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Well, I done done it

LJI entry up and posted.  NOT what I had originally started sketching out, but proof that that job never will let me be.

Would y'all believe they called and asked me if I would come in today?  I ignored the first call, took the second, and Kent told me there was a third after I'd left the house.

At least I got that rare second chance to use a great line that I'd come up with after the fact "Like yesterday, today I have plans.  UNLIKE yesterday, y'all can't fuck them up."

Angel (caller number 2) laughed and repeated what I'd said to Nikki (caller number 1).  Then she told me "Roll on, girlfriend.  Enjoy your day."

Apparently, after I left Big Boss J called and tried AGAIN.

Job security.  I haz it.

I'm just happy I said no.  My brainweasels have been at it, telling me I'm too uppity for being proud that I made it through six days with my sanity left relatively intact.  I'm sure some of y'all know how those voices are:

"A lot of people work harder than you do"

"It was only six days.  Why aren't you doing more?"

"You think you deserve a reward for holding a job like a normal human being?"

"The house is a mess.  What makes you think you can just leave it and go do what you want?"

"If they call you have to go.  You need the money and the residents need you.  You can't abandon them."

It helped that Angel and Nikki didn't get bitchy and treated it more along the lines of "Well, it was worth a shot..."

Take that, brainweasels!

I went to get groceries, got all the way through my shopping...and realized Kent still had the debit card.  Cue frantic call, hoping to catch him at home, another bus trip home, then a bus trip back.  I decided to reward myself by peeking into Goodwill to see what they had and.....YES!  Yes, yes, yes!

A terracotta onion roaster.  Also suitable for garlic, and probably smaller pieces of fish.  I've wanted the big one like mom had (she used it for whole chickens), but this is a start.  And there was a new-to-me Philippa (sp?) Gregory novel and a book on writing creative non-fiction.

Get home, grab some lunch (since the nearest Subway is at Timberlyne, I used the gift card Marianne gave Kent for Christmas to buy us both subs for supper.  A footlong sub will last me three meals, easy), head out to Carrboro for more thrifty goodness.

The entire set of Woman's Day Encyclopedia of Cooking, circa 1968, for three bucks.  A St. Patty's Day themed scrub top and matching pants (also three bucks).  And the first two seasons of True Blood!!!!!

i've recently started reading the books (thank you, Little Free Library), and have wanted to see the series.  How is that for a gift from the Universe?

And the guy who manages the DVD/CD/media counter at PTA Thrift threw in a new, still wrapped copy of Julie and Julia for free.  <3 <3 <3  Now to just get my hands on a copy of Mama Mia! and my Meryl Streep "comfy blanket" movie collection will be complete.

Yeah, when I feel the need to retreat to my blanket fort, I only want to watch Meryl.  I wanna be her when I grow up.

As luck would have it, I also ran into cute bartender dude from Krave (the kava bar).  He wanted to dish about his current walk of shame (is there anything cuter than a gay guy in a rumpled Hogwarts uniform?  Not in my book) and treated me.  So I am one happy girl right now.

A happy girl who is about to go get ice cream.

The last six days were SOOOO worth this.

Comments

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spikesgirl58
Feb. 21st, 2017 06:01 pm (UTC)
Good for you. A day off must at times be fought for. It's good that you have job security. There are times I wish I didn't.
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 21st, 2017 07:36 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wish I didn't *g* I actually do love my job. But, jeez...give a girl a break!

The spousebeast just called and said he's going to have to do a double tomorrow (and probably the next day) because Ms. Walking Train Wreck walked out when he told her she was not allowed to use her cell phone while working line. I think this place is trying to kill us.

(Background: we work at the same assisted living facility. He's the dietary technician/kitchen manager and I'm a personal care assistant in the memory care unit. Our lives are...interesting)
spikesgirl58
Feb. 21st, 2017 07:39 pm (UTC)
My hat is off to you, both. I have a good friend who is the dietary tech/kitchen manager of one of the Stockton retirement communities and you could not pay me to do her job.

Mine isn't perfect, but I mostly just have to deal with actors' egos and life on the wicked stage.

*hugs* and good luck!
yesididit2
Feb. 21st, 2017 09:41 pm (UTC)
so proud of you for saying no.

and seriously, fuck them all to hell for refusing to accept you saying no the first time!!! no means no, it does not mean try harder to make you feel guilty or ashamed enough to cover for someone elses lack of planning. that was SO not ok, calling you THREE times? nope.

if they cant keep their shifts covered, they need to hire more people, NOT harass you until you give in.

YOU are as important as everyone else. they are not more important than you. take care of yourself or you're no good to anyone.
corellian_sugar
Feb. 21st, 2017 10:43 pm (UTC)
Burnout is seriously a real thing in a job like yours, so I'm glad you refused to go in when they called. You totally needed that day of thrift shopping and ice cream!
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:45 pm (UTC)
I am really trying to remain aware of where I am burnout potential-wise. Kent mentioned that we could use the money, and I told him flat out "I need my sanity more."
corellian_sugar
Feb. 23rd, 2017 01:12 am (UTC)
Truth! Sanity is more precious than any job... or paycheck.
corellian_sugar
Feb. 21st, 2017 10:43 pm (UTC)
Burnout is seriously a real thing in a job like yours, so I'm glad you refused to go in when they called. You totally needed that day of thrift shopping and ice cream!
seaivy
Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:40 am (UTC)
"Like yesterday, today I have plans. UNLIKE yesterday, y'all can't fuck them up."

GREAT LINE!!!!!

good for you!!!

i was married in '68
i still have all my women's day cookbooks
some of my standard recipes come from there - i think - they are just part of me now
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 22nd, 2017 07:07 pm (UTC)
Looking through them, I recognize a number of foods that I grew up eating. I think Granma may have had these books.

I understand what you say about recipes. I did I meme and was asked my top five recipes and just went "Duuuuhhhhh...." I own a bazillion cookbooks, but never use a recipe.
qwentoozla
Feb. 22nd, 2017 02:51 am (UTC)
Good for you for standing firm (and getting to use your comeback!) You deserve your day off!
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 22nd, 2017 06:57 pm (UTC)
I am going to have to make sure that my inner nice girl doesn't let me get used up to the point where I quit or just become a shell. Thankfully, I am part of a local social justice group that posts a daily check-in (Have you eaten? Did you shower? Have you slept? Etc, etc, etc) that has been really helpful.
kk1raven
Feb. 28th, 2017 06:18 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you had some very successful thrift-storing. Good for you for saying "no" to working. Even if you need the money, money isn't everything and you need to take good care of yourself so that you can keep earning money. Remind your brainweasels of that if they pop up again.
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