Friday, February 25, 2011

"The Walker"

I see my fair share of strange people at my job. As I'm sure most of us do. Unless you don't work with the public. Or maybe you work with strange people. In any case we've all encountered strange people. I think I'm going to try turn this into a series of stories about some odd regular customers we have.

We'll start out with "The Walker"

"The Walker" is a lady that comes in every so often, so walks from the park across the street, with her 90's head phones over her ears and her walkman in her pocket. She's a quiet lady, doesn't say much. She has a routine. She walks in the front door, turns to the left and walks right over the the candy shelves. Stands in front of the candy, stares for a while then picks up her selections. Comes over to the counter, pays for her candy, grabs her bag and walks to the back of the greenhouse to the coffee machine. I'm not sure whether she gets coffee, or hot chocolate or maybe even cappuccino. Then she walks out the door and back across the busy road and continues on her walk. She started this routine late this past summer and has come back for her candy and coffee every week or every other week ever since. She buys nothing else. Which I find very odd because we are a garden center... Who goes to a garden center for candy? She even does this in the coldest snowiest weather the midwest has to offer.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Packing Peanuts in the Box

Packing peanuts are the root of all evil! Ok, maybe not but I despise them!!!! Working in a small business/retail store we get packages all the time with new merchandise to put out on the floor. A LOT of the time, those packages contain material to protect the items during shipment. Most materials I am ok with, especially Bubble Wrap. I love that stuff. But packing peanuts I can't stand. Luckily they have been showing up less and less.

When opening a box full of packing peanuts, they're bound to escape. There's no chance in hell you can open a box or take things out of the box without at least some of the light fluffy Polystyrene pillows flying out. They just spring out at you like excited puppies that have been stuck in a box for hours waiting to see someone they can lick. They're so light and fluffy that they're impossible sweep up with a broom. They have to be picked up one at a time, or if you're really skilled (lucky) you can grab handfuls of them, but usually a few escape your grip.

WARNING: If you're not careful they'll stick to you without you ever realizing they're there. You could be walking around with a tush covered in peanuts and you'd never have a clue. And more than likely no one is going to tell you.

What really kills me is that even though they are recyclable. I don't think anyone realizes that. And they get tossed into the trash along with everything else. Polystyrene takes hundreds of years to break down in nature. So once your peanuts get to the local dump they just sit there. If the bag/box/container they were captured in breaks open... Peanuts everywhere.

In theory they are a good idea, soft pillowly cushion to stop things from breaking when the UPS man throws them into the truck. But there are other packing materials that do the same thing and are either more fun (Bubble wrap) or more environmentally friendly (newspaper or any paper for that matter)

Packing Peanuts just need to go!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jacki's Random Household Items Astrology

After the whole "changing zodiac signs" a few weeks ago that unnecessarily freaked everyone on facebook out. I decided to come up with my own... (and hopefully everyone will freak out over this one too!)

March 21st - April 19th Air Freshener - You are a breath of fresh air, you keep everything smelling good and you always want everything to be fresh and new. A clear mind is a must for you. You're perfectly matched with the Garbage bag and the Ceiling fan, but stay away from the Toaster and the Tooth Brush you'll make them sick.

April 20th - May 20th Tooth Brush - You always make people smile bright, keep things fresh to death and minty fresh. Your perfect match is the Sponge or the Vacuum because you both love to clean things.

May 21st - June 20th Toaster - You warm things up and keep them toasty. You warm peoples heart and soul and keep them feeling good. You're perfect match is the Bowl because you both love to be in the kitchen!

June 21st - July 22nd Bowl - you hold lots of things and feed the needs of others. You need to make sure everyone is happy and satisfied all the time. Your perfect match is the Toaster because you both love to be in the kitchen

July 23rd - August 22nd Kitchen Table - You like to get everyone gathered together for a good time, whether it's eating dinner or playing games (board or drinking) you just like to have a good time. Your perfect match is the sofa because you both love to have parties

August 23rd - September 22nd Ceiling fan - You keep things flowing, moving along smoothly at an even pace. You also like circles and anything circular. Your perfect match is the lamp just because alot of ceiling fans come with lamps on them.

September 23rd - October 22nd Garbage Bag - You hold on to grudges and never let anything go, but if you meet your match (the air freshener) You'll learn to lighten up a bit. Your perfect match is the air freshener, you cancel each other out.

October 23rd - November 21st Sofa -You're comfy and love to cuddle. You like to take care of people when they're feeling sick or sleepy and you love to entertain as well. Your perfect match is the Kitchen Table because you both love to have parties

November 22nd - December 21st Sponge -You take in everything and hold on to it for a while. You love learning and absorbing information from everything you read. Your perfect match is the Vacuum cause you're both neat freaks

December 22nd - January 19th Vacuum - You're a neat freak, love to clean everything all the time no matter where you are. You suck alot, JK! Your perfect match is the Sponge or the Garbage Bag, with the Sponge you'll both enjoy cleaning together and with the Garbage can you can unload all your stress and junk onto them after a long day of cleaning and it won't mind.

January 20th - February 18th Freezer - You're always cold but you love the winter time. And food! You can't get enough! Your perfect match is the Toaster, your both foodies and it can warm up your insides.

February 19th - March 20th Lamp- You light up everyone's life, put a smile on their face and warm their hearts. Your perfect match is the Sofa or the Ceiling fan.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Just a little thing about flying annoyances

I wrote this on the plane ride to florida...

Let me tell you about flying southwest airlines and my flight to Fort Myers. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a pretty good airlines, and it’s the only one I know that doesn’t charge you to check your baggage, but you get what you pay for. It’s the cheapest airline I can find, if you can prove me wrong please do so I can save some money on my next trip. But as far as I know it’s the cheapest.

First of all if you live in the Chicagoland area you’re force to fly out of midway if you fly Southwest. Which I like Midway a lot better than O’hare because its smaller and easier to get around but you have to drive through Cicero. The crappiest part of Chicagoland. Which limit’s the possibility of getting a ride to or from the airport from my mom. Cause she won’t drive through Cicero.

But anyway now I’m rambling.

So Southwest is pretty nice except for their seating arrangements. You’re seated by order in which you checked in. There are no assigned seats and if you run into traffic and you’re traveling with your boyfriend and get to the airport at a time that you thought was super early but everyone else paid the $10 to check in early online you’re pretty much screwed as far as getting a seat next to each other. And guess who got stuck across the aisle from the one screaming kid on the plane.

That’s right, its me.

I don’t mind a newborn baby cry as much as I mind a 2 year old screaming at the top of her lungs because she doesn’t want to share with her sister and her mom doesn’t know how to properly discipline her children. Not to mention this happened as soon as we got leveled in the air.

Luckily I ordered a beer and I might be able to fall right to sleep as soon as I finish it. Which would be awesome!

I wonder where on the plane Jerry ended up. I keep looking over the seats to see if I can tell which top of the head is his but I have no clue where he ended up. All I know is he’s far away from the screaming child who has quieted down for now. Oh look a crying baby. YAY!