Welcome Back, Explorers!
So I know what most everyone is probably thinking, ‘Pshh, I pulled all-nighters all the time in college. It isn’t that hard to do.’ You would be right. Just load up on coffee and pixie sticks and pray your inevitable sugar crash hits you after your exam is over. You would also be wrong. Let me be clear, my definition of an all-nighter is staying awake for at least 24 hours if not more. That doesn’t mean staying awake all night at da club in a booze fueled frenzy to then go home and pass TF out after gorging yourself on either Steak & Shake chicken fingers or street noodles (depending on which country you happen to be in). And before you ask, yes, I am speaking from experience.
My version of an all-nighter is pushing through those hours of wanting to sleep and then fighting off the sand man tooth and nail for another few hours before finally, gloriously being able to go to sleep after your 24 hours are up. So this is, once again, an item on my list that I have done before, but for the sake of ‘why the heck not’ I decided to pull what very well may be my last all-nighter. Why my last all-nighter you might ask? Well, to be frank, it blew. It is way harder to do now that i’m a little older, and I can only imagine it only gets harder with time, hence the addition to the list.
So here is my 36 hour time line of my last great all-nighter.
Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. Wake up
“Cristina. You’re are going to get bed sores.” Thank you, Pop, for that judgement. I work nights. So sue me.
3:00 p.m. Work on ‘Leave the Country’ blog
Hey, look at me being all productive!
4:00 p.m. Get ready for work
5:00 p.m. Work work work
6:00 p.m. “Hi! My name is Cristina and I’ll be taking care of you tonight!”
7:00 p.m. “What can I get you to drink? We have Pepsi products and our beer of the month is-”
“I’ll have a diet coke.”
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Refills, refills, refills. “Oh did you want another refill? Maybe you should have asked me when I got these other three refills for everyone else at the table.” (OK, I’d never actually say that, but its running through the mind of every server you’ve ever done this too).
10:00 p.m. – 11 p.m. Pre-bus, pre-bus, pre-bus
12:00 a.m. “Hey how long have these mozzarella sticks been sitting here?”
“I don’t know, it’s a mess up.”
Promptly eat mozzarella sticks.
1:30 a.m. Leave work
2:00 a.m. Go to gym
Work off mozzarella sticks.
3:30 a.m. Go home and shower off grease and/or sweat
4:00 a.m. Curl up next to space heater and finish ‘Leave the Country’ blog.
6:30 a.m. Have the life scared out of you by Pop when you get up to use the restroom.
“DON’T DO THAT!”
7:00 a.m. Make yummy Pintrest breakfast that doesn’t look nearly as good as the picture.
But still tastes as good.
Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. Drink coffee and watch the CW’s show The 100 and get super pumped!!
Have you ever watched it? No? What are you doing with your LIFE!?!?
9:00 a.m. Drink more coffee and plan sister’s trip to Europe, also do laundry.
Being all productive again, good for me. Man, I could accomplish so many things today!!
10:00 a.m. I am le tired.
If you don’t know that reference, get yourself to YouTube and search ‘The End of the World’.
11:00 a.m. This is dumb. Why am I awake.
12:00 p.m. Make lunch
With definitely less imagination than breakfast.
2:30 p.m. Made it 24 hours!! Hurrah!
3:00 p.m. Power nap before work.
Hey, I made it the 24 hours didn’t I?
4:30 p.m. Get rather large coffee before work.
7:00 p.m. “Hey, how are we doing tonight? My name is Cristina, and i’ll be taking care of you tonight!”
Monotonous isn’t it?
11:00 p.m. Leave work relatively early.
Yesss! Bed! I’m coming for you! I love you….
12:00 a.m. Leave house to go to bar.
Well that didn’t go as planned.
2:00 a.m. Drink fueled dance frenzy anyone??
3:00 a.m. Leave bar in search of food. Old habits…
Which country am I in? Oh yes, America. Steak and Shake it is.
4:00 a.m. Om nom nom, chicken fingers!
4:30 a.m. Crawl into gloriously electric blanket heated, soft cozy bed.
So in the end I was awake technically for 25 hours, but after only about 45 minutes of sleep I was awake for another 12 hours 36ish hours in total. Not too shabby.
What did I learn from this? Being awake for that long sucks. I felt shitty. I honestly don’t recommend it and don’t plan on doing it again any time soon. Also, I really do think it gets increasingly harder to do even when you are just a little older. True all-nighters in college weren’t easy, but they weren’t this hard. And you are definitely a product of your surroundings. I found it way harder to stay awake while sitting at my computer at home by myself, than when I was out and about doing this and that at work and at the bar.
I’m actually glad I did this all-nighter. It’s good to know that should the occasion arise I can still stay up for long periods of time. It’s also good to know, that I don’t necessarily have to (or should) pull all-nighters any more. My body is pretty grateful for that. My bed too. It missed me.
Another item crossed off the list!
Until next time, never forget:
Adventure is out there, so never stop exploring!