“You won’t die from a lack of sleep.”
Those were words I employed frequently in my practice. At one time I could even utter them with sincerity. After all, internship, residency, and then life in family medicine, while raising two small children, had proven how little rest I actually required. But four days now without enough shut-eye are stressing me, peeps. I’ve turned life into a road trip, except that instead of driving my parents nuts with the perpetual “are we there yet?”, I’m making myself insane with “is it bedtime yet?”.
Oh. Did I mention that it’s my own fault?
See, after months of feeling discontented with most everything I read, I made a few decisions:
1. I wouldn’t force myself to continue any book that lost my attention. (That means even books that are 90% complete. Yup. I’ve been reading fiction where I honestly couldn’t care less if hero and heroine end up together after 320 pages. So they’re gone, gone, gone and gone.)
2. I’d hone in on a few authors who consistently provide a good read.
The result? A stack of books that are destined for Goodwill/the library/the secondhand bookstore, a tidier bedroom, a sense of freedom, and a depleted gift card on account of Ms. Georgette Heyer. Yay! 🙂
Know what I discovered next? Having once again found great pleasure in the written word, which began with an all-nighter with Venetia, I was able to tolerate some of my other old book friends. Yes, the plots might be a tad cheesy. Okay, there might be three adverbs per paragraph. But I don’t care. Turns out I haven’t been missing sleep nearly as much as I’ve been missing out on fun.
Why that should be is a long and convoluted story which bores even me, so we won’t go there. But in the spirit of a lighter heart, here are a few fun links you might enjoy:
1. This one’s a must-read if you are a New Moon fan. It’s probably even more enjoyable if you aren’t.
2. And one more that’s a fun version of Lady Ga Ga’s “Poker Face”:
How about you? Are you running short on sleep this holiday season? Is it your fault? Got any fun links to share?