Tom's new job (as of April 1st) means no more graveyard (night) shift. It gets tiresome for ol' Debra to do her heavy housework before 7 a.m., then tiptoe around the house all day trying to keep the whole world quiet, then finishing housework after 7 pm.. Off and on for decades.
And of course for Tom it's tiresome working those 12-hour shifts while other people sleep and then (try to) sleep when everyone's
He'll be working Monday through Friday, 8-hour shifts which will practically feel like a vacation. It's an office job involving research and forming new policies and teaching, (with power point, even), all that he's learned from decades of power plant work.
But this job will involve travel, also, something he enjoyed back in the 90's and early 2000's and he might be gone anywhere from two days to two weeks at a time.
So! Huge changes there.
Already I'm grateful for little Hobbit Cottage here in the center of shops, diners, the library and river park, for Tom can just drive himself to the airport, leave the car there (I only do city traffic if I must) and I'll be free to walk everywhere. Walking! Something ol' Debra needs so to get her sorry body back into shape.
Of course, now the temptation is to make all sorts of activity plans for while he's away--but I'll refrain. Instead, I'll wait upon God for His ideas for they're the only ones which arrive packaged with all the strength, inspiration and commitment needed to finish what's begun. His plans produce godly, lasting results which matter here and in Heaven and are the only ones I desire to keep me busy.
So even though we're staying put, we'll be living a much different life. And with God's help, we'll succeed in this new challenge.
And so to reiterate (easing the questions buzzing inside your head) ... Yes, Tom has traveled before for work--I'm thinking 9 days was the longest time. (He's inspired now to actually use his gym membership rather than just pay for it so to prepare for traveling. heh.) And yes, while he was away I did fine and became--more independent, you ask? Nope, more dependent upon God. To me, that's ever so much better.
With a God Plan, you can accomplish more in ten minutes than you could in ten years using your own idea.
Thanks for your congratulations! We appreciate them.
One of my new goals? To work up to walking here, our favorite outdoor place to eat:
It's 1.34 miles away, which isn't too bad... except that I'll have to walk back home, too. heh.
Oh, and the fancy movie theater is 1.30 miles away through pleasant neighborhoods and past two elementary schools so a walk to a matinee is feasible, also.
Oh! Nearly forgot... Tom and I watched another fascinating documentary through the instant section at Netflix: Appalachian Trail. So interesting and we learned all sorts of things we didn't know before.