So this week saw the culmination of some significant changes in the World of Rob. Effective yesterday I have seen a shift change at work. One of the primary reasons that I can do all the things that I chronicle on this blog is that I have had a 3 day weekend -every weekend for the past 4 years. I have worked 5am until 5pm Tues-Fri for that entire time. As I work in a 24hour, 7 day operation for my pay, there has always been the possibilty of a shift change – and each passing year has increased the likelihood. of that happening.
Effective yesterday my new schedule will consist of 3 monster 13 hour days, Saturday thru Monday, with the next 4 days off. While this means that as long as the kids are in school we do not get a full day off with them, I also get 4 days to be a better partner at home and find more ways to grow food, make fuel, and build soils on small acreages. FOUR DAYS! And then the summers – 4 days off together as a family. It is still sinking in and the pros and cons have yet to settle in. Will the 9 months with no full weekends eat away at us, or will the Summers and free time during the week out weigh it. Either way it works out to 7-8 less hours in the office a week and that is a Good Thing. The kiddos are still young enough (6 and 7) that Dad taking them to school is still cool, and I just might finally buy a Mundo Bike to ride them there in style.
Left Brain says that with an extra day I just might be able to stay on top of all my current commitments. Right Brain says I should call that farmer who offered me 6 acres to “do basically anything I wanted with”…
To everything turn, turn, turn.
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