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Friday, January 14, 2011

New Work Schedule..198 Days left!!

Stix n Brix, NC

Today is my one day off instead of the usual 7 days off.  My new "work all the time" schedule starts tomorrow.  I've worked the old schedule for so long that my body will physically have a hard time adjusting to a month of day shifts and then a month of night shifts.  The old schedule went something like this; 4 nights,  off 3,  3 days,  off 1,  3 nights,  off 3,  4 days and then off a glorious 7 days!  These are all 12 hour shifts.  It was alot of flipping back and forth but it was well worth it to get a week off every month without taking time off. 

The new schedule is 2 on,  2 off,  3 on,  2 off,  2 on,  3 off,  2 on, 2 off,  3 on,  2 off,  2 on,  3 off.  These are also 12 hour shifts.  I'm not looking forward to a month of night shifts, but I don't like getting up real early for a month of day shifts either.  So if you ever encounter a grumpy cop, just remember that they don't know if they are coming or going.  Oh well, at least I'll only have to work it for a few months before I retire! 

On this schedule, we won't be taking the MH to the beach or lake or anywhere other than the RV-Dreams Rally in April.  We will use our time here at the house to get rid of stuff and put it on the market.  That's looking on the bright side of things, isn't it.  We try do see things in a positive light as often as possible.  I have always thought that a person chooses to be happy.  Life dishes out some tuff stuff sometimes, but it's all about how we handle it.  Many years ago when Gin was diagnosed with MS and could no longer work, we chose to think positive.  Sure we would have less money, but we would have more time together than most couples.  I know many couples out there who barely see each other during their working lives and upon retirement, find that they hardly know one another.  Throw in a totally incompatible work schedule, and it's no wonder that divorce is rampant with military and emergency personnel.  Well time for me to do a few things before I go to work early tomorrow.

Thanks for dropping by, and enjoy each day of your life's journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.

9 comments:

Gail and Rick said...

Getting stuck with a work schedule you don't like really sucks BUT you won't believe how fast those 198 days will go! You and Gin will be on the road with us before you know it :)

Karen and Al said...

I agree the other schedule was better. I didn't know you were a cop, I was thinking nurse when I started reading about the schedule. You can handle it for 198 more days...that's nothing!!

Catherine, Jo Beth and Grace said...

In the words of Abraham Lincoln "most folks are happy as long as they make up their minds to be"

Cruzin2some said...

OMG! What a terrible schedule. But it has to feel better knowing that you only have 198 days to go. I remember when I had given my notice for retirement at the City. I would go in every morning and announce how many days I had left. by the last week, people were throwing stuff at me and telling me to shut up!!!!! I really miss the people but not the stress.

It will be done before you know it.

Dawn and I have always felt blessed that we are able to spend so much time together.

Travel Safe
Dawn & Denise

The Gypsy G-Mas said...

I agree that people have a lot of control as to whether they're happy or unhappy. It's easy to bitch and gripe. It's not always easy to stay positive. But I believe the law of attraction. You will attract the similar attitudes with your attitude. If you're attitude is negative and you always see the glass half empty, then you will attract people with similar views and you build upon it. I applaud you for taking the high road, even if your body is all a jumble. And it really helps to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there. It will be here before you know it!

Sherry said...

Great attitude Syl. Would that we all could just put the grumblies always behind. You're my role model!
198....197....196....100.....74...46.....22.....BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Wow, that is some schedule to kep track of. Of course, it should be no problem for a young lady like you. The best part is it's only temporary, for the next 198 days.

Keep your eye on the prize, you are both an inspiration to us!

Malone said...

Ditto Gypsy G-Mas, it's all about the attitude. Yours sounds really great. That last year before retirement goes soooo slowly, and then all of a sudden...bam...it's over! Hang in there.

Travelwithwhippets said...

I agree with the "Abe" quote. You and Gin are almost there. By the way, try not to be too grumpy, I remember an Indiana cop who was very kind to one of our daughters, and I will never forget it. Thanks for all you do. Can't wait to see you two on the road in the future.