The dreaded day has arrived.
The hotel is cutting back our hours to four days next week instead of the standard five. We're already finishing an hour earlier each day, so this is taking me from a comfortable 35-40 hours during the summer (including evening shifts in the laundry) to about 20 hours a week. Currently this is being compensated for by my 15-20 hours in the evenings at the Chinese restaurant, but very soon this will be my only source of income. (The research job I have been promised is still very much in the planning stage.) I cannot try to live on ~£100 a week whilst paying back debts over winter.. my projected bank balance for winter/spring is looking as bleak as when I graduated!
I need to act now.
So, new plan. Tomorrow I'm off to town to visit my Nana and also catch up with a friend. I'm going to head in early and trudge round the shops. I will ask in every shop, “Do you need additional staff for Christmas?” If I can't find anything in Newquay (it's a tourist town so actually pretty quiet in winter anyway) then I'll head over to Truro in the afternoon (a larger town with more chain stores!!).
Wish me luck!