Yeah, I loathe the whole Daylight Savings Time change thing. I'll admit it's a lot easier on me in the Fall when we gain an hour. That I can work with and the kids adjust to it okay. This whole Springing Forward thing though - UGH! I spend a week trying to convince my body that its finely-balanced internal mechanism is wrong and that an hour did, indeed, poof and just disappear.
The kids keep staring at me like I've lost my mind. "You want me to wake up when the sun isn't even awake yet?" or "Mommy how can I go to sleep if the sun isn't asleep yet?" Or my own personal favorite: "Mommy, where did the hour GO?" I have no idea, none whatsoever. I've tried explaining the phenomenon in ever conceivable way and my kiddos still think that I'm a little confused. Must be the lack of sleep.
And therein lies the problem - my sleep schedule goes to hell in a hand basket every single time we do Springing Forward! Now I don't know about y'all, but me? I'm a good sleeper. I nap, I sleep at night, heck I can even sleep sitting upright in the car if we're driving far enough! What I can't do is make myself go to bed and actually sleep if I'm not tired. So last night I lay in bed for hours, thinking about all of the things I was going to be too tired to do today. I eventually got up and did what I could without waking the whole house up. The down side is that I packed up some orders while I was starting to get tired - which led to an item being left out of an order that I didn't notice until this evening. So now I'm tired AND crabby! Brilliant!
What this whole Springing Forward thing makes me realize is that I'm not as young as I used to be (and just whose idea was that, anyway?), I'm not as good at explaining complex concepts to small children as I once thought (or it could be the lack of sleep, right?) and that I'm worse than my kids about needing to stick to a schedule. I'm telling you - whoever thought up this whole Daylight Savings Time thing must not have been parents - else they'd have known better!