What does your hubby/SO do for a living? What does his schedule look like (as far as when does he work)?
Graphic designer and he works a 9/80, meaning he works 9 days in a row and off a day (business days). So he works 9-7 Mon - Fri with every other Friday off. I wish I had that schedule!
My DH is an applications Engineer manager. He has his degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
When DH is in town, he leaves the house early. WAY before I get up and gets home most nights around 6:30-7. he probably does 60-70 hour work weeks in town and 80+ hours a week when he's out of town. His company is based out of Chicago so he travels there quite a bit. As you guys know, he spend 18 months M-F in Chicago and missed almost all of Andrew's first year. Since that caused so many issues in our marriage, he has changed his travel a bit and now is gone 1/2 the month. It still sounds like a lot, but it's made a huge difference.
He is very interested in climbing the ladder, so he makes work a very high priority. It's nice he has such a strong work ethic. It makes it possible for me to stay home and take care of my #1 priority.
DH is an airline pilot based in Chicago. He's a captain, but that's a fairly recent promotion, so he has fairly low seniority as far as captains go. That means he has really crappy schedules. He's currently "on reserve" which means that he sits in Chicago waiting for them to assign him a trip. Some days (like today) they don't use him at all and he spends the day working out, playing online etc (it's a rough life). Other days he does a ton of flying. He's usually gone between 4-6 days at a time and home for 2-4 day stretches.
Hmm, I wonder?
LOL, obviously a firefighter. He usually works Thursdays-Saturdays, 72 hour shifts. So he goes in Thursday morning and actually gets off Sunday morning and is home around noon. BUT, of course it's fire season right now. He has been gone for a week and I have no idea when he'll come home. Right now he's in Southern California, at least 7 hours away.
Right now he is a Captain for the summer, but will bump back down to Engineer for the winter unless he gets picked up by a permanent job opening somewhere. He already has an offer for a Permanent Captain, but working conservation camps. Which means he drives inmates around and they cut line and do the dirty work. We've discussed it and are okay with it, it's a 2 year commitment, but most guys have to do it, it's just the next step in the ladder before being a Permanent Captain at a station. He'll only be an hour away then too
DH is a product manager for a trust accounting software company. He works M-F, 8 to 5. He is able to take DS to school and works close enough that he can help out with picking kids up, taking kids places, etc. At times, he has been the one to go to Isaiah's school functions because I cannot get off work due to scheduling with my job.
He is an Electrical Engineer and does electromagnetic interference testing on any equipment that goes on the Lockheed Martin jets. He gets to play in a lab and do all sorts of tests with fancy equipment. Occasionally he will actually test the equipment once the plane is assembled. They actually have one lab that is a HUGE hanger and they hang the plane inside of it while testing it. Every surface is covered in the large foam cones (besides a little walkway in the center). It's the strangest thing because the sound is absorbed like you are in a small padded room but you are actually in a massive hanger. Pretty cool.
His work schedule is the same as Jenn's DH's. He works a 9/80 and has every other Friday off. It makes for longer working days but it so nice to have a three day break every other weekend.
DH rarely works. He is a personal support worker, currently he works at a temp agency that supplies homes for adults with multiple disabilities. They like him there, he's a big guy and some of the patients are violent, so he's a good person to send to some of the homes, but there is less and less work these days. :(. He used to work in steel, until the steel industry collapsed here three years ago. Eventually we hope for him to find a full time job, but right now he is home with the kids. When he does work, he generally works nights and will just stay up when he gets home, and take care of the kids. Its more likely he will work nights on a weekend and so I take the kids and he sleeps. Makes for a crappy family life but we need the income, so what can you do.
DH is an officer in the Air Force. For four years he was a flight test engineer working on upgrades to the F-15E and A-10 fighter planes. This past year he's been in pilot training. His schedule changed week to week, but the average week had him going in at 7am and come home at 7pm. He studied from 8-11pm. There have been a few weekends where he was gone doing cross country flights. He is currently flying the T-38. He graduates at the end of the month. Tomorrow night we'll find out what his career plane will be and where we're headed to next! Sometime next month I expect him to leave for a 6 week trip for survival school and such. Then he has part B of pilot training (the actual training for his career plane). Depending on the plane, I may or may not get to move with him for that. Then he will finally be a part of an operational squadron and who knows what schedule it'll be other than always changing. lol.
:udawoman: I don't know how you do it all without knowing for certain what comes next. What a great wife to be open to wherever your husband's career takes you. I know lost of women (military wives and such) are like this but after reading this I just wanted to say that I'm amazed by you. I'd be *itching and moaning daily until I knew the exact plans for the next move.