first off - THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who is as excited about this as we are. the response has been surreal, your comments, your linking to us... thank you! we are really hoping to live up to all of your expectations. and we'd love it if you kept giving us the tips, tricks, and any resources you've found helpful. this is meant to be a collecting place for us all - and we are definitely learning as we go - so keep it coming!
i have to admit i am loving daylight savings time [except for the first few mornings. ugh that was hard]. i'm such a fan of eating outside at 7pm - of getting home after a long day and still having a minute to enjoy the back yard. of feeling like my day doesn't need to be over when i'm done with work because it's dark and dreary.
i had heard that part of the reasoning behind shifting daylight savings time to a few weeks earlier was to SAVE ENERGY. we don't need as many lights on at night if it stays light longer, right?? that sounds good doesn't it?
well. think again.
first i heard nell boyce's report on morning edition . then i went and read this study .
so really the longer days help golf courses, shopping malls, and restaurants? and we are more likely to get in our cars and go do something since we have are more upbeat with the light? uh.... not if we are conscious about it. i say walk to the restaurant if you can.... or plan ahead and have your after work shin-dig somewhere near public transit.... or carpool to your early evening tennis/golf/swimming romp.
and heck - since there's "more light" maybe we should all buy these solar panel devices and charge up our ipods and phones with all the extra sun.