Tonight I am going to begin with a shout-out for someone who has helped me immeasurably over the past two and a half years. She was the first person I met at my pool, and it appears that I am not the only “special” individual she has assisted. Her name is Myeeshah and there is a picture of her here. (It will open to a separate page, so no worries. Go look, she is even lovelier in person.)
I’ve been singing the praises of this place repeatedly now, because, seriously, these folks are so wonderful. Never, in my nearly 50 year life, have I ever stuck with anything movement-related like I have with this. Sure it’s close to the house, so that helps, but hey, it’s not IN my freaking house! I still need to gather garments and drive there, three days a week. But I’m still doing it, years later. That says quite a bit about the people I see there.
Last night, if it weren’t for a tweetie I saw from Han, I would not have found the following article. And, come tomorrow, I might be an hour more confused than usual. Day Light Savings is THIS weekend! I put it on the side bar <—– over there under the category of Additional Helpful Reminders. How it snuck up on me is anyone’s guess, but suffice it to say, I do NOT look forward to losing an hour of my valued sleeping time. Bad pillows or no, being asleep is one of my favorite activities. Here’s what the piece had to say.
During late Winter we move our clocks one hour ahead and “lose” an hour during the night and each Fall we move our clocks back one hour and “gain” an extra hour. But Daylight Saving Time (and not Daylight Savings Time with an “s”) wasn’t just created to confuse our schedules.
The phrase “Spring forward, Fall back” helps people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks. At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of Standard Time (“Spring forward,” even though Spring doesn’t begin until late March, over a week after the start of Daylight Saving Time). We “Fall back” at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour and thus returning to Standard Time.
The change to Daylight Saving Time ostensibly allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours. During the eight-month period of Daylight Saving Time, the names of time in each of the time zones in the U.S. change as well, Pacific Standard Time becomes Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), as an example.
History of Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time was instituted in the United States during World War I in order to save energy for war production by taking advantage of the later hours of daylight between April and October. During World War II the federal government again required the states to observe the time change. Between the wars and after WW II states and communities chose whether or not to observe Daylight Saving Time. In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time is four weeks longer since 2007 due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. The Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks from the second Sunday of March to the first Sunday of November, with the hope that it would save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours. Unfortunately, it is exceedingly difficult to determine energy savings from Daylight Saving Time and based on a variety of factors, it is possible that little or no energy is saved by Daylight Saving Time.
Got all that? Some of this shit I had never heard before… but then, I had a tendency to miss a few classes when I was in school (fortunately my children were better students than I was). Now, here’s something I saw yesterday, but this time we won’t worry about blurring the plate (although, Merry I am going to contact you about a wee task I have that you might be able to help me with, after your last hysterical effort was so successful).
Clicking on it will make it bigger, but if for some reason this does not work for you, here is what it says: 301 DUH. Now do you see why I had to take a picture of it?! I used to fantasize that I could afford a vanity plate for the Wee Walnut, and I’d go over all the combinations of LUNARMOM, or URTHALUN, and try to figure out which would be the most fun. Now I think I just want my license plate to say DUH!
Our next order of business is about Tim Gunn. If you do not know who he is, please google around (starting with the link I am including with his name). Then come back. We’ll wait…… All caught up? Okay, so you know I was reading his new book, or rather, I had picked up his new book, with the intention of reading it. That TBR pile was a smidge more ambitious than I had thought, so he needed to go back to the library, and I got on the waiting list anew.
Turned out that was a good thing because he had another book out that I had not read. You all know me well enough now that you see the difficulty. Can’t read the new book until I’ve read everything else, in order. So I read Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. (I know, makes me laugh that I read this as well.) It was good, very informative, and you could really hear his voice in it. Then the new one arrived (again), and I’ve been reading that. It’s even better than his first one. Here’s a sample:
“I can’t imagine a more aesthetically offensive item of footwear than Crocs. That little strap! I shudder.
Plus, they are dangerous. I was at Bloomingdale’s and saw a little girl sobbing because the escalator had eaten her shoe. The charms (yes, there are charms that one can purchase to embellish those dreadful hunks of plastic) get caught on things, too. I’ve yet to see any condition where Crocs look good, including the beach. Why not flip-flops? I know Crocs are affordable. Well, so are Converse and lots of other brands that don’t look like hooves.”
If you do not already love this man as I do, that particular excerpt should sell you. (No really, I adore this guy like you can’t believe.) Now, I must admit, I have a pair of Croc knock-offs that I bought at Value Village or GoodWill or St Vinnie’s (some second hand place here in town that I frequent) for like fifty nine cents. They are so very freaking ugly, he’s right. Mine even more so than the norm.
But they are perfect for going to my pool, so I wear them. Sorry Tim, I do agree with you, but the price was right and my feet already look like they should be on the legs of Miss Piggy, so the shoes aren’t the problem.
Our card du jour is from Colette’s Wisdom of the Hidden Realms oracle deck. These illustrations are just phenomenal, and the message ties in nicely with what we have been discussing this week.
”The Sacred Union ~ partnership, romance.
The Sacred Union is all about beautiful, true partnership. It shows you that Spirit is listening and is always by your side, helping you co-create your greatest desires and manifest your destiny. When you receive this Ally, know that you are never alone on your path. Partnership with the Divine is yours whenever you need help.
The Sacred Union also represents the coming together of all kinds of harmonious alliances: friendships, family, business, and of course, romance. No matter what the form, this message pertains to the value of partnership and reminds you to observe the gifts bestowed upon you by this Sacred Union. This is a very positive omen.”