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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
I tried to say nothing. Really I did. But when I'm proved right, it's such a red letter day because it happens so seldom. So I just had to share it with my friends here.

But first a cute video to share about it. This is how I feel with Sunday approaching: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw6aIWVXZ2g

Okay, had a chuckle imagining me doing this? Don't laugh, it might actually be that bad! LOL Now, drum roll please. DAYLIGHT SAVING DOESN'T SAVE ENERGY!! I've been saying all along that all the studies were done decades ago and didn't reflect our current life styles. Indiana's idiot governor forcing daylight saving down our throat gave scientists the ideal way to actually test it. According to a study done by the University of California, Indiana's shift caused electricity costs to rise $8.6 MILLION per year and increased social costs of pollution emissions an extra $5.3 million.

Of course it's poor comfort at the moment when the change is staring me in the face come Sunday. LOL

Now onto an even more fun subject. I'm already having so much fun waiting for my new grandbaby to come. Today was an interesting day because Donna found a test called Intelligender that is supposed to predict the baby's sex and has a 90% accuracy rate (supposedly) so I got it for her. She took it this morning and it said GIRL! But even as I was dreaming of pink frilly dresses and bows in the hair, Donna and I did some more research and ran across a couple of pregnancy forums where MANY women had tried the test and it had not been accurate. So our bubble was burst and we don't know what we're getting. Have any of you tried it or any of the other home gender tests? There's one that tests DNA with pricking your finger.

I suppose we just have to resign ourselves to being patient. LOL
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:01 AM  
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At 3:36 AM, Blogger Melanie said...

One year, one of the last things I did before I put the newspaper to bed Saturday night was make sure I had the time change reminder on the cover.

That made it all the more amusing to my Sunday school class when I showed up just as they were leaving. What's worse, I didn't even understand for a minute. I thought maybe we were holding class somewhere else. Someone had to actually explain my idiocy to me.

I just figure that as of this Sunday, the the clock in my car will reflect the correct time.

 
At 6:55 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

I hear you, Colleen, on this time change thing. I was against it when IN changed it. The argument that got me was if we change our time then our children won't have to get on the bus in the dark. That was about the dumbest argument I have heard for time change. It doesn't matter which time we are on if you get on the bus bet. 7-8 AM at some point in the school year your child will get on the bus in the dark! It was pretty dark from about Thanksgiving until last week when my son got on the bus. It is finally starting to get light. So how does that argument for DST work? Why was it dark? They kept saying it wouldn't be dark. I havent found anyone who can give me an answer for that yet. HMMMMM wonder why?

Sorry that was my hot button in this whole mess. I much preferred Central time. But who am I? LOL

Its a done deal now so I guess I have to live with it.

Makes going to the drive-in in the summer more difficult. I am half asleep by the time the movie starts.

One more and then I am done-the lawmakers haven't had to put children to bed when it is still daylight! What a task! Glad mine are now older but I sure see my preschoolers at school half dead once the time change hits. They can't sleep because they think they should be up!

Shouldn't have gotten me started LOL

Good luck figuring out the sex of your new grand baby. He/she is already keeping you on your toes. :)

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

That's hilarious, Melanie! I'm going to be in Minneapolis when it changes this year so my time will already be messed up. I'll probably really be confused! LOL

It's my hot button too, Andrea. This year we got room darkening shades. I hope it lets me sleep. And now that there is proof it doesn't change energy, I'm hoping the government abolishes it for the whole country!

Donna called this morning and we had a chuckle about our day yesterday. LOL

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

Colleen,

GOD BLESS YOU for saying "Daylight Saving Time." My pet peeve isn't the practice of DST, it's the that its said incorrectly by the majority of folks in the media and otherwise. It's not Daylight Savings Time, people. :)

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm laughing, Valerie! Hearing things said wrong is a pet peeve of mine too!

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Kay said...

I had to post on DST on my blog, too. But I think I probably said it wrong :(
I didn't know it was wrong though until just now...
I've always lived with it. I can only imagine how extra frustrating it is for those who used to be free from it to have to change.

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

I cant beleive you start daylight saving so early. its not even spring.
I would love it to end here but we go till the first sunday in April.
(thanks to the eastern states) we also start the end of September this year not the end of October.
The problem here is the kids still get up in the dark in the morning to catch the school bus. you still have the same amount of daylight.
oh and on a hot day it takes an hour longer to cool down!
(guess whos having a heatwave)

 
At 6:56 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I for one wish that when we change the clocks this weekend it'd be the last time ever. I *HATE* "falling back" in the fall. I'd much rather it be light out later in the evening than earlier in the morning. Who cares if Johnny has to stand at the bus stop in the dark at 7:00 A.M.?

Ok...no one kill me over that :)

 
At 12:23 AM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

the problem is by the time we fall back alot of us are getting tired and our bodies really want the right time.
its worse here cos we should be half an hour later than we are.
we are only half an hour different from victoria but with day light saving time if it stayed permanate it would be like we were 1 and a half hours out of whack not just the hour.
as we have it autumn i know i am more tired and with the days getting shorter im wanting to sleep in but cant. I really want it over.
when it does change its suddenly dark before 6pm and it just feels wrong. (ok i am not a winter person. the lack of sun affects me.) or is it the chopping wood and bringing it up.

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

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At 12:44 AM, Blogger Kayla said...

I don't really have an opinion, other than I hate springing forward because I have to be up at 7:15 in time to make it to church for sound check and I lose an hour of sleep to boot! I'm a night owl and I love my sleep!

My real woe right now is that I'm so tired of winter! It was 75 degrees on Monday, it was 39 when I went to class today at 10:30 and it's supposed to snow on Saturday!

I'm sure you catch my passion since I have punctuated every sentence up to this one with an exclamation point, perhaps in hopes that enthusiasm will warm me up.

 
At 8:57 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I love hearing comments from Australia! It's my dream to visit there one day. It's so fun to hear how you guys are just the opposite of us in seasons. I didn't realize you were saddled with DST too!

 
At 4:46 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

thanks Colleen yep the worst is some would like it permanant!
I was thinking about it last night when i wasn't sleeping. and it was still warm. and then last night it was dark at 8 which is really 7 and i thought. that i could deal with. its when we turn back and its dark before 6 that i dont deal with as well cos the days seem to shorten quick.
seems dls is a throwback to the war where it did help to get more work done over summertime with it light longer. but the war ended in the 40's!
Of course it could be im tired and need something to blame.

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I had to giggle at that late breaking announcement. I love, love, love "falling back" in the fall -- it always comes after a Saturday full of practices, games, etc. I equally hate the "springing forward" in the spring -- I still have a day full of kid events, and I lose an hour! That's the worst part of DST for me!

As far as the baby predictors. . . this was accurate with all 3 of my babies: http://selalujujur.googlepages.com/Chinese-gender-chart.pdf (the Chinese gender chart). However, THIS chinese gender chart was wrong for all 3 of my kids: http://www.chinatownconnection.com/chinese-pregnancy.htm#Chinese_Pregnancy_Calendar

The best predictor for me was the million sonograms I ended having for each one. {grin}

 
At 6:33 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Colleen,
I really enjoyed your last book. I'm with you on the time change thing also. I hate having to make my kids go to bed in the daylight as well as myself on really busy days.

(I also feel funny posting on your blog as you are a real writer!)

Have a great weekend!

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Heather, finally someone has tried a gender test of some kind. LOL I'll have Donna check it out.

Jenny, I'm so glad you liked the last book! It was my fave. I'm actually working on another Rock Harbor book.

Kayla, I am sick to death of winter too. We've had sooo much snow and ice and cold this year!

 
At 12:38 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Like Jenny in Australia, in Turkey our DST doesn't change until 30 March. It gets a little confusing because we don't ever seem to change at the same time as the US. For a week or two our relatives end up calling us at some ungodly hour because they can't keep it straight either. (We are 7 to 9 hours ahead of the US relatives.) I had to look it up on line today because I didn't know when we change our clocks forward.

 
At 8:03 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

We're going to have that problem now, Jenny. Or rather my daughter will. It used to be that we stayed two hours apart in time because neither Arizona nor Indiana changed time. Now that Indiana has gone stupid, we'll be three hours apart and it's too early for her when I want to call and too late for me when she wants to call. Sigh.

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh hey C, I heard who pushes for Daylight savings, it's the Chambers of Commerce because if people have daylight after work, they tend to go run errands and spend money.

The golf industry is another big lobbyist, they make millions on more sunlight.

It does not save energy, that part is worse. Today I feel like death as I'm adjusting. Even my puppy won't get out of bed.

 

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