|That's a candle that says ".5" if you're wondering. The decor has a "1/2" added as well. And yes, that's half a pie, which you can purchase that way from Safeway. Score!|
Goodbye old friend. No, not Dad or Kieran the pantsless. My 17-yr-old craiglist-find dryer was getting increasingly noisy. I'd started referring to him as The Shrieking Dryer due to the sound it was making when the drum turned. It was time to say goodbye, and a community appliance "roundup" was a great opportunity to get the screamer out. (Thanks SO much, Dad!) Goodbye pal. You served me well as the only dryer I've ever owned.
Hollyn wanted to play minecraft like the big boys, so Brennan showed her how to do it on the computer with quick instruction like "press w to go forwards and e to get into your inventory and left click to mine, space bar to jump..." as if she knows what "w" is, let alone "inventory" or "space bar". Hahaha. But she gave it her best shot.
|Fridays are still Movie Night too|
|Fixing her fort. It must be perfect after all.|
We enjoyed some outside time on Friday. These little squirt bottles from the dollar store have been extremely popular since their purchase. Best $2 I ever spent.
|Hollyn making "paint" by squirting the chalk drawings|
O.k. Moving on...
Work is going well. And by "well" I mean SO SO busy. I had been asked to put the new position I was training for on hold to help in Shipping again as my priority. Meh. Whatever, shipping is fine. But a sale on Ipods with one of our suppliers resulted in me helping in a process of days of continual ordering. We are limited by how many of a certain color we can order in a single transaction. In this case the magic number was usually 2, so we'd order two of all the available colors over and over and over again. For hours. Now, all those orders are coming in and it's crazy-house at Underwater Audio.
On Fridays I'm the only one of us 3 purchasing-dept gals in the office - and don't forget I leave at noon myself. So this last Friday I was there alone when the Fedex guy came and confirmed he had 300 boxes. I rounded up some helpers and with wagons and a pallet w/ pallet jack we headed outside to help. And the UPS guy showed up just then himself. Naturally the water-guy would arrive at that time too. The elevator was kept quite busy. Anyway lots of people making lots of trips and loading and unloading and relocating. I was so proud of myself because I started moving the boxes into a place I'd cleared out and stacked them by sizes and neat rows and columns. Before pride cometh the fall. The Fedex guy told us there'd been a mistake and 6 of the boxes hadn't gotten scanned. He was going to get lots of paperwork and we'd have to eventually figure out the status of those boxes. My columns/rows were tidy but with lots of helpers stacking we couldn't trust the columns in back to be what we thought they were. Plus all the UPS boxes were mixed in. In the end my coworker Cory and I unstacked, counted, sorted, and restacked these 400 boxes like 4 times! We took our piles apart to sort out the UPS boxes. And restacked for counting. But our counting was off by two in the OTHER direction - 2 additional Fedex. So we unstacked and finally found the two culprits we'd mistakenly added. So we restacked again and the number was right. We called the Fedex man who said "Great!" and that he'd have to come back to RESCAN the boxes on his lunch break or something. He was really nice, didn't blame us at all for anything. But, Cory and I knew it would take forever for him to scan them if they're all stacked together. So we unstacked and relocated the boxes AGAIN so that each and every box was accessible. Yeah, it was a crazy morning. Lol. And although no one expected me to be able to log all the ipods into the system on Fridays by myself, it's unfortunate that we are THIS behind, because there's undoubtedly another 300-400 orders arriving on Monday. As it was the other gals were working late - til about 6:30 - after my leaving just to stay caught up each day. Oh well. It's nice to be caught up, but not essential. We'll just have to plug away and finish when we finish.
I am covering for the shipping gal the week before Thanksgiving and BLACK FRIDAY! Yikes! No pressure or anything. I can do regular orders but I still have to ask lots of questions about things that are outside the regular and have never been taught how to do a lot of things, like the orders we send to Amazon each week. Wish me luck.
The audio on my laptop stopped working. Ben Brewster finally figured out the problem. The tip of a headphone cord had broken off inside the computer so that now the computer thinks it's streaming through headphones all the time. Unfortunately it's going to take major surgery to attempt to fix this, and it might not even be successful. I don't know what happened, but I blame my kids! If it comes down to it, I'm undecided whether to replace the laptop or the children. ;-)
|♪♫ One of these plugs is not like the other, one of these plugs just doesn't belong... ♫♪ (They used to match)|
|Such a small thing to be such an expensive problem.|
A week ago I got Kieran up to go to the YW Pumpkin Patch activity with me. His eyes didn't look right. In fact, they looked like they were coming down from an allergic reaction. He also had weird stools that morning and the night before. I thought about it and remembered that he'd been eating cashew clusters the evening before. Nothing immediate showed up, in fact he'd been up for several hours after eating them without showing any signs or swelling. But it would definitely not be a surprise, considering he shares Asher's asthma issues as well. Me thinks I might need to schedule an appt with the allergist for this one.