Sunday, December 29, 2013

488 - 500 Fun Things to Do!

488 - Build a snowperson in your yard.  This is an especially fun activity when children are involved.  Their creativity helps make the snowperson very unique.

489 - Photograph snow works of art all over your neighborhood.  If there is good packing snow, then there will be snow sights to see!

490 - Build a snow fort.  What could be more fun than playing in a snow fort?

491 - Have an old movie marathon.  You can even pick a decade, look up acclaimed movies for that time period, rent a few movies, and settle in for some fun!

492 - Take a cooking class.

493 - Make a whole meal from new recipes.

494 - Visit historical sites in your city.

495 - Read about the history of your city, county, and/or state.

496 - Go swimming.  You can do this even in the winter at your local indoor pool.

497 - Take a walk with a friend.  My friend Judy and I even walked our way through two Winter seasons.  We walked through any kind of weather and laughed in the face of snow and ice!

498 - Make a time capsule including items that represent you and your family's life.  Hide it in the basement or bury it in your yard.

499 - As a gift, give new parents a baby time capsule.  They can put in all kinds of their baby's memories -- first shoes,  a lock of hair,  photographs, records of baby accomplishments; whatever seems right.

500 - Design and make your own t-shirts or sweatshirts.  This is a great idea for reunions, groups of friends, and family get-togethers.

Halfway to the goal of 1,000 Fun Things to Do!  
Hooray!  Yahoo!  Yippee yo yo YO!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

474 - 487 Fun Things to Do!

474 - Take a selfie in a silly way to commemorate any occasion.

475 - Make a New Year's resolution to have more fun in the upcoming year!  Forget those difficult resolutions like losing weight or keeping your home completely organized.  If you like, you could combine serious resolutions with having more fun, but remember that the fun one is the most important one of all!

476 - If you have a camera with interchangeable lenses, try a new one.  There are all kinds of unusual lenses available, for instance a kaleidoscope lens which creates fun and unusual images.

477 - Take photographs of things reflected in windows.  I love taking photos of my red VW Beetle (Molly Marie McGee), and I often get interesting shots of her in building windows which might include interesting signs.

476 - Sing yourself to sleep silently.  I collect interesting ways to get to sleep, and one night I was thinking of songs I like, and started hearing myself singing them, but not out loud.  I know this sounds slightly weird, but it really works!

477 - Get someone a bunch of balloons -- either for a special event or for no reason at all.  There is nothing quite as festive as a bouquet of cheerful balloons.

478 - If someone sends you flowers, take a photograph of them to show to the sender to show your appreciation.

479 - Take photographs of old buildings before they get torn down.   Then take photographs of the new structure that is the replacement.  It is interesting to have a record of the evolution of your town.

480 - If you are picking up someone for an adventure on their birthday, decorate the inside of your car with crepe paper streamers and signs.  You can even put signs on the sides of your car that say, "Honk!  It's _________'s birthday!".

481 - Start a book club by picking a spot and gathering some friends together.  Everyone can help decide which books to read.  You can either read the book together aloud, or have each person read a chapter before the meeting.  Even if everyone doesn't know each other at the beginning, wonderful camaraderie develops just by the ways that participants react to the books being read.  I belong to a book group that meets weekly, and we have become close and loving friends over time.

482 - Page-a-Day calendars often have wonderful artwork that you can turn into greeting cards for all occasions.  I have a Mary Engelbreit calendar which has fun pages which I sometimes use for cards for my friends and family.

483 - Get a makeover done for free at a department store's cosmetic section.  It's really fun to get new ideas, but you have to be careful not to get carried away in buying new make-up that you might not ever use!

484 - Watch a TV marathon of one of your favorite shows.  Get some snacks and settle in for a great time!

485 - Set a goal and achieve it.  You don't have to set huge and difficult goals -- reaching some small goals here and there can be quite satisfying.  A recent goal of mine is to get to 500 fun things to do before January 1, 2014!  My friend Dottie says, "It's fun to get things done!"

486 - You can send 4" x 6" photographs as postcards.  If you want, you can back them with card stock to make them more sturdy.  This is a fun way to surprise your family or friends.

487 - Ask people what their activities were during a recent time frame.  A long time ago, I did a survey of about 20 friends and family about what they did on the previous Saturday night.  The answers were very interesting and some were even very fun.  I found that list recently, and now it means more than ever because some of the people have passed on, and I have a record of their lives for a very precise period of time.