The hell that is daylight saving time begins this weekend.
I never feel more powerless than those two times a year I have to change my clock. Because of this antiquated tradition, I’ve learned to hate the government and Facebook status updates with Yay for more light!. GET UP EARLY AND GET SUN, YOU LAZY PEOPLE, AND STOP SCREWING WITH TIME.
The kids and I are constitutionally incapable of falling asleep early come “spring ahead” Sunday, but we still have to get to work and school on time Monday morning. We just get to be exhausted for weeks. YAY! And by summertime, when my kids are finally acclimated to the new time, they can’t fall asleep because their bedrooms are lit up by these extra long DST days others insist on cheering.
My always early-to-bed-early-to-rise kids: Um, the sun is still out. Why are we in bed?
Me: Oh, because the government and a bunch of lazy adults decided summer sun and entertainment is more important than consistency and clocks and health. See you in the dark, dark mornings!
It’s not just spring and summer. In October when we “fall back,” I’m up at 5 AM with the kids and forced to read all these I MISS THE SUN posts. Well, I see PLENTY of sun as we watch it rise from the east for a month.
By the way, this isn’t my kids’ fault nor is just about them. I’m not a great sleeper myself, and I don’t need the insomnia help. But twice per year, we are forced to move time zones, and we aren’t even on an awesome vacation. Stop saving time and start saving my sanity.
When I’m not complaining about Daylight Saving Time while avoiding the discussion of more serious issues, I’m becoming more popular by reading and writing elsewhere.
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My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):
- Work Versus Stay-At-Home Moms Is Not Up For Discussion: On Richmondmom, I talk about why working moms and stay-at-home moms are different, but it’s only a problem if the mom isn’t choosing to work or stay-at-home.
- Is Facebook Capitalizing On Envy With The Look Back Slide Show?: On Richmondmom, I limit my Facebook use and the negative reactions about the look back slide show is why.
- Planning An RV Road Trip: On Facebook, everyone is weighing in on where we should go in the Montana, Dakotas, Colorado, Wyoming RV summer road trip. Join in!
Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:
- My 5 year old’s attempt to forge my signature. Nailed it.: This kid is going places — prison or PhD, you decide.
- Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers: Where are my knitting friends? Penguin need sweaters! (the most delightful post and service ever! and then I was told it’s not true: Sweaters for Penguins)
- ‘Calvin & Hobbes’ Creator Pens His First Public Comic In 18 Years: I adored Calvin and Hobbes so much I am just spreading the happy news that he drew a new comic in almost two decades. (celebrate!)
- Do a Little More: If I could promote this in more places, I would. From the post: “You’ve worked incredibly hard to make sure my children’s ears don’t hear the word “retard”. This year, could you work just as hard to make sure people with intellectual disabilities… and the people that love them… hear “Would you like to sit by me?” “Do you want to come over after school?” “Want to see a movie on Saturday?””(tears and heck yeahs!)