Long time no see

So…. it’s been a while hasn’t it?

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I recently traded the comfort of a part time desk job and climate control for full time hours on my feet in the warehouse where I am ‘unburdened by air conditioning’ as my boss puts it.

The first week I was sure I would wind up crippled because my feet hurt so much. I got some gel inserts for my shoes & that helped some but the second week my feet hurt more and I was SOOOOOOOO tired.

But I kept reminding myself “It could be worse. You could still be on the phones.”  Everyone in the warehouse says the same thing to me “I could never be on the phones & deal with people. I don’t know how you stuck it out 9 months.” (I’m really good at customer service, which is a good thing because I kinda hate customer service & by rights ought to suck at it)

This past week wasn’t too bad.

Despite the fact that they moved our shift back an hour so we work 6-2:30 instead of 7-3:30 to avoid the heat. But it means getting up at 5am.

Fortunately life with the early risers Havoc & Mayhem has made this relatively easy for me.  Bonus is that I am long gone by the time they have to get up and get ready for school. This is now DH’s problem. Smile

And when fall comes and we go back to our old schedule I’ll get to ‘sleep in until 6am’ (there is a sentence I never thought I’d utter).

What am I doing in the warehouse?

Inspecting things. Making sure they meet the measurements & descriptions we have for them.

What kind of things?  Right now mostly Adirondack chairs and variations on Adirondack chairs. 

I will never sit in an Adirondack chair again.

So I am slinging around 30lb boxes all day long. 

I haven’t been to the gym since I started this job.

Partly because I am getting lots of physical exercise and partly because after working in the heat all day I’d need to take a shower BEFORE I worked out and I just don’t have the energy for 2 showers a day.

The demons recently spend a week at camp

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They liked okay. Mostly. Havoc lost his glasses in the lake the second day there & the camp never called to let me know so he was semi blind for 3 days.  He still had fun. He had an outdoor survival class he loved.  Mayhem enjoyed the competitions they had but is ambivalent about the classes he took.

They want to go again next year though.

While they were gone we redid our bedroom. New paint, floors & sliding glass door.

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The walls are HGTV color “A New Greige” which is a grey/beige combo that goes well with the oak laminate flooring.  The photo is poorly lit and there is really no way to get a decent photo due to the angles of the room.  But it looks nice in person.

We cleaned out our oldest shed (which is a container usually hauled around by 18 wheelers & came with the property).  We were ruthless. Tossed everything and being the cheap people we are we tossed most of it in the burn pile because we didn’t want to pay the dump’s charges to drop it off.


Redneck burn pile.

Yes, that is MDF wood you are not supposed to burn that we’re burning.

We stood well back from the smoke & didn’t let the kids roast marshmallows.

It was fine.

No one said “Hold m’beer” at any point so you know it was safe.

The down side to full time hours at a job in tiny town is the lack of opportunity to take Scavenger Hunt photos.  But I did find a turtle on my boss’ desk.

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Pretty sure I can get “Someone plugged into social media” on one of my breaks as we all have to turn off our phones while working. (not a policy there just is crap coverage in the warehouse & the phone’s battery drains itself trying to connect to a signal). And “people dressed the same” can be done when I pick the boys up from Boys & Girls Club (our child care place) after they go to an activity (they all have to wear the B&G shirt)

We have July 3rd off for a 3 day holiday weekend so I am hoping to get some geocaching & scavenger hunting in then.

The oldest thing in the house

Yes, this is one of those “How expired is that?” posts.

This one did not begin with a burning need to clean out an appliance or cupboard.

There was no cleaning at all.

DH is working on another online class for a job certification and wanted a notebook of ‘reasonable size’ and all he could find was tiny pocket ones. I knew I’d run across a stash of notebooks recently & tracked them down & gave him one.

This is what he found when he opened it.


The interior calendar page is dated from 2006-2009.

Because surely to god whoever bought the notebook would have used it in a 4 year period right?

Yeah, no.

So what we have here is a notebook that technically ‘expired’ 6 years ago, which tops the most out of date item I have ever come across by a good 3 years.

But then again…. it’s been awhile since I cleaned out the pantry.

Me on Monday

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I got a selfie stick for Christmas so I can do better pics now! 

I just keep forgetting I have it.

I’m working 3 days this week, including today.

We’ve got 2 baseball games & one practice.

I’ve got a messed up manicure to fix.

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We also have a very redneck-y burn pile to light this week. (more on that later).


Other than that it’s same old same old.

Hope you have a good week.

Me on Monday is meme from Sian at From High in the Sky

I used to blog

Then a part time job that became eleventy million hours of customer service hell intervened.


Nothing quite like hours of being yelled at for things that are not your fault to make you not really like people much. Like say you ordered something 3 weeks ago and just now got a free shipping coupon good for the next 2 days & want to apply that to your 3 week old order, (which really? who does that?) but we don’t back date our coupons more than 48 hours so you cuss me out and then think threatening to send all your stuff back is going to change the policy. I know full well you are highly unlikely to do that & even if you do you aren’t going to get those shipping costs back so whatever, go ahead, send it back and reorder it using the free shipping code. You’ll also be out $6.95 per box because that is what we charge for using our return labels.  You do the math.


So much holiday spirit this year.

Mostly I like our customers, but holiday time seems to bring out the unreasonable in people.

On the upside I am constantly being complimented by people with Polish last names on my ability to pronounce them.

In other news that ongoing story about the Wizard & the Gang of 3 or 4 (now down to 2 or 3) and the Chosen One finally came to a conclusion!

Or did it?

After the pages and pages of choice were issued diving the kingdom between the factions the now Very Un-Plucky Band of Adventurers had hope! It lasted all of 48 hours before the Gang decided it wasn’t going to work for them and they were going to take action to move on the Wizard.  But the Wizard didn’t even give it 24 before he started scheming to bit off parts of the Gang’s territory & got the jump on them and now we are all starting back down the road that led to the need of Chosen One in the first place.

But the Kingdom lurches on anyway. Like it always does.

Saturday begins baseball season!

We are currently 1 inch into a snowstorm that is supposed to dump 4-8 inches of snow by the time it’s done.

I did manage to finish Project Life 2014 and get my book printed!


And I am currently working on this year’s, though I changed the look up a tiny bit.



I’m hoping to get back into blogging more.  I’ve just been kind of blah lately & hiding in books. There’s been nothing particularly interesting happening here with Havoc & Mayhem the last couple of months, just video games.

I’m packing up the dinos this week.

Not all of them.

I’ll leave a few out

Not for the boys, but for me.

Because I’m not ready to let go yet.

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