"Weather refuses to cooperate during Spring Break" by: Jessica Shepard

   The worst part about this Spring Break has been the weather.
   I mean, sure, it started out great – shorts weather and I didn’t have to wear a jacket.
   But, as usual, when something goes good, it ends up terribly by the end of the week.
   I’m getting tired of so much drizzly rain.
   And to be honest, I think our lawn is too. I mean, it’s still so saturated that even taking out the dogs leaves plenty of deep footprints and mini-potholes for the mower.
   Granted, I know that come the middle of summer, we’ll be crying and praying for rain. But, right now, it’s a pain and seriously dampens my motivations to do anything – not just work!
   Cooler rainy weather has always made me sleepier than usual and provides the best backdrop for rest and relaxation. 
   I’m also aware that this sort of situation is kind of becoming the norm, but, it totally saps my desire to do things.
   Luckily, we’ve already reached the halfway point of the month, so we’ll be hitting summer sooner rather than later. 
   I just hope the rain stops for more than three days. Outside of that, daylight savings time is the biggest overrated pain in existence.
   Springing forward an hour and losing a slice of sleep for the sake of some outdated notion about preserving sunlight or saving energy is ridiculously annoying and overrated. Plus, it just throws off my whole schedule and takes weeks to re-arrange everything into some semblance of normal.
   Congress appears to have felt we were not having enough of a difficult time so in 2007 they passed a law starting Daylight Savings time three weeks earlier and ending it one week later. 
   That gives us from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday in November to “save sunlight.”
   That change cost US companies billions to reset automated equipment, put us further out of sync with Asia and Africa time-wise, inconvenienced most of the country, all in the name of unproven studies that claim we save energy.
   I’m all for abolishing it and just maintaining a standard time across the board.
   I’ve never liked daylight savings time and probably won’t care for the practice any time soon.
   Unfortunately, until it’s abolished, I’m going to have to just deal with it and struggle until my internal clock gives up the ghost and goes along to get along. 
   For a night owl, this is so much harder than it looks and definitely takes too much personal energy to conform to.
   I guess that means I’ll be sneaking power naps when I can during the day until my body can catch up. The only thing that makes that hard is when I’ve got to provide tech support services or be on hand for sudden breaking news or special events.
   Other than that, I’m going to hide and steal a few Zs – hopefully, my sleep schedule can fall in line quickly and the rains stop.
   But, we’ll see what happens by next week.
   Like people say, if you don’t like the weather in Texas, just give it five minutes.
   I’ve yet to hear anything about daylight savings time, but, maybe I’ll work on something snappy for that with a nap-refreshed brain.

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