Ok, real quick I am just gonna take some deeeeep breaths. Have I mentioned that I work retail? And that the biggest day in retail (therapy) is.... 10 days away.
Black Friday 2011.
As a customer, I am not a Black Friday shopper. I have shopped on Black Friday, but I'm not a crazy who will line up at midnight or anything like that.
This year? My mall is opening up at midnight. Guess which manager is setting her alarm for 10 pm on Thanksgiving night? This girl!!
Actually, come to think of it, I don't know when I'm going to set my alarm for. All the anchors in my mall open at midnight and I'm a little confused as to when people are going to show up and start "waiting" for the big doorbusters. Will I be able to find a parking spot at 11 pm? I'm not even sure! I certainly do NOT have the option of being late.
Last year, I headed to the mall around 3:15 am (my store opened at 5) and it was busy - there were a couple of stores opening at midnight. This year is a whole different beast.
The scariest part is that no one can predict how many people are going to show up and when. We keep details of the store's traffic pattern from years' past - but this is the first year we're opening before 5 am.
Basically, all these words to say: I'm straight-up freaking out. I have NO idea how I'm going to manage to be well-rested enough to head to work at roughly the same time I'd be falling asleep for the night.
Not to mention the fact that I'm 5% grumpy that I will not be spending a second of Thanksgiving with Mr. RH's family. I know that I "chose" retail as my profession (it chose me!), but still. Not getting much time at all with family sucks, no matter the situation. Says the grumpy girl who gets a 4 hour Thanksgiving that starts at, oh, 11 am.
Does anybody know the point at which your body starts shutting down from lack of sleep? Did I mention that in addition to Black Friday I will be at work on Sunday until at least 2 am - but I'm guessing it will be more like 4 am?
Wine time? (Nevermind the fact that it's 6:10 am.)