Wednesday, November 14, 2007

WHY? WHY must the Earth tilt away from the Sun? Oh WHY?

Although tis the season and all, I have a few beefs with this time of year. Even though it isn't exactly cold here yet, the days are definitely shorter. I'm also WAY busy at work right now so it isn't a shocker that I will go days without seeing the sun without it being through a window. This produces a few bad side effects:

1. Late Work Hours. I end up staying at work WAY later then I intend because once the sun has gone down I loose track of time. Let's just say that Eric doesn't even call to check in on me anymore when its 10pm and he still hasn't heard from me. Don't worry, he knew that November was going to be like this. I also saw an opportunity to go home "early" last night (6pm) and even though I was asked to stay late I didn't. I missed my lovely! We even planned this big healthy meal but by the time I drove into town I was too hungry and tired and getting my crank on, so I stopped at Panda Express. Mmmm Orange Chicken!

2. Seasonal Depression. Oh sure, you could say that I get all cranky because of the way too much work to be done at this time of year which was planned by the powers that be, or it could be just the general stress this season brings or we could say that not getting enough sunshine in your day will lead to the blues. Whatever it is, I get this weird manic mood thing happening this time of year. I'm way cranky, and then belly laughing, and then crying, and then all warm and fuzzy and want to hug everyone around me. I suppose that's not depression but its weird!

3. Vitamin D production and Bone thinning. OK, this may be a stretch here because I do have a big south facing window in my cube which I have drawn the shades on because the sun is too bright and throws a glare on my monitor, but I don't get out much as it is and I'm not exercising since I'm at my desk while the sun is up and I don't much like to go for walks or runs when I get home so late, even though Eric says he'll go with me, because I find it way too creepy that's when the creepy people come out (which I know the creepy people don't exclusively come out at night but that's how it works in my mind so just go with it OK?). I could start utilizing that gym I've mentioned the office has provided which is on the same floor as I am, along with showers so I don't really have a good excuse except that it takes time and I'd much rather go to lunch and socialize, which I do occasionally walk to so there goes my thoughts that I'm not doing any weight baring exercises or getting my 15 minutes of sun a day for adequate Vitamin D production. But still.... its not consistent enough and I need to do more weight baring exercises as Osteoporosis runs in the family (on both Eric and my sides so our kids are going to be screwed!). Besides.. .Oprah's Dr. Oz said so!

Another bad side effect... RUN ON SENTENCES!!! Yes I realize this post was full of them, but I just couldn't stop the flow of the poorly constructed thoughts and sentence structures. They just kept coming. Hell, I don't even remember what my point was that I was trying to make here, but let it be known.... I need my longer daylight filled days back (and this work project to be done wouldn't hurt none either).


Angie said...

I couldn't agree more, Cherry. Crabby, endlessly tired and moody as hell is all I've been feeling ever since the time change! Dark at 4:30? Jeez. Bring back summer.

Hang in there!

Starshine said...

Mabye you can buy some hand weights or ankle weights for your 15 minute walks? Just thinking outside the box here!

Hang in there! It always takes my body 2 or 3 weeks to adjust to the very early sunsets after we switch back to standard time.

C said...

Great post, Cherry. Many people feel the same way as you do at this time of the year. I actually taught an ESL lesson on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). We went through the signs and symptoms and what to do if you are experiencing it.

When I taught in Toronto, I'd leave for work early in the morning and it would be pitch black out there. When I came home from work, it was dark out too. I never saw daylight. It was so blah!

Some workplaces have put in special lighting for their employees because of SAD.

Interesting post as always, Cherry!

Py Korry said...

The time change was never a big deal for me, but this year I've noticed a little mood change and need something to blame it on, so I choose the time change. :-)

Gina said...

I feel your pain.

I hate the time change too.

Love Bears All Things said...

Okay, those last few posts were a little depressing. I hope you're feeling better soon.
Mama Bear