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If I could turn back time

We gained an hour on November 4, so what did I do with that extra time I was given? I’ll tell you how productive I was.

  1. I watched my dog stare at me around his previous night’s dinner time. His internal clock told him it was time to eat but with this juncture, we were going to have to change all that. I would be starting a new routine like we do every time change. This fall, again, I was going to delay feeding him five minutes from the preceding night to push the meal back little by little to the new time. It’s going to take at least twelve days to make up that hour and it is almost unbearable to observe my dog staring at me until he is fed. 5 minutes.
  2. I went around my house setting all my clocks to the correct time although what was the point? I always look at my phone for the time anyway. 10 minutes.
  3. I tried to figure out how to set my sundial in my garden back an hour. After a few minutes, I gave up. 5 minutes.
  4. My dog let me know he needed to go out but it was later than before because of the return to Eastern Standard Time. I was able to get 15 more minutes of sleep than I normally would. Even then, I held off as long as I could before taking him out but then he became anxious about going outside to do his business by going around in circles on my comforter waking me up even more to let me know it was time! 15 minutes.
  5. While lying in bed before having to stave off the dog, I tried to figure out Daylight Savings Time in general. 7 minutes.
  6. Forgetting to change the time controlled coffee maker the night before, I had to reprogram it for the coffee maker to turn on. 3 minutes.
  7. I woke up during the night to go to the bathroom and it took me at least five minutes to fall back asleep after each trip. Three Xs 5 = 15 minutes.

So, that’s what I did with my extra hour of time: Nothing of importance.
There are some good points:

  1. If you never changed your clock in your car last spring, your time will finally be correct.
  2. And with that said, you may just want to keep your microwave clock the same rather than try to search for the instructions manual on how to change the time. Looking for that manual is frustrating, and is that time well spent?
  3. My smart phone must be smart. It set the new time itself.
  4. Watching the movie, “Back to the Future” has new meaning now.
    “I love the end of fall when it gets dark by 4 p.m.,” said no one ever.
    This time change, especially concerning Central Standard Time, is one reason I would not let my husband move me to Alabama; it’s worse over there.
Lee St. John, a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, is a No.1 Amazon ranked humorous author. Look for her on Facebook, Twitter (@LeeStJohnauthor), and her blog at www.leestjohnauthor.com. Her new release, “SHE’S A KEEPER! Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess” can be found on Amazon.com.

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