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Beware the Ides . . .

March 15, 2022

Or maybe just Daylight Saving Time.

(PS: I thought it was Daylight Savings Time until yesterday when I was set straight by this Freakonomics MD episode. However, Wikipedia generously provides both terms, so who knows).

I am a bit very tired and ornery today. My need for getting my workout in was in direct conflict with my need for sleep, and I chose that latter out of necessity, but I’m not thrilled about it. Is it too much to ask at this stage of life that I could be well-rested AND get a run or strength session in daily?

(The answer is “no” BUT only if there are no complicating circumstances like a time change, call week, or illness.)

Anyway. The news continues to be incredibly bleak and scary. I am continuing to dole it out in small doses but last night got sucked into CNN which is one reason I couldn’t sleep (and thus couldn’t wake up).

I do have some positive things to share.

1- THESE PENS ARE AMAZING! The only thing I strongly dislike is the name (“Juice Up”?!).

Available for $21.50 at JetPens!

They are fine gel pens that remind me somewhat of the Pilot Hi-Tec C (I guess this makes sense, they are both Pilot!) but BETTER because they flow a bit better and are more comfortable to hold. And the colors are lovely. The smudge factor is low (though not zero on Hobonichi paper, but still quite low) and they are just a pleasure to write with. My Pentel Energel Clena feels threatened . . .

2- JOSH AND CAMERON went snowboarding! They headed to the Poconos (Jack Frost / Big Boulder / Blue Mountain). Sadly they actually got SNOWED IN one day at their hotel, but still got in 2 sessions.

We may end up skiing there (first fam ski trip) this winter. We were thinking something more ambitious like Montana or Utah but since I haven’t skied in approximately 15 years and the other kids have never gone, the Poconos might be an easier and (far) cheaper starter ski area. Plus we can visit my parents that way too (Josh and C stayed with them one night).

That said, the fact that they got snowed in helps me see the value in a place you can ski in / ski out! So we will see.

Meanwhile, A had a horse show and these 2 generally got along nicely.

can you tell they’re related? ha!
she did great!

Podcast mixup: Thank you to those who pointed out that the two Q&A in yesterday’s podcast were SWITCHED! I’m still not sure if that was my error or the audio processing (I don’t do my own processing) but it is fixed now. I apologize if there was an extra ep dropped into anyone’s feed! If you do see two episodes and you haven’t listened yet, delete the old one!


  • Reply Katherine B March 15, 2022 at 7:09 am

    In the UK it is called British Summer Time (very “little England”). It doesn’t start until the last weekend of March, but that still seems optimistic. Even more so is the fact it doesn’t end until the last weekend of October. Appraently 80% of the UK population think it should be abolished, but trying to decide whether we should stay on the winter time (Greenwich Mean Time, now I believe renamed Universal Standard Time) or the summer one hour forward is tricky, especially as it then gets all mixed up with Brexit and the EU and should we be on the same time as most of western Europe some of the time, all of the time or never? I love the lighter, longer evenings but why is it so much easier to adjust when we put the clocks back an hour in the autumn than when they are put forward in spring?

  • Reply Joy March 15, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Those pens sound amazing! I’m nearing the end of my current batch of Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball pens and these look similar. I may have to give them a try.

  • Reply Elisabeth March 15, 2022 at 8:52 am

    That picture of the girls is so precious!
    I hate, hate, hate DST. It messed up my sleep for weeks (at least) back in November, and I’ve been feeling off the last two mornings. I really wish we could abolish any time changing.

  • Reply Keren March 15, 2022 at 8:56 am

    After seeing your post mentioning daylight savings time I checked when do we switch and it’s on Friday the 25th, so I already plan to skip 8 AM yoga class that day, luckily I have another workout at 9 AM.
    I have a couple of the juice up pens and they’re not my favourites, too thin and scratchy to my liking, but maybe the issue is with the colours I have , white which I meant to use for colouring books and silver which is almost invisible, but the blue one also doesn’t feel very smooth to write with. I guess pens preferences are personal 😊

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns March 15, 2022 at 9:51 am

    I wish we would do away with DST and just stay on this spring ahead schedule! AZ and British Columbia don’t do DST and they are doing just fine without it, so I’d like the US to do away with it completely! It’s a total pain when you have kids, although springing ahead is easier for the kids than falling back.

    That is fun that the boys went on a trip! Your girls definitely strongly resemble each other. It’s funny because I look at our boys and I don’t think they look at all alike but others will comment on how much they look alike!

    • Reply Kjohnson March 15, 2022 at 11:49 am

      In BC we still do change time (unfortunately), but it’s been legislated to stay on DST full time (current time) but I believe they’re waiting for WA to get onboard (rumour). Saskatchewan remains on DST full time, they do survive just fine!

      • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns March 15, 2022 at 2:01 pm

        Oh interesting – the city that my friend lives in in northern BC (in Fort St John) does not observe Daylight Savings Time! So I thought it was province wide! That would be confusing for some parts of a province to recognize it and others not.

        • Reply Jen March 15, 2022 at 4:23 pm

          Same in Ontario. They passed a law that would have us not change but only if NY and Quebec do it too and I haven’t heard of any such discussions going on

      • Reply Danielle March 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm

        I’m in WA and I’m eagerly awaiting this!

  • Reply ptrish March 15, 2022 at 10:57 am

    It’s worth checking out NC/WV ski areas too, if a shorter flight and a stop in the triangle are appealing! I grew up in the northeast and think for beginner/intermediate skiers they are perfect for a few days. I’ve been to Sugar Mtn, App Ski Mtn, and Snowshoe and they are all very similar to the smaller Poconos/Adirondack ski areas. The only real difference is the shorter season.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 15, 2022 at 11:48 am

      Oh good idea! Triangle AND Asheville … could be a fun destination!

    • Reply Ashley G. March 15, 2022 at 6:25 pm

      We took our never-skied-before children to Snowshoe just before Christmas and I can’t recommend it enough. The ski school was amazing and the village is charming. Great trip. The Timberline/Canaan Valley area in WV is nice as well, but smaller scale than Snowshoe.

  • Reply Courtney March 15, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    I would definitely recommend picking a smaller mountain for a first family ski trip. We just got back from a week-long trip in California where we live and the smaller mountians are far less crowded, cheaper, and often more family friendly. Also, look into the best ski school options for your family. They differ greatly in the amount of time on the slopes, cost, and age grouping.

  • Reply KGC March 15, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    We visited friends in the Poconos two weeks ago and did family snow tubing at Blue Mountain. It was a BLAST! Even if you do a family ski trip to somewhere like that, I’d also recommend the snow tubing just to mix it up – it was super fun for kids (nearly 6 and nearly 3) and adults. Pro tip, based on our recent experience: go late for tubing. We got tickets for 6-9pm (because that’s all that was available). I wasn’t sure my little guy would make it that late but both kids rallied and we tubed the entire 3 hours…and got a million runs down the hill because by 45 minutes in, the crowds were gone! So virtually no waiting at the top. It was awesome.

    Also, A on the horse! Be still my heart. I rode and showed for years and miss it very much =)

  • Reply omdg March 15, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    So, when are you going to lease Annabel a horse?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 15, 2022 at 3:53 pm

      Hahahaha she actually has not asked! She nearly always rides the same one (Name is Kisses, ha!) so maybe she considers it hers … but it’s definitely not!

  • Reply Taryn March 15, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    The only reason I know it’s daylight saving time and not savings is from the show Veep, haha! Pretty much everyone calls it savings, so you’re not alone in that. I hope they get rid of it, though they’ve been talking about that for a loooong time. Also, those pens look awesome, might have to buy some!!

  • Reply Amy March 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I also loathe DST and would be perfectly happy to exist forever without it (that is, never springing forward. I do not need it to be light at 9 pm in the summer!). I think that’s an unpopular opinion though!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 15, 2022 at 7:14 pm

      I am with you!!!!!!

      • Reply Amy March 15, 2022 at 7:46 pm


        • Reply KGC March 15, 2022 at 10:13 pm

          I said exactly this to my husband tonight and his response was, “you are the only person in America who doesn’t want it light later in the summer.” CLEARLY HE’S WRONG. You are my people!

          • Coree March 16, 2022 at 3:12 am

            I live in Scotland and it doesn’t get properly dark until well after 10 and I just find it so disorientating. I’d always prefer lighter mornings though, I find the 8am nursery run in the dark so, so miserable.

          • omdg March 17, 2022 at 2:01 pm

            It’s light until 10PM in SE MI in the summer and I have a really hard time going to bed on time.

          • Jen March 17, 2022 at 2:42 pm

            I am more the opposite in that i don’t need it light at 4:30 am when the sun would rise without DST here! My kids wake up early enough but dawn with DST is much more manageable in the summer!

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