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No Suggestion Is Too Wacky

A very close family member is having scary surgery tomorrow. Me and my family members will be freaked out and bored at the same time in the waiting room for an extended period of time. Can you suggest some ways to amuse and distract ourselves? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Sep 22, 2010 - 26 answers

I WANNA... SUBURBAN HOME. SUBURBANHOME!

What can I do/send/recommend for my long-distance, recent post-amputation friend to combat boredom? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Sep 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Fast loading website suggestions?

Can you suggest some frequently-updated websites that work well on an older browser with a slow connection? [more inside]
posted by birch effect on Sep 16, 2010 - 17 answers

How do I get out of seeing my boyfriend's band?

Can't I just stay home and make you a potroast instead? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Jul 30, 2010 - 44 answers

Home is where I want to be, but I guess I'm already there

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. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Jul 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Where the hell is Chandler, AZ?

Arizona Boredom: My sister has been exiled to Chandler, AZ for the rest of the week. What do-not-miss things are there for her to do/see/experience there? [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx on Jun 22, 2010 - 21 answers

What is interesting about cleaning?

Calling everyone who gets easily bored. How do you clean your house? How do you cook? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jun 20, 2010 - 52 answers

Greatest depictions of American boredom?

Most compelling literary depictions of twentieth-century American boredom? [more inside]
posted by southvie on Apr 29, 2010 - 41 answers

Need anti-bored ideas while wrist injury is healing.

Need anti-bored ideas while wrist injury is healing. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Mar 19, 2010 - 16 answers

GSOH preferable but not essential

32 year old web developer seeks new job before this one drives him insane. Where can I go from here...? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Pre-planned cuz I'm OCD like that.

Spontaneous Pre-thunk-up activities. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on Mar 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Activities for bed-bound friend after cataract surgery?

My friend just had cataract surgery and must lay on her back for several weeks. Activities to keep her occupied? [more inside]
posted by ticketmaster10 on Mar 5, 2010 - 12 answers

What to do with all of this free time?

I'm unemployed until march. I find myself spending hours on the internet for lack of anything better to do. What can I do that is either extremely cheap, or preferably free, to fill up my time until then? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Jan 24, 2010 - 30 answers

San Francisco Nights

It's 6:30 P.M. on a Friday/Saturday. You're in San Francisco. All of your friends are doing something else. There's no Sharks game on. The Symphony and the Opera are sold out. The library is closed. You've read the newspapers front to back. You have to start heading home by 10:30 P.M. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by clorox on Oct 16, 2009 - 21 answers

What's the optimal amount to spend on this raffle?

There's a monthly raffle at work for 5 parking spaces out back. There are about 30 people in my office. There's no limit to the amount of tickets you can buy. You can only win once. Otherwise, parking costs about $4 a day, or about $80 a month. Raffle proceeds go to charity. What's the optimal amount to spend on this? [more inside]
posted by boghead on Jul 24, 2009 - 19 answers

Broken legs suck, and so do totalled cars...

My best friend has a broken leg from a car accident and is very depressed. Need activity suggestions and advice on how I can encourage her to comply with her doctor's orders to keep any weight off the leg and keep her immobilizer on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2009 - 16 answers

Ways to make working out less boring and torturous?

I hate working out. It's incredibly boring. I've tried music, and it does help to a degree, but it's not enough. I don't have anyone to work out with. Last time, I put my towel over my head and drowned out outside sensory input as much as possible and was able to perform better. But that makes the boredom much worse. [more inside]
posted by cmgonzalez on Apr 15, 2009 - 55 answers

Looking to entertain and educate a toddler while not getting up.

What can I teach my toddler about while we stay on the sofa? Supposed to rest legs. We've been watching Leonard Bernstein on YouTube, learning about orchestras -- looking for more stuff like that. [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Apr 9, 2009 - 18 answers

Idle hands are eating a devils food cake

I have the opportunity to exercise in the morning, at lunch and in the evening. Does it matter if I do certain exercises in order? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Mar 29, 2009 - 8 answers

How long is the average attention span?

What is considered a reasonable amount of time to be able to concentrate on one task? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Feb 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me find something to DO before I drive myself crazy.

Help me find something to DO before I drive myself crazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2009 - 22 answers

bored but not broke

I need to keep myself busy at work, and actually look like I'm doing work—even if I'm not really working. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Feb 9, 2009 - 39 answers

Why Does Lady Narcolepsy Affect Me So?

Why does my business colleague have such a strange physical effect on me? And how can I change this? [more inside]
posted by terranova on Jan 27, 2009 - 18 answers

What are some things I can do to fall back in love with my partner?

Have you ever fallen out of love with your partner, worked at it, and fallen back IN love with he or she? If so, how did you do it? What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2009 - 18 answers

Spending a long weekend alone.

I'm off work the next four days over the New Year's holiday & weekend. I am usually a very social person, but I live alone and I don't have much of anything planned this weekend. And I'm worried about spending the whole weekend alone, because I think I will get really lonely and unhappy. How can I enjoy myself? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Dec 31, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me entertain my fingers.

My hands get bored easily. If there's food nearby they make me eat it. What can I do to occupy my hands so they stay out of the doritos? [more inside]
posted by valadil on Nov 13, 2008 - 32 answers

Salvaging freshman comp?

Help me to not suck at teaching! (focus on analytic reading) [more inside]
posted by puckish on Nov 12, 2008 - 14 answers

January, it's just this month, you know?

I have a month in which to do a project. What kind of project, you ask? Good question. Perhaps something fun, perhaps something educational, perhaps something mind-expanding. The options, they are endless. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Oct 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Handling boooooring times. How do people do it?

How do I deal with boredom in situations where I have to sit or stand for long periods of time with little stimulation. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Sep 23, 2008 - 27 answers

Fizzled Out on Passion

Depression has knocked my passion (for everything) out. Gwargh. What do I do while I get therapy sorted? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jul 21, 2008 - 13 answers

Activities for bored boys?

What are some good things to do with one or two pre-teen boys? Besides play video games? [more inside]
posted by kerfuffled on May 27, 2008 - 22 answers

Lazy, bored, worthless.

Why am I so lazy? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on May 19, 2008 - 40 answers

What to do at the beach besides gamble?

Avoiding beach boredom! [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut on Apr 23, 2008 - 26 answers

Fun while housebound

Please suggest fun thing for me to do while housebound and healing from fractures. [more inside]
posted by betterton on Mar 19, 2008 - 25 answers

“You'll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea”

I am bored. I don't know what to do with myself. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Feb 22, 2008 - 38 answers

Up, up and away!

Well, I did it. Due to most unfortunate circumstances, I flew on an airplane for the first time in 8 years. As awful as the reasons were, the entire world has been opened up to me and I am now extremely excited by my renewed ability to travel the skies, and seek advice. Much length follows. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Jan 16, 2008 - 27 answers

More Cans = More Recycling = More Money. Make it so.

I see you there. You're smart. You've got great ideas. You want to help me make the world a better place. So, help me brainstorm this contraption. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jan 2, 2008 - 35 answers

What can I do to not get bored while exercising?

What can I do to cure my boredom while exercising? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Nov 10, 2007 - 36 answers

So I'm employed full-time, but not working much at all.

How do I bring up the lack of actual work at my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2007 - 12 answers

i need to get my shit together!

Why is it so hard for me to do the things I need to do to make my life better? How can I motivate myself to get my shit together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2007 - 29 answers

Just another committee meeting where nothing was accomplished...

I've attended work meetings where a committee is formed to solve a problem. The problem is usually open-ended rather than specific. For example, increase employee satisfaction. I'm finding that everyone talks and very little gets decided / accomplished, and so another meeting is scheduled. A huge amount of time is spent going to these meetings. Is there another way to accomplish things? Is there some new paradigm out there for small group information gathering and decision-making that at least appears to give a nod to group input?
posted by TorontoSandy on Jun 11, 2007 - 21 answers

Alternatives to taking a nap at my desk?

I've read all my RSS feeds twice. Help me find distractions to get me through a boring work week? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on May 1, 2007 - 16 answers

Help me provide thought provoking interaction in meetings

Help me break my meetings by making them more interactive. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on Apr 5, 2007 - 6 answers

I left my heart in Paris.

Help me fall in love with San Francisco all over again! [more inside]
posted by rndm on Mar 16, 2007 - 15 answers

Cat Toy Recommendations

One for cat owners - What toys have you found your cats most respond to and enjoy? [more inside]
posted by chris88 on Mar 14, 2007 - 62 answers

Mind games

When I run, my mind gets left out... [more inside]
posted by god particle on Mar 3, 2007 - 17 answers

+4 Software of Time-Wasting

GameFilter: I need a part-time game to play at work. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Nov 7, 2006 - 24 answers

mid-semester burnout

I teach several required college courses. My enthusiasm is dwindling, and it is starting to show. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 27, 2006 - 27 answers

Social Insecurity Phone Number

Yesterday I spent two hours in line at the Social Security Office to get a new card for my son. Considering how long the wait was I can't believe the rules they had for waiting in line. Please help me understand the rational for not allowing people to use their mobile phones. [more inside]
posted by DragonBoy on Aug 1, 2006 - 39 answers

Magazine suggestions, please!

Do you have any fun, cool, hip magazine suggestions for someone who desperately misses Budget Living and needs more stuff to read around her messy apartment? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Jun 27, 2006 - 18 answers

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