Thursday, March 29, 2012

Recovering from Surgery This Week

This Tuesday, I had what's called a sebaceous cyst removed from above my left kidney (a minor outpatient-type procedure). It ended up having to come out in pieces (which my fiance, the only other person around at the time, said looked like white hamburger), but it didn't really hurt until the doctor got to the core part of it. After it was all out, the doctor stitched me up and prescribed some pain medicine.

Since Tuesday night, I've been taking it easy at my fiance's apartment (where I've been staying part-time). As I was nervous about the stitches coming out from any bending over that I did I had opted to take both yesterday and tomorrow off from the Doggie Bag. I slept in later than normal yesterday and today (like shortly before 11:30 am yesterday and just barely before 11 today), but given the circumstances, I didn't really feel so bad about it.

I didn't really know what to expect as far as my energy levels or anything like that were concerned, but I think it was mostly Tuesday evening and maybe part of Wednesday when I was out of it. But today, I was able to do a few things like make coffee in the morning, catch up on the dishes, make some tea in the afternoon and chat with an old friend on Facebook.

Overall, I think the recovery is going over okay. Hopefully, it will continue to go well the rest of this week.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Today at the Doggie Bag

Normally on Fridays, I'm the cashier on duty for the first half of the day and then someone else takes over and for the remainder of my shift, I'm in and out of the stockroom. However, our afternoon cashier had another commitment so I was the one in charge of the register for the full day.

There were some clothes that had been priced and ready to put out, so I started off with that. I was able to tag a few clothes during some of the slower moments as well. (However, as business picked up further in the day, I was needed on the register more, and someone else that came in later in the day took over on the tagging.)

We did get some clothing donations throughout the day. And at some point, someone donated a lot of audiobooks (as well as a few regular books). I was able to get those priced and put out.

The manager made it in during the afternoon and brought her dog (a big white one) with her once again. It turns out that the dog likes to lay in the display window, so she did that off and on (including "supervising" me when I was trying to clean the window). The dog also walked up to a couple of customers to get their attention.  (She's a very friendly dog.)

The next day I go in is Monday. I'm hoping I'll get a lot accomplished then since I'm not going to be available to them for the remainder of the week on account of my surgery on the Tuesday which I'll be recovering from for the remainder of the week.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Today at the Doggie Bag

Initially, the manager's intern and I made it our business to get as much clothing moved out of the back room, tagged, priced and put out as possible up until shortly after the manager got in, but per the manager's request we backed off on that due in part to the racks filling up.
So, for the rest of the day, I focused more on getting non-clothing items moved up from the back room to the front. There were a few tuppaware pieces to be washed and electrical appliances to be tested.

A couple of interesting things that came in today were a green electric can opener and a green toaster. (There was another toaster that was donated today; it was a regular metallic one.) I tested them and they both worked. One of my colleagues was interested in the toaster so from my understanding, that is being reserved for her to pay for and pick up at a later date.

It's my understanding that, sometime on Friday, we'll be getting a piano donated. I look forward to whatever else Friday brings.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Got a Lot of Clothes Out Yesterday

Yesterday at the Doggie Bag, the big priority was to get as much clothing that is appropriate to sell at this time  (like no shorts or tank tops as of yet) as possible transferred from the back room, tagged, priced, and put out. There were also some clothes that had to be weeded out due to their condition or some other reason, but between me, the manager, and three other people on duty, we were able to get quite a dent in the pile. (I know we at least got most if not all of the jeans that were awaiting us moved out of the back.) I'm thinking that, barring anything else that comes up, the clothes will still be my main focus tomorrow.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Having Surgery Later This Month

Since somtime this summer, I've developed a lump in my lower back. As far I can recall, nothing tragic triggered it. It just occured one day and slowly got bigger. However, for reasons I'm not going to go into here, it wasn't until earlier this week when I was able to have it looked at.
It turned out to be something called a sebaceous cyst. More can be read about that kind of cyst here. It's not overly serious at this point, but it's one of those things where the sooner it can be dealt with, the better.

I was able to secure an appointment for the last Tuesday of this month (barring anything unforseen of course) to have it removed. As far as I know, it'll be a minor outpatient kind of surgery. I've never had any kind of surgery before so I wouldn't know anything about recovery, but I'm guessing after it's done I'll be taking it easy for a day or two and avoiding heavy lifting.

I'll let you all know if the date of the surgery changes and how the recovery process goes when the time comes.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Finished the Move Yesterday

Thursday and yesterday, I helped my fiance move from the apartment he had been living in that had been storm-damaged Tuesday night to the one he was able to obtain on Wednesday. We got done sometime between three and four in the afternoon if I recall correctly. (That's not bad given the fact that 1) he had until five pm to get the old place cleaned out and 2) it was just the two of us yesterday.)  The only thing that was not salvagable was a bookcase that was water-damaged and as a result fell apart while being transported. There are a few boxes and what-not to get unpacked, but the most important stuff (such as the food, the furniture, and the appliances) are in place.

That's what I've been up to lately. Hopefully, nothing drastic will happen in the coming week.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hometown Got Hit Last Night...Sort of

There was a storm in my hometown last night, complete with a temporary power outage and a tornado warning. We didn't get hit by a tornado, but part of the town got hit by the storm. The north end of town, where I'm still living with my mom and stepdad, including the houses, got off easy compared to the south end, closer to where my fiance lives.
For instance, sometime after the tornado warning had come and gone, my fiance called me and told me that building he had been living in had been damaged and part of the roof was gone which could've potentially posed a problem for some plans we had for the weekend. (When he had called, I initially thought that perhaps part of the building was mangled, but the damage was more along the lines of cracked walls, sunken in ceilings, etc.) It also turned out that some businesses were damaged or at least still didn't have power. (The latter included the office where my mom works.)

Today was one of the days when I'd normally be doing my volunteer work at the Doggie Bag (which as far as I knew before heading out was still standing and had its power) from ten to four (store hours), but per my fiance's request this morning, I instead met up with him at his cousin's place (where he was staying for the time being from my understanding). Before heading over though, I did make sure that only other person that would be on duty today and authorized to open would be in a position to do so today. She said she was and if anything had gone over there earlier to make sure the store still had its power, which it did.

After I met up with my fiance, he and I talked for a little bit. Then he and I walked over to the compound where he has been living. We got to the leasing office, and he was able to get an apartment in one of the non-damaged buildings. After that, we went and got some lunch and then moved a few things (mostly clothes and food items) from the apartment he had been living in to the new one. (And as it turned out, he was not the only one moving either.) After he decided to hold off on the rest until later and rest in the new place, I went and got a few things from the old apartment and brought them over. I ended up having more time to spare that day than I thought, so after I had said goodbye to him, I headed over to the Doggie Bag to help out for two and a half hours before closing time. It was mostly clothing that was being dealt with today. I may or may not make it over there on Friday which is another one of my regular days, depending on how far along my fiance is on the move and whatever else comes up.

I'm going to see him again tomorrow. Hopefully, he will get more stuff moved and be less stressed about the situation (which, understandably, he had been today).

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Got the Manuscript Typed Up

Yesterday I mentioned that I was in the process of transferring a handwritten copy of what my fiance had of a book he had started a couple of years ago to computer. I had hoped to get it done last night, but it got late and I got tired when I was working on it.
Well, I continued with it this morning and now I'm finally finsihed. The next steps will be to edit it to the best of my ability, possibly print it out, and give him feedback on where the story should go from where it has stopped so far.

I've got a little under two and a half hours or somewhere thereabouts before he comes over. I think in a little bit, I'm going to have a little lunch, do some things around the house and go from there.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Where I'm at on Life's Journey

I know I've been further behind on my blogging than ever before. While I wouldn't say this is the only reason, part of it has to do with the amount of time I've been spending with my fiance. (And no, we have not set a date yet.) Not only am I spending more time with him just in general, but he and I are co-authoring a novel together to go with a video game that he and some friends of his are in the process of developing. Barring unforseen circumstances, we'll be having meetings every week to discuss the novel. (By "we" I mean me, my fiance, and his friends, including a cousin of his that lives in town.)

I'm still volunteering at the Doggie Bag. We have a bit more help now than we have had for a while (including increased availability of two of the regular staff members) plus the donations have slowed down a bit so our back room actually looks pretty good. Also the manager's new intern (who joined us either earlier this month or sometime last month if I recall correctly) has gotten the window display set up for St. Patrick's Day, which features mostly green items. As far as stuff on sale is concerned, the way it stands right now, coats are 1/2 off and men's shirts are buy one get one free.

When I hop off here, I'm going to finish typing up the handwritten version of a book (or what exists of it so far) that my fiance had started a long time ago when he was still in the military and recovering from an injury. We had started doing that sometime in January (his idea at the time) but put that aside for a while. I'm going to see about finishing it up so that it's done by the time I go over to his place tomorrow so that it will be one less thing to worry about.

That's where I'm at for now. I'll try to resume writing here regularly.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Doggie Bag Updates

I know I've fallen WAY behind on these lately. I don't know why although there were a couple of days when, after my shift was up, I'd go and see my fiance.

Anyway, in the past month we had been selling Christmas items. (Even though Christmas is already over, that hasn't stopped people from donating items pertaining to Christmas.) As it stands right now, they're half off. Our adult pants are currently buy one get one free. And also, a person can get up to five toys for free if they buy something else.

Some days have been busier than others. There were days like the day after Christmas where we'd get off to a slow start in the morning, but then business would pick up in the afternoon. The day after New Year's was one of our slower days. Yesterday, however, was SO busy. Not only did I have a lot of sales to ring up, but we got TONS of donations on that day. I was able to get some of them marked and put in their rightful places, but I ran out of time before I was able to get to all of them. Hopefully, someone else has been able to pick up where I left off. I think barring anything unforseen, my goals for Friday will be to get some clothing put out (and maybe in the afternoon when someone else takes over on the register, transfer some from the back and tag it) and straighten things up throughout the day as time allows.

We did have a Christmas display in the window for a while, but it was taken down on Monday and Tuesday. (I was able to take most of it down per the manager's request on Monday but ran out of time before I was able to get everything. All I had left was some lights on the lattice work, lights and a star on the tree, and the tree itself. Presumably that was taken care of on Tuesday.) Now, it consists mainly of some eye-catching clothes. (Yesterday, a customer asked me to check the sizes of a couple of skirts in the window that caught her attention, but it turned out that neither one was the size she was looking for.)

I may be doing these updates less often than I have in the past, especially if it's been a long, tiring day. (And besides, I have other things to deal with at this time.) But I'll be sure to get to them when I get the chance.