Just a quick update here!
Hubby Blue has been on the power shift all week, and while it's now definitely my least favorite shift of all of them, I think I am getting the hang of all the newfound alone time! I was anything but bored or lonely this week. One night I was cooking up a storm, the next night I was so worn out from that that I just read blogs on my computer all night. Another night I did all kinds of chores around the house, and tonight I did a little bit of everything (got my Christmas gifts all wrapped!). Hubby Blue and I might see each other for 10 minutes here or there, but mostly we just relied on phone calls during his drive to work. I would definitely not want him to be on this shift long-term, but it was manageable for the week.
I don't know if I'm getting used to it or if it's Christmas or what, but I'm not feeling so miserable lately. I wish I had my husband around for things that other people's husbands are around for (like holiday parties and outings), but as I've heard before and I'm sure I'll hear again, I'm looking for our own sort of "normal." I can't compare our life to non-police families' lives, as hard as that may be.
Hubby Blue's schedule has only changed once this week...he's going back to the afternoon shift, 2:00 to 10:00. This would be very unfortunate...except that I'm a teacher and I'll be on break for the next two weeks while he's on this shift! I think we'll be fine. And he's still off Christmas Eve and Christmas Day AND the two days before! How did I luck out?! Long story short...we're doing okay. Still taking things one day at a time, but for the time being, things are (at long last) looking up around here. :)