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In the past, March never felt like that remarkable of a month to me, but this year it seems that nearly every other day is a fake or real holiday or a date of some other significance. Every time I turn around, I’m made aware of something else to celebrate or observe. Though some notable March days have been around for centuries, I’m sure part of this increase is the recent prevalence of social media, where lesser known or obscure observances are introduced to a broader audience. In a way it’s a little weird to me to have so many featured days this month, but on the other hand, after a cold, crummy, and otherwise dismal stretch since Christmas and New Years, the tiny bit of spring in the air is just enough to fuel my interest in celebrating anything at all.

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It’s election day, and this is the first election we’ve had in the commonwealth of Virginia. It’s been a bit of a learning curve to figure out how things work around here, but fortunately we got registered when we moved and our polling place is at an elementary school in our own neighborhood. So, as long as we don’t have to stand in line for hours, it should be incredibly convenient. I hope you’re able to get out and vote today–do your part to make an end to this year’s political ads. Oh my gosh, please, anything to make them end.

In other news, we’ve enjoyed a more relaxed pace around the Taylor household after birth-denouement (see what I did there?). We’ve been playing catch-up a bit from our busy month, but we’ve still had our share of diverse adventures here and there to keep life interesting.
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Well, my least favorite day of the entire year has come and gone, but its effects still linger. Worse than the day after Christmas, worse than Election Day, worse than tax day, Daylight Saving Time is my least favorite day of all, though it is undoubtedly my most favorite time of year for a gratuitously ranty blog post.

So what if it gets darker later in the evening? News flash–that has already been happening daily since the winter solstice in December! And this will continue to happen through the summer solstice in June, automatically without any help from arbitrarily resetting one’s clock.

Likewise, the sun has been rising earlier each day. However, now that we’ve dorked around with setting the time, I’m back to driving to work completely in the dark. And just when I was maybe starting to get slightly accustomed to waking up at the ungodly hour of pre-six-a.m. to avoid the worst of DC commuter traffic, now I’m staggering and bleary-eyed again. Eight years of grad school didn’t drive me to the coffee machine, but this just might.

I feel that all the typical arguments in favor of shifting the time–saving energy, encouraging commerce and activity for more hours after the work day–are more than offset by the drawbacks and annoyances–the cost in time and money of changing clocks, the disruption of sleep, decreased productivity, etc. It is far from obvious that it makes a positive impact.

The name itself irritates me in a manifold manner. First, contrary to colloquial speak, the correct term is Daylight Saving Time…not “savings” time, which undoubtedly slips much more freely off the tongue; hard to blame anyone for throwing the extra “s” in there. However, the term would be most grammatically correct by adding a hyphen, daylight-saving time, since “saving” is used as an adjective here. You could liken the term to one such as “labor-saving device” if that helps you get the drift of what someone was trying to do grammatically with the term. Of course, this argument would only bother someone as grammatically obsessed as me.

I don’t have children, but on behalf of parents everywhere I also point out that confusing a child’s sleep schedule twice a year is neither pleasant nor edifying.

So don’t let the thrifty little name fool you; if Congress can’t even save money, what makes them think they can save time, too? :p We are merely artificially shifting hours around like we own the place, but the actual movement of sun and stars are firmly out of our control. Any touted benefits do not, in my opinion, outweigh the consequences. Plus, I’m already not a morning person, so giving me more reason to be grumpy is not exactly in the world’s best interest.

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