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Friday, October 27, 2006

You laugh about my big knife, but I was mad enough to take it to that stupid law that has us changing times. But this weekend we go back to REAL time! Can you hear my joy? We'll go to bed when Hoosiers normally go to bed and get up when we're supposed to, not when some politician tells us to. To read a really good post about how DST should be studied because the energy savings are very doubtful, read this:

If they'd do a study today to see if it really did something instead of of using one from more than thirty years ago when the world was very different, I might believe it. But we run a/c all day long in our offices now. One reason Arizona doesn't change is because it costs MORE because of running a/c more. That's likely the case elsewhere.

Seriously, my body never did adjust to this weird time they had us on. I couldn't get sleepy at 10:00 because my body said it was only 9:00. I've been trying to hit the sheets way too early for me and my subconscious was rebelling. But no more! In fact, I may even change my clocks back tonight. Get a jump on it.

Shh, don't tell Diann but it's another good reason to move to Arizona. Arizona and Hawaii are the only sane states left in the U.S.

DST haters unite! What I'd like to know is if things work better with being an hour earlier, why don't they just change the time and be done with it? I don't understand.

Colleen, ready to chop up that law.
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:00 PM  
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At 7:26 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

You need to get over it. DST saves money -- it costs business money to NOT have it, so you need to deal, girl. It's a capitalist society. It even costs FARMERS, so as an Indianan, you need to deal. LOL Doing business during daylight hours costs less -- 10,000 barrels of oil less. I looked it up.

I LOOOVE daylight savings time, always have -- except when we have to spring forward, I could lose that part of it. But as a lover of the California sunshine, bring on those daylight hours, why sleep through them?

At 7:55 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Gee, if I knew what sunshine looked like, I might think it helped. LOL I live in INDIANA, land of the gloom. LOL

Glad you can enjoy it but it's not for me. And I'm not ever going to like it. Pffft! I can rant if I want to. You do it all the time. LOL

At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just got back from Hawaii, earthquake and all, and we would all do well to live more like they do over there...and hang loose! :) I'm still trying to recover from the time zone shifts.

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry...didn't mean to be anonymous...but I don't know how to work this thing...sound like the guy in the balloon at the end of Wizard of Oz?

Leanna Ellis

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh anonymous, you lucky dog! Where were you in Hawaii? isn't it the most perfect place in the world?

At 10:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I do like the extra summer hours (I'm in Oregon), but I don't think I like it enough to disrupt bedtimes that are so difficult to establish in the first place for the kiddos. I'm really not looking forward to trying to get Amber adjusted.
Speaking of California sunshine, Kristin, is it warm during Thanksgiving week usually? We are driving down to Disneyland for a week of fun. :)
I've never been to Disney OR California. :)

At 12:44 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

All month I've been walking around saying "We get our hour back soon." I'm so thankful. I HATED trying to get my 7 year old asleep when it was totally daylight outside his bedroom window. Sheesh.

At 1:13 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Audra, it's warm generally, but sometimes it might rain. Keep in mind if you're near the coast, it can get a little snippy with that wet cool. L.A. should be nice though, it's San Francisco that gets so stinkin' cold! If it's going to rain, go to Disney on that day, all the locals stay home and it's way fun! Kristin

At 2:38 AM, Blogger Katie Hart said...

I love the long summer evenings of DST! Why not enjoy an extra hour of volleyball without a million bugs bothering you? I do wish they'd keep it year-round. One reason I've heard that they don't is because of little kids having to wait at the bus stop in the dark. Ha! I was homeschooled, so what do I care? Lol. I'm a night owl anyway, so I wouldn't mind if we pushed it two hours ahead. I might actually see a sunrise that way.

At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

i hate daylight savings.

and we don't have it here in western australia. however, it's going thru parliament at the moment to put it thru and start it december 1st. ugh, i hate it. what is the point? if you wanna do stuff in the light hours, just get up earlier.

At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, DST has always amused me. It's funny how we say we're gaining/losing an hour when, really, we have the same 24 hours in a day no matter what time the sun rises or sets. It's also interestng to me how we can tell ourselves anything, we adjust ourselves to live as if were true, and we putter along like always, even if the structure we hang our schedules on- such as time- is a total fabrication. Makes me think of all the other untrue things we believe and adjust to.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

We have DST here in Turkey, too. To me, it's no big deal. Just glad tonight is the night to "fall back!" Love the chance to sleep the extra hour. Relish the thought!

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Reece, I just read your comment and agree. :)

At 7:30 PM, Blogger allen said...

I never sleep anyway, but my wife rants about as much as Colleen has about it. Hawaii and Arizona may be sane (but honestly, I doubt that) but any place that doesn't have the beautiful Indiana Autumn is no place I'd like to live.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

I feel totally cheated!!! I forgot all about fall back and got up at the usual time for church. By the time my daughter informed me of my error - it was too late to go back to sleep. I want a do over!! Colleen - I'm sure I can't explain this in a scientifically correct way, but the reason we don't keep DST all year (God forbid!) is because the actual amount of time we have sunshine each day changes with the seasons. This spring forward/fall back business is designed to adjust with that. Still fuming about being cheated....

At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Andrea, I was cheated too. I had completely forgotten about DST when I got up a bit late this morning. I'm one of the oldest in the family, so I rushed to get the little kids dressed for church. I'm generally more worried about being late than both my parents, so I was upset that we were running so late and they still weren't even dressed. It wasn't until we (all the kids) were all dressed (what I thought was fifteen minutes late) that my mom burst out laughing and reminded me of the time change. She's still laughing, but I've forgiven her.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Allen, you're right. And this autumn has been gorgeous so far.

I am sooo glad to be back on real time! I bet I sleep like a log tonight!

Elizabeth and Andrea, I'm so sorry! I tried to alert you. :-) This morning when we got up it was actually starting to get light! Whoohoo! You know, we're on the far west edge of Eastern time and that might be why DST is so unnecessary for us. I was thinking about Illinis. On this regular time, it got dark last night at 6:45 or so. On Central time, just across the boarder, it would have been dark at 5:45. so it's no wonder some other states like DST.

But Indiana sure doesn't need it. And Reese that's so true about daylight! We have the same amount. I think my internal clock never did adjust to the wierd time.

At 7:37 AM, Blogger Katy said...

Man. I CANNOT fall asleep at night now, and I cannot stay asleep in the morning. So, I'm getting three hours. My husband's sleeping fine on both ends, though. The fink.

Katy McKenna

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

My daughter lives in Puerto Rico, and they have the same time year-round.

Katy, love that word "fink." Haven't heard it in years. Let's bring it back!

At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip about the rain. :) I'll be watching the weather closely over the next couple of weeks to figure out how to pack for everyone. Packing for a family of 8 can take a while. :)


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