Last week, I was a little bored (OK, a lot bored). My friends had all left after our long weekend at PAX, my husband was at work, and I was sitting at home, twiddling my thumbs. My day job is on a little break right now, between the end of summer and the beginning of the fall semester, so I have lots of time to sit around and watch TV.
Maybe too much time to sit around and watch TV.
So, I picked myself up off the couch and said, “Enough!” I decided to have a day down on the water, and the easiest way to do that here is to go for a ride on the ferry. I know this isn’t something that everyone can do (I lived in the Illinois for most of my life… I understand “landlocked”), but if you have a chance to get away from your usual venue with a cup of coffee and a skein or two of yarn, I highly recommend it. (If the ferry isn’t an option for you, try a train, bus, or just going down to a favorite park or local coffee shop.)There’s something refreshing about getting away from your house (and your dirty laundry, and the floors that need vacuuming) . It always opens up my mind for fresh ideas, and makes my projects seem even more fun than usual. (Getting away from a speedy internet connection doesn’t hurt, either.)
Expanding my horizons (literally) always helps me get out of a rut. And, there’s no better place for people-watching than public transportation. You never know what you’ll see that might inspire your next project.