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Now I Remember

February 20, 2014
by Erin B

I’m about half way through the month of full time shift work that getting set up for the new casual job is taking. I am not working full time at the new job, it’s about three days a week. But I am still working at my old job both days, every weekend and some extra mid week shifts because they are short staffed just now.

Full time really is too much for us.

Yes, I know there are a lot of families out there where both parents work full time and some where both parents work full time with shift work thrown into the mix. There are even family with both parents working full time, and shift work, and blended families with no easy to predict schedule for when the kids will be where, plus three people with health conditions that require a bit of extra time to manage, all mixed in together who are somehow able to do a better job of holding it all together than I seem to be. More power to them. If you are them and have some tips, please leave them in the comments. I don’t know how you do it.

We are a little stressed. The floors aren’t washed, the laundry is falling behind, the menu plan is getting weird and we actually ate out twice one week. That last one might not seem like a big deal, but two dinners out for the family costs as much as my food budget for a week of home cooked, never-mind that dinner out is never as healthy.

The thing is, we have been here before. This is pretty much exactly the problems we faced when I returned from mat leave to be placed in the secretarial pool and had to also work weekend in health care to keep my licence. At that point T and I had a hard look at our life and decided that, really, 0.6 FTE was about all I could work and still have our family function with all the challenges that occur in our household.

In the meantime, I have come down with a chest infection and ended up missing the last two days of a 10 in a row shift run. Exhaustion + healthcare exposure to nasty coughs = sick employees. Funny that.

Yes, I understand this post is getting a bit whiney, so:


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ramona_W permalink
    February 25, 2014 12:06 am

    Oooohh!!! What lovely yarny goodness!!! What is it? And hurray for you for making socks. I have two pair that should be on the needles right now but I’m afraid of the 72 stitches to be cast on size 1 needles. (Size 1! Did I say that already?) I hope your knitting does the trick and you feel better soon.


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