I had a meeting with the union representatives on Tuesday. We turned all our concerns over to their lawyer. Hopefully some good will come of it.
In the meantime, until/unless the lawyer can make some progress, it's highly likely that I'll be working the new graveyard shift the chief designed, starting next weekend. The biggest problem for me (other than the terrible hours) is that I will have to take the Night Owl bus home. The Night Owl bus has a different route from my normal commuter bus; the nearest stop is about a half hour walk from my house. I don't particularly fancy walking a half hour in the middle of the night after working a full shift, and I also don't especially want to pay $25/day to take a taxi home either.
What I'm planning right now is to buy a collapsible bicycle, so I can carry it on the bus with me and lock it in the trunk of my government vehicle while I'm working. Then I can at least bike home instead of walking, which should be safer and faster. It's also cheaper than the taxi option.
I spent most of Thursday working out in the garden. I planted over 30 varieties (or potential varieties) of beans. Some of them should be very exciting. If things go as well as last year, I should be able to start harvesting the earliest ones the last week of July.
Speaking of harvesting, blueberry season is now in full swing, and I picked a good handful of rhubarb stalks on Friday. I'm also starting to get mulberries. The cherries, apples, crabapples, pomegranates, and blackberries are in various stages of flowering, as are the strawberries that I transplanted back in February. I've got a bunch of volunteer ground cherries popping up in the front yard, so I might actually get enough fruit this year to bake a pie with them. I'm definitely going to have to clean out my freezer before the summer fruit starts rolling in.