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Or should I say lemonade from lemons?  I said before that I was hoping to get my latest top done on my weekend.  Monday and tuesday are my usual days off.  The end is in sight but nowhere close to being done.  A week ago one of the guys in our department quit to go to school. Nice for him but that leaves us short handed again.  The store manager is kind of slow in interviewing and getting the hiring done which doesn't help sense our new department manager has decided to step down and work only two days a week.  Where does that leave me?????  Picking up more hours at work than I wanted right now.  I was just talking to one of the other girls in our area about how I was going to see about cutting a couple hours off when I find out that my absent manager is in Califorina and won't be back for my days off work. Would I mind holding off for my days off for the week?   I wouldn't have minded the extra hours if it came with major overtime but my company is the scheduling wizard for keeping OT off the books. Before leaving work this afternoon I got a text message from my boss with next weeks schedule to be turned in.  Lovely more hours for me.  Why all the complaining you ask?  I do have a job but I have had the same job for ten years now.  I stand quite simply in one place for hours on end.  My feet hurt soo much that I am amazed that I can get to the time clock to check out.  I also now that the tendions at the back of my feet playing havoc with my every movement.  Yes I know I should see a doctor but he  would want me to take time off work which I can't afford.  So I have one day off this week, tomorrow and I am really really close to getting the top done.  I can sense an all nighter coming on.  I haven't figured out a border for this quilt yet but I'm sure something will strike me tonight.  So if your driving through Tacoma tonight and you see smoke rising in the south, not to worry just me burning up the sewing machine trying to finish my project!!!

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Comment by Kathy/WA on June 15, 2011 at 3:06pm

Hi BJ, Yep the smoke was rising until about 3am this morning. I gave in and went to bed.  Got my running around done this morning and I am back at the sewing machine.  Oh for anyone interested... A note about sewing machine parts: before ordering that $7.00 light bulb for your machine, try an auto parts store.  It would have been easier to just take them the bulb but mine was broke.  Showed them a picture off the internet and save a bunch.  I paid .99 cents for the bulb for my machine.

As for the standing an my feet, I do have a chair but using it, no I can't see anyone coming in the door and its not very comfortable and I have to floor mats at the register.  My solution, I have slip on shoes and spend most of my time inside, bare footed, ok I do have my socks on but other wise no shoes. Hopefully I can get out of the house and get some walking in this summer, if, it ever gets here.

Comment by Terry F on June 15, 2011 at 8:16am
I'm not sure what you do, but can you put a cushioned mat down where you stand?  Standing is much worse than walking, I wouldn't do well with it either.  Maybe that would help a little?  I say every boss should have to do the job they give their employee for a month.
Comment by Stephanie G. Benson-Greer on June 15, 2011 at 7:55am
Hang in there!  I know it doesn't seem fair, but thankfully you have a job, albiet a PIA sometimes!  But when you do get to quilt, you really, really appreciate it!  And I love your finished products!  Wish I had an ounce of your talent!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on June 15, 2011 at 7:09am

Work fairness is just not there, in many businesses, right now. I don't know how bosses can think that with fewer people working the same amount (or more) can be done in the same time frame. Talk about job burnout! Do take care of those feet as best you can. I hope you have some comfy shoes and cushiony inserts. 

So.... that's what the smoke is rising up in the sky. It's visible over the mountains! LOL

Comment by Irene Gallway on June 15, 2011 at 4:32am

Your story is typical of most work places today and it's just not fair. I worked on jobs that would cut back on help and then pile their work onto those who was left, with no extra hours or pay. And where they have you over a barrel is you need the job and getting a new one could be difficult.

Comment by Gayle/La. on June 15, 2011 at 1:26am
I say "ditto"  to what Norma said. If they are going to force you to work extra then they should pay you extra.   If they are making it overtime then the wage needs to match.
Comment by Norma, Ont /Can on June 14, 2011 at 7:29pm

You have your work cut out for you with the quilt..   Your boss is not being  fair to you, your being taken advantage of, take a day off here and there when you can ,.

Your feet have to carry you for life , look after them and you a bit .

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