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  • It's 10:04p.m. but the night is just beginning.

    Arrive at study carrel, 4 minutes late after returning books at circulation desk.
    Pull out wooden chair with thin blue upholstery.
    Remove shoes, place just right of chair for easy access.
    Remove hoodie, place on bookshelf and drape over slightly, just to soften the harsh fluorescent bulb.
    Turn on said bulb.
    Lament buzzing momentarily.
    Position coffee along right side of desk.
    Prop book bag against desk leg.
    Sit.
    Remove slippers. Place on feet.
    Remove Lifesaver mints. Place in desk corner for later.
    Remove Play-Doh. Poise on shelf for stress management.
    Remove phone. Place on shelf so vibration can be heard but screen can't be seen.
    Remove snack bar. Also place out of sight for obvious reasons.
    Remove pens.
    Remove index cards.
    Remove laptop.
    Remove cord.
    Power up.
    Plug in headphones.
    Maximize document.
    Write.

    ...it must be finals week.
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