Tuesday, March 03, 2009


No, I don't mean that life is slower here in Italy, but of course it is, and generally that's a good thing. There's time to enjoy the food, the scenery, friends. But now, in March, while winter still hangs on and it seems too dangerous to wish for an early spring, life seems even slower than usual. The days are still short, and will remain so until Italy 'falls back' the last weekend in March. Although sunny days are occurring more and more often, the weather is still changeable and the chances of clouds and rain are good. Today we woke up to fog in the valley and a slight drizzle. Saturday was beautiful and sunny, just the sort of teaser that reminds you of spring. We took advantage of the beautiful weather to sweep the patio but it'll be a good while before we're really able to sit outside and enjoy it.

We've finally recovered from the jet lag that always occurs when we fly west to east. Normally I do okay for the first few days, then my body clock rebels and on the third or fourth day my schedule goes crazy. True to form that's what happened this time, but then it happened again and again. I'd wake up at 2 a.m., or 4 a.m., then fall asleep on the couch in the middle of the afternoon. Try as I might to stay up later, to fight the urge to nap in the middle of the day, no matter what I did I just couldn't seem to get back on schedule. Art also seemed to have more problems adjusting, and our schedules were completely out of synch not only with the world but with each other.

I'm sure that if we'd come back when the days were longer and the sun was shining our adjustment would have been a little easier. They say that exposure to sunlight helps, but when there IS no sun, you have to do the best you can. We did take "No Jet Lag", which we both think helps, but I guess the gloomy weather combined with a lack of motivation conspired against us this time. A field full of sunflowers would certainly have been motivating enough to get me out of the house, but when it's cold and dreary my preference is to stay snuggled up on the couch watching a movie or reading a book.

For now the time seems to go more slowly, but I'm hopeful that longer days and more sun will somehow make time revert to it's usual speed. But wait! What am I saying?! I don't want time to go too fast, just not drag on and on. Is it ever possible to have things go just right? It didn't work for Goldilocks, it probably won't work for me.


At 3/03/2009 01:23:00 AM , Blogger Gil said...

Woke up to a gloomy, foggy and rainy day. You were lucky as just about the whole East Coast woke up with about a foot of snow. You should be glad with the rain as snow is work!

At 3/03/2009 03:58:00 AM , Blogger Judith in Umbria said...

Barb! Wake up! The days are much longer. March is the month when they lengthen faster than any other time, too. It's still light at 6PM now.

Here is a helpful hint: instead of exercising/walking/hiking early in the day, do it as late as possible and it helps you stay up later.

At 3/03/2009 05:47:00 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Yes, we're happy we're not shoveling snow! And yes, I am excited about the days getting longer! By the end of the month when we 'spring forward' the change will be dramatic!

At 3/03/2009 12:15:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


We like jetlag too but we use it in combination with some kind of sleep aid like Tylenol PM. When you get to your destination, stay up until the local bed time and then take the sleep aid before you go to sleep. You will need to do this for 2-3 nights but then you will be back on track. Try it the next time you travel.

At 3/03/2009 12:56:00 PM , Blogger Barbara said...

I use JetLag in combo with a sleep aid (Ambien), and yes, when we fly home we always stay up and try to get on the 'local' schedule ASAP, but this time it was just more difficult!


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