operate a forklift went to lunch at the SAME time!  Just very frustrating.  Did get my 15 min break AND my 30 min lunch, so that helped....then Kelly brought down a trash bag that turned out to be a sheet of plastic, so that amused me:)  Had to hop to #2 when #1 tried to eat a check, then went haywire. One of my final customers bought me a candy bar to cheer me up. Returned items to Tools and Paint, then hung up my vest.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Loader Dale NCNS again, so he's quit, which saddens me.  We worked well together.

Thank god I'm off tomorrow for choir practice!

Outfit:  Blue hooded Cabella's sweatshirt, faded jeggings, LJs, small gold textured hoops.

Day 165:  $11,770

Arrived and took over for Cindy; Kem had left at 2. Was slightly busy; the IT guy was replacing the internal components on #2, so when I had to ring up the BOGO tools, had to do it on 3. Did get the soda fronted and shuffled and the other prelim duties finished. Alice sent me to lunch at 5:30, and when I returned, things had slowed somewhat. Did my LU and pulled trash at 7:30, then swept the entire area and sanitized the registers. Returned items to Plumbing, Seasonal, and Hardware after HC Brea cleaned me out. Clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Red l/s tee, white plaid fleece vest, faded jeggings, LJs, small gold hoops

Off tomorrow for Thanksgiving!!

Day 166:  Black Friday $10,131

Would have had maybe $500 more, but the tools didn't ring up correctly, and ASM G ended up taking them to SCO.

It's official; my new pain meds cause intestinal issues.  Arrived and had to run to the restroom, then move the car (I'd parked in handicapped) and bring in my purse and water.  I'd also brought in 3 doz choc chip cookies. Jeff even took 2:)  The 1st two hours were enjoyable, then at 5, Amy came down and we swapped customers back and forth.  I did my LU and my credit training, and brought in the carts from the sidewalk. At 6:30, we shuffled the soda and did the count. I took returned items to Plumbing, Aisle 10, Tools, and Seasonal, then took a pit stop and noted the times of our breaks. Turned out I was supposed to have gone to lunch at 5, and break at 7:30; Amy's was at 7. So returned and told her the plan; she'd get her break at 7, and when she returned, I'd take my 30. So that's what we did, and everything was fine. Returned and pulled trash; Amy swept and sanitized. Nanette and Al came and even went over to RK and brought Loader Aaron a bag of popcorn! Final 2 customers arrived; 1 was okay, but the other was a CFH.

-He had carpet, and I asked it if was all the same.  "No"  I found the item # and discovered the same one on the top one, so added 13 plus 11. Then discovered the 3rd one had the same item #.  "I thought you said they were all different."  "They are; one's 13', one's 11', and the other's 10'."  I nearly strangled him.

-He had six DeWalt tools, so had to hop to #2 to ring them up. Finally got ahold of HC Brit, b'c they didn't ring up correctly.  In the meantime, he goes off to get ratchet straps.  I rang up the final customer, then saw ASM G take the tools up front.  Guy says he was told to get a free drink; says he wants Gatorade, but got a Body Armour.  *eye roll*

Also, earlier, needed an o/r on paint on Reg 1, discounted plywood on #2, and rang up a third customer on #3!  Told HC Britt, "You didn't know I could work 3 registers at once, did you?"  She laughed.

Also needed an o/r on discounted delivery; took two managers to get it figured out!

Wore my new antler headband, and one customer asked me if I was 'horny'.

Outfit:  Red Santa shirt with bell sleeves, black l/s tee, faded jeggings, LJs, red/green danglies, antler headband

Day 167:  Small Business Saturday $13,204

Arrived and took over for Marilyn. Was busy for an hour, then did the prelim duties.  Was fairly steady the rest of the evening. D came in around 6, but the tools he wanted, Reg #2 refused to cooperate, so ended up sending him to SCO. Amy sent me to lunch at 6:45, and when I returned, pulled trash and swept. Final customer left at 8:50. Locked the doors at 9; Jax took my trash, and I'd already sent my returns with Katy. After HC A cleaned me out, put up my vest. Oh, and got a credit app, so 'punched' the 'Christmas tree' and won a hat.  Oh boy....I know what my Secret Santa's getting, ha ha!  ASM SC had brought some delicious bread, and I brought him 3 of yesterday's cookies. Clocked out at 9:40.

Outfit:  Mama Bear sweatshirt, faded jeggings, LJs, green Santa hats, antler scrunchie

Day 168:  Rare Sunday $12,917

Arrived and took over for Marilyn.  Was busy for an hour, then did the prelim duties. LG Chris paid for a snack with $100; discovered I didn't have enough $$ in the drawer.  ASM CH came down at 5 just after I brought in all the carts from the sidewalk, and let me make a pit stop.  Called LG C and he came down just as a customer was paying cash.  Gave him his $95 after the customer paid. Started sweeping at 6; Dawson sent me to break at 6:45. Took a dowl rod back, and handed Olivia a screw when I saw she was in the break room:)  Returned and pulled trash. Locked the side doors at 7:50, and left the garage door down halfway, lifting it up for Barry, who was getting carts. Final customer was at 8:05. ASM SC cleaned me out; I put up my vest.  Found the heater I want on Friday for $25. Clocked out at 8:40.

Outfit:  Blue Manning Colts Jersey, black l/s tee, faded jeggings, LJs, thin gold hoops

Week 40:

I only work Tuesday, since am off Mon, then off W-Th for the GSH Vendor Fair, and Fr-Sat for the Kris Kringle Market.  

Day 169:  $7848

MTD:  126,610

Was scheduled 4-close, but clocked in at 3:30. in order to do my AP4Me and LU, in case there wasn't time to do it.  As it turned out, I had a LOT of downtime.

Arrived and met Gabe, who was there til 5, which turned out to be a good thing, since a customer had an insulation machine, but the hoses didn't fit.  I turned off my light and went to ask ASM Charlie and Pro J about it.  J told me there was a box of brand new hoses in the closet, but I discovered I needed help opening up the door.  C cut his lunch short in order to help me, and together, we made the customer happy.  I returned to my register. Gabe left at 5 and I was busy for maybe 45 mins. Bit the bullet and brought in a few carts from the sidewalk (it was COLD out there; 33 degrees!). Saw Bonus Child AW, who talked to me for about a half hour, and when I got  busy at 7:15, he left. Called HC Bre, since I was supposed to have had my break at 6:45. She came down and sent me for a pit stop.  Returned and started sweeping, then pulled trash. Final customer was 9, and locked the doors behind him. ASM Charlie brought in the concrete; ASM Shan cleaned me out; I walked her up front and returned items to Seasonal, Tools, and Electrical. Took the trash down to the hopper, put up my vest, and took a glass tile back to Flooring.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Off to the Vendor Fair tomorrow and Thurs, then the Kris Kringle Market Fri and Sat!  Probably going to make cookies on Sunday.  Or watch more Grimm....

Outfit:  Thick white sweater, faded jeggings, LJs, small crystal/gold danglies

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Life In Lumber: Y5, W 38

 Day 160:  $8813

Arrived and took over for Kem. Was immediately busy, and when things slowed down at 4, waded through 17 emails; did my AP4Me, and started the prelim duties and soda count. Was slammed at 5, and it continued through 6:30.  ASM SC was down there, so I asked him to call HC Bre and let her know I needed a pit stop. She arrived and sent me to my half hour break. When I returned, I finished the soda count, gathered the trash, and began sweeping. Brought in the carts from the porch, and checked out the final customers.  After HC Bre cleaned me out, Reg #3 refused to open, so while Loader D brought in the concrete, I took the trash down and returned an item to aisle 50. Locked the doors, then returned items to Aisle 10, and headed to the break room. One of the other cashiers was heading up front, so I handed off the X-mas lights and put up my vest. Someone needed to stay with HC Bre, so I volunteered and got an extra hour of pay.  Clocked out at 10:20.

Outfit:  Blue crew Cabela's sweater, new dark jeggings, LJs, thin gold hoops

Day 161:  $10,817

Arrived at 2 and took over for Kem.  Rang up customers, brought in carts from the sidewalk, did the prelim duties. Austin sent me to lunch at 5:30 and when I returned, checked my schedule, cleaned out my email, and did my LU. and began sweeping. Around 7:30, I pulled the trash.  By 8 I was mucking out the mats. Locked the doors at 9, and after ASM SW cleaned me out, and Loader A took the hopper around and brought in the concrete, I returned items to Millwork, Plumbing, Fashion Bath, Paint, Hardware, Tools, and Pets.  Clocked out at 9:30.

Outfit:  Black/white plaid, black l/s tee, faded jeggings, LJs, blue sapphire hoops

Day 162:  Rare Saturday  $5260

Arrived and took over for Cindy, then had a nice, slow night. Did the soda count, and left it for the morning staff. Met Ava, the new HC. Did the prelim duties and swept.  At 7:30, gathered the trash, did my LU, and at 8:30, sanitized the registers. After ASM M cleaned me out, I locked the doors and took the trash to the hopper, then returned items to Drywall, Plumbing, Hardware, and Pets. Put up my vest, then 'parked' two handicapped carts. Clocked out at 9:30, and helped Robert gather the last 4 carts.

Outfit:  Lt gray IN sweatshirt, faded jeggings, LJs, thin gold hoops 

Day 163:  Rare Sunday  $9254

Arrived; Bella and I were both in Lumber until 5; I checked the soda count and at 4, she said she'd go fill it.  I was slammed for a half an hour, then did the prelim duties. She never did get to it; they needed her up front. Rider sent me to my break at 5:15, and when I returned, began sweeping. Mucked out the mats, sanitized the registers and counters, wiped off the top of the ice machine, and re-hung a jacket and some Klein tools. Final customer was at 8; locked the doors while HC A cleaned me out, and closed the large door after ASM Charlie took the trash and brought in the concrete. Returned items to Plumbing and Tools, then put up my vest. Clocked out at 8:30.

Almost fell over in shock. One of my contrary contractors, Eric M, told me I was the best. ASM G was behind me, so I jokingly told him to speak a little louder so my boss would hear.  He did, and ASM G AGREED! He also said something else I didn't catch, but as I said, my brain was slightly shocked!

Outfit:  Blue 18 Colts jersey, black l/s tee, faded jeggings, LJs, small diamond flowers

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Life In Lumber: Y5, W 37

 Day 158:  Rare Sunday  $7405

Arrived and took over for Bella; was busy for maybe half an hour, then did the prelim duties. Swept the floor around 6; went to break at 6:30. Returned and finished sweeping; pulled trash; at 7:30, sanitized the registers and counters. Locked the doors at 8, and returned an item to Plumbing. Clocked out at 8:40.

Bought a Christmas Cookie candle:)

Outfit:  Colts Jersey (18); black l/s tee, new dark jeggings, LJs, thin gold hoops

Day 159:  Monday (because I start vacation on Wed, and am off on Tues)  $12,366

Arrived and took over for Kem, and was instantly busy.  Did the prelim duties around 4, then was steady until 6, when things died down.  Did my LU and AP4Me, and started sweeping. Val sent me to lunch at 6:30 and when I returned, finished sweeping after getting my broom back from the far end. Had to unlock the gate to get a guy at Pasload tool, then rang him up. Mucked out the mats, sanitized the registers, and locked the doors at 9, after bringing in 2 cull carts. Returned two items to Plumbing,then clocked out at 9:30.  Arrived home and discovered I'd left my water jug at CS.  Geez...

Bought 4 tees....2 Sarcasm, 1 Mama Clause, and 1 I Tried:).

Outfit:  Brown blouse, white v-neck tunic, new dark jeggings, LJs, brown 'dreamcatcher's

Off the next 7 days!!!!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

November Goals

 Is it just me or did October seem to fly by?  Here's what I did and did not accomplish last month:

-Lose 5 lbs (start 138) Bleh..gained 2 pounds.  I blame the cold weather.
-Finish BKM story Nope
-Finish singer story Nope
-Get cover art for DYL Not yet; only the temporary one for the X-mas show.
-Finish paying Editor Pd 1/3....
-Upload/publish DYL Special edition, check.
-Pay N for Tales copies Pd $20 early Oct
-Do well at First Friday Chilly; not much foot traffic.  Sold 0
-Do well at GSH Pet Event DID meet a former customer, but only sold a magnet
-Do well at Volt Con Sold 0; was only there one day due to Anita Clark's funeral (Matt's ex-wife)
-Have fun at Meet Me In Graceland Check!  Only sold 1, but had a great time!
-Work enough hours to pay for ^ events, inventory, and build up savings Sort of....
-Move Mom's closet around Check!
-Clean S and W's old bdrms Not yet...
-Buy Business Cards Not yet....
-Get promo items together for X-mas show Pamphlets, yes.
-Watch SE23 Check! and 24 of SVU Check!  Now onto Grimm.....
-Start evicting items from Brown House Not yet
-Convert 2 VHS to DVD ($44) Not yet...

Books Read:  1
           Print:  1

2023 Events:

Nov 3:  Write This Way Writers Round-up at the Pantheon Sold 1....

Nov 8-12:  Indianapolis Christmas Gift and Hobby Show $350 PD OFF 8/25!!!

                Wed: Sold 4:) 

                Thurs: Sold 5:)

                Fri:  Sold 2:)

                Sat:  Sold 9:)

                Total:  Sold 20!  3rd highest-selling show:)

Nov 30th-Dec 1st: GSH 7-5 Sold 9

Dec 1-2:  Kringle Market:  Sold 4

2024 Events:

March 16th??  Magic of Books, Columbus, In ($40-50)

March:  GSH 7-5

May 3-4:  SI-Con, Benton, Il (pd April 1st, 2023)

June:  Superman Celebration, Metropolis, Il ($100)

July:  Heroes For Kids (pd 2022)

July:  Imaginarium, Louisville, KY Might have to skip; it's on the same date as HFK

August:  IABE, Terre Haute, IN ($85)

September:  Cil-Con, Effingham, Il

October:  All Shook Up at Graceland, Oct 21st (full table, $225??)

November Goals:
-Lose 5 lbs (start 140)
-Finish BKM story Check!  Think so; 11/4
-Finish singer story
-Get cover art for DYL
-Finish paying Editor 11/3:  Sent another $25
-Pay N for Tales copies Pd $20 early Oct; 11/3:  Pd off:)
-Do well at First Friday Sold 1, and had 6 other authors show up:)
-Get promo items together for X-mas show Check!
-Do well at ICGAHS Check!  Sold 20!
-Work enough hours to pay for ^ events, inventory, and build up savings
-Finish deep-cleaning MBA
-Clean S and W's old bdrms
-Buy Business Cards
-Watch Grimm
-Start evicting items from Brown House
-Convert 2 VHS to DVD ($44)

November Reading Schedule:
Fairy Tale-Stephen King Very interesting story!  Loved how he incorporated some of my favorite fairy tales; The Goose Girl and other lesser-known ones.

Texas Twist-Cynthia D'Alba DRR!!!  OMG, loved this book so much, I stayed up waaaaay later than I should have just to finish it!  Now I want the rest of this series:)