Monday, October 7, 2013

In Which Hell Week Commences!

This week at The Store is what has come to be known as Hell Week because the number of cartons we receive explodes into the triple digits. A day. Into a stockroom equipped to handle half that number. And since the stock staff is comprised of...well, me, this is my busiest week of the year.

Which means I have several conversations like this:

Boss: Oh my God, M.J., what are we going to do?
Me: We are not going to do anything. I am going to do it, and you are going to stay far away from me when I do.
Boss: Sounds good.

It also means that this may well be my only post this week as something will likely have to give, and that something will likely end up being this blog. Unless something hysterical happens at The Store, of course. But just in case that doesn't happen, I'd better make this post a good one...

Oh hey, it's Monday. It's goal day.

Guess we'll have to settle for a kind of okay post.

Last week's goals:

1. Finish reading Warlord by Angus Donald

Done. Finally. Boy, it took me a long time to get through this book. It did not capture my attention as well as the rest of the series has.

2. Keep plugging away on Part Two of Second Nature

At the time of my last goal post, Part Two was sitting at 39,780 words. At the time of this goal post, Part Two clocked in at 41,840, which is a gain of just over 2000 words. Not too bad, I suppose, and technically I have reached this goal, but I need to move faster. I need to write faster. Part Two needs to be finished by the end of the month if I'm going to stick to my NaNoWriMo plan, and my current pace will not get it done. Grrr. Arrg.

This week's goals:

1. Do not kill any of my co-workers, no matter how many times they may ask if I'm having fun yet. 

Seriously, I swear that part of the new hire orientation includes a tutorial on how to maximize stock girl irritation with the fewest words possible. And those words always include "Are you having fun yet?" while I'm drowning in cardboard. Just go away, people, and let me do my job without your clever commentary.

2. Keep plugging away on Part Two of Second Nature

Must go faster. That's all there is to it.


Which, interestingly enough, is going to be my mantra for the week ahead. Thanks for stopping by today. What's on your agenda this week?


44 comments:

  1. Hopefully no co-workers die this week! At least if they annoy you, there are plenty of boxes to fling at them.

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    1. It's funny you should mention that because I did throw a box at a co-worker today. (accidentally, of course)

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  2. When all else fails, just think about how well your Red Sox are doing....

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  3. Try not to kill anyone this week. Though I hear prisons are great places for writing, especially if you piss off the guards and get solitary. Something to think about. :))

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    1. That certainly is something to think about...and I would piss off the guards. I piss off everyone sooner or later. Hmmm.

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  4. 2000 words is great! Just keep plugging away.
    Good luck at work!

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  5. Do not kill any of your co-workers...that's so, so, so important, and so, so, so hard sometimes.

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    1. These days it's hard all the time. But I think I'll be able to stand strong.

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  6. Maybe you could build your own super-fort out of all the boxes?

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    1. If there was any room to maneuver, I absolutely would.

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  7. You know those irritating co-workers are just trying to express, "Hi, so sorry your job sucks right now, but I don't have the creativity to express it any better"?

    Maybe you could write them a new script in your head. Or imagine them coming in dressed in different weird costumes, a la the Men at Work "Who Could It Be Now?" video. Good luck, survive to write another page.

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    1. Thanks. If I turn the music up on my iPod, I might not even hear them.

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  8. I seriously couldn't handle going to work today. It's going to be a "hell week" of sorts.

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    1. A hell week packed into a single day? I've had those. Staying home is a smart plan.

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  9. I've found that murdering co-workers is generally frowned upon, so I hope you can avoid it.

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    1. I hope so, too, but If a jury of my peers worked a shift with my co-workers, they'd probably be okay with it...

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  10. If you don't kill anyone this week, give yourself a treat. Better yet, have them buy it for you.

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    1. I'll do that. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  11. Maybe that's the t-shirt you have to make the front says: NO! And the back, for when you turn around and walk away, says: I'm not having fun.

    Just a thought.

    Snark will keep you sane. Sharing the snark with us on Twitter will keep us all in giggles.

    Heather

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    1. As awesome as that tee shirt would be, unless The Store makes and sells it, I wouldn't be allowed to wear it. Not that that rule prevents me from wearing my Pats jersey when they make me work on game day.

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  12. There have got to be some good responses to: "Are you having fun yet?" Ones designed for maximum snark. Hmmm... "Yes, it was really fun to bury [boss] under [something]. I hope the smell won't bother you."

    Sorry, I got nothing. But I bet you could come up with something clever that could make a coworker never ask you that question again.

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    1. I very calmly told one of them "You really need to stop asking me that" and she went out and reported that I had yelled at her. To which I responded "If you thought that was yelling, you're in a real surprise."

      But I like the "bury my boss under cardboard" (it'd have to be cardboard; there's nothing else at my disposal) idea. I'll keep that in mind.

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  13. Ugh. Busy work weeks suck. I had one last week and was glad when it ended. Then I had a staff meeting. No one looked like they wanted to be there, the boss the least of us.

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    1. You should've been at our last staff meeting. It ended with my boss screaming about how we all hate her and would be happier if she just left. Good times.

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  14. Yikes! I hope you survive your week and don't kill anyone. And if you do happen to smash a co-worker, I hope they never find the body under the cardboard.

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    1. They never will. Not that I know from experience or anything...because I don't.

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  15. Geez, good luck with the not killing anyone goal. It sounds like it might be tougher than chapter 19.

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    1. I'd gladly take Chapter 19 over this week any day. Which sounds weird.

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  16. "Are you having fun yet?"

    "No, I haven't had rum yet, but hell, it's only noon."

    or

    "Nope, no rum yet. Just straight whiskey."

    And if they correct you, then you whack them.

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  17. Can you make a maze out of the boxes to stymie your co-workers? Or maybe a fortress of solitude? ;)

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  18. If you do end up killing some of your co-workers, I don't think anyone would blame you!

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  19. When you figure out how to write faster, PLEASE share your secret with me?

    In the meantime, don't be so hard on yourself. You'll get there :) Without bloodshed, I'd imagine (not that it wouldn't be justified, but still. Jail is so inconvenient.)

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  20. We'll re-build Stock Girl faster. Stonger. And able to jump over giant walls of cardboard boxes with cool special effect noises.

    And Your having fun yet comment reminded me of Office Space and a case of the Mondays. (No. Hell no. I do believe you'd get your ass kicked if you said that.)

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  21. Sorry about your coworkers' lame attempts at fun banter. Hope you survive the cardboard without any cardboard cuts. Good luck with Second Nature!

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  22. You're the only person who takes care of shipping & receiving? Argh! That must be so frustrating. Good luck and remember to lift with your knees. :-)

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  24. Oh my word that sounds like my version of the fifth circle of hell. Good luck!

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  25. Must go faster. lol. If only there WAS a switch...

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  26. Retail hell. I'm so sorry. Tomorrow begins a new week - hopefully an easier one.

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