We are having translation lessons on a regular basis. "No, really, Mickey, when I say I only want to work 25-30 hours a week, because I'm not a kid anymore, and running around, thudding up and down stairs, is harder on me than it used to be, I'm sincere about that. Remember when I started, I told you, 'I'm a great waitress for about 4-5 hours. Beyond that my cranky mood bar starts to switch on and it's best to tuck me quietly in a corner and make me do side work, or send me home. And yes, I want two days off a week, at least. Maybe three.' Well, shock of shocks, I meant it."
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, There goes Darqstar, bitching about her job again. Jay-Sus, can't that bitch every be happy?
So, I have to give the other side of it too. Which is, that I actually am loving the job. In fact, if I didn't love the job so much, I wouldn't be putting up with having to play the Bitch of the East and constantly go, "Excuse me, this schedual just won't do... I'm on too many hours..." I'd be miserably depressed and in a deep, dark, hole about it.
And in reality, while I'm a bit tired, my general mood has been way up into the green. The only sacrifices that I'm bitter about is that I don't get to see my husband as much as I'd like and when I am home, I'm rather overwhelmed by the ammount of stuff I have to do. And trust me, I'm not Little Miss Suzie Homemaker, so it's not that I'm looking at my livingroom carpet going, "Oh damn it, this looks like I'm trying to make a cat fur covering for the carpet!" I'm more than happy to ignore that.
It's other things... like Todd took last week off from work, on the idea that I was only working about 20 hours. (Which changed every single day, as I went to work and checked the schedual and found more hours had been added!) We made a commitment to not only upgrade our computers, but to assemble several more for our friend's church. (They hobble computers together out of older parts so anyone in the congregation who wants a computer, especially school children, can have one. They may not be great, but they will surf the net and you can run basic WP programs on them.) Now, my husband is perfectly cabable of assembling them all by himself, but the point was that it would give us time together and it would teach me. We still have in our house pretty much every computer or part we've ever owned and then some, as people have updated their system and given us their junk. We figured we could make about 8 PCs.
Well, we did get ours together, (because hey, first things first, right?) and then Todd rebult my old 800 KMD and we donated that to the minister and his wife under the condition that this was for them only. They were not allowed to donate it to someone else, and if they wanted to "get rid of it," they had to ask us if we wanted it back. No, we were not being bitchy, we just know them too well. They are the kind of people who will give you the shirt off their backs, even if you're wearing an overcoat and now they're left half neekid in the snow. If they have coffee, you have coffee. If they have a roof over their heads, you do too. I could already envision some kid whinning unhappily to them that they really must play Half Life, but the computer he has won't run it, and the next thing I know it, they give this kid the computer. So, we solved that problem. It's their computer and they know it.
So, Todd ended up putting together a few other computers too, but that kinda missed the point, because I was supposed to help and learn something.
Now he's back at work and we're wondering when we'll have the time to put them together.
But, like I said, I am loving the job. The money is a lot better. Sure, it gets a lot more hectic, but most nights I average 20% in tips, before tipping out the bartender. (I won't go there, I won't go there...) At the old place, 15% was a good night. I don't know yet if we get a better group of clientell, or because my mood is more upbeat, if I'm doing a better job. If it's the mood thing, I hope I can keep it up. I think it will be easier in this place, because people really don't fall to the level of petty bickering like they did at the old place. The managers are pretty lax as long as you do your work. And if it's dead and you want to sit for a bit, as long as you punch out and take an "unpaid break" they don't care. If you don't want to sit, and want to stay punched in, there are little chores you can do to stay on the clock. Not too bad either, not like other restaurants where I've worked where they expect you to sandblast the walls for 2.89 an hour. This is pretty minor stuff.
But anyway, so life is going pretty good right now. Although my right brain is freezing up on me. I should be updating for Saiyajins Unite right now, but I don't have a creative thought in my brain and I have to be at work in an hour. I'm hoping they give me station 4 like it says in the book. It's an awesome station. It's only 4 booths, but they're right under windows, and everyone loves them.
My biggest gripe with the place right now (other than the hours thing, which we're all working on...) is that the hostesses are for the most part untrained little girls who like to seat in herds. They won't rotate, but rather sit 4 parties at once in your section, then 4 parties in the next section, so on and so forth. So I'm constantly being double, tripple, even quardrupal sat. So, by the time I get to the last person sat, they've waited a good 10 minutes for acknowlegement. But, I imagine with time I'll learn to deal with it.
I'm trying to make it through my friends list. Not doing a lot of commenting, for lack of time, but doing a lot of reading instead.
But right now, I think I have to drop off the laundry, do some food shopping, and go to work.
So, that's my life in a nutshell. I must sound like a terrible, miserable bore, but it's hard to convey that even though I'm tired and feeling very behind on everything, like I need to do a million things and don't have time to do five of them, I'm happier than I've been in months. I just wish I had the time to do all the things I want to do. But, hopefully, that will come soon.