Everyone once in a while I will play hookey from work. I will call in and tell my boss that I am sick and then spend the day at the zoo or relaxing in a park with a good book. I always seem to get the urge on the first really nice day of the spring.
I know it is kind of dishonest but it is only for one day and I usually come back really refreshed. I also know that I am not the only person doing this. Playing hookey from work is as old as working.