Thursday, November 5, 2009

Save the Time!

Top 5 Reasons I Hate Daylight Savings Time. Or the end of Daylight Savings Time. Or whatever it's called when we "fall back".

Reason #5:
I procrastinate so much in resetting all of the clocks that, inevitably, at least one clock remains an hour ahead. Which always results in at least a couple of instances where I glance at said clock and say, "Oh, crap! I'm late!" and then rush through whatever I'm doing only to go into another room where the clock has been reset and realize all of the stress and hurrying was for nothing. Of course, once we "spring forward" into Daylight Savings Time once more, the clock that's ahead won't have to be touched.

Reason #4:
I have to re-learn how to reset the car clocks. Every time. Every season. And I'm not one to consult manuals and directions and other things that are written to make life easier. So by the time I am done re-setting the car clocks, all of the pre-programmed stations must be re-set as well. And I'm not one for consulting a manual for setting the presets either, so it's all just a vicious circle.

Reason #3:
It feels like midnight by the time I start dinner preparations, which causes a little bit of extra panic along with the panic I already feel because of the fact that I'm not all that handy in the kitchen.

Reason #2:
Obviously since it is about midnight when we're thinking about dinner, it feels like about 2 or 3AM when I finally wrestle the children to bed. Then I'm too tired to get Stuff done.

And the #1 Reason I hate Daylight Savings Time (ending) is:
Before children, I LOVED falling back. It meant an extra hour of sleep. Not so much with children because their internal clocks haven't caught on to this anomaly. I finally have them sleeping in 'til 8:00 every morning. The End of Daylight Savings Time rolls around. We "fall back", and now they're up at 7:00 every morning.


CrossView said...
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CrossView said...


The older I get, the harder this fall back gets for me. I think it's bedtime only to find out it's way earlier than it feels.

Jo@Mylestones said...

Ha! I feel like I should sign my name to the post in support of reasons 1-5. I am SO with you on this! (And now, as I type, I'm ready to fall asleep because YES it FEELS LIKE 2 AM!)

Arby said...

The older the kids get the more self sufficient they become and the less I care about what time they get up. As soon as they figure out that they can start the TV without me and I'll never know how much TV they watch before I wake up, I get to sleep in really late. It will be bliss.

Amy said...

Oh, I feel your pain. There are mornings I want to say (yell) to no one in particular, "You are homeschooled! Why in the world do you even want to be awake at 6:30 in the morning?!?!" But in order to say all of that in a coherent way, I would have to, you know, be awake enough to do it. ;) And my internal clock isn't as revved up as theirs...

Amy said...

I can so relate! The other day I was downstairs in the school room and realized it was 6:30 and I hadn't started dinner yet. So I ran upstairs to the kitchen and madly begin preparing dinner. I like to have it ready at 7:00 when Jon gets home and I knew it was going to be a little late. So I'm in the middle of dinner prep, calming myself down from the mad rush when I look at the clock...5:45. I hadn't changed the clock in the school room yet. So instead of eating a little late, our dinner was nicely dried out from trying to keep it warm for an extra hour.

@nnie said...

goodness, I finally found something we disagree on! I still enjoy falling back.... I actually soak in every second... it is always such a cozy evening. And my kids get up happier since it is light outside instead of pitch black. But I enjoyed your list... creative and fun, as always.

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

Well said, Kathleen. I am so with you on the not using the manuals thing and the midnight-esque feel dinner time has taken on--it's just exhausting. I stayed a few years ago in an Indiana town that did not participate in daylight savings time, which, as you might imagine, created all sorts of interesting communication issues in community relations with neighboring towns and the general populace.

Great list--I enjoyed your perspective.

Thanks also for you wonderfully sweet, encouraging comments on my post and story--I really appreciate you!