There’s a reason they call it work

It's just around the corner...

It’s just around the corner… (Photo credit: ecstaticist)

It sure felt like work today (and yesterday and the day before…).  On what was a day off work for a lot of folks, it was another busy day for us.  People rushing through the doors as soon as we unlocked them.  I know we had some good bargains and a lot of people have already started their Christmas shopping, but I’m just not into it yet.

Unfortunately for us, we had a huge delivery today (I know, I know…you might think they wouldn’t send a shipment on a holiday when they know it’s going to be crazy busy.  But, if you happened to think that, you’d be wrong…way wrong.).  The store did not look its best.  It really bothers me when our customers have to run an obstacle course to get to what they want.  I know I hate it when I go into a store and it looks like that.  But that’s another story for another time.

With everything going on, I was exhausted by the time I left.  And, uh, yeah…in more than a little pain as well.  I’ve taken some meds for my pain, but am still fighting it.  I think the weather may be contributing to my increased pain levels too.  They’re talking a little snow tonight.  NO!!  I don’t want snow.  But not a lot I can do about that, is there?  I guess I need to go to bed and try to get a good night’s sleep, but I’m still wide awake.  I’ve got one more day to work before I get a day off.

I know I need to take care of myself, but oh my!  I have so much that needs to be done at work.  It just seems like a lot of, oh you know, work.  I guess they really do call it that for a reason.

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8 Responses

  1. Thank you for referencing my blog post. I know firsthand what it is like to work in a retail environment during the holidays. It’s a stressful time for more than one reason, which was part of my motivation for writing my post. Thanksgiving should be a day that we can take a step back from the stress and be grateful for what we have.

    Yes, take care of yourself. Get the sleep you need. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

    • Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday…there was time to relax with family, visit, not the rush, rush, rush of Christmas…now it’s become just another (super-busy) work day for me.

  2. Oh my! Brings back my memories of 20 years of retail! You do need to take care of yourself!!

    • 20 years? You’re my hero!

      • I loved it! Really!! I worked in small gift shops that sold Hallmark cards. I worked the cards and set up displays. I did it ALL like you do. It got really old the last three years. People were not into gifts and collections anymore, they were spending their money on techie toys. My back was worn out. The only bad memory- Beanie Babies.. 😯 I had a lady smack me in the face over one! I gave up work in 2001. If we were close to a city I would love to go back to a Hallmark gift store part time.

      • Ha! Isn’t it funny/sad/crazy how caught up people become in the latest fad? Like it’s a life or death situation if they don’t manage to get their hands on it right now. I had a niece who had a sizeable collection of Beanie Babies but I don’t think her mother ever beat anyone up in order to get one.

  3. I don’t understand why “they” have to make retail work so hard on everyone. Sure I do, profit. I wish it could be easier on you.

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