Each Friday (or Saturday, depending on how lazy or sick I’m feeling), I post Flashback Friday, where I use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen as a guide and usually ask the following questions: For what are you least grateful this past week? For what are you most grateful this past week?
This week I’m most and least grateful for the same thing: My wife is switching shifts from 4 p.m. to midnights to midnights to 8 a.m. this month. On the one hand, it’s good that we’re going to be able to see more of each other, but on the other hand, it’s going to wreak havoc on her sleep schedule — and not help me with my reading. I know that sounds selfish, but let me explain and elaborate more (in other words, try to dig myself out of the hole I’ve already dug for myself with my wife).
It’s only been two days, but already it’s weird not sleeping together.
It’s odd not looking over and seeing her, and instead seeing the space where she usually is.
In her defense, though, I am a notorious snorer and sometimes, as a result, she doesn’t get much sleep. This way, she’ll be able to get the sleep she needs when I am at work at the library. Not that it will be easy making the transition, but once it’s made, I think (and she thinks) it will be all right.
Now about that little thing about my not being able to read as much :), I really do treasure the time when I’m able to come home from work and pick up a book (or e-book on my e-reader). I can catch up on a lot of reading…
…but to be honest, I usually don’t. Most of the time I end up endlessly surfing on Facebook or watching some series on Netflix. So I’ll just continue reading during my dinner hour at work and finding other times to read in between, sometimes even when she is home — as it was before. As Mr. Marley sang:
“Every little thing going to be all right.”
(Um, how did I do, hon? Did I dig myself out of the hole sufficiently…or at least enough that I won’t be sleeping on the couch…oh, wait, I don’t have to anymore :P)
For what are you least and most grateful this past week?
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