Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A few weeks ago one of the clients at work said, "Don't worry, Pete, there's light at the end of the rainbow." I haven't been feeling worried but I do see the light: Next week I switch to day shift. I've been working swing (which is 2:30-11:00; a lot of people confuse it with graveyard) for eight years now so this will be a major change, almost like getting a new job.

The actual working aspect isn't ideal, I'll be working at the same time as my bosses and sharing the office I had to myself--with the stereo to myself--with two other people, but the other changes more than outweigh that. Most importantly I'll get to see my wife for more than thirty minutes at a time. We'll be able to eat dinner together (no more institutional lasagna!). We can go to movies. Poetry readings. Plays. We can see friends! It's all very exciting.

Since I'm such a slave to routine there will be a period of adjustment, especially figuring out when I'm going to write. If I can write a couple hours a day and get some amount of reading and music listening in, then I 'm fine. But right now I'm in an unmotivated limbo. We just got back from LA and that was so fun that it's hard to focus on a daily grind. And it seems silly to start any new poetry projects since November is going to be devoted to doing what Dup is doing: writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month. Join us!

3 Comments:

At 10:43 AM, Anonymous momster said...

Will your duties change at all?

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger pete. said...

Yeah, there will be some changes. I won't have to pass snacks, won't have to show movies... I'll have less work overall. I'm going to stop Poetry group and take over the book reading group, so that should be fun. One thing I'm looking forward to is not having to scramble for coverage when a graveyard staff calls off (no coverage=someone has to stay all night)

 
At 2:18 PM, Blogger Ash said...

I am so glad that we will get to see you more Pete! :)

 

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