Well, because of the hot, dry weather in NOVEMBER...when it's supposed to be cooling off....there are now brush fires all over the place here. So of course, Rich has to stay at work. We had plans this weekend -- but we have to do everything now without him. Which totally sucks.
I HATE HATE brush fires!
Being married to a fire fighter....has it's advantages but then also it's drawbacks.
I worry a lot about Rich's lungs, breathing the smoke and all that.
I also worry he's going to get hurt at a fire, of course.
I hate the undependable schedule. Not being able to count on him being home is a total bummer.
Steady, dependable paycheck with no worries of layoffs.
Great overtime money.
Great medical benefits and retirement plans.
Flexible schedule (he can trade shifts with his co-workers for time off)
A lot of time off (when there are no overtimes he only works 10 days a month!)
He has a job that I'm proud of - he saves lives!
So, at times like these when I'm totally bummed that he's not coming home, I have to keep the GOOD things in mind. Or else I can get in a bad mood.
Anyway, I have tickets to take the older three kids to a play of To Kill A Mockingbird which is being performed tonight at our local college. But without Rich home I won't have a sitter for the younger six kids. So....I'll just let Alex use my ticket and I'll drop them off and pick them up after the performance. I read that book to the older three a couple years back, and so I thought it would be a nice thing for us to go see. I'm bummed I can't go, but it's okay -- they'll still have a good time together.
Okay, I'm adding to this post even though it's two days past now... but I ended up going to the play afterall. Audriana volunteered to babysit for me, and I took Alex and even got an extra ticket for Avery, who insisted that she should go, too. But we all warned her that at just 7 years old, she will fall asleep during the second act. She swore she wouldn't. She promised she wouldn't. But guess what? She did. But that's okay. She watched most of the play and only fell asleep during Atticus's cross-examination of Mayella Euell during the court scene. Yeah, I can see how a seven year old might get a bit lost and sleeping during something like that. Anyway, it was a really good play -- the little girl who played Scout was a great little acress. To Kill a Mockingbird has always been one of my favorite books. Tony says that no matter what, when he grows up he will name his first son Jeremy so that he can call him "Jem". When I read the book aloud to the kids a couple years back, he was the one who really got into the story, and he really liked Jem's character.