One of the toughest things about getting a break is that you don’t always know what to do with it. I’m not talking a vacation where everything is planned out. Those have a schedule and act like a reward at the end of a long road. I’m talking about when you get a day or two to stay at home and recover your energy. What can you do?
- Read a book. It might take a little time to get used to sentences since you spent the week reading the bottles in the bathroom. Maybe you can start slow with a take-out menu or the descriptions of whatever TV show you want to watch. You’ll get to the book once that episode over.
- Watch some TV. This is so much easier to do with DVR, streaming, and On-Demand stuff. It can be something new or something you’ve had saved for a while. Your brain doesn’t even have to be working on all thrusters, so you can use this to ease into the break. Just turn on the TV, make sure there are snacks in reach, and curl up in bed for an hour or two.
- Go out for a walk and enjoy the fresh . . . you insane bastard. I mean, have you seen the size of the bugs out there? I’m talking bigger than a pinhead. Take your life into your own hands if you like.
- Visit the zoo or museum because it’s been a long time. This does mean you have to interact with people or at least see them. Also, don’t do the outdoor one in bad weather and the indoor one in good weather. That’s just getting your wires crossed and proving you have no idea how to relax any more. Says the person who would be using both locations for story and monster ideas, so screw me.
- Do something artistic that counts as a hobby. Origami books are out there on various topics like Pokemon and superheroes. You can do painting, coloring, or make enough bird houses for the block. I hear cross-stitching and photography can be good too. This can roll out of control though. Just yarn or pen drives all over the place.
- Test out some new recipes. I’m sure you have a folder out there with things you desperately want to try. With nothing else on your schedule, you can experiment and risk your stomach. If you do get food poisoning then congratulations on the three or four day weekend. Aim for the bucket.
- Whatever you do, wear comfy pants.