Saturday, January 31, 2009

Unemployed

On January 31st, we opened our doors for the last time at Ann Taylor. I found out last October that we would be closing. It wasn't a huge shock. I knew that our 10 year contract was expiring the end of January, so I assumed it would happen. We were one of the lowest volume stores in the company, so it didn't make sense to me to resign. We have fiercely loyal clients, so even though it was expected, it was really hard. We just needed about 3 times the clients we had to keep us going, but there were many that thought by their spending habits alone, they were keeping us in business. Unfortunately, not so. I thought that we would be moving to Pennsylvania for Matt's job and it would be perfect timing, but then we found out we would not move. So, I am currently unemployed. It has actually been really nice. I have been able to workout whenever I want to. I have filled my time by volunteering for various things such as the bishop's storehouse and recording my voice for BYU International TV to voice-over a spanish TV program. I've gone to Vegas for a weekend and Boise, spending time with family. Today is the first day that I have felt REALLY bored. I'm sure you've all noticed that we have not posted on the blog for more than 3 weeks (f.y.i. I started this post on the 31st like a good girl, but today is actually the 16th of February). Well, I have no excuse anymore, so I am getting it done! Here are some pictures of some memories from Ann Taylor and the girls I have made friends with over the last 3 1/2 years. I will miss Ann Taylor - the clothes, the people that worked and shopped there.

Me, Lauren, Leslie, Shauna, & Pam at Ottavio's for Leslie's bridal shower
Me, Tammy, Kelly, Alisa (my friend who actually worked at AT before I did and told me they were hiring a manager), Pam, Leslie Jones, and Shauna at Leslie Friel's wedding
Pam, Leslie, Kristen, Tammy, LaHella, Me, Rachelle, and Shauna at my bridal shower
Bethany, Pam, and Megan at a Bethany's house for a birthday part for Kristen
Sitting at the cashwrap during down time (crazy bangs - never again - this picture will be my reminder of why I should never cut bangs - knowing I will be tempted in another few years!)
Megan, Kristen, Kelly, Me, Catherine, Brianne, Pam, Susan Garris, Danielle, and Leslie at Thanksgiving Point for an AT reunion dinner
Nicola (the manager at Gateway) and I after our 5k Race for the Cure
Tamara dressed up and working on Halloween
Leisa, Lauren, and I eating ice cream sandwiches one night - we stayed open until 10 p.m. one night for an outreach event for NuSkin and no one showed up - so we ate ice cream instead!
April trying on clothes and being silly!  I think this is her version of dancing!
Chelsea and Wendy - love my girls!
Me behind our beauty set-up.  Our store was #1 to our goal in the entire company for a 3-month contest during the summer!  Go team!
We won a $500 store fund and went out for pedicures and the the Cheesecake Factory for dinner and dessert!
Holly and Susan G. getting pedicures
Pam, Me, Shauna, Catherine, and Kelly at Bombay House 
Susan W., Juliet, Me, and Julie (my management team and district manager) posing like mannequins - after the movers took everything away and we were left with an empty store :(
Me, Susan, and Juliet trying to pose like Charlie's Angels!

Thanks for all the good times girls!  I noticed I don't have any pictures of Christie Mason (my store manager when I started at AT).  This would be because she made me delete every picture I ever took of her even though she is gorgeous!  Love you Christie!  This was my favorite job because I got to work at my favorite store - getting a great discount, and I was able to make great friends.  Previous to working at Ann Taylor, I had a hard time making good girlfriends.  I had best friends that were girls, but I often opted to interact with guys.  My biggest hesitation at working here was the fact that I had to work with all women - I am just not a drama queen and I knew that girls = drama. I definitely had my fill of drama - believe me.  I also made many lifelong friends.  


6 comments:

Jackie (updated profile) said...

I dig the bangs. They're HOT!

Natalie and Clark Rumsey said...

Love this post. What a neat experience you had working at AT...

I also agree with Jackie. I really liked the bangs.

Matt said...

You two shouldn't lie to my wife. The bangs were a bad idea. I called Robyn Peggy Sue for months.

Barack said...

Robyn,

So nice to see you posting again. What a delightful change of pace from Matt's crass sarcasm.

I wish I could promise you something in the way of employment, but ever since the inauguration I've kind of dropped the whole "hope and change" thing for the more pragmatic "oh crap we're all screwed" approach. Perhaps you've noticed - I haven't even done any photo ops with Oprah.

However, I am thrilled to announce a relevant piece of legislation, the American Rare Hairstyle Protection Act. No longer will you have to endure Matt's taunting - making fun of a woman's bangs will be classified as a hate crime punishable by up to ten years in federal prison.

At least I think that part is in there. That's what Pelosi told me. No one's actually read the whole bill.

Gotta run. Today is pecs and abs day.

Your Chiseled Chief Executive,

Barry

Dan, Kristin, and Lincoln said...

What good times. I will have to agree on the bangs...never been a fan of bangs.

Mason Family said...

Yea, Yea, Yea.....You will NEVER have a picture of me!!!! I was a good store manager because I new to hire beautiful girls that could sell alot of clothes....ie Robyn(without the bangs)! Love you too my friend and no worries, I'm working on the unemployment thing for you!! By the way for all you read Robyn's blog, she is and was the best manager I ever promoted to a Store Manager! Robyn, you took a okay store and make it AMAZING! Ann Taylor is a better company because of you and all that you did. Love ya, Christie