Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I Did It!

I did it.
It is in ink.
The new schedule is up and it shows me on the day shift.
I have not worked the day shift, besides an occasional overtime shift, in years I think.

I am sort of afraid. I currently and for almost the last 7 years have worked 4 to midnight. For the kids, for the family and for the wallet. I did the days and Dad did the nights and we never had to put our kids in daycare. When Olivia was about 3 she started a 2 day a week preschool just as a baby step towards school and for something to do. She next moved to Title 1 at her elementary school and onward and upward from there. Now Ava is in Title 1 Monday through Friday so to do this I needed to put her in daycare just in the afternoons. The bus will take her from school to daycare. Sounds smooth right? But all I think is how much they do on their own.
She is too excited-asking everyday when she is going to daycare. It is better than having to force her I guess.
I will miss the evenings in some aspects. I like the feeling of having just about a whole day of free time before work but I work when the rest of the world is off. I usually work weekends and decline most invites as I have to decide if it is important enough to use a vacation day to take the night off. I will also miss the work. Gone is real crime and now I am a glorified 411 operator, direction giver or alarm call taker.
I also have been thinking about all the changes the kids have gone through during our separation and they were and still are troopers. I worked as much as I could this Summer while he didn't so it was a whirlwind of kid trades. Now I am beginning to think we need to slow this tilt-a-whirl down a bit and give them a regular life. It still isn't going to be easy and the money is going to be thinner than water but they will be home with their Mom for dinner, homework and bedtime like kids are supposed to be. It is still a team effort to hold this family together but I am hoping this will allow me to rely on other people less and be a more self sustained unit.
I am not sure if this will last more than the next 3 months, we will just have to see at the next shift bid but for now I am planning on a few nights with an 8 o'clock bedtime. ( Note I did not mention 8 a.m or p.m.~ Mom's looking to have a life too ya know!)

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Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40