Saturday, May 19, 2012

A busy busy busy week!

Hello friends;

  I'd like to let you know what this week has been for me in the hopes of gaining your understanding why I've been absent from the blog.  As I said, it's been a busy week!

As some of you know, I went on a short vacation last week from Thursday - late Saturday night.  Now some of you are thinking 'that's not much of a vacation'.  And, you're right.  Unfortunately, it was about the most I could manage.  I went to see my parents for Mother's Day.  I don't see them all that often, and it's important for me to maintain what few family relationships I still have.
  Sunday, I spent the day doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, and then sleeping as I had to be at work in the early evening.  I didn't make it home until more than 13 hours later - to a pups with seriously crossed legs!  In the course of the week, I've worked such odd hours, accumulating over 60 paid hours.  That's a bit unusual for me.  Adding onto that, I managed to mow 4 lawns, (have two remaining) and volunteered 3.5 hours with the local pet rescue organization.  Then, just to cap everything off, I got a call from my parents today that they were on their way - and the house is not in shape for visitors!  I can always sleep sometime next week....
  All of these hours came for one purpose:  I'm finally joining the "normal" people and getting the chance to work day shift hours, moving to another position.  Even got a small raise!  I've wanted this type of move for a long time, and it came in a rush.  So, for the first half of my day I trained my replacement as much as possible, and for the second half I trained for my new position with tired feet and bleary eyes, but a grin.  I'm excited and nervous for the new responsibilities, and I'm somewhat sad to move away from the people I've worked alongside for so many years, but I think in all this is going to be a good match for me.
  So, to all of you who have made comments but not seen me acknowledge them... I saw them, but couldn't put to cogent thoughts together to understand or respond to you.  I think, though, that I will have a better chance to put together a good blog for your enjoyment as I get the chance for rest and even a passing opportunity to get exercise and eat right.  Hey, it could happen! 
  Thanks for your patience, my friends.



Sammy B said...

Hello Randy
Congratulations on the new post - I hope you find your 'new' lifestyle more congenial. And I hope the sleep comes together at some point!

Love & best wishes
Sammy B

randy said...

Hi Sammy;
I sat down with a beer shortly after writing this post, out in the front porch enjoying the evening heat. Pups bounced about in the yard for a bit, but soon settled down into the tall cool grass - time to mow here also. That seemed to just about spell the end for me.
We played 'chase the ball' for a bit, and then went back inside, both of us tired from the weird hours and the heat. I vegged for a bit, then made it to bed and slept a very good sleep, waking up refreshed and feeling good this morning to the sounds of birds singing outside the window. What a great way, huh?!
I'm looking forward to this new job. I've even bought new clothes so that I looked a bit more professional and less the "shop rat" with sleaves of errant machine grease.
Thanks for the comment, Sammy. I've missed you. How are you doing? Write me if you like... the email is there in the "never forget" part on the right.

Scottie said...

Hello Randy. As I told you before, your bosses have seen your worth time and time again. They see how hard a worker you are, how dependable, how quick witted and even tempered. They made a smart choice. Your going to do grand in the new job. But man, how do you manage to do so much in a week. I would die if I tried your schedule. many hugs

randy said...

Hi Scottie;
I am having so much fun with this new job. It is often frustrating, and I am having trouble finding things and feel like I'm going to really screw things up every time something goes out the door; but I am determined to not only come to understand this new job but to excel.
What has amazed me, I am experiencing a much greater amount of energy. I feel well rested, alive, and eager for work. Eager maybe for life.
Midnights were really hard on me, and I was beginning to be concerned that I'd begin having health problems from continued lack of sleep, stress, and poor diet/exercise.
I'm glad for the opportunity. I hope it continues.

Thanks for all the encouragement.