Ever since R found the people to run his store, I have been daydreaming about moving to day shift and putting the Moosh in school during the week. I have this harebrained notion that this switch will solve all the problems in my life! Well, it probably won't, but a girl can dream, right?
Problem #1: Morning Blah
I am not a morning person. I practically have to flagellate myself to do T-Tapp first thing in the morning. On days I don't do T-Tapp I sit around staring at the wall, or reading, or watching TV until I realize that I have wasted 3 hours and now I have to rush to get everything ready for the day in less than 2 hours. I hate this. HATE. And yet, that is how I am.
I think being on day shift will solve this problem by forcing me to get up and DO SOMETHING first thing in the morning. Then I will be home during the late afternoon and evening, and therefore accomplish more. \
Problem #2 The Lunch Doldrums
As you can imagine, if I spend the hours from 9 AM - 12 PM sitting around or staring at the TV, I have planned nothing for lunch. By the time lunch rolls around the Moosh and I are both restless and want to get out of the house. This leads to eating lunch out more often than not. Not that eating out is super bad, but it does add up if you're doing it 5 out of 7 days in a week. Oops.
Day shift may or may not solve this problem, because those jerks have a tendency to order pizza and other tasty items. However, I hate eating early in the day and I don't tend to get very hungry until noon or 1 o'clock. Then I'm typically not hungry again until 4 o'clock. Unlike on evening shift where I get hungry at 4 o'clock and STAY hungry until I get home, leading to egregious unhealthy snacking. That oatmeal cream pie scenario was not an isolated incident, let me tell you.
Problem #3 Double Damage With Dinner
Once again, as you can imagine, if I have planned nothing for lunch, it stands to reason that I have also planned nothing for dinner. Further complicating things is that because I work evenings, I will not be home for dinner. So I either a) throw something together for the family as I run out the door, but neglect to prepare anything for myself, b) prepare something for myself but nothing for the family, or c) prepare nothing for either myself or the family. All of these scenarios means eating out in some form or fashion for up to 2 separate entities (myself and/or the family). If we've eaten lunch out on the same day... well let's just say it gets expensive.
If I switch to days, at the very least I will only be buying lunch out for one person, and I will be home to prepare dinner or purchase dinner for the family. I think this will really help the food situation.
Problem #4 The Bored Child
The Moosh begs to play with friends every hour on the hour. He is tired of TV, tired of his toys, and tired of staying home. He really, really, REALLY wants to go to school and he was very excited at the prospect of attending school with other kids so that he can make "lots of best friends."
If I move to days and put him in school at the very least he might have some of his extrovert cup filled by the time he gets home. If not, I can schedule a regular activity (soccer, basketball, what-have-you) for him after school. The varying schedule of playdates is maddening to me.
Problem #5 Curing The Free Spirit
I hate schedules. I hate making them and I hate being tied to them. Hence the three hours of time wasting every morning. However, I think that my lack of ability in this area is having a negative affect on me and on the Moosh. Not negative in the sense that it would ruin us forever, but in the sense that I think our lives would be easier and flow better with some sort of schedule or routine in our lives.
Moving to days would inject some order into our days. Get up, go to work, Moosh goes to school, come home from work, pick up from school, go home, fix dinner, etc.
I'm nervous, that's for sure. But I think this could be a really good move for us. Now to convince R. The main stumbling block is Saturdays. If I move to days, I will have to work all weekend. R will be home on Sundays, but plans to work on Saturdays. We could do drop-in care for Saturdays, but that adds $200 per month to our already tight budget and I'm not sure we can afford it.