Sunday, July 13, 2008

As Much As I Can Stand

I am in pain. And by that, I mean OUCH. My feet hate me. My new job entails standing for the entire time I work, which is anywhere from six to nine hours at a time, with a 15-minute break and a 30-minute lunch.

There is also a lot of nothing to do but stand and watch the clock. The military should use this as a new instrument of torture; and if they want to be especially cruel they could throw in the stupid background song for Antonio Banderas' new perfume commercial on a continuous three-minute loop. It is excruciating.

To survive, I have been honing my math skills: $7.75 an hour breaks down to $3.875 every half hour, $1.94 every 15 minutes, or roughly 13 cents a minute. It takes approximately three hours, 12 minutes of continuous standing before my feet start to feel uncomfortable. This discomfort multiplies exponentially in 30-minute increments until full fledged pain erupts at six hours, 42 minutes. It is at this precise point in time when the clock slows to an eighth of its normal speed.


Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Rocking Walgreens, oh yeah

Wow. Everytime I post lately, I intend to start posting more often but it never happens. I guess I just don't have much to say. Or much to share, anyway.

I started working at Walgreens on Monday in the cosmetics department. It's a little sobering starting over at 42. I'm making less an hour now than I did working for Clinique 15 years ago. But it is better than nothing. And I get to come home on my 30 minute lunch break because the store is right around the corner from my house. I'm so glad I don't have to spend more time away from the kids than necessary.

My mother was here for a week. From Monday last to this past Monday. It was... hard. I still try to please her and she still only sees what I do wrong (or differently from her, which is the same thing as wrong.) It explains so much.

So see? Not much to say. I did have a dream last night that jewels were coming out of my mouth. Well, more specifically, I had a mouthful of jewels and I was trying to spit them all out. If anyone has any idea what that means, please let me know!