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I Need More Boxes

Remember what I said before about wanting to wrap just one Christmas present a night, after getting proper wrapping paper? Evidently I misjudged how much easier and more productive it would be to wrap them at the kitchen table instead of my room. Having a large, smooth, uncluttered surface made a world of difference, and I actually wrapped more than I was planning to, because I was enjoying it so much. First I brought just a couple things downstairs that were already packed up in boxes, but when those were successful, I went upstairs for more, and even more after that, so all I have left now are a few that I need to get some more boxes for from work tonight, and provided those are available, I will be finished if not by the end of the night, then by the end of the weekend, for sure. The latter is actually more likely, now that I think of it, because it was brought to my attention that I had been looking at things the wrong way last night. I was quite certain that Daylight Savings Time didn't end until tomorrow night at 2am, but it turns out that's because for me, it's the same day until I go to bed. In reality, however, the clocks go back tonight, but because the ones by which our shifts are counted need to be adjusted manually by the opening manager, we have to stay there the extra hour this year, although Melissa apparently told Gabby that if it wasn't busy after 3, we should close at 3, or 2 after the time change. I don't mind the thought of staying an extra hour, because it's an extra hour of pay, and it'd be like several years ago before we started closing at 3am, but Tom seemed kind of worried, so I wonder what he'll say when that hour strikes tonight. Maybe nothing, for all I know.

Work on a whole last night though was the sort of shift that I wouldn't think of as annoying, but wouldn't care to go through again all the same. I got written up for getting a dismally poor mark from a secret shopper who came through drive through last Friday night, but while I agree that I could have, and should be doing better for certain things, I did give my name, which the report said I didn't, and also didn't smile, which I did, but that's probably a matter of my smile not being wide enough. I know the idea is to fake it, but I can't do that. I was trying to last night for the first three hours, and even though I kept telling myself it was part of my job, it felt fake, and obvious that the customer didn't know I was as ecstatic as I looked. The other thing is that until Melissa spoke to me before I started last night, not one person, manager or otherwise said anything to me. Gabby occasionally chastises me for saying "I'll be with you in just a second, okay?" when I am legitimately busy with a customer at the window, or am in the middle of something else, but not once have I been taken aside and told "You need to be sure to repeat the customer's order and upsell" or such, meaning that while I am primarily at fault for being directly responsible for getting us a poor mark, Gabby, in the case of last Friday, is at fault as well. Yes, I also know that I should be expected to do my job without having to be constantly reminded to do this or that, or not do something else, but as with that business about not being allowed on line before, why is this two times now that I either haven't been talked to at all, or was, but not until it was too late? Maybe that would explain how they both seemed to not care as much as I would've expected them to. They were both in the office at that point last night, but the only consequence Melissa actually spoke of was that we were "This close (!) to movie tickets, and now they're... *poof*", and all Gabby really said was "Wow, 20 points just for not smiling? That's crazy!" It was like I was in trouble, but they didn't care enough to do any more than giving me a write-up. I will gladly try my hardest from now on to always repeat orders and ask for / give condiments (that was another thing), and will continue to smile as I do already (in the sense of it being a real smile), but beyond that, I think the rest of how I interact with customers is right, so if it's not, somebody else needs to say so. As toward the rest of the night, it should suffice to just say this: it took until a couple minutes after we closed for me to catch up the last of the dishes that had been there since the beginning of my night. And the sprayer on the sink is about halfway to being useless. I was right about my schedule though. Now that we're into November, my shifts for next weekend consist of 5-11, then three closes on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. I wouldn't be at all surprised to be back to all closes for the 18th to the 22nd. I almost feel like asking Orlando if he'll switch shifts with me on Friday, because as it is now, he's closing with Tom and Manoah on that night, but considering how exhausting working with the two of them was last time, I'd prefer to keep my shifts as they are. If he asks me, I will consider it, but he didn't say anything yesterday night, so probably not.

With that large paragraph out of the way, I have left myself with half an hour to do, nothing quite yet. I've spent most of this afternoon watching more episodes of Ghost Hunters and copying that entire series (to date) to my backup external drive, meanwhile, I should've let those copy and gone to have a shower, then cleaned my room, because I've needed to do both since I got home from work yesterday, but somehow still haven't, even though I was up 'til 8am. I'm not sure how it constantly gets so messy, because it seems I mention having to clean it two or three times a week, but wrapping Christmas presents is part of what needs to be cleaned up after this time. As mentioned before, I started off planning to wrap just one gift then call it a night, but by the time I was finished, I had gone through... more (eleven, to be exact), and they're all piled up out in the open right now, which is fine for enticing people who may walk past when the door is open and wonder what's inside of them, but not for keeping this place clean. Maybe I should just end this here and go take care of those. I would really like to be able to come home from work tonight and work on finishing my Hypermode file in Metroid Echoes, but there are other things to do first. Time to get busy~

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