This month the only thing I can possibly think about is our impending shop opening. As an anxiety prone person, the worst part of all of this is not knowing when it's going to happen. My job right now is basically as a logistics coordinator. I've been tasked with making sure all of the things are ordered, that they arrive on time, that everyone is doing their jobs, that there are no construction problems and most recently, arguing on the phone so our floor gets delivered when it's supposed to (it came today!!). It's a lot of little things to get in order for a person who is NOT good at handling stress. All of this, and I can't even promise an opening date yet.
The last time I did this everything happened pretty smoothly. Apart from the day I spent trying to hang the 50lb velvet curtain by myself, which ended with me on the floor, bruised and in tears. And the day I realized that the custom display case I'd ordered for vintage pencils had a giant hole in the back of it. At one point in very early March everything was done--the shelves were on the wall, full of product ready to be sold and the pictures were hung. The big missing part was ALL of the furniture, save for the three Eames chairs that arrived very early. I worked every day on an old folding table in the middle of the store waiting for it to arrive, fuming because it was so many weeks delayed. Finally, it showed up and I opened the doors the very next day because that's just the way it happened.
This time it's going to work out the same way, we'll open on whatever day we're ready to open. I wish I could promise an opening date in advance but that's just not the way these things work. When the paint dries, all of the fixtures are here and the shelves are stocked we'll quietly tear the paper down and open our doors (very very likely sometime the week of Oct. 16th!). Until then, hold tight. We're getting there and it'll be worth the wait, I promise. In the meantime, I'll try my best to remind myself to take a deep breath every now and then and remember just how much easier it is to do this the second time around.