Sunday, May 8, 2011

On my way out.

It's been three weeks since I lost my original position and took on the new role as a cashier at the arts-and-crafts store....and I don't really care for it all that much.

The first couple weeks were quite stressful. I kept making a lot of mistakes and was up at the registers by myself. Those initial few days I had to cry after work.

But thankfully I had lots of help.

My former job within the store had me mostly working in the back but I always made it a point to say hello and ask the front-end staff how they were doing. Apparently they remembered that because as soon as I called for backup or troubleshooting at the registers, my coworkers rushed to my aid.

I could not have survived these last few weeks without their help and made sure to thank them EVERY time they assisted me.

Dealing directly with the public isn't the only problem though. Unfortunately I'm not getting as many hours now that I'm a cashier. Last week I worked just two days.

And only three hours this week. THREE! That's less than 30 dollars. At this point it's almost like I'm not even working there.


There's not much opportunity for me there anymore. Perhaps it's the universe's way of gently saying, this just isn't for you, Dean.

On the bright side, I've been getting some much-needed sleep and have been cooking and baking more too.

So for now one foot is still in the door at the crafts store and I'm tolerating working 1-2 days a week with the idea that I'm slowly on my way out.


Mike said...

I think it goes to show what a nice/friendly person you are when you go out of your way to say hello/be friendly to those you might not work with directly.

naturgesetz said...

Three hours in a week is pretty ridiculous. It certainly does seem that you would be wise either to look for another job or to plan to survive on the money from your city job.

OTOH as long as you can tolerate the unsteady income, I suppose there's no harm in it. As you point out, time for your art is something you had wanted, so maybe this is both better than nothing and better than a job that requires a lot more hours.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I haven't commented recently, a lot has been going on with my family and myself. I wish you luck. I must go soon, so I can't write any more.

BB said...

It does sound that way doesn't it Dean? You're better off collecting unemployment than this. I'm sure they meant well in keeping you on but it's surely not feasible on your end. Good luck with finding something that really peaks your interest and pays well.

The Cool Cookie said...

Wow. There is nothing worse than a bad job. Creates stress, knots up your time. No fun.

I wish I had words of wisdom, but reading about you behind the cash register reminded me of an animal in the zoo - trapped and out of your element, waiting for someone to pitch it something to do. No fun!

I think there is something better out there for you. I feel there is something better out there for you. And I know its there. The question is, how to unlock it?

I'd give you my job, but its killing off my soul and I wouldn't do that to you.

KR said...

Maybe this is God's way of helping you move into something new and exciting (like pursuing your art more!) - you can work a few days a week and then focus on art :)
Hug Dean

bK said...

I'm glad those coworkers remembered you and didn't snub you like the manager.

Show us the things you bake and cook!

JuJu said...

Did my comment post earlier? I hope not, otherwise, this double comment is going to look really stoopid. :-)

Anyway, there's your sign again my friend. You are exiting this job that makes you miserable, and now you are entering into a world of possibilities! Excitement, potential and all sorts of glitterama await you!

And, karma is in your favor. Being nice is ALWAYS the right thing to do. I'm glad they're helping you. You deserve it and so much more!

R Southards said...

I feel sorry for you with what you are having to go through with this craptastic job! Having been down a similar road before, it really sucks when senority or time has no place when it comes to who gets picked to stay or go.

Keep your chin up... Hold on to your job as long as you can- with the economy the way it is. Keep searching and hopefully something better will come along that will give you the hours you need.

Have you considered going back to school? Getting some sort of certification or degree in the medical field?

Wishing you the best of luck from Winston Salem NC,

Becky S.

Hollie said...

How about baking for your fellow employees and brightening up their day in ways they didn't think possible?

Mind Of Mine said...

As I said before, accept the nudge and jump.

Writer Yogi said...

Geez, I am really sorry to hear that. You better start job searching asap! Now is your chance to find something different. And see, you being a good person pays off. You were nice to others so they are nice to you. I know how it feels to be frustrated with the register. This is my first job where I really had to use a register and I'm just now really starting to get comfortable with it (after over a month) haha. *hugs and stuff*

K.C. said...

Perhaps this is a chance for you to take that off time to find where you truly deserve to be. A position to express and exercise your passions. :)

You definitely deserve better than just 3 hours a week!

Dean Grey said...


I appreciate that!



I'm giving it a few more weeks before making any drastic decisions.



I hope all is well with you!


Bouncin' Barb!

I'll need all the luck I can get!


Ask the Cool Cookie!

"An animal in the zoo....."

That's a fitting description!



We shall see.



Brody, I'll show the things I bake/cook only if they look artistic in some way!



No double comment from you here!


R Southards!

Becky, going back to school is always a possibility but I'm just worried about how I'll pay for it. Even with a student loan it'll have to be paid off at some point.



I will do just that!


Mind Of Mine!

But jump into what, Ian?



I've been looking for another job for a long, LONG time now.




Ah, but "off-time" doesn't pay the bills, Kenny.


Thanks to everyone for adding their two cents on this!


Aaron said...

My Dean Dean. I am not happy that you're not happy - although I am thinking that you should send some of those cooking and baking my way!

Dean Grey said...


My cookies would be completely melted by the time they hit that HOT Australian sun!