October is our busy season on the job, and my department is understaffed. Right now, I’m trying to cobble together a schedule with the staff I have, while dealing with moving goalposts. My boss, a saint, is trying to wheedle more hours from an overtime-averse executive branch to ensure proper coverage. Not only are the goalposts moving, but I’m on a moving platform trying to kick that field goal... and I’m not even a big football fan.
Right now, there’s a big ‘then magic happens’ gap in the schedule, pending word from higher up. I am the type of guy who likes to have everything planned out in advance, but that’s not an option in October.