I will be scarce this next week. If you’re just tuning into this blog, I work for an independent pharmacy. I helped open it 6.5 years ago. Every once in awhile, a conference comes up that will help continue to grow the business. I’ve been to Pittsburgh to learn how to set up a medication synchronization program. (That’s been a big success.) I’ve been to Atlanta to a vitamin/supplement conference. (We barely use the vitamins anymore but their probiotics are on point.) Now I trot off to yet another state to see what pharmacy wonders we can learn. This time, it will be pharmacy software related. We’ve used an advanced software program since the day we opened but now we’re going to learn about some of the features we haven’t even tried to touch yet.
So I won’t be posting until I return but you can follow my shenanigans on Instagram as it’s easily accessible.
Woooo. I am tired. That week leading up to Christmas was crazy at the pharmacy. Everyone wanted their meds, not only before the holiday but before the end of the year. Everyone crams as many meds as their insurance will pay for before the beginning of the year when their deductible resets. That being said, the next four days before the New Year are bound to be chaos once again.
But I have today off and plan to spend it recharging my batteries. Of course there are things that I should get done, but I most likely won’t. My only real agenda is to write a review for The Hero of Ages. I’ve lost my husband for the foreseeable future to Pokemon Sun, Watch Dogs 2 and completing FFXV, so I should have plenty of time to write.
I was going to hold off reading any more books until the New Year but decided to throw one more book in because I can’t go more than a day or two without reading. So I borrowed House Rules (book #7) in the Chicagoland Vampire series from the library because I could not decide what I felt like reading. The series started out strong but began slowly teetering downwards. I have a feeling that this may be the last book in the series that I read but we’ll see how it goes. If there is one more relationship flip-flop with the two main characters, I’ll have to resist throwing my Kindle at the wall.
Baking. I hope you’re ready for some extreme baking in 2017. My husband and roommate/friend went in together and bought me a stand mixer. They watched me struggle mixing various recipes the days leading up to Christmas, all the while knowing a solution to my problems lay waiting 10 feet away. They are now referring to it as my ‘last trials.’ No more straining my puny human arms making tasty treats!
I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and got some really sweet stuff. What was your favorite thing you received this year??
Oi, the holidays. And aren’t we just getting started? Usually I really enjoy the holidays, this year, especially after Thanksgiving, I’m feeling pretty Grinchy. All I really want to do is prepare for winter to hit. Prepare meaning, I have a sufficient supply of books, coffee, cocoa, and blankets because I’m not leaving the house unless I absolutely have to. I can handle any amount of snow the universe wants to throw at me, but bitter cold is another thing altogether.
I literally just spent 10 minutes trying to find an appropriate coffee addiction meme. However, every single fucking one of them was not an acceptable file type. Coffee meme people, get your shit together!
So, ahem, I’ve been absent thanks to holiday crap. Now it’s time to add coffee to an IV bag and get caught up on things. Including all your lovely blogs, I’ve been a bad blog friend and I intend to make things right! I made a bomb ass bread recipe that I’ll be sharing here soon. The new kid at work was finally was fired. I can’t even tell you how happy that made me but it does mean that I’ll be working a lot more weekends until we hire another pharmacy technician who can handle their shit. I have high standards so it may take awhile.
Forthcoming book reviews:
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Yesterday was rough. It was one of those days where you’re just in a shit ass mood and nothing is really going to change that.
It didn’t help that we had to start the day with a work meeting to discuss our issues with the new kid at work. In reality, we should not have kept him past his 90 days but our boss likes to give people approximately one million chances. I can’t stand people who cannot take constructive criticism as the new person, twist incidents to make themselves look better and straight up deny the shit that they do. I’m positive that he’s sexist as well so you know just how high he ranks in my books. So of course, I had to shut that shit down and I left the kid dumbfounded. That felt good. But, it was first thing in the morning and I don’t like arguing as soon as I get up.
This coffee mug accurately represents me first thing in the morning:
The rest of the day was boring as fuck. We were dead at work and the new kid made it awkward all day. Boss sent me home early which should have lightened my mood but it didn’t. The rest of the day I was stressed about financial things and couldn’t let it go. My sister-in-law told me to go take a bubble bath, light some candles and read a book. I should have listened to her but books near water make me antsy and I couldn’t find my bubble bath. *Cue extra cranky*
Alas! Today is a new day and I will grump no more! Lots of cleaning to do as we’ll have the sister, brother-in-law and nephew over tomorrow. (Cleaning is not fun of course but needs to be done) There is baking in my future and that always pleases me now. It pleases me even more when people are excited to eat the things I bake. I told my sister-in-law that I would make her any bread she wanted (lemon blueberry) and I am excited to try a new recipe.
Today I will be as the praying mantis that was waiting for me on the hood of the vehicle the other day; patient and wise. Should that fail, the mantra will change to ‘fuck it and eat it.’ Look out husband.
The day is always better when you start it with an adorable coffee pal.
So, we talked about how going back to work after a vacation sucks yesterday. Maybe that made you wonder (or maybe it didn’t and I will tell you anyway) what a Cupcakes and Machetes does to pay the bills. Or the only things my dogs care about, buying the biscuits. I keep telling them to get jobs and buy their own biscuits but well, they rebel by simply laying around being cute most of the day. A job that I feel I should have, but my husband keeps saying things like, “Then how will we keep a roof over the dogs heads?” and, “How will the dogs have nice things?”
Valid points but I don’t have to be happy about it.
I count pills for a living. Just kidding! I’m a spoiled rotten pharmacy technician that doesn’t even have to count those little bastards because my boss bought a machine that does most of the work for us. I still do all the other things pharmacy technicians do like forward patients to pharmacists to ask things like, why is my poop this color and that shape? Don’t laugh. It’s true.
Or, will you please look at this, what I think is an in-grown hair? And they proceed to pull down their pants to their pubic area. There was the patient complaining that his suppositories weren’t working and come to find out, he wasn’t taking them out of the tin foil. Or, the woman who wanted a refill on her birth control and when she handed the pack over, there were only 5 pills missing sporadically across the pack. Turns out, she thought you only had to take them on the days that you have sex….This one happens more often than I’m comfortable with.
When someone in pharmacy tells you that there is never a dull day there, you now know that you should probably believe 100% of what they say. It may sound far-fetched but this is really how people behave.
So with that, I will probably dedicate a section of this blog to pharmacy stories, because sometimes they’re just too good to not share.
Yesterday was my first day back to work after my stay-cation. It was bitter sweet. It taught me that I couldn’t be a housewife unless I had girlfriends to brunch with every couple of days and an animal rescue to volunteer at all the other days.
The positives were that I did get some house projects done that I’ve been putting off, I got to relax and have plenty of me-time and read some great books.
The downside was that I procrastinated on other projects that I could easily have completed as well but ultimately I decided….fuck it.
I did not miss work but it missed me apparently. My boss yakked my ear off and my coworker hugged me upon my return.
I woke up this morning with a slamming headache and accidentally put too much sugar in my coffee.
Bruce Campbell help you. I’ll swallow your soul today.