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*pummels essay* BE MORE INTERESTING, DAMN IT.  I know I have a good topic, I just can't seem to organize it well and/or make it solidly compelling.  Like one of my group members commented, "Pretty and remniscient, but lacks spark.  We need adventure!"

I may or may not have had Idol on the background earlier this evening.  If I did, I was paying close to zero attention.  As a result, all I really remember is that when I ignore everything about Carly except her performances I think she is my favorite, the secret gay affair of Ryan & Simon seemed to be playing in especially bold territory (will require further examination for specifics later), and all of the songs tonight were disappointingly boring except for "Eleanor Rigby," which was so thoroughly ruined by virtue of being sung by Porky Pig that I refused to listen to it at all.  Oh, and Brooke continued to prove that she is adorable but dumb, as she said "previously to" instead of "prior to," which is one of my all-time pet peeves.

I swear, it was necessary for my mental health, and I at least did homework simultaneously.  Anyway, on a break from fighting with prose, I'm going to go play MEMES & SURVEYS!  

Meme: LJ Obsession (if you've not taken it yet, go do so. I wish to compare my results).
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The Ultimate LiveJournal Obsession Test

CategoryYour Score
Average LJer
Community Attachment10.75%
You have one or two loyal pals on LJ... But you probably have better things to do with your

time.
22.85%
MemeSheepage17.54%
Only trendy when it's sufficiently entertaining

27.72%

Original Content
37.1%
Some stories must be told - and you're the one to tell them
38.09%
Psychodrama Quotient12.05%
Had a comment taken out of context once or twice
16.67%

Attention Whoring
36.36%
This quiz is part of a grand scheme to keep people reading
20.7%

Actually, the quiz is wrong.  This is part of a scheme to average 7-8 posts per week.  Apparently, according to my calendar, which I do in fact check on a sadly regular basis for purposes of data comparison.

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Survey: Sleeping Habits

Do you snore while you're sleeping?
-not that I know of, but it's not like there's anyone around to tell me. 

How many pillows do you use?
-2

How do you sleep? Side? Back? Stomach?
-Man, this is supposed to say something about your personality so I really wish I knew, but I literally sleep in almost every position there is, oftentimes multiple ones per night.  Less with the fetal position, though, because I can't stand having my feet under the covers when the apartment is so warm.  The one I choose depends on whether I'm in a mood to hug my oversized teddy bear or pillow my head on his stomach.  Yes, I am 6.

How comfortable is your mattress?
-I don't have any particular opinion on it.

How long does it usually take you to fall asleep?
-It varies from about 15 seconds when I've pushed myself beyond the limits of exhaustions, to up to an hour when I go to bed just to savor the relaxing feeling of lying in a dark and quiet room, thinking.

Do you fall asleep in front of the TV?
-Not usually, but sometimes I like to put on the timer and let it lull me to sleep.

How many times (if any) do you wake up in the middle of the night?
-Usually none - unless I've gone to bed knowing that I have a lot of homework for the next day that I should have started earlier, and then nightmares about the potential consequences (failing, getting reprimanded, etc) will snap me awake up to 3 or 4 times.

What kind of bed do you have?
-Twin at school, Full at home

Have you ever fallen off the bed while you were sleeping?
-Yes.  Not often, but sometimes at home I sleep too close to the edge and then roll over in the wrong direction.   

How close is the alarm clock to your bed?
-The one at home is broken, and I no longer use the one at school...my cell phone alarm is just so much more convenient.  I have it on the chair next to my bed, which I have to sit up to reach.

How many times do you hit the snooze button when your alarm goes off?
-No more than once. 

What's the first thing you think of when you open your eyes?
-If an alarm woke me up, it's probably some variation on "dammit" because I have to get up and go to class.  If not, then I'm just curious as to what time it is.  And if I'm at home, the first thing I do is look around to see if the dog is nearby.

Have you ever had the infamous 'falling' dream?
-never.  Nor have I ever had the infamous 'naked' dream. 

Have you ever had a nightmare so bad it woke you up and you couldn't get back to sleep?
-Yes.  Usually it relates to the aforementioned homework woes, and then I get up and park myself at the computer to work on it.

Do you need any medication to help you get to sleep?
-No.  I bought some OTC sleeping pills once, for use in the summer when I needed to learn to go to bed early so I could get up at 5:30 for work, but they were no use at all.

Do you count sheep?
-What a stupid waste of time.  There are infinite cuddling scenarios to imagine for one's favorite 'ships; that's always what I contemplate until I fall asleep. 

Do you like your mattress soft or hard?
-Soft sounds nice, but I don't really know.  I think mine have always been on the firmer side.

Do you roll around a lot in bed or do you normally sleep in one spot the whole time?
-I tend to shift around in my little twin, but at home I always stick to the left half.  At least, none of my friends ever complained about me shoving them out of bed when they slept over.

Ever listen to music to fall asleep?
-I LOVE that.  I can't really do it anymore, since computer speakers would be too loud and my MP3 player is broken, but that is the easiest way for me to fall alseep.  Any kind of music in my collection - gimme 10 songs and I'm out.  Which is weird, because I also use (or used to use) music to wake me up, too.  Huh.

What's the weirdest place you've ever fallen asleep?
-on top of a desk.  Literally, as in the year I lived alone in a double room, when I needed to take a brief 3 AM nap but still get my homework done before class, I curled up on the empty spare desk to ensure that I didn't feel too comfy and would be able to wake up before long.

What's the longest amount of time you've gone without sleep?
-50 hours.  I have never been able to get past 42 since, but there was a magical weekend my sophomore year of college when I pushed myself the whole second half of the weekend to get a big paper + the rest of my homework done and still get to all my classes on Monday.  It was amazing. 

Have you ever fallen asleep in school or at work?
-not at work, but in school...oh yeah, I've had a lot of mini catnaps (5-10 minutes) during videos or work time. 

How about in the car?
-Often

Is this survey putting you to sleep?
-Nope, it's getting me all jazzed up as I think about how odd and crazy my sleeping habits are.  It's one of my defining chracteristics, I think.

Do you still take naps?
-The line between "nap" and "altered sleeping hours" has become very fuzzy.  Lying down for less than an hour and a half just seems like cruel teasing. 

At what times?
...really, just about any time around the clock I can squeeze it in.

Do you wish you could go back to having naps at work/school like you did in preschool?
Unnecessary.  College schedules have plenty of room for napping in them.

Are you going to sleep now that this survey is over?
HAHAHAHA LOL NO.  I'm going to stay up all night, or at least most of it, finishing this godawful essay project. 
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Sneaky post addition hidden in same cut!  I had a random thought the other day, as I looked at this giant student-produced tableau hanging in the music/art building. It was called something like "Man Climbing a Hill," and as far as I could tell it consisted of scribbling in black cray-pa, with intermittent smears of dirty white paint (over the cray-pa).  I have a generally disparaging opinion of abstract art, but sometimes it is just too much for me to take.  HOW is that art?  How is that worth seeing as anything other than a waste of paper, almost garbage, inexplicably framed and hung on the wall with a plaque?  Sometimes - okay, all the time - I think people are just so desperate to embrace the "unique" and "eclectic" to prove their appreciation for culture that it becomes a case of The Emperor's New Clothes.

Possibly I just have a special hatred of college student art, since art majors always seem determined to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they have completely rejected the mundane confines of their oh-so-traditional high school classes and become An Individual.  But still...there's a reason I violently reject the suggestion of going to art museums whenever the opportunity comes up.

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aries11
Mar. 12th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
One of my other friends is completely obsessed with Rymon. :P

I think I've taken the LJ Obsession Test at least twice. Maybe I can find my results in my archives for you to compare. Also, everyone is doing the sleep meme I posted! That amuses me. :)
rainbowstevie
Mar. 12th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
I swear it is entirely the fault of, like, 2 LJ friends who turned me on to Rymon. I never would have read anything significant into their interactions on my own. Then they started pointing everything out & explaining it in such a logical manner that I can't imagine how people don't see it.

Also, everyone is doing the sleep meme I posted! That amuses me. :)
Ah yes, I couldn't remember who'd started it, but it's great. I tip my hat to your meme-spreading capabilities.
friendsholic
Mar. 12th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
hahaha, it was very interesting to read. Especially your sleeping habits.
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