Monday, June 2 – Tuesday, June 3

New location

On Monday I had the relatively rare experience of spending the day at a worksite where I’ve never previously been.  Well, almost never been.  Around a year ago I was at that location for a very short amount of time, something like 20 minutes to a half hour.  Not enough to count.  It turns out that it was a pretty decent location in which to spend a day.  It wasn’t a long drive at all, no more than 15 minutes in a generally southerly direction. My workflow was somewhat different than on the rest of this 2-week cycle, but it went smoothly and the people at the site provided the resources I needed to get my work done.  I was done fairly early in the afternoon, and had hopes of going to the gym, but my energy level dropped like a stone in the early evening and the gym was pretty much out of the question.

Thursday’s worksite was about 20 minutes to the east.  While it’s yet another one not on my usual rotation, I’ve been there a number of times.  The workday didn’t go quite as smoothly as Monday’s, in fact I ran into an obstacle early on that nearly brought the day to an early end (which would have been reflected in my paycheck), but eventually things worked out and I put in a full day.  Being more energetic than on Monday, and a whole lot more determined, I went to the gym in the evening and had another session on the high-tech elliptical.  Like last time I did 40 minutes, but used higher resistance levels.  In fact I “climbed” 5,500 feet on a virtual mountain, 1,500 feet more than last time.  My goal is 6,000 feet in 40 minutes.

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Saturday, May 31 – Sunday, June 1

Half a weekend is better than none.  After having worked Friday, it would have been most unpleasant had I worked Saturday at the Major Home Improvement Retailer, but I wasn’t scheduled.  As it was the sort of situation in which having a day off was more important than the money I would have made from working, it was a happy outcome.  I did some errands during the day but basically didn’t do too much.  Continuing with the theme from Thursday, I used the high-tech elliptical at the gym for 40 minutes. With higher resistance levels and a faster pace I “climbed” 4,000 feet on a virtual mountain.  It was tough, but I made it through just fine.  Later in the evening we went to an Indian restaurant for dinner, which was excellent.  I had the tandoori chicken, taking some of it home for the next day’s lunch.

Sunday was a 3:30 to midnight shift at the MHIR.  It was jammed during the first few hours and I was scurrying around helping customers.  Later on, I packed out deliveries in the inside garden area, mostly in the cleaning supplies aisle.  It wasn’t that bad, less exhausting than usual, though I was happy when midnight rolled around and I could leave.

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Thursday, May 28 – Friday, May 30

A rare Friday workday

I spent both of these days working at sites not in my usual rotation.  On Thursday, I was some distance to the east, off of Sunrise Highway, a location where I’d been a couple of weeks ago.  It’s a relatively long drive but against the main flow of traffic, so I had no trouble either coming or going.  Driving 20 miles in light traffic is preferable to five miles in heavy traffic even when the travel time is the same.  Something about the frustration of crawling along on a road built for speed. The workday itself went by okay, nothing out of the ordinary, though my 8 to midnight shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer was pretty hard.  Nonstop, all sorts of heavy lifting and carrying, the usual stuff.

I wasn’t scheduled at the MHIR on Friday, but it wasn’t a complete day off because I worked during the day at my regular job.  Because of the holiday on Monday the usual Monday-Thursday schedule was Tuesday-Friday.  The worksite was close by, however it was a rather long and difficult day.  Basically, a series of minor frustrations that weren’t so minor once added together.

Later in the evening on Friday I made it to the gym.  What I decided was to take a week or two off from weights, to allow some minor soreness to heal, and concentrate on weight loss exercise.  Accordingly, I tried out one of the high-tech ellipticals and spent 30 minutes on it, going over a “mountain” course.  I started out with a relatively low resistance level, 4 out of 20, but gradually increased it until I ended up at level 18.  All I can say is that 15 and above are very tough!

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Tuesday, May 27 – Wednesday, May 28

Where’s the truck?

The one that hit me, I mean.  At least I think a truck hit me, based on the way my body feels.  These were two very tough days for me.  Tuesday was the start of a new two-week cycle at my regular job. That always makes for a difficult workday, and Tuesday was especially difficult because the new cycle is more complicated than what I usually experience.  In addition, because of schedule changes from the holiday, I spent the day at a worksite that’s always one of the busier ones.  At least it was close by.  Under normal circumstances, I would have made it through the shift in reasonably intact conditions, but after two long days at the Major Home Improvement Retailer on Sunday and Monday these were scarcely normal circumstances.

But wait! As tough as the day was at my regular job, things only got worse.  After a way-too-short break I was back at the MHIR for an 8 to midnight shift.  As I trudged in, I had no idea how I’d make it through four hours.  Maybe it would be a easy shift?  Not a chance.  It turns out that a Big Boss was scheduled to visit the MHIR the next day, so everything had to be made absolutely ship-shape.  Doing so involved, inevitably, hauling heavy boxes up ladders into overhead storage areas.  Guess who did that for almost four hours straight?

Wednesday was a bit different at my regular job, as rather than going to my scheduled worksite I got a text very early in the morning redirecting me to another one.  I had to start at 7 in the morning rather than my usual 8, though this actually wasn’t too bad.  It wasn’t as bad a day as on Tuesday.  Partly this was because it was the second day of the cycle, which invariably is easier than the first, and partly because the worksite was one I’ve been to only once or twice before.  That gave it a real but hard-t0-define novelty factor that seemed to make the day go by quickly.  In addition, starting at 7 meant an earlier finish to the day.  For a while I though maybe I’d make it to the Wednesday hot yoga, but alas exhaustion overtook me.  My hours at the MHIR in the next couple of weeks will be fewer than they have been, around 16 hours each week instead of the 24 I’d been doing, so I will have more chances to make it to yoga.

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