Today will be the last day of my 2nd week at the candle factory. First thing I've got to say is............I am so thankful I did all that yard work manually instead of with gas powered tools, glad I walked 2 miles a day with the dogs......or I'm not sure I'd have made it. Sleeping, also, is not an issue. I come home, love on the dogs a few mins, hop in a hot shower, and die in my bed for 6 hrs. lol I've got my own line now and won't get pulled unless the line goes down or there is severe need for me somewhere else. Turns out to be the same line Nichole worked. Only stinky thing about being on a line instead of patio (newbie area) is that breaks/lunch rotates. I was first yesterday.......and was on break by 7pm, lunch at 8:20, last break at 11:20.......and that messes up your night. Thankfully we were told to rotate jobs every hour so I got to move a LOT..... otherwise that whole last break at 11:20.......well, those last hours would've been hard just standing in place. I don't mind most of the people. There is this one woman I kept winding up working with. She is loud, mouthy, crass, and cusses a blue streak........she's been there 7 months, not hired permanent because she has a temper. Can't say I cared much for her even though she reminds me of my older sister......except older sis is less crass and more funny/happy. First day I met J was when I was loading glass onto the belt. She was royally ticked off and making sure everyone in the area knew it. We have to toss bad glass. There is a bin that sits behind the glass loader (cuz they're supposed to hand it to me to toss) She kept throwing it at me......well, at the bin but not being careful about it and basically throwing it right at me. I bawled her out, told her to at least tell me to duck, I didn't need a face full of glass thanks. She apologized.......but wound up throwing and not watching and the glass came back and cut up another girl who was near the bin. She got written up and sent home. (lucky she didn't get fired on the spot) I've worked with her a couple other times too. I kept thinking to myself as she aggravated me.........to stop having those thoughts as with my luck she'd wind up making me change my mind. Sure enough, she did, last night. I'd not loaded glass on glass line 1 before. It's a 3 slot belt and you have to keep that glass touching, no gaps. There, of course, is a trick to it. When it came my time to do it......the girl on it did not show me what to do even though I asked, actually acted like I was a moron for asking. So I did my best........and had issues. J was making skids not far from me, saw me in trouble and every time she had the chance came and helped me out. Second turn at loading glass.......she realized I wasn't catching on and told me the trick (it's like dropping shots, doesn't mean anything to you but sure did to me lol ). Then helped me get caught up again. I did pretty well after that. I thanked her. J said she was glad to help, she hates it when people forget that new people haven't done everything so don't necessarily know wth they're doing when they start a new type job and they leave them hanging/drowning trying to figure it out on their own. So there ya go. LOL Not many people like this lady and even less can get along with her. Experience with difficult children can pay off once in a while. I had a feeling she'd wind up pulling my butt out of the fire, and she did. LOL Can't say I care for putting on lids. These are the ones with the plastic stoppers. Yeah.......you start off thinking it's not a big deal if you have the upper body strength to do it. (I do thank god) but 45 mins into it and you are ready to walk out of the plant, you have to literally talk yourself into keeping it up for that last 15 mins. Killer on the wrists / shoulders. We'll just say I lidded over a thousand candle jars last night and leave it at that. My wrists hurt this morning and I may have to do it again tonight. I like making skids. Good physical work and I get to move my whole body. Supervisor showed me how to do it properly, hovered a few mins to make sure I had the idea and then left me alone. I think it's fun. And yes, that got me some odd looks. lol Not many people like making skids. Due to the weight of the boxes, however, I'm not sure I could yet do it for 10 hrs straight, although I wasn't tired after an hour or even two. Nor did it leave me sore. Sooooooooo When you buy a candle at walmart, dollar tree, the dollar stores, or a Calvin Klein candle.........think of me. Odds are I probably had something to do with the making of that candle. We've lost a lot of newbies over the past 2 wks.......an amazing amount honestly. I just don't find it a hard job, somewhat physically demanding especially at first, but certainly not hard. It's thursday and I can still move, walk ect ok this week. I didn't expect to be at this point until end of next week. Sort of glad there is no overtime this weekend........I'm in serious need of catching up with yard work. Already told Katie I'll be coming and fetching them to help me out. Next week I'm going to start working on my supers for overtime. I seriously need it........and asking, almost begging, is the way to get it right now while things are not quite so crazy. I think by next week I ought to be able to deal with it. Oh......last week they unknowingly gave us "dirty" water to drink. They pulled the water people the moment the boil order was in effect.......but yeah. I've been fighting diarrhea since last thurs......popping pills to get through the night without having to run to the bathroom. omg I am dropping weight again. 6 more lbs are gone..........and I'm now digging out my skinniest clothes, of which I don't have many because honestly I never thought I'd get into them again with the fluid retention issues. I'm in a 12 jeans (would be smaller but Travis gave me big hips) and medication/small shirts..........my other clothes are either hanging on me or falling off. I am going to have to yard sale tomorrow and see if I can't find me cheap clothes. Having to pull up your pants all night is not fun......and no I don't own a belt, it seems to have vanished. Even my undies don't want to stay up. Reminds me, what you laugh yourselves silly? Last night I was thrilled to have found a size 12 jeans to wear thinking I'd not have to pull them up all night. (did end up having to a little bit and that is what caused the problem) So I'm working away at the end of the night. Suddenly my undies start creeping down. And they keep creeping down........down........down. By the time I clocked out I basically wasn't even wearing them, at least until I went into the bathroom and fixed them. omg I was like who else has such weird issues to deal with except me?