“Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.”

The weather is 43° and sunny but cool and windy. It’s also one of those days, the sort you get stuck with every now and then and could do without if given a choice. Last night I woke up so many times I’m still tired. I remember a weird dream about a college in Oklahoma I was attending. I went there on a bus where I met another student, Louise, also going my way. My uncle came to visit, and I didn’t recognize him which made sense because I don’t have that specific uncle in real life. He walked up the stairs toward me and we shook hands. I remember he had great eyes, beautiful brown eyes, and was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. I gave him a tour of the campus which was quite crowded then invited him to come to class with me. That’s the last I remember as I woke up for about the third time. The dog, sensing I was awake, moved around and curled up next to me. I fell back to sleep for a couple more hours but don’t remember any other dreams. It was a weird night.

I never thought about the extra day in a leap year. I knew about February from the month rhyme, “Except in Leap Year, that’s the time When February’s Days are twenty-nine,” but I never stopped to think about the implication: a leap year has 366 days. That’s like getting an extra day as a gift, a sort of crossing the international date line without really going anywhere. They never mentioned it in school. I was always taught 365 days; they just left off any mention of the extra. I guess they didn’t want us confused.

I do have a couple of errands to do today so I’ll have to face the world regardless of my mood. My hope is not to run into anyone I know. Pleasant isn’t on my to-do list.

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20 Comments on ““Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I had much the same kind of night too. I had one wierd dream where I think I was adopting a child, but from what I remember they came in with a puppy instead 🙂 🙂 🙂 To bad I forgot the rest of the dream, the continuing must have been interesting 🙂 🙂 🙂 I gave up around 5:30 and made breakfast for us all.

    I think that extra day should be a world wide holiday. I mean itb is a day that sort of doesn’t exist anyway 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      Maybe the weather is playing with our sleep cycles. Your dream was even weirder than mine though I understand why you’d be given a puppy.

      I agree about the extra day!


  2. I’ve always thought “Leap Day” should be a National Holiday. NOBODY should have to work on Leap Day!

    I’m salaried – it’s not like I get paid extra for working it! 😀

    s

    • Kat Says:

      Scott,
      I’d vote for it to be a holiday. It seems to take unfair advantage of people!

      Christer would make it an International holiday!

  3. Birgit Says:

    The “month rhyme”? You made me curious
    and fortunately wikipedia had an answer:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_days_hath_September
    In school we learned the knuckles-2hands-method described
    on that page. Far less poetic and it doesn’t include leap years.
    Have a good night and sweet dreams.

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      I had to look up the knuckles-2hands-method as I had never heard of that before this. It works as well but isn’t, as you’ve said, as poetic.

      I think we learned this in the first grade.

  4. Bob Says:

    It’s interesting to me that you didn’t learn in school that the solar year has 365 and one quarter days. If we don’t add an extra day every four years than the seasons and the calendar don’t match. The Jewish calendar is based on the lunar year which has only 360 days. To make the calendar work they add an extra month seven times during a 19 year cycle to keep the seasonal holidays occurring in the proper season. The Islamic calendar doesn’t have this astronomical correction and Ramadan can occur anywhere from the late summer months through the fall season.

    I usually sleep very well except this Wednesday night I was up a couple of times and had difficulty falling back to sleep. That night was quite warm and I that may have thrown off my circadian rhythm.

    Today the sky is clear and the temperatures are in the 65 degree range.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I probably learned that in school but I don’t remember. Any math test in the early years about amounts always expected just 362 as the answer for days in a year. That is probably why I don’t remember the solar year and the addition of an extra day every 4th year.

      We stayed in the mid 40’s all day, but the wind was cold.

  5. Hedley Says:

    It’s Saturday afternoon, I have an ice pack on my knee, football is coming from Italy and everyone is playing Words with Friends. Soon we will go to St John Fisher Chapel. I love the Chapel and Father Jerry.
    Sunday kicks off with Tottenham at Arsenal, the young guys are coming over, I need Bagels before 8 am
    Life is good

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I made the bed, showered, had lunch and read a while in the afternoon. It was a fine day.

      Tomorrow is breakfast at the diner, a trip to the dump and The Amazing Race, I like Sunday.

      • Hedley Says:

        The dump !! Big time car ride for Gracie

      • Bob Says:

        Tonight is the Oscars so I will have to watch the Amazing Race on the internet. I’m not so sure that I want to watch Rachel cry around the world as she did on House Guest every week.

  6. Zoey & Me Says:

    I never heard that Patsy Cline song. Can’t think how I could have missed it. I said the same thing about an aged Sinatra song because I couldn’t recognize it was Sinatra. Then someone said it was a song before his throat operation. I never knew he had one. At my age remembering things is important. Thank God for my wife who is my double checker for my work schedule. With nothing to do here it’s turned into a bake day too and lazy weekend.

    • Kat Says:

      Z&Me,
      I am not all that familiar with Patsy’s music. I know her big hits but few of her other songs. This was in my dream file, and I liked it when iw as listening to songs for posting.

      I didn’t know Sinatra had throat surgery either.

      I nver went out to get any eggs-tomorrow I will as I really am hankering to bake.

  7. Kat Says:

    My Dear Hedley,

    It is her favorite place!

  8. Hedley Says:

    Maggie and I cruised to Panera this morning, very satisfactory !

    • Kat Says:

      Gracie and I froze at the dump this mornintg. The wind was roaring across. I think I heard the people in the car next to mine speaking Russian!

  9. Kat Says:

    Bob,
    I’m going to record the Amazing Race and watch it tomorrow.


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