Wednesday, November 07, 2007

TIME CHANGE.



Is anyone else having trouble adjusting to the time change, those of us who experience Daylight Savings Time? I have been all messed up on time since Sunday morning, when I woke up at 3:30 (or was it 4:30?), looked at the time on my cell phone (which I use for an alarm), then turned on the satellite TV and saw the same time, then looked at the wall clock, different time. I had enough moments of confusion as to what time it really was to somehow keep me awake from that point on. I didn't actually figure out what time it really was until I remembered that we fall back in the fall. Duh!

Since then though, I have needed to go to bed by 9 pm and keep waking up around 4, pretty much the same amount of sleep as before, just that hour earlier. And let me tell you, at 4 am it is pretty quiet everywhere. Its still too creepy early for me to feel like going out to run, and going to the gym that early is creepy. I did that yesterday. The gym in my work building is a private club, so its open 24/7, and there is only a staff person there during regular business hours, 8-5. Going there before the cows even get up means not only being the only one in the parking lot and building itself, other than a security guard, but being the only one in the gym. While its nice having the place to myself, I'm constantly looking over my shoulder or peeking around corners, and listening for every sound for the possibility of someone sneaking up and grabbing me or, when in the pool, holding my head under water. I don't even watch any scary movies because it seems my mind can come up with enough horror stories of its own!

And then there's the dilemma of my internal clock being at least an hour ahead of office hours, so that by 4 pm, I'm ready to leave! Yesterday I could feel myself getting crabbier by the minute the closer it got to 4:30, especially when I got a late in the day assignment, which is per usual anyway. I think the attorney knew my irritation, although she did not know why, and thanked me profusely after that, even though I got my attitude in check after I realized how surly I must have seemed!

Going out earlier to run Monday morning had its moments of humor, however. I managed to somehow be following the trash pickers' route, as I watched not one but several cars trolling through the neighborhood scouring for treasures that others had discarded. One woman, in a huge suburban blocking the entire street, was hell bent on getting a toilet into her car! I can only imagine! Would that now be a porta-potty or was she thinking of remodeling?

And of course there's nothing on TV at that hour to maybe lull me back to sleep, other than the early morning news shows recapping everything that has taken place over the past 5 days, or every informercial trying to convince you to buy something you don't need anyway. But wait, I did find Sesame Street on yesterday at 4:30 a.m., so assuming there are some kids up at that hour it isn't entirely mindless viewing.

I am hoping that by next spring at least, when DST again begins, that I will be not only adjusted to the time change but caught up on my sleep!

12 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I'm having trouble with the time change too. And it seems I've got the sun in my eyes on the way too and from work now. Grrrrr. Hopefully it will seem 'normal' in a week or so.

Fe-lady said...

We in Arizona, never change our clocks...which is a good thing- but I am definitely in "hibernation" mode lately as it is not getting light out until 7:00 a.m.- long after I am returning from my run!

Sunshine said...

Daylight or not daylight saving time?? Either way, we just need a little more sunshine up here Nov-February?!

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**Jyll** said...

Thanks for your comment! Honestly, it isn't that bad. I was having a rough day and I like to write my feelings. I should have a good blog post today!

I ran last evening in the dark (there is a rapest running around) totally forgot about that, but made it to my destination (my 6 week pedicure) and was able to relax while being pampered!!

bill carter said...

I've got to admit that it drives me crazy too. I have been waking up at all sorts of weird hours and forgot to reset a clock and got ready for work an hour early. Ugh! By the spring I should have it all figured out.. just about the time we spring forward.

Sunshine said...

Our Don made additional good comments about the GR marathon on his post today (Make It a Masterpiece)

Sorry I messed up earlier today, adding the same comment 2X to your blog.

Flo said...

We don't change our clocks here in Hawaii, but I do remember when I lived on the mainland that it would take me time to adjust to the change. What I hate about it now is remembering how far ahead different areas of the mainland are. Is it 5 hours or 6 hours???

E-Speed said...

for some reason I am having the opposite problem. Instead of waking up at 4:30 I am waking up at 6:30. What is up with that?

WADDLER26.2 said...

It takes me 2 weeks to spin things around. I hate how early it is dark now.

See Zanne Run said...

i love the image of the woman dumpster diving & loading a toilet into her car ... that's classic.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

I've been waking up at 4:30. I can't figure out why, I wasn't getting up at 5:30?? Also, I didn't change the time right away in my car and it gave me a couple mini heart attacks. I don't know why I do this to myself :D