Thursday, April 30 – Friday, May 1

Three in a week? I don’t think so.

Thursday was the third evening of the week in which I worked the 8pm to midnight shift at the Major Home Improvement Retailer. Coming off a relatively uncomplicated day at my main job, I figured that working this shift wouldn’t be too bad. I was wrong. Granted, it was a very busy four hours, with a seemingly endless amount of freight to be packed out, but by the end of the shift I was scarcely able to stand upright. This third weekly shift was just too much for me, I was quite thankful that I have only two such shifts scheduled for each of the following two weeks. Money is nice, but you can only do so much.

Friday was a very much appreciated day off. I really didn’t do much of consequence, though I was so beat out there wasn’t much I could have done. Later in the afternoon I went to the gym and did some rather desultory back and shoulder work. I really want to get back to more serious and focused work at the gym, but that will have to wait until things quiet down at the MHIR. I don’t like that state of affairs, but that’s the way it is.

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Published in: on May 6, 2015 at 2:05 am  Comments (1)  

Monday, April 28 – Wednesday, April 30

Gentle? Well, okay, I guess

These were three tough days. In addition to working from 7 to 2:30 at my main job I also worked from 8 to midnight at the Major Home Improvement Retailer on Monday and Wednesday. Working that shift one of the three nights would have been tolerable. Two night was tough, no glossing over that fact. It didn’t help that my main job was more hectic than usual, especially on Wednesday. At least Wednesday’s MHIR shift wasn’t too bad, just inside packout.

In another month or so the busy season will be winding down and I’ll probably be working about 20 hours a week instead of the. 24 or 28 I’ve been doing. I like the extra money I’ve been making, of course, but physically I can only take so much. 48 hours a week (28 at my regular job plus 20 at the MHIR) is okay. 52 or 56, not so much.

On Tuesday, with no MHIR scheduled, I decided to go to the 7:30 hot yoga session. To my surprise it wasn’t that at all: it was an unheated, slower-paced “gentle yoga” session. I had forgotten that the schedule had changed a couple weeks ago. And a second surprise awaited me. It turned out that gentle yoga is just as tough as the regular stuff. I would attribute that to the clichéd “Downward Dog” position, which is absent from the Bikram program but comes up multiple times in gentle yoga. While DD is supposedly a resting position for expert practitioners, for most people (definitely including me) it is awkward and more than a little painful. Still, I’m glad that I went and tried something different.

Published in: on May 3, 2015 at 3:17 am  Leave a Comment