The day after Thanksgiving should be spent vegging out in front of the TV, watching TopChef reruns, or braving the malls for those Black Friday sales. Instead, I spent the day parked in front of my crappy laptop trying to write a paper due that evening. I was also preparing for Thanksgiving dinner number 2. Here's more-or-less how my day went:
10.15 am: Sit in front of laptop and stare at screen.
10:20 am: Feel heart palpitations and convince yourself it is all in your head.
10:22 am: Stare at screen some more.
10:23 am: Consider how heart attacks CAN in fact occur in younger people.
10:24 am: Realize that announcing your fear of heart palpations and heart attack could be misconstrued.
10:25 am: Mix up batter for Devil's food chocolate cake (see previous posting.)
10:45 am: Sit in front of laptop.
10:50 am: Think about all the shopping you are missing out on.
11:15 am: Wonder if you are getting enough oxygen having not set foot outdoors all day long.
11:25 am: Chop veggies for the stuffed pumpkin (we are a partly vegetarian household.)
11:45 am: Stare at laptop.
11:50 am: Worry that there is something wrong with your breathing patterns.
11:52 am: Crack open a window to increase oxygen flow.
11:53 am: Stare at laptop.
12:15 pm: Bake graham cracker crust and mix up pumpkin pie filling.
12:45 pm: Stare at laptop.
And so it went...until 11:45 pm when I *finally* finished the dreaded paper, only to discover email was not working and I wouldn't be able to send it out before 12.30am.
Remarkably, the heart palpitations and erratic breathing cleared around the same time.Image from www.phdcomics.com