Friday, June 25, 2010

Sitting at work again...this time on a Saturday. Chris is coming today. :) I'm excited! I really have no idea what we are going to do all weekend, it is supposed to be gross out. Work has been so stressful lately. I came back to work last night to get my nails done before Chris came today and all of a sudden rumors were flying around about people getting fired, and then there was a meeting with Christin and Addy that ended in Addy walking out of the salon for a walk in tears. Shortly after that Christin left for a seminar this weekend. Then today Addy is still super upset and asked me for a list of all of her clients. (If you don't work in the business i'll tell you that that is a HUGE no no for receptionists to allow) I told her that I didn't know how, I felt bad for lying but I wasn't going to risk my job so that she can have her clients, if she wants a list she can forumlate one herself and I won't get in trouble. Anyway, after I spoke with Addy I changed the security settings for the regular receptionists so there is a security barrier that won't allow them to print off a list of clients by employee. I just thought that this was the best way to protect everyone at the desk. If they can't print  a sheet of clients because of security then maybe people will stop asking. It has just been a really stressful environment lately, everyone is really stressed and I'm trying not to let it affect me but sometimes its hard to be positive when you're surrounded by negativity.

On the much brighter side, I've seemed to have much more time to read this summer than i expected. I've been flying through books lately which is great. I need my books! They keep me sane. Especially last night, my dad was going nuts! He screamed at me for 20 minutes because my mom did 2 dishes (I washed all the dishes and then she found two cups and so she just washed them quickly and then i got yelled at because he walked in and she was doing dishes) He didn't even ask me to do the dishes, I just did them, but do I get a good job, a pat on the back, a way to go daughter...nope I get yelled at for 20 minutes for missing 2. I just wish I could record him sometime and just play back how he acts, let him see how stupid and unsensitive he makes himself look. It's really sad. It's sad that my sister can't have a German exchange student, it's sad that my mom cant bring him to her high school reunion, just because we don't know how my dad will act and we don't want to subject other people to him. Well, I started this paragraph with on the bright side and then went into more depressing, sad things. SO...

On the Bright Side! Chris is coming today! I'm so excited He should probably be in Worthington by now, if he actually left at noon. Tonight I think we are going to go out to eat and then I was thinking about taking him to comedy sportz in Uptown. Or going and seeing a late movie or something. I'm just happy that he's coming. It's like a vacation but at home, with the person that I love. :) When he's here I have everything that I want. It's hard in Vermillion sometimes because I"m really not completly myself, I'm still not in my comfort zone. Here I have everything that I've ever known, I'm just more me I suppose. So that's why I love it so much when Chris comes to Minneapolis. I get to share it with him.

Monday, June 14, 2010

P.S.

P.S. I updated my books page. If you're a reading addict like moi, check it out. Or not, whatevs.


B. Again.

Time So Does Not Fly

         Sitting at work, on a Monday morning with absolutely nothing to do. I already read 100 pages of my book this morning, the last 100 pages. There is not a single person here other than me, but I had to come in this morning because the phone usually rings constantly, but of course the one monday morning that I have nothing to do but answer the phones, is the one monday the phone doesn't want to ring more than once every 30 mins. I am now stuck waiting for the laundy to be done and wait patiently for the first client to show up at 3:00, in 3 HOURS! In the meantime I'm anxiously researching hints to the plot of the sequel to the book I just finished. It's called Fallen (the book I just finished, not the sequel...that's called Torment) it's wonderful, definetly putting it in Charisse's need to borrow from Brie pile. She'll be so please.
       I'm anxious for the day to be over, today is the only day all week that I pull a double shift (salon from 8:30 -3:30, dairy queen from 4:30-10:00) then I only work at the salon until Sunday, which is great! I'm so excited, Chris is coming in less that 2 weeks. Our six month was yesterday, I just wish I could have seen him. I'm excited for his family to come to Minneapolis after the 4th too. Living in this area you take advantage of the many fun things to do, I seem to fall into a rut of always doing the same things, ie: Barnes and Noble, Applebees, Mall of America, and Caribou, all wonderful things mind you. I however do think that going to mystic and Valleyfair will be more fun with them. But i'm making Chris go to the Buffet with me if we go to mystic, I love the mousse there. :)
      Nothing really more to say, which is disappointing, I was hoping writing would at least make some of the time go by, but it's only been approx. five minutes. sigh. Well, I shall just have to try to accomplish something here (the salon) then.

B

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2 dollars

The $2 Bill. Everyone should start carrying them!

I am STILL laughing!! I think we need to quit saving our $2 bills and bring them out in public.  The younger generation doesn't know they exist.

On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat. In my billfold are a $50 bill and a $2 bill.   I figure that with a $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not  have to worry about anyone getting irritated at me for trying to break a $50 bill.

Me:
 "Hi, I'd like one seven-layer burrito please, to go."
Server:
 "That'll be $1.04. Eat in?"
Me:
 "No, it's to go." At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.
Server:
 "Uh, hang on a sec, I'll be right back."

He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot.   The following conversation occurs between the two of them:

Server:
 "Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?"
Manager:
 "No. A what?"
Server:
 "A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me."
Manager:
 "Ask for something else. There's no such thing as a $2 bill."
Server:
 "Yeah, thought so."

He comes back to me and says, "We don't take these Do you have anything else?"

Me:
 "Just this fifty. You don't take $2 bills?   Why?"
Server:
 "I don't know."
Me:
 "See here where it says legal tender?"
Server:
 "Yeah."
Me:
 "So, why won't you take it?"
Server:
 "Well, hang on a sec."

He goes back to his manager, who has been watching me like I'm a shoplifter, and says to him, "He says I have to take it."

Manager:
 "Doesn't he have anything else?"
Server:
 "Yeah, a fifty. I'll get it and you can open the safe and get change "
Manager:
 "I'm not opening the safe with him in here."
Server:
 "What should I do?"
Manager:
 "Tell him to come back later when he has real money."
 

Server:
 "I can't tell him that! You tell him."
Manager:
 "Just tell him."
Server:
 "No way! This is weird. I'm going in back."

The manager approaches me and says, "I'm sorry, but we don't take big bills this time of night."

Me:
 "It's only seven o'clock! Well then, here's a two dollar bill."
Manager:
 "We don't take those, either."
Me:
 "Why not?"
Manager:
 "I think you know why."
Me:
 "No really, tell me why."
Manager:
 "Please leave before I call mall security."
Me:
 "Excuse me?"
Manager:
 "Please leave before I call mall security."
Me:
 "What on earth for?"
Manager:
 "Please, sir."
Me:
 "Uh, go ahead, call them."
Manager:
 "Would you please just leave?"
Me:
 "No."
Manager:
 "Fine -- have it your way then."
Me:
 "Hey, that's Burger King, isn't it?"

At this point, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the phone around the corner. I have two people staring at me from the dining area, and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect. A few minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy
Comes in.

Guard:
 "Yeah, Mike, what's up?"
Manager (whispering):
 "This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money."
 

Guard:
 "No kidding!   What?"
Manager:
 "Get this .. A two dollar bill."
Guard (incredulous):
 "Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?"
Manager:
 "I don't know. He's kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty."
Guard:
 "Oh, so the fifty's fake!"
Manager:
 "No, the two dollar bill is."
Guard:
 "Why would he fake a two dollar bill?"
Manager:
 "I don't know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?"
Guard:
 "Yeah."

Security Guard walks over to me and......

Guard:
 "Mike here tells me you have some fake bills you're trying to use."
Me:
 "Uh, no."
Guard:
 "Lemme see 'em."
Me:
 "Why?"
Guard:
 "Do you want me to get the cops in here?"

At this point I am ready to say, "Sure, please!" but I want to eat, so I say "I'm just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two dollar bill.

I put the bill up near his face, and he flinches like I'm taking a swing at him.    He takes the bill, turns it over a few times in his hands, and says, "Hey, Mike, what's wrong with this bill?"

Manager:
 "It's fake."
Guard:
 "It doesn't look fake to me."
Manager:
 "But it's a two dollar bill."
Guard:
 "Yeah?"
Manager:
 "Well, there's no such thing, is there?"

The security guard and I both look at him like he's an idiot, and it dawns on the guy that he has no clue.

So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too.

Made me want to get a whole stack of two dollar bills just to see what happens when I try to buy stuff. If I got the right group of people, I could probably end up in jail. You get free food there,  too.