Jumping annuals Batman!
Friday, February 20, 2004 ~ Comments Off
(OK, the title is crap. This post is NOT about leaping Geraniums and Petunias, but it is about leaping…)
I just don’t know what to do with myself (top song that, scarily prophetic in this case). The weekend looms, and as usual for a Friday I’m already planning ahead.
Saturday will see us visiting family, and catching up on the movies we didn’t go and see last weekend, or during the week for that matter. There is rugby to be watched, despite how painful it may well be.
Sunday and Louise is off to a wedding fayre with a friend, leaving me with pretty much the whole day to myself. Do I tackle some gardening? Forecast is sunny but cold (-5C) and it badly needs a little T.L.C. at the moment. Or do I spend a few hours sorting out the garage? Or the loft? Or do I sit and watch more sport, surf the web, make a little more headway into the ‘projects’ I’ve got going at the moment? I think I’ll leave this Sunday to figure itself out to be honest.
Next Sunday is different though. It’s free. Free as in extra. Extra as in we don’t get a Sunday the 29th of February very often. The more astute of you will already be aware that this is a leap year, but I’ll admit that this little snippet of info hadn’t zipped across my radar yet. In fact it was never something I’d really bothered about, so I did a little digging so salve my own curiosity:
A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit about the sun, which is about 365¼ days.
The length of the solar year, however, is slightly less than 365¼ days?by about 11 minutes. To compensate for this discrepancy, the leap year is omitted three times every four hundred years.
In other words, a century year cannot be a leap year unless it is divisible by 400. Thus 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600, 2000, and 2400 are leap years.
Info courtesy of the ever useful Info Please.
So what to do, what to do. An extra day. A whole day. The possibilities are endless. I almost feel that I should get up in time for the sunrise, maybe watch it from a good vantage point? Or maybe I’ll partake in the Leap Day project. Suggestions please.