Getting a chuckle out of it

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Friday afternoon I had finally heard back from one of the interviews I went on back in August (seven and a half weeks after my interview), that they had gone with someone else. I still haven’t heard back from the first cost plus world market I think interviewed at for the season (9 weeks since my interview).

I knew I hadn’t gotten either of them the day I had interviewed for them. I have done enough retail job interviews to know that it’s rare to get the job if you walk out of the interview without at least a tentative job offer.

I found the whole email to let me know they went with someone else 7.5 weeks after the interview, and 3 weeks after I started my current job (and 5 weeks post interview for said job that I walked out of with a tentative job offer) to be down right hilarious. There is no reason to get angry and bent out of shape about it, especially now that I am working somewhere else. I have great coworkers, a great supervisor and great GM. I have the privilege to be working with some amazing people. If I were working at either of the other two places I interviewed for prior to where I work now, I doubt I would be having the same experience I am now.

I might also be finding that email hilarious because of how hard I have been working this past week.

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The Day Everyone Was Zombies

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This work week is finally over (at least for me anyway).

By yesterday morning everybody who had been working all week was done. You could tell we were all exhausted, and that the week was wearing on us. I feel bad for the two GM’s who have been putting in over 60 hours of work, and are on day 6 or 7 without a day off. You could tell everyone was tired, and that they had reached their limits.

This morning on my way to work I got caught by a speed trap as I was passing a oil truck after putzing behind him for a ways. It was smelly and slow and taking to long after a stop light, so I sped up to get around it, and bam, the flashes went off and there I was. Note to self in the future: take a different route to and from work. This is the city. There are plenty of other ways to get there without taking the freeway.

There is a bath and body works across the little side road, in the same shopping complex as where I work. I got an email while I was at work that their aroma therapy stuff was 50% off. After I got off work, I stopped there and got a bottle of the stress relief body wash and the body cream as well as the almond scented body wash and a container of pumpkin cupcake hand soap.

I stopped and got myself a large soy hazelnut latte from Dutch Bros on my way home before running my other errands.

I also stopped at Target and Fred Meyer to pick up stuff like laundry detergent, icy hot for my achy joints and muscles, my favorite lotion, shampoo, conditioner, tea, and fruit snacks.

Having enough Gas to get me through to payday has been a real stressor the past couple of weeks. Beings that I got paid, I was able to put gas in my car.

Since I have been home, I took a nice hot shower, I used my new stress relief body wash. I also applied the icy hot after my shower and a little bit of the stress relief body cream.

I had some lunch, and now I am just relaxing while I have a load of laundry going. I was so hot and sweaty when I got home, everything needed a bath.

It will be nice to do some knitting as well as being able to catch up on on vlogs and shows I have been missing.

I have been missing being out living in a small town, with wide open spaces.

The craziest schedule

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Today is Thursday, right?

This week has been crazy. My work schedule has been all over the place, which means my sleeping schedule has been all over the place.

Monday was great since I had gotten off early enough in the morning that it was still dark when I went to bed, and was a cold, grey, dark kind of day which was great for sleeping. Tuesday, I also got off early enough that I could fall asleep before the sun came up.

Yesterday, was the craziest day of them all. I had started at 1:30 am, got off at 10 am, and then went and saw my mom before I came home. By the time I got home and showered, and went to bed it was after noon. Yesterday was sunny, and even if I had gone straight home it was daylight so going to bed about 11 or after noon didn’t make much difference. I slept a few hours and then had to be at work again at 9:30 last night. That was the craziest, the quick turnaround between the two shifts.

That brings me up to right now, Thursday afternoon, about four and having just woken up for the day after going to bed this morning.

So here I am, still exhausted, ready for this week to be over, yet still having one shift to go before that happens. Fortunately I will have had roughly 20 hours between when my last shift ended and the next one actually starts when all is said and done instead of 11.5 hours and starting my next shift the same day I got off the last night one.

Tomorrow is gonna be good. It’s payday and then it is also the weekend. For now though I need to do some laundry, make some tea and get some food before getting some more sleep before I go back to work.

Good Daytime Sleeping Weather

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I am still trying to wake up. I worked last night, so I slept today. Thank goodness today has been cool, grey and rainy. That made sleeping during the day easier.

I have work again tonight. We are getting ready for Christmas, and setting up our holiday shops.

This evening I had opened my window, and could tell someone was having a fire, as I could smell it in the air. I love these rainy autumn days where it is cool enough for people to be having fires. I do love this time of year.

I have really been missing living in a small town in the middle of nowhere lately. Especially evenings like this where it is rainy, cool and there is a hint of smoke in the air. I loved the lighter traffic, and small town vibes.

Greek Fest Weekend

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It’s Greek Fest Weekend here in beautiful, rainy, Portland, Oregon!

It has become a tradition that my family and I go to Greek Fest each year.

I got a couple of gyros, a sausage and some loukoumades (honey covered doughnut hole type dessert). The food is so good.

Yesterday my brother came back from his week long vacation to Hawaii.

Saturday is also a typical errand running day.

Tonight I have work, and have work the rest of the week as well. So life is getting busier these days.

In between eating, sleeping and working I am also trying to be getting as much knitting as I can done. I am trying get as many pairs of socks done while it is cold and wet so when next summer rolls around, there will be socks to be washed and blocked.

Christmas Comes Early in the Retail industry

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I had today off of work. I have been enjoying a relaxing day at home.

Today has been cold, wet and grey, which has been amazing. It has been so long since we have had weather like this. We ended the last water year over 6 inches less rain than normal, so we really need the rain. It wasn’t that long ago we were in a drought statewide.

Today, I mixed up a half a batch of gluten free vegan chocolate chip cookies, to take in my lunches this next week for work. It’s going to be a lot of work, but it is going to be worth the work.

Today I had a couple cups of tea and have been working on the second sock to the one I finished a couple days ago.

Being out and about, besides at work, Christmas decorations and stuff is out and in full swing, and it’s barely October.

October is Here

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Another week of work is in the books and it went really well. I am actually enjoying my job so far.

Today was one of those day that just flew by at work. I got so much done.

Last night I had finished up this sock before I had to go to bed.

This afternoon after I got home from work I had cast on its mate. I actually have the energy to knit. I have had a lot of caffeine. I had quite a bit of tea and some coffee, which is not usual. I don’t usually drink coffee. I needed it today.

Yesterday, since I was off I had gone out and ran a couple errands. There were a couple things I had wanted to take a look at and check out at the mall, so I had gone and done that.

Fall is finally in full swing, and it has finally been comfortable temperature wise. I am loving these low to mid 60’s days and cool mornings.

End of my First Week of a New Job.

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I have finished out my first week of work. While I am a bit sore and tired, It was a very good week. I love the sense of accomplishment I have after each work day, and that I am earning my own money.

On my morning commutes to work, it still kinda weirds me out how many people are out and about that early in the morning. That is one thing about having lived in a small town that has never left me, the whole being used to no night life and the town rolling up the sidewalks by 8 or 9 pm.

On my way home from work, later on in the mornings, once it is fully daylight, the clusters of tents where the homeless have set up and are living (especially near the freeway) is a glaring eye sore.

I start working my second location in a little over a week. I am going to be very busy until Christmas, and honestly I am very ok with that.

I have slowly been working my current pair of socks. I have still been working on the first sock that I have had to reknit it.

Back to Work!!!

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Yesterday was my first day at my new job. I started at 6:00 am, which meant I had to be up by 4:15 am. I was awake a bit before 4, so I got up and started getting ready.

I was off at a 11:00. The 5 hour shift went by super fast.

I am doing what I did last year, at a different location.

My day didn’t end with work, I came home, did a load of laundry, made some easy artisan bread and lentils. I was exhausted at the end of the day.

It was a good day, beings that I am doing the same job I did last year, It is a bit easier jumping it back in to it since I have a good idea of what is going on.

This week is a bit slower which is nice. It is giving me time to get adjusted to my schedule. I am also able to get some more knitting done.

These first couple weeks, while I figure out my schedule and get adjusted, I am laying low on my days off and planning my adventures for a bit later in the month as well as into November. There are several things I want to go do and see.

The Next Chapter is beginning!

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The Weather is cooling down, the days are getting shorter and I am finally going back to work, at least for the holidays.

I am very ready to be back to work.

There were a few adventures I wanted to go on here in Portland last spring that just didn’t work out. I am planning on making them happen in the next few months, when I have a day off or free afternoon.

While I don’t want to stay in Portland any longer than I have to, there are things I want to do here before I am able to leave. I have so many ideas for blog posts, Instagram pics, and more. I am ready to be back out on adventures now that it is cooling off. While I have several things on my bucketlist for the adventures I want to go on and share with you all, I would love some additional ideas of places that you all would like to see me go and write about! So leave me a comment on this post with what Portland sights you would like me to go to!

I am working on reknitting the sock I had started over the weekend.