12 a.m. This is not working out as planned.

12:01 a.m. You toss aside earlier goals; the new goal is to wind this thing up as soon as possible or at least by daybreak.

12:05 a.m. You put on your go-to attire: comfortable and able to absorb sweat and other bodily fluids.

12:30 a.m. It’d be easier to focus if the space around you wasn’t so cluttered.

1 a.m. Prep books you don’t have the energy to read needle you.

1:10 a.m. A little bit of alcohol wouldn’t go amiss, but you don’t dare.

3 a.m. If only you could get some sleep, this might actually come together.

3:15 a.m. Bleary-eyed and desperate, you call your mother. She doesn’t answer.

3:20 a.m. The support group you joined doesn’t respond to your texts; it’s just you and your endurance.

3:30 a.m. You swig down an extra-large tea or coffee; you can’t tell the difference anymore.

3:45 a.m. Uh-oh, you don’t have time to go to the bathroom.

4–4:30 a.m. Lots of crying, and wondering about your life choices.

4:35 a.m. A big part of you regrets not hiring a no-nonsense handler to pull it off.

5:30 a.m. You give yourself a Hamlet-worthy pep talk.

6 a.m. You don’t remember much of last night but the sunrise is beautiful.

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Putting your newborn down for bed: 12 a.m. – 6 a.m.
Finishing college paper: 12 a.m. – 6 a.m.