I still live in the same apartment (even though some of the reactions to yesterday's post were implicit suggestions that I move to a bigger apartment so that I can buy a dishwasher and stop complaining about having to wash them by hand...). And I'm not doing anything drastic like switching blog platforms (I lurves Blogger. Yes I do!).
But the store I work in has moved!
We didn't move far - the mall we're located in has been expanding and morphing and redecorating for a while now, and FINALLY it's done! We've been working in a construction site for two years (!), having to accept such things as terrible (or no) air circulation, noise, dust, extreme heat, gradually losing space in our own store (including our break room), other stores disappearing at (seemingly) random, one - ONE - bathroom shared with the customers of the entire mall, the parking lot from hing, and having to cope with customers who were angry with the slow pace of the process and the inconveniences suffered in the meantime. All this with the intangible "it will be worth it when it's done" hanging somewhere in the distant future, out of reach.
Ladies and gentlemen, the future is here. The official opening was this Tuesday. Our new store is located in the new part of the mall, in a brand new, large, beautiful, clean, noise-free, dust-free (for now...), airconditioned space. You know those bookshops you can just walk around in for hours because it looks gorgeous? Yeah, I work in one of those now.
The rest of the mall looks great too. It was my day off yesterday (the only day this week), and I still went there just to look around (and spend half my wage this month in the process). There are lots and lots of new shops, restaurants, bathrooms (you may laugh, but trust me - this matters when it's your workplace!), and the new parking lot is great (not that I have a car, so I don't worry too much about this).
On our opening night we made about four times as much as a regular day. We had Christmas season levels on our sales. And everyone was so happy. The customers were friendly, we got a lot of compliments on the new store, and no one minded that we didn't know where anything was (it was the strangest feeling - I'm used to know exactly where to find everything in the store, and now I had no idea where to even start looking).
I think the two years in a construction site may have actually been worth it!