Wednesday, February 25, 2009

p098uimn ik,j <-my forehead on the keyboard

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.


Krillschin said...

WHAT? Known you all of this time and never knew we could have been competing simultaneously on different sides of the country? I think I still have my medals somewhere. Ha!

Stephanie said...

I loved Math and Science Olympiad. Hey wait where did you grow up? I seem to remember you saying something about parents in Washington? Maybe we were at the same ones. LOL

Lady Susan said...

I think there must be something in the air, or maybe the nations water supply, because I am incredibly sleepy today too. In fact, I pretty much dozed the entire 11 o'clock hour away.

Here is to a good power nap!

MSmith said...

still in my jammies :) gotta love working on the computer