As the first full week of 2016 draws to a close, I’m jumping back to a more lighthearted note. Beyond being another year that we strive to reach our goals (stay.on.track.), 2016 has some pretty exiting elements in store for us to celebrate. Here are just a few things for us to look forward to this year…
– The United States of America will elect our 45th President on November 8th, 2016.
– Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics, beginning on August 5th, 2016. Over 10,000 athletes are expected to compete from over 200 different nations around the globe.
– 2016 is a Leap Year, with an extra day in February (the 29th.) Leap Year fiesta anyone?
– According to the Chinese calendar, 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey. Though the Chinese New Year isn’t until February 8th, 2016, so we’re not there quite yet.
– The U.N. General Assembly has named 2016 the International Year of Pulses. This grain legume is known for its high protein and nutritional content, as well as being a hearty crop. This U.N. initiative aims to highlight the crop’s benefits around the globe, promote its production, help to utilize crop rotation, and the U.N. will address the challenges faced by the producers and sellers of pulses.
– The dates 4/4/2016, 6/6/2016, 8/8/2016, 10/10/2016, and 12/12/2016 all occur on Mondays. A reason to celebrate on Mondays if you’re a fan of patterns.
– On May 9th, 2016, Mercury will make a rare transit between the Earth and Sun. This is not due to occur again until 2019, and then again sometime after 2039. This honestly seems like a strange pattern to me, but hey, I don’t work for NASA.
– After almost five years, our spacecraft Juno is expected to reach Jupiter on July 4th, 2016. (Strategic timing?) This spacecraft was originally launched on August 5th, 2011 as a part of NASA’s New Frontiers program.
– The 2016 calendar is exactly the same as the 1994 calendar, including dates and festivals. Please do not be alarmed if you only catch me watching films and television shows from 1994 to celebrate. But with Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Speed, and Four Weddings and Funeral all coming out in 1994, alongside the launch of Friends, I think we can all agree that it’s not a misguided decision.
– When filing our taxes in 2016, we have until April 18th, rather than the traditional April 15th. Thanks for having a holiday on Friday, April 15th, Washington D.C.!
…And lastly, on a more personal note, Raymond and I are getting married in Summer, 2016!!
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What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead?
Do you have any big plans for the weekend? Some girlfriends and I will be heading up to Beaver Creek for some time on the slopes to celebrate one of the girl’s birthdays! It will be my first time to Beaver Creek since I originally learned to ski back when I was six years old (surprisingly not in 1994.) I’m guessing this experience may be a bit different than that one.
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