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25 August 2007 @ 12:19 am
why I am still smiling
I have just spent 6 hours (5pm-11pm) restocking shelves and being polite to the locals and grockles (tourists) on this, the unofficial first day of August Bank Holiday Weekend Hell.

Today I have been called Maid, Darlin', Love, Sweetheart, Pet, Hon, Miss, my real name (by complete strangers who read it off my left tit), Babe, Chuck and Trouble, and I've kept on smiling.

I have mopped up spilled milk, spilled wine and spilled tears, and I've kept on smiling.

I have spent 20 minutes trying to balance a till that insisted on being £30 down, even knowing that I will not be blamed for the shortage as the damn thing had been in use since 7am, through three shifts and hasn't been cashed up once. And through it all I kept on smiling.

I have been violently assaulted by a spring-loaded freezer door, and can still feel the raised welt on my shoulder now, four hours later. And yet I'm still smiling.


Because we have Ben and Jerry's on offer - £2.99 for half a litre tub, or £5 for two. So I'm sitting here with B&J's Bohemian Raspberry and a chilled bottle of Jacques Fruit de Bois cider. And in my freezer sits a tub each of Fossil Fuel, Cherry Garcia and Phish Food.

And there is fresh porn on my flist!

Life is good. *hugs you all*
feeling: complacentcomplacent
anyasbuttmonkey: Chloe >:(anyasbuttmonkey on August 24th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
I feel the exact same way after working all week (in Wandsworth!), except replace "Ben & Jerry's 2 for £5" for "Crate Of Stella for £7" from the local offy. Awesome!

BTW, who did your layout? I've been itching to redo my LJ layout back to the old style but can't figure out how to put the header pic in!
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 24th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
We had a lot of booze on offer, (no crates of Stella though) but the B&J's offer grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go. And the cider is a wonderful accompaniment, mixed with concentrated juice of fruits of the forest. Icy cold and purple. :D

Wandsworth? You have my heartfelt commiserations! That Stella is well-deserved.

My layout is courtesy of the talented literati. She does most of my lj code for me, I just plug in the links and easy bits. *g*
who said what now? - anyasbuttmonkey on August 25th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on August 25th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - anyasbuttmonkey on August 25th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on August 25th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
kitty_poker1: John grinkitty_poker1 on August 25th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
Phish Food! Closely followed by Fossil Fuel!! Only Cookie Dough makes me happier. *g*

Trouble? Surely not. :p

darkhavensdarkhavens on August 25th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
There is Cookie Dough at work, but I restricted myself to just the four half litre tubs. *g*

Trouble is a nickname that has followed me everywhere and I can't understand why. *bats eyelashes* Here in Ashbucket, there are three customers who have independently stuck me with that name. I feel like I should get them together so they can form a 'We Love Trouble' fanclub. *g*
Sorry about your guitar: Brownies by the panfulcityphonelines on August 25th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Mmmmm.... Ben and Jerry's. *covets*
darkhavens: woo! [literati]darkhavens on August 25th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
*shares* :D
I am Derek's vocal eyebrows: pvl; stephen [me]literati on August 25th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)

Enjoy your spoils of a hard night at work, but know that for a week I'll expect you to eat only from George.

*narrows eyes*
anyasbuttmonkey: Denny - SQUEE!anyasbuttmonkey on August 25th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)

That icon is "purrty" defined!

who said what now? - literati on August 25th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
who said what now? - darkhavens on August 25th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Vee017: KAZ 2Y5aislinn_tredor on August 25th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Mmmmmm. Excellent stuff.

I just finished my baby tub of B&J's "Chocolate Fudge Brownie".

Such good ice cream. Awesome you've got a deal going on:)
darkhavens: sn KAZ2Y5 [literati]darkhavens on August 25th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
There were pieces of chocolate fudge brownie in the Bohemian Raspberry and it was gooooooood. I've never had that flavour before - it was my 'experimental' choice from the ones on offer. *g*
katbcollkatbcoll on August 25th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
How many people ask if you work there? This is knowing you have a nametag and assuming you have to wear some kind of apron. I worked at a small bookstore from 1988 to 1995 and got asked constantly "Do you work here?". This is even with wearing an apron with the store's name on it, plus a nametag that also bore the store's name....

So sweetie *snerks*, is now the time to tell you that I actually own a t-shirt that says "Trouble Finds Me"? Also? Sooooo sooo sooo very glad I read your post after going to the grocery store. Otherwise I would have come home with ice cream.
darkhavens: sn bring it [literati]darkhavens on August 25th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
How many people ask if you work there?

So many people! And, up until last month, the uniforms had the Spar logo in a print form, so I was plastered with logos from neck to hip, along with my Spar name badge.

But even funnier is that occasionally, when I go into the Somerfield (the competition) across the road in uniform, people ask me if I work there too. *head desk*

Ha! That's a very appropriate t-shirt! :D
who said what now? - katbcoll on August 25th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
the cosmic harmony caper: matissefranklymydear on August 25th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Ice cream and porn? That's a perfect ending to even the most wretched of days.

By the way, hi! (delurking motion here. hehe) Hope you don't mind the add :)
darkhavens: hug - happy feet [literati]darkhavens on August 25th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
All lurkers and delurkers are welcome here! Hi!

Ice cream and porn (and booze *g*) are my drugs of choice when it comes to self-medication. And some days I need to get reeeeeeally drugged. ;)
saifai on August 25th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
LOL *hugs* I was just about to say before your last line, add a little porn to that menu and you're good to go.

Hope you get some well earned relaxation in tonight.
darkhavensdarkhavens on August 25th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I had a wonderfully relaxing evening, right up until the 'too much sugar!' jitter set in. :D
Princess Sprincess_s on August 25th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
Hehehe...I'd be smiling too, alas I only have Haagen Daaz in the freezer :P
darkhavens: hug - happy feet [literati]darkhavens on August 25th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Haagen Daaz is good too. Once upon a time I used to live for a wonderful triple choc swirly icecream they did, though the name escapes me now, but then I was introduced to B&J and they stole my heart. *g*

Goes "Ding" When There's Stuff: HP Harry and ferret by omgstuffssuki_blue on August 25th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
Of course you're smiling!

But wait ... no Choc Chip Cookie Dough????? :oO
darkhavens: drarry [literati]darkhavens on August 25th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Nope, no Choc Chip Cookie Dough. We have it at work, I just... couldn't justify buying one of each flavour we have in stock, so I had to make some hard choices. :D
~Alice~vinniebatman on August 25th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, sometimes live can be beautiful.
beetle: Lurve_beetle_ on August 26th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
You have got to be the most awesomest person in the history of ever.

darkhavensdarkhavens on September 9th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
now with actual HTML
*smooches you belatedly and spams your inbox yet again* (and again!)

Thank you, darlin'!

And yes, 'Chuck' is indeed an endearment, which I thought was originally from Yorkshire. but I am a google addict, and I couldn't resist, and lo! It was used in the time of Shakespeare! In MacBeth! And is a diminutive of chick or chicken. o.O