I dug really hard to find a picture from when we were filming scenes for our spy video, mentioned below. I have a feeling Anna was the star of the scene for this particular day, seeing that she's wearing both a black t-shirt AND sunglasses. Extremely spy-ish.
1. Wear an outrageously fancy outfit to the mall, restaurant, or grocery store. Make people whisper behind their hands and wonder who you are and why you are wearing what you're wearing. One of the achievements that I'm most proud of in my whole life is that I convinced Angel to dress up with me in our wedding clothes on our 1st anniversary and we went out to eat at Logan's and pretended that we'd just gotten married. People believed us. It was awesome.
2. On a day off when you could catch up on general household chores--put them off just a little bit longer and hold a movie marathon, but do it in style and do it intentionally, not accidentally or in an embarrassed manner. It's not very adventurous to suddenly realize that you "wasted" your whole day on Netflix. Do it on purpose, and with flair! Buy your favorite snacks at the grocery store, the ones that you always say, "No, they're too expensive/too unhealthy." (For me, that's avocados and fake butter flavor popcorn), and dedicate the whole day to an excellent movie or tv series. (Suggestions: LOTR, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Downton Abbey)
3. Start a grand creative project of one kind or another. Once upon a time, I organized my whole family into making a "Spy Movie" that involved all of us kids wandering all over our city wearing black clothes and sunglasses and speaking in code. It didn't cost anything (besides, perhaps, gas for my Dad's car). There wasn't even entirely a plot, but I had a blast making it. The finished project was hilarious. Someday our kids will watch it and be proud of us. Maybe your project is something you could sew, maybe it's a book you write or a scrapbook you finish. Hey, maybe it's getting together with your family and saying--let's clean the entire house today and take boxes of stuff to Goodwill! Completing something is a worthwhile adventure. I could have spent Summer 2009 doing boring stuff, but instead I embarked on my escapade in movie-making, and I know we're going to be laughing at our "Spy Movie" for decades to come!
4.Eavesdrop. Okay, okay, maybe I'm not supposed to suggest that. Everyone, eavesdropping is rude. But seriously, if you just keep your ears alert while you're strolling the mall or picking up needed items in the grocery store, you might happen to catch the most random snippets of conversation--snippets that will fuel your imagination. It's quite an adventure to make up a reasonable (or not-so-reasonable) context for a random sentence you just happen to overhear.
What's your best way to turn an average day into an adventure? I'm always up for more ideas!