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Employment. I Has It.

I mentioned in my previous post that I had a new job. However, unlike the various temp/seasonal jobs I’ve been working for the past 5 years, this one is decidedly more long-term.

It started innocuously enough: I got a call from the temp agency asking if I was available to work at one of the local artisan nougat places the following week. Not having worked since before my trip to the States, I said yes. The first week went smoothly and they asked me to come back the next week, and then the next. At the end of the third week, the boss called me into his office and said, “I have a proposition for you.” He went on to explain that one of the employees was taking a parental leave on top of her maternity leave, and asked if I was interested in replacing her during that time. My reaction: “Um, wow.”

Funny how we’re always asking God for stuff and then get all surprised when He delivers. đŸ˜‰

Anyway, as of mid-September I am officially an employee and will be staying for the next two years. After that? Who knows. In the meantime, it’s nice to finally have some real financial stability.

Also, just to show that God doesn’t do things halfway, my hours are such that I can still go to the barn and ride 2-3 times a week. Add to that the fact that everyone is super friendly and the place is overall pretty quiet, and this is basically the perfect job. Not to mention the nougat is really good. đŸ˜‰

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Or, Why I Will Never Have a Career in Retail

My summer job this year has me working at what is apparently the biggest rest stop in Europe, and so far it’s been interesting, to say the least. I actually work for the company that supplies the nougat (and related products) for the shops, and my sole responsibility is stocking the shelves. Sounds simple, right? Actually, once I figured out the stockrooms and such, for the most part, it is. The stocking shelves part, that is. Dealing with customers… well, let’s say there’s a great deal of truth to the saying, “Whoever said there’s no such thing as a stupid question never worked in retail.” I get treated to all sorts of ridiculous questions every day, some several times a day (those of you who work/have worked in retail or customer service know exactly what I’m talking about). It’s gotten to the point where I’m tempted to make myself a T-shirt that preemptively (and somewhat snarkily) answers said questions, among other things:

1. If your question is not nougat-related, I may not (ie. probably don’t) know the answer.

2. Don’t ask me which brand is the best. I am contractually obligated to tell you that they’re all good. Just pick one.

3. You don’t want that bag/bar of nougat after all? That’s fine, but please do me a favor and put it back where you found it.

4. In the same vein, please, for the love of all that is good and holy, kindly remember that nougat bars are not Jenga blocks.

5. It’s called soft nougat, not “chewy.”

6. Read the label carefully before asking me a question. Chances are the answer is on said label.

Another question that pops up frequently is, “Where is [X]?” Answer: “It’s right behind you.” Mind you, I can’t snicker too loudly at that one because let’s face it, we’ve all been guilty of not seeing what’s right in front of our faces at least once.

Every now and then I’ll get a more original (but no less baffling) question. The winner to date is: “Where can I find nougat without honey?” Umm, that doesn’t exist… This is when I truly realized that while most people might know that MontĂ©limar is basically the nougat capital of the world, they don’t necessarily know much about it. Looks like I really have gone native.

Now if I could just stop dreaming about refilling the storage bins, that would be fantastic…

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