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07:53 pm: Sleep Breaks Again Today
I was up early because Lucila was coming to clean, and then I went to sleep in the recliner while she was here. My phone rang once -- it was one of the small mortgage lenders letting me know she had the same rates QuickenLoans had yesterday and I explained to her that I'd already taken their offer. Then Lucila's phone rang twice; it's very loud and she doesn't keep it with her, so those woke me up, too. After she left, I set the phone for another hour and got more sleep.

Then when I was putting on shoes and jewelry and such, I found out she had rearranged the fridge again (I had to pull a chair in and use the reacher to put stuff back where I can get it) and had rearranged the newspapers. The dates are all mixed up. I'll have to talk to her again about the fridge (she does it when she cleans the fridge, which is more than I pay her for, and I've told her before not to bother cleaning it, and then not to move stuff) and put the newspapers back in order while I watch TV later. I've started reading just the columns I like and the comics, which turns out to cut reading time in half, but it will still take me some time to get through all of these.

I headed out to the credit union because I just initiated moving the money for Soren from my PayPal account to my checking account (and then to my savings account, so it will get a little interest before Velma needs it) and they'll have to report it to the IRS. I figured explaining what the money was and where it came from would make that easier. The officer I talked to turned out to be a fan and is probably coming to bookgroup on Saturday because she's already read Old Man's War.

Then on to groceries, where I was able to stop the bagger from putting six cans of soup in one bag while I was having a very polite discussion about groceries with the woman behind me. She said she was going to try Wegman's, which is further away and more expensive and I said Giant and Safeway were the only union grocery stores in our area and I liked Giant better than Safeway. She said she preferred to buy from American stores and Giant was Belgish (really, she said that) and I told her Royal Ahold is from the Netherlands. That's when she stopped arguing, which was probably good, because the stuff in the stores pretty much all comes from the same companies and those aren't all from the US.

I had the windows open a bit for Shiva, but they're shut now. I need to draw the shades, too, and take my shoes and jewelry off.

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From:malibrarian
Date:October 22nd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
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You have Wegman's down there now? We shop at the uber Wegman's here in Pittsford, with the tea bar and and, well it just goes on and on. Wegman's might not be union, but it's also one of the best companies to work for in the U.S. and they are noted around here for their support of the community (the college across the street from us has a Wegman School of Nursing and Pharmacy.)

One of the reasons companies don't have unions is because they treat people well.

Comparing them to my old stores in MA, I find that Stop and Shop and Big Y (a local chain) had a lot of sales, but their prices in general were much higher than Wegman's.

But shopping there on Sunday is a pain in the neck, and you'd really want a cart before you got of out the parking lot.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 22nd, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
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There's two in the county -- both ends, so neither very close. Sometimes companies don't have unions is because they scare their employees into being afraid of starting one. I don't know that that's true of Wegman's, but it was true of Food Lion, which has divided into Bloom (upscale) and Bottom Dollar. It's true of Walmart, too.

I'm not sure it's worth driving further to get the amount of things I get each week -- I get to go through the express lane with fewer than 15 items.
From:malibrarian
Date:October 22nd, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh it's not worth driving more than five feet to see. And the environment for unions is different up here. Doing five minutes of research, I did find that their distribution centers and central bakery have been unionized and that Robert Wegman (now dead) almost refused a major 8 figure gift to his high school alma mater when the teachers were thinking about unionizing (they ended up not doing that.)

And granted that the place is crowded as all get out, but the people who work there seem uniformly happy and helpful. Food Lion would kill to have a workforce like this (although they'd stay that way for about five minutes after they got in the door.)
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 22nd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
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LOL Yes, you see people going to the Food Lion stores as a last result.

BTW, Kip was supposed to ask you if Sarah would want a sweater again this year, or if she'd rather have something else.
From:malibrarian
Date:October 23rd, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)

sweater

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He did, I'm sorry it hasn't gotten back to you yet. Sarah would love another sweater, especially since it's going to be colder up here. Last year's sweater was enjoyed, but it was a bit small and she couldn't wear it for long (not for lack of trying.)

Whenever we're sorting through old clothes she always says that she needs to keep the beautiful sweaters that Miss Marilee has made for her. Thank you for them!
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 23rd, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)

Re: sweater

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So what size should I be making?

Oh, how nice of her! I enjoy making them for her and the doll. :)
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 29th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)

Re: sweater

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Just in case you forgot, what size should I be making?
From:malibrarian
Date:October 29th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)

Re: sweater

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Sorry, sorry!

I'm thinking maybe an 8 so she can wear it for a while? She doesn't like tight clothes.
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From:mjlayman
Date:October 29th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)

Re: sweater

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Okay, thanks!
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