Friday, December 28

everything good happens after 2am

candle despite what THEY (*cough* ted mosby *cough*) say, good things do, in fact, happen after 2am. HIMYM lovers, stay with me. being in wyoming so far has kind of been the ultimate schedule free duty free vacation. no chores for everyone! so why not stay awake through the middle (and best) part of the night? i'm thinking i almost like being a night owl? after being a morning person all semester? can i be both a night owl and a morning person? maybe i'm just not a "day" person. because although i've still been getting up early, i am going to bed at all hours, and then napping through the middle of the day. but anyways, all of that leads to my point: when you start having a schedule like i just described, 2am is becoming my most jazzed and productive time.

case in point. what have i done lately at 2am?

(one) painted my nails, alone, in the kitchen with only the overhead light on. hot chocolate in one hand, nail brush in the other. the best thing about painting your nails in the middle of the night is that you don't run the risk of a full day's worth of activity to ruin them. you know, opening the car door and smudging your nails, zipping up your jeans after using the bathroom, cooking, putting your hair in a ponytail, taking notes in class, ect. ect. seriously, you should try it. of course, then you have to sleep on your wet nails, but with the right top coat it's absolutely the most genius idea i've ever had. and that's saying something (let's recall when i realized a 3/4" curling iron is the best for optimizing curls to last a full two days, which as i explain to people, is actually a result of my laziness and refusal to wash my hair every single day anymore).

(two) cracked open up my "642 things to write about" and "elements of style" books that i got from christmas (jasmine is THE best and knows me so, so well!) and actually read about writing. and practiced. and read more about it. is writing in the middle of the night totally a cliche? let me tell you, it's not as glamorous and "writer-esque" as you might be imagining. unless sitting in your bra and underwear at your grandma's desk with two day unwashed hair piled into an unbrushed bun eating sugar cookies mindlessly so that the crumbs collect in the scarf that you are also wearing because otherwise you get chilly in the nuddy pants. now, there's a picture.

(three) listened to the mix cd's my friends have given me that have sat on my desk at school begging me to spend a sole hour to absorb lyrics and melodies i've never heard. i mean, these things take concentration! easily, 2am is the best time to do just that: lay in bed alone and listen to new music because there's no going to sleep before 3:30am anyways this week.

(four) bought presents online for all the people i needed to. THEY ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD. i love giving presents especially when they are specific to a single person and i can imagine the look on their face when they open it. i might have procrastinated this year but it will be well worth it for those people on the receiving end. 

(five) unregistered for every science related class i was registered for next semester and re-registered for only english major requirements. wait, what did maggie just say? did she just say she's taking english classes only? no science? WAIT WHAT? yes, i guess this blog post is a long winded way of me trying not to make a big deal out of the fact that i did it. i'm not a science major anymore. at first, i had an anxiety attack but it was 3am and no one was awake to listen to me freak out, but it didn't last long. it didn't last long at all. in fact, what seemed important enough for its own blog post and huge announcement to everyone i knew wasn't anymore. i got over it in mere minutes. and now i'm only excited. terrified, absolutely, but thrilled. for too long i was shoving myself in a horrible cage of things i wasn't passionate about and i can't even explain to myself why i was doing that. it wasn't for anyone or any good reason. I DID IT! my future feels entirely open now and it's putting the biggest smile on my face.

10 comments:

Sara said...

Hooray! I have several friends who were English majors (I'm 2 years outta college now), and the ones in NYC got jobs at publishers, others are teachers. Oh and there's an English major at my advertising agency! As long as you're realistic about what your end-job will be (which for the publishing industry is majorly city-specific), you'll do great!

Lizzie said...

Yes, I am reading this 15 minutes prior to 2AM. And I must agree, this time of night, er, morning, is awesome.

Mary said...

I freakin' love following along with your life.

Z said...

Good for you! hoorah! welcome to the english major life! it's about as glamorous as you make it out to be :P but I'm so glad you're enjoying writing and doing all this crazy stuff we find ourselves doing...napping in the middle of the day being one of them.
-Z

Jasmine, Transient Withdrawal said...

I'm so glad you love your present Maggie! :) You totally deserve it and I'm just so glad I was able to give you something to start you on your new journey in life AND to thank you for being there for me always<3

Jasmine, Transient Withdrawal said...

P.S you're going to be amazing as an English major. I promise. :)

▲my• said...

2am is the best. HIMYM was lying.

I ONLY paint my nails at night, and it usually works out... unless I fall asleep watching something. Then they're smudged when I wake up, but not everything can be perfect haha.

Congrats on your major change! Decisions like those are the hardest, but doing what you want and love pays off in the end :)

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kylee said...

have i ever told you how much i love tv references in blog posts? i do. especially if they refer to a show i love (*cough* himym *cough*). next time you rearrange your school schedule at 3am, text me!! i'm a night owl anyways (proof: it's 2:20 am right now).

Abbey said...

I think bad things happening after 2am are for older people. For college age and a little post-collegiate people past 2 am is THE best.