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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Free Day

In an ideal world*, Leap Day would be like a loose balloon, thrillingly untethered from the rest of the calendar. In reality, though, it's a gray Wednesday and everyone's at work, like normal. But NPR has 24 ideas for putting the ap[p]eaL back in Leap Day, including "Listen to 11 great songs about time" and "take advantage of a February sales event — since the sale is lasting longer than usual." NPR, you're perfect.

*Somewhere.



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Decca

Yesterday my body completely shut down and so I have spent Leap Day in bed sick, reading The Hairpin in between naps. It's not been too bad!

chrysopoeia

@Decca Oh haaaay, me too! Only I've been alternating between The Hairpin and recaps of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Porn Peddler

@Decca I am, today, officially, unavoidably, sick. Bleh.

Decca

@chrysopoeia I'm 90% sure I have the flu, but my university just sent out their annual "Mumps Outbreak" email and I keep panicking that I have mumps. I don't, but it's a thought that's growing in my brain!

@serenityfound

@Decca That is what I desperately wanted/needed to do but, alas, too many meetings!

chrysopoeia

@Decca See, I've convinced myself that the (first in years) massage that I got and the yoga class I took Monday have released toxins/built-up aspartame from my muscles into my bloodstream and now I'm sick. But that whole concept has always seemed a little woo to me, so it's probably just the flu.

Crossing my fingers for you on the no-mumps front, girl.

Decca

@chrysopoeia Wait, that's a thing that can happen?! Even if it is (doubtful?), you probably just have the flu. Flu buds 4eva.

olivebee

Feel better, everyone!! I wouldn't call myself "sick", per se, but I am going on day 6 of a splitting headache that is located in the back of my head and gets insanely worse upon standing/walking. If anyone has had this kind of thing before, please advise! Ibuprofen and tylenol aren't doing shit for me.

cherrispryte

@olivebee as a verteran really bad headache/migraine-haver, may I just say, if you have health insurance, get yourself to a neurologist/GP ASAFP. Headaches don't normally last for six days.

Li'l Sebastian

@Decca I had that problem once! It's like the back part of your head, between your skull and your brain, kind of? And standing up feels like you're hitting a wall, inside your head? I actually went to an alternative healer and got craniosacral therapy, and then the next day it was gone. I don't know if that's up your alley (it's not really up mine) but I think it worked. Or it was a random correlation, who knows.

olivebee

@Li'l Sebastian Yes, that is it, exactly! That kind of alternative medicine stuff is not very "me," though I did work at a wellness center briefly, so I'm definitely not opposed. Is craniosacral expensive? I know a lot of that stuff is.

P.s. Love your username!

MissMushkila

@cherrispryte I second the neurologist suggestion. I have had migraines that last days since I was a little kid. My regular doctor was just like "hmm well that sucks? here's some vicodin" but then I went to a neurologist and she gave me samples of all of the cutting edge medicines and I found one that works! So no more endless headaches for me.

whizz_dumb

I think everyone should get a free pass on leap days. Like, say something offensive, hit on that secret office crush (nonexistent personally), slack-off at your job (extra slack for me please), use the last paper towel without replacing with a new roll, murder your boss who's trying to murder you, all without repercussions.

whizz_dumb

@whizz_dumb On second thought, Forgiveness Day should be at least once a year.

Gertrude

@whizz_dumb there's an episode of Pete and Pete in which Big Pete uses the extra hour afforded by start of daylight savings time as a "time warp" to re-live his date with Ellen and fix his mistakes. I feel like Leap Day should serve the same purpose.

plonk

@whizz_dumb fun fact: we are getting a leap second this year. june 30, extra second. i will use it to blurt out something inappropriate.

whizz_dumb

@plonk example please?

plonk

@whizz_dumb "I'M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU!"
"what?"
"what? nothing. oh, look at the time, i must be going."

Decca

@plonk I like it, but a second is only a second, you know? I'd probably just aim for a quick "MOTHERFUCKER!" in the middle of a lecture or something.

whizz_dumb

@Decca Alright cool, let's all remember that we each get one second of our choice on June 30th. The explanation alone for "DUMB DICKS!" is totally going to be worth it.

plonk

@whizz_dumb i like the way you guys think.

fondue with cheddar

@Gertrude I think if I re-lived yesterday I would do it exactly the same, except that I'd ask for a neck massage BEFORE my boyfriend fell asleep on the couch.

Ophelia

I'm surprised NPR didn't say anything about sitting at your desk eating chocolate chip cookies and reading the hairpin instead of working. Huh.

JessicaLovejoy

Listening to songs about time usually makes me want to kill myself. But if I do it today it doesn't count? Will I become the undead? Vampire push!

The Lady of Shalott

Good idea on that website: LOSE THE PHANTOM LOAD. Seriously! Do it! A lot of appliances that you leave plugged in draw juice even when you're not using them. If you unplug them all, when you're not using them, you can $AVE CA$H MONIE$ on your electric bill (and help the planet, for those non-poor people out there). It could be ten percent of your monthly electric bill! TEN PERCENT. Think what you could do with that money!

http://extension.unh.edu/energy/ENERGYTipoftheWeek.htm

JessicaLovejoy

@The Lady of Shalott You are underestimating my laziness, which is literally the only thing about me one should not underestimate.

(But solid tip for others!)

Decca

@The Lady of Shalott You have electrical outlets in your four gray walls and four gray towers? Sweet!

(Good tip though, I'm doing it right now!)

The Lady of Shalott

@Decca It's just more efficient for my weaving if I have an electric loom and some lamps all up in here.

chrysopoeia

@JessicaLovejoy Power strips with off switches! Trust!

JessicaLovejoy

@chrysopoeia Yes! Something I can shut off with my foot! Bending is for doers! (And Bobby Goren.)

Lily Rowan

@JessicaLovejoy You make me laugh so hard!

Li'l Sebastian

@The Lady of Shalott Thanks for the reminder, I unplugged my blender!

Craftastrophies

@JessicaLovejoy At my last house I had everything on powerboards with switches, and I had my computer in a place where I could turn it off at the wall, thus saving me $$ and also reducing risks of power surges in thunderstorms, etc. But in this house the power points are all in super weird/inconvenient places, like behind and above the fridge. I mean, seriously, why is this the ONLY powerpoint in my kitchen??

I am not a Doer.

thisisunclear

February has sucked so hard, I'm just enjoying the fact that here in my neck of the woods, it is super sunny and warm* and I have been able to spend half of this random extra day working from home and not dealing with any major catastrophes. Happy Leap Day to me!

*granted, with predictions of SEVERE WIND BADNESS to come.

Ophelia

@thisisunclear I'm just bummed that the storm that's currently pummeling me is rain, not snow. A WHOLE WINTER with no snow? I am disgruntled. And damp.

The Lady of Shalott

@Ophelia I will gladly ship you several tons of the snow we have received in New Brunswick. On Saturday my boyfriend and I had to shovel out his car from underneath a FURTHER six or seven inches of heavy, wet, disgusting snow. We have about eighteen inches on the ground now. I want some raaaaaaaaaaaaain!!!! SEND IT TO ME!

thisisunclear

@Ophelia Disgruntled and damp is THE WORST.

Ophelia

@The Lady of Shalott Apartment swap? Although I'd need to get all Jolie on mine before letting anyone see it.

@thisisunclear the even more worst part is that it's snowing like 50 miles away. Sigh. MORE COOKIES!

The Lady of Shalott

@Ophelia Yes! Apartment swap! You will LOVE it because I live in a basement apartment and a couple of my windows are totally snowed in. (I need to shovel them out, actually, and I should do that before it snows MORE.)

Ophelia

@The Lady of Shalott Woot! I have never been to New Brunswick! Only Nova Scotia and Quebec, so it's high time I tried another province. I'm in NY, where you may not need a shovel, but you should probably bring your waterproof boots.

The Lady of Shalott

@Ophelia You know, I kind of want to write a "Reasons To Visit Canada's East Coast Provinces" for the 'pin because this is a pretty underrated place to visit. But, uh, not right now, because frankly no one should come here right now unless they have snowshoes and a good map and the number of a rescue service.

thisisunclear

@Ophelia @The Lady of Shalott ooh ooh can I come? I have a very sturdy pair of boots and I've always wanted to practice snowshoeing!

The Lady of Shalott

@thisisunclear Please come! In fact, bring your ice skates, and here for all of your edification is the live webcam of the outdoor skating rink in my town, surrounded by snow:

http://www.fred-ezone.ca/webcams/?cam=osq

Ophelia

@The Lady of Shalott I am TOTALLY coming to your town! It looks great!

Neve Garrett

"Remember pencils?" ♥

fondue with cheddar

@Natalie Eve Remember when you wrote a lot and the side of your hand would get all silvery-gray?

leonstj

"Free" Day as in I'm not getting paid to work. I'm salary, and it turns out there is an extra working day (261 in 2012, 260 in 2011) in this year.

If you divide your annual salary by 260, then look at the amount of money you're essentially giving to your boss for free.

(Note: 2013 also has 261 workdays, so it's probably unfair of me to bitch. But still.)

tortietabbie

@leon.saintjean I sit in the payroll area of our cubefarm and they were all nervous that they'd get a bunch of angry phone calls about this very thing, but NO ONE HAS CALLED.

"Sheep! You...are all...SHEEP."

whizz_dumb

@leon.saintjean That is not bitching. That is being a rabble-rouser. I did your calculation and it is motivation for me to blow up the comments here for the rest of the day so, that's on you. I hold you responsible for my incessant commenting instead of getting work done today. Add syndicalist saboteur to your leap-day accomplishments (I mean that a compliment).

angelinha

@leon.saintjean I left an hour early. I told myself it was because of the roads (which were, it turned out, fine) - but now I doubly don't feel guilty.

Ophelia

@tortietabbie God, i love that movie. It happened to align exactly with my high school graduation. The best part is a random scene where Ethan Embry is staring at Jennifer Love Hewitt and he walks into a door.

Lily Rowan

@leon.saintjean I get paid byweekly, which I now feel awesome about.

@serenityfound

Remember, kids: if you cry, Leap Day William will emerge from the Marianas Trench and give you candy! Are you wearing your blue and yellow?

JessicaLovejoy

@@serenityfound I'm covered in bruises, which I hope suffices!

backstagebethy

@@serenityfound I busted out a new floaty floral dress for today, which I had to pair with leggings, boots, and cardigan, specifically because it is blue and yellow.

@serenityfound

@backstagebethy The only blue and yellow outerwear I own is a child's Finding Nemo shirt from a discount tourist shop in Orlando, so I had to go the Liz Lemon route.

@JessicaLovejoy I am torn between giggling and wanting to give you a hug!

redheaded&crazy

@@serenityfound I actually am wearing blue and yellow.

I can't help it I just love holidays and dressing up!

Brunhilde

@@serenityfound My vintage Batman shirt is in the laundry, but my undergarments have both blue and yellow stripes on them.

camanda

It's snowing here and I've spent all day playing with the Windows 8 preview release. Well, I did clean up my apartment. But otherwise I've had very grey behavior to match a very grey day. But it's Leap Day, so it doesn't count. Awesome!

Instead of eleven songs about time, I will have The Dave Brubeck Quartet's Countdown: Time in Outer Space, and some popcorn.

youresmalltime

Leap Day will now only remind me of Davy Jones forever. :(

JoanTition

Well, I'm spending money today like it doesn't count.

I HAD to sign up for that Bar Method classes and buy a sexy garter belt. HAD TO.

tortietabbie

I tried to get my (vegan) dude to go out for pork bbq with me today because it doesn't count, but he won't. :/

samafaye

ok, is it just me or did "Leap Day" only become a thing, like, this year??! maybe I was just drunk and not on the internet as much four years ago, but i feel like this is all maybe a holiday made up by the NBC Thursday night lineup?

oh, disaster

So if I admit that I genuinely love "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", it won't count tomorrow, right?

JoanTition

@andrea disaster ME TOO ME TOO ME TOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

(no one can ever know)

camanda

@andrea disaster Then again, does anybody really care?

(IF SO, I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY / WE'VE ALL GOT TIME ENOUGH TO CRY ♫ I have no shame.)

@serenityfound

@andrea disaster LOVE IT. I often respond to people's requests for the time with said lyrics.

oh, disaster

(DOES ANYBODY REALLY CARE (ABOUT TIIIIIIIIME)

fondue with cheddar

@andrea disaster THERE IS NO SHAME IN THIS.

Leon Tchotchke

I think Leap Day should be reserved for an existential quest to right a single, completely wrong day that you've experienced in the last four years. See that movie you wanted to see but had to leave early from because of an emergency. Remake that food that you screwed up and had to throw out. Apologize to someone you've been putting off apologizing to because it's just so incredibly awkward and they're kind of a dick, but you still feel a little bad anyway. (I'm stealing this partly from Pete & Pete, except that was Day Light Savings Time. But still, chronological anomalies and the opportunities they afford are nothing to be sneezed at.)

JoanTition

@Leon Tchotchke .... stay home and watch Pete & Pete on the couch while you wear giant sweatpants and smoke a joint like a champ....

I can dare to dream, can't I?

Marzipan

I'm totally weirdly excited about Leap Day this year, and I only wanted to do one of those: go to the extra happy hour! Also, I read the Twilight Zone episodes, but just because I can never stop myself from reading synopsis of episodes of the Twilight Zone. Also, re-watching the 30 Rock, but I was going to do that anyways.

Also, anyone else so excited about daylight savings time on March 11th? I want that extra hour of evening sunlight every day back real bad.

Ophelia

@Marzipan I just can't get over daylight savings time starting so early/ending so late. To me, it's supposed to coincide with the weather getting warmer, but now it doesn't and what do I doooooo?

But yes, more daylight = woot!

Decca

Is it a universal tradition that on the 29th February women are "allowed" to propose to their boyfriends, or just in my country?

cuminafterall

@Decca I think that was the premise of a horrible Kristen Bell romcom a few years back, but that was the first I'd ever heard of it.

Decca

@cuminafterall It's a Big Deal in Ireland and if I see one more Facebook status being like "Lollll watch out bf!!!" I'm going to kill somebody.

cuminafterall

Why can't Leap Day be in the summer? Then I'd actually have the energy to do something cool, rather than just go to work and go home and sit on the couch.

Ophelia

Since leap day is clearly the time for random information - did anyone else hear the rumor that Snooki is pregnant?

samafaye

@Ophelia yes, i am still shaking and crying.

one cow.

For some reason, I finally slept really well last night. I walked outside to 60 degree Chicago weather. I got on the bus (late) & the bus driver announced to the whole bus "Welcome to the best bus ride of your life!" I got a box of munchkins from Dunkin Donuts for my office. I ate half the box. I got a free Mediterranean food lunch. I went to therapy. I came back & had a 2 pm homebrewed beer from my coworker. Now I'm on The Hairpin.

LEAP DAY EVERY DAY!!!!!!

madge

@one cow. nice!!!

i had fried chicken for lunch and will have leftovers for dinner. found out my car isn't totally hosed, just $400 hosed. listening to beyonce and finding thousands of bugs in some software we are supposed to ship in like 2 days. it's-a not so bad.

tea for all

you use up everything you've got trying to give everybody what they want.

Decca

@tea for all Sandy Denny ftw

tea for all

@Decca just discovered her version. it is real good. but nina's is my first love.

Decca

@tea for all B-b-b-but she wrote it!! Although Nina's is gorgeous, too.

tea for all

@Decca hahaha that is a good call...

Lucienne

I got into grad school today, so February 29th is now my favorite day in the calendar.

Also, happy birthday Frederic.

Decca

@Lucienne OMG congratulations!!! What will you be studying?

Lucienne

@Decca Philosophy, for better or for worse. I'm relieved/excited/validated/terrified/giddy.

MissMushkila

I am enjoying my leap day, because there was a giant storm in my home state and the school I work at was closed. So I have spent my day drinking wine, eating chocolates, and doing laundry instead of working! (after the shoveling, so, so much shoveling)

george glass

For my leap day, I wore a see-thru lace blouse to work, and then I quit my job and told my landlord I was terminating my lease early!

JoanTition

@george glass
NO WAY.
GOOD JOB.

I'm in awe of your total badassery!
Be my girlfriend?

Alixana

It is the 8th (or 32nd) birthday of a good friend of mine from college who died tragically nine years ago, and I am just having a really hard time with it. I don't remember it being so painful four years ago. I just miss her.

Edited to apologize for being such a downer!

Decca

@Alixana Hey, don't apologise. My sympathies.

Prostitute Robot From The Future

@Alixana I'm so sorry for your loss :( This makes my comment below a bit inappropriate.

Sometimes loss does hit you harder after a couple of years. Don't know why that is.

Prostitute Robot From The Future

OK, so no one will probably read this (I can always count on you, no one), but making it a holiday would be awesome! So nice for all the people who only get to celebrate their birthday once every four years. Plus I could use the extra day off in Februari (not enough national holidays here).

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