Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Jet Lag Blues

The definition of Jet Lag.

Day 1

Saturday 3AM - exhausted traveler climbs into bed.

Saturday 4PM - rested traveler awakes and eats ravenously.

Day 2

Sunday 4AM - no longer a traveler, female subject finally falls asleep after watching 12 hours of tv.

Sunday 3PM - female subject groggily stumbles downstairs to again eat ravenously.

Day 3

Monday 5AM - female subject knows she cannot face work since she has not slept at all during sundown hours and calls work to schedule a day off.

Monday 9:30AM - female subject forces herself to unpack, do laundry, and generally stay moving to ensure she does not become a vampire, or hampster, or some other nocturnal being.

Day 4

Monday 11PM - female subject gratefully succumbs to sleep at a normal hour.

Tuesday 2AM - frustrated female subject suddenly awakes as though it is daylight hours...thinks she'll fall back asleep using usual television prompts but no luck.

Tuesday 6AM - female subject finally slides into restless sleep.

Tuesday 7:30AM - female subject pries eyes open and struggles to work. She presents a totally non-comprehensive understanding of her job throughout the day.

Day 5

Wednesday 1AM - after a wide awake evening of tv, blogging, and other nonsensical activities, female subject finally goes to sleep!

Wednesday 8:30AM - after sleeping through TWO alarms - female subject suddenly awakes and realizes she must ready herself and be in the office in 1 hour. Best commute time ever = 30 minutes. God blesses her with no traffic and she arrives after 45 minute drive at 9:30....looking F.I.N.E. after her 15 minutes of prep.

And it is midnight and where is said subject? Wide awake and burning hours at the office. Hey - it's only 3PM in Brisbane right now - so essentially it is mid afternoon in her mind.


I heard once that it takes a day for every hour of time difference to recover. That means I only have 10 days of this to go.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Please don't turn into a hamster. At least as a vampire you could still blog!

I hate to break it to you, but when my friend went to Antarctica last Christmas it took her weeks to recover. That whole not being able to think thing makes work a tough proposition!

Cheri said...

Oh my! Uh, welcome back. ;-)

AmyBow said...

Are hamsters nocturnal? I see you as being more of an owl. Wise and big-eyed...except for when you are jet lagged. (And, except of course that you don't have big eyes).

A's Mom said...

Heaven help you if that statement is true! That'll teach ya to go to Australia again. Well, atleast you had fun, right?

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I've become nocturnal in the past few years so I feel your pain. Good luck shaking the lag and all.

katydidnot said...

jet lag...bad for work, good for blogging?

Stephanie said...

I'm sure you look great. And you'll likely feel great, too... in a short 10 more days. :)

Hope work is understanding. I think if it takes 10 days to recover, that should have been included in the project plan. And the project plan should directly account for the lack of your resource for the full 10 days after your stellar performance down under.

KiKi said...

Hey - wanna come keep Zeze company?