Sleep and lack thereof

The MT 2.2 release made for a very late late night for Ben and Mena this past week.

The picture Mena paints is one I can relate to-- I tend to put off sleep as much as humanly possible. It's not that I can't sleep... I simply prefer to be awake. I stay up until I just can't any more. That means that once I do go to bed, I'm usually out within 2 or 3 minutes. I'd rather be that way than tossing and turning for an hour or so...

That said, I'm not much of a morning person. I usually hit the sack somewhere between 2 and 3... maybe a tad later if I'm doing something important. What do I do at such hours? Sometimes it's a good game, learning something new, reading something good, quality crunchtime on some project, a movie or maybe just surfing the Internet.

Now as for why I stay up so late... well, let's examine my day.

Here's a mini-capsule of a typical working day for me: Work starts at 9 AM. (But try as I might, I can't seem to get myself there at 9. I think I've managed to adjust expectations successfully now so I can get there by 9:30-ish.) I usually roll out of bed by 8-8:15. Shower. No shave-- I've got a (non-religious) beard. Dress. Out the door by 9. 25-30 min drive. Work until 6:30 (30 minutes later to make up for the morning)-- although here lately, I've had to work a bit later-- sometimes an hour or so. 25-30 min drive. Home by 8-ish. Play with and put Savannah to bed. Dinner. Check e-mail. Watch stuff / converse with Georgia about the day until she goes to bed (somewhere between 10 and 12 usually). Do more stuff until 2-3. Sleep.

That's it-- did you catch it? Read that last paragraph again. The time between 12 and 2-3 is mine. I can spend it however I wish. And I treasure that time more than even I realize.

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