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So, it’s Friday night and I go into work as usual. I was feeling wiped out because I hadn’t got much sleep and I’d gone out to dinner with Kendra and my father, so I was over-full. I was supposed to work on the register, but I was in at ten and Nimeh wasn’t scheduled until eleven, so I handled the deli work for an hour. At eleven, Nimeh comes sailing in and, without saying a word to me, opens up a register and starts ringing up customers. This irritates me, but ok, so I go up and ask her (politely) why she opened a drawer. Her reply was “Liz (our manager) says whoever comes in at ten has to stay in the deli all night.” News to me, but it’s possible. So, I carefully explain to her that I’m not feeling well and it would be really helpful if she would work in the deli for the rest of the night. Nimeh then just shrugs her shoulders and turns her back on me.

Right, so at this point I know reasonable discussion is out the window. Nimeh has decided she’s working register tonight and nothing I say or do is going to change her mind. So, I do something I’m loathe to do….. I ask for help. I call Liz (this is about 11:30 at night on her day off, mind you) and ask her if she told Nimeh she’d be working register tonight. Liz says “no” and I explain the situation to her. Liz tells me that Kelli (our other third shift worker) had asked that when she came in early and did all the prep work in the deli, that she stay in the deli because Nimeh had been switching with her after most of the deli work had been done. Nimeh’s little mind, of course, had then set that in stone as a rule for everyone. Liz then asked to speak to Nimeh. What followed was a very excited conversation. I only overheard part of it, basically Nimeh denying she said what she said or did what she did.  After they had talked at length, Nimeh gave the phone back to me and went into the deli, banging around and muttering to herself. Liz was starting to explain (vent) to me about what she and Nimeh had said, when Nimeh came out fo the deli and told me she wasn’t feeling well and that she was going home. Once again, the phone switch happened and Liz told Nimeh if she walked out the door, she would no longer have a job. Nimeh said “fine with me” and left anyway.

So, short story long, Nimeh no longer works there *happy dance*. There’s a major source of tension out of my life. Of course, it also means that now we have to hire and train two people before I can get off of nights, but third shift will be much more pleasant to work, so I’d say it was well worth it.

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“The big mistake men make is that when they turn thirteen or
fourteen and all of a sudden they’ve reached puberty they
believe that they like women. Actually, you’re just horny.
It doesn’t mean you like women any more at 21 than you did
at ten.” –Jules Feiffer

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*Comics unabashedly stolen from Least I Could Do And Sinfest. Go check ’em out!

“Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth… Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.” -Noela Evans

Oooooh man, it’s been a rough week. I started out feel ing good. Really good. Too good, as it turns out, because I ended up totally overdoing it at the gym on Monday and Tuesday. I have a couple of muscle groups that just feel like they’ve been punched. So, not being a total masochist, I gave myself a couple of extra resting days yesterday and today…… Well, it was more my body insisted on resting than any real decision on my brain’s part. Kind of a “either you lie down or you fall over” thing. I’m better now, just a bit achey and with interesting popping noises happening when I stretch. I’ll be back at the gym tomorrow, but I’ll keep it light.

So, what else has been happening? Work work work, of course. I’m still on nights….dammit. We had a new girl hired to work third shift, had her in a couple of days for training, then she worked one overnight shift with Nimeh and never came back again. Our manager at this pint has had enough. Not enough to fire her….yet…. but enough to tell me to stop avoiding confrontations and call Nimeh on her bullshit. Not just me, but everyone who works with her. I seem to be the tip of the spear, however… Maybe because I’m the one who really stood up to her in the past. My challenge will be putting a positive spin on any confrontation I have with her. Maybe positive is the wrong word, more like constructive…. Which would be easier to do if I was dealing with a rational person. The trick will be not letting myself react emotionally if (when) she flips out. Ah well, that should make life interesting.

On the positive side, our store’s “shrink” has gone down since I’ve been back on nights. “Shrink” is coporate speak for product that’s lost without going through the register. Basically, theft and/or spoilage. Anyway, since I’ve been in charge of the register on nights, shrinks gone from $935 a week to $123,  so that’s being looked at as a rather large feather in my cap. I don’t know if it’s a result of my paying more attention to what’s going on in the store or if someone on nights was actively stealing. Either way, the change has been noticed and on a higher level than even the district manager, or so I’ve been told. My manager has been giving me more responsibility (and more overtime) as a result. At this point, I’m pretty much acting as an Assistant Manager, but without the actual title. The title will come in the next couple of months, so I’m not worried.

Yeah, so work, sleep, and exercise has pretty much been my life lately.

Each week ten words are posted to which you can respond to with the first thing that comes to mind. “Rules are, there are no rules.” There are no right or wrong answers. Don’t limit yourself to one word responses; just say everything that pops into your head.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Be mine :: Ever and always
  2. Ecstatic :: Sensual Pleasure
  3. Orderly :: And boring
  4. Sebastian :: Bach
  5. Sore :: But Satisfied
  6. Don’t need :: No Sad Songs Anymore
  7. Rockstar :: Live hard, die young
  8. Tinfoil :: Hat keeps the aliens away!
  9. Addiction :: Kick it
  10. Where? :: Right here, right now


Little Sally came home from school with a smile on her face
and told her mother, “Frankie Brown showed me his weenie
today at the playground!”

Before the mother could raise a concern, Sally went on to
say, “It reminded me of a peanut.”

Relaxing with a hidden smile, Sally’s Mom asked, “Really
small, was it?”

Sally replied, “No, Salty.”

Mom Fainted.


Heheheheh, so here I am, typing on my shiny new computer. 22 inch Acer flat screen, Intel Core 2 quad processor, 3 gigs of RAM…… Yeah, to say it kicks the ass of my old system is a major understatement. I installed Neverwinter Nights 2 on it and was just blown away by the graphics and gameplay. Hence the lack of blog posts or visiting my friend’s web pages in the past week. 😉

BUT, I’ve obsessed enough to rub just a bit of the shiny off, so I should go back to being a good little blogger now. About my only complaint is that the place that upgraded my computer was supposed to tranfer all my old files onto the new one and all they transferred was two files. Luckily, those two files contained all of my pictures and artwork, but all my save games, bookmarks, downloads, etc. are gone now. Grrrrrr.

In other news, work continues to go well. My merit raise supposedly went through this week. It won’t be much, just a 4% raise, but it’s something. I can’t complain too much about that because most people at the store are only gett a 2% raise, if that, because they’ve only worked for the company for six months. I should also be getting my shift leader raise soon. There’s been now word on the actual amount of that raise, but I have to figure it’s at least fifty cents an hour. Hopefully more, but I’m staying conservative in my estimates to avoid disappointment. Also, I’ve been assure that I’ll be proted to Assistant Manager in the next couple of months, so that will be another raise as well as five to ten hours of overtime per week. So, if everything goes according to plan, my finances should work themselves out soon.

So, all in all, I’m fairly content, things are progressing well, and I’m totally paranoid about something going wrong 😉


Each week ten words are posted to which you can respond to with the first thing that comes to mind. “Rules are, there are no rules.” There are no right or wrong answers. Don’t limit yourself to one word responses; just say everything that pops into your head.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Cups :: Deep in my ___
  2. Brilliant :: Observation, Einstein!
  3. Disobey :: Authority
  4. Abstain :: Will power
  5. Daily :: Devotion
  6. You make me :: Absolutely Crazy
  7. Hurl :: Toss Cookies
  8. Intensify :: What a rush
  9. Fuck! :: Off!
  10. Race :: Ya!