Do you know the feeling when you’ve just started a new job, and you’re all thumbs and stupid questions (which they assure you aren’t stupid questions, but you can see it in their eyes!) and you’re just a hot mess about it all?
I just started a new job and I don’t feel that way at all. There’s a lot to learn and it’s not like I have much in the way of job-specific-experience, but I’m not nervous in the slightest. The only hint of anxiety comes from being the least social of all people (ever) and suddenly having a billion names and faces to remember and people swarming around you.
I just started at Home Depot. I’m pretty excited about it. Why? Because what person in their right mind doesn’t love Home Depot? When I was a kid and my dad would go to shop at HD I’d beg to come along. The sweet smell of freshly cut lumber and the endless isles of DIY home improvement options gave the the same warm tingly sensation as curling up with a good book and an illicit stash of peanut butter cookies.
Okay, I know it sounds like I’m just saying this because now I work there, but it’s a true story I assure you. I guess most little kids would feel the same way in a toy store, mentally window shopping for all the things they want. That’s what my siblings and I did as kids in Home Depot.
“When I build my own house I’m going to use that faucet and these shingles and those appliances, and have you seeeeen these counter tops?!”
So I guess working here is one of those childish dreams you have before you realize that there are bigger better things out there than working for Home Depot. But I’m okay with that, because this is just until the China thing happens in a few months, and it’ll be fun in the mean time.
The only awful part is that my typical shift right now is from 5am to 2pm. Who in their right mind is awake at 5am, let alone working?!
I guess we’ve got to pick our battles. Tomorrow’s battle is coming far too quickly. Goodnight.
(Did I mention that the type of person who shops at Home Depot is my type of person? Oh yeah.)