Friday, December 4, 2015

December day 4 - Life as a server

As promised I'm trying to be really on top of this, even if that means not sleeping or waking up early to write something. To force myself to document things in december, I'm bringing my camera everywhere. I'll be consistent with december blogs, and will not get embarassed by my bad photography skills, since the lighting in my house when I get home is almost non-existent. 
I never thought that I will ever be a barrista or work in retail, because my people skills aren't as good as I would want them to be. I'm the person that never knows what to say first or will say something really akward that no-one will get. Even worse, I never hear what customers are saying, and if they try to be funny I always just stare and smile. But I've become quite good at it now. More than greeting and  interacting with customers, I enjoy making coffee. My hand's are dry but who cares! I'm now even more addicted to coffee and making it is even more pleasant than drinking it. It gets even cooler when I tell you I have my own Italian espresso machine at home. So everyday as soon as I get the chance I enjoy the most beautiful cup of coffee,instead of the disgusting turkish coffee that I use to make at home. I'm not saying that any turkish coffee is bad, that was just mine. Always burnt and very bitter, Each time I'd make it, I of course forgot to turn the gas off, so it would overflow and the damage was done. Every single day!

What I was trying to say is that working as a barrista is a job that everyone should try at least once. It's not a job that I want to keep, and that means there is no responsibilites what so ever. Meaning that when I finish my work, I don't think about it untill the next time I'm working again. Technically I'm now thinking about it, but it's only because I don't know what to write today, since I didn't do anything special. For now I make enough money, tips are okay and I've bulit a huge wall to keep me away from all the bulls**t customers are trying to throw at me :) It's something else working at quite a posh area, where people are expected to be served left, right and center. That also means you run into a lot, and when I'm saying a lot, I mean a loooooooooot of WEIRDOOOOOS!
Things that probably will happen in your barrista life:
  • a customer asking for a latte with extra milk 
  • a customer asking for iced drinks during christmas season
  • a customer asking for iced water with extra ice
  • a customer asking for a double espresso in a medium cup, when you know they are going to grab milk at the condiment bar to make themselve a drink
  • an impatient customer that can't  wait in line and gives you the death stares from the back
  • a customer that spends half an hour explaining what kind of drink they want (non-fat, less sugar, decaff,..BLA, BLA BLA) and then they order a slice of cake on the side
  • a customer ordering a starbucks drink when they're clearly not at starbucks
  • a customer that invents a drink name, and then looks at you with a face of despair when you don't now how to make a grand mocha jettachinno !?!
  • a customer that doesn't end a conversation on the phone while ordering -That's just rude!
  • a customer that tells you the exact temperature they want their milk to be steamed to
  • a customer that tells you, you made the wrong drink, but you now you didn't
  • a customer that points at a specific cookie that they want  - like it's adopting their child, not ordering a cookie
  • a customer that interprets you being nice, because you have to, for you liking them more than other customers
39 Devastating Moments In The Life Of A Barista

I hope you all had a nice day, I'm starting to get really sleepy and I had to restart the internet three times already to upload this. I hope tomorrow I'll have something more exciting to share with you. To all of you barristas out there I tell only one thing - hang in there!
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Brand New December - december days 1,2,3

Ooops, ignore my last post when I was eagerly letting you know about all my ideas and new posts coming up. I know what happened. NOVEMBER happended! The craziest, busiest, and very tiring month. Juggling school and work everyday led to me not having a single day off. A month went buy so quickly that I can't even recall when I last had a walk in the park. The only thing that was happening was me making coffees and eating to much pastries and doing make up every single day :) I've finished my first course yesterday and I'm kind of sad that I won't be doing make up everyday until the middle of January, when my next class starts. But at least I'll have two days a week off to do whatever I want. December is already here and I hope we don't get snow yet, since I'm still trying to prepare for Canadian winter that everybody is talking about. In december I'll focus more on my work and spare time and of course holidays. I'll try and make the most out of the two free days a week and I'll try and keep on top of cleaning :)! With more time to do things I hope I'll feel more inspired to write on here. Since in November I didn't have a clue what to write about. I enjoy writing about everyday things way more than I did before, when I tried to keep this blog more beauty/fashion oriented. I hate doing reviews and I feel like that is the most boring and not ME thing out of all. I do make up now everyday and the last thing I won't is to write about it at home. I love doing it in real life but here I want to keep on writing about nothing in particular, as funny as this sounds.

So december started and so did the abnormal quantity of people doing vlogmas, blogmas and christmas themed things. I've already missed the beginning  but let's say I'll summarize it all in today's post. Day one of december was my first day off school. My aunt came to Toronto and we went to ikea to buy a couple of things she needed. After that I came home and tiredly crashed in my bed because I knew the next morning would be an early start of the day due to my work schedule. December 2. was a normal work day. At work we started a bet for december month that no one is allowed to buy lunch, we all have to bring it from home. Since we are all spending a little to much on food every single day. When I came home I went straight to the post office, because I got an unexpected package from my mum. Which contained a lot of christams treats my advent calendar and some other things. So very sentimental and nostalgic, since it's the first chirstmas I won't be spending in Germany with my family. We usually go all out for christmas with food, decorations, and planned everyday trips that I will definitely be missing home this year. But this package brought me an evening of the christmas that I will be missing.

The advent calendar is from a coffee shop that me and my mum always go to when I'm there. Whenever you orther a drink you can choose from their deliscious pralines. So she sent me a whole advent calendar with pralines. Everyday a different one. Here comes christmas :)
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