Monday, October 27, 2008

Fall back - spring forward

The end is nigh. The end of Daylight Savings Time that is. When I was younger I could never remember which way to turn the clock until I met a great woman who taught me this little mnemonic "Fall back-spring forward".

This weekend we set our clocks one hour back and gained an extra hour of precious sleep. Simply divine.

Waking up in bright daylight aided me in my daily attempt to haul my tired bones from my snuggly warm bed into the cold of the morning. Thank the heavens for underfloor heating.

Everything just seems so much easier when it is already light out. There's nothing worse than waking up in the dark or what seems like the middle of the night. Something I am not looking forward to over the next months. Mornings are going to be hell. Bumping into furniture on my way to the bathroom as I am trying not to wake the hubby by leaving the lights turned off.
Not fun!

Gone are the long days. Hello long nights. I don't know how they do it in the Scandinavia but I sure as hell would go mad if I'd have to live in the dark.

Is it just me or does anybody else feel drained of every ounce of energy when you're comming home from work and it is dark out? Every little piece of housework seems like a chore. Cooking feels as though you were asked to climb Mt. Everest while it seems like child's play during the summer months. Huh.

If Daylight Savings Time would be up for discussion would you be pro or con? Is there anything you like about the long winter nights?


Melisa said...

Hmmm. I am a morning person, so although it is definitely easier to get out of bed when it's sunny, I don't mind getting up in the dark either.

In the afternoon/evening when it is dark "earlier", I guess I do feel a little bit lazy, but that's also brought on because I am internally conditioned to feel the need to put on pajamas when it gets dark, and you can often find me wearing them by dinnertime during the winter. Doing chores in pajamas is mentally difficult. :)

I personally don't mind winter too much, as long as I can stay warm and cozy. If my feet are cold...forget it!

So I don't know if I answered your question. ha ha

Mrs. J said...

Thanks for sharing "fall back-spring forward" phrase. This will really help me remember coz I'm still confused about this DST thiny

Brian o vretanos said...

So I won't be able to do any cleaning around my flat for six months? That's terrible ;-)

I just wish that they'd abolish the DST thing all together. It's crazy. If they want people to go to school and work an hour earlier in Summer, then just open the schools and offices an hour before.

k a t i e said...

I totally agree with cooking in the dark - getting from work in the gathering dusk and knowing you've still got several hungry mouths to feed, washing to hang up somewhere (because inevitably, it's going to be damp on the line by the time you get home) and then your place begins to look like a Chinese laundry.

I heart daylight savings - we changed out clocks nearly a month ago now - and being able to walk the dogs for hours after work in light and getting things done is just so lovely.

Still... I'm insanely jealous you have snow for Christmas :)

My Two Army Brats said...

We lived in Alaska for nearly 6 years and I loved the summer with 24 hours of daylight and I was okay with the winter but the sun barely rose high enough over the mountains to see it most days. We had about three hours between sunrise (around 11am) and sunset (right around 2pm) on our shortest days. I miss it...who'd have thought!

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