Thursday, January 18, 2018

Desert View - Day 69 - The full monty...


7:34 am - Thursday - January 18th - Grand Canyon - 30º F, 53% humidity, wind 2 mph out of the north.....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 54º F.

Due to the vagaries of scheduling I ended up with a full 10 hour shift Wednesday (7:30 am to 5:30 pm).....TLE was assigned to the Trading Post as a cashier for their morning shift which runs 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.  The longest shift I have worked this season was 8 hours one time.  I've gotten used to the 5-5.5 hour shifts.  Oh, and the minimum wage changed here in Arizona from $10.10/hour to $10.50/hour effective January 1st, which I had forgotten, so we get a 40¢ per hour raise for just existing here in Arizona at the right time.....

......I thought being on for 10 hours I might have a pretty big deposit Wednesday, but at the end of the day I banked just $274.10, or $27/hour worked.....that, my friend, is a SLOW day!  I took an 'on the clock' lunch break at 11:30 am since there was no one to 'break' me, but otherwise I was on my feet the rest of the 10 hour shift.....something else I am not used to doing.

Since it was such a slow day I dry mopped the entire retail side of the store, then wet mopped the time I was done with that it was after 9:30 am....okay, two hours down.  I didn't have my first non employee customer until just after I finished wet mopping.

As we drift into the very non-busy season here at Desert View my mind begins to fast forward to the two months we will have off work between our departure from Desert View and our arrival at Smuggler's Den Campground in Maine.  I'm looking forward to some nice long bike rides on the Pacific Electric bike trail while we are in SoCal for about a month, I think about visiting with my kids and grandkids, and about the 3+ week trip to Maine we will begin in mid to late April.  This is where my mind goes when things are slow in the store.  I think about warm days and nights where my daily uniform will consist of shorts, t-shirts and flip flops once again....with the exception of a few days during our trip south from Gardiner, MT, and a few hours here and there since we arrived at Desert View it has be mostly long pants and shoes.  I think about having no schedule again....about not having to get up at 5:30 am to go to work.

While I feel pretty good, my cold seems to be lingering as far as the nose blowing part of it goes.  I feel fine otherwise, but wish I could be rid of all this snot!  TLE continues to progress in her recovery from bronchitis, but like me is still blowing her nose.  We're bracing for snow this Saturday....looks like the odds of snow are at 90% now with a forecast of 1-3 inches, plus wind.

I was home a little after 5:30 pm, and within minutes TLE was serving me her famous meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and boiled spinach.....I love boiled spinach!  We watched 'The Martian' on TV....we both really like that movie, and I think this is the third time we have seen it.

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  1. So glad to hear your heading to Maine this Summer, you will love it! Bike riding in the park is incredible! Lobster at Trenton bridge is the Best!