So what you amazing soapers know, and what us as people that love our soapers need to get used to, are what I call the three phases of vending.
This is phase one:
When your entire residence explodes in color, flavor , and aroma.
Every room is packed to the gills with making sure that the right stock is at hand for the event to come.
For you soaper lovers out there- understand that there are going to be things that are normal during this time of preparation:
Your soaper will be mumbling to themselves- a lot.
Just remember it makes sense to them, even if it does not to you.
Your soaper will talk in their sleep- usually saying things like: SLSA, FDA guidelines, and on sale
If they start doing hand gestures in their sleep, that is also normal.
Cuddle them extra close.
They may walk around in circles multiple times.
Just watch them carefully, and make sure that they eat and drink.
They may fall asleep in various places- the computer, the couch, standing still in the kitchen.
This is perfectly normal, as the hours that your beloved soaper will be putting in before an event.
So just recognize that the time, effort and emotional fortitude that it takes to prepare for vending is intense.
Soapers are deeply emotionally attached to what they do, and the day to day of running a website is completely different then the intensity of standing up before a crowd and saying “this is me”.
So love your soaper, put them in bubble wrap, and suppport them through what they are about to do .
Next week: VENDING PHASE TWO