Category: shift work

We were in the fight of our lives and we won

We were in the fight of our lives and we won
12 For our struggle is not against human opponents, but against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers in the darkness around us, and evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realm.   Ephesians 6:12  (ISV) I rarely start my blog posts with Bible verses, but today, it is most appropriate to do so. Last night, my husband and I... Read more »

I didn't get to say goodnight to my police officer husband, and he might not come home in the morning

I didn't get to say goodnight to my police officer husband, and he might not come home in the morning
I didn’t get to say goodbye or “I love you” to my husband before he left for work tonight, and he might not come home in the morning. That’s the reality I live with as the spouse of a police officer. Especially today. Especially considering that in the last month 16 officers were killed or... Read more »

My whopper of a mistake and how it changed the direction of my life

My whopper of a mistake and how it changed the direction of my life
I am human. I make mistakes. Most of the mistakes I make are minor – inconsequential in the grand scheme of life. There was one mistake I made, and although no lives were lost, and no humans or animals were harmed, it changed the course of my life. From the time I watched my first... Read more »
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New Years Eve through the eyes of a cop's wife

New Years Eve through the eyes of a cop's wife
              Tonight is New Years Eve. In a couple of hours, millions of people will be blasting noise makers, dropping confetti, drinking champagne, kissing their significant other, and celebrating a brand new year. As a cop’s wife, my New Years Eve looks much different; you see, my guy is... Read more »

Police Officers are not the bad guys

Police Officers are not the bad guys
The majority of the time, the police officers are not the bad guys. Yes, there are some bad apples, as there are in every line of work, but most of the 900,000 sworn officers in this country are not the bad guys. A retired police officer friend of mine shared an article from the Chicago... Read more »

Why I hate the phrase "non-life-threatening injuries"

Why I hate the phrase "non-life-threatening injuries"
I hate the phrase “non-life-threatening injuries” and I think the media ought to stop using it today. Right now. It should never be part of another news broadcast. Why? I’ll tell you why… Because “non-life-threatening injuries” sounds like everything is hunky-dory. It sounds like the reports are saying, “The person got bumped and banged around,... Read more »
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Change is the only true constant in life

Change is the only true constant in life
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about living in the routine of life – walking in the status quo, as it were. The reality, though, is that change is the only true constant in life. Status quo, life without chaos, is a good thing. It allows us moments of rest between the... Read more »

5 reasons why you should not have personal fireworks displays for the 4th of July

5 reasons why you should not have personal fireworks displays for the 4th of July
Please don’t have personal fireworks displays this year. I can hear it now, “What?!?” “Mind your own business!” “I’ve got this – I’ve done this for years and no one’s ever gotten hurt.”  And other comments I won’t post, but know are coming. I have 5 very good reasons why you should refrain from having... Read more »

8 hour shifts to 12 hour shifts - I'm NOT a happy camper

Last August, I wrote a piece called Living well when your spouse works weird shifts. My opinions and view points in that piece were based on our experiences with 8 hours shifts, with set, and/or rotating days off. We had lived with and worked around those 8 hours shifts for years, and finally, about 5 years... Read more »
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Concealed carry is an enormous responsibility

Carrying a concealed weapon is an enormous responsibility. I knew this; deep inside, I really knew this. However, after taking the concealed carry class required by the Illinois State Police in order to obtain a license to carry, the enormity has truly sunk in. Last weekend, I spent 16 hours in class and on the... Read more »