December 3, 2017
For this month, I moved my journal entries to Sundays and Wednesdays. I’ll be posting twice the amount weekly now. As if you all couldn’t get enough of me or something.
This week hasn’t been too bad. I originally had horrible expectations because I started off being scheduled for close to 50 hours of work this week. Which I really don’t want a ton of hours. 40 is exhausting enough. My other main cashier worked with me, though, and took some of those hours because she didn’t want to lose a lot of hours. In the end, it worked out, and I got Wednesday and Friday off this week.
We hired a new girl recently, and Tuesday I trained her. Let’s call her A2 (real original, right? We hired another girl and her name also starts with an A). Anyways, A2 is on the shyer side, but she wants to work and wants to learn. Did I mention we fired the one girl? She had too many complaints. So hiring A2 really helps out with that. I’m hoping she picks up a little faster, it’s like everyone has these expectations for these new girls to know everything off the bat. It sucks, but it comes with time. I’m not going to get mad at A2 for not fully knowing or being able to jump into everything in her first week or two.
At my very first job, whenever I worked at Sheetz, I had a manager tell my step father (who’s no longer in the picture but anyways) he told him that he didn’t think I’d last 6 months because I was too shy. I worked at that place for almost three years and I became one of their best employees. So yeah, it comes with time and it comes with how often you work. I guess I see a bit of myself in A2, because she’s on the shyer side. Everyone just seems to jump to conclusions after the first few days.
Tuesday night I went out with some of my coworkers. Actually, I met up at their apartment, because Clif got a switch. Naturally, I had to go over and beat them at Mario Kart. The games were close – I wound up tying in first place a couple rounds. After Mario Kart, we went to the bar. I hadn’t dressed to go to the bar, so I felt real dumb wearing a heavy coat and scarf – at a congested bar. I almost felt like I was going to get heat stroke when I walked in. It was so hot. And for a Tuesday night, I was really surprised by how busy it was!
Overall, it was a fun night. Aside from my mother calling me close to 2 AM to get on my case about when I was coming home because she somehow thinks if I go out, I’m not going to be up early enough on my day off to help out. Apparently I have a curfew at 2 AM, too. I’m 24 years old, but since it’s “her house, her rules,” apparently that doesn’t matter. I had three drinks that night – one at home after I got off work, one at my friends’ apartment, and one at the bar. So 3 drinks in like 6 hours. That is nothing. But she always doubts me, and I’m getting tired of her thinking that. I knew we had plans on my day off, but how often do I go out with friends? Not often at all.
I think the worst part was the next day she mentioned that since I have a boyfriend now, I shouldn’t be hanging out with guys, much less until 2 AM with them. I texted Ray the entire time (until he went to bed), they all know I’m seeing him, and I talked about him quite a few times. What did I do wrong? I’m sorry, I only really hang out with guys these days because they’re the only people I talk to? I don’t have friends outside of work really, at least not locally. It sucks, but it is what it is. I’m trying to enjoy the moment, not spend every night at home. It sucks doing that. It really does. So no, I don’t regret it.
The problem is, my mother and I are from two different generations, and we have very different beliefs in that sense. I like to see myself as a modern woman, because to me, if Ray had an issue with me hanging out with these guys – one, he needs to say something, and two, I’m doing nothing wrong. I have nothing at all to hide. My mother asked me what I would do if I was out at 2:30 AM with other guys and I lived with him. I told her he’d probably be out with me because at that point I wouldn’t really go out without him. Which is true, so, I’m sorry he can’t come out and go out with me all the time? I think I’ve mentioned this a few times – my mother’s logic just doesn’t make sense sometimes.
Friday, her and I had a better day, and we spent it baking cookies. Trying to get everything ready for the holidays, still. Decorating the tree is coming next week – we’ve never been this late on decorating. It’s usually done Thanksgiving Night. I’m just ready to kind of get all the work for the holidays done so I can actually enjoy some of it.
As much as I love the weather being on the mild side, the lack of snow always makes it harder to get in the Christmas spirit. I will admit, it’s the one time of the year I want a little bit of snow. Again, not a whole lot, just a bit!
My mother may be getting a job in a bakery at the grocery store her boyfriend works at. She worked there as a cashier, twice – quit the first time, walked out the second time. But the second time wasn’t fully her fault, they were accusing her of taking money because they put her back in Customer Service and the drawer was always coming up short. If she gets the job at the bakery, her hours will be from 2 AM to 8 AM. Which kind of sucks, because the only time the house will actually be empty… will be between 4 AM and 8 AM. I’m usually sleeping those hours, so I won’t be able to enjoy that too much.
Yesterday, work was insanely busy. There was some sort of swim meet that ended, and they all came to our place to eat. Bad enough I’m trying to make sure the new girl isn’t overwhelmed, but then you have people asking for complicated orders – when we have 30 tickets hanging off the end. I was telling people at least an hour wait on food because it was just bad. Then this lady has to order a veggie sub – I recognized her, she ordered one last week. We don’t actually have a veggie sub on the menu, so we have to manually input what she wants on it. Since our subs are $6.99, I charge that same price (veggies are cheaper than meat, so they can add whatever to it really). It’s just annoying how you can see a place is overwhelmingly busy, and you go and order something that isn’t even on the damn menu.
Once the rush started letting up, I left the new girl up with my other cashier, D, and went to fill up sauces and dressings, because I mostly just wanted away from the front line. Especially when they apparently lost tickets and tickets were out of place – so people who ordered later got their food before the people who ordered first. When you have so many tickets hanging, it’s easy to get them out of order and for them to fall. At Sheetz, we had everything electronically on a monitor. Here, it’s a bit old school and we have them printed out on paper and then we hang them. I like being steady, I hate being insanely busy. So, I hid when I could. When there’s too many people up front, I don’t see the need for me to be there, either.
Alright, I’m gonna wrap this entry up. I’m going to have to get ready for work soon – 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM again. But, on the plus side, I’m going back to all 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM shifts next week, which makes me happy. It’s the little things, you know? I have Tuesday and Wednesday off, so I should be able to hit the DMV for my permit on Tuesday. They better accept my State ID, my birth certificate is still M.I.A..
I’m trying not to think about the fact that we’re still over 3 weeks away from New Year’s, and that’s when I’ll hopefully see Ray again. It sucks, our schedules have just been clashing, and he has finals coming up soon. I’m so ready to live closer to him, I miss his cute face.
Should I get a coffee before work today? It’s a Sunday, which means game day, which means we tend to get busy on game days. So I may need a little pick me up. I may get a mocha or something…
ALSO! I keep falling behind on everyone’s blog posts, and I’m sorry! I’m trying to get myself caught up soon, I’m just too tired to really focus on reading much after work. I’m good at answering my comments, bad at keeping up with reading. I will catch up soon, I promise! Every time I get caught up, work happens and I fall behind again. I may be 2 days behind after today – it’s harder when you start following more blogs, I’m realizing.
I hope everyone has an amazing day!
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