Day One

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Woohoo day one of officially going back to work. This day will be all paper work and compliance wire. Long talks about safety and all that boring, but important stuff.

Well now today is day 2 and pretty much the rest of the boring, but important stuff. Tomorrow Wednesday I have to be there by 6 a.m.

Short and sweet blog

https://simplegiftshere.company.site/

https://purpleyoda.myctfo.com/

https://kolejax.com/

Last Bit Of Freedom

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This may be considered “click bait” However it’s true for me and MY personal freedom, but it’s not a bad loss.

As the few who have been reading my goofy little blogs, y’all know I have been out of work the last 2 years. So at first, I looked at it as a long over due vacation. I made a decision to enjoy some time off. I had been working for years with only a hand full of “vacations”; and THEN I would just take a few days here and there to reboot. I never really went any where. Y’all also know I worked at Netflix for 10 years and was laid off, and 6 weeks later back to work. However I was laid off 14 months later. I decided I was going to make some changes in my life. Go back to school, get a degree in business management. Try to start a business.

Needless to say things didn’t quite go as planned. I decided to try my hand at crafting, and sell it online. Everybody I knew made it seem so easy.

  • Decide a niche
  • Find a website
  • Creat your store
  • Start selling

Easy as pie. They don’t tell you you have to spend money to promote your product; and I am not tech savvy. I did what I could, but ultimately it was an epic fail.

But long story short, I start my new/old job Monday 11/15/2021. The funny thing about this is I was laid off a week before Thanksgiving in 2019, now I’m going back 2 years later A WEEK BEFORE THANKSGIVING I’m excited because I know what’s expected, but more importantly is I love the people I’m going to be working with. The crew that’s left there in the section I was in, are very friendly and helpful. There’s one young lady who is over the moon excited I’m coming back.

I do plan to one day get an online shop for my crafting. However I will have done more research and have a better understanding of how it works and what I need to do. I feel like part if the problem is I didn’t use Facebook. I was trying to stay away from them. Not really a fan of that platform anymore. They like to hide information from you. Apparently we are not smart enough to know if it’s “misinformation” or truth so they decide for us. Anyway I excited about going back to this company. It’s a really good company to work for. So that’s my blog for now.

https://kolejax.com/

https://simplegiftshere.company.site/

https://purpleyoda.myctfo.com/

Faith And Prayers.

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I know I’ve been away for a while. I’ve had a lot going on. I had been writing about fair labor laws and fighting for a pay that the company didn’t want to pay. Well that’s still in limbo. Real quick on that topic though.

I had received an email from HR saying they had got with management and have decided to pay me for the orientation. She then informed me, that I could come and pick up my check on Friday 10/08/2021. Which was wierd because I had received a letter from workforce informing me on paper they had officially received my wage complaint and is waiting to have an investigator assigned to it. Now I know workforce always sends both parties involved in the complaint the the same letters. I respond… Thank you I will be there Friday at 2:30p.m. It gets more strange because ON THE DAY I was to go get the check she e-mailed me again requesting I return the access gate card as well. I read the e-mail and just put my phone in my pocket and proceeded to get ready to go to get my little check. However at 2:10 p.m I had received a phone call; but my phone was in my back pocket and I was driving so I didn’t know until I got to the job site. Then I call into the office to speak with the person in HR ONLY to be informed that they had received a letter from Workforce and are now handling correspondents through them and they don’t have my check there. Now I’m frustrated I asked him when did y’all receive the letter from workforce? He said Monday or Tuesday. I then asked why did she send me an email TODAY at 1:39 requesting the access badge? Now he’s stumbling over his words and back peddling. So I told him that when I receive my check is when you’ll get the access card. So that’s where we’re at with that.

NOW THE GOOD PART! I’m so flipping EXCITED!

Ok. So mom and I decided to go to Sam’s club to get a few items. We spoke on it the night before. So I get up have my coffee, proceed to take a shower to start my day. While I was in the shower, the water wasn’t draining like it should so I thought I need to clean the hair out from the drain. But once I got out of the shower I realized both bathrooms was on the fritz. So we went a head and did our stuff we needed to get done, I was hoping the situation would correct it’s self but to no avail. So I had to contact the new owner and explain to her the situation. She sent a plumber out and all is well with our toilets again. BUT the new owner text me saying the plumber said it was a lot of tissue, and to not use so much. I told her we’ve been living here for 4 almost 5 years and never had this happen. She informed me that IF it happens again SHE will not pay for the plumber. Blah blah blah. Enough on that. The BEST part of today is….. I got a message from an old coworker asking me if I was ready to come back to work on valves. I said why heck yeah! Long as I don’t have to paint them

Long story short I’m fixing to get my job back; and the people I worked with there,,, are really really great people. The employees there really look out for each other. Sooooo maybe I can continue my little hobby and hopefully start making some side money just to put back into savings. Ok thats it for now.

Thanksgiving wreath

https://simplegiftshere.company.site/

Fair Labor Laws pt 2

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So there may be a pt3 not sure just yet. I will know more on the 8th of October. So I posted a rant about fair labor laws. I spoke on the fact that I filed a wage complaint with workforce. Y’all know how rude that person was that I spoke to. So yesterday I received a letter from workforce informing me ” officially” that they have received my complaint. Now today I get an email from the company I filed on.

This is what the e-mail said.

So naturally I told her I would pick up the check on Friday October 8 2021 at 2:30 pm.

So aparently I was entitled to the hours slent on orientation; however I am unsure if it will be calculated at $7.25 as according to the person I spoke with they are only obligated to pay minimum wage for the training. Either way, I sttod my ground on what I thought was right. But the other concerns I have are…. Are the employees there bei g treated properly? Are they aware of their rights as an employee? Did they or will they at the very least get a relatively clean break room to have their lunch rather than have lunch IN the warehouse 6 to 8 feet from where they are working? I hope at the very least they get a break room away from where they’re working.

Ok the troublemaker us signing out. Yeah heres my links. Still trying to earn a living.

https://simplegiftshere.company.site/

https://purpleyoda.myctfo.com/

https://kolejax.com/?ref=qnwfpdlfis30

The Underdog

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Not sure what this title will be just yet. I’m basically biding my time until this WordPress subscription is complete.

Feeling frustrated and defeated. I seem to be at a crossroads. I want and need a job, yet my mom is also in need of having someone with her at home. I had a plan that failed. Just like many other things in my journey of living.

As I said I had a job, but I only worked one day. One because it’s not climate controlled, but also there was so many safety violations. The employees was smoking INSIDE the warehouse! THERE’S A LOT OF FLAMMABLE STUFF IN THERE!!! Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the addiction of smoking, I used to smoke. In fact I smoked for 30+ years. I fully understand. However if you’re working where there’s flammable stuff and A LOT of it, I don’t think ANY ONE should be smoking INSIDE the building.

Now my shift was going to be 2pm to 10pm, however I went in early to do my orientation. Then started my shift at pretty close to 2pm. Now I only lasted until 5:30pm for a few reasons. I was just getting over from being sick. But the heat in the building was causing me to get a headache. Now I had been there since about 10:30 am and it’s now 5:30pm I decided to go to lunch. But instead of coming back, I just went home. I literally ran straight cold water for a shower and stood under it for a while, JUST to cool my body down. I had a horrible headache in the back of my head. Needless to say I could not handle that heat. I think if I had been younger and not been diagnosed with scleroderma I may have muscled through it, just like I did with any and all my other jobs. But…… It is what it is. So I started on August 30, I had already expected to have to wait two weeks for a check. So when that Friday came, I didn’t bother them about my paycheck. Then came the Friday I should have originally received a paycheck, things was busy that day so I never called about it. But I did email her that monday gve her the whole day to respond and she didn’t. So on Tuesday I called her. She said she mailed the check. Proceeded to tell me if I don’t get it by the end of the week to call her. So by Thursday no check. I emailed her and she resooned with saying I told you guve it until the end of the week. So now it’s been 2 weeks. However in doing research I discovered that IF you quit a job, the employer is to pay you on the next regular payday. Which in essence I should have gotten my check, at the end of that week of my first day. It took 3 weeks to get my paycheck, THEN they didn’t pay me for the orientation. So I call her back and she says they don’t pay the employee for the orientation. I said but that’s MY time I gave the company. There was a long pause then she says I understand that, but we don’t pay for the orientation part. Yes I research it, AND this is what I found

Federal law provides that once an individual becomes an employee, he is entitled to be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). … Although mere applicants don’t have to be paid during orientation, hired employees must be compensated for their orientation time.

So now my delema is…. How do I go about this situation? Not only that, but there are a lot of foreigners who work there, most Asian, I think Vietnamese. But it makes me wonder how many labor laws are they breaking BECAUSE they don’t know their rights as an employee?. I know me “fighting” for the orientation pay may seem petty, but there’s a principle here. Most employees including myself DO NOT know their rights as an employee. For the most part our goal us to get a job and handle our responsibilities. Not to mention the fact that we the employees would be able to afford an attorney to fight for our rights as an employee and most often we don’t fight for our rights because we DON’T want to lose our job because we have responsibilities.

Ok rant over here’s my links.

https://simplegiftshere.company.site

https://purpleyoda.myctfo.com/

https://kolejax.com/?ref=qnwfpdlfis30

Almost Over

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Soon this random blog will be over. I have “chosen” NOT to renew my subscription. Mostly because I don’t have the finances to do so. I’ve read that 99% of “business’s” fail anyway. So apparently I fall into that percentile. This sucks, because I really enjoyed crafting.

I know I wrote about being positive, but there’s a difference between bein naïve, and staying positive. That difference is being truthful to yourself. I’m not meant for greatness, or even slightly being successful. Reminds me of the old saying ” you can’t have your cake and eat it too” something to that effect. To be honest I wasn’t looking for greatness. I knew in reality what I was trying to do would have NEVER turned into a franchise, or become a (million) dollar type of business. But I was hoping for some type of success. Anyway it is what it is, and it ain’t what it ain’t.

As I mentioned earlier that there’s a difference between reality and being naïve. Naïve is showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment. Reality is the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them. So I am now living in reality. I always have lived in the cruel world of reality. It’s not a bad place to live, just sometimes a little harsh. When some of your hopes and dreams get crushed. Often times it’s the slow crush that hurts the most as you feel every bit of the pain of defeat. Then you pick yourself up, realign yourself and find the next failure. Now don’t think I go into my ventures with the mindset of it’s going to be a failure, no I go into it whole heartedly believing and thinking THIS IS IT! I have such enthusiasm and excitement. UNTIL, the inevitable. It’s quite depressing. Thank goodness I’m not speaking out loud about this, because I would be in tears.

The funny thing about this is you are always coming accross the “success” stories. Right? How they grew up poor, didn’t have this or that but they worked hard and became successful. You can’t say it’s not true because you wasn’t there when they was struggling. However thd reality IS if you want to have or start a business you HAVE to have some kind of business sense. You have to have business idea, and plan, AND you have to have finances in order to do anything. You hear how they worked 3 jobs went to school raised their children as a single parent blah blah blah. I know I sound like an angry loser, believe you me I am not that angry loser. I just cannot believe ALL of their story. I was a single mom working 2 jobs, and no matter how small I cut the corners I was still LITERALLY JUST surviving. We lived on bare necessities.

Ok, ok enough of venting. Moving on. As stated this wordpress venture will be over soon. I just hope I’ve helped someone in a positive way. So heres my my links because y’all know I can’t leave without posting I laugh to keep from crying.

Just a few of the craft items I have made

https://simplegiftshere.company.site

https://purpleyoda.myctfo.com/

https://kolejax.com/?ref=qnwfpdlfis30

Update: Random Memory

I have tried to follow many others in this journey. At first the app let me follow, now every time I try to follow it says something went wrong, or can not follow. I don’t know what it means, I’ll just assume it’s another road block. After all I am the queen of at least the things.

  1. Getting lost
  2. Finding road blocks
  3. And failing

I started to list number 3 as not winning. But the truth is I am winning! Winning at losing. So on the bright side…busts out into to the song I’m winning

One day I was on the ground
When I needed a hand
And it couldn’t be found
I was so far down
That I couldn’t get up
You know and
One day I was one of life’s losers
Even my friends were my accusers
And in my head
I’d lost before I’d begun I had a dream
But it turned to dust
And what I thought was love
That must have been lust
I was living in style
When the walls fell in
When I played my hand
I looked like a joker
Turned around
Fate must have woke her
‘Cause lady luck
She was waiting outside the doorI’m winning
I’m winning
I’m winning
I’m winning
I’m winning
And I don’t intend on losing again Too bad it belonged to me
It was the wrong time
And not meant to be
Took a long time
And I knew for now
I can see the day
That I breathe for
Friends agree, there’s a need
To play the game
And to win againI’m winning
I’m winning
I’m winning
I’m winning
I’m winning
And I don’t intend on losing againI had a dream
But it turned to dust
What I thought was love
That must have been lust
I was living in style
When the walls fell in
When I played my hand
I looked like a joker
Turned around
Fate must have woke her
‘Cause lady luck
She was waiting outside the doorI’m winning
I’m winning
I’m winning
I’m winning
I’m winning
And I don’t intend on losing again

First And Lastday

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Ok soooo I told y’all about my new job, and how excited I was. Well I’m sure you guessed by the title it was my first AND last day.

For one the shop had no AC. But even worse, no fans. So that made it worse. Now let me tell HOW my first day went.

So I was scheduled 2pm to 10pm, but I had to go in at 11am for orientation. That took about 3 and a half hours. Once I finished orientation a parson took me down to the shop floor. Now when I was initially hired I was told that I was going in production. So I started there. Not bad for what they had me starting out on, and theyb had fans in that area. Even though it wasn’t cool air circulating, it was a cross breeze. So it made the heat more tolerable. Then along comes another lady in another department bringing me over to her side. This was I believe, the shipping department. No fans! The heat was honestly unbearable. Honestly had I been 20 years younger, I probably would have been able to endure it. But at my age now, I literally get nauseous, and a pounding headache if I am too hot, and have no way of cooling down.

Now the gentleman she put me with to train was a nice person, he just wasn’t really explaining things to me. I felt like a shadow, so we was almost finished with the order, so I says to him. After we finish this order I think I’m going on lunch, since I came in at 10:30 am and it was going on 5:30. He said tou could go now if you want. I said ok I will. I informed him I would be back in 30 minutes. He said you get 45 minutes for lunch. I said ok see you in 45. But I went to my truck and turned it on and left. I had no intentions of going back.

I hate that I did that, but that just was NOT a good fit for me. Understand I’m not afraid of work, but, at the same time scleroderma and heat are not an ideal combination.

I will continue to look for work. But at my age it’s not going to easy. So could y’all PLEASE look at my links

https://simplegiftshere.company.site

https://kolejax.com/?ref=qnwfpdlfis30

https://purpleyoda.myctfo.com/

Update on The Job search.

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Long story short. I have a job, just as soon as I pass a drug test, and a physical. I wish I knew about the drug test. Because I need to study. kidding.

So now I’m in Katy getting my physical and my drug test. And man there areca lot of people here. I hate waiting. But here I am waiting. Ok it took 3 hours JUST to get called. Now my blood pressure is a bit elevated. But we continue to complete the physical. We tried 3 different occasions checking my BP and it was still elevated. However after the doctor came in to do his part in the physical he gave me a green light. YAY! Next is orientation and I should officially start a job on Monday.

The shift is 2p to 10p. That’s ideal for me to still be able to get mom to her doctors appointments. And I can still tinker with my failed ecommerce account

They mentioned how impressed they was with my resume. Being as I have longevity on my jobs. I laughed said thank you, then proceeded to gently explain that I am not a fan of awkward interviews. I don’t like the classic (so tell me about you, or why do you want to work here?)

With those lame question there are so many sarcastic remarks you can make. Yet you have to be professional and give a logical answer. I WANT to say because I need a job and you need a body to fill a position. Or because y’all are hiring. Because let’s be honest here, we are not doctors, who have the answer to cure cancer. Nor are we lawyers with this rare ability to magically win and UNwinable case. We are the back end of how things are ran that noone sees. However, I am so grateful to have a job. Now if I can make this job last AT LEAST 16 years. I plan to retire at age 68. Lord knows I most likely wont make it to 72.

So here’s my links.

https://simplegiftshere.company.site/

https://kolejax.com/?ref=qnwfpdlfis30

https://purpleyoda.myctfo.com/

Quick Blog

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I know I’ve been away from blogging. But I have a good reason. I have been diligently looking for work. I want and need full time. However I have an interview today with a retail store. I know 99% of those places only hire part time. But I also have 2 other interviews one on Monday, and another on Tuesday. I will of course attend all 3 and see what each has to offer. I’m almost sure something good is going to happen. If anything it will be a job. So I can generate an income to try and continue my failed ecommerce

Any ways off to my interview heres your links

https://simplegiftshere.company.site/

https://kolejax.com/?ref=qnwfpdlfis30

https://purpleyoda.myctfo.com/

Update: Interview

Well that interview was a flop. So as I stated, I have been diligently looking for a job, to support my failed ecommerce store. The ONLY reason I applied for the job is BECAUSE it said FULL TIME. Yet she said it would be part time. So I told her I would come in for an interview and see what happens. I had explained to her that when the application had me put hours of availability it showed for an overnight shift. I explained that I was interested in an overnight shift and why. But she said she didn’t have an overnight shift. Then I asked her on average how many hours would I average a week? Her response was… That depends on how well you work, if you do what I tell you, and work hard. She proceeded to say SHE’S the stocker and even if the line backs up all the way to the back room….I’m still stocking. If little jonnie throws up in the middle if the isle YOU have to clean it up. Because I’m stocking. Line is backed up….I’m stocking. So I says to her well that’s rather stressful on account you have more than one register, yet you have a line of customers getting frustrated because YOU won’t jump on a register and get the line down. Then she proceeded to say… If the line backs up I’m ( she) gonna jump on a register and get the line down. I was saying to myself. You speak with a forked tonge. Talking out the side of your mouth. To be honest she sent negative vibes. She was wearing cut off blue jean shorts, unmatched socks. She quite frankly was not very professional. Now I want and need a job, but this didn’t seem like a good fit AT ALL se le vi

I have 2 more interviews this week. We’ll see how those go.

Oh how I wish getting my ecommerce was as easy as getting job interviews. Yes another update. I still have 2 interviews one today, BUT I now have 2 for tomorrow. So today is a position for a baker ar Golden Corral. I can’t say for sure if it would be full time, but I do know the chances are extremely high that I would be working on weekends. Not that I do a lot of going out partying, because I haven’t “gone out” in YEARS. But…. I don’t want to work every weekend either. So I plan to go to that interview today, I have a phone interview tomorrow with a department store at 9:40 a.m, then an in person at 10:00 a.m. with a warehouse job. This job is Monday through Friday, from what I can tell. I’m almost 100% sure it’s full time, and I know for sure it’s CERTAINLY NOT a minimum wage pay.

Monday

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Well here we are Monday again. Here I am with nothing to blog about. I am supposed to be having positive aspects. I’m not supposed to be feeling frustrated or irritated or defeated. Yet here I am feeling all of that negativity.

I just spent the weekend going through my projects. I ended up throwing some of them away, and putting other stuff in the attic. As I’ve said before I live in a small house (duplex) actually. I want to quit, and just get a job. At least that way I have a guaranteed source of income. Or win the lottery

Any who there’s my blog and without fail here’s my links.

https://simplegiftshere.company.site/

https://kolejax.com/?ref=qnwfpdlfis30

https://purpleyoda.myctfo.com/