Sunday, January 02, 2011

On-Call Superstitions

I'm in the middle of my first weekend on-call. It's strangely scheduled due to the holiday. On Friday night, off New Year's Day, back on for Sunday and then Monday, which is the observed holiday. Let's just say I can't wait for 8 am Tuesday morning!

I realized I have a few things that I will or will not do while on-call, as if these things can improve my odds.

I don't make plans. I hate leaving things early and I'm always paranoid I won't hear the pager.

I don't light candles when I'm at home.

I don't make any meals that involve lots of preparation. Quick and easy is the name of the game.

I will often wear more office-appropriate attire while I'm home. If I'm ready to go, then I won't be called? It doesn't seem to make any difference but in my mind.

I try to catch up on things around the house. Cleaning, picking things up, laundry.

If I'm able to make it to church, I sit in the back at the end of the row. Just in case.

I thank God for every hour, or half hour, that I do not get paged. It helps me keep a more peaceful spirit. If I do get paged, I start praying for wisdom and strength!

What are your on-call superstitions?