Doing things is not the same as getting things done. ~Jared Silver
I haven’t been around much, and I’m sorry for that. It’s just… I feel a bit out of place and disconnected. Huzzy is on shore duty and there’s just not much about it that is feels “Navy.” I mean, I see him get in his uniform and leave every day, but he’s usually home before noon and doesn’t work weekends. This week, however, will be a bit different as he is the “duty driver” for some inspection that is happening and so he won’t get off work until 1800. Um… okay. He’s still home by dinner, so it’s no big deal.
That will eventually change as once he gets fully checked in (this command it takes upwards of two months due to the qualifications they have to achieve first). Once that happens, he’ll be working normal days (0600-1600 or so), but will still rarely work weekends. Apparently, he’ll have 24-hour duty every four or five weeks, so he MAY work a day on the weekend then if it rotates that way. Of course, he’s also been told that there are certain duties that they will have to be there for the working day and can go home at night as long as they are tethered to a cell phone and can make it into work easily. Shouldn’t be too hard as we live less than 10 miles from the base.
It’s really feeling like he’s a civilian. It’s totally weird. I’m definitely not complaining… I’m just still trying to get used to it.
I mean, his last “shore duty” was recruiting during that awful time in Navy Recruiting where they’d be lucky to get home by 2000. In fact, if he WAS home by then, I’d ask him what happened that he was home so early. Normally, it was because he had to have a new recruit at the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) by 0500 the next day… and that was an hour drive away.
He’s been in for 13 ½ years and this is his first “real” shore duty (I saw him more when he was on a sea billet than in recruiting, so I don’t consider that recruiting duty as shore duty). It’s definitely different and definitely welcome. He’s been home for two and a half months now and I feel myself thinking of things to do in the months ahead and my natural reaction is to still check myself and ask myself if he’s even going to be there that month. But of course… he is.
I can make long-term plans. There’s no boat schedule that he has to abide by. Nothing that’s going to change last-minute and have him out of here for weeks and months at a time. He’s home for three years and I still can’t wrap my head around that. But I’m happy. Very, very happy.