As part of the kids bedtime routine we typically read a chapter from the Bible give hugs and kisses and carry them down the hall to their beds singing Jesus Loves Me. After putting Carlie in bed she’ll almost always asks, “Daddy go to work?” She always wants to know what the day is going to look like tomorrow.
For the last six and a half years now I’ve been working at Eglin AFB and driving just over an hour each way. I thought I’d catalogue my typical day just for memories sake and for those who are curious about what a I do for a living. First, I get up at 4:30 which gives me just enough time to get dressed make some coffee and head out the door by 5:00. I meet my vanpool in Milton and we’re on the road to the base by 5:20. I’ll make it to my building around 6:15 since I’m the first one to be dropped off. We get some time to do some physical training on the clock so I take advantage of that and the cool air in the morning to go running first thing. I straight to a locker room get changed into my running clothes and head out for a 1.5 mile run out and most days I’ll walk the 1.5 back. From there I’ll shower, get into my work clothes and head to work. I work 9 hour days and have every other Friday off. I’ll take an hour or a half hour lunch break and leave at 4:30 to get home around 5:45. During these winter days I’m always leaving in the dark and getting home in the dark. On the weekends I’ll often tell Nessa how surprised I am to see that the sun really does shine at our house.
I thank the Lord for a good job that’s more than enough to pay the bills. I’ve got it made in the shade for sure. Sitting in a cubical is not my dream job but for now I think that’s what’s best for me. I do love working with my hands and often miss my days as a plumber but the pay just couldn’t compare. Who knows maybe someday I’ll get back into plumbing when I can figure out a way to make it at least as profitable as my desk job.
Picking up the other vanpool riders.
Just arriving at the office.
Every morning I have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.
And here’s my cube. I’ve just recently taken to standing up at my desk. Contrary to popular opinion the Air Force is not drowning in money. I have hear tell that the blue cube walls we have in our office were dumpster rescues and you can see my new standup desk is a file cabinet that I removed the wheels from and placed on my desk. If that’s not enough to convince you the chair with the skull print duct tape in the next picture will. I know some organizations in the Air Force are awash in funds but the squadron I’m a part of isn’t.
My office as you enter. My cube’s the one on the left behind the board.
The view out my office window. I love the fact that we at least have a window to look out. So many people just have four walls to look at.
Our board with some math humor and other scribbles.
My poor pathetic pothos plant but hey I read they are good at cleaning the air.
My office building as I’m ready to leave for the day.