Even though it is not officially... I declare today to be Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Just because it's Friday and I am tired and increasingly stressed out and sick.
This morning I really realized the days are getting longer. I left at my newly/usual time for work (~8 AM) to be here by ~8:30 AM. The sun was rising. Realize that over the past few weeks, it has not been doing that. So I am VERY happy. Part of my happiness is due to the fact that I am dragging my butt out of bed earlier, so I see more sun and get more done during the day. I have always been one of those people who need sunlight. I am realizing this more and more since my lab lacks natural light. I've noticed when I'm here longer, I feel yucky just because of the lack of light. Not necessarily because of the 12 hour day, but who knows what contributes to that feeling.
In particular, I am glad for more light because I am sick of winter and colds and my lymph nodes being sore all day long, all week long. My body is constantly bombarded with microbial challenges (I work in a microbiology lab...duh this would be an issue). I'm not sick, but I'm sick of my neck hurting because I'm not sick. Owie.
I am also glad for longer days because people are happier in the spring. Everything is a little "lighter" - strangers smile at you more when you go into a coffee shop for a cafe au lait. Errands become more fun and less chore just because the sun is out and you are outside and have full locomotion of your limbs.
I'm moving to France, where even when it's yucky, people take life less seriously and despite weird leaders, they have okay work/life balance systems.