I’ve been working a lot lately… like, pretty much every single day for the past few weeks, on top of various volunteering commitments. But soon it’ll all be over! I have to work at the 4-H office on Monday and Tuesday, and then I’m DONE. Yayyyyy!
Today, I was at my other job. My first job. I’ve worked at a restaurant since June 2012… but I don’t work there anymore. Today was my last day!
Will I miss it? Hmmmm. I don’t know. I mean, it’s just a job. A minimum-wage job working in food service, which is MESSY. And smelly. And hard.
But as far as first jobs go, it certainly wasn’t bad, either. Like, I wouldn’t call it fun, but I feel like everyone there tries hard to make the best of it? People rarely pick fights with one another, and it’s not hard to change my shifts if I need to, and we get some free food.
More than anything, I’m going to feel weird about all the free time I’ll suddenly have on the weekends: I worked Saturdays for a very long time, and now I’ve worked Sundays for a very long time… so I’ve become accustomed to traipsing off to work on those days. (And being cranky that I have to get up early!) What will I do with all that free time?!
…um, well. I’LL USE IT TO STUDY. Yeah.
Anyway. Here are some random work-related thoughts that I’ve had lately!
1. I can’t believe I’ve had my job for three years
SERIOUSLY. Most of my friends haven’t been working since they were fifteen, or have moved from job to job. And I’ve stuck with mine. Why? Because, like I said, it’s pretty decent. I think it helps that it’s not a fast-food restaurant – it’s actually this diner thingy? But with organic/locally grown food and a whole bunch of gluten-free/vegetarian options? I’d rather work for a small business than for some ginormous corporation.
2. I’ve saved nearly all the money I earned at this job!
I’ve made a few (a very very few!) thousand dollars working at this job, simply because I’ve worked there for so loooong. And I haven’t spent much of it, either – almost all of it is in the bank and will be used towards tuition, room and board, et cetera. I hardly ever buy anything… even books! (And when I do buy books, I generally get them from the library’s used-book sale? Twenty-five cents per book is AMAZING.)
3. I will miss…
…the sauce made at my restaurant. It’s kind of like Thousand Island dressing and IT IS DELICIOUS, ESPECIALLY WITH FRIES.
4. I will not miss…
…the occasional rude customers. In one episode of Agent Carter, Peggy threatens to stab a particularly awful customer with a fork unless he stops being rude and I BLAME MARVEL COMICS FOR MAKING ME CRACK UP EVERY TIME AN ANNOYING CUSTOMER COMES IN BECAUSE I IMMEDIATELY THINK OF THE FORK SCENE. I mean, I would never do that because that’s mean, but it still makes me crack up. EVERY. TIME.
5. I have not yet decided when I will begin working again
All I know is that I want to start working again by the spring semester! I’m not sure if I’ll wait until then, though, or if I’ll begin working in about October or so. I definitely don’t want to start working right away – I want to have some time to settle in and figure out life at college.
6. I’d like to work at one of the University of Iowa’s many libraries
At my orientation session, I started talking to one of the librarians about graphic novels… she told me that she’s making a website that categorizes them! (I think her goal was to make it easier for teachers to find graphic novels to use as part of the curriculum? Or something? IDK, it was a while ago.) Anywayyyy, she said there are usually job openings at the library, and that I should tell whoever’s in charge of hiring that she pointed me towards this job, because then I’d be more likely to get it.
EEEEEE. Working at a library! This is something I’ve dreamed of doing ever since I was about five years old. (In kindergarten, I wrote a little story about becoming a librarian!) This dream isn’t so strong that I want to, like, have a CAREER as a librarian, but it’s definitely something I’d like to try my hand at.
And it would be so QUIET, too! (Well, hopefully!) And it wouldn’t be messy! Or smelly! IN FACT, I COULD KICK PEOPLE OUT OF THE LIBRARY IF THEY BROUGHT IN FOOD. I MEAN, PROBABLY. I DON’T KNOW IF I’D HAVE ENOUGH AUTHORITY TO DO SO BUT I CERTAINLY HOPE THAT I COULD. Working with food is soooooo messy, peoples.
7. Or maybe I can try to find a job at an animal shelter?
Let’s be real: I’M GONNA MISS MY CAT. He is fluffy and affectionate and ridiculous and LOUD, and I’ll miss him so much!
SO. I have a possible solution: I’ll work at an animal shelter! I’d have to find one first, of course, and may not end up doing this after all if the library thing works out. But hey… it’s an option. AHHHH CUTE ANIMALS YAYYYY.
(And if the animal shelter won’t pay me, but needs volunteers? I would totally still do it, but if I’m honest… I wouldn’t spend as much time on it, because I do need An Actual Job That Pays. I couldn’t justify spending a ton of time there when there are classes to attend, homework to finish, and money to earn so that I can, you know, PAY FOR COLLEGE.)
Well, that’s enough rambling for today… I hope this post was at least semi-coherent, because I am EXHAUSTED. Seriously, I stood up just a few minutes ago and I got dizzy. TIME FOR BED FOR ME, I THINK.
Do you have a job? What do you do at work? And most importantly, do you like it?!