Author Archives: Chebutykin

Insomniac

Eyeball Bead (DIY macro lens)According to my Fitbit Flex, the average amount of sleep I currently get is around four hours per 24 hour round. In the last month, there has been only one night where have I slept longer than 6 hours. Last night, I slept about 90 minutes, total.

The weird part is that I haven’t been sleepy during the day. I definitely don’t feel right, but I seem to be alert and functional. (I did ask a coworker this morning if my face showed human emotions, though, so your definition of “functional” might be different from mine.)

The Fitbit graph shows a steady decline over several months, from an average of six hours of sleep per night in December, to around five in February, to four by the end of April.

There is probably a confluence of reasons for this. The stress of getting married a few weeks ago (along with a second ceremony for the parents this weekend). New medication, started in February. General disarray in my life. The wax and wane of OCD. A constant feeling of being behind on all my projects, so I keep putting in longer hours to keep up.

The impact of the insomnia is deep, even though I can still mostly operate as a human being at this point. I’m feeling distant from my husband because I’m awake all night instead of cuddling up and snoozing. I spend a large portion of my waking hours alone in the living room, in silence, working on projects. The part of the day where I am around humans, I feel like I’m not fully engaged. I’m not exercising, because my day is so out of whack that I can’t carve out the time, and I don’t want to go out running at night because it might make the insomnia even worse.

I’m worried that the line on the graph will continue to decline to lower numbers. I’m wondering if I’ve forgotten how to sleep.

However, this really isn’t unusual for me.

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More Words Than I Ever Thought I’d Write About Prince

First Ave!It’s been a little more than one day since Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead at Paisley Park, which is about 20 miles from my couch. He was 57, which is too young to go for any human, but especially young for someone who we all kind of suspected was an immortal sex alien.

I’ve never considered myself a “fan” of Prince. I never was a huge listener of his music. I mean, yes, I grew up in Minneapolis during the 1980s, which means I lived and breathed his music for that decade because it was inescapable. I saw Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge because they were filmed here. I owned a cassette of 1999 (which my mom confiscated after she heard it), and I still have a CD of the Batman soundtrack. But after the 1980s passed, my musical tastes didn’t latch onto Prince’s music. (That’s not a comment on his talent at all; it’s just that once I found Mr. Bungle, I fell deep down the avant-garde metal rabbit hole.)

So, because of that, I would have never expected to grieve much for his passing. I have many, many friends who are far more passionate about his music than I, and their grief is fully understandable. And yet, I was sobbing in the shower this morning as I got ready for work. I’ve been wrecked for the last day.

Even though I never met the man, he meant a lot more to me than I ever thought he did. Perhaps I took him for granted, like he was some sort of permanent fixture of my hometown.

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Friday, April 1: PowerPoint Karaoke, plus bonus trivia!

PowerPoint KaraokeOn Friday, April 1st (honest!), PowerPoint Karaoke will be back at Fantasy Flight Games, and this time, our opener will be trivia hosted by Andrea Wilkins! That’s right, gird your pedantic loins and bring your best game, factoid nerds!

PowerPoint Karaoke

What it is: Four improv comedians must each give a PowerPoint presentation with slides they have never seen before. I’ll be slinging the slides!

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, February 12th
Where: Fantasy Fight Games Center, 1975 W County Road B2, Roseville, MN
How Much: the low-low price of only $8 for both shows! (Tickets are only $5 if you bring a Fringe Button, a CONvergence Badge or a receipt from the Fantasy Flight Games Center Snack bar!)

If you do the Facebook thing, you can RSVP to the event here.

Friday Feb 12th: PowerPoint Karaoke with Double-Blind Improv!

PowerPoint KaraokeThis upcoming Friday (February 12th), PowerPoint Karaoke returns to Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville! This time, we will be joined by Double-Blind Improv! That’s two shows for the price of one!

PowerPoint Karaoke

What it is: Four improv comedians must each give a PowerPoint presentation with slides they have never seen before. I’ll be slinging the slides!

 

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, February 12th
Where: Fantasy Fight Games Center, 1975 W County Road B2, Roseville, MN
How Much: the low-low price of only $8 for both shows! (Tickets are only $5 if you bring a Fringe Button, a CONvergence Badge or a receipt from the Fantasy Flight Games Center Snack bar!)

If you do the Facebook thing, you can RSVP to the event here.

FRIDAY! The Return of PowerPoint Karaoke!

PowerPoint KaraokeThis upcoming Friday (January 15th), PowerPoint Karaoke returns to life at the Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville! Join us for laughter and nerdery as we huddle together for warmth in middle of the bleak midwinter!

And, in case that’s not enough for you, we’re also doing a few rounds of Judging a Book by Its Cover, just as a bonus! You get two shows for the price of one! And this time, we’re using GAME ART!

PowerPoint Karaoke

What it is: Four improv comedians must each give a PowerPoint presentation with slides they have never seen before. I’ll be slinging the slides, baby!

Judging a Book by Its Cover

What it is: Comedy duos are presented with crazy game box art, and then have five minutes to tell you about the game. I bring the images, my cohorts bring the funny!

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, January 15th
Where: Fantasy Fight Games Center, 1975 W County Road B2, Roseville, MN
How Much: the low-low price of only $8 for both shows! (Tickets are only $5 if you bring a Fringe Button, a CONvergence Badge or a receipt from the Fantasy Flight Games Center Snack bar!)

If you do the Facebook thing, you can RSVP to the event here.