2 weeks ago myself and my partner were scrambling to find a place to live in new york. we found one, and the day we got the apartment keys i started training at the bakery in brooklyn that i got a job at, doing overnight shifts. i worked 3 shifts while sleeping on my friend’s couch, got 5 hours of sleep each morning. after the last shift I slept 4 hours, drove back to dc, packed up all my shit over a 36 hr period and moved to ridgewood, queens, the next day.
this past weekend i’ve been moving in and getting settled while also continuing to do overnight shifts at my job. the past three days i worked from around 11pm-4am. this means sleeping from around 5am-10 or 11am because it’s really hard for me to sleep during the day, i.e. when one is supposed to be awake. i’ve taken 2 hr naps in the evening before work just to wake up feeling extremely fucked up. last night i worked from midnight-3:30 and then left immediately after to drive back to dc for thanksgiving amidst heavy rain almost the entire way. i didnt really have a choice because if i went home to sleep for a little i’d get caught in bullshit day-before-thanksgiving traffic and be on the road for no less than 8+ hours. got back to dc at 9:45 am because i pulled over in jersey at 5am to take an hour long nap due to exhaustion. tomorrow i won’t be cooking for my family for thanksgiving because instead i’ll be going to the old-folks home to visit my grandparents and eat mush. bummed about eating mush because food at the old-folks home is not very vegan friendly and the stuff that is just sucks because its mush. then i am going to jersey to visit more family and then going back to new york so i can work more overnight shifts.
all of the old bakers are leaving so it’s me and 3 new hires, only one of which has worked there longer than me and by longer, i mean, only a month. i’m the only one who knows how to decorate cakes. no one knows what the fuck is going on, and this transition is happening while the bakery equipment moves out of the restaurant and into a new kitchen in bushwick so the bakers won’t have to work overnight anymore. (they’ve been working overnight for the past year because the kitchen has gotten too crowded during the day.) i might have to be doing overnights for another month. all i want is a normal schedule so i can do the shit that i wanna do because god knows i definitely wont have the energy with this.