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Shift work - minor adjustments to the plan

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The overnight thing went better than ever this time. I put myself down for a nap in advance and pulled off about a four hour sleep, got up just in time to get the monitoring tools set up. I was using the old, ancient desktop at home, did not drive to work, despite its age and speed. Yes, it was slow, but not being a fancy site like Spark it didn't take the resources the web browser does to run SparkPeople.

We had turned the settings on the program to run "fewer threads"... for those of you who don't speak multi-processing and all that jargon, that just means "go slower, OK?" And because it was set to go slower it didn't gum up the works like it sometimes has in the past. In fact, it sailed along smoothly and finished in under 3 hours once it ramped up. Woo-hoo!

I shuffled the snacks and breakfast, saving my evening snack for when I got up at midnight, and shifting breakfast earlier to after the run completed between 4:30 and 5 a.m. Got my communications taken care of, including a little bit of Spark reading on the way to bed... and was back sacked out by 6. Four solid hours nap this morning and now I'm back on "normal", I hope.

Less disruption than normal, planned for, and for a change "no surprises". Now to figure out when the long run fits in to the weekend! Tomorrow looks to be the best outdoor weather for the job.

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KALIGIRL 2/17/2013 1:55PM

    Now I understand...
Sounds like it went as smoothly as possible and from home no less!

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WATERMELLEN 2/17/2013 12:31PM

    Nothing like flexibility and resiliency: good work!!

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MSLZZY 2/17/2013 8:35AM

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    I worked midnight shift for several years. It was one long sleep deprived time with multi-hour naps and large chuncks of lost time sleeping 10-12 hours.
Take it easy on your body.
It really does mess you up.

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DLDMIL 2/16/2013 11:47PM

    emoticon glad it work ed out. Have a great weekend

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MOBYCARP 2/16/2013 7:25PM

    Way to go! I think I'd plan the long run for the day with less disrupted sleep patterns, and if that coincides with better weather it's a bonus.

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LINDAKAY228 2/16/2013 6:44PM

    Glad you're adjusting! Sounds like you've got it worked out well.

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ROXYZMOM 2/16/2013 6:14PM

    You have a great plan and are following through well!

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-SHOREIDO- 2/16/2013 4:16PM

    Way to go!! Wow can you multi or what?? Good job!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/16/2013 4:05PM

    Happy all went well. HUGS!

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GABY1948 2/16/2013 3:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Have a GREAT one!

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LESLIELENORE 2/16/2013 2:15PM

    Hope you have a great run!

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_LINDA 2/16/2013 2:11PM

    Glad everything went well for you!!
Well how about that, even computer programs have to learn to go one step at a time and not to try overwhelm themselves with too many tasks ;)
You sure made the best of everything! Four hour sleep, wow! I actually tried to sleep in for a change today and did so until 15 to nine, but I had gone to bed after 1 am and had fairly frequent wakeups, but for me, it was more horizontal time then I normally get anyway. The new meds is making it possible for me to go back to sleep as its taking some pain out as well as making me very tired. Can a normal, more unbroken sleep be in my future? Can only hope so!
Have a nice, normal sleep time and rest long weekend. I assume you get the holiday off, but maybe not.. I don't. The club only ever closes on one holiday Christmas.

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JANEMARIE77 2/16/2013 2:00PM

    woohoo is right have a great run

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SLENDERELLA61 2/16/2013 12:20PM

    Enjoy your long run tomorrow. You deserve it!! Impressive how you can now adjust your meals to your work demands and manage your hunger and nutritional needs so wisely. Very glad you didn't have any surprises and didn't have to go into the office in the middle of the night. By the way, I bet when the time comes you will really, really enjoy retirement!!! -Marsha

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DALID414 2/16/2013 12:07PM

    Wow, I hope you're back to normal. It used to take me days to recover from working a night shift! Hope the weather gods are on your side tomorrow.

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