Hiatus Start

Hey, guys….Uh soo….
Blog’s going on hiatus…
Yeahhhh…

Honestly…it’s not me, it’s you.
But seriously, I’ve been in a whirlwind of trouble lately that’s kept my mind busy & distracted all at once. I kinda hate awkward sentences into a list but WHATEVER!

  • Me & the family are being evicted, or the threat of being evicted now looms. And we have two weeks to pack it up. So that’s a load alone.
  • I landed a job, maybe two, if I consider it. More money buuut the option of OT at the incoming job is a better option. Depending on how I like it, first. (It’s also part-time)
  • I’m almost broke!
  • All of my bills are creeping up slowly…

And much, much more! It’s really scary to think about to be honest. At least for me.

So the gameplan now is to worry about real life first, because I’ll have to help out with moving, looking for houses, and such. The blog will be in thought – constantly in my case – and I will get around to fleshing out previously-planned entries when I can. Who knows, you might get to see an entry or two during this time away.

But until then, folks, I’ll be back, for sure~

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The Comeback, Once More

Hay y’all!
It’s been awhile…again.

My goodness, I gotta stop with these hiatuses. I’m gathering quite an audience on Instagram, of all places. I wouldn’t want them clicking on my link to the blog, and then the last entry is back in 2017, June I believe. Kinda embarrassing, especially now. I swear I like blogging. And I like writing more.

That’s why I set up a constant reminder in my phone ending next March, to make a blog entry every two days, just like I have it with my current personal challenge: #365daysOfSelfies. Blog entry on that this week. Feel like I can make guarantees like that now, since I now have added self-pressure and not outer sources awaiting certain posts. (Thanks, guys, but this was definitely a Me thing I needed to pressure into doing, if that makes sense. Seriously though, thanks for waiting this long for certain posts).

I have a slew of posts, to be honest, so take this one as my “I’m finally back” post. I have some unreleased posts from my last job…Spoiler: I lost my job a couple of months back. More on that later; most of my friends on social media are aware of why but I think I can tell my followers here the ‘why’ as well, right? (And to potential employers, I do not plan on making ish-posts about you all. I loved my last job, a new experience + a personal favorite sans the hours. But I loved every minute of it). I won’t go into heavy detail about it, though. The sting not only still lingers, but most of what I cannot say includes, like, confidential ish so forgive me if there are some changes in wording. I’m not about the life of giving out ish like that. But ANY way…

My gameplan is to post every other day, starting tomorrow, so expect a post this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then every other day next week as well. Monday might be delayed though, just a heads up. Me and the family are closing in on a new house – er, different house in a new neighborhood – and we hope to begin packing up starting Monday and all moved in by, say, Wednesday? Depends on how things work out. That said, I will try to get Some thing out via mobile, but don’t expect something as long as this (which is already getting too lengthy). That post, hmm…I might cover that topic a Facebook friend was curious about…

Stay tuned~

(PS. That wasn’t the ending I was looking for. So instead of that, I’ll tell you what I’m thinking for posts this week…if that was proper English:
Mon – About those consoles I’m seen “balancing” on Instagram…
Wed – The “#365daysOfSelfies” challenge: what is it about & why I am doing it
Fri – Re-up my “About Me” page; go into a bit of each bullet of “me”
Every Sunday, I’ll try to get up a post like this PS section about what’s in store for the week. Until then, folks~ )

Chronicles of a [Candy] Factory Worker #8: Andddddddd Downtime. 🙄

Before I knew it, Downtime happened.
It seems whoever made the orders schedule underestimated how bad we wanted Probiotics over & done with, and wanted to be on to the next thing. (And it might suck if the next order ends up being Sugar Free…at least for the Cook [deck] person). So now, we get to spend the night cleaning everything twice over…
Or so I thought. We end up starting up prematurely, much to the Lead’s dismay (he has a child-like attitude problem). So at the very least, we set everything up for Day side to continue. And surprise, the next order turned out to be ‘Multivitamins’, for men! Hooray! Now I get to unwillingly get a smell of an ingredient stuck in my throat for the majority of tomorrow night! Besides that, I will be doing drops as well, so more practice on that front. Sucks that the Lead won’t be able to observe my developing skills, though.
Also, does anyone else ever want to say something to someone, but don’t remember until after you leave or clock out? That was me today, and hoping it doesn’t cause any trouble for leaving it out. Because this is a job where you don’t want to leave ANY thing out of mentioning, especially if it slightly refers to our Downtime. I don’t believe it’s a huge problem, but we’ll see tomorrow night, eh?

For the remainder of this post, I figured I could explain how the factory’s lunch & breaks work. Briefly.

So we get two breaks and a lunch, just like every other job. Not much different except for the times we take each. First break happens around 8-9:30p depending on the job. Lunch is generally after the 6-hour mark, which I thought was a thing not to do when you were full-time. Alas even as I type this, I’m currently on my lunch at 1:25a; since there are so many of us to account for, 12-2a is usually good enough to get everyone in & out. (A secret: I was told Lunch might happen later on some days & a second break could be skipped cause of it. Had that happen about three weeks ago, when we were severely short-handed). And last break is generally between 3-5a. Me personally, I prefer closer to five, if at all possible. That way, I’m under two hours away from leaving 😉
We were recently told that if we went over 17 minutes for break, our pay would be docked for the whole fifteen, which is kinda lame. (Though I’ll admit to abusing the breaks all too often… Keep it on the down low 🤐). Lunch, as far as I know, is exempt from the rule. So uh, you know… [don’t] abuse it.

Chronicles of a [Candy] Factory Worker #7: The Probiotic Post 

Second night Mixing for Kit 1, and it’s not as bad as the first night. For one, I’m not as tired as I was Monday (though I still do if I sit for too long). And two, I’m measuring & writing down everything this time. So it keeps me busy. A lot busier.

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Mandatory for Probiotics

We became short-handed after 10pm, though. One of the Chris’ end up leaving for some reason, assuming he felt sick from Taco Bell BUT I’m jumping to conclusions without knowing. (Update at 10:30p: he wasn’t sick, but a family emergency was the reason). So the Lead took over his spot with Flavor. Regardless, things are still as slow as Monday. Downstairs frequently went down, no pun intended, and drops were rather far apart from one another. To top it off, we were also confirmed to be doing Probiotics the whole week, striking out the Lead’s claim that I wouldn’t need to worry about Flavor this time…

But you know, could just punch me in the gut anyway. How ‘bout dah?
Speaking of, I feel myself coming down with something…literally and figuratively…

It’s not a huge problem. Though the new paperwork we were told to fill out for Flavor is EXPANSIVE so if anything, I might run into a bit of lost faces of confusion there. But we will see when we get to that point, Saturday night.

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Also, I’ve taken a liking to wearing this shirt on the days that I get paid, a way to signify that ‘hayyy! Dat money’s hittin’ ma account after work! Let’s go!’ To me, anyway. To others, it’s a bird head on a human suited-up body with stacks of cash behind it. But to a certain fighting game community, it’s a meme/inside joke. Multiple meanings behind it, which is why I love wearing it on those paydays.

Here’s hoping hire-ups don’t catch on to the wrong meaning…

Until then~

Although…that girl…hmm…

Chronicles of a [Candy] Factory Worker #6: Fun Times in K2

Holding down Kitchen 2 tonight, and once again experienced a bit of sweating (though not a stink fest like a few posts ago, mind you). It’s slowly becoming the norm for when I work over there, which is a good thing. I could use the busyness. (Bad enough that I’m tired as is, so keeping on my toes is a plus in staying awake instead of sitting down).

I was able to buy some breakfast bowls the other day for cheaper than the break room concession was offering. Essentially two – from Walmart – for the price of one 👍

So tonight was the first night working in Kit 2 that I had the need for a “changeover”; that is, changing to a new order, setting up for the next batch. Fortunately, the order didn’t change completely. Rather, due to an error by the day side team – an order was shorted a huge amount of candy – I end up continuing the gummi worms, so no other input was needed, except to put in the order number, which the Lead had that covered thankfully. I’ll have to learn how to input it myself, but my exhausted brain wouldn’t have remembered it for long.

My night in Kit 2 was cut short, however. Apparently, Downtime was in the schedule…in the middle of making batches for the order. The math as to why Now of all times to go into a chill period fails me.
By the way, “downtime” is when a Kitchen is pretty much on cooldown. I mean, machines gotta rest eventually, right?
Now Downtimes are often twelve hours long. TWELVE. HOURS. LONG. And the lucky-yet-unlucky team that works during that time has the fun & enjoyment of cleaning the area & machinery of excess pollutants & nasty whatevers that might have formed during the runs. Or maybe because the higher-ups are germophobes that think stuff can form on machines as food is being cooked. Either way, lots of cleaning pursues during this time. For Kitchen 1 folk, it can be easy or hard, depending on what all needs to be done + everything going without a hitch.  For Kit 2 or 3, it’s just the lone person to get things tidy, though I imagine they get help from the Lead or whoever takes pity on them. It’s not completely boring. As the machines are essentially cleaning themselves with occasional human intervention, you are free to roam to other kitchens & chat with the ‘mates. Supervisors might also end the twelve-hour downtime prematurely for reasons so there’s that as well.
At least for me, the downtime started near the end of shift so no harm done.
Except cleaning the machine part filled with a jelly-like substance in it…I should have snapped a pic…

Though if hire-ups from the job is reading…………..

Until tomorrow~