Thursday, February 27, 2020

because the world is slow and fractions are frowned upon

2020 is a leap year, so this coming Saturday is February 29th.  With March come thoughts of springtime - longer, warmer, more sunshiny days.  I know I can use a break from snow and cold, which we have had our fair share of this winter.  I'm looking forward to spring, although I keep with the local mantra of, "Welp, we need the moisture", because most people in these parts know that somewhere in Colorado will be on fire this summer.

So we have an extra day this year before we can welcome March in order to let the earth's rotation catch up to the Gregorian calendar.  Who else is aware that there are leap seconds?  About every 3 to 4 years?  They are to synch the world's highly consistent atomic clocks to the earth's inconsistency.  How rude of the earth that we must do this.

I mentioned I took a semi-retirement part-time job at a hospital culinary operation.   I enjoy it.  Great company, great bosses, great coworkers, satisfying and productive work.  Plus, there's a 401k plan.  Contract tutors don't get a 401k plan.

The job is a nice balance with the tuting, which can burn me out if I schedule too many students.  I felt the need for a break from that too. It still somewhat surprises me that there seems to never be a lack of students looking to hire tutors despite free and cheap resources online.  But I guess some people just like someone to be there when they say, "but... I still don't get it 😕".  I don't want to chuck tutoring altogether, just cut back a bit, and this fills the empty space nicely.  I suck as a "housewife".

And it turns out, I actually enjoy cooking.  Who knew?  I mean, I'm no Gordon Ramsey, but... well... thank God for that.

Yesterday, I happened to look down and notice one of the expiration date stickers had landed on my shoe.

Is it an omen? Use me before March? After that, I'm trash?

What are you doing with your extra day this year?

Linking up this week with Mama Kat for the prompt:
5. Write about something you need a break from.


Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

Abby, I too suck at being a housewife and don't want to be one. I want one, but don't wish to be one.
I would much prefer a tutor than online so I get that Abby.
On my extra day Sat the 29th I will be taking my fur baby to surgery so not a fun extra day for me. Enjoy yours!

Abby said...

Peggy, best wishes to Izzy and you! Hoping everything goes smoothly, including recovery.

Brian said...

Didja know that century years not divisible by 400 are NOT leap years? so 2100 won't be a leap year, but 2000 was. This is to correct the calendar because a lap of the sun is not quite 365.25 days.

Abby said...

Brian, right. And decimals, like fractions, are frowned upon.

KatBouska said...

Okay I was just asking Pat why we have Leap Years so I'm glad you addressed that! I'll forget and ask again in four years, but I appreciate the answer today! We spent our Leap Day at a volleyball tournament. We did pop over to a thrift store for their 50% off Leap day deals though so that was exciting!

Patty said...

It was pointed out, on social media, that the Facebook platform won't be able to bring up your "memory" from February 29, 2020 next year because...there won't be a 29th!

Probably would have been a great opportunity to post something that wouldn't be thrown back at you next year.

Abby said...

Kat, sounds like you made good use of Leap day!

Patty, good catch!