I don’t know about you, but I’m [SO NOT] feeling 22

I haven’t slept through the night in about two weeks. Saturday night, for example, I slept from midnight until 3:20 a.m. By 5:54 a.m. I was making muffins. By 6:45 a.m. I was in the fetal position under an afghan watching Everybody Loves Raymond.

So I apologize in advance if this post is unreadable, because my mental faculties have severely declined. Like yesterday at the gas station, halfway through filling my tank, I realized I had chosen – not regular, not super – premium unleaded. Then very nearly cried about it.

It’s been a fun couple weeks! (I have a feeling the culprit is a big stressful change about to occur in my life, but that’s not what I want to get into — let’s keep it nice and frivolous today.)

Aside from having a hard time accomplishing basic tasks, the biggest side effect of lack of sleep has been this: I look awful. I once blogged about the many situations where I physically cannot look pretty – this needs to be added to that list.

Once upon a time, in my early twenties, I could stay up til four, consume many margaritas, and wake up the next day all bright-eyed and rosy-cheeked. Sure, my hair may have been tousled and my eyeliner smudged, but in a cute way – not in a horror movie way which is what I’m working with now.

I literally looked in the mirror yesterday and thought, “Well, this is it. I’ve lost my looks. It’s all downhill from here.” And then I tried – very slowly – to reason with my sleep-deprived mind. That doesn’t make sense, I told myself. You’re still only in your twenties. It can’t all be over. There must be an explanation for why you currently look like Kristen Stewart’s much older and even more miserable aunt.

And then it dawned on me: oh yeah, because you haven’t slept in days.

When I was 20, there was a period of months where I routinely went to sleep at 2 a.m., then hopped out of bed at 6:30, showered, did my makeup, straightened my hair, and went to work looking fresh. Sure my energy would dip in the afternoon, but it was nothing a quick brownie break couldn’t handle (which, of course, I could consume daily without gaining weight – because I was 20).

But friends, that’s all over now. Now, lack of sleep turns me into a shell of a human – and an unsightly one at that.

But, hey. To quote The Mindy Project: “You’re not 22, so what? No one is.”

And if you are 22…enjoy it. Soon you too will need a solid eight hours…and a really good moisturizer.


13 thoughts on “I don’t know about you, but I’m [SO NOT] feeling 22

  1. It coulda’ been worse it coulda’ been diesel and that would have stopped you in your tracks I can tell you from experience and cost a few thousand to fix (again experience).
    Sometimes there’s nothing better than a couple of valium. Should I say that? Who knows? But it’s true. Again experience.
    Right back in my blogging beginnings I wrote Three Defences Against Tertiary Ageing. You thin you have it bad now………

    • I know! That’s actually why I initially freaked out when I realized I had the wrong pump…then I realized it was fine but just sad for my wallet.
      And re: “you think you have it bad now”…yikes, I know. God help me when I have children!

  2. This cracked me up! It’s so, so true. When I was in my early 20’s, I was a night owl and party girl. Now in my late 20’s, I feel like death even after an 8 hour night of sleep. Not to mention the nonstop statements from coworkers, “Oh my god, you look terrible!”

    Gee, thanks. Haha!

  3. Haha! You always find the best pictures for your posts. Can you have comedic timing with pictures? I vote yes. And I completely agree with every word about the whole aging/sleep/looks thing…I just don’t know how I pulled all-nighters for FUN back then (all barely three years ago).

  4. The cruel thing is that sleep deprivation effects – including physical ones – only intensify with passing years…and most of us now wait until 30+ to have kids. A nasty combo, I discovered firsthand. Let’s just say that when my husband saw this profile photo of me, he did a double take and said, “Wow, you can look like that?” Uh. Yeah.

    Hope you get some sleep soon!

  5. I have never been able to go on little sleep and be fine the next day. I’m such a baby when it comes to that, lol. I really enjoyed your post. I loved the more miserable looking aunt of Kristen Stewart example, that was hilarious!

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