Monday, June 13, 2011

9 to 5

Some people live and die by a routine.
Not me.
While there are times that I long for a routine that I can set my watch to, my work schedule has always been outside the normal Monday thru Friday routines of the rest of the working world.

I have always worked retail or hospitality, so my hours are all over the place. A night here, a day here, and almost always a weekend day (or two) (or night). Perhaps the worst part is that the days and nights change from week to week. So I can't even count on the same day's off every week.
And because my husband also works these hours, our lives are a little unconventional.

We do not live or die by a routine.
We can't. We have no choice.
And sometimes it is hard.

It's hard to make plans with people who live in a 9-5 world because they like to do things on weekends, when we usually work.

It's hard to plan, well, pretty much anything, because our schedules are not set. So things like planning weekly dinners and signing Jack up for classes at the local park district are hard for us to work out with our ever changing schedules.

It's hard to find time together. We are not weekend warriors. Home Improvement projects take 3 times the time they should because on the rare days we have the same day off, the last thing we want to do is more work.

Some day's we barely see each other. At least not awake. One of us is usually coming or going while the rest of the house sleeps.
To "go away for the weekend" requires months of planning and coordinating of schedules. There are no spontaneous trips.

But we make due.
And after years of fighting it and being jealous of all you 9-5er's out there, I've come to the realization that there are perks to living off the working worlds grid.

Like the fact that Monday's are actually quite nice for me. I don't loathe them like most of the world. As a matter of fact, I quite like them. Monday's are one of the only day's I never work, so while the rest of the world is starting their week, I'm enjoying a nice relaxing day at home.

Also, I get to shop, eat, and run errands while most of you are at the office. That makes for shorter lines and smaller crowds.

I get to spend more time with my son and get most of my work in while he is sleeping.

I get to sleep in more often. Since we both sometimes work late nights, we often rotate who gets up early with Jack.
I often miss rush hour traffic.

My husband and I carve out what precious time we can find together. Sometimes this means eating take-out in bed and catching up on our DVR. But we do what we can.

Maybe someday we'll join the rest of you in the 9-5 world, but for now I'm planning a trip to the zoo.
It's so much quieter on Weekday mornings.

What is your schedule like?? How do you make it work?