50 Things To Do With Your Extra Hour This Weekend

Sad news, everyone: this is the weekend we “fall back,” as Daylight Savings Time ends and months of dreary cold and sunless days begin. Of course, the perky glass-half-full types are always quick to point out how we gain an extra hour when DST ends, like that somehow makes up for the endless evenings of walking home in the dark while shivering in our multiple winter layers. But you know what? I say let’s make the most of that hour! Let’s appreciate the hell out of it and maybe even cross off a few things from our endless to-do lists we never have time to get to. Not sure what to do with your extra hour? After the jump are 50 suggestions …

  1. Make some mulled wine.
  2. Play a round or two of Scrabble.
  3. Finalize your holiday travel arrangements.
  4. Have sex.
  5. Make a seasonal-appropriate batch of Pumpkin Chili (and have enough leftovers for lunch on Monday).
  6. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in awhile.
  7. Sleep off a hangover.
  8. Give yourself a mani-pedi.
  9. Clean out your closet.
  10. List things you no longer love or wear on eBay.
  11. Go for a nature walk in the park and collect a few acorns and pine combs for a seasonal centerpiece.
  12. Babysit for a new mom so she can get some errands done or simply enjoy an hour of me-time.
  13. Start your holiday shopping.
  14. Peruse Kiva and find someone to make a micro-loan to.
  15. Make vintage tin candles.
  16. Tighten any loose buttons on your fall and winter coats and jackets.
  17. Make address labels for your holiday cards.
  18. Paint your bathroom or foyer area.
  19. Have a good ol’ makeout session.
  20. Catch up on one of your favorite podcasts (I love “This American Life” and “Savage Love” … what are your faves?).
  21. Visit a museum.
  22. Have a living room dance marathon.
  23. Take a bubble bath.
  24. Go to Sephora and give yourself a makeover.
  25. Plan your Thanksgiving menu (peruse some cooking blogs for new recipe ideas).
  26. Get in touch with your inner self.
  27. Watch an old episode of “Mad Men” to help ease your withdrawal.
  28. Re-read some of your old journal entries and be glad you’re not 23 (or 15 or 19 or 29) anymore.
  29. Cheer on the runners of the NYC marathon.
  30. Go for a run yourself.
  31. Order prints of your favorite photos.
  32. Go wine tasting.
  33. Write your grandparents a letter.
  34. Take a yoga class.
  35. Create an online dating profile.
  36. Take your car in to get winterized.
  37. Plant some (indoor) paper white bulbs (it’s their season!).
  38. Watch a YouTube video and learn some knitting basics.
  39. Give your dog a bath.
  40. Clean out your fridge.
  41. Cram in a year’s worth of flossing and impress your dentist at your next check-up.
  42. Learn how to say “I love you” in ten different languages.
  43. Go ice skating.
  44. Get a haircut.
  45. Re-read your favorite childhood book (bonus points if you have a kid to read it to).
  46. Get on the train and see where you end up in an hour.
  47. Make homemade butternut squash soup.
  48. Re-mix items in your wardrobe to create new outfits.
  49. Teach someone to play a couple chords on your guitar.
  50. Go for a drive.