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SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND EARLY STRESS

Argh…I feel like a zombie this morning. I’ve been having disordered sleeping habits lately—I’m blaming it on the holidays and being off work for an extra day each week of Christmas and New Year’s. If I don’t have to go to work, then I’m not going to get up at 6am…but when I have to resume my normal schedule, the late nights catch up with me. Last night I tried to go to bed at 11:30 (a normal time for me), but when I wasn’t asleep by midnight I got back up and read a book for an hour. I tried to turn off the lights again at 1am, but when I still couldn’t stop my mind from racing I got up and played Tetris for another half hour (my youngest brother gave me an old GameBoy of his recently). Usually I go to bed somewhere between 11:00 and midnight, but it’s been a while since I’ve had problems with insomnia.

Last night I was beating myself up over the fact that I haven’t scheduled anything special to do (or somewhere to go) during this break between the fall and spring semester. I saved up time on purpose to take off work, but it’s not going to do me a lot of good if I end up staying in town. It’s my fault for not planning in advance…and now it’s too late to get cheap airfare anywhere.

It didn’t help that I got the syllabus yesterday for one of the classes I’m taking this semester (one of the five classes I’m taking is an internet course, so I got the information early). But is it really saving me any time, not having to go in to class? A timed online quiz due by every Monday morning, and a mid-semester personal report posted to a class website (18 essay questions). That wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the end-of-semester paper due—20 to 25 pages. I guess could always just drop this class and choose another, but this late in the registration process there really aren’t a lot of other options. Plus, this is one of a few choices that fulfills a requirement for my major, so I might as well take it and get it over with. I can do it, but thinking about the other four classes I’ll be taking at the same time, plus continuing to work 30 hours a week, was part of what was stressing me out last night. It’s not good to start stressing in advance—plenty of time for that later. It’s a good thing I like to write, because it sounds like I’ll be doing a lot of it pretty soon.

It would be nice to get out of town for at least a few days before I start school again. I feel like I need the change of scenery. At the very least I’m going to make sure that everything with the apartment is done and ready to go before other things demand my time.

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