Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pulling an Adult All-Nighter

It's been many years since I last wrote a paper for a class. When I was in college and then in grad school, I was always so anal-retentively hyper-organized (and needed my sleep) that I always finished my work way ahead of schedule. So I never had a social life, but I got the beauty sleep I would have needed had I had a social life.

So I never had the occasion to "pull" an all-nighter. Now I'm in grad school again, but since i'm not working outside the home and both kids are in school, I have plenty of time to work on the two papers I have this semester. Perversely, I have too much time - I've been puttering around with the papers for a couple of months now and would just like to get them finished. I guess I work better under pressure.So next semester, I've vowed, I'm not going to start working on my papers until nearly the very last minute. This will be a much more efficient means of getting them done. Which means I could conceivably be pulling the first all nighter of my life!

I wonder what an adult all-nighter looks like?

  • Pink Floyd vs. Pink Pepto-Bismol

  • Amphetamines -- "uppers" to keep me awake vs. sleep-depriving menopausal hot flashes (I don't actually get these, but I know more than a few ladies who would be more than happy to lend me some).

  • Middle of the night pizza delivery vs. middle of the night existential angst-driven Entenmann's fest.

Paper's due tomorrow. Awesome! See you on the other side.


  1. I promise I will not allow you to use me as your subject matter two months ahead of time ever again.

  2. Would you like to come over and "all night" with me Sheri? I've got Pepto Bismol.....