Okay, this is my last post for this category. This has been a lot harder than I originally planned. I give people props for doing lists all the time. Coming up with thirty ideas has been extremely difficult. And, yes, I am stalling until I can come up with my final entry.
Here we go: The lost art of letter writing. Is there a friend you haven’t talked to in a while? Or maybe a relative that lives far away? Sit down with a pen and paper and write a letter. Don’t type it. Don’t email it. Write it in your own writing and mail it through the postal service. It’s much more personal and who doesn’t love to receive mail that isn’t a bill or advertisement?
There are many free events going on all over the place this weekend. Here is a link to some free events in New York City that look like they would be fun.
If you live in the United States and you are actually bored today, then we seriously need to have a talk. Here are some links to sites that have some kind of neat games that you can play today. Enjoy and try not to eat too much today.
Just for the pure insanity of it, let’s make today “Crazy Hat Day”! What kind of crazy hats can you come up with?
Visit your local State Park. They usually offer a variety of activities. My local State Park offers camping, backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, nature study, bird watching, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and lake swimming. What’s really cool is that if you have children between the ages of 7-12, Texas State Parks offer Junior Ranger Explorer Packs for free. They are kind of neat.
Start a journal, but make it fun. Add drawings even if all you can draw is stick figures. Write silly little notes to yourself. Come up with interesting recipes. Create a character that could play a fictional version of you. Have fun with it.
Dig up your family tree. Take a gander at genealogy.com and see what you can find out about your ancestors. Assemble a family tree, and see if you can link to any distant cousins or long-lost family members. It’s always fun to see what you can find out about your family history that you didn’t already know.
Today’s idea is borrowed from: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/100-things-to-do-during-a-money-free-weekend/. Take some time and check out this site for 99 more ideas on things to do.
Learn the basics of a new topic. Just go to MIT’s OpenCourseWare, find a topic you’re interested in, download a bunch of mp3s of lectures on the topic, and listen to them while you’re doing household chores. Some great suggested starting points: microeconomics, macroeconomics, basics of philosophy, western philosophy, and introductory physics. Another great option: fire up iTunes, then click on the “iTunes U” option on the left hand side. You’ll find tons of material there to teach you the basics of countless topics.
If you have some free time today, volunteer at your local homeless shelter, soup kitchen or food pantry. You could make a difference (and it doesn’t hurt to add these things to your résumé).
Now that you’ve clicked the link and looked at all of the pictures, wouldn’t it be cool to do this in your hometown? Let’s make this go viral! Please post pictures and share links. I want to see what everyone comes up with.
NOTE: Some towns have rules regarding posting signs, so please make sure that you are following your town’s rules and regulations. I don’t want anybody getting a fine for doing something that is supposed to be fun.