Tuesday, May 25, 2010

And Here We Go...

Well, yesterday was the last day of training. Today, I'm on my own. I'll be moving soon from the training facility to a little gray box of my very own. It's been an intense three months, but I think I'm going to be alright.

The beginners all start on the night shift, 3pm to 11pm, when things are a bit slower. That means I never see The Hubbie. He's in bed before I get home, and he leaves long before I get up. I'll get Friday and Saturday off, and he's been getting only Sundays. We've begun communicating by quick phone calls and by leaving little letters for each other, which is surprisingly fun and sweet. It makes us feel like we're back in college, separated by summer break.

I really love having the morning and early afternoon free. I can putter in the garden, run errands, make appointments. I get to have a leisurely breakfast, with time to fresh-grind good coffee. Sometimes, I just sleep in. I feel like I have a life again, something beyond just work-dinner-bedtime every day.

There's always a little anxiety, though, because I'm constantly checking the clock to avoid being late: How much time do I have? How much do I have now? And I have to be careful not to wear myself out before I leave for work. But I'm sure I'll settle into a routine, in time.

Life is hard. But life is good.

7 comments:

EG Wow said...

I hope everything runs smoothly till you feel comfortable in your job. I like the idea of reading little love notes. Very cool!

ramblingwoods said...

That is a borrowable quote..'life is hard but life is good' about sums it up.

lifeshighway said...

Good luck on your new adventure. The little notes are romantic... love blooms and grows in cycles.

A piece of news said...

How long do you expect to be on the night shift? I see in Google Reader that you posted this two days ago and I realized I haven't been around much.

MyMaracas said...

Hi everyone - the internet has been down for a couple of days, so I haven't been around. Thanks for the encouraging words!

The notes are nice, it's true. It's funny what we'll say in writing that we don't in person.

News, I expect to be working nights for at least three months. But I may elect to stay nights. I love having the daylight hours, but I'm already getting awfully tired.

#1Nana said...

Hi I just stumbled upon your blog and was charmed by your photos and test. This post sounded to me like a preview for retirement. I retired last year and it was quite an adjustment for me. But, I've learned to savor those lazy mornings and uninterrupted afternoons to putter. The best thing about retirement was giving up the alarm clock. It's quite a shock to my sysem when I have an appointment and have to actually pay attention to time.

I really enjoyed your blog.

MyMaracas said...

#1Nana, Welcome! And thanks for your kind comment. Retirement wouldn't be an adjustment for me at all. I'd love it. Unfortunately, it's just not an option.

Stopped by your blog and joined as a Follower! Love your writing.