Holding a tray full of drinks for 20min. during cocktail hour did not help my sore arms from the previous night, and I ended up spilling 2 glasses of champagne at one point – thankfully only one of them broke, and since it was on carpet the whole entire room wasn’t alerted to my plight. The guests near me at the time were very nice, so that helped. Then not 10 minutes later, while putting dirty glasses in the dish racks in the kitchen another glass fell off my tray and shattered. Everyone in the kitchen heard that one! There were four people assigned to do the food run, 2 people to carry 3 plates and 2 people to carry 2 plates: lucky me, I got to be one of the 3-plate servers. The first run was fine, no dramas. But then it came time to do the main meal and the plates were significantly larger and they were hot! The first ones weren’t as hot, because they sat out a bit longer and had time to cool, but by the middle of the run they were burning my hands. Your hands start sweating and it hurts like crazy and you’re trying desperately, and I do mean desperately, not to drop one while walking as fast as humanly possible so that you can hurry and put it down. Somehow I did manage to successfully deliver all the dinner plates. I was never so happy to see a tiny little dessert plate in my life!
Anyway, the rest of the night went well and we started to clean up. I then found out we had to set up for another function! Tim wasn’t really around, he’d shown us how to rearrange the room and then disappeared, plus I felt a bit funny mentioning it now. Most of us were really tired and just wanted to go home, so we just worked as fast as we could. Hannah wandered in around 12:30am and saw me and exclaimed, “What are you still doing here!?” I told her it was ok, we were almost done anyway, but she said, “No, let’s go” and told me she’d sign off on my time sheet. Who knows what time everyone else finished, it would easily have been 2am. Morning, of course, came super early.
Louis and I had planned on going to the beach Sunday afternoon, and despite both of us being quite tired we decided to keep the original plan and headed to Palm Cove after my shift in reception was finished. It was a gorgeous day, and I’m always so shocked by how lovely the water is here – it’s the most stunning shades of blue and green (which sadly doesn't quite turn out in pictures).