Retainers: We had a 7:30 AM appointment to free K from her palate expander and to have a less mechanical retainer installed on top along with a crescent retainer for the bottom. We left our house at 7:10 AM. Ouch. She's delighted to feel the roof of her mouth once again.
The All Day Book Fair: The book fair started at 8:30 AM, but I knew how it would go. I blew into the door at 8:05 AM with $400 in change and found a room full of kids. We were backed up with kids since the registers weren't actually assembled yet. So much for starting at 8:30 AM. We went from 8:30 AM until 6:30 PM. We had customers until the very last minute. I ate a school breakfast (ack, but it was free) and packed myself a Garden burger and was able to eat an apple muffin that I packed. I was so tired once I got home that I ate cereal for dinner. K was there until 5:30 PM. Bless her heart. Hubs came to pick her up. It was a really long day for him, but for a variety of other reasons.
I've been at the book fair previews M-W at 7:30 AM each morning. Because the new book fair rep sent me half of what she was supposed to send, Kay and I have been scrambling to get enough product sent to sell. So far, we're down about $1200 in sales from what we typically sell. She didn't do her job properly and was trying to blame me. Finally, I very bluntly informed her that, "I don't get paid to do this. Unfortunately, I'm not curing cancer or resolving world peace issues. I'll sell what I have and won't what I don't, but I do have to go back to work." I had to go back to my job that actually pays the bills.
Mumford & Sons: Because I need to wash the day away and they seemed to be the perfect fit. Fugazi worked for a while, but 13 songs ran through and I needed a change. I'm playing Sigh No More for anyone interested. Dust Bowl Dance has me swaying in my seat. What wonderfully calming tunes. :sigh:
Return denial: Today was return day at the book fair. I will accept no more returns unless a book is falling apart or a pen doesn't work. A child bought a book, read it during school and came after to exchange it. "Why?" "Because I want the other one." "Did you read this one?" "Yeah. I read it today, so now I want to return this one to get the other one." It was only owned for a few hours, but looked owned for weeks. I told him no. I told him that it was read and used and I couldn't sell it. I had a kid who had given me a hard time during his book fair visit. He ran after me during the release bell to tell me, "I want to return this poster!" "Why?" "Because I don't like it anymore." I picked it up and it was rumbled and limp. I might add that Scholastic's posters are about the weight of the average cereal box. I told him no. I couldn't sell it and he would have to keep it. I explained both of these to the principal and he backed me on it. Tomorrow and now forever I will have a sign hanging on the register that says, "No returns, exchanges or refunds."
Theft: We did run into one incident of theft. A 4th grader stole a classmate's book from their locker. He was showing it to everyone and acting as if it was his. The teacher sent the student down to us. There was nothing I could do other than to keep an eye out. I sent her to the office to report it to them. My super sleuth friend remembered that we give a receipt with each purchase. The child couldn't produce a receipt and then kept changing his story. He'll probably be suspended over a $6 Minecraft book. I talked to his teacher later. She was so upset. I did confirm that I hadn't seen him at all in the book fair. I told her that I'm aware of who he is and would definitely know if he had been there. So very sad.