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I feel today has been a productive day for yours truly. I got up early, paid some bills which crept up on me, went to the movies, did some shopping and am now at home doing laundry.
Supper tonight will be sausage sautéed in butter with green beans, sweet peppers, diced tomatoes and a little bit of lime. It will be seasoned to taste with chili powder and pepper. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
Also, there will be writing.
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So, today's been a real buttfucker.
It was going okay until my laptop decided to spazz out and die on me. I'm not sure what happened. It started with uncontrollable screen scrolling and went downhill from there. Eventually, I shut it off and it just hung up. After twenty minutes, I unplugged it and pulled the battery. I waited a while then tried starting it up again and it just spun its wheels for a while, then powered down.
And then I accidentally knocked it off the counter. When I picked it up, I could hear bits rattling around inside and knew it was a lost cause.
*sigh*
So, I went out and got a new one.
Ugh. Here's hoping this one lasts longer than the last one.
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So, the acid reflux has pretty much been resolved and, wonder of wonders, I'm actually wearing the 'skinny' belt.
Like all persons of a certain size, who try various diet methods, I've got multiple belts in my closet. When I got back into keto a little while ago, I started to notice some weight loss, but didn't think much of it. Then, suddenly, I realized I was on the last hole of my 'normal' belt.
I fished out the 'skinny' belt and, lo and behold, I could get it closed.
Then, a day later, I discovered that I could reach the second hole on the belt.
Wow.
I guess eating all these green, leafy veggies is really doing the trick.
:)
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My acid reflux has irritated the back of my throat, so that it feels weird when I swallow. But I'm swallowing all the time, which makes me hyper aware of it. *sigh* Can anyone out there say 'catch-22'?
I haven't had to deal with this stuff in a while, and it seems that there are now two schools of thought regarding acid reflux. The traditional school of thought is that it occurs when there's too much acid in the stomach. The new school of thought is that it's caused by a lack of stomach acid.
So?
Which is it?
This is just one of the reasons that I think doctors are just a bunch of quacks, looking to get rich off the sick and the stupid.
In the meantime, I'm sitting here on the couch, debating whether I should take some antacids or eat something spicy???
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Events in Manchester make me think that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Who the fuck walks into a concert attended mostly by kids, with a nail bomb? How warped is a person, a movement, that thinks this is acceptable? It just makes me want to give up on humanity, until I remember something that Mr. Rogers once said. "Whenever something bad happens, look for the helpers."
So I look for the helpers in Manchester.
And they're there.
I look for the helpers, and hear about long lines at local hospitals, donating blood.
I look for the helpers, and see people bringing the police tea and sandwiches.
I see the helpers and I feel like maybe the world isn't so fucked up after all.
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A couple of days ago I had a big iced coffee. It was the only thing I ate that day and it triggered my acid reflux. The next day, I spent all day eating bannanas and drinking apple juice,trying to get things back under control. Today, I'm feeling okay. Mostly, I'm just burping a lot and suffering from dry tongue. Someone suggested I take a spoonful of olive oil to coat my tongue so I can sleep better, but I don't think I'm going to be doing that.
Anyway, that's the big news in my life these days.
Oh. That, and the writing. I'm doing a sort of post-modern superhero story. Not sure where it's going, but hopefully somewhere interesting.
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Today, I went and saw Beauty & The Beast. It was an okay movie, but not particularly stellar. Emma Watson was nice, although I don't think singing is ever going to be her forte, and the actor playing the Beast was more interesting as the Beast. As for the rest? Eh. It was okay.
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Well.
So, I've been writing D&D 5e characters for a little while and I just wrote my 100th page of material.
I don't know how it happened.
This whole thing started as a one-off, a riff off of Critical Role's Vox Machina. Somehow, it took on a life of its own.
Heh.
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Today was my first day back at the Old Shop and it felt great to be back. I started tackling the Book Room, and felt like I made some serious headway. The biggest hiccup was my discovery that the books I thought were ours, were actually someone else, so I went in thinking we had more variety in stock than we actually did. Actually, what we have are about nine boxes of books devoted to mummies, Egypt, etc. There's some nice stuff in the boxes, but what am I gonna do with nine boxes of that stuff???? I did fine some boxes of Star Trek paperbacks, and at least one box filled with mysteries. So, if worse comes to worse, I can alter my initial plan to have Fiction and NonFiction sections and have multiple Fictional sections.
Also, didn't really eat anything today and I'm about to freakin' starve.
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Whoo.
Been a little while since I updated, but I'm happy to report that things are going well.
My last day at the New Store was this past Saturday, which was also Free Comic Book Day. It was a busy day, made busier still when the store's POS system went kerplunk and we couldn't do any sales transactions on our side. We had to send everyone over to the smoke shop to make their purchases. Heh.
At the end of the day, the boss surprised me. He gave me a cheesecake. It came completely out of the blue and was a very nice gesture.
So, I've had the last few days off. I go back to the Old Shop tomorrow and am looking forward to it. It turns out that we're keeping the book room, which is a surprise and, to be frank, I think it's a bad idea. But the owner wants to keep the books, so we're keeping the books. I start working in 'new' stock this weekend and am thinking that I'm going to eventually have to reorganize the entire room into Fiction and NonFiction sides.
Personally, I think if we turned it into a $1 comic room, it would be a better use of the space, but the boss said he likes the books and wants to keep 'em. Eh. It's his store.
Also discovered I won't be working just weekends, but will probably have a variable schedule. That's not a problem, it just means that I won't be applying for that job at the real book store. Ah well. C'est la vie.
I've started keto again and am past the keto flu and feeling pretty good overall. Having cut out soda, I can already see an improvement in my memory. Unfortunately, the lack of sugar also seems to have stifled my creative impulses. PHeh. Also, I have to cut back on the eggs. I've had way too many boiled eggs in the last few days.
The hardest thing for me to do on keto is get the necessary fat. So I add butter to everything and go drink a half-pint of whipping cream every day. I know. I know. Actually, it's not as bad as it sounds. And I go to town on sour cream and, occasionally, cream cheese.
The only thing I'm doing different this go around is not restricting my green, leafy vegetables. I did that last time and my gut flora paid the price. So, this time, I'm eating lots of salads and canned greens like spinach and turnip greens and cabbage.
So, that's where I'm at right now.
Life is falling into a new rhythm, but it's one I don't mind.
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Happy Beltane! Totally forgot about it until I got home and saw some posts on FB. Ah well, better late than never.
I did not do much today. I went by this bookstore I'm thinking of applying at and picked up an application. While I was there, I grabbed a book of Robert Frost poems and a historical murder mystery set in Ancient Rome. Looking forward to reading them both.
Then, it was off to my Mom's place for the rest of the afternoon. It's been a while since I've been out there, so there was lots of gossip (on her part) to catch me up on. For a 70 year old woman, she hasn't slowed down much. To be honest, she goes out more often than I do!
It rained a bit and when it let up I headed home. Had to backtrack when I encountered an accident, then took the long way home, stopping off at Wendy's for a Baconator combo.
Home now, where I shared some music videos I like on FB, and decided to update here as well.
This is my last week at the New Store. After this Saturday, I'm back to working at the Old Shop, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Also, three days on and four days off? Who wouldn't like that kind of schedule?
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I'm in a sad mood tonight and I don't know why.
Part of it could be physical melancholia.
I haven't been feeling very well, the last couple of days thanks to a lingering stomach bug.
Today, I left work early because I felt like I was going to be sick.
I was sick. In the parking lot outside Dollar General.
That was hours ago.
I've been sipping ginger ale and nibbling on saltine crackers, and feel physically okay.
But I'm sad.
Sad enough to hunt down sad music on YouTube.
Polly Paulusma's 'The Wods.' 'The Bed Song' by Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra. REM's classic, 'Everybody Hurts.'
I feel like I need to cry or vomit and I'm not sure which or why.
:(

Venting

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:59 pm
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99% of the time, I'm fine with my roommate/renter, Jeff.
But today, he's hogging the fucking washer & dryer and it's really getting on my tits.
Fuck.
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So, the Old Shop made me an offer this past week.
I took it without even giving the New Store a chance to make a counter offer.
Sorry, New Store. I like your owner and the people who work there, but the vibe just isn't me. That said, I feel bad about bailing so soon. It costs about $200 to put someone on payroll and even though I thought I'd be returning to the Old Shop I didn't expect it to happen so soon. So, I offered to work the last week there gratis, as compensation to the owner.
Yeah. I know. Y'all probably think I'm stupid, but I prefer to think of myself as honorable.
Does that sound pretentious?
*sigh*
Anywho, when I go back to the Old Shop it'll be part-time to start off with. Three days a week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at $10 an hour. Later, when we start carrying new comics again, I might shift my days or maybe get them extended.
I'm really looking forward to being back at the Old Shop. The other day, while I was watching the place while the new owner went to Celebrations, an old customer actually gave me a big hug. He said it was great to see me in the store again and he hoped I'd be there the next time he came.
I can't think of any place else I've worked that something like that's happened.
It made me feel quite warm and fuzzy for a few seconds.
Anyway, my last day at the New Store is Free Comic Book Day. Then, I start back at the Old Store the next weekend.
I am so looking forward to it!
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Yeah, so the other day I heard about LJ's new TOS and officially nuked the site. Shitty thing is that you had to agree to the TOS before you could log in and delete the account.
FUckin' Russians.
In other news, I had to talk with the owner of the New Store about the potential job offer from the Old Shop. I was getting a stress rash and other symptoms. It just felt like the right thing to do.
That said, I had to give the Old Shop owner an ultimatum. Make me a job offer by the end of the month or I'm out.
Honestly, I don't REALLY want to work at the New Store. The people are nice, but the vibe just doesn't feel right. Also, I hate standing on my feet for seven fucking hours at a time. I'm too old for that shit.
But if the Old Shop doesn't make me an offer, I'll grin and bear it. New Store has offered to make me a manager if I'm willing. Which would be cool.That store needs some fucking help.
Actually, I told the owner that if he was consistently in the red with comics, then he should get out of 'em and turn the store into a vape shop or something.
Eh. I don't know.
Why does life have to be so fucking hard sometimes???
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So, I think I'm just going to keep my mouth shut at the New Store and see how things pan out. I talked about the situation with a friend and his advice pretty much mirrored my own sentiments. If the Old Shop asks me back, then I'll consider taking the job. Until then, I'm at the New Store.
At least they finally gave me access to the POS a.k.a. the Piece of Shit system.
Ugh.
The less said about that, the better.
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I find myself in a moral quandry.
The last couple of weeks I've been working at the New Shop.
It's been okay. Not great. Just okay.
But this past weekend, I stopped in at the Old Shop and the new owner pretty much said he'd like to hire me back in May/June, full time at $10 an hour.
I would probably say yes if asked to come back to the Old Shop.
It's comfortable, like an old shoe, and I think the new owner is doing some great things with it.
Hence, my moral quandry.
I don't want to be a dick and string my current boss along for a couple of months, then suddenly spring it on him that, "Hey! I'm going back to my old shop! How much notice do you need?"
Y'know?
I don't want to be a dick.
I kind of want to give him a heads up that this thing is out there. But I don't want to shoot myself in the foot if the job offer doesn't come through, although I think it will.
So, what to do?
Any advice would be appreciated.
:/
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Today at the store I filled out my W-4. So, I guess I'm officially on-track now to be an official employee. I'm going to be paying taxes and everything.
Thing is, I'm not sure I want to stay there. Or that I am. And I feel like a tease for suggesting that I'm going to stay there and then bolt if the Old Shop asks me to come back. Which may or may not happen.
I don't know.
Plus, I'm spending most of my time standing around watching Mike do shit and he's not bothering to explain stuff and there's just a lot of crap going on that I really think I could do without.
Don't get me wrong.
The people I work with are nice.
It's just, I'm the oldest person in the store and some days I really feel like it.
Today has been one of those days. :/
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So, normally I post stuff on my FB page about work and stuff, but I don't feel comfy doing that since the owner/manager of the New Store is on my FB flist. So I guess I'll be using DW to vent.
I've been training at the New Store for three days. The people training me are nice, but the training is fucking haphazard. I just found out today that I can use the trainee login on the POS to ring people up. So I signed in and was ringing people up and I got a guy with a credit card. I'm trying to find the cc ap and the guy's getting antzy so I pass it off to Mike, who would rather talk on the cellphone than help the guy in front of him. Oy vey.
And then the guy who was working this morning, on Tuesday, the day we prep for New Comic Wednesday, promises some guy that we'll playtest about a dozen retrogames and have an estimate waiting for him that evening.
Yeah.
It happened, but Leroy should never have promised the guy same day service. That's not the way it works.
There's other shit, like I'm not getting copied in on the schedule, even though I'm in the super-secret FB group. So I have no idea when the fuck I'm working next week.
My Old Shop keeps saying they'll hire me back in a couple of months.
I'm hoping they aren't just fucking around with me.
At this point? I'd be willing to go back to work over there for minimum wage.
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So, I'm sort of employed.
The other week the owner of the comic shop down the road PMs me on Facebook. He wanted to get together for drinks or something.
So I said, "Sure!" and we met at Red Robins.
We talked for a little while and he asked if I'd still be interested in working for the shop. I said, "Sure." So, I've been doing a paid internship there the last week and this week too.
Owner's already told me I'm going to get hired. When I'm put on payroll, I'll be working full time. Which, unfortunately, means I won't be able to help out at my old shop as much.
I've been filling in on weekends there, when the new owner is out of town at conventions and stuff.
I'm still locked in for a week in April, but after that? I can't make any promises.
The New Shop is very different from my Old Shop. They have a POS system, which, IMHO, stands for 'Piece of Shit.' Not a fan.
They bag and board EVERYTHING in the store. Part of this is because their sister store is a smoke shop. But I think they need to leave a browser copy out among the week's new releases. People aren't going to branch out and try new stuff if they can't sample it.
There's a lot of retrograme stuff in the store. Ugh. I hate video games and know dick about them.
Their collectibles are kind of 'meh.'
They sell boardgames and t-shirts and movies.
There are less than 100 graphic novels in the entire store.
The store is small.
On the upside, the people are nice. I've seen a lot of familiar faces at the store from my Old Shop. The boss is pretty cool. People who shop there seem to genuinely like the place.
It's just different.
And different is scary.
But I'm pretty sure I can make a go of it. :)

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