Friday, September 10, 2010

Its a learning curve people

Well I started the new job and I have to say its been exhausting. Not because its anything harder than I've done before, but I have to CONCENTRATE like I've never had to before.

I feel like every 5 minutes something happens or I encounter something different than I ever dealt with. Dealing the with general public is something I've done for years- in the states. Its a little different here. There are different social norms, different ways of saying the same things. Different expectations. Its hard for me, mentally at the least. But I'm really enjoying it- I'm learning so much. I havn't learned this much in two days since who knows when. It is going to be so helpful in integrating me into the culture here.

I have to say one of the hardest things for me that I've been doing is counting change. Who knew that counting out change is such a hard thing? I'm so used to quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies. Here you have one and two euro which is fine, but then you have the 50,20,10,5,2,and penny. its mostly fine except the 20 cent piece. it just throws me off. I have to think of counting change in a different way and I never realized it would be hard for me! I feel a little stupid about having a hard time with it but its just different. By the end of today I was wiped out- my brain was fuzzy and not the good fuzzy the I'm going to miss my bus stop fuzzy. I know that every day is going to get better and better and I'm really looking forward to it.

anyways enough about that...on to something way more exciting! for me at least...

James found this little Internet wonderland this afternoon. It houses some of the things that I want most in this world right about now...

oh sweet Golden nectar....They even have the even better diet version....oh its so close I can taste it....

and mac and cheese goodness- I miss the blue box! People here in Ireland think mac and cheese is disgusting. I think it's just cause they havn't given a good go!

oh I could sit here and post pictures and dream but I'll stop with those two. Its pretty exciting stuff knowing I can have my favorite products delivered to my door without waiting for a trip back home, but its definitely pretty pricey. 11 pounds for 12 cans of mountain dew? 3 pounds for cookies? plus shipping? its not cheap....but on the plus side they have an entire thanksgiving section!!! Pumpkin pie will happen in the Taylor household this November!! woo woo!

(yes, yes I know weight watchers kinda negates all of this, but a girl can dream!)

well I'm off to soak in a hot bath and off to bed- working all weekend and I have to say this is the first time in a long time I don't mind it at all!


  1. hang in there! the job will get easier!

    and dealing with cash at jobs makes me feel like a moron. i have to count and re-count. i am amazed when anyone balances out a cash drawer at the end of the day with zero errors. it isn't as easy as people think!

    hope you have a fab weekend!

    and i woudn't turn down a hot irish dude. send 'em my way! :)

  2. Aww thank you! The job already has gotten easier- and I found out they are having me on full time! whoo! and the cash jobs- yeah they can get hard but thankfully some really smelly old guy came in with 150 euros in change which he paid in....and I had to count. Lets just say I'm a lot better with the change lol. I just wish they had quarters here. stupid 20 cent pieces.

    and hot irish dude- you got it! haha

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