And God said…..

….shop at Amazon!!  Today I was going around picking the merchandise, and my scanner said “Communion Wafers”.  I paused for awhile, as I thought these came from some special store, but apparently not!!  I guess they really do sell everything.

Makena wants to know which one of her dog blog followers ordered the book “The Wonderful World of Squirrels”?!!  I picked one of those books today.  Makena would like to borrow it, so she can look at the photos!

Dan said he was ready to call Human Resources today, to see if I told them to make him exercise more.  He was pretty pooped out tonight, as he had to pick in all 3 buildings.

When we got home, Makena was ready to play football.  During the week, the tent site area is empty, so we have been taking her over there and letting her run around off leash…..shhhh, don’t tell the park ranger!

Monday thru Friday morning, the tent site area is vacant.

tent sites

tent sites

It is really a beautiful area, right on the lake.  During the week, this area becomes Makena’s playland;



RV’ers have a lot of pets.  Lucy has been trying everyday to get Makena to play with her.  She is very friendly, but Makena loves people, not other dogs.  Makena needs her cousin Reagan to come and visit to play with Lucy.  And Rudy can come down and chase all the ducks and geese that hang around the shoreline!

I just want to play with you!

I just want to play with you!


Quote for the day:  Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. – Roger Caras





A Giant Scavenger Hunt

Today was our first day in our specific job assignment at Amazon.  We are assigned to Picking, which is the most mobile of all the jobs.  Today was just a five-hour workday, and the first half was going to “Picking School”.  We had 2 excellent and patient trainers that worked with our group of 10 Workampers.  In very simple terms, you have a scanner, and it tells you where to go in the building, what aisle, and what shelf and bin.  The hardest part is just figuring out where to go, as there are 3 buildings in the warehouse, all connected. I felt like we were on a scavenger hunt all afternoon.

After our 15 minute break, they let us loose, and we started to pick actual customer orders.  There are no names or anything associated with the scanner.  Everything is done by bar codes.  And there is no rhyme or reason about what is on the shelves.  The Stowers (people who put the merchandise away to be picked), just put the merchandise wherever they find an opening.  So you can pick 5 items from one shelf, and then 5 more of the same item in another aisle.  And the variety of items is amazing.  It’s very fast paced, but not very difficult.

And yes, I decided I better start wearing my glasses, so I can read the tiny little print on some of these items!

Tomorrow we have another 5 hour shift, and they will probably give us orders in another building.  Today we just stayed in one building.  I am going to try to find my pedometer, and see how much walking I am doing.  They have coolers of bottled water all over the buildings, and free Gatorade and coffee in the break room.  Of course the safety lady stopped and reminded me to keep 2 hands on my cart when I am going down the aisles.  They are very safety oriented at Amazon.

Makena was very excited to see us when we got home, and we went for a long walk around the park.  They are starting to decorate for Halloween here at the State Park as they have a big Halloween Party in a few weeks.  The park is also starting to fill back up, and there are lots of kids, which was a bit puzzling. Kentucky has no standard start date for their schools.  The schools around here start in early August, and they are now on a Fall break for the week.  And they are done in May.  The schools in the northern part of Kentucky are on a different schedule.

Quote for the day:  If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito – Dali Lama

Nose to toes

Day 2 at Amazon was orientation on all the rules, paperwork and safety training.  The most important paperwork was how to input the code for our employee discount!!  We will probably pick up some optional overtime to pay for the items we need for the camper.

in the afternoon, we received a lengthy tour of the warehouse, along with our safety training.  Our trainer repeatedly used the phrase to keep your nose with your toes, to avoid twisting while bending.  We had to demonstrate that we could lift boxes up to 20 pounds without assistance.

Tomorrow we will start learning our specific jobs, and we only have to work 5 hours.  Amazon has discovered people can’t go from not working to working 10 hour days very well, so they ease us into the jobs.  We were probably the youngest in our group of 50 that started today, but there are much younger full-timers than us.

Quote for the day:   If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!  Katherine Hepburn