Ever been so strung out that you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be able to take things at your own pace? It sucks, but returning to ‘normality’ is an excellent feeling.
I took my last AS examination for this period earlier today. It was comprehension, cunningly disguised in an Applied-ICT-shaped suit. Before that there was Business, but in between there was a photo job at the opening of Landau’s new ‘Learning Center’ (presumably the old building is now the ‘Eating a nd Dossing Center’) and work at Comet.
This is all following the manic Peak (aka ‘Christmas’) period at Comet. We were targeted for upwards of £15k per hour at certain points; to put this into perspective, we sometimes manage £45k on a good Saturday. My employers were gracious enough to provide me with 3 days off, however. Although 25 December is classed as official holiday time. And I had to work New Years Day, and Boxing Day, the busiest day of the year. And on one of the remaining two ‘holiday days’ I was photographing a wedding between 10am and 9.30pm.
The respite is lovely, though. Despite being back into the swing of being at work or college every single day. I don’t have to worry about the next batch of 350 wedding photos until next week. I have more manageable hours at Comet, but extra employment at College as a contracted photographer (more on that later). Time to relax 🙂