Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Off For a Week

Today begins the biggest advantage to my working shift work. I am off from today until next Tuesday night. I kind of got lucky and missed three days of work because of the hurricane. I came back last Friday, worked four, twelve hour days in a row and am now off for a week. It sounds pretty easy to work four days in a row and then get a week off, but I would challenge anyone to work those four days and not be worn out by the end. Those four days consist of waking up at 3:15 a.m., leaving the house no later than 3:45, getting to work around 4:30 a.m., and working until 5 p.m. By the time I get home it is usually at least 6 p.m. and I've been gone for over 14 hours. I basically take a shower, eat something, watch tv for a little while and then I have to be in bed to do it all over again. It's not too much fun while I'm doing it but I can't complain because now I'm off for a week.

We still have no power at our house and are staying with Beth's parents up in The Woodlands. Hopefully by the end of this week we will have power but who knows. Keep your fingers crossed. Until then, it's been great staying with Beth's parents. I'm a pretty lucky guy to have great in-laws.

Beth and I have a pretty busy week ahead of us. My friend Shawn Barker called yesterday and asked if I wanted tickets to the Astros game on Thursday night. I told him of course so we invited a couple that we have been hanging out with from church named Mike and Krista. They are about our age and it's nice to hangout with another married couple who is in the same boat we are(without kids).

On Saturday, Beth and I are going to Austin for the Texas/Arkansas football game. I obviously don't like Texas, but am a huge college football fan and just going to the game will be great. The way Arkansas has been playing this year, it may not be a very good game, but we'll see.

Then on Sunday we are going to another Astros game with Shawn who will be in town with his nephew. They are playing the Braves and since I was born in Atlanta and saw the Braves play in the World Series back in the 90s, I always love a chance to see them play. Other than that, I'm just going to relax and enjoy being able to hangout with Beth while not being exhausted from work. Things are slowly getting back to normal in Houston after Hurricane Ike, but places are either still closed or close early and the grocery stores aren't fully stocked yet. In fact, Beth and I haven't been able to find ice cream at the grocery stores. What is the world coming to? A world without ice cream is no world at all in my book.


afoos said...

Well, I haven't done the night shift thing, but I've done the newborn thing, which is pretty much the same, only for months on end and it sucks, so I feel for you. Utter exhaustion all the time.

But, at least there's a reward at the end, all this time off!!!!

Hope you get some rest and fun this week and that the power comes back soon.

Gab and Louise say 'hi' and can't wait to see Aunt B and Uncle Tony again!

Mary said...

I can't believe you still don't have power !! I thought you had it by now! well, at least you have a nice place to stay in the meantime!

So glad you have a week off - am sure it's been a challenge getting used to your new schedule...

GO BRAVES at the game on Saturday!! :) You will route for the Braves won't you?????

I feel for you not having ice cream - I can't go longer than a few days myself without ice cream!
Love to you both!

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