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SSar's Beast
I am unhealthily exhausted! Doesn't feel too bad. It is Friday night, 11pm. I have slept 2 hours since Wednesday, and I pretty much forgot to eat today (except for my boss's sugar supplies, and of course excepting the bowl of pasta I polished off five minutes ago.)

It feels so good to be in my own bed.

It also feels good, in a slightly smug/masochistic way, to know that I can do two all nighters in a row, do all the work required of me at my regular job, attend classes, get my assignment in on time, and rock for eight hours at Market Research.

Market Research was fun tonight as I went into "bounce" mode - trying to get everyone else enthusiastic by broadcasting my own enthusiasm in palpable waves - aided by sugar. Our boss brought out a sack of barley sugars and a pack of pixie sticks, and before the night was up, was howling with laughter and vowing never to bring us pixie sticks again.

She was in a similar condition to me as had just worked a previous 9am-9pm shift on the job, without any breaks longer than 5 minutes, and had also had to travel to and forth from Waikanae.

But at some point in the last year, Kristene has stopped seeming so irritating and inferior to Charlie. She's really rather neat now.

I love market reseach, by the way. I love contact and targets and team structure.

Also, a live wild mouse just fell on my foot and ran away. This may mean I will have to stop ignoring it and must find a way to remove its presence from our lives.

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Are you sure a mouse appeared on your foot or could you be delirious? I hope you're getting some sleep right now!

I have a witness - Joel was there. (He wants me to tell you that he kinda turned into a butterfly for a while.)
I did hallucinate a little bit, but nothing like that. I admit it is a very tidy theory - accounts for all the facts AND context.
I have now had 8 hours' sleep and plan to get the same tonight :)

Joel became a butterfly, or the mouse became a butterfly? I'm willing to accept either scenario.

I've only had the no-sleep hallucinations once, when I basically decided to drive from Kentucky to West Virginia to go to a friend's wedding/going away party. She was moving to Australia and we didn't know when we'd ever see her again so we partied all night and I decided to drive home with no sleep. A couple hours into the drive I started to notice that the lines on the road had been painted to say things, and once I stopped paying attention to driving and trying to read the advertisments painted in the road I thought it might just be time to pull over and get some sleep before I killed someone. Yikes.

Wow. That's very impressive.

No one actually became a butterfly, Joel just wanted me to tell you that he did in keeping with the hallucinations theme. The mouse just fell on my foot, scrambled upright sort of clumsily, and ran off. I squeaked.

...followed up by a mutter of "I was surprised," as I was embarrassed about squeaking over a mouse.

But seriously, your road trip is a tale out of the sagas. How young and carefree were you? Did you manage to find a motel or did you just sleep in your car at the side of the road?

I think I was 18 and I had both pulled all nighters before and done 16 hours of driving over 48 hours before, but never combined. We just didn't know if we'd see Peggy any time soon so we were all kinda wound up. As it happened, she was divorced and back in the US by the time we were 21.

I pulled over at a rest stop. I don't use them often for more than a bathroom break and a chance to walk around a bit but I was definitely gonna harm myself or others if I didn't go to sleep RIGHT THEN, so I chanced it and took a nap in my car. Thank god it was daylight.

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