Off work tonight and decided to stay in. I was going to meet friends for dinner and drinks but decided against it. Besides, I didn’t want to be bothered with the weekend shopping crowds. Though I did venture out to one of my favorite stores, Kohl’s. Bought a nice Belgian waffle maker, and you can guess what will be for breakfast tomorrow morning.
Black Friday. The store was bananas crazy last night/this morning. Many of my crew were disgruntled at the fact that their Thanksgiving festivities had to be cut short. I can’t blame them. It’s the holiday after all. Black Friday is good for business but a killer for family; those that have to work that is. I tried lightening their moods by keeping them in high spirits by keeping the mood lax. Letting them have extra breaks, and when I could, allow them to sneak off and do some shopping for themselves. Yes, I’m well aware it was against company policy, but you have to keep your workers happy. You’re more likely to get more out of them that way. At least, I believe so.
Spent Thanksgiving alone. Which is typical. I haven’t celebrated a Thanksgiving or Christmas since my brother passed years ago. The holidays were always his favorite time of the year, and instead of constantly hearing his excitement and eagerness for the last quarter of the year, I’m left with only memories. Happy memories nonetheless.
Thanksgiving Eve (if there is such a thing). The store was insanely busy tonight, as it is every night before Thanksgiving. I had a few members of my stocking crew called out tonight, but that’s to be expected. My salary supervisor is pissed, but I’m not. It’s the holiday. Most people work every holiday of every year. As a supervisor, I know I’m supposed to have a more “company minded” focus, but as I said, it’s the holiday. The store will survive the night.
Family came into town for the holiday. I haven’t seen my Aunt and Uncle in YEARS! They’re always traveling abroad to some obscure destination on the globe, and when they are stateside, they’re busy trying to visit all of the relatives they haven’t seen in a while. So I understand, though I do hate the fact that 99% of our communication is via email and skype. Someday, I’d love to be able to travel wherever and whenever as they do.
Had a nice conversation with a guy while returning my rental car. He’s planning on taking a spontaneous trip for two days, so I recommended Hilton Head. He’s never been and said he would give it a try. The topic of the conversation wasn’t important, just random chatter and pleasantries, but being able to have a healthy conversation with a complete stranger is always a plus.
Rented a car and decided to take a drive. I wanted to drive up the east coast but I’ll have to settle for Hilton Head, South Carolina for now. I couldn’t get the extra time off because of the Thanksgiving holiday. But that’s okay. I’ll just have to postpone my eastern seaboard excursion for after the new year.