- November 30th, 14:14
Whee! Last night it started raining and today has been totally overcast. Overcast days always put me in a good mood. I wish everyday was cloudy and grey!
So yesterday I was exhausted from my crazy Thanksgiving shift (our store averaged $12,000 an hour - WHAT?!), but I slept for 12 hours and now I'm feeling refreshed! I have to go to work in a few hours, and I work a midday tomorrow (boo), but that's okay!
So! My job! It is pretty much fantastic. I thought I hated retail and working in general, but now I know it's possible for me to actually love working somewhere. I've been with Victoria's Secret for about two months now, and it's been nothing short of amazing. I can't even believe it. My co-workers are amazing. My boss is even more amazing. Actually, all the bosses are pretty amazing. And the shifts are fun! I'm in Lingerie, so my job is mostly handing out shopping totes to customers, helping them find the bra they want in their size, and of course - taking bra measurements. Taking bra measurements was pretty terrifying for the first few weeks, but now I'm at a point where unless my customer is a 38 band or above (which is infrequently), I get my measurements right all the time. I'd say 70% of the customers are Asian (and 80% of those Asians are size 32B, I feel ya Asian sisters, I am as well), and the last 30% are Australian!
I enjoy my Japanese and Australian customers the best. This job has been amazing practice for my Japanese skills - yesterday I had an entire conversation with an older Japanese woman about our Black Friday specials - in Japanese!! She and her daughter were so happy that I was able to help them. They even found me before they left the store to thank me. ;3; <3 I mean, a lot of the times there are snobby Japanese customers who don't want any help at all, but for the ones that do - so much fun! Korean and Chinese customers are more difficult, because if we get to a point where English is no longer cutting it, I feel useless. At least with Japanese customers who don't speak any English whatsoever, I can at least pick up on a few key words here and there. The Australian ladies are fun too, because we can understand each other! And I am beginning to become an expert in Australian slang, ha. Sometimes they're REALLY REALLY clingy though, which can either be totally adorable or totally irritating.
So far, I've had one customer that I was able to make a real connection with. I'm still so happy about it. She was local, tiny 4'11", young mother of two shopping with her friend. 32A is what we had her at, but she was probably a 30AA in all honesty. The Bra Specialists in the fitting room helped her to choose some push-up bras, but when I took her to the floor to look at colors, she wasn't incredibly thrilled with any them. So I offered to show her my favorite bra (the Fabulous!) because I've found it's amazing for us small-chested girls, and she liked it, so she took it back to try it on. Later I happened to pass by the fitting room while she was in there, and she invited me into the fitting room with her. I've never been invited into a fitting room before since I'm not a bra specialist, so I was super excited and nervous. But it was amazing. We picked her out the Fabulous push-up multiway so we could criss-cross the straps (pro-tip for small boobs!), and she was on the verge of tears because she couldn't believe how well the bra fit her. ;A; That's what I want to do all the time - make women feel incredible with what they've got! I'm still so happy about it. ;3;
Anyway, my co-workers are pretty fun, and I've even hung out with a few of them outside of work! :D And my boss - Lani - is fantastic. She genuinely cares about me and my hours. For example, the other day I mentioned I wanted to talk to her about having less hours during finals week, and she was like, "Which week is that? Okay let me mark it down so I remember you're off that week." WHAT?! The entire week off?!?!? GUHH. AMAZING. TAT <3 The store manager Angie likes me too, which is great because she's a little intimidating. And I love these other two department managers, Dorota (adorable Canadian woman whose glasses make her eyes look comically huge, guh, she's a sweetheart) and Iveta (Slovakian lady who is like a hurricane, I love her). In fact, the only manager I don't particularly care for is Joy, the HR manager. Is it just me, or are HR managers always kinda two-faced? Eh, wutevs! She's alright.
Usually I close, which means I finish at midnight or 1am, which is a littleee rough but I love closing shifts because that's the busiest shift, and time just flies by! Midday and opening shifts are the worst because it's pretty slow.
I'm also loving having some spending money - I haven't been buying too much, but just having the option to indulge myself every now and then has been amazing. I make little-big purchases every now and then. Like I just bought myself the perfume I've been wanting for a year since it was on sale for Black Friday! And I have enough money to buy Christmas decorations and gifts too. :3 Ahh, life is good. I just registered for next semester's classes too, but I'll write about school some other day. For now, I'm going to go grab some lunch before work!