First post of the New Year and it’s about all the stuff I bought New Year’s Eve.
To clarify, I work in a mall. And I work a lot, like 30-40 hours per week. I have no car, and I work way too far away from where I live for walking or biking. I could move closer, but I work in the suburbs and live in the city because frankly it’s cheaper to live in the city and there’s more stuff to do. So my only real form of transportation is the public sort. I walk about 10-15 minutes to my closest train station, I take the train (about 5-20 minutes depending on the wait) one stop up to it’s end where I catch the (literally) only bus that goes out to my mall. The ride is 30-45 minutes long, beginning to end, and the bus leaves approximately every hour. My travel time between work and home is at least an hour on a good day, two on a bad one.
Recently, I’ve been working more due to the holiday season. And the holidays mean that the buses run reduced Saturday or Sunday schedules rather than slightly more active weekday schedules. Even a shift that starts at like 10 in the morning and goes til like 4 pm can be a hassle. That means I’m up at 7am, out the door at 8, catching that bus I need at 8:45 and am at the mall by about 9:20 so I can work at 10. If I actually leave at 4 (and not more than 2 minutes later or I miss this bus and have to wait 45 minutes for the next one) I can catch the 4:12 and I’m home between 5:08 and 5:23pm. The only computer (out of 6 in my house) is my boyfriend’s. If he’s home, I have no internet access. So online shopping can be difficult for me (especially since I’m trying to get a new computer ordered and shipped to my house so we don’t have this problem.) I also tend to leave for work before most local stores are open and arrive home as they are closing or decidedly after. So area shopping is ridiculously difficult. Especially because my days off are either on weekends when the stores aren’t open or have limited hours or I’m so busy trying to catch up with housecleaning and grocery shopping that I never do get to actually go pleasure shopping.