Turning back the clocks tonight (sad)

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Turning back the clocks tonight (sad)
Sat, 11-02-2013 - 12:28pm

Don't forget that tonight its time to "fall back" an hour. *sigh* I'm not looking forward to it. Yesterday I was puttering in the garden at 5pm when I remembered about the time change, and realized that come Sunday night it will be dark at that hour. I feel like I'm going to have to make a concerted effort to shift my activities to earlier in the day. Since I'm not a morning person (and don't get up really early) I prefer to have the daylight at the end of the day.

How about you? Are you a "morning person" or a "night owl"? Will you be pleased to have daylight earlier in the morning, or would you prefer to stay in "summer" time?

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sat, 11-02-2013 - 3:23pm

I am a morning person.  I prefer having light in the morning so I can exercise outside before work. 

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Sat, 11-02-2013 - 5:52pm

We get up at 5:30 for work; on Saturday I 'sleep in' and am up at 6:30...and making it much beyond 9-9:30pm is rough...so yeah, I'm a morning person!


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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sat, 11-02-2013 - 7:42pm

I am a night owl.  It is a major struggle for me to get out of bed eariler than 8:30, even if I went to bed at 10pm.  But usually, I don't get to bed till 12.  When Ed traveled, I'd paint walls at 10pm, and be cleaning and mopping at 1am!!!  Sometimes I think it's just guilt, that I've poked around all day, and feel like I MUST do something befor I go to bed, but I have always gotten a second wind at night.  When I was in college, I went to school in the morning, and then worked 2nd shift.  After I got married and Ed was traveling, and especially after I had kids, the only time I had to do laundry, housework, etc, after working all day, was after the kids went to bed.

And I was raised that you didn't leave dirty dishes, or a sloppy kitchen over night, lest it attract bugs.  Plus, who wants to get up and have a mess ALREADY facing them when they get their coffee?  So I always clean the kitchen, empty the counters, scrub the sink, and set up the coffee before I go to bed.

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Sun, 11-03-2013 - 8:50am

Every year, I hear them say on the radio (or in the newspaper) "An extra hour of sleep" & I think 'Yeah right-but not if you have young children or dogs!!" And sure enough-Miss Cleo was desperate this morning. 7am is her time to get up-this morning I held her off until 6:30, which to her mind was 7:30--she was sure she was going to starve to death or burst from a full bladder!!

I think of myself as a morning person, once-upon-a-time(at which point my kids would say "When dinosaurs roamed freely")-if it didn't get done in the morning, it didn't get done. However, life has a way of changing things. I returned to work-shift work specifically-day shift & little got done, period. I'd throw laundry in before leaving the house at 6:15, Mike & the kids would hang it before they left & maybe throw in another load. Vacuuming & such got done "when-ever". For evening shift (3pm-11pm)-I'd rip around here as soon as the kids left for school & get it all done before taking a 30min nap to leave for work at 2-leave copious notes around for the others to finish up & at midnight I'd patrol the place. And nights were like day-shifts, except ill-behoove the person who decided to vacuum while Mama-Bear was sleeping-I did not care whether the Dust-Buffalo were tripping people-they could wait. (They could only wake me if there was an unconcious human body-pets did not count-if there was a large pool of blood or a raging fire threatening the bedroom.)

Now I'm a bit more flexible. I still do my best in the morning. I love to get out to the garden in the morning-to weed, water & reap what I want for the day. But with Mike retired (& he is definitely a night person)I do things in the house later. He vacuums now-so often is doing that after dinner & I've learned not to grit my teeth at that. I will dust & tidy in the morning-he'll vacuum whenever.


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Registered: 04-29-2000
Sun, 11-03-2013 - 11:51am

Where I live, being in Calgary and even more north than Nora in Kingston area (Calgary  is somewhat above the 49th parallel and Nora would be just below the 45th parallel) there is not much gained in daylight at this time of year when we change the clock.  That is to say, it WAS brighter this morning at 7:30 when I woke (meaning it would have been 8:30 yesterday) but as time goes on this winter as we approach that shortest day of light in December, the sun won't even peek its  head much above the houses across the street until 8 a.m. (as far as I remember from years past).  And Ray will be going to work come this November 7th.  He's taken a contract until the end of April so in order for him to get the bus and train to go downtown he gets up at 6 a.m.  And I usually get up too.. Put the breakfast items on the table and such while he's taking his shower and getting dressed.  So it will be DARK at that hour and will continue to be dark as I said until the sun comes up a couple of hours later!   

I am not so much a morning person - at least when it comes to getting up at 6 a.m. !  I may just opt to crawl back to bed when Ray leaves for work at 7 a.m.   But sometimes, when I'm up - it's not so bad.  If I am well rested (and I am a good sleeper in general and get a good night of sleep) I am okay to be up early.   But don't ask me to start in on a lot of tasks around the house.  I like to luxuriate in the morning - starting with computer time and whatever before I actually consider doing any work in the house. And I am not much of a night owl... or at least come after dinner time and I cannot at all be doing anything that demands some physical effort.  Generally I'm pretty much spent at that point in the day.  

I have to consider taking an aquasize class or two this year and many of them in rec centers I've checked out seem to like to put them on early in the morning....groan!  So I don't know...I've yet to choose where I want to go for this.  But I'm not keen to get up and dressed and out the door to go into a pool early in the morning!  (i.e. 8 a.m.?). 

Anyway when this time of year rolls around, all I can think of is...."just about a month and a bit more than a half and we will turn around to longer daylight hours!"  I  just have to tolerate dark morning and dark evenings for so long and then there's the hope of brighter mornings and evenings after December 22nd or so....mind you, it will take a while before we see the sun up as early as 6 a.m.!


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Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 11-04-2013 - 4:00pm

I'm a morning person but I'm good with either DT or ST.  I'm not terribly affected by sunlight, at least not as much as DH.

When my kids were little I'd be at the gym at 5:30am.  Since I became self-employed three years ago I started going to the gym closer to 7:30am.  It only occurred to me a couple of weeks ago that I really don't do much at night, and I might as well start getting up at 5am and getting in a longer workout three times a week. That would be more productive than dawdling for an hour on the laptop or watching TV that I'm not interested in.