Most everyone set their clocks back an hour this past Sunday. It is my favorite day of the year. Whenever I tell people this, they look at me like I’ve lost my mind. The reason it’s my favorite day is the day seems endless. Or at least it used to when I’d wake up at my usual time, but instead of it being 5a, it was now 4a, and I’d get up and walk for 2 hours, which is 8 or so miles, and when I’d get it home, it was only 6a. The entire day would go like that. It would seem so much later and it would only be, like 10:30a. Now, though, because I don’t really walk in the dark anymore, when I wake up super early, I don’t want to get up, because, really, what am I going to do? This last Sunday, I woke up and realized I couldn’t get up and walk, not because of the darkness, though it wouldn’t be that way for long, but because I have beach yoga on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and I walk to it, which is about 2 miles. And then afterwards I walk home. So I am getting a nice walk and yoga, and a 4-6 mile walk before that seemed silly. So I went back to pretend sleep. Pretend sleep is what I do when I don’t want to get out of bed because it’s either dark or cold or both. I’m beginning to think I was a bear in a past life, and that’s why all I want to do these days is hibernate.
It is very strange, but before the time changes, and before we have nighttime temps in the 50s, I have no problem getting up. Now, it’s a completely different story. I so do not want to get out of bed because it’s cold, freezing actually, in my house. It doesn’t help that I have to sleep with my ceiling fan on to help with my stupid hot flashes, so not only is the house cold (no insulation, typical in old California houses) because it’s cold outside, I have the extra breeziness from my fan making it even colder. In past years, I used to sleep with my workout clothes on so that all I had to do on our chilly mornings was put my shoes on, that way avoiding being naked to get dressed. If I tried that now, I would cook myself, even without the electric blanket because of those stupid hot flashes I already mentioned. It is quite a dilemma.
I also realize that any of you reading this while living someplace other than Southern California, someplace where it is actually cold, will probably be rolling your eyes and saying this isn’t cold. I’ll be the first to agree that it isn’t cold, but I am the world’s biggest wimp when it comes to being cold. Besides, it’s all relative. I lived in Chicago for 10 years, so I definitely know cold, and this is, of course, nothing even close to that. However, it’s cold for here and especially after the really hot weather we have had since we began May with 2 separate heat waves. And this week it is hot again. I know, I know, poor us, right? Well, if you lived here, you’d understand. This picture I found on Facebook might help explain it a little better:
And I am not afraid to say I did this on Tuesday. And I wore two jackets to beach yoga. Of course, once I got over to the beach and into the sunshine, it was warmer. Clearly, it doesn’t bother me to look like a dork. I would have worn my slippers, but I don’t want to get sand in or on them.
I digress…back to the time changing…I’ve decided that it may no longer be my favorite day of the year. I love that it is light earlier, but I do not like that it is dark by 5:30p and that will only get worse until we reach 21 December, which by the way is not the shortest day of the year. It may be the day with the least amount of daylight, but every day is 24 hours, regardless of the light or lack thereof. Anyway, getting up when it is dark and cold is just too much for me. And I do it anyway. Just this morning (and Tuesday) I met a friend to walk at 5a. According to my phone it was 61 degrees, though my thermometer said it was about 10 degrees colder. I didn’t look at it until I got back though, so thinking it was above 60, I wore a skort. I was fine because we walk fast. Now, though, I am trying to decide if I can keep it on or if I should put yoga pants on; not long pants, mind you, because it isn’t that cold…yet. I am sitting here, wrapped in a blanket, freezing, while writing this, but it is sunny outside and going up into the high 80s again today, so even if it is little chilly on my bike ride over to the beach, the actual beach should be warm enough. I know I have tough decisions to make, but someone has to live here and deal with this kind of stuff on a daily basis!