Monday, November 27, 2006

Thanksgiving Update

What a great Thanksgiving we had!

We traveled to Nebraska to celebrate Thanksgiving with grandma, grandpa, and Uncle Scott. And during our visit, we also exchanged our Christmas presents. While this causes me to have to get some serious Christmas shopping out of the way before Thanksgiving, which is pretty difficult for my non-organized-self, it also causes me to get some serious Christmas shopping out of the way before Thanksgiving, which is really pretty nice. (I'm not nearly as good as my friend Courtney!) Now we only have to worry about the husband's side of the family...

Anyway, getting back to Thanksgiving, we headed up to Nebraska on Tuesday afternoon. I really don't think I saw the kids until we were ready to leave on Sunday!

You know, every weekend, the kids wake us by greeting us face-to-face and telling us, "IT'S SUNNY OUTSIDE!!" I half-way expected the same treatment while we were in Nebraska, but I should have known better. From the moment they woke up until the time they went to bed, the kids were all about grandma, grandpa, and Uncle Scott. It was quite nice for everyone, I think. :)

We managed to work in 3 meals from Runza during our time there but I'd have to say the highlight of the vacation came, of course, on Thanksgiving Day. My mom cooked the best meal - turkey, casseroles, mashed potatoes, more casseroles, Watergate salad, fruit salad, rolls... YUM!! And she did it with no help from anyone else. I kept thinking I was going to get into the kitchen and try to help her out, but somehow, something kept on coming up. Finally, after working the previous night and all morning on this wonderful meal, my mom had had enough. She exasperatedly exclaimed, "I'm trying to get everything ready all by myself! Would someone please come help me?!"

And with perfect timing, the girl strolled into the kitchen and said, "Grandma, are you freakin' out?"

Aren't kids wonderful? :)

Monday, November 06, 2006

We're boycotting...

Last week when the time changed, my husband and I decided to boycott the change.

It's actually easy for me. My job has the ever-so-slight "flex time" setup so that you can get to work anytime between 6am and 7am. Then, you put in your 10 hours for the day (plus a 45 minute lunch) and you can leave anytime between 4:45pm and 5:45pm.

I am totally not a morning person, so even though I only live about 10 minutes away from work, I still was unable to get here any earlier than 7am during Daylight Savings Time (DST).

However, about a month ago, my husband struck on a great idea: We could just boycott the time change!

By getting up at the same time of day, I could get to work an entire hour earlier. Brilliant! What was 5:41am during DST (and the time at which my alarm was set) is now 4:41am - an ungodly hour, if you ask me! However, it seems to be working. My body still doesn't know the difference.

The key to this non-time-change is that we now have to put the kids to bed an hour earlier (by the clock) and we have to get ourselves to bed an hour ealier (by the clock). So, instead of hanging out and staying up until 11:00 every night, we now need to be in bed by 10:00 - which is a crazy-early hour of day for me to go to bed... so I've just kept my clock beside the bed on DST! That way, I think I'm still going to bed late when, in fact, I'm going to bed early. Brilliant! :)

This has caused a few difficulties, however. Whenever my husband tells me the time, I have to ask him if that's "our time" or "real time". And it's really strange living in this world where everyone has just spontaneously decided to come to work one hour later. What a bunch of slackers. (hee, hee...)