There's always that one day after daylight saving's time that reminds me why that wicked, wicked ritual of losing an hour is so worth it.
The sun shines. I go outside. I realize the birds are back. Crocuses smile from the flower bed beside my house.
And I finally let go of my pent-up, sleep-deprived anger at Father Time.
Contrary to living in a place where winter is key for both economical reasons and local entertainment, I'm just not cut out for snow. So when that sun is back, I could practically do an Aztec-esque worship dance.
Minus the human sacrifices. And the dancing. Because my ankle is still incapacitated.
But regardless. I've been waiting for today for a few months now, and I took full advantage.
By which I mean I read a book. Because running through fields of clover on crutches is about as dangerous as it sounds.
But reading is an excellent way to spend time. And thus, I name my next sanity-saver:
And what better day to celebrate the joys of reading than on the 61st birthday of a genius by the name of Douglas Adams. Otherwise known as the author of the incredible series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
I will admit. I watched the (very well made and impressively accurate) movie remake of this book before I bought the entire series for a dollar by an incredible stroke of luck at a high school fundraiser. But I loved it nonetheless.
The story tells of Arthur Dent, a rather homely man who, by amazing fortune and his unwitting friendship with an intergalactic hitchhiker, manages to escape the destruction of the Earth and set out on a splendid set of adventures riddled with beings beyond his wildest imagination and a strong sense of British satire. This read, ladies and gents, is definitely worth your time.
But prepare yourselves and remember your towel, because this series is a total trip.
So, there's my second time-waster for you folks. And once you've finished reading the series, I deeply suggest watching the movie, which stars Martin Freeman (Hobbit, anyone?) as Arthur Dent and Zooey Deschanel as the beautiful Trillian.
But before you do any of that, I advise going out and enjoying your weather, if it's nice. Because days like this are few and far between right now.