Posted by: Chelsea Novak | April 1, 2003

Daylight savings time

I’m not sure what time it is in North America or if you’ve even done that clock changing thing yet. We did it in Europe this past weekend and it’s messing me up. How one hour of time difference can have you making Frodo ring-face for most of the day, I don’t know. But it is.

As I was falling asleep for too late last night, I was having all of these wonderfully creative thoughts. I was actually debating turning on the light and writing them down. Better yet, even blogging them. But then I got stage fright and decided that expressing sudden creativity like that would ultimately be like other fantasies, in that it would never be as good as it was in my head. All I have to show from by creative brain wave is a post it note with the words “The vanity of the abstract” written hastily in pencil. I know I was awake for a long time, thinking creative thoughts and now I’m regretting that indulgence. I was exhausted yesterday, and was totally ready to fall asleep at 8:30 when I got home, but I didn’t. Even when I got into bed I was tired, but I didn’t fall asleep for another 2.5 hours after getting into bed.

I fully blame this on reading before bed. When I just play a lot of “Text Twist” or “Bejeweled” on my Clie my brain is focused on patterns and puzzle sovling and I can easily nod off into la la land having dazed myself into the vegetative place I like to call “gameland.” When I read, I think. This isn’t a bad thing in general. Thinking is good. But it is silly to put your brain into turbo thoughty mode just before you’re trying to shut it off for the day. So I read, and I thought. I even thought so much I thought I could write poetry (he he). And today, I’m sitting at work, with a deadline breathing down my neck doing nothing but making Frodo ring-face.

The moral of this story: Reading will kill you.



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