spring ahead

spring ahead

i think i suffer from slight seasonal disorder. when the days start to shorten up pretty quickly in september and october, i can feel the recoil inside as i lose my sun. and even though i gain an hour sleep every fall when we fall back, i do admit that i would rather spring forward for eternity if it meant more sun.
when i was young, springing meant having to get up an hour earlier to go to church. that was the most annoying part of springing forward. but now that i’m older and don’t go to church (much), i do admit that springing forward puts an extra spring in my step. there is just something about the sun and it being out longer in the day.
this is one reason i really despise my work shift – i work 2-10, and no matter what time of year i get out of work, it’s dark. i lose all my productive evening time to work. if they offered me daytime hours, i would really have to think hard about losing my differential pay (almost $1/hr). i would almost give up $160 a month for 4 hours of daylight after i leave work. right now i’m working the 10-6 shift to fill in for a gal on maternity leave, and i LOVE it. i don’t even mind getting up earlier.
i’m not quite sure why the powers that be don’t make daylight saving time permanent. if they’re doing it so we conserve energy, why no? this year it’s early, and some people are complaining because springing forward normally means spring is hopping. however, it’s still winter in minnesota, with snowstorms and 0-degree weather in the forecast this week. but i don’t care: i love me some extra sunlight. bring on the vitamin D.

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