The New 8 a.m.

March 14, 2010

Trouble with clocks, internal and otherwise.

Roz: Be sure to wake me up at 7:30.

[The last few years I've had trouble sleeping. I always was a morning person up at 5:30 or 6 a.m. Now I'll often be up past 1 a.m. and I don't naturally wake up as early.]

Dick: Which 7:30?

[Earlier he'd gone around the house and changed all the clocks to reflect tonight's leap forward.]

Roz: Don't confuse me. [Laughing.] It's 11 now. [I pointed to the kitchen clock.] So that 7:30. What will that really be? [I pause; time shifts always confuse me, simple though they are, and factor in an early morning tracking test commitment of the sort that used to be common around here and I might just stay up all night—it seems the most prudent.] Better wake me up at the new 8 a.m.

[Dick goes to bed laughing and now it's 11:50 p.m., the new 11:50 p.m. so it doesn't feel like 11:50 p.m. I'm still up but finally getting ready to pack up for the night—just a little time for some journaling. It should be right. But I'll miss that morning light tomorrow.]

However you handle it—a simple "spring forward, fall back," multiple clocks, common sense, simple math skills, or a great internal clock—I hope you got started this morning at whatever time you intended. When it's light, get some sketching done.

  1. Reply

    Roz, move to Arizona. We do not do that so I am never confused and as I move thru the aging process, I am happy to know that will never be an issue for me.

    • Christina Trevino.
    • March 14, 2010

    Here, in Prescott Valley, AZ we don’t move the clocks, same time all time! Mostly I don’t have to get up at any time earlier, as I start to work around 10 am. But Spring brings the 4:30 AM chirping outside my window, so I have to train myself to go back to sleep for a couple of hours. I wish you an easy transition.

    • Roz
    • March 14, 2010

    Donna, I could never live in AZ—it’s too HOT! I love the snow. I love the seasons we have here in MN. I will just have to suck it up and deal with the time shifts (I don’t volunteer at tracking tests any more that’s for sure!).

    Karen, way to go!!!!! I can’t wait to see the rest of the plants. You are being very productive!

    Christina I would love to hear the birds at 4:30 a.m. But I can understand the need for a little more sleep than that! I hope you have been successful training yourself to fall asleep again!

    You all, it is so brilliantly sunny today I’m going to go out right now before it gets too late. Karen is also in MN but she’s been so productive already she’s probably been out with Stella (her dog) several times already! All the snow is almost all melted.

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