Then we pulled into the church parking lot - a bit sheepishly, since we were 10 minutes late - and it was strangely and absolutely deserted. There were autumn leaves blowing across the road in front of us like so much fall tumbleweed. The parking lot should have been full of cars, with families piling out of them and walking in to church, but there was only one car there and the person in it kind of looked like they were there by accident.
Jeremy and I sat there in the car dumbfounded for a few minutes, trying to figure out what was going on, and then I remembered: Daylight Savings Time ended last night. Very soon after that understanding came the proverbial moment where you yell "NOOOOOOOOO!!!" in slow motion because I realized, to my horror, that we'd just spent our extra free bonus hour being early for church.
Oh well. We went back home and got ready, some more, mostly because church is already three hours long and we just didn't have it in us to make it four.
In our defense, Arizona does not believe in Daylight Savings Time. The clock stays the same all year round, and I have to admit, it makes a lot of sense. For the last four years, the only notice we've taken of Daylight Savings Time or the end thereof is to shift which set of grandparents we were now in sync with - half the year was the same time zone as the Palmers, half the year was the Walkers. No naptime or bedtime disruptions necessary, thank you very much.
I'm going to see if there's a way I can reclaim our extra hour and put it to better use doing, oh I don't know, ANYTHING ELSE. But being new to all this, I'm not sure - am I allowed to do that? I hope so.
Edited to add: Amanda, Crys, Anna, and Shannan are IN for NaBloPoMo. Liz is out but you should read her blog anyway. No word yet on previous participant Chris. Anyone else?