Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm bored

I come to you today asking for help, I need things to do. Currently, I get up early in the morning, try to nap (always unsuccessfully), clean, watch lots of tv, maybe take a shower, eat 2 or 3 times, and go to bed. I'm starting to worry that my brain is going to mush and after what I spent for college, I can't let that happen. But I'm running low on ideas.

So I'm asking you, dear readers, for ideas. I currently watch an insane amount of tv, so things like movies or tv shows are not what I'm looking for. I also don't have much money, so ideas shouldn't cost much (unless you are willing to sponsor me and I'll gladly provide my PayPal address) or have elaborate setups (we don't have any storage space in this apartment). We are pretty close to Laney College and I'm thinking about taking a ceramics or cooking class, but am a little worried about logistics and timing. I'm also open to book recommendations, websites, and community programs.

Thanks in advance for all the suggestions!


  1. Are there any games that you like to play? I find time wasting through various types of Scrabble games on Facebook, and other games like Zilch:

    I've heard good things about this game but I haven't tried it yet:

    Here's a good one: Games for the brain:

    If you like old-school video games at all:

    A flash-mob site that has absolutely awesome stunts (including video) is Improv Everywhere: -- good ones in particular are Frozen Grand Central, Slo-Mo Home Depot, Cell Phone Symphony, and High Five Escalator.

    Do you do any kind of yarn work? Crochet, knit, anything like that? My mom's found solace in her injury by endlessly knitting preemie hats for her unit.

    If you like do to other types of crafty things, here's a site for that with thrift in mind:

    Other things like crosswords, word searches, find-the-difference-between-two-pictures are good time-fillers and are also good at keeping your brain sharp.

    And, of course, there's always:

    Just a few suggestions...I'll try to put more together later when I'm not so tired.

  2. Thank you for all the suggestions, Jamie. Most of your suggestions are perfect for me! I really enjoy games, especially Scrabble, crosswords, word searches, etc. Lately I've been obsessively playing Demon Solitaire on my iPod. I'm definitely going to bookmark Games for the Brain, which sounds fantastic.

    I crochet and knit. I have yarn and a load of needles, but I'm self-taught, so I've never finished anything that wasn't a scarf. It's also hard on my hands.

    A friend suggested I try painting and drawing, which I've picked up already. I love crafty/artsy things even though I'm not good at it.

    Hope you got some rest!

  3. I'll send you a couple of application invites in Facebook for playing Scrabble there... :)

  4. Maybe buying a few of those small hand weights - you can build up your strength while you're watching TV or something. Have you considered looking into meditation or a simpler version of yoga?

  5. Hi Anon, thank you for commenting. I have to be honest, I was a bit taken aback by your suggestions. Maybe I'm being overly-defensive, but I don't think you understand what I'm asking here. I am asking for ways to entertain my mind and keep it active. While I understand the importance of being strong, that is not my problem. I am very focused on maintaining my physical health and make regular visits to our building's fitness center (at 5 am), use hand weights that we have in our apartment, and do yoga or pilates on days when I can't get down to the gym. The weakness that I experience has nothing to do with muscle tone or physical fitness. I also feel the need to say that I am a fat activist. I love being fat. I was born fat and will be fat for the next 50-60 years. It has nothing to do with me being fit.