That’s been my two days. Oy! These 12 hour shifts are certainly long even though today I was fairly busy. In these two days I’ve scaled more stairs than I have in the past several years. I’m already less winded when I get to the second floor when I go straight from main to second floor while doing a building check. When I lived in Calgary with my sister we lived on the top floor of a 4 floor apartment building (the first floor was the basement level). Each week I would troop up and down the stairs to the laundry room with loads of either dirty or clean clothes, depending upon the direction of travel. I was actually quite fit for a smoker.
Today started really slowly. When I served lunch there were only 5 men down to eat. The rest (save two who were out) were upstairs sleeping. Most of them were still in bed after lunch was over and put away. Supper was a different story. Chicken fingers are extremely popular there and there’s nearly never enough to go around. Worse yet, there were two guests sharing the meal. Everyone got some, but no one got as many as they would like. In order to do that I’d have needed two full packages of chicken instead of one and a bit. I put out salad dressings as dip and then I found the real dips (garlic and honey, honey mustard and plum sauce). As usual, the vegetables were nearly all left alone. At least there were enough fries even if there wasn’t enough gravy left over from last night.
I managed to cook both lunch and supper for both days. Yesterday it was beanie wienies for lunch and roast pork with mashed potatoes and peas for supper. Today it was soup and sandwiches for lunch and chicken strips, fries and “vegetable medley” (frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots) for supper. Of course, I actually didn’t do much in the way of cooking. I mean, there isn’t a whole lot to boiling potatoes and vegetables, heating soup and putting frozen food into an oven to cook. All I had to do was turn on the right burner (and the right dial under the grill which was the oven and not the grill), and the oven early enough to the right temperature. I just followed directions given by the cook.
I also opened the front door periodically through the day to let out the hot air and allow in cooler air from outside to blow in. So long as I was able to be at the front desk I had the door open. I have no idea if that’s ok, but I did it anyway. I mean, locking the door keeps the drunk and stoned out and also keeps track of which residents are coming and going. Since I never had the door open while I was away from the desk, regardless of how short a time that might have been, no resident could have sneaked past me. It made the place more bearable. Sadly that’s not going to last much longer as summer progresses and the outside becomes as unbearable as the inside is. Sucks.
I’ve been doing things more healthfully. Thus far today I’ve drunk over 3 litres of water. I’ve even had to go to the bathroom. That’s an improvement on other shifts when I didn’t drink enough water to need to go to the bathroom. I sweated it out instead.
I wrote up my month end report today. The boss-lady left a floppy disc for me to save it on, but the computer at front didn’t have a floppy drive. There appeared to be a slot for some other type of media and a couple of USB ports for flash drives. So I saved it on the desktop and let the boss-lady know that it was there and that there were edits that needed to be made.
I repaired my bracelet last night. Bran picked up my super glue while he and Boy were out so I took it apart, replaced some of the beads with other beads making the bracelet nearly all green beads (malachite, green glass, light aventurine and small green seed beads along with the large closer bead. I made it too big though. I need to take it apart again and remove a few of the beads to make a bit of a tighter fit. Right now it sits nearly 1/2 way down my hand. That’s a bit too loose for my taste.
I tried to post the grad photos that Bran took last night. I couldn’t. Well, technically I could have, but they were really small after they were converted from RAW or “dng” (digital negative) which for some reason my version of GIMP doesn’t like and my PaintShop Pro is too old to support. So until we figure how to do this, you’ll have to wait. Sorry.
It appears that we’ll be buying some kind of automobile. Bran looked at one lot near us. They have a minivan and a extended cab truck within the price range we’re able to pay. I think that before we decide to go with them, we need to look at the other place that’s close to us. We decided to do this because doing things, like getting groceries, is much more difficult here. This is especially true since some of the neighbourhood kids wrecked the bike cart shortly after we moved in. Having a vehicle will make that much easier. We’ll also be looking at other places to see what they can offer us for what we can afford to pay. If we manage to settle on something and buy it early enough, it’ll make clothes shopping much easier.
I also have to make a dentist appointment for myself to get the root canals. Oddly enough, I’m looking forward to that. How many people can say that and not say it with irony? Then I have to book an appointment for Boy for a check up and cleaning at his dentist and then get a referral to an orthodontist for braces.
That’s about it. I can’t think of anything more right now. I wish that the computer hadn’t locked up last night or that I was smart enough to save the copy of the entry I made with WordPress was acting stupid. It was a really good entry with lots of stuff but for the life of me, aside from telling y’all about the stairs and living in Calgary, I can’t think of anything that was in it.
Oh well. It’s time for me to end this and read about other people’s lives.