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Head Cold

I’ve had a head cold for the last few days. I get one this time every year. I guess it’s the change in the weather. It’s starting to get cooler and my sinuses start messing up. I feel like shit, and I’ll be so glad when it’s over. Feeling like this makes work suck even more than it already did. But I’ve been going anyway. Good-old reliable me. I work even right after I’ve had a seizure. I wish I could be like everyone else I work with and just not give a damn. I can’t do it, though. I’ve tried.

I’m sitting here right now watching “The Breakfast Club” and wishing my husband was here with me. He works 3rd shift at a gas station, so he’s gone all night almost every night. He gets bored and calls me sometimes and we talk for a while between customers. He puts the phone down when someone comes in and I have to listen to him talk to them. He says the same thing to almost everybody – “Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while.”

I swear, he knows everybody. He’s the kind of person who will talk to anybody that will talk back to him. That’s why this job is so perfect for him. I just miss having him home with me at night. I was used to having him to cuddle with at night, then he started working 3rd shift and I had to learn to sleep alone. I’m still not used to that. At first I let the baby sleep with me, but now he can crawl and he woke up one night while I was still asleep and crawled right off the bed. My bed isn’t exactly low, either. It amazed me that he could fall that far and not be hurt. I didn’t want to take any more chances, though, so he sleeps in his crib now.

All of my kids are asleep right now. School starts tomorrow, so my girls have a big day ahead of them. They’re both so excited to finally be going back. It’s been a long summer, and they’re ready to go see their friends. Especially Gracie. She’s that age where being around other girls is all she cares about. They only put one of her friends in her class this year, though, so she’s going to have to make some new ones. That’ll be easy for her, though. She’s good at making friends.

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That’s how long I have before my laptop battery dies.

The electricity is off in the whole area. They had to do substation maintenance, and we had to close the store an hour early. We still didn’t get out of there before they turned it off. Ugh. The opening manager is going to be mad, but I don’t really give a damn. Some people came through right before we closed and had 3 different orders, all about $25 each. Who needs $75 worth of food from Taco Bell at midnight? Obviously these people do. They come through the same time every Saturday without fail. And then they’re back the next morning saying we left a bunch of stuff out and trying to get free food.

Okay, back to the point. Those huge orders caused us to be behind in our closing. Well, not really behind. We needed to be out of there at least 10 minutes early, that just didn’t happen. But hey, we did the best we could.

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I started this post during the blackout last night, and was just too tired to finish by the time the lights came back on. They were supposed to be on by 3 AM, and they were everywhere I could see except for the hill I live on. We didn’t get electricity here until closer to 5 AM. I should’ve just went to bed, but it was too damn hot in here to sleep. I’m glad it’s over.

I can just here what the opening manager is going to say to me when I go in tonight. I forgot to turn off the breakers for the lights like we do every night. Hey, they were already off, and I didn’t think about it. I was trying to hurry up and get us out of there. We’re supposed to scrub on Saturday nights, and we didn’t get much of that done at all. Oh well. I guess it really wasn’t my fault, but I still feel badly about it. Kinda embarrassing, really.

Promotion?

I’m the employee of the week this week. Yeah, whatever. But I do get a free movie rental because of it, so that’s good. And, I was the employee with the most 100% customer satisfaction thingimabobs last period, so I got a $20 Pizza Hut gift card. That’s going to come in so handy one night when I’m too tired to cook.

My RGM showed me a pink sheet of paper right after she gave me all of that stuff and said, “Remind me to talk to you about this tomorrow. It’s about moving up to shift manager.” So, I’m eagerly awaiting tomorrow (well, later today since it’s after 1 AM). I’ve been trying to get a management job for about six months now, maybe this is finally it and all of my hard work and ass-kissing has paid off. I know I can do the job, and I really need the money. But with the way things usually go for me, she’ll probably tell me that I’m not good enough, or they’re worried I’ll have a seizure while I’m running a shift, or some other crap and I’ll have gotten my hopes up for nothing. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

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Bad day… again

I’m so glad today is over, and I’m even more glad that I don’t have to work tomorrow! It’s just been one of those days. It started out bad (I came soooo close to choking one of my coworkers!), and only got worse as the day wore on (I came equally close to choking a couple of customers!).I’m so sick of people it’s not even funny. I hate having to be nice to rude customers. It’s really hard to smile when I’d much rather bitch slap somebody. Yesterday, I was working drive-thru (that’s no big surprise, I always work drive-thru, even though I can do everything), and these two girls came through. Their order totaled $4.80, and though I could see a couple of smaller bills in the girls hand, she paid me with at $100 bill. It was pretty early in the day, and I didn’t have enough money in my drawer to make change, so we had to get it out of the safe. I made sure they knew it would be a minute on their change, and I went ahead and gave them their food. They drove off without their change. I tried to stop them, but they weren’t paying any attention to me. An hour later, they still hadn’t come back, and the district manager called and said they had called him and told him that I kept their change. My manager explained to him that they drove off without it, and I had told them that it would be a second, so I didn’t get in trouble, but that pissed me off! Why did they have to go and call him? Why didn’t they just come back? And why did they have to be rude when they finally did come back? It wasn’t my fault they drove off without their change! That’s just one example in a long list that will probably get even longer. If customers realized all of the bullshit that people in the fast food industry have to put up with, they might be a little bit nicer. Nah, it’ll never happen.

I don’t want to work

Well, actually I do. It’s just that I hate that getting used to a new job period. I’ve only worked on day so far, and it went okay, but we weren’t exactly busy that day. There’s so much stuff to remember! I’m afraid I’m going to freeze up and forget it all. I’ll probably be okay once I actually get there, though. It’s just the getting there that’s hard. I hate working in fast food! Blech. I should probably go finish getting ready. I’ll be so glad when this day is over!

that sucks

After one day back on the job, I’m laid off again. What was the point of them bringing us back, just to let us work for one day? They hired some new people who started yesterday, too, but they didn’t get laid off. That’s the main reason I’m so pissed off about this. That, and the fact that I was promised that we wouldn’t be laid off again any time in the near future. I blew off an interview, which could have led to a more stable job, so I could go back to work there. If the woman that called me hadn’t promised that we wouldn’t be laid off, I would’ve told her that I wasn’t going back, that I had another job. I thought I was making the right choice by going back to work there, but as usual, I was wrong. I swear, I have the worst luck in the world. I did get a bit of good news this morning, though. Jenny called and told me to be at Arby’s at 3:00 for an interview. I thought that since I didn’t show up the other day, that I wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting a job there. Maybe I’ll get lucky, and they’ll hire me. Maybe I’ll get even luckier, and they’ll have an opening on first shift. It’s going to be really hard for me to work second shift, because daycare closes at 4:30, and I’ll probably be working until 10. Babysitters are hard to find these days.

This must be my lucky day

I took the application back, and talked to the manager. She asked me if I could work 2nd shift, and I said yes even though I really didn’t want to, and she told me to come back tomorrow at 3. Woo Hoo! I got a job! I was so happy. I knew it would be hard to work 2nd shift because I’d have to arrange a babysitter (daycare closes at 4:30), but I really need a job, so I was going to do it anyway.

Yeah, that’s right. I said was. I’ve decided not to take the job. Why? Because right after I got home, I got a phone call from the employment service. We go back to work Thursday morning! Just to be sure, I asked if she thought we’d be laid off again anytime in the near future, and she didn’t think so. I had to make a choice, and I made it quick. I told her I’d be there Thursday.

It’s not like it was a hard choice to make: Dealing with customers and making minimum wage, or working in a warehouse making $7/hr. Which would you take? I like the money, and I like being off on weekends. I’m not a big people person, either, so working with the public wasn’t the best thing for me.

I’m just so happy I got my job back! I’m ready to work, being home all the time sucks ass. Now I won’t have to deal with my mom and stepdad 24/7, and I can hold on to my sanity just a little bit longer.


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