Coronavirus and the Empty Calendar Episode 4: A New Cycle

Switching over to 3rd shift was a rough change to make so abruptly. The first day, I felt a huge shock to my system. My body was fighting me as I worked from 10:00pm until 6:00am. I wanted to sleep so badly, but I had to work. The next day I had a hard time sleeping and I felt sick. Luckily it was the kind of sick I’ve felt before when I’ve had to pull a 20 hour day. It is pure exhaustion and my body rejecting the fact that I’m being an asshole by trying to push myself.

Day 2 of 4 in a row. I still felt like crap. My appetite is basically gone. My body wants some shutdown time. But I have to work. Stocking shelves at this level of tiredness is purely mind numbing. Can after can, box after box.

Day 3 of 4. I think I’m finally getting the hang of this thing. ::Knock Knock:: “Who’s there?” “4:00 am!” (insert the sound of hitting a wall) The rain on the drive home didn’t help me feel any less sleepy and exhausted. I honestly thought about napping in my car before making the 8 minute drive home. Decided that I didn’t need someone calling the cops thinking something was wrong or that I was some weirdo hanging out in grocery parking lots.

Day 4 of 4. I’m finally on a 3rd shift sleep schedule! I felt a little tired but not more than the normal tired that I am on any given day. I also learned on day 3 that I am allowed to bring headphones as long as only 1 ear is in and as soon as the store opens at 5, they are out. I can jam out to music that I like and I dropped in a few podcasts. I’m trying to keep myself from bingeing on podcasts so I don’t run out during this time of chaos and absolute boredom. I also went to my normal place of employment this morning because I realized that I still had some lumber set up for a failed ice rink in my company’s back yard. I took an inventory to see if I could build a workbench for my garage out of the leftover lumber. Next year I’ll have a better plan to build the ice rink. Apparently ice freezes level and the area I cleared was not level. When everything dries up back there, I’ll be building a pad to create a 60′ x 40′ ice rink. Hopefully global warming will take a break since less people are out and about polluting with the quarantines and shelter-in-place and safer at home situations.

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