I made sure I had plenty of time to run by the UVillage Starbucks so I stopped in. It was a chilly morning, so I ordered my drink hot and took it outside. No one else had ventured out but my sweater and americano kept me warm. I enjoyed a farmer's market peach - one of the best I've ever eaten - and relaxed.
My day at work started off slow enough; I helped make the day's display food, a cookie cake, and then set about helping a coworker with one of the displays. Now although it won't sound like very much to you, I made about 12 'cello's, which are wrapped products. A lotion, a hand soap, two pumps and a wire rack, all put in a plastic cellophane bag and tied with the classic Williams-Sonoma green ribbon. Let me tell you- for someone who has spent their whole life tying their shoes with the double loop method, learning how to make a pretty bow is a time-consuming process. I fretted over every one. But with affirmation from my many friendly coworkers and plenty of attempts, I think I'm getting the hang of it.
The rest of my work day consisted of reinforcing the method by which to do a return, learning how to repack an ice cream machine into its box, and staying on hold with another WS store while they're checking to see if they have a product you have run out of while the customer stands there staring at you.
After work I had my first ever apartment viewing. The apartment turned out to be not as nice as I had hoped, but the manager was very nice and accommodating, so it wasn't as nerve-wracking as I was expecting. More apartment hunting will fill the next few weeks- let's hope I can find something good (and cheap!)!
The apartment I was looking at is at the bottom of a hill between where I work and where I live now. I had walked there so I decided that since I had to walk all the way back up the hill I might as well find another Starbucks and use my Treat Receipt to refresh myself after the climb. Turns out the walk was much further than I had anticipated. I did make it, eventually, and that Iced White Chocolate Mocha could not have tasted any sweeter. My legs are protesting the frequent hills; the good news, however, is that this week is the first time I've bought gas since moving here a month ago.
It is days like this one that provide confirmation I did the right thing by moving here. The heart-warming smell of dewy vegetation, good coffee, a rewarding job and peace of mind are all reasons I love this place.