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So I’m sleep deprived. Very sleep deprived, insanely sleep deprived. So imagine my feeling of recognition when reading this article from the New York News & Features section which I stumbled upon while clicking on random links. And thank God I found it too. Here’s a snapshot with my little running commentary of the article. Click link to see full article.

Snooze or Lose

Overstimulated, overscheduled kids are getting at least an hour’s less sleep than they need, a deficiency that, new research reveals, has the power to set their cognitive abilities back years. By Po Bronson

“[H]as the power to set their cognitive abilities back years.”
I was wondering why I’ve been feeling like my brain cells have just been rotting away at the speed of light. I mean, it’s not like I’m not actually bashing myself on the head everyday, five times a day for the fun of it, I still go to school, so I’m forced to learn things, but WHERE OH WHERE has all that supposedly “learnt” information gone?! Apparently, my lack of sleep has caused me to have the mental and cognitive abilities of a seventh grader, or maybe even a fourth grader. Well, there goes my upcoming exams.

“Half of all adolescents get less than seven hours of sleep on weeknights. By the time they are seniors in high school, according to studies by the University of Kentucky, they average only slightly more than 6.5 hours of sleep a night. Only 5 percent of high-school seniors average eight hours.”
You want statistics? I’ll give you my statistics. I average about 6 hours sleep per weeknight, 6.5 hours max. And on weekends, it depends, but usually, it’s the same. So do the math. 6 times 7 equals 42 hours per week I’m sleeping, whereas I should be getting 56 hours per week. I’m missing out on 14 hours a week of sleep a night. 14 times 52(weeks in a year) equals 728 hours of sleep that I am missing out on per year. Whoa, that’s a hellava lot of sleep I’m missing out on. And my brains sure aren’t thanking me for it. Not to mention my racoon eyes and my baggy bags coupled with bloodshot eyes and a pasty complexion.

“With the benefit of functional MRI scans, researchers are now starting to understand exactly how sleep loss impairs a child’s brain. Tired children can’t remember what they just learned, for instance, because neurons lose their plasticity, becoming incapable of forming the synaptic connections necessary to encode a memory.”
I’m tired 24/7. I basically fall asleep in class and while I’m in the car to and from school, I try to catch up on the zzz’s. I get to school, nod through six hours worth of mumblings and then come home to the computer and straight onto the internet I go until about 1am or 1.30am every, single, night. I try to revise and concentrate, no really, I do. Sometimes in class, all I want to do is lie down and sleep, but I can’t, so I settle for the “head on hand, leaning forward so it looks like you’re reading but really, what you’re doing is sleeping but the teacher thinks you’re reading” because if I don’t, I end up doing the whole “I’m trying my hardest to stay awake, but my eyeballs and eyelids have mind of their own and are shutting down on me” thing which is really very embarrassing. What makes it even worse is that then, once I fall into a slumber, I hear nothing. Kapisch, nada. Therefore, I learn and remember nothing. No wonder I complain that my memory is like that of Dory’s. Furthermore, “a different mechanism causes children to be inattentive in class.” Wow, no shit Sherlock. You’d think that being asleep would cause you to be inattentive in class.

“A tired brain perseverates—it gets stuck on a wrong answer and can’t come up with a more creative solution, repeatedly returning to the same answer it already knows is erroneous.”
Shit, so that’s why I feel as though all my “creative juices” have run out and I can no longer come up with anything original or inventive. I thought I’d just simply ‘lost my spark’ and had the ‘creativity stamped out of me’ by all my classes.

“The more you learned during the day, the more you need to sleep that night. “
No comment. Abit late now, exams are in 2 weeks.

“Normally secreted as a big pulse at the beginning of sleep, growth hormone is essential for the breakdown of fat.”
I’ve been trying to not exactly lose weight, but to tone up and keep in shape. What have I done instead? Gained weight. Though I really can’t blame it all on my severe lack of sleep. I do binge eat alot and stuff my face at any given oppurtunity. =P What can I say? I love my food. However, this leads onto another thing, “on average, children who sleep less are fatter than children who sleep more.” So maybe I can blame alot of it on my sleeping habits after all.

“They all showed that kids who get less than eight hours of sleep have about a 300 percent higher rate of obesity than those who get a full ten hours of sleep.”
If you say so… But it’s impossible for me to get 10 hours of sleep! Even on weekends! *sighs* …*yawns*

“Sleep is a biological imperative for every species on Earth. But humans alone try to resist its pull. Instead, we see sleep not as a physical need but a statement of character. It’s considered a sign of weakness to admit fatigue, and it’s a sign of strength to refuse to succumb to slumber. Sleep is for wusses.”
Ah, no comment.

Come on, read the article please? It’s for your own good =]

Now that it’s 10.50pm, and I haven’t even touched my homework, I know I wont, so I may as well go to sleep. Work tomorrow, great, going to be falling asleep there.

*super sized yawn* zZz time…

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Shit. The PRET tommorow. Oh Lord, I’m screwed. I haven’t done anything for it! You’d think I’d actually try and study for it or something…but…

Oh God, *sighs*

That’s it. My futures over before it’s even begun. GOODBYE PUBLIC RELATIONS! GOODBYE RMIT!

*dramatic sigh*

For my English SAC (School Assessed Coursework) I have to do two creative writing pieces. But seeing as I am creatively-challenged, I’m not even going to venture onto the path of a short story. If I did, it would probably turn out to be suspiciously similar to Harry Potter. I might even call it, “Tom Smith and the boy who died.” hmm…not a bad idea actually, LoL, no, I joke, I’d probably get my arse kicked by the teachers and fail english =| not good, seeing as I’m aiming for something ridiculously high.

Anyway, I’m thinking about writing a series of blog posts, maybe about 5 or so, for part 1 of the SAC. But on what?! *sighs* Maybe fashion? …what else is there to write about? Oh god, how annoying. THEN, there’s the other half to worry about. I was going to write a review on Cirque Du Soleil ‘Vakerai’ (OMG!! IT’S AWESOME!! YOU GUYS HAVE TO WATCH IT IF YOU GET THE CHANCE!!!), BUT since I’m already writing a blog which is in the same category as the reviews, I can’t. Which sucks. Big time. WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO DO?! *sighs*

…I wish I knew how to put Youtube clips on here. But since I don’t, here’s a short clip from Varekai, “Icarian Games”and my favourite act, the Russian Swings.

Varekai -Slippery Surface Varekai -Icarian Games
Slippery Surface       
Icarian Games

The story of Varekai.

“Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world—a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.

From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.

The word varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.”

Varekai -Russian Swings Varekai -Triple Trapeze
Russian Swings       
Triple Trapeze

The world of Varekai is magical. As soon as you walk into the big top, you feel as though you’ve entered another world. A world where anything can happen. The colours are amazing, the costumes are masterpieces and the acts are simply jaw droppingly breathtaking.

Most circus acts that I’ve seen, you know it’s a circus, you feel like your at the circus and it’s even got that “circus air” about it. However, Varekai is something else. It makes you totally forget that your even at the circus. With no animals invovled, the acrobats manage to pull off flawless stunts that are beyond belief. In one act, there are five men who continuously flip each other into aerial loops using only their feet (Icarian Games), then in another dazzling spectacle, Irina Naumenko balances on canes turning upside down, inside out, the wrong way around, making it all seem oh-so-easy. Critics have praised Irina as the worlds most talented contortionist. And they are right. Seeing her in action almost makes you weak at the knees, with your mouths gaping open, staring at her freshly cooked spaghetti-like body.

The intensity from the audience combined with the extreme focus from the performers emits a kind of bzz right throughout the show. This is by far the best circus I have seen. No wait, not just the best circus, but best performance I have ever seen. A must see for anyone and everyone. 50/10 🙂

Okay, so it’s not very often this happens. Me feeling guilty over not doing any homework. I mean, usually, I just sit my arse down in front of my laptop every night for an average of about 5 to 6 hours and sometimes even 7 hours a night. OMG, I just re-read that and SHIT! THAT’S A WHOLE LOTTA TIME SPENT ON THE NET!!! -and I wonder why my eyes hurt o_O err, well *coughs*… wow, if I added all those hours up, in a week, averaging 5.5 hours a day over 7 days, I would spend approximately 38.5 hours a week on the net doing useless things. Oh mein got. 😐 That’s a whole day and a bit over half!! I can’t believe it. And to make matters worse, I’m in year 12! The “year that will decide my future”! And I spend around 38.5 hours a week procrastinating while I should be doing my untouched homework or studying! -well, it would be good if I knew how to study, LoL. Shiiieezzeeeeennhausennnn *breathes in, out* Does anybody else spend such an insane amount of hours on the net doing absolutely nothing but youtube, myspace, msn and read blogs?! Pray tell. I feel like a freak. LoL.

At least I’m giving my fingers a work out. Come to think of it, my fingers seem to have grown muscles over the years of piano playing combined with my obsession with the internet. Oh, not to mention my tanky thumb (get’s an intense workout everyday from my equally obsessive SMSing). Soon I’ll be able to flex my finger muscles like those body builders and gym obsessed vain people flex their biceps and triceps at every chance they get. BRING ON THE THUMB-O-WARS!!

hahaha, I just turned a COMPLETE negative to a completely stupid positive. YUP! FINGER MUSCLES ARE THE WAY TO GO! (ahaha, I just had a thought, what if everyone in the world had massive finger muscles so that when they shook hands, they would either crunch their opponent, or they wouldn’t be able to even clasp their hands around the other persons hand like those massive steroid induced body builders giving each other a hug. How funny would that be? :p)

xoxo

p.s WOOT! I’VE GOT READERS ON MY LITTLE BLOG! OMG! I WANNA KISS YOU ALL, ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE WHO COMMENT ME!! no, I’m not usually a stalker, don’t worry 😉

I confess. I am one lazy fker. I read blogs all night when I’m suppose to be doing homework *cringes* (what?! it’s improving my english and communication skills :D), yet, I NEVER can be bothered actually writing my own! Even though I do get the urge to write a blog, the fact that no-one actually reads my blog is kind of disheartening 😦 , and also, it means I actually have to stop chatting on msn and do some research before plonking down words at random on the net kinda makes me just turn back to my myspace, blogs and msn. *sighs* …rolling out the excuses now, lol.

Can you believe it? When I tried to log onto my wordpress account,I forgot my password! So I had to go through my emails…good thing I didn’t delete it.

ANYWAY, the reason why I decided to finally get my arse into gear was ‘cos of what I read last night. Emma Watson -the lucky bitch, has been signed by Storm modelling agency -the same agency who manage Lily Cole and Kate Moss. And as if being signed by Storm and being in Harry Potter isn’t good enough, Karl Largerfield has decided to send her free dresses for every premiere she goes to. It’s been reported by British newspaper the Daily Express that she will get $4 million if Chanel signs her. Not bad for a 17 year old. I’m 17 and what have I done? Merely touched a Chanel bag. Not even touch a Chanel dress! Let alone get sent a dress a day. *sighs*

-read article: http://www.vogue.co.uk/vogue_daily/story/story.asp?stid=45979&date=&sid=

…I still haven’t figured out how to do the clicky thing yet. Oh the hard life for the technology challenged.

How absolutely gorgeous are these dresses?

Chanel…again, and again and again…

Love it. This girl has got style. Finally, an actress dressing her age.

xoxo

Quote of the Week~

"I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person." -Audrey Hepburn
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