Yesterday was the shortest day of the year. I spent most of it inside hiding from the cold, but I did venture out for a bit of sunlight. Today is 5 seconds longer then yesterday (according to the meteorological guy on the news last night). This may be negligible to most people, but I considerate to be a small victory, and from now it the days keep getting longer.
Summer days in Edmonton are insanely long. On the longest day of the year, we get 17 hours and 4 minutes of daylight. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Well, it doesn’t make up for the shortest day of the year, a paltry 7 hours and 27 minutes. To put that in perspective, the sun rises about 40 minutes after I arrive at work and sets about 20 minutes before I leave. This means that I leave in the dark and go home in time to see the tail end of the sunset.
It’s freaking cold outside, so I don’t get out much during the day (by the time I bundle up enough and find an exit, I need to turn around and head back to the desk). So, from Winter Solstice on, I cherish every extra second of daylight. That’s a few more seconds of sunshine, a few more seconds to heat up this frigid city, a few more seconds closer to sidewalks clear of packed down snow and ice, and a few more seconds closer to 17 hours of daylight.