The One With the Deep Sleeper

Since I work the swing shift at the deli, a lot of the time it is after midnight before I am home from work. Then I have to change, grab something to eat (I usually get my lunch break at around 5:00, and am pretty hungry by the time I get home), and settle down with an episode of whatever show I happen to be watching (currently it is the classic Doctor Who), it’ll be after 2:00 in the morning, before I am climbing into bed… So, when the kids are getting up and ready for school, it’s the middle of my “night”… And I am in a deep sleep.

They always wake me up for a hug and a goodbye, before they leave for school… And every morning, I get so startled when they wake me up, that I jump pretty good… Which apparently startles them.😉

So anyway, Joe had today off of work, so he was there to see it happen. Apparently, he was laying there, playing on his tablet (he us used to waking up at 2:30 in the morning, so he was wide awake) when Amanda came in. I guess she said my name like 10 times before I woke up with a start… and a jump that startled Joe. *lol*

Fast forward to after school. Joe was telling the story, but what amused him was that when Amanda was trying to wake me up, she kept talking quietly, “Mom… Mom… Mom… Mom…” etc. Alicia happened to come in at that time and was like, “That’s because she jumps! We have to say it quietly, to scare her less!” Joe’s all, “I know! She scared me this morning!” … Apparently, I scare them as well. *rofl*

I was all defending myself, saying “I work late! I’m tired!” … And Alicia says…

“It’s like a game of Russian Roulette. We know that you’re going to jump on one of them, but we never know which one it will be!”

Jared is like, “That’s the best analogy I have ever heard!”

I was trying to tell them how mean they were all being to me, but I was laughing so hard that I was crying. *lol*

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The One Where Work Sucks

I know that I have said this before, but I will say it again.

I hate my job.

The sad thing is, it isn’t the work that I mind. While I am always busy, it’s cooking and cleaning. Nothing too difficult…

But Oh.My.Word. The deli manager. I can barely stand to look at her. She is just so mean! … To put it into perspective, I don’t think there is a single person in the ENTIRE store, who likes her. It’s not just the people who work in the deli, but people who work in EVERY DEPARTMENT… Like the bakery and seafood… NOBODY likes her.

Which does make me feel kinda bad for her. It would be awful to have so many people dislike you and talking bad about you behind your back. I can’t even imagine how miserable that would make someone feel… Though I don’t know if she realizes the extent to how much and how many people dislike her.

Anyway, she tends to harp on me, like ALL THE TIME. I think it’s because I am usually int the back, cooking, so I am easy access for her. Because she harps on me for stuff that I didn’t even do. I will say that I didn’t do it… Or that I wasn’t even there to do something, because I had the day before off, but it doesn’t matter. She will continue to rant away.

It wears on a person. It beats you down.

Lately, it’s been worse. Cooperate has this new list of things that each department has to have done before they are allowed to leave for the night. We have to call a PIC (person in charge… management) when we are done, and they will check everything. If something is not done to their satisfaction, then we can’t leave until it is. Now we have to make sure there are sandwiches full in the grab-n-go, and all the salads are refilled and replenished. It’s quite a bit of extra work, but she won’t give us an extra person at night, to help get it finished.

THEN, she will schedule me 40 hours and tell me not to get overtime… But then we can’t leave until everything is done, so every week I get overtime… And every weekend, I get yelled at for getting overtime. It’s extremely stressful. … In fact, she had me so stressed out on Sunday, that I was in tears half the night. *sigh*

When I said that I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, when the PIC won’t let us leave until everything is done, she told me that I was supposed to let Connie finish up what I can’t, because she won’t hit 40 hours… Now Connie is about 70 years old, and can’t and really shouldn’t be doing that much work.

On a side note… I have been having troubles with Connie. I don’t know if she is older, or if it’s the meds she is on, but she tends to be grumpy. She always has to have someone that she is mad at and can complain about… And she wants everyone to agree with her, and join in on her complaining. She was really mean to me when I first started, but mellowed out once she got to know me… But for the longest time, she was picking on a girl named Brooke. Brooke is 18, and is a quiet, shy girl. Sweet as can be. I adore Brooke… Connie’s ragging on her was getting bad, to the point where I would say that Connie was being a bully, and Brooke was ending up in tears about every night. I finally got fed up with it and said something. She stopped bullying Brooke, but was back to not liking me. Fun stuff. *sigh*

Anyway, on Sunday night, I told Connie what Kathleen had told me. That I was NOT allowed to get overtime and that Connie had to pick up the slack because she was the only one who wouldn’t get overtime (she can’t work until 5:30, so there is no way to schedule her 40 hours). I even told Connie that I didn’t think that it was fair to Connie.

Well, when I got to work this afternoon, Kathleen ran over and demanded that I tell her what I said to Connie. Apparently, Connie turned in her 2 weeks notice and told Kathleen that I said that Kathleen said that Connie doesn’t work as hard as everyone else, and that’s why she doesn’t get 40 hours. WHAT?! … Kathleen DID NOT say that, and I DID NOT say that Kathleen said that!

So… I am getting blamed for Connie putting her notice in.

Then, since Connie was doing chips, she wasn’t helping up front, which meant that I had to… Which meant that I couldn’t be back washing the day time dishes… Both Connie and January were closing the front, and could easily be done by 11:00, but it wasn’t looking good for me, who always has to do the entire back by myself. So I was really stressed out, not wanting to go past 11:00, knowing I would get yelled at if I did… Plus being stressed out over the whole Connie thing (not to mention being pissed off that she LIED).

So… I spent half my shift crying again. *sigh*

I wish I didn’t have to go back.

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The One Where Amanda Works

Today was National Bring Your Child to Work day, and Amanda got to come with me… I honestly don’t know if she was even allowed to come into the deli, but the deli manager had the day off… I asked the assistant a few days before, and Steph said that I could bring her, so I did.:)

She was so excited… Especially since she got to miss school, even if my shift didn’t start until 2:30. *lol* If we signed a permission slip for the school, the kids got to be excused for all the work for the day.

Anyway, she looked so cute, all wrapped up in a Safeway apron that is too big on her, with her hair up in a hairnet and hat. Sooooo adorable! … And the customers loved it. They kept asking about my little helper, and smiling at her. It was fun!

At first she was a little bored, watching me do the cooking. And you should have seen her face, over all the raw chicken. *lol* She was green and going on about how she was never going to eat chicken again!😉

But later, I set her up with some cleaning projects. She cleaned the drains, and the sides of the sinks, and scrubbed some black spots off the floors. It was cute watching her, and my coworkers kept telling her what a good job she was doing.:)

She had fun going to lunch with me. I always pack my own lunch, so she did as well. She got to sit in the breakroom with me as we ate. It was fun.:)

We had Josh pick her up at around 8:00. I was scheduled off at 11:00, but she has school tomorrow and I was running out of extra projects for her to do. But before she left, I told her that she had worked so hard, that she had earned $20. She was SOOOO excited! She totally wasn’t expecting that! … But she said that she didn’t want the cash. She wanted the Sims 3 addon, “Seasons”. So when I got home from work, I ordered it off Amazon… And score! It only cost $16.79, so I saved a few bucks! *lol*

I really enjoyed spending that extra time with her, and having her with me. Wish we could do it more often.:)

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The One With Orientation

Tonight was Josh’s first night of work… He wasn’t actually at the Molalla McDonald’s, as he had to go to orientation, which is in Wilsonville, I think. He was only there for like 2 hours. He filled out paperwork and watched some videos. They gave him a couple of work shirts, and a hat, and name tag.

Tomorrow he starts his actual training at our McDonald’s. He is schedules from 3:00 to 6:00… Tomorrow Jared works from 5:00 to 10:00, so they will get to work together for an hour. I am interested to see how that turns out.:)

On Saturday we gave Josh some cash, and he drove into Oregon City to go to Payless Shoes, and he bought himself some work shoes. I ordered him a couple of pairs on work pants from Old Navy, which should be here in a day or two. In the mean time, he can wear his black pants he has for bowling tournaments.

I am annoyed with one thing. Apparently, they don’t give out actual paychecks. It’s all direct deposit. Since we were going to have him open a debit account with his first check, he doesn’t have an account yet. So they signed him up for a paycheck debit card thing… Which is going to make it hard for him to pay us his insurance money, and if he uses an ATM they will charge him. We’re going to have to see about opening him up an account and changing his direct deposit thing… What the heck is wrong with just letting them have a real paycheck… and how the heck am I going to get a picture of him with his first paycheck, when he won’t get one.😦 *sob*

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The One With the Logo

Today, Alicia’s art teacher, Mr. Bledsoe, chose Alicia to design a possible new logo for the middle school… Which doesn’t surprise me, since we all know that she is his star student.:)

Apparently, Mr. Bledsoe told Alicia that he didn’t know what he was going to do when she went off to high school next year. He says that none of his other students have as much talent and creativity as she does… Make’s a mama’s heart proud.:)

There is also another project he wants her to work on, that would probably turn into a summer project. There is a sign next to his classroom that says something like “The Studio” or something. I guess he would like her to paint a new sign to replace that one. I think she said that he wanted it in the style of an old Italian painting… But don’t quote me on that one.😉

I am so proud of my Princess!

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The One With the New Job

Well, we have another employed teenager in the house. Today, Josh had an interview at McDonald’s and got the job.:) He starts orientation next Wednesday, and then starts training on Thursday. So proud of him!

McDonald’s wasn’t really his first choice, but Molalla is a small town and there are not many choices for kids under 18. He was hoping for Papa Murphy’s, or to be a courtesy clerk at Safeway, but he can always change jobs later. At least he found something, so he can earn some gas money for that truck, not to mention help pay for his insurance. *lol*

He told me that he was more than ready for a job. He really wanted one. He said that he felt ready for the responsibility… And I know what a hard worker he can be, and I know that he is going to do well.:)

Congrats, son! So proud of you!

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The One with Prom

Tonight was Prom night… It honestly doesn’t seem that long since Jared went to his Junior Prom, and now his Senior Prom is over… And while I don’t think Lane went this year (lack of funds), I am pretty sure that Jared enjoyed this prom much more than last year… Mainly because of the girl.:)

Last year, he was still “dating” Brittney… But in all honesty, I think the only reason they were still together, at that point, was because they both wanted to go to the prom… They broke up within days of the prom being over, if that says anything.

But this year, he has Jennifer. He and Jennifer are really close, and she has been so good for him. We really like her. She is so sweet, and isn’t as into herself as Brittney was. It’s refreshing.:) They are so cute together!

Anyway, Jennifer went with Jared, when he rented his tux. She helped him pick out the colors, etc. I thought that was really sweet.:) I like how they love to spend so much time together… That’s how I can tell that Jared has not only grown up (relationship wise), but that he is also more attatched to Jennifer. Before, he could go weeks without seeing his other girlfriends, and it never seemed to bother him. I don’t think he could go that long without spending time with his Jenny.

This year they got to go to the prom in a limo. A group of kids from the high school got together and rented one. So that was a fun experience for them!❤ … And this year the prom was at the World Trade Center, in Portland… And you’ll have to ask Jared how it went. All I’ve gotten out of his was that it was good and that they had fun. Boys! *lol*

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The One With Treasure Island

Today was the day of Amanda’s play. She’s been working so hard on it, and she was so excited about doing it!❤ … She’s actually lucky that she was able to. She’s been pretty sick for the last week and a half. She missed quite a bit of school and rehearsals. We were worried that she would be too sick to do her part, but she pulled through and gave a stellar performance!

There were two casts. Cast A and Cast B. Amanda was part of Cast A. They put on two different performances during the day, while Cast B did one performance in the evening. They all had to be there for all the shows though, because when their cast wasn’t acting, then they would be singing on the choir.

As for Amanda, she was told to just lip sinc to the group songs. That way she could save her voice for her solo. When she sang too much, she would start coughing, and they didn’t want her to have a coughing fit during her solo… But not to worry, she sang beautifully, with no coughing at all! So proud!

Anyway, we went to the 10:00 performance. Amanda told us to get there early, so we left the house at 9:00… We ended up being REALLY early. *oops* … They were still rehearsing… But we did end up getting front row seats, which was awesome! Grammy came as well, and Amanda called and invited Grandma and Grandpa, who also came… Honestly, I was surprised that Jim came. I thought that he would rather stay home… But not only did he come, but he really enjoyed the whole performance.

Amanda did so well, but we could tell that she was pretty nervous… As part of her costume, she was wearing some rope as a belt. She kept fiddling with the belt. *lol* It was kinda cute.:)

It was pretty awesome seeing her in the lead role, even if it was a boys part.:) I am so proud of her! And she remembered all her lines as well! Awesome! (She really worked hard on them!)

There was one funny part… Her and two of the other characters had to climb aboard a ship. So basically, they had to climb up on the stage. Well, Amanda is tiny and not very strong. So while the other two girls easily climbed up onto the stage, Amanda had to make a running start and barely managed to get onto the stage. Everyone laughed. It was so cute and funny! *lol*

Amanda tells me that Mrs. Boyer isn’t going to be the choir teacher next year, and that because of that, there won’t be another play for her 7th grade year… I am pretty bummed about that! This one was so much fun!

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The One With the Nice Night

Tonight was one of my rare nights off of work… And yes, I know that I get two nights off a week, but it’s just not enough. Really NOT ENOUGH. *sigh*

Anyway, today was a gloriously sunny sort of day. So though I normally don’t want to have to do anything on my day off, that requires shoes, today I wasn’t too grumpy about the fact that I had to leave the house… Because it was just so beautiful out!❤

Tomorrow is Amanda’s play, and today they have a dress rehearsal… and we hadn’t gotten around to getting her a costume yet. *hangs had in shame* … With me working nights, and not wanting to go anywhere on my days off, things like this get put off.

Joe took today and tomorrow off as vacation days, which was good, since the dress rehearsal was right after school. Our original plan was to take Amanda to the Goodwill after school, but we had to change that, since she needed the costume. So Joe and I went by ourselves… I had an idea of what the costume needed to look like. There was a picture of her character on the front of the script, so I just needed to find some clothes that looked like what Jim was wearing in the picture. Easy-peasy.:)

She also needed white tights, so we went to Walmart as well, and picked some up. Then we went to Dairy Queen for some lunch and ice cream. We then dropped the costume off at the school, so she could have it for her rehearsal, and home we went… Then I went inside to do some housework, and Joe took advantage of the sunshine to mow the lawn and get some yard work done.

When Josh came home from school, he pulled out the pressure washer and started cleaning the driveway and walkway. It looks great! … I think we need to buy some moss killer though.

Once it started getting close to dinner time, Joe built a fire out in the back. We all… Except for Jared, who was working… sat around the fire and roasted hotdogs for dinner. It was so nice and relaxing… and the warm temps felt so wonderful after a cold, wet winter.

How I love lazy, sunny evenings!:)

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The One With the Flashback

I found this page, via a link on Facebook. 18 Cringeworthy Accessories from the 80’s. Oh my, did it take me back…

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#1) Rubber Bracelets

Madonna was so cool in the 1980s, she convinced us that wearing piles of cheap rubber bracelets on top of each other looked good.

My, oh my, did I have quite the collection of rubber bracelets, back in my middle school days! I had well over a hundred of them, in so many colors! Some were solid, some were transparent, some had glitter. I would match the colors to what I was wearing. I had planned on saving them, to one day give to my daughters… But my sister found them when Justina was small, and talked me into letting her have them. They are all lost now…

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#2) Banana Clips

’80s hair was so big and textured, it required a massive banana-shaped claw to hold it up in a ponytail.

Oh, yes… Banana clips. I did have some of those, as well. I remember getting my first one, back in high school. It took me a while to get it right, on how to get it in my hair correctly. *lol* Once I did figure it out (I never was good at hair and fashion😉 ), I wore them frequently, when I had to dress up. *lol*

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#3) Scrunchies

No one would ever be caught dead wearing a scrunchie these days, but they were ubiquitous a few decades ago.

There was a time where I LOVED my scrunchies! *lol* I loved having different colors and would coordinate them with what I was wearing… To be honest, I wore them longer than what was actually popular… The story of my life. *lol* … I would say that this would be AFTER my teen years. More like the 90’s for me. *hangs head in shame*

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#4) Leg Warmers

They started out as athletic wear, but by the late ’80s, women were wearing leg warmers with mini-skirts and leggings as part of their everyday look.

I would say that these were NOT a late 80s thing. More like an early 80s thing. I remember them being popular when I was in middle school, like around 1983-1984-ish. I did have one pair, but they were handmade by my mom. I never wore them in public. I only wore them in the house… Of course, I was not the type to wear mini skirts and leggings. *lol*

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#5) Jelly Shoes

They looked like kids’ shoes and made your feet smell terrible. Enough said.

I never, ever, ever owned or wore a pair of these, nor did I EVER want to! And to be honest, I don’t remember a single friend who did… I think maybe my niece had a pair, when she was a tiny tot, but it would be cute on a tot. *lol*

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#6) Shoulder Pads

Having broad, masculine shoulders was the look to kill for.

I will admit to wearing my share of shoulder pads, back in my high school days. I was more aware of what I wore, and wanted to look nice… I guess by then I was passed those awkward middle school years. *lol* … Anyway, I had quite a few shirts with shoulder pads. Some of them were sewn into the shirts and some were velcroed on, so you could remove them.

I thought they looked so cool.😉

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#7) Reebok Sneakers

Women would walk to work in chunky Reebok sneakers and power suits à la Melanie Griffith in Working Girl.

I never owned a pair of Reebok sneakers… Not that I wouldn’t have. We could just never afford the nice shoes. We wore generic shoes… Oh, in high school I had one pair of actual Ked shoes, which I bought myself, but most of my shoes were generic versions of Keds.

No cool shoes for Julie.😉

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#8) Fingerless Gloves

Another ’80s trend we can thank Madonna for? Fingerless gloves.

I actually don’t have any memory of fingerless gloves. I really don’t… I missed a lot of the movie trends, because I saw so very few of them. We didn’t have a VCR, and rarely saw a movie in the theater.

So no… No fingerless gloves for me… And I am okay with that.😉

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#9) Fanny Packs

The only thing tackier than a fanny pack? An acid-wash denim fanny pack.

Now I DID have a fanny pack, but it wasn’t used much. Mainly used it for traveling, so I wouldn’t have to carry around a purse or something… Mine wasn’t acid washed though… But I would have LOVED that. I loved, loved, loved acid washed things! *lol* I wore my acid washed coat until it fell apart, I loved it so much.😉

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#10) Moon Boots

Rainbow Brite would have felt at home wearing these ’80s snow boots.

This is another thing I don’t remember… Maybe it’s because I grew up in the pacific northwest, and we don’t get much snow. It we do, it’s only an inch, if we’re lucky. We really didn’t have any need for snow boots, even ones with rainbows on them.😉

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#11) Oversized Hair Bows

Is it cute for an 8-year-old girl to wear a gigantic head bow? Sure. A 30-year-old woman? Not so much.

This is another thing that I don’t remember. When did teens and grown women wear Nellie Oleson bows?! Did they? … Not a single one of my friends did, and trust me, no matter how popular they were, I WOULD NEVER wear one! *rofl*

I don’t do fru-fru.😉

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#12) Scrunch Socks

Also known as slouch socks, these funny, oversized socks were often layered or paired with white Keds.

I do remember scrunch socks, but I never owned a pair… Not that I had anything against them, I just never bought any. I don’t know if I ever even gave it much thought, honestly.

I know that I LOVED the cuff socks. I had them in every color imaginable, so that I could match them with what I was wearing… And I wore them with my Keds.😀

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#13) Oversized Earrings

When you have big hair, you apparently need even bigger earrings.

While I never had any earrings that were that big, I did have my fair share of dangling earrings… And yes, I would match colors and designs to whatever shirt I was wearing. I was always all about matching. *lol*

Now I can’t imagine wearing anything bigger than a stud. I wouldn’t even wear the hoop earrings that seem to be popular.

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#14) Swatch Watch

These watches were the epitome of 1980s style and not in a good way.

I can’t tell you how much I wanted a Swatch Watch. Oh, I wanted one sooooo very badly! Not only did I love all the bright colors, and the transparent rubber pieces, I just thought they were so cool! And what’s even better, is that since they were made of all rubber and plastic, I could have worn one without getting a rash from the metal.

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#15) Members Only Jackets

These jackets were considered fancy enough to wear to formal, black-tie events.

I totally forgot about these jackets! I had one! … Only mine was blue. I remember thinking that they were sooo cool, especially with the strap things on the shoulder and around the neck. Why those made it cool, I have no idea… But I wore mine all the time, back in my middle school days.:)

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#16) T-Shirt Clips

These are what you reached for when you wanted to accessorize your T-shirt.

I had one t-shirt clip, that I only used a handful of times… And I am ashamed to admit it, but it was after they were cool. Seriously, it’s the story of my life. I am always behind the times. *lol*

I didn’t have a bedazzed round one though. Mine was heart shaped.:)

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#17) Cyclops Sunglasses

Neon-colored cyclops sunglasses were a must-have for Star Trek fans.

While I never had a pair of sunglasses like this, I wouldn’t have been opposed to it either. *lol* I did have a pair of red, mirrored sunglasses that I loved, back in middle school, that were similar, but had two eye pieces… I didn’t wear them too often though.

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#18) Pom-Pom Socks

It was like wearing a bunny tail but on both of your ankles.

I did have some pom-pom socks, in the very early 80s. I didn’t overly like them though. The pom-poms would always fall off one of the socks, and since there are no cuffs, the socks would slide off your feet and into your shoes… Which is why I STILL love cuff socks, though they are getting harder and harder to find. *sigh*

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