Friday was back to work day, the first of five consecutive workdays. So far we have worked 3 five hour days, and then 3 ten hour days in preparation for 5 ten hour workdays each week for the next 7 weeks. This is when the rubber meets the road. Are our feet and legs ready for 10+ miles of walking per night? Only time will tell, as they say. One note about the walking. When we were here 6 years ago we wold routinely pick in all three buildings each night, and moving from building to building throughout a shift can add a mile, or two per shift. This time we have been picking in just one building, Building 'C', which does tend to reduce the nightly mileage somewhat. Neither TLE, nor I wear one of those watches which count steps, and translate them into miles, but our friends who also spend their time picking exclusively in Building 'C' do, and are reporting mileage in the neighborhood of 9-10 miles per day. How fast you 'pick', and how many items you pick in a shift will determine your total mileage. I've been doing about 1,100 picks per shift.....TLE a little more.
After two days of rest, and frequent naps we were both ready to begin a new work week, and see just how well we do. The temps as we walked to work were in the low 40's, but were only destined to reach 49º F for the day's high. It will warm back into the 60's and 70's over the next week, but we are in store for rain Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and then later in the week.
Our shift went well, and as we exited the concrete fortress it was bitter cold, and breezy. The past few days of work I had not worn my jacket, or watch cap on the walk home, but on this day I had everything on including my gloves for the 1/4 mile uphill walk to the Newell. We were both pleasantly tired and chilly as we entered the Newell. We quickly turned on all three heaters, and changed into something comfortable.
TLE had prepared, on our off days, a couple of chicken enchilada casseroles, and put one of them in the oven to heat it for dinner just after we changed clothes. We have less than 3 hours from the time we get home until it is bed time, so there is no time to dilly dally. Bhy 5:40 we were eating.....that had to be one of the top 2, or 3 enchilada casseroles she has produced over the years. They are always very good, but this one really lit up my taste buds!
We were in bed, of course, by 8 pm, and that was our day. We're doing well with a few expected aches and pains, but very optimistic about completing the next 7 weeks in style!
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