I can't tell you how excited I am going to the Produce Dept. I've been waiting for this for a long time. I finally got some awesome bosses to work with. I can work at my own pace and I get to learn so much about cutting fruits and vegetables. Plus listening to my own music and no one bothering you. It's like heaven. My first week went well. I am really enjoying it. My body doesn't hurt as much as it when I was at the front end just standing there. I do have to admit that it's still going to take me a while working eight hours a day. But, I know that I can sit for a couple of minutes and then get back to work. I also told Will-I-am that I will let him know when my body really does start to hurt. He said he was okay with that. Another plus is, it's nice to know that I have a set schedule. I don't have to worry about coming in on different days and different times like I did when I was at the front end. So, now I feel better going to work with a smile on my face even though I wear a mask everyday at work. I think also, Seattle can see a change in me as well. But who knows.
Last Friday which was April 16th, Seattle, myself and the gang which was the people we rode with to Warrenton,NC to get our first Covid shot, we rode again. This time it was to get our final shot. Let me tell you, it feels so good to get this done and over with. The shot that is. After getting our second shot, we all headed to a little cafe called The Hardware Cafe. Inside it was just like a Hardware store. The prices were reasonable and their sandwiches were awesome. I would go back there again.
Last Friday 3/19 Seattle and I and Gingerbread Boy, his girlfriend Ash-Lee and another guy named Rus-Tee all took a road trip to Warrenton, North Carolina to get our first shot of the vaccine to prevent Covid-19. Our trip consisted of talking about life and looking out the window at the country side. When we got to our vaccination site, we stood in line and gave our names and filled out a couple of questions on the clipboard. Then all of us along with others went into a trailer where a couple of chairs were all in a line. We sat down rolled up our sleeves and each nurse went up and down the line of giving us all our first shot. I must admit, it was a little painful at first, but by the end of it, I wanted to give my nurse a real life hug and thank her for everything she has done to make this happen. When everyone got up and left out the door of the trailer, I came out hugging Seattle and crying my eyes out. I was so happy and relived. I felt like I just won the lottery. The next thing we all did was get some food and celebrated. We headed to a little place in Warrenton called The Burger Barn. It was a cute little place. They sold hamburgers along with hotdogs, chicken fingers and porkchop sandwiches. This was my first time in a year I ate inside a restaurant that had no one in it besides the five of us. It felt kind of weird, but I knew also I felt comfortable that no one was around us. After we ate, we drove right back home. I thanked Gingerbread Boy for driving us, and Seattle and I headed on back to our apartment and celebrated with a beer, pizza rolls and some cake for dinner. I must say it's been a crazy year, but finally getting my first vaccine made it all worth it.
In other news, my smart-ass cool nephew Bry-Son turned 9 years old on March 11th. I just can't believe time has flown by so fast. He's gotten to be so tall that he looks like a noodle when you see him. He's all long arms and legs. Also, I've been trying to push myself to go out and walk around our apartment complex when it's nice outside. So far, the first time I did it, it hurt cause I've been so lazy sitting on the couch after I get home from work that I don't wanna do anything. But the couple of times I've done it, I've been feeling good. I try not to push myself too much due to my Cerebral Palsy. Due to my walking, my left foot is a half an inch different from my right. So, if I walk to hard my body tends to hurt the next day. So, I try to take it easy.
Here's an update at work, I'm still there, but no new changes. I still deal with the same morons, but this time I just keep my head down and do my job and go home. I don't know yet if I want to get a new job or see what happens when I reach my 5 years at The Fresh Market in May. If I get a pay raise or not. We'll find out.
Hoppy New Year everyone! We finally got rid of 2020. On to new adventures and good vibes for 2021. I don't really do New Year's resolution's, but it feels good to know that there's a vaccine and that we are headed in the right direction. I want to also add that we don't have to deal with a Cheeto for a President. Hopefully this will be a year of good things and we can move forward in our lives. I got so tired of all the hate on the television last year that I had to turn it off or tune into another channel. But enough of last year, let me tell you what's been up with me.
Working in retail as an essential worker has been good and bad on some level. The good part is seeing my regular customers come to the store and shouting out my name. "Hey Erica! What's up?" The other good part is trying to have a good time with some of my co-worker, just by cutting up and laughing it makes the day go by a little smoother. The bad part of this is some people getting pissy at each other just because of a little social distancing or not wearing a mask correctly. You don't know how many times people have come up to us at the front end and told us that this guy in our deli department isn't wearing his mask correctly. We tell them every time, he's been talked to by our store manager.
During this pandemic, I've come to realize, I'm grateful for having a job and a great boyfriend who drives me to and from work each day and to have food on the table. When I look at the television and see lines of cars waiting for food it breaks my heart and the government isn't even helping us. There are times I wish I could help everyone, but I know we are all in this together and hopefully we can fight through this and go back to our normal lives soon. Crossing my fingers by this summer we all can get back to hugging people again.
Like every other holiday I survived Thanksgiving. But this Thanksgiving was a bit different. It was a pandemic kind of holiday. One where we all have to wear masks and social distance ourselves in grocery stores. In our store our capacity is suppose to be at 95%. But by the looks of it, the day before you could tell there were a few more people. (Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving) Since were a much smaller store we only have five registers. So, this meant that all of them were open with little social distancing. I had to work Wednesday. Then I had to work Thanksgiving Day. A while back, everyone could volunteer to work on the holidays. But my Front End Manager decided to put me on and she had the day off. Seattle was upset when I told him the news. Ugh, so I worked till 2pm that day even though we were open till 3pm that day. There was hardly anyone in the store. But you always had that one customer coming up to you either saying " I'm sorry you have to work on this day." Or "Thank you for working on this day." Either way, I think all retail places should be closed on every holiday from now on. That way everyone can enjoy the day with their family.
This year, people are traveling by car or airplane. Even though the CDC tells them not to and to stay at home. So, go ahead and travel this Christmas and get everyone sick. No one cares. Hopefully, the FDA will approve these two vaccines so we can move on from this virus, and in a couple of years we can go back to normal. As for now, Seattle and I are counting down the day when this orange faced puke will get out of office.
Last week our dumb-ass orange faced Cheeto of a President held a press conference at The White House with little social distancing and wearing of face masks. The next day, Trump got sick with the Coronavirus. He had to be air lifted to Walter Reed Hospital. While in there, he was treated and then released back to the White House where he didn't isolate himself but made a scene walking upstairs taking off his mask and saying that he beat the virus. All I can say is what an asshole. I don't know if I can look at his smug look anymore. The count down to the election can't come sooner.
Okay, on to another subject. It is finally Autumn! One of my favorite seasons. The air is crisp, leaves are falling, you can wear a sweatshirt and go for a walk. Since this pandemic, a lot of us have been staying at home, or going to the grocery store. There really isn't much open, but some states are trying their best to reopen in a safe way. Last year, I celebrated my 40th ( I am not ashamed) birthday with my family. It was a little get together at G-Gordon Liddy's apartment. Drama Queen, John Deere, and my cool nephew Bry-Son joined in as well as Seattle. We all celebrated with pizza and cake. This year, it's going to be totally strange celebrating during a pandemic. Drama Queen thought we should celebrate it again at G-Gordon Liddy's apartment again. If we did, everyone would have to be six feet away from each other. But I don't know what I want to do. I thought of just relaxing and not doing anything. Just make myself a cake and eat it in front of the television while watching horror movies.
Hey ya'll. It's been a long couple of weeks working at The Fresh Market. Yup! I'm still there. But there have been some changes in our company. We got a new CEO. He's updated a few things. We now have a new uniform that will take place in early October. Everyone in our store has to wear a white polo shirt with a black apron with The Fresh Market logo on it. I told everyone we are going to be looking like a bunch of penguins walking around. But I don't make the rules. Another thing the CEO of the company did was send out a letter. It goes a little something like this.
As the next step in our journey towards Operational Excellence, we are making some exciting changes to our store staffing structure. This will provide our stores with the flexibility to meet the needs of the business, and help us respond better to our guests needs and shopping patterns. Some position changes will occur within our stores, including the creation of new full time leadership positions.
How is this impacting you?
While your current position is being eliminated which my position currently stands as Assistant Front End Manager you can apply for the Assistant Guest Service Manager or any other posted positions available by August 30th on our website. So, what this meant to me was I could reapply for my job again and go for an interview or pick another position in the store. So, I went online the end of August and applied for Assistant Produce Manger. Why not? Anything to get away from the front end and some of the customers and employees I work with. I went for my interview around September 10th in the store, and my boss told me I didn't get the position. I told him I understand, and that he will try his best to get me outta the front end and into a different department when something comes available. But the cool part about all this new stuff going on is that you don't loose your pay rate and your job.
Other than that, football season finally started. It looks kinda funny without a live audience but it breaks up the other sports like baseball and hockey that have been on for a couple of weeks. Hopefully with this virus, and all this bad shit happening in the world, 2020 can go away and we can try and get 2021 off to a good start.
Hey Ya'll. Just thought I would give you a small update. Seattle and I are still loving our new place. So, anyway last week someone in our apartment complex brought glassware into the pool area where it is prohibited. With that being said we got an email the following day stating that the pool would be closed for two weeks to clean it out. Sad for people who go there on a regular basis. But to us, it didn't really matter.
Last Friday, I got a nice surprise at work. G-Gordon Liddy, Drama Queen and my cool but nerdy nephew Bry-Son came into Raleigh to see me. They live in Holly Springs which is about a 30-35 minute ride. It's been about six months since I've seen them since the whole Coronavirus hit back in February. When I saw them, G-Gordon Liddy gave me the biggest hug that I thought my ribs were going to crack. It was also amazing to see how tall my nephew has gotten. My nephew who is eight is almost up to my elbow or a little past. I'm just estimating. After I was done with work, we all left and grabbed a bite to eat and then headed back to the apartment. This was the first time, G-Gordon Liddy, Drama Queen and Bry-Son has seen our new place since Seattle and I moved in April.
It's so hard now a days to watch the news cause it's all bad. Seattle and I always end up yelling at it or just not even watching and switching over to The Simpsons or something that will make us happy or laugh. But the other night, we were watching the news and something exciting happen. Joe Biden announced his VP. It was Kamala Harris. The first black, asian american VP. I can't wait now till November gets here. It's been too long.