Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Are you tired of reading job related blog posts yet?

Has it really been two weeks since I blogged? I can't believe it. I don't think I've gone two weeks without blogging since 2006. Wow! It's the job. I blame the job. And speaking of the job...

Remember that catering position that I was supposed to start training for? Well I didn't get to start training the week I was supposed to. Several people were out so I ended up covering their cashier shifts. The next week I was going to start my training, but again things kept getting in the way. I did get to train with the current caterer for about 2 1/2 days during this time. The manager wanted me to get 1-2 months of training in before I took the position full time in the fall. We had plenty of time. All summer really. Then something big happened. I was called into the manager's office at 2:30 in the afternoon a week and a half ago and told that the catering coordinator was no longer working there. I was up. WHAT? I was nowhere near ready to do that job, but I jumped in with both feet. The managers were really great to help me. They went over the next days' orders with me, and I've been going full force ever since. I've made many mistakes, but thankfully they realize that 2 1/2 days of training doesn't quite equal up to the 1-2 months that would have been ideal.

The same week that I started the catering job Erica started working as a cashier there. It was a little bit of a rough start for her I must say. At first the idea of dealing with a drawer full of money that she was totally responsible for made her nervous. Couple that with needing to learn a full menu and it was stress city. She trained all last week and started up full force this week. She had a mini-meltdown on Monday, but we got her through it. Today she told me that she loved this job. She knows she is really fortunate to have such a great job for her first job. She knows that they wouldn't have ever hired her if I wasn't working there. They don't usually hire 16 year olds. I've seen many applications trashed because of a lack of experience. I love that they are giving her a chance. So far she has really done well. Today when she counted out her drawer at the end of her shift she was one cent over what her ticket said she should have. Doesn't get much better than that. I am so proud of her. And I can't wait to see her face when she gets her first paycheck! She is going to feel so rich!

It's funny. At our store Erica is the youngest employee, and I am the oldest. I love that!

Oh and I have to say that I love that I am able to wear just about anything I want now. Today I dressed up some because I thought I was going to be doing some marketing. We ended up getting 3 lunch orders so I wasn't able to get away. I was wearing heels and slacks while running around prepping these orders. By the end of the day my feet were killing me. Still are. Oh well...at least I looked good.

Ok...enough work stories for now. I'll try not to be such a stranger. And next time I won't blog about work. Probably.


Joe @ IrrationalDad said...

Hey there stranger! Glad things are working out (albeit a little hectic right now). Congrats to Erica too. Jobs are always stressful at first. Not because they really are stressful, but because of a lack of confidence. You know that, I know that, and Erica will learn it.

Nice to know you're still alive.

Unknown said...

I think that this is really cool! Gives me hope that I'll be able to find something that I'll love, too.

Sharon in Seattle said...

I like hearing about your work.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

Well hey, at least you got the job for sure - right?? Sounds like a whirlwind, but a good one!

Sra said...

I don't see why you shouldn't blog about work. It's an exciting new experience for you, and I for one like hearing about it.

I worked in a cafe for 2 months once. Those settings are more stress than I can take. Granted, I was a dishwasher, which is hell, but I don't think I'm cut out for cashiering or making sandwiches or anything like that (eating them I could do), so I'm glad Erica is having a good time after breaking in a little. I've never even touched a cash register, so I can imagine how that might be daunting.

Amazing Greis said...

So glad that you're enjoying the job! Glad that Erica is enjoying her job as well.

I remember my first job and the frist pay check. Yes, you absolutey feel rich, what a great feeling!

Mamadallama said...

Lots of excitement! I'm not tired of hearing about your job. In fact, I've been checking in nearly every day to see if there was an udate. I'm glad you and Erica are having a good time. My son is the same way when he starts a new job or class. Even if you've done a similar job before, you can't know how to do the new one until you've been taught. There's always something to learn. Take pictures to share with us when she gets her paycheck! And keep a pair of sneakers in your car so you don't get forced to work in heels all day again. LOL

becky marshall said...

Lookin' good supercedes comfort every time. However, i heartily endorse Born sandals if you really prefer comfort. They're the cushiest.

Natalie said...

joe - hi! thanks for stopping by and not totally forgetting who i am! since this post erica has done so much better! i love that she works there i must admit. it helps me see that she is growing up. see that she is maturing. that's a good thing i think.

headless mom - i bet you'll find something great.

sharon - thanks!

sarah - i know! crazy, but oh so fun!

sra - i know it shouldn't bother people that i'm blogging about work. i just don't want it to only be about work. and i haven't really learned how to make a sandwich yet. i see them being made, but i haven't been trained in sandwich making. who knows when i will have time to do that!

amazing greis - erica plans to buy an ipod to replace the one that was stolen at school in march. i am excited for her to be able to do that. so fun!

mamadallama - thanks for coming back! thanks for the support! i'm going to try to blog a little more. i love it. i just needed to concentrate on work for a few days i guess. my original plan was to market and then run home to pick erica up for her shift. while i was there i thought i would change shoes. i ended up getting her way early and before my feet were hurting. ended up not thinking about the whole shoe thing until it was too late!

becky - i think i've tried some of those on. i need comfortable and nice looking. i think i remember a black pair that fit that description. one of these days i'll go shoe shopping!

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What a happy ending,always love to hear something new from you ...Keep on posting !