Many people come up to me and ask me what it’s like to be with a husband that is on TV. “It must be so glamorous” they say. “I bet you get a lot of perks!” they chant. “I saw him on TV last night and this morning, whats up with that?” Ding, ding, ding! There we go, my first real question about the ‘perks’ of being a TV
weatherman Meteorologist. Once you actually start watching the news as much as I do, you seriously start noticing the crazy schedules that the weathermen Meteorologists have.
weatherman Meteorologist will have a ‘schedule’ of sorts for the position they have at their station. There is the Chief weatherman Meteorologist that works prime time nights, the Morning position is self explanatory where they will work the morning shows, then you will have other positions that work the weekends, noons, sister stations, etc. All of them will eventually have to fill in for another weatherman Meteorologist with or without sufficient notice. Someone will undoubtedly get sick, have a family situation pop up, car problems, work an extra shift the previous day and be able to make up time by getting someone to pick up a shift they were scheduled for the next day, etc., etc., etc.
While the rest of us work our normal Monday-Friday 8am-5pm job, TV
weatherman Meteorologists can work any of the 7 days of the week, morning, afternoons, nights, split shifts, 12 hour long shifts, no shifts, 6 hour shifts, studio shifts, live shot shifts, tag-teaming the studio shifts, tag-teaming live shot shifts, babysit storms that may or may not develop shifts, making new graphics shifts, school talk shifts, new computer training shifts, 10 days in a row shifts, 15 days in a row shifts, holiday shifts; yes, I can keep going, but at this point, you get it.
I feel like I’m living in the movie “Office Space” sometimes. Aaron will literally work his butt off for 8 days in a row (refer to shifts above), he will FINALLY get a day off and he’d have to go in for TPS report training (if you don’t understand what I’m referring to, stop reading right now and watch the movie “Office Space”- and while you’re at it, watch some episodes of “The Office”- and you might as well watch the movie “Twister” just to keep up with my bloggisms):
Just to give you a peak into the “Brackett” life here is what Aaron’s schedule was this past week:
Saturday: 2:00p-7:00p, dinner break, back in at 8:00p-11:00p
Sunday: Worked on graphics in the morning and afternoon, came home for dinner, went back to do 10:00 show after the football game was over-the show was delayed because of the game, so therefore, he got home after midnight.
Monday: Training from 8:00a-4:00p
Wednesday: “Talent Training” at 5:30p-6:30, “graphics” meeting after that, came home for dinner, went back into the station at 10:00p, stayed overnight to create graphics, came home at 5:30am.
Thursday: OFF- but still went into the station to make sure graphics made a smooth transition
Here is what his schedule should ‘normally’ be:
Thurs-Fri: Split shift 9am-1:00p, 9:00p
Sat-Sun: 5 or 6:00p, 10:00pm
…As a wife, I’m over here like:
How do you plan a life when a “schedule” isn’t really a “schedule”?
The inspiration for me to write this blog came pretty easily after Aaron got to go up in the station helicopter this week. As a disclaimer, I am very supportive of my husband, I am very happy for him with all the wonderful experiences he gets to have through his job as a TV
weatherman Meteorologist in the 3 markets we have lived in (Rockford, Tucson, & Oklahoma City), every opportunity he gets is a blessing to have been given, but I have to admit, I’m hella jealous sometimes. Scratch that, I’m jealous of him every time!!! He has been able to do some really cool things while I get to hang out in my awesome office chair staring at a computer screen all day long. Now,I don’t want to say my job is boring, I do get to go up and down the stairs to use different printers which is always exciting as my computer doesn’t always connect the first few times; so I then get to go back and forth, and back and forth to try and figure out why that darn printer isn’t printing. It’s usually something fun like I forgot to actually hit the ‘print’ button or it’s out of paper. I also get to go into the warehouse sometimes and experience what no A/C feels like on a hot summer day while taking care of miscellaneous ‘marketing’ tasks; this is exciting because I get to feel like I’m in the show “The Office”- they don’t play basketball in there, and there is no artist painting a mural on the wall, and my boss doesn’t hold ‘jam sessions’ with his band, we also don’t have a bailer for me to put bubble wrap into (side-note: we do have bubble paper in the office, and I do get to pop it), but there are industrial sized fans which are fun to stand in front of, I kind of look like this (except my hair is in my face and I have work appropriate clothes on, but when I’m wearing a skirt it gets interesting…): Let’s be honest, when I’m not in front of the industrial sized fans, I’m more like: Let’s be even more honest, Aaron’s job is cooler in every way. Here are some fun thing’s he’s done the past 5 years that I’m totally jealous of so happy he’s been able to experience: Continue reading