November 4, 2012 | Posted in:Family, Health, Parenting, Weekly Round-up, Writing

Sunset, Daylight Saving Time

Last night was Daylight Saving Time for many people. I love the “fall back” time of the year, mostly for the early darkness that goes with it. It almost like nature giving you permission to go to bed earlier, which the old woman I am becoming appreciates. Plus, less sunlight = less visible wrinkles.

A few nights ago I was in bed and I was thisclose to falling asleep when the phone rang. The telemarketers around here are unbelievable and have no reverence for things like meal times or primetime programming schedules. Who calls this late, I wondered. How badly do people need new windows/air duct cleaning/lawn care/Conservative party propaganda robo-calls that they’re willing to risk calling at this late hour?

It was 8 o’clock. In the PM.

I love the early bedtimes of autumn.

I like warm houses fogging your glasses, slow-cooked oven meals, the smell of wool mittens drying on heating vents, pink cheeks, the rumble of snow blowers, and pond skating.

Here are some other things I loved this week:

Bloggers providing/organizing help for Sandy victims - if you’re too far away to physically help, or you can’t afford to donate, you can donate blood because that’s free and you probably have an extra pint or two anyways. Contact your local Red Cross: Canada here, and the United States here.

If you got some free time this week (and if you don’t – make some) how about planning out an emergency preparedness kit? Here’s a starting point for you. That’s the freaky thing about unexpected events – they’re so unexpected. There really is no city completely safe from having some kind of emergency. Even if you live in an area completely devoid of risk from earthquake, tornado, hurricane, or snowstorm, you’re going to be glad you’ve got those extra rolls of toilet paper and a topped-up Ativan prescription if your mother-in-law comes to visit over the Christmas holidays and stays until Easter.

On the positive side of this past week, there was this:

Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy Haul – child #2

And this – the thing I wait ALL YEAR for:

Beautiful moustache

I mean, COME ON.

I’ll leave you with that beautiful image. I hope you have a great, hairy-faced, warm-soup, foggy glasses week.

You can also find me at MamaPop this week. I was there twice this week, writing about how Randy Quaid should run for Prime Minister of Canada, and how Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Moss are just like us! No really, they totally are!

  • The Sadder But Wiser Girl

    I am a weirdo who also likes the early darkness. Maybe there’s a little vampire in me. Or gremlin. It’s probably good that I don’t eat after midnight.

    • Jeni

      Don’t get wet! :)

      • The Sadder But Wiser Girl

        Welllllll… it would make more of me therefore easier to get stuff done, don’t you think?

  • ravinj

    I love this time of year, too. It’s cool enough for being outside in daylight to actually be pleasant, and the air conditioner only runs for a little while in the afternoon. A jacket may not be needed, but makes an acceptable fashion statement even when still in shorts.

  • free penny press

    I live in the land they call “sunshine state” yet i refer to as “little bombay”, so crisp air is only found when your face is up to the AC vent.. jealous of all you people that get to wear sweaters and gloves, but to comfort me I would take that Ohenry candy bar!
    Have a great day/week!

  • southernfriedinvegas

    Oh, Movember, how I love thee. That man is gorgeous. GORGEOUS!
    It was 80 degrees here yesterday. I long to move somewhere where I can have seasons again…I miss fall.

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