Friday, February 29, 2008

spt - extra! extra!



today is Leap Day, the extra day that is tacked on to the calendar every four years. in technical terms, a leap year (or intercalary year) is a year containing one or more extra days (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, an extra month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronised with the astronomical or seasonal year.

amazing that the addition of just one day seemingly keeps the entire universe in order!

what's so extra special about leap day? well, in some cultures, this is the day when women are allowed to ask a man to marry them. Cam Ward, Emma Barton, and Pedro Zamora were all born on leap day (people born on leap day are sometimes referred to as leaplings.) The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of an indentured pirate who can't leave his ship until his 21st birthday (when he would realistically be 84 in calendar years.

my son's birthday is on march 2nd, and we've had a lot of fun teasing him that he has to wait an extra day for his party!

the spt challenge for next week is to photograph something that is extra special about you. it might be a physical feature, a talent, or an unknown secret. this spt is all about you!


my family woke up to something extra in the pantry this morning.
happy Leap Day!

17 comments:

Jennifer H. said...

Fun SPT. I'll have to think about it though.
Hoppy Leap Day!

Laurie said...

I'm enjoying the term "leapling." I'm invited to a birthday party tonight for a woman who's turning 15 (she's really old enough to be my mother).

How fun to include something "extra" for your family. I didn't think to mark this day as anything other than a Friday.

carlo said...

that is too cute.

i put out cassie's froggie undies today (yes, that went over like a brick)

:)

Marie said...

Such a fun mom to leave a special leap-day surprise for them!

Jenny said...

Those frogs rock! Seriously. Love it.

Jill said...

I didn't do anything fun for Leap Day, it feels totally bogus to me that we can just tack in an extra day every four years.

I'm always so glad you give us these SPT assignments several days in advance because it always takes me awhile to think of something.

Amy said...

So cute!

April said...

Ribbit!

Rachel said...

What a fun idea! I never even considered celebrating Leap Day until seeing so many fun blogger ideas! MEXT YEAR!

Hmmmm..I'll be thinking about this one all weekend!

crystal said...

You do such fun little crafty things! I'm jealous of your energetic craftiness.

FabulousMrs.Shank said...

I love this! What a cool blog. Thanks for all the info!

Laurie said...

Darling!

carlo said...

i hope jack's party was a huge success! i am sure it was. can't wait to hear about it!

Mandy said...

You, Marie, and I all have kids who were born on the 2nd. How funny! Happy leap day...late.

Katie A. said...

That is too funny that you all have March 2nd babies. Fun SPT. And those look like fun leap day surprises!

kristi said...

this will be healthy for me to do.
oh how i wish i could see the photos on your blog... i have got to fix my computer.

Linda said...

What a great idea! Stopping by for the 1st time, enjoying myself here.