Sunday, September 14, 2008

Shift Change

As an employee in law enforcement, I'm destined to work shift work for my entire career. I've been working the day shift, or 1st shift for 9 months now. I got lucky.

From today through January, I will be working nights. We call it PM's; some people call it swing shift and/or 3rd shift. My shift is from 4pm to 2:30am. I work Fridays through Mondays. Yes, that is what being last in seniority gets you. I'm 5 out of 5, and I've been doing this job for 6 years now.

It's very hard for me to work nights now. When I was younger, I found it very easy to stay up all night, and sleep all day. Now, with a 3 yr. old, I just can't do that. Even if Angry Husband is home, AT and him are very loud.

This morning Angry Husband was fighting with Angry Toddler about picking out some clothes. Seriously, you give the child 2 options, you don't give him the entire closet to pick from. well AH got tired of AT fighting with him. When I got out of bed at 8-something, AT was running around in Gymboree underwear with surfboards on them. Whatever...

Another thing about working nights, is that it's hard to see. I had Lasik done in 1999. My eyesight sucks at night. I have to wear glasses now to read the street signs. I bought these glasses last year when I worked PM's then. I can't even find them today. They are probably in the center console of my personal car. I better have not lost them, they cost like $500. I have expensive taste.

I was able to get some running in today though, which made me feel a little better. I did it while AT and AH took a THREE HOUR NAP. I also did some laundry and ran some errands. Unfortunately, while running my errands my gas light came on. Ugh, I was almost late to work and did not want to get gas.

So guess who will be getting gas at almost 3am? ME!

I hope I can survive this shift. I'm still trying to figure out my eating and workout schedule. I usually gain weight when I work nights, because I eat like crap. Maybe I can do some better and longer workouts in the mid-mornings, and then nap on the days that AT is at preschool.

Wish me luck!!


  1. YOU CAN DO IT!!

    Man I would be all wonky if I worked that. I have a hard time staying up past 11. I bet it is hard to sleep with AT home too. It will take some adjusting too for sure.

  2. I didn't realize you work in LE also! Gotta love the messsed up hours. I did 12hr graves for 3 years and had to stop before I lost my mind! Hang in there, you'll adjust.

  3. I hate it when you work nights too b/c then we don't get to talk all the time!!

    I hope things iron out for you!!!!

  4. aww I am sorry! It's like you have to sleep during the day but there is so much to get done that you can't the whole time.


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