I can tell I'm stronger and better able to manage the job, not only from my increase in packing speed, but also because I was able to go shopping after work.
Coffeyville is beginning to feel a lot like "home" because we know people from the job, and we are recognized and greeted by people in the stores and restaurants now. The last place that happened was Crescent City, so it felt awesome to have 3 different greetings and chats in the store last night.
Packing products isn't a glamorous job, and like running a CNC machine, it's a lot of repetition. Once you get past the learning curve and develop some proficiency, there are really only two things you can do to keep from being bored beyond belief. One is to compete with yourself for speed, and the other is to notice what you're packing. Bob and I compare notes each night, calling out top speeds and unique or unusual items, pretty much the same games we played last year when we were putting products onto the shelves, and into the system.
We also pay attention to FBA products, noticing how they are packaged as part of our research for the 2013 plans we've made. That's another story, though.
The most interesting thing we packed yesterday was a card game and two expansion packs. What caught our eyes was that it says it's "a party game for horrible people" and says it's politically incorrect. Well, that was intriguing, but when I searched Google for information about the game, I learned that it's very new and was financed on KickStarter. It's apparently been in the top ten games on Amazon, but I did not know that. The back story on Wikipedia is fascinating, so I won't spoil it for you.
Looks like we'll be putting in another 50 hrs this week, since there's OT available on Sunday.
In other news of note, we went to the ER last Thursday night, because my husband's ear was bothering him and getting worse. It's a lovely little facility, and the staff were very pleasant. We were in and out in less than 3 hrs, which is a first for any ER visit we've ever experienced. Most amazing to us was that they didn't require up front payment or co-payment, asking instead where we'd like the bill sent. Of course, that could be because of Bob having Medicare plus secondary insurance, but it was nice none the less. Plus, we got out of there in time to rush over to Wal-Mart to have the prescriptions filled, so that was good. No lost work time, and we were only about an hour past our bedtime when it was over.
Lots of chores on the agenda today, including laundry, auto repair, and some research for a private issue we're facing. I am going to try something new this week: Crock Pot Liners. The crock pot cooking works out extremely well, except that it didn't get washed so I wasn't able to use it the second half of this week. So I decided that maybe using crock pot liners might be a sensible solution to my problem this time around. I bought mine at Wal-Mart, but Reynolds sells them on Amazon. Who knew?
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