5 Things :: what keeps me up past midnight

The irony of it all is that last week’s blog assignment for my juniors was an article about sleep and the repercussions of the lack thereof.

Now granted, I’m no teen. But many, many studies claim that sleep is up there in the hierarchy of things humans must have to survive. Pretty close to oxygen, food and water, I’m guessing. No matter how old you are. So really, the article is relevant to everybody.

And yet I find myself pushing the limits of my 40+ body every night for the past few weeks, much to the detriment of my face (I’ve never had dark circles under my eyes before), my humor (I’ve been in a perpetually sour mood, even after that time of the month has come and gone), and my exercise regimen (my treadmill is like Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart, mocking me from its neglected place in the first-floor office).

What is causing me to to stay up into the wee hours of morn? How about I give you 5 Things?

1. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick – Had to finish this before I began my Literature Circles unit. It’s the only book out of the eight choices that I hadn’t previously read. I started at 9pm on a Friday and finished it – all 480 pages of it – at around 2am Saturday morning. Yeah. It’s that gripping.

2. Veronica Mars movie – If you’ve never watched this TV show, drop everything and marathon it. Now. There’s a reason this movie was created – nine years after the last episode aired – practically solely funded by fans through Kickstarter. And really, do we need another reason to fangirl over Kristen Bell? I think not.

3. Ink Master – My guilty reality show pleasure. Next to Project Runway anyway, and PR is on hiatus so I don’t feel like I’m cheating on it. Hey, at least I don’t want to move to Hoboken and eat at Carlo’s Bakery like my daughter does. (I kid you not! She told me so herself – the kid is obsessed with Cake Boss!)

4. Mad Hunting for crop tops – Not that I’m finger-pointing, but when Jan @ Fort Smith Stylista off-handedly mentioned them in her Spring Lust List, I suddenly developed a hankering for them which is alarming since my one body image issue has always been and will always be my flabby belly. So why I’m even considering purchasing items whose very purpose is to show off washboard abs is beyond me. But reason and logic don’t stop me from trawling eBay and my other usual suspects for the perfect treasure.

5. boohoo.com – As if I needed to add another online retailer to my stable, right? I don’t even know how I stumbled upon them; probably one of the myriad links I click from other bloggers (I need to stop myself from doing that). The upshot of this store is that they offer free ship, a fabulously easy interface, and relatively decent price points. Oh, and did I mention they’re British? Like ASOS, I find the aesthetic of most overseas stores more appealing to my jaded States-side eye, and the bonus is that I get to acquire pieces that most people don’t already have. It’s dangerous and exciting – my kind of late-night shenanigan.


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11 thoughts on “5 Things :: what keeps me up past midnight

  1. dapperdolly says:

    Poe eh, classic/gothic horror.

    I was never into Veronica Mars – she was like a watered down Buffy the Vampire slayer to me, just different genre. The film does look good though, might just see it.

    Crop tops…

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, but without the background of the tv show, the movie may just seem like a hot mess. It even took me a while to get into it and I’m a fan. Perhaps stay clear? Don’t say I didn’t warn you. ;p

      • dapperdolly says:

        Hmm, perhaps I’ll wait and see then. I used to watch it at lunchtimes along with that silly hospital show which wacky student doctors who then became doctors. Maybe it was that combination that didn’t compliment each other.

  2. jenortega says:

    Silly girl! You’ve always been sleep deprived. You are just OCD! Once you start an obsession, you must finish it!

  3. I’ve been binge reading The Hunger Games trilogy for the 4th (5th?) time. Definitely keeps me up! I just finished though, so maybe I’ll sleep better tonight.

    • mtsedwards says:

      For some reason, I can’t get myself to reread that series. Maybe because it’s too hyped right now with the movies and all? I did, however, pick up the first book in the Earthsea trilogy and am gonna try that again now that I’m a wiser grown-up. See if I’ll appreciate the genius this time around. 😀

  4. You need some soporific reading to calm you at bedtime! How about a lovely sociology textbook? : > I checked out BooHoo, and they have some v. nice skirts.

    • mtsedwards says:

      I just can’t associate reading with sleep, but a sociology textbook does sound yawn-inducing. ;p And yes, the three times I’ve ordered from BooHoo have been for skirts. Sadly, the first order was the guinea pig order and I didn’t have my size gauged for them yet so now I’m stuck with 2 skirts that don’t fit. 😦 Wanna buy a supercute velvet tartan skirt for $10?

  5. Connie Snow* says:

    No wonder you are sleep deprived. You are one busy bee! And you still manage to pull together some bangin’ outfits. Oh, and can we mention your gorgeous hair? Okay, what is it about European clothing companies? American stuff just looks so, um, American. I blame the Puritans.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Awww, Connie! Thanks! You are now the second person in half that many days to make mention of my hair. How funny, because it really is the last thing I think about in my “getting ready to go to work” regimen. So much so that more often than not, up it goes in a ponytail. Oddly, the most compliments I receive on it is when I don’t do anything to it at all. Thank goodness for an amazing stylist who knows my hair and gives me amazing cuts, eh? ;p

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