I had no idea that daylight savings time ended today.  I mean, I saw it on my calendar, and I knew it was coming, but for some reason it just didn’t click.  After living in Japan for 3 years, a country that doesn’t observe daylight savings, I guess I still haven’t adjusted to this American tradition that I never quite understood.  At any rate, while most people were reseting their clocks before heading off to bed last night, I was in my own little world where daylight savings doesn’t exist.
I woke up this morning and smiled when I saw the clock read 7:15.  The highlight of my weekends is the ability to sleep in without the disruption of my alarm (and yes, these days 7:15 qualifies as sleeping in).  I got out of bed and went about my morning trying, as always, to make the best use of the time I have off from work.  I made my Wal-Mart run wondering why it wasn’t as crowded as usual.  I drove home wondering why the roads were so empty.  I put away my groceries wondering why Big C wasn’t back from his sleepover yet. 
It wasn’t until I turned the tv on a few hours later and saw the time on the cable box that I remembered it was the end of daylight savings time.  And I was ecstatic.  Finally, my wish had come true…I was just given the gift of an extra hour added to my weekend!
I’m glad I didn’t know we were gaining an hour when I woke up this morning because I probably would have wasted that hour in bed.  I’m also glad I didn’t know last night because I probably would have stayed up an extra hour and drank that extra beer.  Nope, that extra hour was truly a gift because it was unexpected and unplanned.  And I used every second of that gift to do what I always say I’m going to do if I had an extra hour in my day: write, write, and write some more.
The best part?  Because Big C was exhausted from his sleepover and because I didn’t allow Little C to take a nap, they were more than happy to go to bed at their “normal time.”  Little did they know that “normal time” was actually 6:15 instead of 7:15.  (Yes, I am a mean mother who tricked her kids into going to bed an hour early!)  We’ll see if I’m still patting myself on the back tomorrow morning when they wake me up at 5 AM. 
What did you do with your extra daylight savings hour?


6 Comments on Thank You Daylight Savings

  1. Don't you love it when life hands you a wonderful little surprise like that? Like putting on a coat you haven't worn in months and finding a $20 dollar bill in a pocket. I hadn't set my clock back either and didn't remember until I looked at the clock this morning. I admit, I did stay cozy and snuggled under the covers for an extra 30 minutes and then went on my day knowing I still had an extra 30 minutes in the day's "time account."

  2. I was very thankful for the extra hour…when I had to get up at 0400 to catch my flight! 🙂 You better believe I used it to sleep!

  3. I didn't realize it was daylight savings until Lieutenant and I were halfway through our hike and he told me! I felt like a dope! Daylight savings irks me, I hate having to change that microwave clock.

  4. Yay for mean moms! We must keep the charade going. Since Husband is on deployment and not around to complain about the lack of correct timepieces, do you think I can leave all the clocks this way and trick them for another 6 months?

  5. Well. Lucky you!! Husband and I were confused yesterday because we weren't sure whether or not South Korea actually HAD daylight savings time. And further confusion on looking it up and it saying "South Korea to daylight savings time May 2010" and then finding another saying "Nevermind, South Korea decided NOT to do it" Which one was correct?? We had no idea! 🙂 haha.

    Other than that, I never had a problem with Daylight savings! 🙂 But, I am glad that they don't do it here, for some reason!!

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