Two nights ago, I dreamed I had alot of pencils to sharpen, hundreds, and in the dream I was feeling very stressed because I knew I wouldn't have enough time to get them all sharpened- it reminded me of the woman in Rumplestiltskin who was in the situation in which she had been given the task of turning an unmanageable amount of straw into gold.
I was telling a friend about it, and he said that that's a very common dream actually, (although I've never had it before) and he said the common interpretation of it is that people who have that dream have some unresolved creativity they want/need to express.
That might make sense, although I thought it spoke more to my job - that I have what sometimes seems like the unmanageable task of helping people who have not historically been naturally academically inclined, succeed academically.
Because it also reminded me of when I used to work at the Revlon factory during winter and summer breaks in college, and I used to go home so tired, and every night my dream would always be the same, that I was standing on a line, with glass bottles of Charlie rolling by, and I couldn't grab them all fast enough to keep them from falling to the concrete floor and shattering.
To this day, if I smell any of several Revlon products, like Charlie or the old Flex shampoo - I immediately get a headache.
(Interesting thread Joe - I dream almost every night...and I usually remember them, and I love talking about them, to try to figure out what they might mean, so I hope you don't mind if I repeatedly post....)