What would you do with one extra day?
Would you travel somewhere on your bucket list? Or use the spare time to complete a project or finish a book you’ve been working on? Or maybe you’d spend it with family or friends, creating new memories?
Well…we have great news for you: you do get an extra day this year! Yep—2020 is a leap year, meaning there are actually 366 days this year with the addition of February 29, which only comes once every four years. And while we know the real reason for leap day is to get the calendar back in sync with the solar year, we also think it’s a great excuse to set some “wish list” ideas and make the most of the extra time.
Leap List Ideas
To spark some thoughts, we polled Martin’s employees on what they would do with one extra day. *Note: Ignore the fact that “real life” leap day occurs in February…In our “hypothetical” scenario, you get to set your own ideal parameters for your bonus day.
So without further ado, here is our Leap Day Wishlist (or “Leap List”):
Spend Time Outdoors
Some of the more detailed suggestions were: going to the park, going hiking, having a picnic, and camping with family. Take a look at a few of the specific responses below:
Travel Somewhere New
The second most popular suggestion was traveling (15 percent of respondents). And honestly, some change of scenery amidst the current winter dreariness sounds like a wonderful idea! If you’re in the same boat, check out our All-American Road Trip Recap for a list of some great cities to visit, or find some “Staycation” inspiration on our blog.
Here are some more travel ideas from Martin’s employees:
Quality Time with Family
We also polled our employees about who they would most like to spend their extra day with. The top responses were: significant other, kids, friends, extended family, and parents (34%, 29%, 12%, 11%, and 5%, respectively).
Take a look at some of the responses:
Cooking, Grilling, and Eating Food
Our third survey question was about what type of food people would most like to eat on their extra day. Whether as part of their chosen activity (such as cooking or picnicking) or just their favorite “cheat day” meal, the overwhelming selection was a cheeseburger on a Martin’s Sandwich Potato Roll.
Here are the full results:
If all of these dining options sound amazing to you, you may enjoy trying some of these recipes:
- Classic Cheeseburger
- Swirl Bread French Toast
- Fried Chicken Sandwich
- Meatball Sub
- Club Sandwich
- Pulled Pork Sliders
- Grilled PB&J
- Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Some additional ideas from employees were: a cheesesteak on a Martin’s Hoagie Roll, grilled cheese on Martin’s Butter Bread, Italian sausage hoagies, brisket on Martin’s Sandwich Potato Rolls, and an egg salad sandwich on Butter Bread.
A few people even decided to make cooking a primary feature of their day:
The possibilities on this “bonus day” are endless! Here are some other ideas that participants envisioned doing on leap day:
- Go shopping
- Play games
- Watch a movie
- Read a book
- Volunteer in the community
- Do housework or home improvement
- Start on spring cleaning
- Watch a sports game
- Have a party
One respondent planned this detailed schedule for their extra day:
Another person vowed to work toward their fitness goal:
And another had this humble yet admirable resolution:
Yet another came up with this great idea:
So…what are your Leap Day goals? Will you plan an extravagant outing or visit a loved one? Maybe you’ll use it to “leap” toward larger aspirations or career goals? However you choose to spend your extra day, we hope you remember to treat each and every day as a precious blessing, not just on February 29.
P.S. Let us know in the comments section below or on our social media pages what you plan to do this Leap Day!
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