Thursday, October 27, 2011

Commissioning

For the past week I have been working on our project site, commissioning equipment.

This means that construction builds or installs something, then our team fires it up and gets it running and tested.

I am working 16 hour days - but only because that is the maximum allowed by my employer. This makes for crazy shifts:
Saturday: 11am-1am
Sunday: 11am-4am
Monday: noon-3:30am
Tuesday: 1pm-5am
Wednesday: 2pm-6am
Thursday: 4pm- ???

See a pattern?

I haven't had time to see Robyn, my friends or my family since Saturday; I haven't even seen my roommate for more than 5 minutes this week.

On the upside, the work is very busy and I am learning a lot. I've probably learned more in this week than in the last year - it's just so hands-on, and there are so many problems to solve.

Despite the fun and interesting work, this is an unsustainable schedule. I am looking forward to things going back to "normal".

PS. Robyn and my parents are awesome; they both cooked a bunch of food for me that I've been bringing to site for my meals (since I have zero hours to shop, cook, or even do laundry).

Edit: I wrote this at 3:15pm in between a bowl of cereal, and going to work.