A little crispy around the edges

I made a promise to myself this summer: I would not work overtime.

I lied.

I’ve spent most of the summer at work.  It’s been good: we now get critical staffing pay (~$7 after Uncle Sam takes his cut) on top of time and a half.  Not bad.  The worst part?  It’s July and I feel like I’m wasting my summer.  The General has commented on this as well — our different schedules only let me see him just a few hours before or after my shift.  We did this for a month and half before we had a day off together.  That sucked.

So, after my 3rd weekend of double shifts (32 hours), I decided I am done.  Then it comes to Independence Day: we only have 2 people on the schedule.  We need a minimum of 5 to run the place.  I feel like I should take a slot; I’m hoping to use that as my bargaining chip.  I want Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day (and a few days around it) off because of family.

The General has a family reunion Labor Day and it’s a blast camping out in the hills on his Polish ancestor’s homestead.  As for Thanksgiving, for the 1st time in my adult life, I am hosting my parents (and my sister and my future BIL) down here in NC for a traditional southern Thanksgiving (which includes homemade macaroni and cheese).  I figured I’d work Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day to accommodate it.  Seeing as how I worked this past New Year’s Day, Easter, and Memorial Day…..I don’t know.

If I work the 4th of July, that will put me on a 7 day stretch, beginning with 2 double shifts back to back.  I was a hot mess when I came back for an 8 hour stint after my double last time.  I was pretty ugly to my co-workers.  While I can sleep in and take it easy the rest of the week before work, I still have to go into what can be a catastrophic day.  And because I’ve been there the longest, a lot of the times I am the lucky one who gets to put out fires, i.e. solve the problems that arise.

I feel I am starting to burn out……I’m a little scorched.

I’m not the only one.  The wildfires north of us in Pender County are finally in control after the massive rainstorm.  I awoke today to a very hazy morning, filled with smoke.  That killed our run, it couldn’t be good to breath all that in.  It’s clearing more now, so I think I’ll hit the pavement before work.

I’m off tomorrow…..I’m going to watch the sun rise at Kure Beach.  It’s been awhile and I think it will help set the tone for what could be the longest week ever.

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One thought on “A little crispy around the edges

  1. Enjoy the sunrise…try to pace yourself as burnout is bad. So is burning the candle at both ends. I know you will do all you can and in the end I hope there is a pay out for you, not necessarily of the monetary version though the increase is nice. Take care my friend

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