By Katie Lamont, East Lake High
If you have the super power of driving on your own, I envy you, as do many other teenagers without licenses and/or wheels. But even you luckiest of souls can find yourselves stuck at home on the weekends. (Grounded, anyone?)
I've heard you can die of boredom, so I hope you take these ideas and use them to your advantage when one of those incarcerated days strikes you.
Stuck-at-home DIY cures for boredom
1. Build a fort. The beauty of being at home is you can build one anywhere inside or out, any size, any way you desire. In fact, if you want to make sure you're not going to be bored, set up goals for your construction. Perhaps build a fort only of pillows and cushions? (If you own that many.) Or get more creative, and use unlikely materials (marshmallow strung on strings tied between chairs).
2. The classic makeover. I'm not sure this will ever go out of style. Be you boy or girl, dressing up in ways unlike your usual appearance will keep things interesting. Even better, document your lovely creations.
3. Cleaning spree. This doesn't sound fun, but it really can be. If you blast some music and get a big ol' trash bag ready to be filled, you can finally toss those old toys and other clutter you've clung to. You'll feel liberated.
4. Time capsule. Maybe this one is only good if you have an actual place to bury it, (I didn't), so be sure to have a spot in mind first. The fun is in selecting items to save for history. Also ... make sure someone knows the capsule is there. Leave a note. (That way you won't forget where you put it, either, in case you want to dig it up on a boring afternoon next year.)
5. Mute TV. If you've never tried this, congrats: You've never been extremely bored! Put your television on mute and create your own dialog for the scene unfolding. (Works best for reality shows ... trust me.)
6. Google yourself. This one causes a domino effect . . . one link leads to another, and if you're like me, you'll go from: Katie Lamont to monkeys throwing their dung at people.
7. Watch Home Alone. Maybe you won't feel so . . . alone? (Bad joke.)
8. Dancing Queen. If you have neighbors, you might want to close the blinds, especially if you dance like I do. Pump up the radio and go wild. Great exercise.
9. Sock puppets. I cannot stress how amusing this gets with age. Just try it.
10. tb-two.com. Shameless plug. It's pretty plain to see we've got tons of stories for you to shovel through. So go on, grab a snack or two, plop down with your laptop and dig us.