Andrew Q&A + what I realized from the night time shift.



Hey everybody!!! Janae was off working all day, so I made a decision to jot down a submit. First off, thanks for all of the questions!!! That helps a ton to see what to jot down. This submit is stuffed with loads of random, so bear with me. Listed below are a number of footage of our day; then, I’ll reply a number of questions and finish it with a number of issues about working the night time shift.

Beck is formally a mama’s boy. Anytime there’s a alternative, it’s all mother. I both need to be driving my bike for him to need to grasp with me (which I hope he continues to like), or I’ve to bribe him with one thing else for him to need to go along with me. I’m not THAT mad about it, just a bit bit.

They completed our flooring yesterday, and I swear the oil end they placed on them is a biohazard. We needed to run to Janae’s sister final night time so we wouldn’t die of fumes.

All the reworking has us outdoors the home fairly a bit, so the improbable heat climate this week has led to many picnics outdoors, and it has been enjoyable!

Everybody else was gone, and out of the home, so it was simply Beck and me at dwelling engaged on the thousand issues on my to-do record as a result of the climate had been insane. I can not imagine how a lot snow we’ve gotten this 12 months.

So we acquired some new chicks in February, and we’ve been introducing them to our present group of hens, and it has been difficult. The older hens are establishing their pecking order. We’ve got been conserving them separated at night time, and one of many kiddos left the hatch the place we get the eggs open. It’s large enough for the little chicks to get out. Quick ahead to this morning, I went outdoors to seek out one child chick working round by itself, and the others had been nowhere to be discovered.

The above image is how I discovered them. They had been all huddling collectively between our home and the recent tub, I used to be so relieved, and it took FOREVER to seek out them. Our superior neighbors discovered one too!! So glad they didn’t get snatched by an animal.

I made a decision to be Bob Vila and attempt to make our coop just a bit larger so the chickens all have some much-needed room from one another. I didn’t do an excellent job establishing it, however we tried! If any of you’ve concepts to assist combine the 2 flocks, I’m all ears!

So many neighbors are getting chickens; Skye says her new favourite animal of the day is a hen, particularly this one. I believe the brand new animal modifications by hour fairly than by day, however we LOVE IT!

Bear in mind the tree that just about fell on Brooke within the yard? It’s lastly Spring cleansing round right here, so Beck and I started working with the chainsaw, and we took six full truckloads of this huge tree; I’m drained.

Alright, I do know not that thrilling of a day, however I wished to reply a number of the questions from a number of readers!!

Query 1: John

Do you personal a Specialised Bike? Do you’ve a street bike, gravel bike or laborious tail along with your full-suspension mountain bike? Have you ever competed in any organized rides/races or do you propose to? Have you ever ridden gravel or roads or do you keep on with single observe and mountain bike trails? What’s your ideally suited mountain bike day/trip?

Hey John!! First off, if you’re prepared, I need to go to the PNW, so BAD. You’ll have to inform me the place to go to deliver the household and the place to trip!! I’ve ridden all types of bikes. Presently, I personal a Santa Cruz – Hightower. It’s the good do-it-all bike. I acquired an amazing deal on it, and it has a lifetime body guarantee and bearings too! So I’m stoked about it.

In an ideal world, I might like to have a gravel and street bike. Nonetheless, I exploit the Peloton ALL THE TIME, particularly in the course of the winter; I hope that interprets to my bike health this season. I’ve but to do any races, however I preserve enthusiastic about it, simply questioning what to do.

My good mountain bike day is driving most in the course of the center of the week; most instances, I get the mountains to myself – they’re empty. I like to do some of every part. My favourite trip is about 20 miles and about 2,000 ft of climbing. Come out to Utah, and I’ll take you. I may discuss bikes all day – so I’ll need to cease there.

Query 2: Ali

Sure, I’ve a query for Andrew: Are you excited to see your bestie in Boston?!

Uh sure!! When can we get to see you??

Query 3: Jenny/Amanda

My daughter and I are dying to listen to about your profession change. No extra DNP? What made you modify your thoughts? I’m a nurse and my daughter is in nursing college at SUU, so we’re completely curious!

Hello Jenny!! This can be a loaded query; I’ll attempt to get this easy. So I’ve 3 Bachelor’s Levels: Train Science, Spanish, and Nursing. I completely love being a nurse, sure, there are some actually laborious instances, bodily, mentally, and so on., however I really wished to have a profession the place I really feel like I’m including good to the world and making a distinction, albeit a small one. I wished to seek out one thing that I felt match me, my targets, and my household. I’m really going to attempt to keep per diem within the ICU so I can nonetheless preserve my expertise and have the “depth” I like.

Okay… again to the purpose. For the way a lot education I’ve performed, I don’t adore it. If I’m being utterly open and trustworthy, I wasn’t pleased with attempting to suit every part in. I actually appreciated the fabric I used to be studying, however I didn’t fairly really feel the eagerness or discover that I used to be comfortable in this system. I didn’t even have a job that I actually wished or a discipline to pursue. One other detractor was that I used to be anticipated to seek out my very own scientific preceptors along with working full-time, college full-time, discover high quality scientific placements, and shadow them in my already VERY restricted time.

Lengthy story quick, I had been pondering laborious about this for about six months. A job alternative simply saved arising, and I didn’t actually suppose a lot about it the primary couple of instances, however the alternative is to be an Organ Donor Coordinator. I’ll be working as a nurse, and it actually hits all my desires in a profession and way of life. I’ll work higher hours and fewer time than I beforehand was as an ICU nurse (To reply Amanda’s query). I’m actually attempting to be a morning individual proper now – we are going to see how that goes after I begin working. There’s a big work/life steadiness focus for the staff I’ll be working with, and the staff appears to be AMAZING. So I’m excited a couple of new journey.

I modified my Masters’s program to an MSN in Nursing Management and Administration. I’ve lower than a 12 months, and it’s a neater program. Additionally they instructed me that if I ever wished to return to the NP program, I may do it after my Masters and it’s only a 12 months extra. I’m unsure I’ll try this, however it’s good to know that chance exists.

I may additionally write a complete different submit about this.

Query 4: Erica

Query for Andrew: Which one in every of your persona traits do you see in every of the children?

It’s actually enjoyable to see our completely different personalities and our youngsters’ personalities and the way, if any, are handed on. One factor that Janae and I actually agree with is sleep. There’s something in Baron genes that make sleep and falling asleep VERY tough. Bedtimes are laborious with the children which have a few of my chromosomes. Janae and Brooke can go to sleep inside 10 seconds. I additionally suppose the Baron facet has some wild chromosomes – however that’s up for debate. Nature vs. nurture, who is aware of?

Query 5: Arianna

For Andrew, I do know his blogs are usually lighthearted/humorous however I’m kind of curious what suggestions he has for being a supportive partner when a taper is tough or race day targets don’t go as deliberate… Simply say nothing, attempt to be encouraging…? Personally I get extra aggravated with my partner generally when he tries to be encouraging so it’s a lose/lose for him sadly.

This can be a VERY necessary query, and I don’t know, hahaha.  I discover that I’m a fixer and can do something I can to make issues higher, but when it’s a tough day at a race, damage, or no matter else.  Generally I hug Janae, and generally, I simply sit there within the trenches along with her and let her know that I like her it doesn’t matter what, and I simply like to cheer her on.  However you’re proper; generally, it’s a lose/lose.  However That’s what we do!!


Okay, this submit is wayyyy too lengthy sorry about that! I simply wished to complete with a listing of 5 issues I realized from the night time shift. This meme actually sums up quite a bit!

1 – The night time shift takes its toll on you. I believe I used to be in denial for the longest time about this. I’ve main FOMO – worry of lacking out on every part. I might fairly sleep for 4-5 hours and be concerned with the household than get additional sleep. My youngsters wouldn’t miss an excessive amount of time with out me as a result of I would go away for work proper earlier than bedtime, and I might see them earlier than they went to highschool.

To play satan’s advocate. I actually don’t really feel a distinction between 6 and 9 hours of sleep. Something lower than six, I begin to deteriorate and neglect my first identify. So if we’re being trustworthy, six nights in a row, I might really feel my mind working slower, and I might have quite a bit much less endurance.

2 – The munchies come alive at night time. I do know that is in all probability scientifically confirmed – however I can not imagine how a lot meals I can eat in the course of the night time shift. At my final job, administration saved the again workplace stuffed with all types of treats and meals. THIS KILLED ME. I might subconsciously stroll again to the workplace,   not realizing what I used to be doing. The safety guards and I turned finest buddies, primarily as a result of I knew the place the stash was (with permission, after all), however I wanted to get right into a locked workplace, and so they at all times knew after I was calling that they had been going to get the good things. I appreciated to do that quite a bit after I was the cost nurse. It appeared to brighten everybody’s night time, particularly at 2 AM.

3 – I ALWAYS would neglect what day it was. I often would work 5-6 nights in a row and all dates and instances lose their which means. The one necessary factor was to recollect what night time it was, whether or not it was night time 6 of 6 or 1 of 6.

4 – You be taught to be inventive with every part. Generally it is vitally tough to come up with a health care provider, member of the family, and/or lab end result. The record goes on. Generally it really works, and generally you get somebody yelling profanities by means of the cellphone. Generally you need to roll with the punches.

5 – My favourite factor in regards to the night time shift was that by the top of the shift, I used to be lifeless drained. However I may get into mattress after I acquired dwelling and go to sleep inside 2 minutes. That DOES NOT HAPPEN usually for me. Perhaps I’ll get more healthy sleep habits and try this naturally. Additionally, if in case you have any recommendations on this, please ship them!


1 – Have you ever ever labored the night time shift? Did you prefer it?

2- Inform me about an surprising profession change. Are you cheerful you probably did it? Do you remorse it?

3 – What’s the most difficult factor that you’ve got overcome? How did you get by means of it?


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