Fully discharged

It’s the holiday seasons and much like the other in town, I’ve been running around, stressing out and draining all my energy. The night shift has done nothing but add insult to injury. Every morning when I get home, I have a problem with getting to sleep right away. And when I wake up a few hours later, I still feel tired. I think my lack of sleep is slowly starting to catch up to me.

I didn’t sleep when I arrived home on Friday morning. It was payday and I need to get some bills paid off. I don’t like to put unpaid bills aside for too long. My bills are usually paid upon receipt. My cell phone bill comes out to around $45 if I stay with in my allocated airtime. My internet bill is about the same amount. My credit card bill is probably the highest because it’s currently at a high balance. I can’t afford to pay for all of it at once so usually a little over half of my pay goes towards my credit card bill. Whatever is left over goes towards my savings.

With Christmas less than a month away, I fear that my credit card bill will be going up again. It usually does that around the holiday season. But maybe I won’t have to worry too much about that since I don’t have much time to do any shopping anyway. By the end of the week, all my energy has been drained. All I can do is sleep until I stop getting tired.

Last Friday, I was up the whole day finishing off some errands and helping out people with the computer problems. I got back home around 6:00pm and just passed out. The next thing I knew, it was 1:00pm Saturday afternoon. I woke up and got out of bed to finish off the rest of my errands. I got back home around 6:00pm and I passed out again. I didn’t wake up again until 9:00pm that night. From Friday evening to Saturday evening, I must have slept a total of 22hrs.

If anyone is offered to do the night shift, take my advice and pass on it. It has its advantages but I think that the disadvantages out weight the advantages. Yes, it is rather quiet here at night but that the part of the job that I dislike the most. I don’t mind working alone but I prefer to have some sort of interactivity with my coworkers. And the main disadvantage with the night shift is that you’re too tired to do anything when you wake up so you miss out on a lot of things. Even on a Friday. You’d think that I’d be rested enough after sleeping for 8hrs. I should have a lot of energy to go out Friday night but I don’t. All I want to do is sleep some more.

At the rate things are going, I am not sure if I’ll get my Christmas shopping done. Some people have learned from their mistakes and started their shopping early. There are words that some of them are already finished with their shopping. I haven’t even started and I don’t even know where to begin. My mom hinted on the fact that she wanted a treadmill or something to exercise inside the house so that’s pretty easy. My brother is suggesting that we get together and get a portrait of just the boys. If we do that, it has to be on a Friday since that’s the only day I’m available. Heck, I could probably take the picture myself but since it’s a gift, I think it’s best that we leave it to the professionals.

I don’t even know what to get my brothers and my dad yet. Usually I get the little guys toys and the rest a sweater of some sort but I think that’s getting old. One of the little guy is no longer little so I can’t get him toys either. I was thinking of getting them a gaming console but I don’t think they’ll do their homework if there’s an Xbox 360 in the house. The little one is constantly on the Xbox or the laptop playing some sort of game. He gets his homework done and all but it seems like it puts in more time with video games than doing homework.

I’m thinking of getting my dad a new cell phone. The one he has is out dated. He’s not much for the new stuff. If the current one he has is working, he’s fine with it. He’s not like me where I need to stay up-to-date with a phone that has a camera at least. He’s had that cell phone for a couple of years already. I don’t mind signing up for a new contract if it means he gets a new cell phone. The current one is already under my name. If I do get him a cell phone, I have to see if it’s possible to switch the phone number to the new phone and have it activated on Christmas Day. I don’t see any reason why it can’t be done. I’m just guessing that they’re lazy to implement it.

I’m not an all out die hard Christmas celebrator so not everyone gets something. Usually, it’s just close friends that gets a card and maybe a box of chocolate. They’ll be lucky to get that if I have any money left over. The first time I went all out for Christmas, I had a pretty high credit card bill to show for it. I wanted to make sure everyone on my list received something. I didn’t expect anything in return though. I never do. A simple Christmas card will do just fine. I know that money is tight around Christmas time so I don’t expect a lot. I’ll be more happy if you wish me seasons greet!