My biggest gripe with my current job is that it requires me to work 12-hour overnight shifts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday (and every other Wednesday) from 8PM ET to 8AM ET -- this means I do not get to have a life (as normal people know it) -- my days off are Monday, Tuesday and every other Wednesday. Don't tell me I'm unappreciative, as am very happy to have a job -- I'm just very dissatisfied with the fact I'm always working every weekend, unless I take it off without pay.
It's a work/life imbalance and I've getting close to the breaking point. Consider this:
- My husband works 11am-8pm M-F. When do we see each other?? When do we sleep together?!?
- My friends work M-F 9-5 and plan everything around the weekend. When do I see them?
- Broadway is dark on Monday and the bars suck. What do I do on my 'days off'?
So, I'm putting coal on the fire and have been applying myself looking for a new job. I have a slew of interviews already this month, and since I'm already working, I can be selective -- not desperate. So, not knowing for sure what my schedule will be in 2011 makes planning difficult...
2011 'Locked In' Plans
January 17-23 ... Visiting Dave, Mark & the kids (goats) in New Hampshire
April 28-May 11 ... Great British Bear Bash, Nottingham, London & Paris
Some things I'd like to do, but haven't planned/locked in yet
January 28-30 ... Sno-Bear Weekend (BGR)
February 4-6 ... Winterlude (YOW)
February 17-21 ... Close Encounters of the Bear Kind - IBR 17 (SFO)
April 7-10 ... Drenched Fur 7 (ERI)
May 20-23 ... Rochester Rams' CanAm Weekend (ROC)
June 3-5 ... ECMC's 47th Annual Biker's Weekend (NYC)
June 30-July 2 ... Spearhead of Toronto 'Mariposa Belle' Canada Day Boat Cruise (YYZ)
July 3-5 ... Independence Day Celebration at Al & Dan's (ROC)
August 26-28 ... Rochester Rams' 36th Annual Leather Run (ROC)
September 15-18 ... Orlando Bear Bash 2011 (MCO)
Go somewhere warm for a week/weekend (San Diego, Palm Springs, anywhere) during winter
Cross-Canada train trip ending in Vancouver (with stops in at least Winnipeg and Calgary)
Return to Asia at least once in 2011