Early Bird

I came to work 45 min earlier today not realising my store’s opening hours on Saturday are different! Well … good to know.

I have to say the dude who served me my early morning coffee today has been a bit uptight, completely stiff and wooden and unappreciative of how difficult of a decision it is to choose between a latte and a cappuccino and decide on the size of the cup at this time of day.

The last couple of days have been very busy. I carried on with my animation with Abigail and then took a bike ride to London early Monday morning. At first I thought I would die – I was so tired – but then actually really got into it and enjoyed it. I had Calvin Harris playing in my earbuds along the sat nav directions all the way down to the capital. You can’t really go there without directions if you don’t know your way around. In London the traffic was so dense that there was no other way than riding a bike like a hooligan (which I’m not too proud of but it is effective) using all the gaps between vehicles, between lanes and taking full advantage of the manoeuvres guys in cars can’t take. It took me 5h to get there.

I was under an impression someone would be there for me over the first couple of days to show me around and explain things to me in a great detail – but that was a delusion. I had one day to set up a sale and from the moment the red labels appeared on the items and the product got marked down – craziness started. One thing I can tell you for sure is that people absolutely love sales and it’s hectic for a manager to recover a shop floor after a storm of customers has gone by. But the figures are great, the shop is selling stuff, everyone’s buying so I guess that really says it all.

I have used my uniform allowance to get well… a uniform. But somehow I assumed that the weather would be cold as it’s England. Surprisingly the weather is amazing! I really don’t feel like complaining about it but I really didn’t include it in my life plan for the current weeks. I am dying in my uniform – in my thick jeans and a leather jacket! And my bike boots! It’s so hot! But everyone understands why I’ve chosen those items, say they would have done exactly the same thing in my position and I have got their full mental support. I guess you have to be really practical making uniform decisions.

Illustration Agnes Prygiel


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