Last Thursday was my final shift at the mall Customer Service desk. With no job to go to, I was a free woman! The following few days unfolded like they usually do...a meeting and errands on Friday, errands and a night out on Saturday, church and projects around the house on Sunday. However, even though I was doing the same things, there was an undertone of excitement throughout the whole weekend. I didn't have to go to work on Monday. How exciting!.
Last night I still set my alarm for the regular time; I had a lot to do! Today's project was tackling the master bathroom painting. After breakfast I went upstairs and started prepping the room. I took the mirrors off the wall, covered the faucets with plastic bags, and taped newspaper over the toilet and towel bar. Next, I spread tarps on the floor and counter. I didn't plan it, but at exactly the time I would have been walking out the door to drive to the mall I climbed up on the ladder and applied the first brush stroke of paint to the wall.
For the next few hours, instead of standing each time a customer came up to the desk I climbed up and down the ladder, and stood precariously on the sink to reach far corners. At lunchtime, instead of nibbling bite-sized pieces of food at the Customer Service desk, I got to sit down with a big bowl of soup and eat the whole thing without being interrupted. After lunch when I spent some time on the computer I could give it my whole attention, instead of keeping one eye on the screen and one eye on the passing people.
But the best part of my day was being able to go to the bathroom whenever I wanted and not worry about someone looking for me.
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