Thurs. August 30, 2018
I woke up early to move my car. Getting back inside I knew I should have stayed awake but the fight was lost. I had to get more sleep. My body forced me too. In bed I stayed and slept for minutes until my alarm went off. It was time.
Finally up, I only had 25 minutes to get ready. I slept in until 8:20 when I needed to be up a lot sooner than that. Not good! Even with rushing I was not able to get ready on time leaving the house late. I could not even stop for breakfast.
A long ride on an empty stomach.
By the time I got to the café it was 10:04am. Just about on time. I typically try to get in 15 minutes before 10am but I really needed the sleep this morning. Not having the extra time I normally do I have work my multitasking magic. I set up the rice, started to cook the food, prepared for opening, blah blah blah. At this point I was hungrier than when I woke up. I had to go on a hunt for breakfast.
Since I usually stop at Dunkin’ Donuts along the way to the café I have yet to find out what kind of breakfast my neighbors have. While walking through I noticed the words ‘Breakfast Bowl’ from a place called Moku Bowls. That was all I needed to see. I ordered a very meal. A big bowl of vanilla Greek yogurt with strawberries and banana, granola at the bottom and topped with coconut shreds and a honey drizzle. It was very delicious. Surprisingly delicious.
At 11am I was ready for action.
Business started sooner than normal. Most days I do not start until after 12:30pm. Today the moment I opened I was greeting people. That action lasted until about 2pm.
After that I did small transactions here and there. One of two servings an hour. When I had time I walked around to the other vendors. To keep myself entertained I chatted a bit and built on my friendships. I need interaction if there is going to be any survival there. At least until business really picks up, which it will. For now, I get the opportunity to get to know the market better.
During my friendly encounters I stopped by a place called Pork Shack for the second time in my life. I was ready for my 3 o’clock lunch. After reading their menu I went with the original. Pulled pork, cheddar cheese, barbeque sauce and onions. It was freaking good except for the raw onions. Not a fan of them at all, on any food, but I tried it anyway before plucking them out. Such a great lunch. Might get another one tomorrow.
The let down.
Around 6:45pm I started to clean up. I could not completely get into though. There was a family of six still in front of my counter reading the menu as if they were ready to order. Watching them read I felt like I had to be ready for business. Once the mother started to speak I was disappointed. After taking the time, which I am glad for, to read the menu they only bought drinks. 2 unsweetened teas. Then left.
The lady I work with showed up at the last minutes with stuff I was missing and needed. She was surprised that I was not ready to go. I had to explain the sad event that had just occurred. Thankfully she did show up because if not because I would have been there longer than expected since I waited so long to clean. She was able to help me move the process along quicker.
That family could have at least bought food just to make me happy.
By 8pm we left and went our separate ways.
On the way home, I had to stop at Dunkin’ Donuts. I started to get tired and needed something to help keep my eyes open. Secretly I want it anyway since I missed out this morning. Pumpkin spice latte baby.
The ride home was pretty easy with my cup in hand. There was one exception though. This one guy was swerving back in forth in his lane. At first, I thought he was drunk but as I sped past him to clear myself of his craziness, I could see his face lit up. He was on his phone the entire time. Super dangerous.
I did make it home safe but thinking about had me worried. To relax myself I took a quick shower. then filled up on chicken parmesan with pasta for dinner as I watched “Dragon Ball.”