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LJ Idol Season 6 - Week 6 - Sunrise
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Since 2003, I've worked at night. Oh, for the first few weeks, I trained during the day. The idea was that I could be available for any school-based activities for the boys, drive them home from school in the afternoons, cook dinner, and help with homework, before leaving for work. When I first started working, there were three or four of us on the night shift. It started at 5:30, and that got me home at a late, but reasonable hour.

As time wore on, our numbers on the night shift wore down. Eventually, I was the only one working night shift, and I could choose my hours. The first consistent change was deciding not to come in before 6:30, so I could wait for the contra-flow lanes to change back before I drove against the normal flow. More and more often, I gathered things to do in the evenings, and I simply came in later on those nights. It got to be pretty common for me to start work at 9 or 10, and not get home until after 1 or 2.

When I first started working, my husband and I were pretty distant from each other. His only concerns about my hours related to whether I was getting enough sleep, was it healthy for me, etc. We didn't really talk about how much time apart this was creating; I think we had just come to a point where we didn't try to spend time together. I also missed out on family time. I've gotten used to the idea of seeing movies months later on the satellite than my family watched them in the theatre.

My hours at work have not merely varied in time of day, but also in quantity. There have been times where I had enough work to fill as many hours as I would give, four days a week. Lately, I've had weeks on end with no call to come in to work at all.

Last year, Flar and I really started working on putting our marriage back on track. We attended a marriage class together. We've had hard times, and lately, we've been getting closer again. Somewhere along the way, Flar asked me to find a day job. The weeks I didn't work, he was seeing what it would be like to spend time together in the evenings, to go to bed at the same time as each other. We were discovering how important the Just Together Not Doing Anything Special time was to us.

So I started my job search. I asked at my current job if there might be daytime hours available - the answer at the time was no. I wrote up a resume and started putting it out to job sites. Since then, I'm still working on-call at night. Things are changing, and I might be able to get regular daytime hours at this job. I've interviewed with three staffing agencies, and I went to a job fair at ACS. ACS told me to return after Christmas vacation, since we're traveling for 10 days this year. One of the staffing agencies has a client who's interested in me, so I might have another interview coming up next week. In the meantime, overnight - my work schedule this week went from "we won't need you this week" to "can you work during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday?"

It looks like it won't be long before I'm greeting an old acquaintance on a regular basis: the sunrise.

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This entry was written for inclusion in The Real LJ Idol writing competition on Live Journal, Topic 6: Sunrise.

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Good luck in your job search. I know it is a difficult market out there, but hope you will find a day job soon :)

I consider myself fortunate to have a job; just when I start questioning whether I'll find anything something happens to encourage me. :) For instance, working two days this week when I thought I wasn't going to have any work.

I hope you find a job that's good for you soon. I'm glad you're working on things. :)

Thanks for the encouragement. :)

It's so nice to hear that things are turning around for you.

I hope it works out for you. Time with family is certainly very important...:)

Yes, it really is. I'm glad I'll be able to do this. :)

Good luck with job hunting. This economy makes it rough. P.

Thanks! It's possible that a new arrangement with my current employer will be ideal.

Good luck with the job hunting! Night shifts are usually nice and quiet. I'd probably fare pretty well on them.

Yes, I really like the quiet and working by myself. But it was really taking a toll on family time.

I've got my fingers crossed for you.

Thank you, I really appreciate it. :)

Good luck! Having been unemployed for the past 6 months, I know it's a really tough market out there!

Ouch! I wish you luck in your own search.

Sending prayers that you'll find a job with day hours. Also glad to hear your marriage is still on track and going well. I think it would be hard to be married and not have a lot of time to relax together so can understand why you want normal hours.

Thank you so much for your prayers. :)

Good luck on the job search and I hope you find something very soon. And Good on you for getting your marriage back on track... it's a wonderful thing.

Good luck with your job search! It is difficult to not be able to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Thanks. It's fun to have more time together.

Hopefully everything works out for you!

Thanks, it looks like it's working out really well.

Good luck with your job search!

Thanks. It looks like I may get to go full-time at my present employer, which is GREAT.

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