Working 12 hour shifts is hard. It’s not bad when they are spread out, but when you smash four or five consecutive shifts together, it’s exhausting. This is why my first day off following a series of shifts is the true definition of lazy.
My first day off begins with a failed attempt to sleep in. Every time. I don’t set an alarm clock, but I automatically wake up by 6AM everyday. Every. Damn. Day.
Eventually, I give up being angry and try to squeeze in another hour. Sometimes I successfully fall back to sleep, but most of the time I don’t.
The true definition of lazy comes as I begin my day. My day off routine begins with the making of a pot of coffee. While it brews, I set up my day off sanctuary. This consists of my designated corner of the couch, several fleece blankets, and the ottoman positioned perfectly for my feet. Then, I turn on my television to warm it up, fire up the laptop, and return to the coffee pot.
Then, I drink coffee and I stare at the TV. This year, I’ve worked hard to watch as much Supernatural as possible. The thing with 12 hour shifts is I only work three days each week. This leaves me with four days to create the true definition of lazy. Coffee, the couch, and Netflix are integral components of my laziness.
You may be thinking, this is just relaxing after working long days. But then, I pick up my phone and open one of my favorite apps: Panda Pop. The rest of the day is pretty much shot. Saving the baby pandas is a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Anywhere between 9AM and 6PM is ideal nap time. Sometimes I take a few short naps, other times I take one long one. I let the day decide how much sleep I need.
It’s after the nap that I go into a panic when I realize the day is passing by and I’ve done nothing.
One more game of Panda Pop and I remove myself from the couch at this point. Then, I do something. Usually it’s washing a few dishes, or making the bed.
Then, I return to the couch. Quite pleased with myself for my hard work.
The satisfaction doesn’t last long and I often end up going out into the world. Most of the time, I walk the marsh trail. Sometimes I drive to a store appearing to be on a mission, but really I’m just trying to find something I need to say, “Hey! I did something today!”
Then, I go back home and resume the laziness until it’s time to go to bed.