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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Night Shift

Excuse me while I quote the Commodores:

Gonna miss your sweet voice, that soulful noise
On the nightshift
We all remember you
Ooh, your songs are coming through
At the end of a long day it's gonna be okay
On the nightshift
You found another home, I know you're not alone
On the nightshift

This is my last week on the night shift. No more heading to work when everyone else is winding down, no more getting home after midnight, no more posting to this blog during the wee hours of the morning. And I'm also switching beats, from crime to education. So no more tragic concrete mixer accidents, no more freak lightning strikes, no more kooky dogs-eating-meat-with-pins-stuck-in-it stories. (If you didn't already read about it, don't ask.)

You might think I'd be doing cartwheels about this, but I'm pretty lousy at change. So I'm feeling excited yet uneasy and intimidated. (My boyfriend said my tombstone should read, "Here lies Carrie. Sweet, if nervous." Or maybe it was "Short and cranky." Whichever.) I'll miss my coworkers and the cops and Conan O'Brien, and I'll certainly despise using an alarm clock. But I think going out to dinner with friends just once will erase all that. Or one Friday with the Spiders.

It's also sort of melancholy since I started this here blog when I began the night shift. I found myself scrolling through blogs when I got home at night, and I was desperate to write about something besides the misfortune of others. A year and change later, here we are. So cross your fingers for me.

And please cross your fingers that I finish the French Bistro Top by Friday, when my mom heads into town. I only have a sleeve cap left!

I already seamed the first sleeve and, unlike the unfinished project that shall not be named, it looks excellent. I'm dying to block this into shape.

And on the apartment front, slowly but surely it's coming together. Here is the beginning of my little office/craft area. It might not seem like much, but it was mainly boxes just three days ago.

Here's a close up of the poster. Isn't it sweet?


Blogger Rachel said...

You have had a lot of change this past month, Lady! I must say even if you are a bit nervous and a little anxious (which seems perfectly normal to me) you seem, at least from this perspective, to be handling everything very well. Good luck with all the change. You'll make it though :)

6:24 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Congratulations! A welcome change, I'm sure! Although I must say, I'm the same way about change; my husband always jokes that I'll always find something to worry about. And I think he's right. Can't wait to hear how it goes!

7:19 AM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

haha short and cranky! I like that one.

I'd be nervous too but just know the change is for the better

8:04 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

you're gonna love being away from all that crime. education really needs a good focus on it because the city can really screw things up. it'll be great to see what you uncover.

love your new work area! it's so neat and tidy right now :) you'll have to take another picture in a month or two for comparison.

can't wait to have you at the point on fridays! woo hoo!

8:19 AM  
Blogger SJ said...

Good luck with the new beat. I'm sure it'll take some getting used to, but I bet you'll love it too after you get adjusted.

Love the poster! Where did you find it?

8:26 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

I hope you enjoy your new , presumably less stressful beat!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Good luck, Carrie. Change is hard--I'm contemplating a major one myself and it is rough even if the eventual outcome could be a net positive. Being able to have dinner and knit with friends will be a marvelous antidote for the anxiety.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

Just try to remember that you are having growing pains, but you ARE growing. Growing is good. Even when it is a little uncomfortable. Good luck on the new beat.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

That is a big change, but I'm excited for you! As gleek said, it's good that they'll have someone like you on the Education beat. I wish you the best of luck!

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Embrace the change! Can't wait to see you around The Point more often! The office/craft area is looking great... how's the rest of the place coming along?

9:16 AM  
Blogger mayarn said...

Congrats! Good luck with your new assignment - and the knitting! I'm sure you'll make it all work just fine. Education seems like a it might be less stressful, no?

9:28 AM  
Anonymous amanda said...

congrats on the new gig!! can't wait to see you at the point.

9:54 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

Wow, I can't imagine working a night shift. You'll love being up and about during the day! I just finished up having night classes and I can tell you it's awesome wehen you actually get to hang out with your friends in the evening :)

10:20 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

We'll get to see you on fridays?! Yay!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

We'll get to see you on fridays?! Yay!

11:53 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

hope your transition goes great. Love the craft area you've got started. keep us updated on its progress!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I'm sure that it will all work out for the better! I'm a nervous nellie too so I understand your trepidation.

I can't wait to hear about more knitting with the spiders (so jealous)!!

2:13 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Good luck with the change. I'm sure it will be intimidating at first, but you'll soon be wondering what the fuss was about.

Work area looks great - I'm a bit jealous.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

It's not even strange that you posted those lyrics (very fitting yay!) what's strange is I just downloaded that song two days ago LOL.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Welcome to the daytime! It'll be a good change.

Sending you quick finishing vibes for your mom's sweater.

Also, do I spy some Vera Bradley goodness next to your desk? Love her stuff.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

ooh, i can't wait to start seeing you on fridays! huzzah!!!!

one of the things i missed about my carefree college days is being to stay up for Conan O'Brien. I *heart* that man so much. can't remember the last time i watch his show. so sad. :(

10:28 PM  
Blogger Casey said...

I hope you come to love your new assignment! Education will probably be less stressful but can be pretty scary sometimes. Huge classes and cutting art and music?! That's pretty scary to me.
Your diamonique looks great! So nice and summery.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Blogless Jean said...

I just stumbled on your charming blog and have been reading your archives, so this may be a lot to ask: you suggested you wished you had selected a different pattern when you made the baby raglan off's knitting page. Sure looked cute, and I'm thinking of making it as a first sweater. Should I not?

6:29 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

jean --
i hope you see this. thanks for your nice comments! i didn't dislike the baby sweater pattern per se -- i just thought that perhaps i should have searched through pattern books and found something more special or meaningful. but i think for something simple and free, it's perfectly fine.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I'm so glad we'll get to see you on Fridays! And it sounds like you are going to like your new spot, once you get used to it--it's always scary starting something new. Good luck!

11:29 AM  
Blogger vera said...

hi carrie. can't seem to find an email to send you this: check out - its a new crafty mag. happy knitting, :0)

6:26 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Somedays, I miss nightshift, especially when the alarm goes off/child wakes up after a crappy night's sleep. Most days, I love being awake with the rest of the world. Getting to see things instead of just hearing about them and most of all being a part of the fun stuff that goes on at night while I worked.
Dates, even with your husband, aren't quite the same during the daylight hours.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Sluggo said...

I can't believe you gave up being a creature of the the night to become a daywalker. Won't you miss all the glamour and the luxiourous office? Best of luck with the new gig.

10:20 AM  
Blogger kPg said...

My move to the night shift will start in a couple of weeks. I don't know what to feel! I'm excited, but I'm also scared. I've written about the advantages and disadvantages of working the night shift. I hope you check it out and leave me some tips on how to survive the big change. Thanks!

11:56 AM  

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