Call is over! I am very excited. AND, I will present the final tallies:
There you go! 55 hours worked, 16 after-hours calls, 1 overnight call on 5 of the 7 nights. I feel like at least some fatigue is warranted.
Sadly, though I’d love to take a celebratory day off, I have a long/busy day today. BUT at least I am very likely to sleep through the night tonight! That makes me happy.
I would give myself a B+ this call week. I was reasonably calm even with a lot going on during some days. I usually started each day with a decent attitude. Notably, I did some thinking about how many years I am willing to take overnight call! My ultimate goal is to be only doing what I WANT to do, with respect to work, by 2040. And Josh too! IE: I want us to be entirely “FI” by that time, and I do have a tentative numerical goal in mind, $$$-wise. I will be 59 and he will be 65 by that point, so this isn’t exactly “FIRE”. And I don’t necessarily plan on “retirement” either — but I do not want to be taking call.
(Yes I know — that is definitely a long way off and SO many things could happen between now and then! Also, I’m not exactly suffering now. From 2020-2040 I will settle for doing what I WANT to do about 80% of the time. That’s probably pretty good for a job that is well-compensated and secure.)
((I do wonder about how much it would cost to “buy out” my call; ie pay someone else to take it. I know there are people who care less about interrupted sleep than I do and maybe some day I could arrange some sort of trade . . . ))
IF I magically had today off, this is what I would do with it:
- Take kids to school
- Get a mani/pedi (NOTE: I have not bitten my nails since the start of 2020! I am going to get my February m/p scheduled stat)
- Do a workout in a studio (maybe I would knock “Try Orange Theory” off my list!)
- Come home and have a leisurely lunch
- Read in bed and then fall asleep
- Get up and work on some fun stuff (blog/pod related)
- Come join kids and Josh for dinner (on this dream day, he got home at 5:30!)
- Go to sleep at 8:30
Well, that was a fun fantasy! Next time. Although I DO have a tentative “personal retreat” day scheduled, which is one fo my “20 for 2020” goals! It’s less than a month away and I am already excited!