Adjusting

Monday morning (or is that Sunday night) was Luke’s first day (night?) working third shift and now we’re all trying our best to adjust. He had to come home from Easter dinner at my sister’s on Sunday to take a nap before he left for work at 11:30pm. He’s been looking forward to this change for a long time so he was prepared for the adjustment. I have been apprehensive about the change for a long time, but I’m willing to see how it goes.

Here’s how it goes: we all need more sleep. Except for Molly, she’s adjusting fine. She sleeps with me at night and with Luke during the day. She gets half the bed to herself. She’s thrilled.

Previous to this schedule change, we were generally in bed by 10pm and I was out like a light by, oh, about 10:02pm. It seems though, in these last two days, that if I stay awake past that 10pm point, I don’t need to sleep at all! I’m wide awake. Sunday night/Monday morning, I stayed up in bed reading until 2am. I had to force myself to stop reading and turn out the light because it was getting ridiculous. Same thing happened last night but I made myself turn the light out at midnight. I’m sleeping better than expected in an empty bed, and I’m waking up just fine, but about an hour after I wake up, I feel like a zombie. I can’t remember anything, I can’t focus, and obviously, I can’t tell an interesting story either. Sorry about that.

Luke’s doing OK so far. Yesterday he slept for a few hours after he came home from work at 10am, and then he napped a little before work. The worst part for him is, as he referred to her, Barkums. Molly barks in a shrill, ear piercing way when we’re home and she sees something outside. We’re trying to break her of this, but you have to physically threaten her with Bitter Apple to get her to stop. Yesterday Luke was trying to sleep and a delivery guy came rolling up the driveway. Then someone stopped by to pick up Luke’s mom for a doctor’s appointment, then they came to bring her back. Each time, Barkums just couldn’t stop herself from alerting Luke of the danger. We’re going to have to work on this some more.

One good thing I’ve noticed about Luke’s new schedule so far is his mood. He’s a new man. It might be that he’s just too tired to be anything but mellow, but I don’t think so. It’s amazing for me to watch him. He’s generally so short tempered and frustrated. Sunday night, just before he had to leave for work, our toilet decided to explode all over the floor, which normally would result in swearing, slamming, and yelling from Luke. Instead, he was laughing and shaking his head in disbelief. Who is this man? I came home last night and he was washing dishes. If this is what I get to live with from now on, I’d be more than happy to live without sleep.

Another good thing is that I have more time to read. It’s been so long since I read a book – I’ve almost forgotten how. I used to read everyday on my lunch break, but then I started to go meet Luke for lunch everyday and the reading stopped. Don’t get me wrong, I loved having lunch with Luke, but the driving and the paying for coffee and the rushing – that I won’t miss. And now I can READ! Yay! Right now I’m trying to finish up my last book club book, Bookends, by Jane Green and I have Goodnight Nobody, by Jennifer Werner that I started and never finished. And Flann and Amanda gave me books to read that have been collecting dust on my book shelf. I’m very excited at having more time to read.

So all in all, it’s good. We’re adjusting. It’s only been two days (or nights) so far but I think it might just work out OK.

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3 Comments

  1. Glad things are going as well as they can be. As someone who grew up with a third-shift mother, it’s definitely an adjustment. Enjoy the books! If you ever want to come watch GG on a Tuesday night, you’ve got an open invite. đŸ™‚

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  2. This is a happy post. On many, many fronts. A plosive toilet is no fun, but a new man certainly is. We should start a book exchange, since that’s an activity I can actually keep up with you. (unlike knitting…)

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