In middle school I was part of Science Olympiad. If you weren't nerdy enough to be involved in this activity, let me explain it for you. A bunch of kids from all different schools spend all year practicing fun science-y things and then on one weekend they all get together and compete against each other.
If you've read more than 2 posts on this blog you'll probably see that this type of thing was MADE for me.
Geeky? Check. Competitive? Check. Social? Check.
Well, one of the events was a to build a mousetrap-type exhibit. The more different methods of energy transfer (physical contact, heat, wind, ect) the higher your score. For WEEKS I would wake up in the middle of the night with a great idea for the mousetrap device. I'd scribble them down on a piece of paper and fall back to sleep. Unfortunately, I could never decipher my midnight mad-scientist notes.
This waking-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night phenomenon has persisted into my adult life. Any tough problem I'm working on will invade my dreams and wake me with midnight epiphanies. When they're really good I can't get back to sleep.
Which explains why I was at work at 5:45 this morning.
And I hope my boss understands that when he swings by here at 2:30 and I'm passed out on my desk. Keyboard imprints in the forehead are the MOST professional part of my look.