Then there was the kicker, a nice little bonus check from my boss with this paycheck, as his own personal appreciation. Nothing quite says "Thank you employee" and means it like cash does.
So I feel a little better. Makes me look more at the work ahead of me as not entirely bad. I think what I need to do is make sure to get actively involved in setting a more reasonable schedule and keeping it that way. I've grown too accustomed to just absorbing whatever fallout comes from my "day shift", and if I can contain that from spilling over then the rest won't be as bad.
The only remaining question is this: Just what is a reasonable schedule? At least I know what help I'm getting and what help I'm not.