Before my husband and I married, we had lengthy discussions about his unusual work schedule. He does not work your typical 9 to 5, Monday through Friday schedule. Chris is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service (NWS).
Weather never stops. Weather is a 24 hour/7 days a week, 365 days a year occurrence. As such, meteorologists across the country work around the clock tracking the weather. These men and women of the National Weather Service are not the people you see on T.V. The vast majority of the people “forecasting” the weather on T.V. get their forecasts from those who work for the NWS.
My lovely husband works three different regular shifts: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Sometimes Chris works only 2-3 days in a row before a day off, other times 5, and quite often he works 7 days in a row. Getting an actual weekend (Saturday and Sunday) off is an uncommon event that we treasure.
Tonight, Chris started his 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. shifts. They are not fun for him because it is difficult to get enough sleep. This year due to the shifts falling on a holiday, people in his office needed time off. So, Chris has 8 of these shifts in a row instead of the typical 7.
I do miss Chris in the evenings, especially since we had Ginny. I am the only one getting up to check on her in the middle of the night. I also miss cuddling with him before we go to sleep.
However….one thing I don’t mind about his shifts is I get free-rein over the remote control! Yes!!! Some of our biggest arguments after we got married and moved in together was what we would watch on T.V. We have negotiated over time (now I watch most of my shows after taping them on the DVR). Now, no arguments, no DVRing. I get to watch whatever I want while he is gone on these shifts! Woo hoo!
I lead an exciting life, right? While I will miss Chris’s presence and our cuddle time before bed, I will fill that time with watching “Revenge” on Wednesday night (and other fun programs). That isn’t so bad, is it? 😉 I finally get the T.V. to myself.