Tonight I came home from work tired, stressed and dreading another day in the office. Work has just been insane lately and while much of it is enjoyable and even somewhat exciting, there are definitely elements that are draining and frustrating as well. Today I’m having one of those “is it Friday yet?” days! But my husband has had it even worse! He has something like 5 days off this week (don’t know the actual number, I lost count). For those of you who may be less observant, that was sarcasm. Sure he was away for 4 days last week, so he deserves 5 days off… just like I worked 4 days last week so I deserve 5 off. That’s how it goes, right? Needless to say, sometimes I really love his job and other times I hate it. Let’s examine why.
First for the Perks
He looks good in a uniform.
Cheap Australia flights (and flights to select overseas destinations as well).
I get to hear all the ins and outs of why planes are VERY unlikely to ever crash because of turbulence.
I get to learn about the best places to sit on a plane depending on whether you want safety, noise reduction or the the smoothest ride.
He has lots of days off so he can take care of all of our life admin tasks like going to the post office and calling our internet provider to complain about our crappy service once a week.
I usually have at least one or two nights a week to myself which means I can watch all my girly shows like Gossip Girl and Grey’s Anatomy.
On the nights when he’s home, he’s usually home early enough to make dinner.
And now… the Pitfalls
I miss him when he’s away 3, sometimes 4 nights a week.
He doesn’t necessarily get public holidays or any other special days off so holidays and events can be tough to plan.
90% of his friends are pilots… so you can imagine the types of conversations we have over dinner. No really, I LOVE hearing about IFR, VFR, LNAV, VNAV and ILS approaches for 2 hours while we eat.
And my favourite at the moment…I get to come home and hear about how busy his day was because he had to catch up with 3 people for breakfast and coffee, play tennis, watch tennis AND get his tennis racquet re-strung so he just didn’t have a single moment to just sit and chill out.
These are just a few… I could add many more things to each of the lists but it’s late and I have to get up for another day in the office tomorrow since for some reason I’m not getting those 5 days off I had hoped for.