Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

March 27, 2010

Earth hour, summertime and me time

At 8.30pm tonight, lights will go out for an hour all over the world. This is 'Earth Hour' a global call to action to every individual, business and community throughout the world to get involved in the world’s largest global climate change initiative. Tonight, iconic buildings and landmarks from Europe to Asia to the Americas will stand in darkness, and so will my house. Check out the Earth Hour website and follow activities on Twitter @earthhour

Tomorrow also sees the start of summertime as we put the clocks forward at midnight. I used to feel completely cheated by this concept. It seemed so unfair that you would wake up one morning and an entire hour would have gone from your life. Since becoming a mum, I really don’t miss that extra hour in bed; I feel deprived of an extra hour's sleep most mornings as I stumble around the kitchen foraging for Cheerios and coffee.

Also, without the need to dress everyone up in multiple layers of jumpers, coats, hats and gloves before leaving the house (have you ever tried getting a toddlers hand into a glove?), I reckon I’ll be gaining at least an extra two to three hours a day. So losing one really isn’t such a big deal.

So, rather than bemoaning the loss of an hour this weekend, I, for one, will embrace the onset of summertime and take every opportunity the extra hours of daylight bring to get outside and run the little legs off my boys until the sun sets. With all that fresh air and exercise they might, just might, crash out and sleep soundly through the night until a reasonable hour of the morning; buying mummy just a little bit more 'me time'.



  1. we will be turning the light out too, but as the DIL of a farmer I am allowed to bemoan the loss of the hour as he does!

  2. Ah Ha! Thank you for the reminder! I suspect this means that I GAIN an hour in bed.......the clocks in Australia, I think, will be going back an hour......

  3. I wish I could be that positive about it. I can't. I HATE HATE HATE it. But I like your attitude.

  4. Thanks for remiding me ill be turnin them off....hugs

  5. Yup, we're doing it! Consequences by candlelight and bags of crisps. Thought we might try some light grafitti too...should keep everyone entertained!

  6. I would like to agree with you but my two year old is currently crying in her cot and I am trying to ignore her because her sleeping is all mucked up from the bloody clocks going forward!! Apart from that, I am calm.


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