I couldn’t sleep tonight. I went to bed at 9:20, woke up at 11, went back to sleep, woke up about 1:20 AM and I’ve been up ever since. So I gave up. I got dressed, and I’m doing to work for the next 2 hours until I have to go into the office.
I got almost no sleep last night–very similar to Thursday, except I had no rollout to stress over and got less sleep. I drifted off between 3 and 4 AM but was up at 4 and decided to take a day to relax and try and recover. So I’ve been spending the morning checking in on work email and watching a few episodes of The Shield. But I’m switching gears now and about to start reading more of The Life of Greece.
So it’s 12:54 AM, I have to get up in about 3-1/2 hours and I’m wired. This isn’t caffeine, mind you. I’m caffeine-free for the last 4 years. This is mentally wired. The kind of work that I’ve been doing the last two days is all mental, fires the coals in the brain and it takes them a long time to cool down, even though I’m more or less done with what I have to do. So when I turned the light off tonight, feeling exhausted, I was tired, but sleep just isn’t coming. The fires have yet to cool off.
I was so exhausted last night that when I went to take a nap at about 8 PM, I didn’t get back up. I was supposed to get up at 10 PM, but at 10, I decided I needed more sleep. I told Kelly I’d get up at 3 AM. At 1:30 AM, I was still tired and reset my alarm. I finally got up at 7 AM and was into work around 8 AM.
I worked long, fast and hard. I had made good progress by just after lunch and I knew I wouldn’t need an all-nighter tonight. I left the office at 4 PM feeling pretty good. I was home by 5 PM and put in 5 more hours. At this point, the application is finally on the production servers and the only tasks remaining are trivial ones that can be taken care of tomorrow morning. Between yesterday and today alone I put in 24 hours. Monday and Tuesday were also long days. This will be a close-to-sixty-hour week.
I’m not quite ready to go to sleep yet. I’m going to pop in an episode of The Shield in order to unwind a bit.
The most disappointing thing about today is that I was hoping to have Our Oriental Heritage finished. But between yesterday and today, I did very little reading. I still have about 50 pages to go.
I worked 11 straight hours today without pause, getting ready for the rollout of the Visitor application tomorrow evening, and doing some work on my other big project. I was hoping to finish Our Oriental Heritage but the only reading I got done today was on the train into work this morning. I’ve still got about 69 pages to go.
I have a laundry list of things that still need to be done on the Visitor application to get it ready for rollout. And I’ve got a bunch of work to do on the other project as well. And so, in one of those rare forays into extremely long hours, I plan on working through the night to get this all finished.
I met Kelly at the Metro after work and broke the news to her. We went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner and then it was back to her place, where I’m staying tonight. It’s almost 7 PM right now. My plan is to get a few hours of sleep between now and 10 PM, and then get back up at 10 and, while Kelly sleeps, see how much I can get done before the sun rises. I’ve got a fairly extensive checklist to help guide me. And I imagine I’ll make a post on my progress a time or two along the way.
I’m not sure the last time I pulled an all-nighter, but I know that it’s in these entries somewhere and I’ll dig it up. In the meantime, I’ll be working on through the night…
Last night was another early-to-bed evening. I think I was in bed sometime after 6 PM, but read until just about 8 PM. (At present I’m 516 pages into Our Oriental Heritage, deeply immersed in Hinduism.) I fell into a deep sleep until nearly 2 AM. Then I felt like I was wide awake, so I read for about an hour before going back to sleep. As usual, I was up before my alarm went off at 4:19 AM.
The temperature stayed above freezing last night so there was no ice to scrape from my car; even some of the snow had receded. Between 4:30 and 4:45 AM I finally figured out how to alter the base-styles in LiveJournal in order to customize then. (Simple styles can be put into one of the preference screens). I made a custom style for <blockquote>’s so that they appear a bit more nicely formatted on my pages
Like this one!
Small successes like these seem to get me on a roll. I made some excellent progress on my ASP.NET application this morning. I’m wrapping things up. All but two of the logged bugs have been fixed. Things are looking good. I even figured out why some of the post-back code was behaving oddly. (It wasn’t; it was my understanding of how post-backs work. Go figure.)
For some reason, I had the theme song to The Love Boat in my head for nearly an hour this morning. I couldn’t figure out why until I projected back to a conversation I overheard at the local sandwich shop last night. Two women were talking about old TV shows and one of them mentioned The Love Boat. Am I that suggestible?
Going out for beers tonight after work. Tomorrow, Kelly and I are going to hit some of the art museums off the Mall. Next weekend, we head up to New York City.
I left work at 3 PM today. I’ve been working some pretty long hours recently and after waking at 1 AM and not getting back to sleep this morning, I figured I could use the break.
When I got home, I found the March 2008 issue of ANALOG waiting for me. It’s got Part 2 of Joe Haldeman’s new novel, Marsbound. I’m looking forward to that–it’ll make a nice interlude between volumes of The Story of Civilization.
I was home before 4 PM and I made myself an early dinner (mac and cheese) and when I finished, I crawled into bed and tried to read for a little while. That lasted maybe 10 minutes. By 5 PM, I couldn’t keep my eyes open so I set my book aside and went to sleep.
I slept 4-1/2 hours.
I woke up a little while ago and found that it was almost 10 PM. Already it felt like I got a fairly decent amount of sleep and I still have more than 6 hours before I have to get up and start my day. I’m probably going to try and read for half an hour or so and then go back to sleep. But I imagine that I’ll be starting the day tomorrow pretty well-rested.
I’m 428 pages through Our Oriental Heritage.
Incidentally, we are expecting 1-3 inches of snow tomorrow, but I’m skeptical. I doubt we’ll get an inch, but you never know…
Well, I took option (b) and read until 4 AM and now I’m getting up and getting started with my day. My eyes feel a bit sand-papery, and I must admit that I am now a little tired, but it is way beyond any chance of me getting any more decent sleep. Perhaps I’ll sleep better tonight.
Right now, I’m looking forward to a few bowls of Wheaties, some toast, a banana and some milk and orange juice!
After turning out the lights at around 9:30 PM and falling fast asleep, I woke up at 12:55 AM and have been unable to get back to sleep since then. I finally gave up, turned on the light and I plan on reading until either (a) I get tired again or (b) it’s time to get up (the latter is only 2 hours and 20 minutes from now).
As it happens, I’m just about 400 pages through Our Oriental Heritage and about to start “Book 2: India and Her Neighbors”.
Last night I had a dream that I was shot in the chest. I’m fairly certain I know what triggered the dream. While eating dinner, I watched the last episode of season three of The West Wing, where agent Simon Donovan is shot and killed while trying to stop an armed robbery.
The creepy part of the dream (aside from getting shot, I suppose), is the feeling afterward. Sitting there, waiting for someone to bring help, I had the exact same feeling that I had when I donated blood a few months back. I grew cold and sweaty. I could feel something draining from me. I grew lightheaded, and eventually, sleepy. It was very odd.
I don’t remember what happened after that, but I woke up and it was something like 1 AM.
I couldn’t sleep last night, and although I was in bed around 8:30 PM, it wasn’t until sometime between 11 PM and midnight that I finally fell asleep. Nevertheless, I was up at 4:20 AM, had breakfast and headed into the gym (it was cold this morning with the wind).
I did a full chest/back workout this morning, totaling 21,795 lbs, which is a marked improvement over last week when I did 20,140 lbs. I’m still not able to do a full 3rd set of flat chest presses at 105 lbs (I did 11 reps instead of 12); I guess it takes a while to get back to where I was. I did manage a full 3rd set of inclined chest presses at 75 lbs, which is an improvement.
Just finished my second breakfast (peanut butter and banana sandwich on wheat toast) and now it’s back to work!