Holy cannoli it is December 13th, 2017 and currently 5am because night shift liiiiiiife! I just finished my 2nd week on my own as a NICU nurse and I am still figuring out this night shift deal which includes:
1. How to not go crazy when you live in forever darkness; something I used to love before I met Holly until she slowly made me love the sun, heat, and summer.
2. Do I transition back to a day-schedule on my days off? Which, by the way, is very difficult, bad for the body, and filled with many yawns, exhaustion and insomnia.
3. How to stay quiet at night when I'm awake and Holly sleeping like the light sleeper she is. (Tips: do dishes and laundry BEFORE she goes to bed, open loud food packages in the bathroom, quiet yoga in the living room, save up youtube episodes to watch, puzzles, play piano keyboard with headphones).
4. Remember to eat...being awake at night is weird because my body wants nothing to do with food but also THANKS BODY because I've lost a few pounds.
5. Reminding people that even though I may work on the 15th, that means 7pm the 15th to 7:30am on the 16th...and I must sleep after. So no, I cannot get breakfast with you on the 16th even though it is my "day off"...sometimes "day off" means I am unavailable until 6pm. Because sleep. Yes, I hate it too.
But overall, I love my job. I am only working part time which is 4 days (12 hour shifts) every 2 weeks. I work 3 days on, 1 day off, 1 day on, 9 days off. I also pick up shifts as I am able/want to which is great for making friends because errrrrybody will eventually need me to cover a shift for them and then they'll be like "OH HAIIII you're Sam, the one who picked up my shift. I like you." #winning
Other fun updates: I've been taking yoga classes at this wellness studio by my house and the classes are my absolute favorite. One of my top faves is a class called Candlelight Yoga which fantastically falls after I wake up from my long 3-days of shifts. The BEST destress from working 40 hours in 3 days.
Additionally, one of the things I looked forward about having a bigger paycheck as a nurse was Christmas and birthdays. I absolutely love gift-giving and trying to get the most thought-out gift that I can for someone. Like I legitimately try to pay attention to what people say they like/dislike all year and I write them down in my phone like a creeper. Ha! An efficient creeper. Before, it was always small gifts but I always poured my heart into them no matter the price/size. I am so excited to be able to bless others with larger gifts this year, including my lovely partner (we've been together 5 years this coming January WHAT). Of course I'd love to be able to surprise my entire family and be like: "GUYS WE'RE ALL GOING TO HAWAII!"...maybe someday. But for now, I am soooo stoked about this step up. I love that I am a go-to for my siblings to borrow money if needed. I love that I can pay more rent than my partner so that she can pay off her student debt. I love that I can afford to pay off MY student debt, fast. Money is not the most important essence of life, but it sure does make it easier and yasssss to no more eczema because living paycheck to paycheck was a stressful period in my life, and in anyone's life.