6:02 am - Monday - January 1st - Grand Canyon - Happy New Year! - 20º F, humidity 37%, wind 2 mph out of the east....sunny with a forecast high of 55º F......BP 133/88.....my best so far since getting home Friday night.
It had been four days since I last worked on Tuesday, and Sunday it was time to get back to it. I was a little concerned about my endurance, but that was largely a none issue. Originally I was scheduled to begin working at 10:30 am, and work until 5:30 pm, but that seemed like a long time, so I asked if I could come in at 12 pm and was given permission by our assistant manager, Wayne, to do just that.
Before I went to work I needed to attend to one main duty and that was to dump the black tank. I waited until about 10 am to begin the process, and by that time the temps had warmed up into the 40's. By the time I was done with that it was time to begin getting ready for work.
I reported for work just before Noon time, and quickly slipped back into my routine. It was beginning to get busy. TLE had agreed to work her full shift (ended at 3 pm) just to be sure I was good to go. It was comforting to know she was there in case I ran out of gas, but in the end I was fine. I just took my time, and by the time she clocked out I only had two hours to go before I counted down my cash drawer.
It took me a while to remember to wish each of our customers a 'Happy New Year'......it just didn't feel like New Year's Eve. Usually TLE and I try to stay up until midnight to welcome in the New Year, but I knew since I had to go to work at 7:30 am Monday I would be in bed by 9:30, or 10.....I guess that is part of the reason it didn't feel like New Year's Eve. In past years we have not been working a job on New Year's Eve.....I think last year we binged watched a big chunk of 'Breaking Bad' on New Year's Eve.....no binge watching this New Year's Eve!
We were busy right up until 5 pm so I wasn't able to begin my 'CLOSE' procedure until that time (checking the cooler/freezer temps, fronting all the beverage coolers, vacuuming the four rugs in the entrance area, and turning off all the cooler/freezer lighting), but I was able to do all that and still get my cash drawer counted down to $400, and be out the door by 5:28 pm.....I ended up dropping must shy of $500.....a pretty busy 5 hours at the register!
TLE was right at the door to welcome me home, and had dinner for me a few minutes later. I was a little tired, but I'm always a little tired at the end of a work shift, so it is all good. As we begin the New Year I have a little different take on life.....there is a little more intensity knowing I almost didn't make it. My blood pressure is under control, and I am taking life a little more deliberately. Life is good, and I am grateful to still begin each day writing about the day before.
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