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Aug. 24th, 2003

so tired.

weary and such.


just woke up, getting ready to begin day two (2) of at least 8 days straight working.

okay, now i need your advice.

i need to put down specific hours of availability at both places, so as to not have them overlap each other again (while Michaels was VERY understanding the first few times, i doubt they will want to continuously remove me from a day they have scheduled or allow me to come in a few minutes late.)

so, after much deliberation, i had thought i might do my hours of availability like this:

Office max 6 a.m. - 330
Michaels 4 - close (which is 930 ish)

so, when i showed up to OM yesterday a half hour before my shift, and a manager was in the back loading cardboard into the compactor, i told him of my plan, thinking smugly to myself that since Michaels was so understanding about my needing two jobs to suppliment the income for my family that has.. well.. no income, that they would be quite understanding of my little situation.

so, i walk up to Scott, and say "hi. i need to see what i need to do in order to change my availability a bit."



10 minutes later, after i picked my head up off the floor and reattached it after he had RIPPED IT OFF, i went in to have coffee before my shift.

long, long day. 11 - 4 at Office Max, an hour and a half into it, my feet were already killing me. Clocked out at 4 (with a perfect till, thankyouverymuch), walked next door into Michaels, changed my pants, stuffed two hand fulls of corn chips into my face as i put on my apron, clocked in, and stocked Christmas ornaments.

my feet hurt so bad by the time i left (and not to say anything about my back, knees, hips, etc.), that i felt like i had to throw up a few times. it was that bad. surprised the hell out of me.

so faetal and antialias came to pick me up from work, the dears that they are, and dropped me off home, where i collapsed in my chair and whined about evil managers and exploding feet to my mom. took ibuprofin and went to bed with jimmy fallon talking in the background. had dreams of bringing my pet leopard to a Nickel Creek soundcheck. They were playing that night with Barenaked Ladies, in case you were curious. They were working out a duet on "it's all been done".) The leopard was resting it's lantern jaw on my shoulder as it slept.. someone came in with two panthers, and the leopard became territorial and went to attack them, scratching my neck badly in the process.

now i'm awake again, and dreading having to do the whole thing over (only all the hours at Office Max). my feet are still killing me, and what is UP with my knee? *glares at left leg* i can do this, i know i can do this.

i hate being such a weenie after having a cushie desk job for the last 5 years.

i just want the pain to STOP.


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Aug. 24th, 2003 10:16 am (UTC)

my poor aubrey! girl... i hope you will try to take care of yourself... i know how it feels to work 2 jobs. it sucks... but i had the same reasons you have now. just take care girly.
Sep. 22nd, 2003 01:08 pm (UTC)
i was explaining my situation to one of the managers, just casually, instead of it being like i was arguing my case.

i'm hoping that she understands a bit more.

but they still have me scheduled to close every single night, which poses transportation problems.
Aug. 24th, 2003 10:24 am (UTC)
:( That sucks, I'm sorry. Did the manager let you change your availability? I know I had to keep reminding my previous one that I was available anytime except after 7 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, really very good actually, but she continually schedualed me to 7:30 or later... :P
Aug. 25th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC)

yeah, i was going to turn in my availability today, but i *cough* called in to let my feet mend a bit (and why can't i feel my big toe?!?)

most likely, when i go in tomorrow, the next week's schedule will already be out, which makes me nervous, because then i will have to coordinate my days again and try to ask for favors from my employers, where i have earned none.

Aug. 24th, 2003 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that your OM Manager is being difficult when it comes to setting down your available hours. Hopefully he was just having a bad day and the two of you will soon reach an agreement about what hours you are available. I hope you don't have to quit one job because they refuse to adjust your schedule.

Take a nice hot bath for the pain. I hope it goes away soon.
Aug. 29th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
yeah, and last night although scott wasn't around, when i turned in my new hours of availability, the managers went from being my best friend ever to my worst enemies, practically (posted about it in last night's post).

they want me to come in for a special meeting with scott asap. *rolls eyes*

so i may not even HAVE a job there. it freaking baffles the hell out of me that they would can me to spite me, and have to go through the entire hiring process again.

Aug. 24th, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)
You do not have to put up with verbally abusive management, See HR immediately.
Oct. 13th, 2003 01:20 pm (UTC)
they're not verbally abusive per se, just very adamant about throwing a fuss about changing hours for anything. God forbid if anyone puts restraints on the hours they can work, making them have to remember even more boundaries regarding who can work when.

pfeh, i say.

i got them to budge quite a bit and let me do a lot of rearranging of my schedule until the very last request, which i spose i could understand.

but whatever.

i do enjoy working at michaels much more, though. if i quit working either job, it's so going to be office max, although they pay me so much more than michaels. but i figured i'd work both jobs until after the new year, and look for something new over again.
Aug. 24th, 2003 03:09 pm (UTC)
Normally things get more flexible the longer you work there (or so I'm told) other times they never do get more flexible however something is going to have to change so you aren't killing yourself working shifts like that!!

The job at Michaels sounds like fun btw!
Oct. 13th, 2003 01:23 pm (UTC)
Re: :-(
it IS fun, for the most part. so many more benefits and discounts, although they pay me less. i wish that it was feasible to quit office max all together (though there are one or two people i would miss!), but because of such few hours there at michaels, and because of getting more hours and much larger checks at office max...

at least office max is starting to schedule me for more part time instaed fo the full time they were scheduling me for since i started working there. meaning, i'm beginning to get 3 days off a week there, which makes my world go round.

the SAD thing, is that michaels is starting to schedule me at 7 am instead of 8. granted, that means an extra hour of getting stuff done before the store opens up, but geez, that's freaking early, and on days like tomorrow where i work both jobs, that much more hellish of a day.
Oct. 13th, 2003 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: :-(
ARGH 7 is so hard to do!!
I just wrote you this really long comment and I thikn I forgot to push post :(
Jan. 2nd, 2004 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: :-(

michaels is back to normal business hours, but they're still scheduling me at 7 freaking am for some reason.

i actually don't mind TOO much, cept the walk to work at 630 am makes me nervous, because that would make TWO hours that i get to work on things and accomplish things before the customers come in and ruin everything!
Jan. 2nd, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
Re: :-(
yeah the hours before opening are normally really quiet..which makes it nice
Aug. 24th, 2003 05:36 pm (UTC)
awww, man...I really feel for ya, aub. :( I hope things get better...I'm sure they will, it'll just take some time.
Oct. 13th, 2003 01:25 pm (UTC)
thanks, luv, i greatly appreciate it. thankfully, office max is giving me one more day off a week, meaning i'm that much mroe part time, which means i can handle it more.

and although days like i will have tomorrow (7 am to 11 pm) are truly freaking HELLISH, it's not close to impossible for me to handle like it used to be.

secret? lots of aspirin.
Aug. 25th, 2003 02:19 am (UTC)
Can't give too much advice here, I know that when I worked two jobs it was frequently a challenge to get them to not conflict schedule wise. Although it shouldn't have been too much of a challenge, an office job and pizza delivery typically don't have too much in terms of shit overlap, or so you'd think. Anyway.

I've known one manager who got her jollys off on creating conflicts for people in this situation. The word bitch would have been a polite description for her. Her self proclaimed goal was to make you lose your other job so that she would have total control over your finances.

Our employee handbook says in plain english that if you have additional jobs that you MUST place this job over any other job. The policy can (and has) been interpreted by some locations to include family issues.

Sounds like Michael's is going out of their way to be accomodating, I'll probably shop there just for the heck of it.

I had a friend who worked *3* jobs and I always admired her for it, I doubt I would have been able to maintain that schedule or her level of sanity for very long.
Sep. 23rd, 2003 07:19 pm (UTC)
ugh. i worked 3 jobs for about 6 months when i was 23. i don't remember being 23 that much because of it ;) i worked 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in property management, 7pm to 1 am at wal*mart 4 nights a week, and two of the other nights, i hosted karaoke, which was from 830 to 130 am.

i spent all the extra money i should have been earning on gas and food, so it certainly didn't help matters financially at all.

after lots of kicking and screaming (on office max's part), i now have my schedule ironed out, cept for the fact that office max still has me closing every night, which has me there after the last bus runs. i'm still working on that. i hate the fact that i have a good heart and would feel bad not closing because all the other cashiers and front end closers quit to go back to college.
Sep. 23rd, 2003 11:49 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the getting OM to see the light, somewhat.

Hopefully you only have to suffer working two jobs for the short term.
Sep. 24th, 2003 01:23 pm (UTC)
there's benefits to working both jobs: the whoppin discount at michaels, and the higher pay at office max.

i just wish office max would hire more people so that i could work part time like they had originally planned. Lord knows they're not going to switch me officially to full time so that i can get benefits.
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