10pm latte firmly in hand, I've got laundry about to head from washer to dryer, and am enjoying a few precious minutes of doing nothing in the midst of the month of 5 hell weeks.
Waitressing is nearly over for the season, and I can tell I'm burning out. Today I wasn't prepared to apologize for my customer's idiocies. The man who ordered another coke, and then sent it back when I brought his second can ... meaning I had to eat the $2, having already put it into the system.....The women who wanted to split a meal, and I offered them both the "kitchen split" option - which splits the entree nicely, and increases the amount of potatoes on each plate for an upcharge - who said they wanted to split it, then declared she wouldn't eat the potatoes anyway, so I clarified that she wanted an extra plate instead... and she glared at me when her friend corrected her, and said I should have known what she meant.....then the Market Security guard who rushed in preparing for her 15 minute break, quizzed me on the menu, and finally ordered her food, asking me to let her know when her meal would come, then handing me a $20 bill, I rounded her change up to $8, and she told me to keep $1, handed me some coins from her pocket, and said "it was the best she could do" ... while two crisp $1 bills and one $5 were in her other hand.....she came back later, ordered a fresh juice "with her meal" and when I told her the total (for 16oz of fresh squeezed juice) canceled her order. I was smarter that time, and hadn't actually rung it in yet....she came in when her food came up, moved from where I'd placed her to the inside table, asked for ice water....and I ignored all subsequent waving....... I'm burning out.
The wedding is coming along nicely. We booked flights and a rental car last night. By clever flight scheduling, we've managed to eek out a 9-day honeymoon between Christmas and starting rehearsals for Jack and the Beanstock. We'll have to be somewhat frugal, but since we didn't register for things (we have more than enough stuff vying for room in a very small place), and registered instead for our "Dream Honeymoon", we're hoping to have some small luxuries and plenty of fun on our California adventure.
Alan's closed his show, and is now full tilt directing Dracula. I'm costuming Willy Wonka, Dracula and Little Red Riding Hood, and rehearsing Nightingale. I'll soon be in rehearsals for Little Red as well, and all of these projects open in a three week span in mid October. Then I'll get a breather. Then I'll get married!