Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Mishmash

I got a promotion at my volunteer job last week!  I'm sure you are wondering how it's possible to get a promotion when you aren't getting paid, but work with me here...these are the words that the volunteer coordinator said to Rosalie and I (my co-volunteer), so who are we to quibble?  Long story short, we took it upon ourselves to rearrange the items in the jewelry display case in a more pleasing manner, and not only did it look much better, but in the week between when we first did it and when we returned to the gift shop, some of the jewelry had actually sold!  After the volunteer coordinator told us how pleased she was with our work, she said that we were officially in charge of the jewelry display, which resulted in Rosalie and I high-fiving each other - always nice to get confirmation of a job well done.  I finally remembered to take some pictures of the case yesterday - all the glass and lights made it difficult to get a decent shot, but here's what it looks like now:
Working with what we had - I think it turned out pretty nice.  

Yesterday, we received a bunch of new scented warmer melts.  We were asked to fix the display to highlight them (they are seasonal, so there were a lot of pumpkin and apple scents).  Rosalie and I were faced with a wall of these, and after a couple minutes of deliberation, decided to place the new scents at eye level, with the older stuff above and below them.  We grouped everything by scent range, and also by color.  Later on, the volunteer who does the displays for the entire store (it's an overwhelming job) came in and, before she looked at that wall, asked if we could fix the scented melts.  We told her we just finished, and she said "oh good - did you put the newest ones at eye level?" - BINGO!  I can't help but think that all my years of shopping are paying off, because that's where I instinctively thought they should go.

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Speaking of the gift shop, I am getting lots of practice with keeping a neutral face - especially when someone is buying a new baby gift.  Of course I want to share in their excitement - oftentimes, a new grandparent, aunt, or uncle will rush down within moments of the baby being born to buy a gift.  Naturally, I offer my congratulations, and ask the baby's name.  Ooohhh my.  My, my, my.  There are some interesting choices being made, and I do believe I heard the worst for a set of twin boys yesterday...let's just say that naming your children after a gun manufacturer might be about the most redneck thing ever.  But they got an "isn't that clever" from me, along with a smile and, of course, my congratulations.  Babies are wonderful.  However, these babies might choose to go by their middle names later on in life, is all I'm sayin'.

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Remember when I bought the new pillows for my family room?  You, like I, probably thought I was doing that to make the room look nicer.  Well, Paco thought otherwise - these are for him.  This dog loves the pillows and is always snuggling on them:
I disturbed his beauty rest with my picture taking...

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Sit and Knit update:  I finished one sock and have started on the other, but I'll wait to show you them when they're both finished, as they are opposites of each other and should look super cute together.  I'm also midway through that shawl, and I had a request for a baby hat, so I'll be getting started on that in the next day or so.  It's fun to have different projects going at the same time - when I get a little tired of one, I just switch to another.

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Tomorrow is a big day for us - we will be running 10 miles.  I am crossing my fingers and toes that the weather forecast holds true, and it will be in the 50s on Saturday morning - OH PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE!!!  Running 10 miles is never going to be easy, but not doing it in sauna-like conditions would really be nice.  

Have a great weekend!

20 comments:

  1. Woohoo on the promotion! It may not be a paid job but it's always nice to get compliments for what you do.

    I recognize the pillow/dog situation :) When I get up in the morning Bella gets to lay on our bed for a little while. And I have to put away my pillow because mylady always wants to rest her head on my pillow :)

    Have a good run tomorrow! Fingers crossed here for good weather.

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  2. You might have a career in retail merchandising ahead of you! Maybe even paid lol! Although maybe it wouldn't be fun if you "had" to do it.

    Good luck on the 10. We're forecast for 48 degrees and pouring rain. I'll be on the treadmill - NOT doing 10 ;)

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    1. Of course it wouldn't be nearly as much fun if I had to do this all the time...but it sure is great to get to play with the displays once in a while!

      I'm worried about all the rain y'all are getting. Be safe! Watch out for flash floods!

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  3. I hope you get the weather you want. Good luck on your run. Can't wait to see the
    finished socks!

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    1. The weather is looking good! Already cool... :)

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  4. Hannah and Jacobs dogs LOVE pillows too - although Red will not sleep on his dog pillow at night, but sleeps on the floor next to my bed - so weird!

    Hooray for cooler temps!

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  5. Congrats on your promotion. Now ask for a raise ;)

    You will rock your 10 miler, I am sure!

    Please, please tell me it wasn't Smith and Wessen for those kids. Please.

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    1. You win the prize. Over 20 years living in Texas, and things still dumbfound me...

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    2. HAHA, I was going to say to Shelley--"perhaps if the babies are referred to as Wesson & Smith, it will be slightly less obvious".
      So I guess I nailed it. Oy.

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  6. Paco's Pillows. Sophie is extremely jealous :)

    10 miles!!! But cool weather!!! And a cinnamon twist :)

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    1. Paco may have all the pillows, but Sophie has all the beds... :)

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    2. Sophie says, "yes, but to be higher, that is the dream."

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  7. Reading an earlier comment, I see that my guess for the baby names was correct.... sigh. Why do parents do these things to their children?

    Congrats on the "promotion"! It always feels good for your work to be recognized and appreciated.

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  8. I hope you can get your 10 miles in! I'm hoping to get a run in of any mileage as we are suppose to get a tropical storm over this way!

    I think you could use all this merchandising experience to get a paid job down the road! Merchandising is such a fun job. I use to do it!

    As a teacher, I have definitely heard my fair share of odd names. And then I have those years where you know what we're the most popular names cus you have 10 MaKayla's in class...lol

    Yup, i'm also guilt of buying nice pillows in an effort to make my room look nice and then let the dog lay all over them! Have a great weekend!

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  9. I know my generation is guilty of--in an effort to be unique--picking really strange names for their kids. We got all kinds of unsolicited advice on how to pick a name for our daughter before she was born, but ultimately, my husband and I agreed that the main criteria be that it couldn't be anything that our kid could potentially be made fun of for as they grew up. Second criteria was that it would be relatively easy to spell/pronounce, lol. I like my name (Gabriela) but geez, it was constantly getting butchered growing up, so I resorted to Gaby as a teenager and now that's what I go by. Even that gets butchered, believe it or not ("Jay-bee" or "Gay-bee"...sigh).
    I love your recent furniture arrangement, too!

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  10. Silly me, I went right to Remington and Winchester :-)

    Let's just hope their LAST name isn't Smith, too - Smith Smith would just be way over the top, don't you think?

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  11. Silly me, I went right to Remington and Winchester :-)

    Let's just hope their LAST name isn't Smith, too - Smith Smith would just be way over the top, don't you think?

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