Five Things Friday: Missing Retail

I’ve been trying to come up with five things that I miss about retail and it’s harder than I thought. That’s probably because my new job is going so well. The funniest part is that for every one thing I miss about retail, there’s three things that I don’t.

Things I hate about retail:
When a customer puts their money on the counter or belt.
Screaming children
Customers who decide at check-out that they don’t want half the stuff.
Friday means nothing
Random shifts, always different
People in pajamas
Christmas music
Complaints about prices
Customers mentioning the nice weather outside

Specific to my last job:
It was always hot inside
Some people would talk your ears off
The carpet was stained and gross to look at
I spent too much money

Now I’m working full-time. I have to get up at a respectable hour, put my big girl pants on, and head out the door with a coffee that’s not quite strong enough for the whole day. So far, I’m enjoying learning how to use new programs and problem solve issues that arise.

Five Things I Miss About Retail

1. Co-Workers

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I worked with a surprisingly decent amount of good people. Most didn’t talk to me much (I don’t mind, I’m interesting enough inside my own head.) When my co-workers did talk to me, at least they had something interesting to say. Sure, there was some drama, but I enjoy hearing about people’s lives in small doses. Going on for ten minutes about negative family drama: boo! A few minutes of planning your Disney vacation: TELL ME MORE!

2. Regular Customers

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It means a lot to me when other people understand certain quirks about retail. You hand me your money, awesome. You count out 24 pennies, not so much. You carefully empty the contents of your cart on the belt, cool. You place the basket on the belt and expect me to empty it, grr! You smile, ask about my day, say please and thank you, and I’m going to look forward to you coming back. Come in wearing pajamas, smell awful, and start demanding things, I’m not going to be motivated to helping you much. Be polite, people!

3. Knowing Where Products Are Located

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This is a refined skill that you have to learn at every new retail job. What does the store sell? Where is it? Of course, it doesn’t help if the product is moved around from display to different display twice a week. Bonus, it helps if you can tell people where they can find fidget spinners (no, the dollar store doesn’t have them.)

4. Clearance Items

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There was never a whole lot on clearance at the dollar store, but it’s something I’m always on the lookout for.

5. Limited Edition Items

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I remember when the store got in Jell-O Creations. Oh. My. Yummy! There were some things that would come in and they would cost so much more elsewhere. Star Wars micro machines for $1, but $5 at KMart. Sweet! I’ll miss seeing all the great things that came in and got snatched up right away.

All in all, I don’t miss working in retail as much as I thought I would.

-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday: Fidgets and More

What a fun weekend this is and it’s hardly begun! It started with my dear friend visiting, garage sales, and watching my hamster zip around in her ball (you can’t buy that kind of entertainment). I’ve got a couple projects lined up, mostly cleaning and catching up on TV, but I’m trying to cherish my free time. Starting Tuesday I work full-time. I have to learn silly things like waking up early and staying awake 9-5 without a nap.

I’m doomed.

Maybe.

I’m also determined so there just might be hope.

Five Favorite Fidgety Things and More

1. Garage Sales!

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It’s that wonderful time of year when you can put a price tag on your old crap. I personally haven’t participated in a garage sale in a while because living in an apartment gives you little room for storage. So, all my stuff goes straight to the thrift stores. However, I love driving through the neighborhood to see what little gems I can find. The best thing I ever scored was a Darth Vader helmet.

2. This is sand App

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I stumbled across this in the Apple App Store the other day. It’s a creative way to create works of art with different colored sand. You don’t have to be artsy to make something beautiful.

3. Pusheen Coloring Book

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This was a recent gift from a dear friend of mine. I’m enjoying taking a break from the detailed adult coloring books and just having fun with this adorable cat.

4. Hamsters in a House

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My husband made the mistake of letting me go inside Toys R Us. 30 year old woman turned 10 year old squealing girl ensued. Did you know they sell American Girl dolls there now? Have you seen how big the Star Wars section is? Look at the awesome scooter! Oh, oh oh oh oh, look! HAMSTERS! I love hamsters, they’re so cute, I want them all, can I get one, oh please, oh please, oh PLEASE?!

I got one little hamster (Chubby), and all the other hamsters and accessories are on my wish/Christmas list.

5. Fidget Spinner Madness

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‘Nuff said. I love watching everyone on the internet go nuts about them.

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Look at that, fidget spinners in their natural environment.

 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

-Kristina Wise

Five Things Friday Post-Easter Discoveries

This week has been a lot less eventful than I’m about to make it sound. For instance, #3 SimCity has taken over a large chunk of my free-time. I did manage to keep the house in tip-top shape. The vacuum suction indicator has been at half capacity for a while, so I took it apart. There was no clog to be found but I did find out how disgusting it is to take compressed air to the crevices of a vacuum. After a harsh hour the indicator still didn’t budge, but the vacuum looks brand new. Or at least it did until I cleaned again.

Five Favorite Post-Easter Discoveries

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

Last weekend was Star Wars Celebration. To those of you who don’t know, it’s basically Comic-Con, but just Star Wars, so much Star Wars! I caught a few panels and my favorite part was the teaser trailer for the upcoming movie, The Last Jedi.

I’ll just leave the trailer here. It would take another whole blog post to dissect and try to interpret the different parts.

2. Flamingo Solar Dancer

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This is the solar dancer that tipped the scales from my loathing solar dancers, to loving them. Call me crazy, but there’s just something about a pink flamingo in a hat, sunglasses, boxer shorts and sandals that makes me smile.

3. SimCity

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I re-discovered the wonderful world of SimCity this week and as previously stated, I play it a lot. Sure, I still like my hamster app, and the Eggs app, and Tetris. But SimCity, it melts away time.

4. $1 Any Sized Drinks at McDonald’s

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Nothing destroys my diet quite like McDonald’s. I’m doing great, a week without soda pop and I’m feeling pretty good and almost okay about drinking water. Then, the jerks at McDonald’s dangle this good deal in front of me. Thanks a lot! *Sarcasm.*

5. Last Minute Easter Shopping

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Unlike most people frantically shopping for Easter eggs and candy at the last minute, I unfortunately dug into the back of my wardrobe and couldn’t find a thing to wear on Easter Sunday. My husband was quick to rush me to the store and stick by my side while I tried on dress after dress. I’m more of a jeans and a nice shirt gal, so dress shopping was a potentially hazardous task. Thankfully we found a sale, a coupon, and a dress I can wear to numerous events.

Have a great weekend!

-Kristina

 

Five Things Friday

Here it is, another edition of 5TF, where I have a semi-interesting week and make it sound amazing! Quite honestly, I enjoy quiet life with just a few notable events. A lot of micro humor moments happen at work. I get excited when someone says: “I have a stupid question,” but the questions are never stupid. Wanting to know where the restroom is or if we sell bread are perfectly normal questions.

Here’s Five Things Friday!

1. Cub’s Win!

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My dad has always loved the Chicago Cubs. Here’s a picture of me in the early 1990’s in his jacket.

2.My Cats’ Sweet 16

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That’s right, my cat is now 16 years old! That’s 80 in human years.

3. Cashing out Big Earnings

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These two websites pay me to open e-mail ads, watch videos and search the web. I’ve been saving up my earnings all year. I cashed out this week and am going to pay off a bill. So, one down, and too many more to go. But it’s progress.

4. Star Wars Lost Stars

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I finally found an audio copy of this book without having to sign up for audible. It’s read by Pierce Cravens, not Marc Thompson, who usually narrates the Star Wars audio-books. I’ve got to admit, it was easy to get used to and the book is great. I didn’t expect to see familiar characters like Grand Moff Tarkin, Princess Leia or Darth Vader. It’s a young adult novel with a cute romance between the two main characters. To me, it’s one of those books I regret not reading the moment it came out.

5. No NaNoWriMo – But I am Plotting

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National Novel Writing Month takes place every year during the month of November. The goal to to help aspiring writers to pen or type out 50,000 total words (1,667 words per day). The reward? You’ve written a novel! How many people do you know who can write that much? I have…every year for five years. 2009-2013.

This is year I’m not participating because I’m plotting and re-writing a book I’ve already written. It’s still fun to see my friends updates of Facebook about their progress.

Five Things Friday: Halloween

Five Things I Love About Halloween

1. Candy

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It’s hard to imagine starting off the first day of November without a fist-full of junk food. Tootsie-rolls, dum-dums, candy bars, gummies, mints and maybe a little bit of spare change.

2. The Race Against Time

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I don’t know about where you’re from, but for my whole life Halloween started at 6pm and ended at 8pm. The tornado siren made that perfectly clear. Once I was unleashed, I loved running from house to house to see how much of the neighborhood I could hit up.

3. Costumes

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There was a couple years that the whole family dressed up as M&M’s, so awesome. In recent years my fallback has been a Jedi, Sith or (I’ll be this for work on Halloween) Princess Leia.

4. Harvest Parties

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Are you aware of how expensive apple cider is? As a financially responsible adult, I haven’t had any this year because there hasn’t been a good sale. The doughnuts, cookies, coffee and company, I love a Halloween party with friends and family.

5. Beautiful Scenery

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It felt a bit off when I first started to see the leaves changing colors and it was eighty degrees out. But not it’s in the fifties and the city trucks are coming for the raked leaves twice a week. Living in an apartment, I don’t have to rack the leaves, so that makes them all the more enjoyable.

-Kristina Wise