As a general rule, Andrew goes to work around 7:30am and gets home around 4:30. Needless to say, I usually take the quickest route home when I’m done for the day so I can get home and see him. This week, though, he’s been testing a new broadcast playout system and while he’s still leaving around 7:30 every morning, he isn’t getting home until 6 or 6:30. Soon that’s going to shift to a 12-10pm work day.
While I’m not really looking forward to the 10-hour late shifts starting, having him working later than I do has its perks. When I know he’s at home, I just want to get home as fast as possible. If I know the apartment’s empty – and will be for a while – I don’t feel like there’s any rush.
This past week I’ve been taking the long way home. It’s about a 45 minute walk and goes along one of the funky shopping areas, past a park and a cemetery, over a highway, and through another little shopping strip before finishing with a gentle downhill path to my apartment. It’s a great way to finish off the day, especially when the weather’s nice. I’ll get some good music going on my ipod and mentally unwind – sorting through what’s happened that day and what I need to follow up on the next day. Plus I go right by a little Asian supermarket where I can grab some cheap veggies and things if I need anything for that night’s dinner.
The evenings seem to go by a lot quicker since we aren’t eating until closer to 7 pm now but we still get couch potato quality time together, even if Andrew is a little more stressed than usual with the extra work pressure.
I’ve noticed that I’m starting to look forward to my daily walks. I like the “me time”. I think the fact that the weather’s getting nicer and the sun isn’t setting until almost 6 pm helps, too. When Andrew starts his later shifts, I think my after-work routine will be: walk to the gym, do a workout, walk home. Like I said, if I know Andrew’s not home, I don’t really feel any rush to get to an empty apartment and this might be the perfect excuse to start up a new routine. Of course, I’m saying this as I’ve yet to even visit the gym for a tour, let alone sign up! But my Wii is sold and I’ve got the cash now. This weekend I’ll actually go see the gym. I swear!
Do you find your routine is affected by your partner?