All Done

July 3, 2007

We finally finished inventory with the bookstore. And I have to admit… I’m a little bit sad.

Here is a summary of all that we did.

Day 1 – Inventory Prep
We each got out sections and then spent the day getting things set up for inventory. Sorting, spining, grouping. And, as I mentioned in my last post, my section had so much prep work involved that the kept sending me more and more people. So that was a lot of fun because I got to delegate responsibilities and everyone was so willing to help.

We also spent a few hours going through and doing the actual inventory for the Warehouse. Cut open the box, count the contents, properly label the box, tape the box shut. It was quite hot and stuffy… but I was counting things, so I was happy.

In all, I worked 12 hours that day. (And I had 4 hours of sleep.)

Day 2 – The Official Count
Day 2 was a fantastic day. For the actual counting of things, everyone was broken off into teams of two with a supervising manager. I was by myself, though… as was Erin. Mandy was the supervising manager for both of us, which meant that we had to share her to check after every few items before we could save. David happened to walk by while I was standing there and waiting… and waiting… and waiting for Mandy. And thus, David became my hover man, the person who did my checking. I could not have come up with a better arrangement. Seriously, it worked amazingly. We got a system down really fast and flew through art and jewelry… that is, as much as art and jewelry can be flown through.

When we transitioned over to the FSM store that night, Erin had left for something else. So that meant that I got to do both her and my sections… and I was again working with Mandy. That also went well.

In the end, that one was a 14 hour day. (This time, I got 5 hours of sleep.)

Day 3 – Audit and Redecorating
Finally, today was the day when we put everything back together again. You know… making the store conducive to activities like shopping. The managers came in for the first half of the day (while they did the audit) and the rest of us didn’t have to come in until 5pm. At five, the managers left and we were divided into teams and given sections of the store to clean up, fix, and decorate.

They gave me a great team… and we did jewelry, art, apparel, and water bottles. I sent Jenn and Steven up to take care of the art section (because they are skilled in making things pretty) and Jordan and I went to the back corner of the store to fix apparel, water bottles, and jewelry.

Jenn and Steven did a fantastic job. I think their section looks even better than it did before I destroyed everything so that I could sort and count it. The hardest thing Jordan and I had to do was untie rubber bands that were holding rings of the same style and size together. And David (as we were scanning and counting things yesterday) had tied some of those rubber bands very tightly. Oh the many times that Jordan uttered David’s name in great displeasure. We finished very quickly and then headed off to help the other teams get their sections done.

Today we worked almost 3 hours.  (And last night… I got 11 hours of sleep. Go figure.)

So, at last, we are done. And I am sad. But there’s always cycle counting to be done. I can still enjoy my cycle counting.



  1. I have always enjoyed inventory as well…remember Motherhood? 🙂

    Although I think for me it brings out my competitive side (more so than the VERY small part of me that actually likes counting things) and I really like projects anyway.

  2. Christine,

    We have to get you help. We may need to sign you up for Mathaholics Anonymous. They have a very successful Step Program for people like you. It starts by them not telling you how many steps are in the program, and if you are found counting or otherwise figuring out how many steps there are, you have to start the program all over again…;-) Honestly, you are too cool!

  3. Wow… the Step program sounds horrendous. I would never get out! Of course… I could have fun counting how many times they made me start over. 🙂

  4. OK, Christine, I give… You win…

  5. “restate my assumptions: 1. Mathematics is the language of nature. 2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. 3. If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge. Therefore: There are patterns everywhere in nature.”

    or should I say:



  6. I thought that it was supposed to be a 216-digit number. Isn’t that 218? I mean… not that I counted or anything.

  7. You are quite correct, as usual. I wonder why they did this or if it was just sloppiness? Also, in verifying the error, I noticed that some of the digits were incorrectly transcribed and made my first wiki-edit (woohoo!) including your observation that the number is 218 digits.

    Oh my. I did just invest all of that time in this . . .

  8. Don’t feel bad. I just spent a ridiculous amount of time reading about Kansas City fountains on the web. Talk about a silly use of my time.

  9. oh, and the number:


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