2020 · Change · Friends · Life · Life Changes · Loss · Music · Uncategorized

Can We Turn Back Time?

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I think we need to turn back the clock to December 31, 2019 and start this year over….Only with a better outcome. This week has been especially weird. My friend’s mother passed away. Another friend of a friend went into the hospital and may not make it. Last night another friend’s grandpa died.  None of these are covid related. And on top of all of that…..

Melissa Etheridge’s son died of a drug overdose

and….

I cut my finger at work.

Stick a fork in me, I’m done….

Blogging · Life · Uncategorized

It’s an adventure…

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but seriously, I am going on an adventure. I’m going to Walmart! Exciting right? I haven’t been there in over a month. I wonder if it’s changed….

I wouldn’t be going except I have a computer to pick up. So I decided to do my grocery shopping since I’m there. I was talking to my niece on Snapchat the other day. On a selfie she took she captioned “all dressed up and nowhere to go” Isn’t that the truth. I told her I have all these cute clothes and nowhere to wear them. How sad life has gotten. So when I got dressed this morning, to go on my adventure to Walmart, I thought “oh boy! I get to wear cute clothes to the store!” What did I put on? Leggings and an oversized  t-shirt :/

Such is life in the Covidverse

Change · church · Covid-19 · Life · Life Changes · New Normal · Uncategorized

2020….

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We’re only 3 and a half months in and what an epic year it’s been, so far. It can only get better right? Let’s hope.

2020, the year everything stopped, literally…EVERYTHING.

The year schools closed. Graduations cancelled. Weddings postponed, some cancelled, some went on with a slight change of plans.

People started hoarding toilet paper. For reasons I’m still not clear on. FYI, panic hoarding has moved to pasta, dried beans and rice. Seriously, go try to buy a bag dried limas. You can’t.

What is now norm….

Waiting in lines to get into the grocery store, or Walmart, what ever is your preference. Wearing masks everywhere you go, including the bank. Whoever thought you would walk into a bank wearing a mask and no one calls the FBI. Strange times we live in.

Curbside pick up for food you would normally eat INSIDE your favorite restaurants. We did this last night, when you have to have Mexican food you will do anything to get it, am I right? Yes, I think I am.

Grocery workers now being considered “essential workers” and now being thanked for doing our jobs rather than being yelled at for doing our jobs (You’re welcome)

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I mean seriously, if it weren’t for us grocery workers you wouldn’t have toilet paper.

2020…

The year hospital ships are docked in 2 major shipping ports in the US to help take stress off of the hospitals and the amazing healthcare workers who put their lives on the line daily to care for the sick and dying. Thank you, you incredible heroes for your selfless dedication to the care of others.

The year central park was turned into a field hospital to help in the care of those sick in NYC.

The year churches were closed. We now stream our services and can go to church in our pjs.

So many things, I could go on forever.

Welcome to the covidverse.

Change · Covid-19 · Life · Life Changes · New Normal · Uncategorized

The New Normal

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The streets have less cars on them. There’s no one at the restaurants, Except for those picking up to go orders. Drive thrus are busier than normal. There are now lines to get into grocery stores and only so many people allowed inside at a time. Maybe this will stop the panic hoarding. Every morning I watch the people rush into our store and the first place they go is the toilet paper aisle. Do they really need that toilet paper? Probably not since we see the same people every morning.

We’re ordered to stay home, except for essential business.  It’s rare to see someone without a mask on their face. We can’t hug our friends. You never know who may be carrying this virus.

and…..

We can’t gather as a church family to celebrate Resurrection day.

What a strange world we live in.

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Covid-19 · Life · Life Changes · Uncategorized

Life As We Know It…

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A day in the life of a grocery employee….

I never thought I would live in a time where the words “I’m going to the store to see what groceries I can find” would come out of my mouth,  Yet here were are. People wait at the doors before they open, Some even pound on them to be let in before everyone else.  Employees have to call to be let into the store, It’s like a covert operation. Though it is starting to get a little better, people still flock to the stores and buy much more than necessary (what will they do with all the toilet paper when this is over?) Until yesterday I wouldn’t let my 72 year old mother out of the house. I asked my facebook people if I knew anyone locally making masks. A friend brought me 2 she had made. I feel a little better about letting mom go to the store if she needs to, but not much. Unfortunately if we employees want anything, we have to be part of the heard at the doors before 6am or buy before our shift, if we are lucky enough to have an opening shift. Even then you still may not get what you need or want. We have dedicated elderly hours. Can we please have dedicated “Employee only” hours?

Our department managers are doing the best they can to get product back on the shelves. They order and order but the warehouses can only do so much as well. It’s a domino effect. Stripe the stores clean and you stripe the warehouses clean because they have more than one empty store to refill. When supply is greater than demand it’s no problem but the tables have turned. Will things get back to normal? Sure but it will take a while.

My town/county has been hit but not as hard as some areas of the state. The worst hit in my county has been the Navajo Nation. There have been a few local cases but not many. What is scary is that, soon, the summer residents will be coming up from the hardest hit areas of the state. Putting more stress on our already depleted resources (Yes I know it’s like that everywhere).   I don’t know what they think they will find. Everything is closed. We can’t gather. Heck, today is Palm Sunday and we can’t even go to church, Thank goodness for technology and we can listen to our pastors online.

On the brighter side of things, people seem to be a little nicer, a little more patient. I did, in the beginning, hear one customer complaining to management about the lack of toilet paper (had he been watching the news?) From a personal perspective, I get yelled at (about things completely out of my control) a lot less than normal. I get thanked for doing my job (which is completely unheard of in my department)

Anyway, I could go on rambling for hours.

We’ll get through this, just hang in there…

 

PS…Please stop buying all the paper products…

Facebook · Life · Life Changes · Social Media · Uncategorized

Purging Social Media

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I’m social media purging. This month I have deactivated 2 twitter accounts and just closed a blog. I never use the twitter accounts so they won’t be missed and I got tired of the book blog. It started to become too much. I felt like I was constantly sitting on my computer putting blog posts together. I have better things to do with my life than to be on social media every waking moment of my life. I feel like Facebook may be next. I just don’t feel the need to know every aspect of a person’s life.

Life · Work

What a day….

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I started thinking about this post early this morning when I had a customer say to me, “you’ve worked here a long time” and we started talking about how she remembered me being there when she got her drivers license (way to make me feel old lol) I get that a lot. Fact is….I’ve been at my job for, nearly, 18 years. Looooooong time to be in the grocery business. I’ve seen co-workers come and go. Some have passed away of old age. 2 suicides. 2 from cancer. I’ve watched co-worker’s kids grow up and move on to their own lives. Have their own kids. 3 store managers….I could keep going but I won’t.

The situation that happened today though was a first. My co-worker, whom I’ve worked with for all these 18 years, fell and broke her leg. Right there in my department. I’ve never been so shaken in my life. I’ve never seen anything so horrific. Legs aren’t suppose to bend at that angle. I went into crisis mode that I never knew I was capable of and got things taken care of. Her husband came running, he works in our store, the paramedics came and off she went to the hospital.  As for me….It took me a while to calm down but I’m fine. More concerned about my friend.

Change · Life · Life Changes

Change

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The winds of change are blowing. Moving life in another direction and it is freeing. The heart is lighter. The mind needs a little help and healing but it will get there. Rome wasn’t built in a day. It takes a while to heal wounds and retrain the mind.

Blogging · Life · Uncategorized

I’m baaaaaack

I know It’s been 18 months since I updated this blog. I’ve been sucked into other things in other locations and let’s face it……life gets busy.

I wanted to come back here and update this because this blog means a lot to me. I guess you could say it has sentimental value. It was my first. Many times I thought to just delete it, because I wasn’t using it. Obviously, I couldn’t do that. It would kill me.

That said…..I’m off to find images for my next post.

Stay tuned

Life · San Pedro California · Vacation 2016

It’s Vacation Time!!

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While I am no longer a kid in school I am still taking a spring break. Sometimes work gets to the point where we can no longer handle the daily grind and we just need a break. So in 6 days I will be flying to Los Angeles with my mom. You see…she will be celebrating her 50th high school reunion. So she and I will be going back to the place of our birth, how cool is it that she and I were born in the same town, San Pedro California (click the link to find out more about this wonderful little town) http://www.sanpedro.com/

So after 3 more days of work I will be off for 11 wonderful, yet busy days. Bring on the vacation!!

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