A Stressful Work Day


Wednesday may have been one of the worst work days I have ever had. Luckily, I started more relaxed than usual since I had just returned from a long holiday weekend at my son’s house. I had thought I would not ever write about work but Wednesday changed my mind.

I got to work about fifteen minutes before starting work. As I let myself in, I called out and nobody answered. I was working with two others and there was also someone in to handle the phones. I got things set up. I tried to unlock one of the drawers with files and the keys were not in the usual place. A couple of people were outside the door and I am not supposed to let anyone in until there are at least two employees. With opening scheduled in five minutes, there was still nobody except me. I checked the computer to see who was scheduled. By opening, there was a line of six at the doors. I decided to let them in since with that number, I was not concerned with being robbed. The phones be gam to ring. At one point about five minutes after opening, I was trying to check in six clients and handle three phone calls. A person who was not scheduled walked in and saw the mess I was in. She began to handle the calls while I was checking in clients who were not happy. I was really angry. I was also trying to not show it to the clients.

About fifteen minutes after starting time, the others began to show up. One walked in talking on her cell phone. It was clear she did not seem to think there was something amiss by being fifteen minutes late. Within five minutes, all the missing had checked in.

I must say I feel apart at the onslaught. The phone calls were not handled well. I didn’t greet the client well. The only thing that went well was that I got over it and to work fast.

Bagger Lottery


The other day I went grocery shopping at my favorite store. I was able to shop during a time when there are not many shoppers. I am usually able to get through the checkout lines without much waiting. During the slow times, the batters cover several lanes. This means I can pick it the checkout cashier and not the bigger.

I picked a cashier I had never seen before since there was no waiting at her lane. She handed me a store discount card and asked me if I had an email. I do have an email address. I got a discount and am not sure if I am supposed to register it with my email or what.

The bragger asked my if I wanted paper or plastic and I made my choice. Each bagger packs things differently. I hadn’t seen this one before. I’m sometimes think the bagger makes an assessment of the shopper. Or, maybe they pack the bags the way they do just because that is the way they pack the bags. I had an average amount of groceries. Some how it required 10 bags.

When I got home and checked the bags as I was getting them out of my trunk, I found each bag had very few items. Some bags had only two items. It is better than jammed full which causes the bags to break. Do they think I can’t handle over five pounds? This way of packing just seems wasteful.

I picked up all ten bags and carried them into the house in one trip. The error I have made in the past with this type of packing is not getting all the bags out of the trunk. This time I did and it all turned out well.