Brain: Hey, it’s noon, let’s go get some xiaolongbao for lunch!
Me: Um, no, it’s 4 a.m. You’re in London, not Shanghai. You can have oatmeal in 5 hours. Let’s kill the time by going back to sleep.
Brain: No, it’s cool, let’s check Facebook.
Me: If you want to stare at a screen, let’s get out the laptop and do some work.
Brain: Oh no, I’m way too tired to do work now.
Me: Then let’s go back to sleep!
Brain: How about we just take a 3-hour nap later this afternoon?
Me: No, the series of long naps sleep strategy only works when you’re in China for 5 days and on holiday. You’re in London now and have to work tomorrow, not to mention run, Skype mom and brown the pork chops before putting them in the slow cooker.
Brain: Did you say pork? Pork xiaolongbao sounds so good right now.
Me: Why do you seriously not have an off switch?
Stephen and I got back from China on Sunday night. It was a quick, but amazing trip, despite the insane amount of time, effort and money that went into getting my passport renewed and a Chinese visa within a three-week period. But now my body is back in London, but my brain is still somewhere in Xintiandi, apparently craving soup dumplings, and I can’t help but wonder if I will ever sleep normally again, or if writing blog posts in my head for 3 hours in the middle of the night is going to be the new norm.