omg, a partner in crime! See that's what happened to me, they hired me during the christmas rush *shudder* and then fired the manager, making me the manager with no training. It's been scary and awful. But at least the lady I replaced wasn't bubbly, but instead old mean and hateful. Of course that means everyone likes me better lol. I too have the burden though of living up to our district standard and I tell you at this point I'm so pissed off about their stupid standards that I'm ready to shove the camera remote up my bosses ass. :)
I tell you, just take it one day at a time, ask loads of questions when they come to you, and if you are completely clueless as to what to do, call me (studio (270) 659-0842 or cell (270) 590-4020). I tell you, it's so damn hard making people smile.
I have so many questions like : Do you have the tickle stick? I love that thing. And I also have a hint, if you have a little bear that has a little jigglely thing inside of it, practice balancing it on your head and go "ah ah ahchoo" and knock it off your head (but catch it). That trick works 3 out of 4 times to get the little heathen children to laugh :).