With me gone a large portion of the day/night..........the responsibilities of the dogs fall onto Travis. So far he's done a good job, especially due to the excessive heat going on at the moment. It is very difficult to keep Maggie (who overheats easily anyway) and Rufus (coal black) cool on these type days. Our normal routine is to let the dogs play in the yard when the temp starts to drop. Well with heat indexes over 100 degrees.....even with the wading pools.....that is not so easy because poor Travis doesn't have a wading pool to lounge in which means he is out there roasting so they can have some time outside. We did have to resort to putting in the AC units due to the heat wave. We don't use them much though, mostly at night for upstairs and during the late afternoon (west sun hits the house no trees to block). Did notice this morning Travis forgot to open windows once it was "cool" enough to shut off the AC downstairs. Dogs were roasting when I came home. I refuse to run the AC during the day because it is just to huge temp/humidity difference for work. I can't go from a cool 78-80 to a humid 130 degrees plus (yesterday was standing next to a glass heater....I know it was hotter than that, water boy basically hung around us as much as he possibly could. We had 2 girls go down on line last night. They waited too long to tell someone the heat was getting to them. Short visit to the nurse, a long drink, cool rag and they were back. We did lose 2 girls last night, they just couldn't take the heat/work (the pace had doubled to fill an order) Another girl, well let's just say excessive heat can cause tempers to flare. In order to prevent herself from decking one of our supervisors........she left at lunch and went home. She'll be penalized for it (she did tell higher ups) but better than being fired. Spending my days without AC is helping me easily cope with the heat at the plant. I get hot, I sweat.....but I just don't notice it that much. Maggie is totally confused. Rufus is pretty adaptable. But Maggie cannot figure out wth is going on and her potty schedule is messed up. I'm going to fix it up this weekend so the dogs can sleep with me upstairs once I get home. That way on really really hot nights they get the AC too. Eating is an issue. I need to eat a big meal at noonish. But heat keeps the appetite at zero. And the 2 times I tried it I wound up dealing with nausea once I got to work. Not pleasant. I'm not the only one with this issue on night shift. It's a common problem in the summer. Yesterday I did BLTs and did ok........actually it was quite good. lol I don't eat at work unless I need salt.....it is just too dang hot. I've lost 5 lbs this week. lol Sitting here now trying to think of something to eat before work. Doesn't help we're out of bread. ugh The gel inserts I picked up for my shoes yesterday helped. Not enough, but I did notice a difference.......probably I'd have been in much more pain feet wise if I'd not had them since I was again stuck in one spot all night. I'm putting in the 2nd pair tonight.......maybe double will do better cuz we've been told we'll likely be in the same place doing the same thing. There was very little time and opportunity to "move around" to distribute weight for relief. Last night we, quite frankly, for a group of newbies........kicked ***. So much so, we really impressed our supervisors. They made a huge deal about telling us just how much we "kicked ***" and that we were right up there with the old timers. Not bad for losing a few people along the way. We were "sleeving" glass jars for candles (largish) and I got the fun job of loading the glass onto the belt so the girls could slide the sleeves on. Oh, we thought this easy peasy........until they kept cranking up the pace. For 7 hrs my hands were moving so fast, while my eyes were checking for broken defective glass.......that it was not so easy. I feel for the girls putting those sleeves on (labels/decor) if the ones opening those plastic sleeves don't do it right....(another group of people) you can't get them on the jars and it messes up the entire line. Nor are they that easy to open them up. When they're printed the machine makes a crease that makes them just a fraction too small......there is a technique to get rid of the crease and if not done properly......well, yeah, they just won't fit. (I did this for about an hour and actually got very good at it, you can't be timid about stretching them) We do our best to watch out for each other and help when we can, anyway we can. This includes supervisors who will (and I don't care high up they are, we had company big wigs standing there opening sleeves with us for quite a long while) jump in and help if needed or even if they have come up to see how it's going. NO ONE ever just stands around, regardless of who you are. Even those on water/popcicle duty get recruited into various jobs if needed. This to me is absolutely wonderful. It works too. Keeps communication open with your bosses....keeps things running smoothly. I worked glass line for an hour before loading glass onto the belt. We had one old timer really ticked he got chosen to load the candles into boxes because it was not his normal job, but we were a man short, a super had miscounted how many they needed. I watched several supers come along and do what they could to ease the guy's temper and get him to the point where he could laugh it off and be ok again. I felt sorry for the newbies who's first day was last night. It was sort of a crazy making night with that order to fill, well, actually 2 of them. Super put them on sleeving the glass because she had to pull the rest of us off other lines to come help. I've noticed that there are several of us always chosen to go to other lines......and we're always the ones chosen to come back and help out when they're in a bind or got to get something done fast. Means we're doing good, so I'm told. I just wish the supers would quit forgetting I only started monday. No sir, I have no clue where glass line 6 is so would you just give me directions I can understand and stop looking at me like that. lol Sleeving is a HARD job. No one likes it. We were afraid it would scare of our recent newbies. But all of them promised they are coming back tonight. Other than the heat, honestly I don't see why people quit. So far it is one of the best working environments as far as teamwork goes that I've ever been in. Supers will bark at you, they'll yell, but 2 seconds later they're laughing and joking and standing next to you doing it too. We were moving that line so d@mn fast last night that 3 hrs into it we were getting a tad slap happy. We had the girls who were opening sleeves singing pop tunes and we were cracking up and making jokes. All good as long as you don't slow down. At one point I had to tell them to tone it down, my sides were hurting from laughing. lol Lots of fun even though we were literally working our rears off. Back hurts. My feet hate me, especially when I come home. Back is fine once I'm in bed. Last night I literally died, I didn't sleep. lol This old Nana (by the end of the night I feel OLD) is doing just fine.