eight times five

For about a year and a half I have been working a four-ten schedule, meaning I work four days a week, ten hours a day, and get an extra day off. Up until now that day off has been Friday, but I decided to switch it to Monday.

There’s a couple of reasons why I figured Mondays off are better. First, there’s the advantage of never having to wake up early on a Monday. It provides one extra day to recover from the weekend. Second, any Monday holidays get banked as floating holidays, which I can basically use as an extra vacation day. This is the main reason why I’m switching to Monday– I used up a good chunk of my vacation days last year, and I want to save up as many as I can to try and travel internationally sometime this year. And third, Monday seems like a better day to run errands. On a lot of the Fridays I had off, I’d run errands like going to the car dealer for scheduled maintenance. Apparently Friday was their busiest day. I’m hoping Mondays will be less crowded.

Anyways, because the Monday and Friday fell within different months this week, I had to work all five days this week. But on the plus side that meant getting out while the sun was still pretty high in the sky. I ended up taking advantage of it by biking into work on Tuesday. I had actually had my bike ready and my panniers packed, ready to go for a ride to work since the beginning of the year. I had been planning to bike in at least once a week, but I’ve been lazy. But with gas over $4 a gallon, it starts making more sense to ride in. I just need to find a way to haul my butt out of bed…

Today I went for a short jog at McKinley park after work. I don’t especially like running, I mostly run when I’ve eaten too much during the day. Today I felt obligated to run because I had buffet with coworkers at Mizu. It’s actually quite nice running at McKinley park. I might do it more, even without eating buffet. I guess part of the reason why I don’t like running is because I run towards the end of the day, under cover of darkness. It’s actually not so bad when you’re running during the day through cherry blossoms and sleepy ducks and swans.

On a completely random, unrelated note… I saw the Google self driving car this week. On Wednesdays I’ve been going to a bible study in Sac, this week we met at Happy Corner, which is right next to Akebono. The driver of the car came out when he saw us standing around the car taking pictures (with our Google Android phones). He was pretty cool, he talked to us about the technology behind the car and random stuff, even though we probably interrupted his meal.

So anyways, this week was a nice change. Getting off early was nice. But I’m looking forward to going back to four-tens and having Mondays off.

Things I am thankful for:

  • flexible employment
  • Vibram five finger running shoes
  • bike lanes
  • Google super engineers
  • bible study buddies

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