I work nights, 7 pm to 7:30am. And I’ve discovered over the past almost nine years of a night shift schedule that there are some advantages to not working a “normal” 9 to 5 schedule. Sure, it can sometimes be difficult to schedule 9 to 5 appointments like doctor and dentist appointments. But there are advantages, too. I miss rush hour traffic. I leave for work after it’s over and head home in the morning before it gets heavy. I can go to the gym at 1 in the afternoon when teenagers and college aged young adults are in class and most adults are at work. And I can go to the grocery store at odd hours when it’s fairly empty and be in and out quickly. Tonight I went to the grocery store at 10pm. (Yes, mom, I went out after dark.) That’s when I was fully awake and had the most energy. It was a breeze to get in there, get a cart full of groceries for the next week or so, and get home. So I really don’t mind my odd night-owl schedule.