This ‘N’ That

This weeks is a odd week at work. I only have one day off this week, but I’m only scheduled for 31 hours. There are 3, 3-4 hour days.

So today I went into work knowing I was scheduled for 12-3:15. Shortest shift ever. Made no sense. When I got there I saw the 2nd in command of the store, running a lane. We have to be really damn busy for that to happen. She wasn’t there long, but I saw it for myself. Once I got situated I found my boss and asked if there was any chance for me to pick up a few extra hours since I was only scheduled for 3 and we were so busy. She asked if I could stay til 5, I agreed. The next 4 hours flew by fast. Once 4:00 hit and I was officially watching the clock, it started to drag. At about 4:15 I hear over the speakers, “Karen Marrs, please call 614.” I was paged to call my other boss. So I did. She wanted to know if I could stay til 6:30. I didn’t really want to but I knew if I did it would still only be a 6 and a half hour day and I needed the hours, so I agreed. So much for a short shift. Though technically it was still shorter than my usual shift.

Halloween is coming up, as you know. Every year we buy the boys store bought costumes that they wear once and then are immediately outgrown. This year we simply don’t have the money for that. Luke is going as a farmer. He will be wearing overalls and a plaid shirt he already owns. We are adding in a plastic hoe he also already owns for digging in the dirt. I regret we didn’t get the chance to track down a straw hat, but what he has will make due. My bet is he wouldn’t wear the hat anyways. Thomas is going as a zombie. We thrifted for a pair of jeans and a shirt we could rip up. And spent about 10$ on some green spiking hair gel and a face paint kit. Done.

So just as the cold/allergies I had left me, I got a stomach bug. That or going a week without my acid reflux meds caught up with me. There was puking and pooping and I missed a day and a half of work. Not that I could afford to miss the work, but what could I do? I saw a doctor, he attributed it to some intestinal virus and gave me something to help with nausea. Nothing fancy. The same basic thing they give to pregnant women going through morning sickness.

Our fish are dying off one by one. There were 2 bully fish killing of the smaller fish and each other. We are down to 1 bully and 3 smaller fish and none of them look healthy. When they go we are going to get like 15 neon tetras or guppies and be done with it. I’m actually tempted to feed the remaining bully to the turtle and see if mommy and daddy molly bread again. But they look pretty worn thin. Besides I don’t think they currently have the best breading conditions, even though they did bread two full sets in the past.

Back to work I guess. I’m past my 90 day probation period and am now officially a paying union member. Which is cool, I guess. The thing that kills me about this job is that they expect you to work sick, no matter how sick you are. The last job I had, I was sent home if I so much as coughed. This job has forced me to stay even while puking. It’s a little unsettling seeing as how I’m touching people’s food. I guess I just need to toughen up and get over it, but it’s kinda hard when you don’t enjoy the job. If you don’t want to be there, you are looking for any excuse to get out. At the same time, I was sent home Thursday by one of my less stern bosses. She didn’t want me puking on lane. I’ll get written up for going home early though, and not going in the next day. If I call off too many times I will be fired. One of many reasons I’m real keen to get my flu shot this year. Now to just be healthy enough to get it.

I’m sleeping better at night. Giving myself a strict bedtime and Lunesta is a huge help. I’m still having really weird dreams at night but they don’t bother me much. Usually. I’m sure sleep could be more restful without them, but I’m surviving off what I’m getting.

I’m too tired to go much further, so I’m going to end this while I’m still ahead. Have a good week everyone. I’ll be around off and on if anyone needs me.

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