Feb 28, 2012
But no! There is so much to appreciate about Leap Year and Leap Day. You can work this "extra" day to your advantage -- you just need to know how.
Use Leap Year to procrastinate everything you hate doing. Think about it -- a day that only occurs once every four years. You know what that means? Anything that you promise to do every February 29, you get to skip for three years in a row. Like cleaning up the garage, or going to the dentist, or having lunch with your crazy stepmother. Why, leap year is a procrastination list just waiting for you every four years.
Get married on leap day and save your marriage. This way you only celebrate your wedding anniversary every four years. That may seem unromantic to newlyweds, but take it from someone who has been married for 15 years. Take it from someone who spent year after year having too much champagne at an expensive restaurant only to get in a heated argument with my husband over whether Phil Collins ruined Genesis or totally saved it. Celebrating your wedding anniversary every four years is just better.
Celebrate Leap Day with Leap Day William. What, you've never heard of him? You must not be watching 30 Rock -- they just did a whole episode on the wonderful family holiday. Leap Day William trades children's tears for candy, and if you don't wear yellow and blue, he'll poke you in the eye. Celebrate it with your children or they'll turn out liberal. Ask Jack Donaghy.
Enjoy travel specials galore! Apparently a lot of people would like you to get the hell out of town on Leap Day. I'm not sure why. Here's a list of travel deals, and here's a list of travel deals, and here's a list of travel deals ...
Spend the extra 24 hours learning about science. See this video? It explains Leap Year. Learn something new, impress your friends. SCIENCE! Could have used Neil deGrasse Tyson here, though. I'm just saying.
Watch the movie Leap Year, starring the winsome Amy Adams about a young woman who drags her beau to Ireland to propose on Leap Day so he can't refuse -- like he would refuse anyway. Oooh, but a 21 percent reading on the Rotten Tomatoes tomatometer? Maybe not. But that reminds me of another great way to work Leap Year.
Propose to someone who would otherwise tell you no. Irish tradition holds that Leap Day is the only acceptable day for a woman to propose to a man -- and that he's not allowed to say no! Now, has anyone seen Ryan Gosling? I need to find him by tomorrow.