Monday, April 29, 2013
I'm still learning to juggle two full-time jobs, with one being mostly scheduled to my needs and the other being on call, starting and ending new contracts, various shifts, no hours to long hours... I worked a couple of shifts, last week, 12-hour days, driving into the sunrise and into the sunset each day. When I got a day off, dh and I went to the grocery store and I remembered how fondly I love the cold deli. I felt like a kid in a candy store for the first time, it seemed so long since I've considered all the different kinds of salads. I love salads!!!
I start approximately two weeks of 12-hour night shifts, tonight, and the drive is about two hours, each way. I had a busy day, yesterday, so I had a good sleep last night and will hopefully have a really good nap today. I've already had a nice, 25-minute walk today and it's only 8:22 am. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want and need to eat. There is no room in my life right now for the crash and burn effects of junk food, but sometimes a treat is what is needed, just to get through the night or the ride home.
I was thinking today that a good way to break up the monotony of the long drive would be to stop at a grocery store, on the way to work if necessary and even more importantly, on the way home. It will be a great way to make sure I have some fresh produce for my lunches, to make sure I always keep enough variety of fluids on hand and to keep some of those fresh deli salads FRESH! Getting out and doing even that little bit of walking will restore some much needed activity and oxygen to my brain, keeping me less likely to fall asleep at the wheel!
Working these kinds of hours, it's temporary, but it will be only work and sleep for two weeks, with weekends to help carry me through. I won't have time to prep healthy foods or even to heat something up before or after work. I'll be gone for three meals per day. Actually, with 12-hour nights, we get about five or six breaks per night. I'll need something before and after work, too, so that's more like seven or eight meals per day plus a refueling before I leave for work (never drive on "empty" - your car or your body!).
So far, my longest contract has been seven days. I tend to have more days off than I have work days, so I truly do have to make hay while the sun shines. Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who can't find any work for himself yet, so he does all he can to keep me sailing along as smoothly as possible. If I need anything - a warm bath ready when I come home, some groceries of choice, some tools, some specific chores done, help for the kids - he's my man! :D
So, I'm off and running, yet again - and loving it! Suddenly, I'm feeling like I just have more choices to make the best of my time. If the 7-grain salad is gone from your cold deli, you know I've been there! ;)