Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dark Mornings

Mornings since the time change have become a little rough.

Brutal, even.

It has everything to do with the fact that it is now PITCH black when my alarm 1st goes off...and then stays pitch black for another whole hour.

(my neighbors birthday cake, made by her mom...layer after layer of perfection)

My alarm, because of my job (not my mom job or wife job or jewelry job but the crossing guard supervisor job) has me up super early so that I can turn my phone on and be available for every crossing guard within a 25 mile radius that might want to call me at some crazy early hour and I, I guess.

The blessing in all of this is that I have learned to take that time and spend some quiet time in prayer and to work on my bible study. And maybe play a little scrabble on facebook, but I'm not going to admit to that.
(my bed is the perfect place for napping...just ask Alex)

But since this time change, it has been HARD. It is SO dark and SO cold in the mornings, that all I want to do is stay in bed where it is warm and cozy and full of cat hair.

Evenings are hard, too, because these children of mine don't have the cue of darkness to start on homework...which means they (that would be the royal 'they' since one of my sons doesn't ever have homework...sigh) are starting it later and ending it later.

My new thinking is that for every year old I am, it takes me a full day to adjust to the time change...which means my body will be caught up by next month.
(it's strawberry season in SoCal!)

The upside to all of this is the glorious sunshine that pours into my backyard and kitchen every afternoon and settles there, as if it were going to stay there until the end of time.

I love that.
(flowers in a pitcher on the kitchen counter)

Today is St Patrick's Day and I am pretty sure that a naughty leprechaun or two will visit our house and turn some part of our supper green.

It's tradition.

I don't recommend turning meatloaf green, though. Especially if you are having company over that you don't know all that well. It will shock them in a not so good way and they might never come back to your house ever again.

Not that I would know.



  1. I also hate the time change. I want my hour back! Ok, which boy doesn't get homework? I'm sure everyone wants that teacher.

  2. I should have said that one of my sons *claims* to never having homework.

    Gotta love the middle child. Right? =0)

  3. won my gify-away michele.....if you email me your address I will send it this week....

    gingerbread girl

  4. We are going to be in sooo much trouble next week. It has been great that we had spring break immediately after the time change but we have all been sleeping 'til 7:30 or 8 and that is NOT going to work next week when we head back to school. And I HATE getting up when it is still dark. It should be against the law to have to crawl out of the covers before sunrise.

  5. Green meatloaf=Hilarious memory!!! :0)

  6. Hey, the middle child is the BEST! After all, *I* am the middle child. You can even ask Aunt Paula!


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