Thursday, April 30, 2020

I Have Returned!

As much as you may have hoped, I did not fall off the face of the earth.  I lost my connection to the internet from 1 PM yesterday until almost 2 PM today.  I heard that a construction crew hit/cut  a fiber optic internet cable and most of the neighborhood went down.  Wow, I thought people were pissed when they couldn't find toilet paper... take their internet away and holy shit, all hell breaks loose!  The postings on the neighborhood Face Book page were hilarious!  BTW - I was just as upset about the outage, but I didn't get online and bitch about it like an insane crazy person!

Luckily, I did have my phone so I was able to keep up with what was going out outside in "quarantine world", but I hate typing on my phone so entries to this wonderful blog had to wait.  Don't worry, you didn't miss much that occurred in my world.  Prior to being shut off from the world for 24 hours, I wasn't doing much of anything work related anyway.  Once the internet blackout hit, rest assured I did even less!

I missed a Zoom conference call (oh, darn), but The Boss was kind enough to patch me in via phone so I could hear all of the goings on.  Tomorrow I am meeting the warehouse staff at the Hobbes Street building so they can get their space adjusted.  According to The Boss we might be going back to work (all together) soon.

I would like to say a couple of things about how much I need/want and require internet service.  Without internet, I couldn't binge watch anything (no, I am not watching TV on my damn phone) and I couldn't stream music throughout my abode like I am accustomed.  I didn't realize until I didn't have it for over 24 hours how much I love internet and I feel I may have been taking it for granted!  Thank you internet, I don't know I would survive being stuck at home for this long without you in my life!

For those of you wondering how Cooper and Milo survived without internet - they did just fine. They are so adaptable to adversity.  They were able to keep their normal nap and feeding schedule and isn't that what is most important?

Tonight I am looking forward to watching a Parks and Recreation Quarantine special.  If you haven't seen the show, I encourage you to watch the past seasons sometime - it is excellent!

Until next time Nutties!

Monday, April 27, 2020

We Now Have Internet (and Telephone)!

Today I spent the day at the Hobbes Street building.  I was on site for the installation of the internet and telephone lines.  The installers were nice and very cognizant of making sure they had the proper virus protection equipment.  Everyone wore a mask, gloves and little booties for their feet.  By 3 PM we were telephone and internet live!

In the meantime, I did speak with my parents while the installation staff was there and they are both doing well and everyone is healthy. My Dad is busy watching westerns and driving my Mom crazy. My Mom shared more of her conspiracy theories with me (lucky me).  She shared that she feels COVID-19 is via the government to aide in the extermination (my word, not hers) of the elderly.  She says there are too many old people and it's costing the government too much money.  She also mentioned something about the chem-trails, but honestly, I had tuned her out by then.  Old people are CRAZY!

After everyone left, I spent the next hour or so, organizing my area, hooking everyone's computer to the server and making sure we were ready to go once we were all there.  It looks like the warehouse needs a bit more work in getting everything placed and I discussed it with The Boss.  He will be contacting the warehouse staff to see if they will come in and put the final touches on their area.

The Boss said he was going to stop in after the installation was done (less people interaction) and make sure everything is working properly.  I guess I cannot be trusted to ascertain if there is internet available or a working dial tone.  I hadn't seen him by the time I left at 4:30 PM.

All in all, I was happy with my accomplishments for the day and headed for home.  I had to stop at the grocery store and big surprise, no toilet paper.  Luckily, I had lifted some from the office, so it really didn't matter.  Yes, there is still toilet paper available at the office - I told you The Boss likes his TP!  I picked up a rotisserie chicken and some stuff for a salad - dinner is served.  I was very popular with Cooper and Milo when I smelled of chicken upon my arrival.

For those keeping track, tomorrow is Tuesday.  Have a great night!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Today, I Consider Myself a Paid Observer

It's been pretty quiet the past couple of days.  I haven't heard much from The Boss since our conversation when he didn't remember locking himself out of his office.  I cannot say that it has broken my heart!  I do have to say that I am so appreciative that I still have a job and I am still getting paid.  That being said, people still annoy me.  Excuse me, I am a grouchy human.

Late last night, a group email was sent by The Boss stating there would be a conference call tomorrow (today) for all staff.  I wasn't sure what the topic was going to be, but it was scheduled for lunchtime.

Lunchtime arrived and it was Zoom time.  Everyone was there and I am embarrassed to say, I really wasn't interested at all.  I have been in some sort of funk the past couple of days, but who knows.  Once everyone was there, The Boss brought us up-to date on the status of the new building and let us know the internet and phones will be installed next week.  He asked if I would be willing to go to the building to meet them and I agreed.

As the call continued, I found myself enthralled by the various back drops of where each employee  was participating on the call.  Why haven't I noticed this sooner?  I quickly found myself tuning everyone out and concentrating on each employees homes.  Now, I have never been to any of these homes personally, so I realize I am only seeing a small sliver of their domicile.  Don't worry...I'm going to hook you all up and describe them.  As you can imagine, I didn't/couldn't take an actual  screen shot- I had to protect the insane...I mean innocent.  Here are my thoughts, in no particular order.

The Boss - it looks like he takes his video conference calls in a home office.  I believe I saw diplomas on the wall and I may have seen a sign that said "worlds best dad".  It's exactly what I (or anyone else) would imagine the area would be.  The desk seemed organized and tidy.  Is that a replica of the deceleration of independence on the wall???

Rachel - I think Rachel sets up for conference calls in her bedroom.  I have to admit, her bedroom looks a bit like an old fashioned brothel (or what I imagine an old fashioned brothel to look like).  I see scarves over the lights on her bedside tables.  She has clothes hanging everywhere and it looks like she has big voluminous drapes over her windows.

Adam - Adam took his call today at his kitchen table or should I say the kitchen table of his parents.  Yup, 35 year old Adam still lives at home with his parents.  So, I cannot/should not judge the decorative expertise of his parents. I will judge that he still lives at home, but that is for another time.

Mike - If I were to guess, Mike uses an extra bedroom as his home office.  I believe I saw a single bed, with a weird looking comforter.  On the walls of this room look very religious.  I can easily see Jesus and a very large cross.  Nothing like "the big man" watching while you work.

Drew - Surprisingly enough, it looks like Drew was taking his call in his garage.  I guess I am not really surprised by this.  I'm sure in his free time, he is putting something together or fixing something.  I wouldn't be surprised if The Boss relocates to his garage for the next call we have.  Anyone want to get in on this action?

Wayne - Wayne was broadcasting from his kitchen today.  It looks like a normal kitchen except for the large cross hanging on the wall.  I cannot be sure, but if I were a betting guy, I would say it is the same cross that is hanging in Mike's spare bedroom.  Oh, the questions this brings up.   Are they the same cross?  Did they shop at the same store?  Did they buy them at the same time?  If so, did they get a discount? 

For those of you wondering, I have a home office set up in my extra bedroom.  I do not have religious symbols on the wall and it is quite a boring room if I do say so myself.  The room doesn't have a bed, but does have a dog bed that Cooper and Milo scuffle over to take naps.

I have big plans tonight - I'm going to watch The Gentlemen.  I love a Guy Ritchie movie and this one had pretty good reviews.  Until tomorrow Nutties!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

My Tuesday In Memes

This perfectly illustrates my mood this morning (I think I may have been feeling a bit green too, but that's another story).  I have to admit, I was up late last night binge watching the latest season of Bosch (on Amazon Prime).  This season is just as awesome as all the others and for the life of me, I just couldn't turn it off.  I really wanted to parse out the episodes so I would have something to look forward to, but no...I am a binge-a-holic and cannot help myself.  Hello, my name is Nutty Wone and I have a binge problem.

Now, that I went through all the episodes Bosch like a crackhead on a bender, I need a new show to watch.  Having seen many of the same actors on Bosch, I'm thinking about re-watching The Wire.  Don't even tell me you haven't watched the best show EVER on television.  Yes, it is better than the Sopranos and Breaking Bad!  Just give it a chance and watch, damn it! You can (and will) thank me later!

This is a big question in my life right now.  I have watched many an episode of HGTV and they are able to put together an entire home, that looks like a showplace, in a mere month.  I, on the other hand, cannot motivate myself to vacuum up the fur balls that my cat and dog leave behind as they breathe.  It is that time of year when they seem to shed even more (is that possible) and my motivation level is at a zero point zero.  Does anyone know how I can contact the Property Brothers for assistance and tips?  Never mind, I don't even think they could help me now.

I think I may becoming a bit insane from all of this isolation.  I found myself talking to Cooper and Milo this morning (I talk to them constantly, so that's normal for me).  What is not normal is I said something I thought was damn witty and I laughed at my own joke, pretty hard  They just looked at me like I was crazy - they don't get my humor!

I spoke with The Boss today and during one of our too many conversations he commented about a footprint being on the wall in the Hobbs Street building and asked if I knew anything about it (here is how the footprint appeared).  Now, I thought he was joking and I began to laugh - quickly, I realized he wasn't joking...he was being serious.  After I finished rolling my eyes, I refreshed his memory that Drew must have done it accidentally when he scaled the wall to unlock his door.  The Boss was quiet for a couple of seconds and changed the subject.    Did he not really remember having a fit and locking himself out?  Could he not put the info together (locked door, scaling wall, door unlocked) and figure out where it came from.  I have so many questions....

Yup, the refrigerator and I have become quite the power couple during this time of quarantine.  I really think Chloe (yup, I named the fridge) gets me.  She knows what I like and is always there to go the extra mile for me.  I just hope she will love me when this is over and I am the size of a small apartment complex.  That reminds me...I should work out tonight.

In his defense, Milo has been getting more accustomed to me be being around, but every once and a while I still see him looking at me with disgust from across the room.  I can imagine that this meme is going though his head when he is glaring at me (as well as trying to decide how long he could survive if he killed me).  Better think twice about my demise  sucker - with me dead, you would be left alone with Cooper!

This illustrates the polar opposite of my dealings with Milo.  Cooper is SOOO happy to have me around!  I bought him a new squeaky toy over the weekend and he is all about it!  I have had to take it away at night because he keeps squeaking it at all hours.  Clearly last night, I had to put it away because it was interrupting my Bosch marathon!  Priorities people!

Now, go watch The Wire!

Monday, April 20, 2020

I'm Back Home & Face Timing with My Parents!

Welcome to Monday, or as I am referring to it - hell on earth day.  As if back to being stuck home wasn't bad enough (I really loved being out at the new offices last week), today I am planning to catch up with my parents on a Face Time call. As you might remember, we did not speak last week because of me being at the new building.  Oh, and did I also mention it is Monday?  Yup, I am living a trifecta of pain and suffering today!

I started my day just as I have for the many past weeks being under quarantine.  Up, showered, dressed, dog walked and breakfast for all human and furry.  Then off to the office, which, currently, is just down the hall and to the left (traffic was a bitch today).   I sent out invoices for the materials that were shipped last week.  Now, I know they are not going to be paid anytime soon, but someday, I am confident that people will return to their offices and actually produce work product again.   Oh, how my dreams have changed over these past weeks!  I also spoke with The Boss two times before 10 AM today.  He updated me on his progress with getting everything turned over to the new building (internet, electric, phones, etc.).  After the second call, he said he was going to relax after lunch and take the rest of the day for himself and I should do the same.  Don't mind if I do - you don't have to tell me twice!

After lunch, I knew I had put it off as long as I could - I needed to phone my parents.  Now, if you remember my earlier posts, my parents and I have been talking frequently during these strange times.  They need to make make sure I am eating properly and taking care of myself and I want to do the same for them.  It is difficult to live far from your parents as they get older and with everything going on right now, it has become even more difficult.  Thank goodness for technology and strangely enough, their limited ability to use it.

I texted my Mom and told her I was going to FaceTime her (she needs proper warning).  I reminded her to turn up the volume on the IPad (remember the fiasco last time?) and to make sure it was plugged in if it wasn't fully charged.  Fair we go - let the fun begin!

Wow, it rang, she answered and I was able to see the top half of her head.  Why does this woman insist on moving the IPad around while she speaks to me?  I swear it's like she was a baton thrower in a past life.  She said that I looked like I was doing well - which is a complete lie...the woman can't see me with all her intricate baton moves!  She caught me up on her trip to the grocery store, they did not have hamburger and they are still out of toilet paper.  She spent the next five minutes asking why I thought people were using and/or buying so many paper products.  Rest assured, she had her theories  and I listened to them all.   I will be kind to you and not subject you to them also - consider it my gift to you.   I then realize it looks as if she has found the camera flip button.  So now the picture is not only moving around from her re-positioning the IPad, but the camera keeps also flipping from the top of her head (or ceiling) to a view of their bedroom.  I have to tell Alexa to remind me to take Dramamine before our next FaceTime call - otherwise I honestly may throw up from motion sickness.

I asked about Dad and wanted to make sure he was also doing well.  She assured me he was fine and had just jumped into the shower because he had been working outside.  I guess the weather is nice there today.  She was continuing with her story about her friend who believes that the virus will be around until Christmas time and the next thing I know I get a full shot of my Dad in his tighty whities!  She clearly had the camera facing the wrong way and lucky me,  I got a view that is now seared into my brain.  No one wants to see their parents in their under-roos, much less when they are almost seventy years old!  I screamed for her to flip the camera and she didn't know what I was talking about.  I told her what I was looking at/seeing and she laughed so hard she was crying.  My Dad also thought it was hilarious and was quick to remind me that is what I have to look forward to!  I did not find it nearly as funny as they did!

We said our goodbyes and made another FaceTime date for next week (lord help me). I made everyone promise to be wearing full clothes and to leave the IPad in one stationary position.  Well, we will see how that goes.  I think I deserve to have the rest of the day off - big shout out to The Boss for the suggestion!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, April 17, 2020

We Survived Another Week!

Keep moving, nothing to see here - everything is just fine!  We survived another week and for those of us who still are keeping track, it is finally Friday!  Yippee!!

This week was a busy, yet productive one.  Earlier in the week we moved and unloaded the sales office to the new facility.  We had the trailer brought back to pack up the warehouse and get those materials over to Hobbes Street.  It was a big undertaking, everyone pitched in and I am happy to say, we got it done!  Today, the last of the warehouse materials were unloaded and now the guys just have to put the finishing touches on where they want everything.  If this country ever opens back up again, we will be ready!  Look out world!

The Boss did make some appearances this week, but they were few and far between.  He said he is working from home on getting the phones and internet moved over to the new place.  Honestly, we really get more accomplished when he isn't around to lock himself out of office, etc.  Oh, Drew must not want to to have to play Spiderman and scale the wall again anytime soon; I noticed that he took packing tape and taped up the door lock on The Boss' office so he couldn't mistakenly lock himself out again.  I cannot wait to hear what The Boss has to say once he notices it.

It seems that Mike's head has gotten a few sizes bigger because he has his own office.  He has mentioned "my office" on several occasions (damn, he is weird).  Speaking of Jesus - he has finished placing and decorating his office.  Above his desk, on the wall, is a large, ornate cross.  I guess this way "the big guy" will be looking out for him.  Wayne admires and comments on it every time he walks by and sees it.  These two and their cult drive me to drink.

Next week, we are back working from home.  I wonder if  Cooper and Milo will be happy to see me? I know Cooper has missed his numerous walks.   I also have another Face Time scheduled with my parents (we only spoke on the phone this week because of moving the offices).  So, I'm sure that event will be full of interesting stories.  I also have a virtual happy hour scheduled for tonight.  No, I will not be drinking as much as I did last time - I took me almost two days to recover!

Have a great weekend (yes, it is the weekend for those keeping track) and stay safe!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Unpacking the Trailer Went Well Until.....

This morning the warehouse staff went to our building to wait for the trucker to pick up the trailer full of our office stuff and everyone else reported to the Hobbes Street building.  It is springtime here on the east coast and the freeze/thaw of the winter clearly has not been kind to the shitty road leading to this new facility.  I actually think the potholes gave birth to additional potholes over the winter.  It is just a matter of time until someone loses a small car, or at least a tire in these gigantic craters!

When I arrived at the new building, I immediately turned off the thermostat and opened up the windows and door to get some air circulating.  It smelled like a cross between new paint, body odor and a closed up house.  The Boss arrived shortly after I did and immediately thought the thermostat wasn't working.  I told him it was working just fine, I was just airing the place out before the truck arrived.  What is wrong with him, can he not smell the funk in the air??? 

A big shout out to Drew, he was really thinking yesterday!  He had gathered us all together and said lets plan on loading up the materials from The Boss' office last.  This way, it would be first off the trailer and he would be busy "arranging" his office and wouldn't be available to "help" with the rest of the unpacking.  Brilliant!  The trailer arrived around 10 AM.  The warehouse staff arrived around 10:15 AM and we began off loading at around 10:30 AM.  First off was The Boss' office stuff.  We told him not to worry about helping with the rest of the stuff - it was important that he was set up and operational.  He agreed, and we really didn't see (or hear from him again) for a couple of hours. Bonus!

Everyone helped to unload and place the desks, chairs, computers, etc.  The Boss has his own office and Mike will be taking the other office.  Rachel, Drew and I will be stationed in the large front room along with the copier.  There is ample room for the three of us (and I think Rachel is loving the setup), but I'm sure we will all be happy once our offices are built.

It was a busy day and by 4:00 PM everyone was getting a bit tired.  We were finishing up for the day and everyone, except The Boss, had gone out into the warehouse to get a better look of what kind of setup they were going to have.  The next thing we know, we hear yelling and stuff crashing in the sales office.  No one was aware of what was happening, but I had a guess....Llama Drama had found us in our new building.

We all run into the sales office, and there is The Boss having a hissy fit.  I'm sure I rolled my eyes and I know for a fact, I huffed a bit (I actually heard myself do it).  When he finally took a breath, we discovered what the issue was....he had locked himself out of his newly appointed office and he didn't have a key to get back in.   Now, I don't know how the hell this happened.  You may ask, why did he close the door?  Why was he playing with the lock to begin with?  These are all good questions to which I do not have an answer.

I returned to the warehouse for a second or two because I was afraid they were going to see me laughing (I told you we were tired).  When I came back in the main room, The Boss was trying all of the keys he had on his ring without success.  I looked over at Drew and I thought I saw some gears turning in his head.  He pulled a table over to the wall that divided our area from The Boss' office and moved some of the drop ceiling tiles aside.  He commented that the wall did not go all the way up and he proceeded to hoist himself up, over and drop down into the middle of The Boss' desk.  He jumped down from the desk and unlocked the office door.  Problem solved!  The Boss (and Rachel) looked like they wanted to have his baby right there.  I also was surprised that nothing was said about the footprints he left on the newly painted wall when he climbed it.  Yup, this new place is going to be interesting!

Monday, April 13, 2020

We Are Ready To Move Our Offices!

I woke up this morning with a spring in my step and a smile on my face!  Today I was going back to The Nuthouse to help facilitate the move to our new facility.  I showered, got dressed and ate my breakfast.  I must admit, Cooper and Milo looked a bit confused.  I can only imagine what they were thinking....had their owner finally lost his mind?  Why is he getting dressed in "normal" clothes and not sharing his breakfast with us? Does this crazy person think he is going someplace today?  What about my walks???

I made my way to the office and on the way picked up a couple of boxes of donuts and some bagels.  I thought the sugar and carbs would do us all some good; you know it's been a while since any of us have put in a hard days work!  I arrived and the warehouse staff was already there cleaning up the few orders that had come in over the past few days. Then in a matter of minutes everyone else arrived, including The Boss.

It was quite obvious that he was keeping his distance (probably ten feet instead of six), but, all in all, I think he was happy to see us all and was appreciative that we were willing to come in and assist with the move.  The donuts and bagels were a hit and as we all had breakfast together we outlined the plan of attack.  The warehouse would be the last items packed up and brought over to the new facility.  As it currently stood, much of the office materials (short of the office equipment and desks) were packed and already in the trailer.  We would move the office furniture and equipment on the trailer (which would be about all that would fit) and then call the trucking company to come pick it up and drop it off at the Hobbes Street location. Everyone knew and agreed to the plan and we figured we could have everything loaded by 3 PM today and ready for pickup.

We were making great time and the contents of the office were quickly being loaded into the trailer.  The saying that many hands make light work was very true today - we were all proud of how well this was going.  The Boss spent most of the time in his office (he said he had work to do???) and everyone was pleased he was not around to "help".

By 1:30 PM, we couldn't load another thing on the trailer and Rachael phoned her contact at the trucking company to see what time they could pick it up and transport it.  They couldn't make it today, but said they would be there first this tomorrow morning.  We ended our day with lunch brought in by The Boss along with beer and wine.  He said we deserved it for all of our hard work.

Our plan for tomorrow is the warehouse staff will come here to meet the trucker and the rest of us will be at the Hobbes Street location awaiting its arrival to begin the process of unpacking.  I am surprised to say that although The Boss wasn't around very much today (he stayed in his office), the interactions we had with him were quite normal.  Has this quarantine mellowed him out and made him ....normal???

Let's be honest, one day of being normal does not count in my book.  Let's see how he is tomorrow during the unpacking and placing of the office stuff. 

Friday, April 10, 2020

A Big Decision Was Made Today

The Boss and I spoke a couple of times today and he came up with what I think is a good idea/decision.  Since our organization is classified as "essential" we have been able to go to work without repercussions from the authorities.  Except for those couple of days that the warehouse staff and I went into the facility, our office has been closed and the staff have been staying away.  Well, it looks like that might change a bit beginning next week.

He has decided that since business has been slowed dramatically, now would be an opportune time to get everything moved over to the Hobbes Street building.  This way, once the world opens back up for business, we will be set up and ready to go in our new building.  I have to admit this is a good idea and I know many of our staff members would agree.  Many have said they are going stir crazy at home because they have never spent this much time with their spouses and/or children at one time.

After we talked, we decided the best plan was to have a conference call and see if anyone was interested in the idea of coming in to pack and load the trailer.  We agreed, there would be no pressure on anyone to do so - he was going to say he and I will be going in next week to get some things done for the move and if anyone wanted to join, they were welcome to do so.  I notified everyone that we were having a conference call after lunch (so naps would have to be postponed for today) but I did not tell them what was going to be discussed.

After lunch everyone joined the call and The Boss relayed his plan - he and I were going into the office next week to get a jump on the move.  He told them if anyone was interested, they were welcome to join and help.  It didn't surprise me at all when everyone quickly agreed to attend and help get the move up and running.  They thought it was a great idea to do it when business was slow so we could hit the ground running when this is all over.  The Boss also reminded everyone that there is a large cache of toilet paper there if anyone needs some.  He clearly knows how to convince people during this difficult time. πŸ˜ƒ

I have to admit, I am really looking forward to getting out of this house and be able to get something accomplished.  I would be lying if I didn't say I also had some reservations - no, not about the virus but about seeing and working with The Boss again.  Have I been away from him for so long that my "callus" to him isn't as thick and strong?  Is he going to drive me crazier than normal doing this task?  What if he has weeks worth of crazy bottled up that is just going to explode once he is back in the Nuthouse? God, I hope he is still on medication!  I guess it doesn't really matter - we were going to be officially back working in the Nuthouse at some point.  The best thing to do is to just rip the band aid off quickly - it will only hurt for a minute or two. 

Wow, I'm going back to the Nuthouse on Monday and everyone will be there too!  It's going to be weird - it's been too long!  I know you have all been missing The Boss stories; don't worry, I'm sure I will be able to adequately scratch that itch for you by lunch time Monday.

Enjoy your weekend and wash your hands you dirty little monkeys!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

My Wednesday In Memes & GIFs

I'm not sure if it is only me, but I wake up hungry in the morning.  If I am being perfectly honest, I  wake up most mornings hungry, but since I have been tethered to my home I am ravenous each morning!  I could be wrong, but I think I even dream about food.  I cannot be sure because I don't actually remember my dreams, but I wake up with some strange food ideas for the day.  That leads me directly to my next meme.

I am confident in saying that I am not going to need AA when this pandemic is finished, but weight watchers is something I may need to seriously consider and research.  I wonder if I can get a two for one special because Cooper, the world-class moocher, really like my cooking.  Maybe I should increase the frequency of our walks each day. it might help us both.  Why did I stop working out at night - god knows it wasn't for lack of time.

We had our Zoom conference call but we didn't really have much to discuss, so it only lasted about forty-five minutes.  It was nice to see everyone, but I wasn't really into talking today (just in a funk, I guess).  I was disappointed to see that Drew didn't take me up on my challenge to wear "proper attire" on the conference call.  I still think that is what the call really needed today to spice it up.  I didn't actually expect him to do it (he doesn't have the same sense of humor as I do), but I must admit, I was really hoping he would do it.  Don't worry, I'm not giving up just yet...

This perfectly illustrates what Cooper and I did immediately after the conference call today.  Don't be so judgmental - that call took a lot out of us both!  I was under the impression that Milo was napping someplace too, but as you can see from my next meme - the little bastard was up to something else!

Any other time, this would have been cute, even a bit humorous.  These days when you are more apt to see a unicorn in the grocery store than a roll toilet paper - I really didn't find the humor in it at all.  He clearly is an evil and vindictive little f*cker!  Get used to me being here you little bastard, it doesn't look like I'm going anywhere anytime soon!

I went to the grocery store today to re-stock my snack supplies (yes, I picked up normal and nutritious food too...what are you my Mom?)  Not surprisingly, the toilet paper was still sold out.  I guess I could always make a run over to the office to pick up a few rolls, or better yet,  I might just use Milo - payback is a bitch pussy cat!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Don't Worry, I'm Still Here....

Yup, I'm still here, alive and kicking!  To be honest, I just wasn't interested doing ANYTHING yesterday.  That included working, cooking, new blog posts, etc.  I spent the entire day on the couch watching movies on Netflix.  Rest assured, I did shower and put on clean clothes (please, people - I am not an animal).  After my total day of sluggery (now, I know that's not a word, but if it was, it would mean the act of be being a slug), I had a renewed interest in doing things (actually, anything) today.

I woke up early this morning, showered and took Cooper for a long walk.  He was quite appreciative because not only did he miss out on some walks yesterday (yes, sluggery), but the weather is also quite lovely here today.  I had an extended play session with Milo (he is a master of string play) and fed him his favorite food.  These two tasks alone assure that may be on his"good" list today.  Let us hope he and Cooper will be kind to each other today - one can dream, can't they?

I made some work calls and not surprisingly, had to leave messages.  I wonder if people are still checking their voice mail because I don't get many return calls.  I spoke to The Boss on a couple of occasions and he seemed a bit out of it - very low energy.  Again, I wonder if he taking some sort of medication to handle the monotony of this lock down. I hope whatever he is doing is working for him.

I have a nice (and healthy) dinner planned and I might even start a new book.  I feel like I accomplished way more today than yesterday!

We have a Zoom conference call scheduled for tomorrow late morning.  I spoke with Drew and encouraged him to dress "appropriately" for the call and sent him the picture below as an example.  I think it is just the comedy that everyone needs right now.  I don't think he has the balls to do it, but I'll let you know if he takes my advice.  Until tomorrow!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Today Is Friday....Right??

I'm having trouble keeping my days straight during this time of quarantine.  I was able to escape the last two days to The Nuthouse (which was wonderful), but Friday's just don't seem to hold the same specialness (is that even a word?) as they used to.  Maybe it's because I am home all the time now and I have started to become a bit stir crazy here.  Maybe it's because although I am fortunate to still be working and collecting a paycheck, I really am not as productive as I was before all of this insanity started.  So even though a "normal" Friday a few weeks ago may have brought about mischief as our masked friend in the meme above is advertising, there will be no mischief here today! Another boring weekend in quarantine with my furry boyz!

Our Friday morning started with a Zoom conference call. Everyone was there (where else would they be) and the beards of those who have put their razor in quarantine are coming in quite nicely.  Do I work for a manufacturing company or a tree clearing service?  Rachel was coiffed, dressed up and ready to go.  Good for her, I was showered and in pajama pants and a tee shirt - that's as good as it gets for me these days.  The Boss did not don his hazmat suit and he actually seems a bit calmer than during past calls/conferences.  Maybe his wife has him taking some sort of medication so he isn't as hyper.  A "medicated" Boss might be the only way she can handle being confined with him for such an extended period of time.  Honestly, I sometimes worry for her sanity during this time.  I hope someone is periodically checking in on her....

The Boss lead the call by bringing everyone up to date on the work orders that went out yesterday and he thanked the warehouse staff and myself on more than one occasion for getting everything done.  He promised the warehouse staff that he would not forget how they stepped up and came in to do what needed to be done.  He updated us on the current status of the virus spread and again assured us we would be back to normal before we knew it.  It's like having our own private virus press conference during our calls with him.  Sometimes I think he gives these pep talks more for himself than us, but hey, if it makes him feel better, great!

We all talked, laughed and had a virtual lunch together.  Some of the lunch choices were hilarious; for example, Alex was eating lunch by candlelight.  We were all initially concerned he didn't have power, but he said he considered this lunch special and it deserved a special ambiance.  We also took the time to introduce everyone to our in house, furry footed co-workers.  It was comforting to hear that everyone had the same complaint - their co-workers are slackers and don't do anything at all during the day.  These group is nuts, but I like (and miss) them and their craziness.  I think they may be slowing bringing me aboard their crazy train.

Maybe I have been fighting it all along....Hello, my name is Nutty Wone and I might be a Nuttie too!  I, along with my slacker co-workers, Cooper and Milo wish you a wonderful and safe weekend!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I Escaped Quarantine To Go To The Nuthouse!

I should start off by saying although our state is under a "stay at home" order, our business is considered essential, so we are able to stay operational.  The Boss has decided that for our safety and the safety of our families we are going to stay closed and adhere to the stay at home order and only go in (in a reduced staff capacity), if needed.

On Wednesday morning, I woke up and was looking forward to seeing real humans rather than just Cooper and Milo (sorry boys, nothing personal).  I showered, dressed and was out the door by 10 AM (yup, I slept in a bit because I was going to miss my daily nap😁 ).  When I arrived, the warehouse staff was already there diligently working on the orders that needed to be processed, music was playing and they were laughing.  It was so nice to see Adam, Alex and Wayne and I think they were happy to be there too.  I went into my office area and it looked just as I had left it last week.  I turned on the computer and started my day!  It almost seemed "normal."

By noon, I had spoken with The Boss three times and assured him that everything was running smoothly and no one was too concerned about being in the office together (and yes, we were keeping the 6' social distance).   He also asked me if I was wearing a mask and gloves (which I wasn't).  He said to make sure everyone left as soon as they were finished and to get back home. 

The guys finished the orders by 5 PM, but it was too late to ship, so I said that I would come in on Thursday (today) and wait for the truckers to come for the pick up.  Adam scheduled them before he left and they assured us they would arrive before noon on Thursday.  The guys did a great job and I made sure The Boss was aware that everything was finished and ready to go tomorrow morning.  We really do have a great group of people here - weird, but a great group!

I went back to the office today and waited for the truckers to arrive to pick up the orders.  In the meantime, I packed some more office crap and put them aside for loading into the trailer.  Although I was there by myself, it was nice to feel like I was getting something accomplished.  The trucks arrived by 1 PM and everything was loaded and on its way to the customers.  I generated the invoices and sent them out.   I spoke to The Boss at 3 PM, told him everything was gone and I was on my way home.  I think he was relieved that the orders had gone out and that our customers were being taken care of.

I arrived back home around 4 PM and was happy to see Cooper and Milo laying on the couch together.  I think these two dumb asses just act like they don't like each other when I am around.  When I came in, they both lifted their heads and looked towards the door - I almost think I saw a bit of disappointment when they realized I was back.  Suck it up you two - I'm here ALL DAY tomorrow!