My new job as hostess (cupcake) of The Grillroom in downtown Chicago:
1. Banker's hours are nice: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
2. Whole new skill set to learn.
3. But much less responsibility than being a server (also much less money, but I think I can get by).
4. Love the extremely detail-fixated manager who gives me the micro-instructions I crave.
5. So far, I like all the people.
6. I'm struggling to RE-learn that waitressing lesson about not freaking out and panicking when it gets super busy, only now I have to not panic with a whole new hostessing skill set that I DON'T HAVE YET.
7. Trying to hold on to self-esteem, trying to hold on to self-esteem.
8. Still hate this common training phrase: "Use your common sense." My mother always told me I HAD no common sense and I believe it to this day. I sort of fall apart inside whenever someone tells me to rely on common sense because I figure if common sense is what a situation requires, I'm screwed.
9. I like being back on my early morning corporate schedule: gym at 5:30 a.m. and downtown by 9. Yes, I'm serious, I like this.
10. Can't say I actually ENJOY the job, since there's too much fear involved right now (see my blog slogan above), but things are looking good if I can just get this panic thing under control.