Sunday, November 1, 2009

Time of Change

CC just finished his first complete week of graveyards. It has been an interesting ride for us, but I can't complain much since I still get to see him a lot. I don't think this shift is so bad, but I'm obviously not the one that is affected by this as much!

Poor CC has been so tired these last few days. Today was a mess for him. We are very active in our church and so it was never a question or not as to whether we would go like we normally do. CC got home at about 6:30 am (after working an extra hour as well since it was the end of daylight savings time) and since we needed to leave the house by 8:30 am to get to church, he decided to go ahead and take a shower and watch some TV so he wouldn't fall asleep and be impossible to wake up. We generally go to lunch with our Bible Fellowship class as well, which we did. On top of that, our favorite football team was playing a game at noon. So, by the time we got home, CC had almost been pulling a 24 hour day. I knew he wouldn't make it watching the rest of the football game on the couch. Sure enough, not 20 minutes after he sat down, he's asleep. Finally he gave into going to the bed.

However, what makes it even more difficult is that his department has scheduled some training tomorrow morning at 8 am for him. He is very excited about this training, since it's spending some time with the CID (which CC finds very interesting anyway), it just happens at the wrong time of day! He will go to this training for 2 days, and then will have some fire arm training on Wednesday, after working a full 8 hour shift on Tuesday. So, the poor baby is already trying to get used to sleeping in the day, but his department is making it even harder by not letting him!

We are a little more than 2 months out from Academy, which will be nice, because he will finally be on a regular schedule! I'm hanging in there just trying to roll with the punches.

I also found out that they have scheduled him to work as normal on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. We had planned to go see my brother and my new nephew, but it looks like I will be going alone. All in all, this is truly a reality check into what it means to be a Cop's Wife. He hasn't gotten his Christmas schedule yet, but that will be a little more flexible since I have 2 weeks off, so if we decide to go somewhere, we can just do it on the days we both have off. I'm okay with not celebrating the holidays on a day that isn't actually the holiday.

Anywho, we're making it work.

At least CC had a somewhat exciting shift with some action over the weekend. You can read about it at his blog.

I found it very ironic that Mrs. Fuzz over at Married to the Law brought up a great discussion about the night shift. It's interesting to see how different people deal with it.

I'm interested to know what the weekly schedule is for other departments. It seems difficult to have a normal life with the graveyard shift and run the schedule CC has. I don't think CC's department is ideal, but right now he's 5 days on, 2 days off with 8 hour shifts. The other officers are 12 hour shifts, 4 days on, 3 days off. I've seen lots of different schedules from reading other posts. So, what is your favorite weekly schedule?


  1. My husband works a 6 on, 3 off schedule. It's not the best rotation, but for a small department it works. There are still times he work alone, and that worries me more than his schedule.
    The guys are pushing for a 5 on, 3 off schedule that would make better use of their manpower. Hopefully, it will pass.
    Sorry to hear about your Thanksgiving plans being rescheduled. It's not always an ideal scenario at the holidays. But, you will always make it work! It's the quality & intention that count!

  2. Sounds like you guys are both rolling with the punches! Good job on being flexable about the holidays, it takes some people a long time to realize that one.

  3. The whole church thing can be hard, but I promise that it will work itself out. We are very active in our church too. Josh use to work until 6am and then would go right to church to help with set up. Now, he is lucky enough to have Sat and Sundays off, but he does security and is with our Pastor on both Saturday night for services and all day on Sunday. If Pastor is in the building, Josh is with him. It is hard sometimes that his whole weekend of he is spending at least half of it with our Pastor, but we are commited and think it is worth it.

    When it comes to holidays, it can be hard to be by yourself, but again, it won't be that way forever. Just enjoy the time that you do have together.