Rachael’s Guide: How to Tell if you are Nocturnal

Shit I do in Reno at night

It’s my Bondage Barbie, roasting on an open fire.  Nocturnal Behavior is directly responsible for brilliant works of art such as this.

Here are a few definitions to use as a primer for this blog.

Nocturnal – active and feels better at night
Diurnal – active and feels better during the day
Repuscular – active and feels better primarily during twilight, i.e., at dusk and dawn (freaks)

Rachael’s Guide: How to Tell if you are Nocturnal

1.   You feel half alive until close to 7:00 p.m.
2.   You believe that ‘morning people’ should be lined up and summarily executed
3.   You can’t figure out why the only place to get a burger after 2:00 am in Reno is The Little Nugget or the slimy Denny’s over on Wells
4.   Music sounds better, and should be played louder, at night
5.   You’re a:
a)  musician b) police officer c) graveyard shift worker d) blackjack dealer. You LIKE the hours

6.   The cat gets more sleep at night than you do
7.   Going to bed a 2:00 am seems pretty damned early
8.   Waking up to sunshine and birds singing makes you want to hork
9.   Your prescription sleeping pills have little or no effect
10.   You’re sick of being told that you have a ‘sleep disorder’
11.  That great tan during the summer months confuses your friends.   This amuses you and you continue to visit the tanning salon. After dark.
12.   Your best work is done at night.
13.   When you do try to sleep you’re constantly thinking of ideas, getting out of bed, and typing them into Word.
14.   You spend an inordinate amount of money on high-end eye concealer.
15.   Your sunglasses cost more than your first car
16.   It’s not insomnia asshat, it’s my period of waking hours
17.   You know every free porn site on the net

Friday night, during ‘normal’ evening hours, I watched a new episode of Numbers. You already know how exciting my Friday nights are.
Anyway, what music is playing during the opening scene? The Underdog by Spoon.
I listed their album on my Top 10 Albums of the Year post and the song itself as my fave from the CD.

A prime example of how living the Nocturnal Life has benefits. Catching up on T.V. culture as your evening begins at 10:00 p.m. or discovering new music after 1:00 a.m. -while searching through your favorite porn sites. When the two combine it’s magical.
Current Television. Episodes and Barbie Amelioration. Porn and Incredible Music.
Batteries not included.

Sunshine Blondes may have more fun but insomniac Brunette/Red/Purple highlighted gals get the goods.

~Miss R

Currently listening:
Lagrimas Negras
By: Bebo & Cigala
Release date: 22 June, 2004

—- image courtesy of ME so don’t even think about using it without permission

6 thoughts on “Rachael’s Guide: How to Tell if you are Nocturnal

  1. 1, 6, 7, 8, 12, and 13 all apply to me. At the time of writing this it’s about 4:20, I am JUST starting to feel sleepy. Been this way all my life, even in highschool on weekends I would always start to shift over to being nocturnal, and of course during the summer it always happened fully. If nothing in my schedule dictates when I have to sleep, hardly a week passes before I’m staying up until 4-5 and sleeping in until 1 PM.

    Oh well. Suck some blood, bite a few people, watch Underworld and Underworld Evolution, howl at the moon, etc. Write, think, go for my little “night walks”, play computer games, try to go outside in the sun at 2 in the afternoon but squint at the bright light and act like a vampire being fried (until my eyes adjust to the light). Enjoy the pretty night sky, write novels, be “of the night”. That’s mainly what I do.

    Being nocturnal isn’t so bad, takes getting used to though, and it’s not for everyone.


  2. Numbers 3, 5, 11, 14 do NOT apply to me at all. Because I dont live near Reno at all. I am unemployed, hoping to get a job soon. I prefer my pale skin, I think its beautiful and I also have a natural light olive-ish color to my skin since I am part Cherokee Indian. I also dont wear make up. The stuff just annoys my sensitive skin, powder and cream textures alike. Though I do agree with Jotto. Being nocturnal is not for everyone and while I was in high school I wouldnt go to sleep till at least 3 or 4am. The weekends and holidays consisted of me going to bed at about 6:30 or 7 when the sun was starting to come up. The only time I went to bed “early” was when I was sick and than it would be like 2:30 or 3am. Luckily my family understands that I am nocturnal and doesnt want me to change 🙂 The only thing bad about being nocturnal is going to class while having a job. You have to schedule all your classes in the evenings and work night shift or you have to take morning classes which I despise. Its all a matter of balancing your time and having people who understand your period of waking hours. Just remember that you shouldnt allow people who dont understand or attempt to accept your waking hours in your life. Now to get up at 10am and go see the family for Xmas today. Yay for family! Not so much for the 10am wake up call.


    • Hi Heather, thanks for stopping by. A Merry Christmas to you and yours!

      Would love to visit family and friends… but my daughter is spending the first two weeks of college break in LA (with her dad and high school friends), The second with me (and her middle school/high school friends).
      Mom is a 5 hour drive (no way the car can be trusted heh) and my father died 4 years ago.. but right AFTER Christmas. His favorite holiday!
      Recently broke up with the latest boyfriend and do not really get out. Home Alone for Christmas.First time ever; and just turned -gulp- 50.

      On a positive note: Spent all day cooking, going nuts -in a good way- making a 5 course meal large enough to feed 10 people… and it’s just me heh. Great therapy and left-overs for weeks. Probably months. god bless us everyone… but especially the peeps that invented the freezer and Tupperware.

      Damn! Just remembered I threw away the turkey carcass for concocting Midnight Turkey Soup. -face palm-
      Oh well, many late night recipes still open to the kitchen/laboratory/ early hour meanderings.

      It’s been a few years since this piece was written, and currently (actually nevermore more quote the raven) have the enjoyment/insanity of a career. SSD for moi. Understand your many levels of frustration at not having work. May you find a job/career that is exiting, amusing and challenges you SOON.

      So….no longer have the money to tan -back to the Half-Welsh /Half-Hebe eastern European look; Pale as hell -grin-. nor concealer.
      You’re part Cherokee? Adore the look of olive skin. Lovely!

      Many thanks for the wonderful thoughts about people who don’t get we ‘nighters.
      If you’re nocturnal and you know it clap your hands.

      Now off to pursue your writings. Can’t thank you enough for bringing me Christmas cheer and a list of things to be grateful for.
      Be well, and Peace to you and yours.

      ~Sleepless in Reno


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