December 12th, 2005

rock shadow

Last-Minute Panic

It's an odd yet familiar ritual that I find myself living over and over again. Hunched over my laptop, I'm still in my pajamas at 3 p.m., and have only imbibed hot cocoa and tea since waking up from my nap after a near-all-nighter of working. Heavily-marked papers, additional laptops, and other research detritus are strewn all around me. It's a scene that I recreate whenever final papers or research publications are due. No matter how much preparation I do beforehand (and in this case, I've been working diligently all semester), it always comes down to this: the last few hours of mad typing, pumped by sugary drinks, hunger, and adrenaline. Bill Watterson hit it on the head:

But it's shaping up nicely, and it will all be over soon ...