How to make the mundane more sparkly: SUGGESTED IDEAS FOR DOING THE DISHES
Ask a friend to swap kitchen cleanup duty for a week. You clean their kitchen, they clean yours.
Wear a snorkel and mask while washing the dishes in the bathtub.
Hire a Chinese language tutor to give you verbal instructions on how to wash the dishes - in Chinese.
Do the dishes in the dark.
Get dressed up in your best dress/suit to do the dishes.
Do the dishes with only one hand.
SUGGESTED IDEAS FOR COMMUTING
If you are on a bike, tie two golfish in plastic bags to the handle bars. Give the fish to two of your favorite co-workers.
Shout “I think I can. I think I can” at the top of your lungs throughout your entire commute.
If possible, make up a different route each time you head to work. Then make a map of all the new routes you’ve gone.
On the bus or subway, offer up your shoulder for a stranger next to you to take a much deserved nap.
In your car, or if your wearing headphones on the bus or subway, listen to entire albums of your music collection in alphabetical order.
In traffic on hot days, roll down the window and attempt to have conversations about the weather with passengers from other cars.
SUGGESTED IDEAS FOR FLYING ON A PLANE
Pack a giant picnic for the plane ride and share it with your neighbors.
If you are in a window seat, using the hot steam from your breath, and one finger, draw and erase a smily face every five minutes of the flight.
Bring a bag of small instruments with you an invite passengers to partake in a quiet “jam session”.
Fold each page of the on-flight complimentary magazine into exotic plants and animals.
Ask your neighbor to describe their most vivid childhood memory. Get their postal address and a month or two later, send them something relating to what it was they described.
Hum in harmony with the plane’s engine for the duration of the flight.
SUGGESTED IDEAS FOR WAITING IN LINE
“Accidentally” drop things and see if anyone will help pick them up.
Wait in line all day by always letting someone go before you.
Call your grandmother or someone close to you every time you have to wait in line.
Read a book outloud.
Carry a notebook with you, and when you find yourself waiting in line, draw a
diagram of your position within the line.
Ask everyone in the line to give you a high five.
SUGGESTED IDEAS FOR DATA FETCHING (voicemail, email, status updates)
Play a game of telephone with your voicemail. Be the last person in the thread to get the message.
Save all voicemails for five years from now. Listen to them on a Sunday morning over eggs, toast, and fruit.
Make a list of all the people/animals/plants you’d like to hear from. Each time you receive an unwanted email/wall post/phone call, contact one of the people/
animals/plants from your list.
Have your parents update your facebook status as though your were just born. Have them include pictures of you as a baby.
Translate all unwanted emails into another language, then make them into a leather bound book. Leave it in the waiting room of the dentist’s office.
SUGGESTED IDEAS FOR READING THE SAME BOOK TO A CHILD EVERY NIGHT
Dress up as the protagonist dressed up as another protagonist of the book you’d rather be reading.
Invite friends, family, or strangers over to read the book aloud - in unison.
Translate the book into several languages throughout the years.
Redraw the book from memory.
Try to find all of the pictures from the book in real life (for example a bunny, a socks, clocks, green walls, a bowl of mush, etc.). Transition from the book to real life the day your child leaves home.