Letter cubes spelling 'chance' or 'change'


This post will be a random mishmash of all the stuff that’s been going down in my world lately. When I last posted, I was looking forward to some time off work. January had been slow in terms of sales. We were starting to see more people wishing to scrap silver and gold so they could raise some money after Christmas. I’d been intentionally frugal over Christmas. I don’t see the point in getting into debt over one day. We’d dragged all the decorations out and I’d found some items to ‘regift’ to my daughter. She loved them so that was cool. I’ve decided that I’d rather have more experiences than ‘stuff.’

February came and I’d booked the half-term week off work. Our first ‘dramatic’ experience happened that Friday; Mr Bunny had a prang in his car on the way home from work. Suddenly we had the prospect of going from a 2-car household to a 1-car. This is not necessarily a big deal in itself, but an inconvenience, nonetheless. Our daughter needed to be picked up from her Brownie pack holiday that first Monday, so I was the parent taxi that day. Mr Bunny had done the drop-off on Saturday while I was working. Is it just me or is it very tricky to get young kids to organise themselves? My daughter proceeded to loll around on the floor while I was checking off the necessary items to go in a little wheelie case. I got her to practice carrying her empty case up our stairs at home, as we’d been told there would be steps at the residential Centre. There weren’t, which I found out when I went to collect her.

Chasing Cars

In between all this excitement, we test-drove two cars in our vicinity. They were priced at around the £5000-£6000 mark. The first one was a 3-door Kia Picanto, which would be fine if you were a single person just wanting to pop to work or the shops. But for me, it was a bit too small and pricey for what it was in my opinion. I also didn’t like the pushy salesman. So, I honestly wasn’t that upset when he phoned several days later to say it had sold. I was like, ‘ok, cool, I’m gonna test-drive something else now anyway.’

That something else was a Toyota. I’ve never owned a Japanese car, so I thought, ‘hey, why not try something different?’ I’m getting used to driving a manual again after mainly driving an automatic for the past 8 years. I do find it amusing that it has a 6-speed gearbox but the ratios are so low that you can get into 6th gear at 50mph. And it has an indicator light that tells you when to shift up or down. Another thing I’m getting used to is driving a petrol car, after only driving diesel ones for the past decade or so. It’s a lot quieter. Anyway, the car seems to be ok so far; I only stall it when in reverse on occasions.

When change becomes a chance to do something else

What else happened during the half-term break? Oh, yeah, my daughter got new glasses. We attempted to go to the cinema, which was a failure as the projector broke. The new half-term at school starts, and I find my leave from work extended…why? I hear you ask… Good question! In this period of economic uncertainty, surely, a shop should be open? You would think so, but not if you’re the main shareholder who is trying to strong-arm your business partner into some kind of new deal. What this new deal is exactly is not known by me or the other mere shop assistants I work with. So effectively since 20th February, we have been put on paid leave.

Hooray, I can still pay my bills for now, but I can’t help but feel uneasy about this situation. Is it going to create resentment from the other business partner towards our shop when we do finally re-open (if we do re-open)? On the one side, I’m quite liking not having to go to work and deal with grumpy people. But on the flip side, I’m thinking to myself, if this business is going to keep going, what kind of message does it send to our customers if we remain closed for several weeks? I don’t think it will put a good taste in people’s mouths.

At the same time, I’m also wondering whether I should be considering other options. Maybe I could put my experience of running this blog to some use and consider a career change. Some kind of marketing role perhaps? Anyhow, it’s a period of transition for me personally right now. I’m still not sure what I want to do when I grow up…

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