Ten best ways to spend the extra Leap Year day

by Eric Ginsburg

Ten best ways to spend the extra Leap Year day

Sleeping If only a Leap Year meant an eighth day in this week, an added bonus to the weekend oddly stuck in the middle of the workweek. There are lots of ways to spend surplus time, but sleeping in is an easy first choice — and depending on the weather, staying in bed all day. It only happens every four years, so treat yourself!

To-do list Many of us will frequently put off items on our to-do list. Use part of the extra day this year to change that light bulb, visit a loved one in prison or clean your home, maybe going to the Downtown Arts District in Winston-Salem or the Weatherspoon in Greensboro. In my case, it’s paying the electric bill, emptying the dishwasher and starting my next batch of homebrew.

Reflect The first two months of the year are gone. If you made a New Year’s resolution, how is that working out for you? What do you hope to accomplish next month, or the rest of the year? How are your actions or behaviors affecting other people? What’s holding you back and what can you do about it? Do something ‘leapy’ Take this as literally as you want — leapfrog and jumping in the air will satisfy the criteria. To push yourself a little more, check out, which encourages people to use this opportunity to follow their dreams, support the nonprofit Girls’ LEAP where my sister worked that empowers girls physically and emotionally or learn about Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

Exercise Some of you are diligent about exercise, no doubt, but for the more lethargic (like myself) it’s time to work out. Dig up that old step up aerobic exercise VHS, lace up your tennies, pump up the jams or do whatever it takes to get your heart pounding and blood pumping for long enough to make a difference.

Do something crazy Leap year’s are a man-made creation, but they still feel like an aberration or supernatural phenomenon. Maybe there are certain things that are only possible during this 24-hour window every four years. I’m picturing the speech the mother in The Sandlot gives her dorky son during that magic summer about going out and getting into trouble — but not too much. Challenge yourself somehow, be it conquering a fear of heights, asking someone on a date or riding a motorcycle.

Call someone I am not the best at keeping up with old friends, especially those from childhood or who don’t live nearby. I talk to my parents a lot more than I used to, but this added time is a great opportunity to call and catch up with someone you haven’t spoken with in a while. My dad happens to be visiting this Leap Day, so instead of calling someone, I’m going to spend it with him.

Celebrate It’s 2012, y’all, this is the last Leap Year of our lives (right?). For those who think they can survive the apocalypse, stock up on rations and weapons or practice your skill set. For everyone else, party like it’s Y2K. If you are worried about going overboard, live vicariously through Animal House, Workaholics or Hot Tub Time Machine.

Watch Leap Year It doesn’t make a lot of sense that a movie called Leap Year came out halfway between Leap Years, and I am willing to wager that many readers skipped this flick when it debuted. Even if it’s terrible, you’ll still have 22 other hours of the day to do all the rest of the things on this list.

Check our calendar If all else fails or if you trust us enough, check the YES! Weekly calendar. It’s an excellent source of information about an array of things happening in the Triad, and we’ve already poured over plenty of other events to distill what you may find most worthwhile. Maybe it doesn’t seem quite like your cup of tea, but what the heck, take a leap!