First Day of Work

I endured much fear and trepidation (to quote Richard Dauntless: *holds out hand* See that? That’s narvousness!) yesterday and this morning, until I finally put on my uniform and went to Hannaford for my first day at work. I was particularly worried because I’d only had that one hour of live training on the floor, and that was all I had to go on. When I got there were people around willing to help me, which was good. I chose to lay down out the facts from the start:
“Hi, I’m Michele. Are you Heather?”
“Hannah. Yes.”
“Great. How are you?”
“Terrified within an inch of my life. You?”
Thankfully she gave me a nice old man named Lloyd who hung around and answered my questions. I like working mornings and afternoons, it seems to be the time of young mothers and little old ladies. Reasonably pleasant.
So to make a long story short, I made it through the day pretty well. I’m awfully sore, though. I hadn’t realized how ridiculously physical bagging is. I’ve got an entirely new appreciation for how my Dad felt before he had surgery, lifting with a sore shoulder. :P I also managed to twist my knee a little while trying to sit on Krissy yesterday- my body moved and left my lower leg behind. Which made standing a bit annoying, but it wasn’t anything horrible.

Backtracking a few days, Saturday was quite fun. I got kitted up in my indian captive clothes, which I really love, I’d forgotten how comfortable they are! Just a skirt and big mens’ trade shirt. And mocs and appropriate knife and beads and all, of course. Anyway, Dad and I went up to the Ancient Ones Gun Show in Augusta! It’s such a fun event, all the living history people converge on this one spot, which means it’s probably the highest concentration of completely crazy people in Maine for a day. The hall is all full of sutlers (vendors), half of them selling guns, the other half selling loads of other things from hides to knives to dipping pens and the occasional pair of stays. Tess and I wandered around and had a grand old time while Dad and Mrs. Konczal talked a bit and then went their seperate ways.
Near the end, Tess helped me change into my new Regency dress, the one I made last week. Can you believe it? It really does fit! That’s something that doesn’t happen to me all that often. I was a little nervous walking out in it, but before long I was absolutely glowing, because Mrs. Konczal said it looked perfect on me, and her father loved it, and Dad liked it, and Tess liked it…and I felt like such a lady.  *blushes* I like feeling that way.

It’s dress one finished for my college wardrobe, and I have no doubt that I’ll wear it. Short stays and Regency is too comfortable to ignore. I cut out, with Krissy’s help, the pattern for a Spencer, and am partway through making that up. A Spencer is a little jacket that you wear with empire dresses. I need to get back to work on my dryad costume though- I have much less time in which to finish that and it’s a very big project.

Anyway, after the Gun Show Dad and I drove back to church, where a LotR marathon was going on, and met Krissy and Mum and Than halfway through TTT, I still in dress. Krissy and I shared a handkerchief over RotK and then all departed. Krissy came to church with us and then we watched the video from our first Redwall Feast in ‘02 with Aunt Margaret and Tim, which was a real laugh.

All right. I have to go to bed. I’m so tired. By the way, if you get a chance, listen to Ralph Vaughan Williams Sinfonia Antartica online. It’s really very nice.

1 Comment

  1. Sonja!! Said,

    February 26, 2008 @ 1:46 am

    I’m glad the first day of work went OK. Once you get settled in I bet you’ll end up actually liking it. =D
    Once you find your memory card reader, you better post pictures of your new regency, spencer, and dryad progress, in addition to Kiy’s costume. Please? I hate feeling out of the loop. As Lady Catherine DuBurg would say, “What are you talking of over there? Come now, I MUST have MY share in the conversation!” *grin*
    Love, Sonja
    P.S. What did you think of my Maenad doodle?

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