To tide you over, here’s a few possibilities to jump-start your day:
10 Ways to Have Yourself an Adventure
- Go to a home improvement store. Pick out a paint swatch that’s calling your name. Let your chosen color be your inspiration for the rest of the day or the week. Let’s say you pick a color called “Come Sail Away”. Besides *of course* blasting the Styx song and finding the best cover version you can, you could also make paper boats with the kids in your life (or adults in your life) and see whose creation can hold the most cargo. Or you could take a nautical cue for you wardrobe choice that day. For example. Endless possibilities every time. You won’t be able to not take a paint swatch ever again.
- Spot the International Space Station. Take a look at this site and find out when the International Space Station will be making it’s next trip over wherever you are. Make yourself a warm drink and plan to spot it. Make sure you’re out there on time though, because it’s going to zoom by pretty quickly.
- Make a special trip to a purveyor of herbs and spices and get really into one for a time. Find out more about where it comes from and a few recipes that highlight your chosen seasoning. If you are at a loss, may I suggest starting with Paprika? That was my “Spice of the Year” last year and it was a real winner. It’s also a key ingredient in my favorite chips ever: Utz’s Maui BBQ Kettle Classics. Five Stars.
- Set out on a mission to rescue perfectly good furniture bound for the dump. The day before garbage day set out with a friend and the biggest vehicle you have access to to see what treasures people have left out for trash. If there is simply minor cosmetic damage to a sturdy wood dresser, for example, it could be useful for a young family getting started. Get in touch with a charitable non-profit in your area such as a men or women’s shelter, or a refugee resettlement organization that helps people get into their own apartments to arrange donation.
- Get yourself a National Parks Passport and start plotting out your route to collecting free stamps at any of over 400 sites across the United States. It’s a fun reason to take a little detour on a road-trip and a great way to record your travels! You can also download a free app for Android or iOS.
- Transform your old t-shirts into dog toys and gather up your old towels to take them to your local Animal Protective League. They’ll be grateful for some fresh supplies. Check their website for any additional items they may need that you could provide.
- Have a friendly photo contest with a friend. You can be in the same place or not, it really doesn’t matter. Establish some ground rules. For example you could give yourselves five clicks of the shutter each and your photos have to be of something architectural or of an animal, or whatever sounds most interesting to you. From those shots, each of you picks your best and forwards them on to a panel of pre-informed friends to vote on their favorite. In my ideal scenario, winner buys ice cream.
- Be a fan and go cheer for something or someone. Even if you’re not that into sports, it’s good for us all to get out and get enthusiastic once in a while. If nothing else, see if there’s a high school game (name your sport) near you. You can go so far as to get decked out to support the team and cheer and yell the night away. If you really can’t do sports, how about a community band or orchestra. Anything where clapping will be happening can be good.
- Draft a tour of your own town. Plot out the stops and key stories you’d include. Create a map or even an audio file for a walking or driving tour. Bonus points for inviting a friends to come along. You can even sell your tour on Voice Map if you’re so inclined.
- In an age when everyday is some kind of holiday, find out what’s being commemorated soon. Plan a party or at least lighten up the work day by celebrating National Gum Drop Day, National Gazpacho Day, or Elephant Appreciation Day. Celebrate your heart out.