Saturday, September 22, 2007

This and That

Boy am I glad to have a couple of days off from work. Even with my added computer duties, I am bored out of my mind. Thursday morning I took it upon myself to do a complete physical inventory of all the parts we have on the line. I was very thorough. I collected every wire and screw and counted them all by hand, no scales involved. Which wasn't so bad because we really didn't have that much on the line to begin with. How could we since we are all doing something other than what we are supposed to do? The reason for our lack of parts is mostly because we finished our government contract and we don't have another set in stone just yet to begin working on. I have heard all sorts of rumors but nothing with a signature on it and without that, no one is going to issue parts. Makes sense. We also have a few small orders floating around that we work on sporadicly but again, nothing for the future so material control isn't going to give us parts if there isn't an order to ship it against. It's ridiculous, really. The company is losing tons of money with all these people out of work. Some have been temporarily transferred to other departments but there are a lot of departments in my building who are in the same boat we are in. Anyway, I finished the inventory by lunch time and then got started on the scrap. I collected everyone's scrap from their work stations, separated it, bagged it then logged it. By the end of the day I turned it into my bosses office so she can turn it in and get replacement parts. That should keep a few people busy for maybe an hour or so.

I decided to put in for a vacation day and get some things done around the house that I have been putting off. One thing is to get my furnace cleaned before winter sets in. The other thing I need done is to have my septic tank cleaned out. I made an appointment for the furnace for October 1st and hopefully on Monday I can get a hold of the septic dude and get him to come on the same day. I will also see about getting the dog's nails done that afternoon. I have almost 100 hours of vacation time to use and I think I have 50 hours of sick time on the books too. May as well make use of some of it.

I got up this morning and it was gloomy and rainy outside so I went back to bed. When I woke up a couple hours later, the sun was shining and it was getting warm. I made some coffee and read a magazine for awhile, then watched Survivor OnDemand. I had the show on Thursday evening but got a phone call just as it started so I ended up missing most of it. I think it's going to be an interesting show this season, in China. I like James, the Gravedigger, and John Robert, the poker player. Of course they both are strong and have leadership qualities...which usually means the targets will be on their backs.

The leaves are starting to change around here and every time the wind blows, it looks like it is raining yellow, brown and red. Parts of my back yard are covered in leaves while other sections are still showing signs of green grass. Acorns are ALL over the place. Definitely an abundant supply for the squirrels and chipmunks this winter and believe me, they have been gathering as much as they can carry. I've seen a lot of activity around the back yard the last week or so. That usually means we will be in for a rough winter. We shall see.

I bought all the ingredients to bake bread so I think I will go get busy doing that. It's easy but time consuming so I can get the dough made and while it is going through the rising process, I can get my housework done. Maybe. The Red Sox don't play until tonight and I am not into college football so there shouldn't be a whole lot to distract me. But when it comes to housework, I am easily distracted.

Enjoy the weekend!


AliceKay said...

I have quite a few hours of vacation time to use, too. I haven't had a vacation in 2 years. We don't get sick days or personal days, so I usually use my vacation days for when I'm off sick. Looks like I may need them.

I hope work picks up for your company soon. It's just the opposite at the feed mill...very hard to keep up with all of the feed orders most days.

It's been nice here today...sunny, around 80F, but very windy. The leaves are beginning to turn on some of the early trees. Won't be long until they all change. I love autumn but hate what follows. I've heard we're in for a hard winter this year. The apple trees are loaded too...another sure sign.

I don't feel like doing much housework lately so I've only been doing the necessary cleaning (like the toilet in the bathroom behind's got toilet bowl cleaner in it at the moment) Maybe one of these days I'll be able to clean like I need to clean around here...get those cobwebs out of the corners of the ceilings and stuff like that. Right now that hurts my neck too much to even attempt.

*waits for the bread shipment to PA* I love homemade bread. And hey..enjoy the rest of your weekend!

(sorry for the long comment)

Lainie said...

Long or short...all comments are welcomed.
I've got cheddar bread in the oven as I type this and some white bread rising in the kitchen. It sure does smell good in here. I've managed to vacuum and do the dishes. I will save cleaning the kitchen for tomorrow.
Take it easy, AK. Cleaning the cobwebs can wait. The spiders need a place to hang out anyway. :-)

Kerry said...

Bread shipment to Toronto? AWESOME!

Taking vacation hours sounds like the perfect option rather than a layoff good that you have hours saved up!

LadyStyx said...

Nothing more tiring than trying to LOOK busy when there's nothing to do. A vacation sounds like a really good idea.

Awww man I miss the NE autumnal changes. Can ya'll post some shots of the leaves when they change? All we get is green to brown to dead here. *sigh*

Im with lainie, Alice...the cleaning can wait. You take care of you first.

Kerry said...

Shit I didn't know what blog I was at! You changed to more seasonal colors! Looksssss good!

ChicagoLady said...

I'd love to see some pictures of the leaves changing colors!

Take some time off while you can. You'll regret if you don't. Relax, enjoy yourself.

Do you like sourdough bread?

Kerry said...

Do you make sourdough bread?

Lainie said...

I like sourdough bread but haven't made any, myself. My bread did come out good but next time (this weekend) I think I will knead it a bit longer. It needs to be a tad bit more airy but was still yummy. I brought a loaf into work and it was gone in 10 minutes.

The foliage is @ peak way up in the White Mountain area so I may take a ride up Saturday or Sunday and get some photos.