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Solar Eclipse: Can't see it? Here are other things to do instead.

A beautiful solar eclipse taking place somewhere in the world. Martha Argelia. 2024.
A beautiful solar eclipse taking place somewhere in the world. Martha Argelia. 2024.

The solar eclipse will happen today, April 8, 2024. Did you pick up your gafas?

Well, the total solar eclipse will last exactly 4 minutes and 28 seconds, so if you didn't get a chance to hop into your local library or a Warby Parker to pick up a pair of eclipse glasses, don't worry. I've got you covered with a list of things you can do for 4 minutes and 28 seconds.

As much as I would love to pause my day and gaze up at the sky to witness this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon, I'll be content soaking up the experiences and photographs shared by all of you. If you managed to capture a stunning shot of the eclipse, please send it over! I'd be thrilled to feature it on Instagram (with proper credit, of course!).

Here are things you can do instead of watching the solar eclipse, a.k.a. things you can do in 4 minutes and 28 seconds.

  • Sharpen 54 #2 pencils.

  • Brush your teeth one more time--you know, for good luck.

  • Brew un delicious cafecito.

  • If you're Usain Bolt, you can run 1,878 meters with 1.5 minutes to spare.

  • Do a face mask.

  • Order a slice, but ask for it "not too hot."

  • Sit and think.

  • Sit and don't think.

  • Patiently wait for the bus driver to decide to let you out after yelling "backdoor!" 3 times

  • Pick up, then put down your phone 4.5 times. The half time is because on the 5th time your phone fell.

  • Clean that dirty a*s bathroom mirror that looks like a Jackson Pollock painting.

  • Breathe deep a few times.

  • Change your flower water.

  • Spray some Florida water, then burn some incense.

So, whether you're observing the solar eclipse, embarking on a mini productivity spree, or simply taking a moment to breathe, make those 4 minutes and 28 seconds count! After all, it's the little moments that often leave the biggest impressions.




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