Morning: 5 am - 12 noon
Afternoon: 12 noon - 6 pm
Evening: 6 pm - 10 pm
Night: 10 pm - 5 am
Anytime I have to get up before 5 am is just an ungodly hour.
Noon is self-explanatory.
People typically get out of work around 5, but I feel that the time spent running around before dinner/supper/whatever-you-call-it is still afternoon.
When I lived with my parents, if you were up into the 10 pm news broadcast, you were up late. So that’s been imprinted on me as the cutoff time.
None of this applies to me personally, of course. I’m self-employed, so I don’t punch a clock. Mr. S is working some goofy rotating night-shift thing, and we’ve both worked odd shifts on and off. No kids, so we have no set feeding schedules. So these days my schedule is more like this (on Mr. S’s working days):
Morning: 8:15, when he gets home from work; he goes to bed around 9 and I work until he gets up, around 3 or 4
Evening: 5:45, when he goes to work and I hit the salt mines again
Night: 12 or 1, I knock off, watch some TV, and crash.
Oh, and when the phone rings after 9 pm, it better be a close friend or family member with a terrible problem. You just don’t call people after 9 pm (except by prearrangement). My mom brainwashed me good, by golly.