Home is where I want to be, but I guess I'm already there
July 28, 2010 7:51 PM Subscribe
I'm living in a new city for only a few months. Help me stay entertained or otherwise keep myself busy during my alone time, by staying in and getting off the computer.
posted by lizbunny to grab bag (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm living in Montreal for a few months for work, having a reasonably good time. Work's busy, a bit stressful, and I find the work environment less pleasant than home office. But there are a lot of young friendly co-workers also temporarily here so we're socializing quite a bit. I live in a nice apartment work is paying for during my stay, and get a decent per diem which I'm trying not to spend, but instead pay off some debt. Tough to do, but things are going alright - trying to eat at home whenever possible. But I'm missing my life back home a fair bit just from it being an unfamiliar, less friendly environment, and I was anticipating a lot of activities at home this summer... which I get to hear all about online.
Anyway, I shouldn't spend every night on the computer when i get home, maybe a few evenings without it may help elevate my mood. This isn't my apartment so assume I can either think of things to bring from home, or pick something up. I'd like to spend minimal money on new things, limiting required items to smaller size, due to transportation limitations. And I don't really like getting out of the house at this later point in the day - I don't feel very safe walking alone in this neighbourhood in the evenings. The building's got a gym but it's in another building - I go occasionally, and I already walk/bike everywhere. But there have to be good ways to keep occupied while I want to stay in my apartment, I know people have some good hobbies and tips out there.
So what can you think of for entertainment? What about suggestions for fun workouts without weights, or other useful exercises I can learn by myself? What about your favourite interesting handmade crafts I could do with minimal cost? What are the small items you found beneficial to you for making you feel at home when you were away for an extended period? What else can I do to perk myself up, indoors? Get plants?