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The First Day of the Job
Hey Reader,

Well, I have survived the first day of my job. I have to say it is quite possibly the EASIEST job EVER. The description that was given to me for the job made it sound a bit complicated. What it should have really said  is this: Putting packets together for nine hours straight save a couple ten minute breaks and a half an hour to hour lunch. Seriously. All they had to say when I asked what I would be doing is that. I would have gotten it.

It's incredibly BORING. Sooooooooooo boring. The good news is, the more boring the job is, the more my mind wanders and the more my mind wanders, the more story ideas flutter about in my mind. I just can't believe I'm getting paid $8 an hour to do this. It's ridiculous, but I'm not going to complain. It could NOT be any easier. Boring, dull, mind numbing, yes, but easy and when I get home, my time is MY time. I don't have to read some stupid book I hate, I don't have to write a paper, I can work on my story and read other stories.

What's really stupid is I was told I had to dress up for this job and when I got there everyone else was in t-shirts and jeans and tennies. I am thrilled. I get to wear a Stones shirt and some comfy jeans and my good tennies. I HATE dress shoes. They make my back hurt and they're terribly uncomfortable, and I think people in hell are forced to wear them. Same goes for panty hose. All I gotta say is I'm happy I won't have to be all fancy while I do the most boring job in the world.

The only thing that sucks about it? The endless paper cuts. Other than that, it's not all that bad. I just hope I don't die of boredom. . .guess who's going to bring a little notebook for the break periods to jot ideas down?

Until next time,

Far Away Eyes

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I'm so glad to hear your first day went well. Even if it is boring, it sounds like you found a creative use of your time. :o) Take a tube of hand lotion with you. If you keep your hands from drying out, you won't get paper cuts so bad. (I'm an expert on those, too. Folder cuts are the worst.) I usually just go to the grocery store and get one of the small tubes out of the sample bin. That way, you can just stick it in your pocket if you don't have a place you can set it down. And it is really nice you don't have to do anything when you get home for it. Just relax, and write!

I'll have to think about your suggestion. I used some lotion when I got home, and they feel a bit better. And yeah, just cause I'm doing work and bored, doesn't mean my imagination can't work overtime. And yeah, I'm thrilled I don't have to do anything concering work when I get home.

My biggest mistake is letting my hands dry out, and that's when I get paper cuts. Nothing at looking at something you just printed and realized your bleeding all over it. Using a lot of hand lotion has really cut down the number I get.

Most of the time my paper cuts bleed like crazy, but today my skin seemed so dry that the blood just couldn't really flow, which is good. Hey, I forgot to mention, at least I think I did, I get free icecream, too!

Hey, you can't beat that - you're getting paid AND you get FREE ICECREAM! Woo Hoo!

Just don't be too surprised when you get that first paycheck - the government gets and awful lot of it...(make up for it in ice cream ;o)

I already know, because when I was at my college job, I barely made 100 bucks every two weeks and they always took at least 15 of it.

And yes, I get free ice cream, because I work at Schwan's, the ice cream company. Yeah. . .I just hope I don't get fat.

The funniest thing is, the person I was working with, she couldn't lift the really big boxes of packets we had made. I lifted it no problem and she was like "woah." I knew all those years of slinging garbage would come in handy.

Just be careful and don't hurt your back. It'll wear on you if you do it by yourself all of the time. Is it something that two of you can do together?

Is Schwann's the one that advertises the 'slow-churned' ice cream that is lower in calories/fat? If they are, you'll have to give it a try and tell us how it is.

Down here we have Blue Bell. It's made here in Texas and pretty hard to beat when others are compared. (I remember when their Dutch Chocolate won "Best Chocolate ice Cream" from Consumer Reports. I lived in Mississippi at the time and wondered, 'Blue Bell - what the hell is that?' Now, I know - too well.)

No, Schwans's doesn't advertise for that. Most people know them best for the frozen foods they market, like Freschetta and Red Baron pizza. I grew up on Schwan's ice cream in freebies throughout school at picnics and the like. It's good stuff. Very good stuff. Expensive as all mighty hell, though. I saw it in the store yesterday. They want $6.75 for a half-pint.

I have to admit, I like both of those pizza brands. And WOW, that much?! Even Ben and Jerry's isn't that much. I don't even think the Dove ice cream is that much.

At least Blue Bell is very reasonable, it's under two bucks for a half pint. And I love their advertising campaign: "We eat all we can and sell the rest." It sounds like Schwanns might be doing the same. :O)

I think they might. It's kind of weird for me, because they OWN my little humble town. Just about anything and everything that is built(including the new events center that will be built at the college) bears Schwan's name it seems. The Schwan's Ice Facility, the Schwan's Event Center. . .it's their town. We just live in it.

And yeah they do want that much, but then again, Schwan's does do home delivery of the stuff on top of grocery sales.

Oh yeah! We used to have one that came around the neigborhood I lived in. I used to by the pack of individual pizzas and I forget what else. I only have the freezer over my fridge so I can't get too much of anything at one time. I occassionally pass by their truck on my way home now, though I don't guess they come to anyone here in my apartments - but probably down to the nice new subdivision down the street, or the one right across from the golf course.

It sounds like you got in with the right company. Hopefully, this will lead to something else.

I see Schwan's trucks almost every day, lmao. It's wild. My family and I have never bought any, mainly cause it's too spendy, but we do know about it and we do know what it tastes like. And yeah, I hope it leads to something else.

It sounds like if they own the town, then that's the place to be. At least you're in the door.

Hi Fae,

OOOooo! Ice cream for lunch, huh? Sounds like you'll be just fine. Just remember to lift with you're legs, not your back, and only lift light things above your shoulders. We had ergonomic training at work and there really are quite a few things to look out for to reduce the chance of hurting yourself. Whoever told you to "dress up" for this job was an idiot! If you are moving and lifting boxes, jeans and tennies are the right thing. And be careful if you're going to be eating ice cream every day. Everything in moderation, or we'll have to send Inu-kun to chase you around with a willow switch to work it off! Have fun!


I'm pretty prepared for the lifting. The boxes weigh at least ten times less than ALL of the garbages I lifted in my college food service job. They're nothing to me. I had instant ramen today(I prefer the kind in the package as opposed to the cup, but that'd take too long to cook and eat in my lunch period), and some milk. And yeah, I dressed comfy today. I was in my customary all black(I'm not depressed or a goth), black jeans, black Stones T-shirt with the flame tongue on it, and my tennies. It was a lot better. I still thought it was silly to be told to dress up. And send Inu, I'd just put him to work. He could do ALL the lifting and opening the boxes without a box cutter and all that good stuff. AND he could do it FAST.

Congrats on new job

I am glad that you are working right now, I am sorry that its not an exciting job, but I guess you must start from the bottom in order to reach for the top. I hope that the job that you truely want will come to you very soon. I glad that new ideas are starting to flowing from you. I hope to read something from you really soon. Again congrats on the new job and I pray that 'the' job will come to you soon.

New Fan


Re: Congrats on new job

Thanks. I hope to have the chapter finished soon. We shall see. It depends on how much I can get written in the next few days or so.

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