Friday, September 15, 2017

Retail funnies

So I work retail,  I'm a shift manager at a "Major" drug store.  Isn't that what they would always say if you were a contestant on a game show in the 80's?  So lately there's been some really funny or at least I think they are funny things that have happened at work.  I do actually enjoy my job. Not of course all aspects of it, but I like keeping busy and interacting with customers & co-workers. The other day our Asset protection district manager comes in for a visit.  For the sake of the story, I'll just call him, "Roc" anyway Roc is talking to another worker we will call "Juan", anyway I go into the office where they are talking & say something like this,
"Excuse me?  Did Juan tell you about the bacon we found?"

Roc is like, "No... what about bacon"  

So I say, "Well we found this rolled up bacon package that we think fell out of some shoplifters pants,  It was rolled up in a ball & when we found it it was still cold, so I think I have a pretty good idea who attempted to steal it" 

Roc than says, "Really, wow people are crazy" 

I'm like,  "Yeah and that's not the only thing, we also found a 1 1b container of butter that was crumpled up.  SO we are assuming the person who stole it must have put the individual sticks down his pants too and left the container,  I guess it was easier to conceal that way." 

Roc says,  "Wow!  Bacon and Butter" 

To which (without missing a beat mind you) I say.... "Yeah, hasn't he heard about the ongoing cholesterol problem in America"  A nod of course to the greatest movie of all time, "My Cousin Vinny"  

He looked at me like I had two heads, so I don't think he got it. 

But I thought I was HYSTERICAL!

Here's another little gem.

I have this co-worker (& friend) name "Liza" that was working one morning & I didn't come in til after she had already left for the day.   The store manager always leaves a daily note for the shift managers about what we have to get accomplished for the day.  Anyway this particular note also included what was said that morning on the weekly mandatory manager's conference call.  One of the notes from the call was,

-All employees must be in their work clothes, including name tags every day.
  To which Liza writes under it, -CANCEL PAJAMA DAY! 

 I about died,  I thought it was the funniest thing.  It just tickled my funny bone.  Even now I think it's brilliant.   I mean cause what do they think?  That we are a bunch of morons.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Kiddo is a Junior!!! What? How?

So it's back to school time again.  Emily's a junior this year!  I literally can't imagine that I have a kid who is a junior.  That's insane to me.   How did this happen?  But ok... I've got to face facts, I do indeed have a Junior in High school!!  LOL!  It's truly astonishing how fast it went. I also could not be prouder of her.   This year will probably hold sooo many new experiences for Emily.   She (we) will be tiptoeing our way through college planning.  I say tiptoeing because she's only a Junior so we have a little time.  But since this is my only child,  maybe I'm just being naive there.  She will have to take the SAT's this year.  We are thinking in May.  She did well when she took a PSAT in Freshman year.  So hopefully she'll do well again,  Thankfully she doesn't get too stressed out about those kinds of test.   I know she will do fine,  she is very lucky that she has a really good grasp of many different kinds of studies.   Anyway, my hopes for this new year for her are what they are every year, that she makes a new friend or two.  That she is happy, safe,  that she continues to learn the life skills she will need to live successfully independently one day.  As well I hope she continues to love learning.  Emily is and always has been a lover of learning.  I remember when she was about 2.  I signed her up for this monthly book learning series mail order thing.  I believe it was called "Brighter Vision" learning series or something like that.  She got it for several years.  Each month the package would arrive and it would contain an activity book, a project of some kind & an actual book.  It was really cool. it would grow with your child, so the older the child got, the more advanced the materials.  Ever since Emily was very young, toddler age or before....  she has enjoyed books, would sit on your lap and let you read book after book to her.   I think this contributed to her reading at such an early age.  She was reading well before her 3rd birthday.  Her love of learning hasn't diminished any either,  it's obviously evolved & today many of her learning is via TV or the internet but it's still there.  That love for learning. Learning about EVERYTHING!   We always tease her that she can't believe everything on the internet... we say "BonJour" because of that TV commercial from awhile ago about the man who listed himself as a "french model" on the internet, but was really just some random below average looking fellow, who's line was "BonJour" to "prove" he was who he claimed.   I forget what the commercial was for.  I'd call that's a marketing fail. LOL!  Right now her favorite show on television is this show she discovered called Mysteries at the museum.  Which tells interesting tales about famous or infamous things from the past, things you might find in a museum.  I've actually not seen an episode of it.  It apparently has been on for like 11 seasons, how do I know this,  because we have 57 episodes on the DVR.   She has watched most of them.  We are down to like 20% of space.  How will I record my real housewives?  ;)   Anyway... just wanted to pop on her to give my kiddo a shout out and say,  "Emily.... have a great year!  You are amazing and I love you!"  Love, Mom.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer 2017 thus far...

Well... hello!  I haven't written anything on here in quite a little while.  Life.  It gets so busy.   I've been working a lot more than usual.  I am trying my best to pay off some debt and also to try and save some money for a trip to Florida we are planning.  Our family hasn't been since Emily was like 6, so it's kind of exciting.  We are going with Brian's brother's & his family.   They are what you call Disney experts.  So that's good.  We will not be staying at DisneyWorld but will be visiting the park for 3 days.  We are really excited!!  We also have a lot to still do to get ready for this trip, and we haven't yet come up w/ all the funds to cover everything.  So when all that gets worked out it will be a little easier to enjoy the idea of vacation.  Right now, it's still on the yikes side.. can we swing this?  We can and we will but it's still nerve-wrecking not being at the point where everything is paid.   We definitely need a vacation, unfortunately because the trip will be sometime in the future, we don't have any vacation plans for summer.  So it's going to be a pretty standard, stay at home summer.  Hopefully we can do a little local things to make it a somewhat eventful summer.  Emily's been having a pretty low-key summer as well.   Hmmm... so this is kind of a boring blog.  lol.   What else?  I have this horrible habit of losing my cell phone.  I'm not much of a cell phone person.  I have one, but I think I'd be ok if I didn't... lol.  I am constantly losing it, mostly because unlike most people, I don't have it attached to my hip.  It's something I use when i need to and don't when I don't.  So often times i wont know where it is for a day or two and by that point it's dead and I'm screwed cause I don't know where it is, I'm pretty bad at putting it in the same place.  It's very  annoying.  I need to get better at keeping a track of it.  It's not inexpensive and I should care more about it.... but I just can't seem to get in the habit of it, and I guess I just don't have a super need for it.  I figure if you need to get a hold of me, call the house line. Anyway,  what else?  Emily's doing well, she's working a little on her summer assignments for school.  She has to read a book for her AP English class, she choose to read 1984. She's about 100 pages in... I guess that's pretty good. I believe there is also an assignment to go along with it, but she hasn't started on that part.   She has yet to start on her History summer assignment. I reminded her of it today,  she's like.. OK.  Typical teenage.   I hope she doesn't wait to the last minute to get them done.  It would be nice if she got them done early and could just enjoy a few weeks with out it hanging over her head,  hint.. hint... Emily if you are reading this!! ;) Well I guess I'll go.  I hope if you come across this,  that you are having a great day!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WOW!!! March for Babies 2017 Update!

So with less than 3 days to go til the #MarchforBabies walk.  We are at $4,226 of our $5,000 goal!! I'm BLOWN away.... so grateful to all our donors and people who are supporting us.  This is an all time high for us! BUT we are not giving up,  with your help I know we can reach our ultimate goal of $5,000.  SO PLEASE PLEASE consider making a small donation to our team.  It goes to the March of Dimes and helps all babies be born healthy.  Many of the advancements that were funded by March of Dimes helped save our Emily's life many years ago and we want to help other families be able to bring their baby's home too.  SO PLEASE click on the link below and make a secure donation to March of Dimes... THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

March for Babies 2017 Update....

Hey All... Our Family team's March for Babies walk is 2 weeks away. "Team Emily-CR 213" is doing pretty well so far, we've raised $3,129 of our $5,000 goal!! Which is great, but we have high hopes this year that we will finally reach that $5000 mark this year!  I'd like to share a post on here that I wrote on my facebook page.  I think it helps to explain a little more why this is so important to us.  This is our family's 15th year walking in it.  So that shows you we are invested in this charity and look forward every year to helping this great charity by doing what we can.,  Please help us with a small donation in an effort to help more babies be born full term and healthy! Thank you!!!!!

  "Our family LOVES walking in & raising funds for the #MarchforBabies event for the March of Dimes! It warms our heart and amazes us, just how much support we continue to get from our friends and family, it means so much to us personally, because March of Dimes is a part of our heart. We know WITHOUT a DOUBT that had March of Dimes not taken on the mission to help premature babies many yrs ago, and that without the research and advancements in Premature/NICU care directly resulting from this charity, Emily would not have made it. I can't even begin to imagine a world without that magnificent girl! So I just want to say an enormous thank you to all my donors!"

                                                                                                                    XO Missy 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

That time of year again... March for Babies!!!

Please help my family's March of Dimes, March for Babies team.  We know first hand what it's like when your baby is born premature.  We are sooooo thankful to all that March of Dimes has done in their fight to prevent and improve the lives of babies, especially premature babies like our Emily.  Any small donation to help our team reach it's fundraising goal, would be fantastic.  Our goal this year is to raise/collect $5000 for the March of dimes.  The walk is on April 30th this year! Would you please consider making a donation using the link below!  THANK YOU!!!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Women's March on Washington 1/21/17

Well here I am... i know I haven't written on my blog in a while.  But I'm still here.  I'm trying hard to be positive despite my fear of the unknown with our new president.  I feel like already we are going backwards.   It's scary.  But each day I'm hopeful too, because I know and have seen first hand... that many like my family and myself won't stand idly by and let things change too much in the wrong direction.  We'll be there fighting.  So on January 21st.  The day after "he" was inaugurated. A few million of right thinking individuals got to marching.  My husband's mother and aunt came all the way from NEW MEXICO to participate in the march on Washington along with my family and our nephew Patrick.   It was amazing.  There were crowds as far as the eye could see.  It was chaos but the greatest chaos I had ever witness.  It was beautiful and peaceful and everyone was so kind.  I didn't feel afraid at all.  Before the day I must admit I was worried not so much for me but because Emily was coming and I worried that there might be violence.  There wasn't.  It was a great day.  It had its hiccups but all in all we stood united for a common cause.  A cause to say to President Trump that we are still here and we aren't going anywhere.  We will be there when you try and go backwards in female reproduction rights.  We will be here when you alienate immigrants and close borders AND BUILD WALLS.  We will be fighting so that all people are treated fairly and with respect no matter what they look like, or who they love.  We will be there to fight the good fight!!! Anyway... I'll get off my soap box for the moment and tell you a little about this incredible day.  We left our house at 6am and headed to DC.  In hindsight... we should have gotten to DC at 6am because there was soooo many people there when we got there.   We felt the enormity of the crowds even before we got into DC.  Becuase the first metro station sign we saw on the highway said that, that metro station was closed because there were already too many people in line to accommodate. The second one also said that, so we ended up I believe at the third metro station which was on the outskirts of DC I believe in Maryland.  We didn't have tickets for the metro, not that we were alone in our unpreparedness, most people didn't have tickets.  The line for getting tickets was around the building and down the street.  We knew it would be a very long wait and pretty early on, I said why don't we just try and get an uber.  Unfortunately we didn't do that right away but after about an 1 hr and 1/2 in line we finally ordered an uber.  20 minutes later the uber arrived.  It was worth the wait... it was a freakin' Cadillac Escalate w/ the nicest uber driver ever named Mason.  He took this weird back roads way to get there, I swear at some point we were driving behind a warehouse, but he knew what he was doing because then all the sudden we were there, somewhere in DC and we are seeing this massive line of people just marching along the streets of DC heading towards the capital building.  We hopped out of our Luxury ride and got in to the line of walkers.  We felt a little bad cause we butted in line but no body seemed to mind.  One person even shouted out... "Now that's the way to do it!!!"  LOL! We all got a kick out of that.  We walked a few blocks up and realized we were in the heat of it and nearing the Capital building, it was really excited!! Emily was lucky in that someone in the metro line, gave her a handwritten sign that said,  "This is what democracy looks like!" She was awesome because she carried that sign almost the entire day, for a long time while singing at the top of her lungs the song, " Do you hear the people sing?" from Les Miz. Which goes in part.....

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the songs of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Somewhere beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
I didn't know she was going to be singing that-she just started doing it.  But it was pretty appropriate.  I don't know if anyone else minded her singing it over and over in that line but no one said anything and all seemed to be smiling around her.  She's so awesome!! I was a proud mom seeing her there.  She so wanted to come too!  It was pretty awesome.  We marched for a while with the crowds,  I wanted to be able to see the stage and we tried our best to find it.  But the lines were being re-directed and it was a bit confusing.  Later in the day we ended up catching a glimpse completely by (I'll get to that in a little while)  We were all marching together for a while, which was really cool.  The coolest part was all the women in their varying shades of pink pussy hats.  Pat's friend who wasn't able to come to the march herself, made one for Pat, Barb and me.  The signs were the other cool part.  Soooo many signs, some incredibly clever like the women who used Trumps own words but highlighted them in such a way to say... Women can do anything! The other one I really liked was a sign that said,  " I thought my grandmother had already marched for this!" Ofcourse there were funny ones and crude ones too, Brian and I couldn't help but laugh at the one that simply said, "Fuck Pense too"  Anyway it was a lot to take in, and we were trailing Pat, Barb and Patrick for a while, but always having our eye on them but then suddenly Brian, Emily and I got separated from Pat , Barb  and Patrick. It seemed like we looked up one minute and then the next they were gone. We looked and looked for them but couldn't find them, in the hundreds of thousands of people it was no surprise.  But it was odd because we had a clear few of them and then all the sudden poof they were gone.  I thought (because I had mentioned) seeing a building w/ stairs that they had headed over there and I said that to Brian.  We went over there and couldn't see them but Brian using my phone took a picture of the crowd.  We looked for a while more and were getting closer to Independence . But we not being too familiar with DC didn't really know that, we were simply following the crowd while looking for our group and some point Brian's phone died and we only had mine and Emily's.  We decided we should really try and reach out w/ Pat, Barb & Patrick before it gets too late.  We send a few message but cell service is hit or miss. Mostly miss and nothing was going through.  We are getting a tad worried at this point.  We see the Air and Space museum.  In hindsight we should have probably gone right but we went left around the museum.  We end up right against the museum and in a little corridor section.   It is then completely by accident we see one of the jumbo trons and can hear & see freaking Alicia Keyes!!!! We found the stage.   That was pretty cool, but we are also jammed like sardines and  realize we are right on Independence and in the thickest crowds ever! OMG I swear at times we didn't move or we moved 1/2 an inch at a time and it was a little claustrophobic feeling for sure.  Emily being shorter probably had it the worst having to look up at people backs and never really being able to see over any one like occasional we could. It was both awe inspiring and a little terrifying as well.  Just from the crowd size and feeling like you are never going to get anywhere.  We ended up having to scale small walls a few times to just find some breathing room.  Sometimes that didn't work we would realize that we ended up no where.  It was crazy for about maybe 1hr 1/2 we were just stuck and had to move at this snails pace.  We had finally gotten in contact w the rest of our group and were trying to get to where they were.  It was beginning to feel like we would never get to them but we finally got to a part where we could climb over a barricade and into a little less of a crowd.  We finally felt like we could breathe.   They told us they were at I believe 7th street at a picnic area above a metro stop.  We believed we were near 4th street at this point.  So after awhile we finally got to them.  We both shared our experiences while separated from each other.  When we realized we were both at around the same place at one point, I decided to look at the picture Brian had taken shortly after we had gotten separated and to every ones amazement found Patrick in the picture!!!! We were so close to each other but we had no idea.  The crowd was that big, it wasn't until I enlarged the picture that I saw him.  Pat had needed to sit down and stretch her back so they stopped at the steps and that is right where I thought they would be, we just never saw each other. CRAZY!  Anyway... it's around 4:30 maybe and we decided that we would get another uber and it could take us back to the car.  We got the uber fairly easily and were headed home.  We had all only eaten small snacks to this point and decided to stop at an Arby's to eat.  It was in Maryland.  We had a funny little encounter there.  We were sitting down to eat and in walk these older veterans.  We knew they were veterans because they had hats on that said it.  The one says to the other... "Damn Democrats!!!" I don't know why he said it but we just laughed.  We wanted to raise our hands and say... "Right here! and thank you for your service" but we didn't.   There were a few other Pussy hatter's also eating there too.  I'm not sure if they were just complaining about the march or the traffic or just saw a bunch of cars with Hillary Clinton signs in the parking lot but it was kind of funny when he grumpily said, "Damn Democrats!"  Damn RIGHT and we aren't going anywhere!!