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02-24-2011, 05:18 PM
I need your help coscom!

It's test week here in Japan and I have nothing to do!!

I work an 8 hour day and if there are no classes, sit on my butt at a desk in an unheated teacher's room.

I am not allowed to have video games.
I am not allowed to watch movies on a laptop.
Facebook and email are blocked on the school computer.
You can't buy English language books in this city.
I'm too dim to read Japanese books.

What can I do with myself today? (Besides frantically checking this thread on my cellphone).

Share your favorite time-wasters!

02-24-2011, 05:25 PM
especially fun to do with Disney characters
one time I doodled all the Nightmare Before Christmas characters in my chemistry notebook, instead of paying attention. I suck at drawing but its fun anyways. One time I drew an amazing looking moogle, just by accident

and doodling is especially fun if you have different colored pen's

braid your hair in tiny braids

make a bunch of tiny paper stars, paper ninja stars, or paper fortune tellers

02-24-2011, 05:32 PM
You can start on the first page of Homestuck (http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6), and rejoice that there are about 2000 more.

02-24-2011, 06:37 PM
Oh, I am good at this! I work security, and currently I'm not allowed to bring my laptop to work, or listen to my mp3 player between rounds. Luckily I have my sketchpad, so I can work on concepts for a couple of costume ideas of mine. I also read between rounds, I'm working my way through The Costume Technician's Handbook, and a few others at the moment.

If you draw or write, notepads and sketchpads are a godsend!

02-24-2011, 06:41 PM
Doodle, sketch, write! Those are the easiest and best time wasters.

02-24-2011, 07:24 PM
Doodle, play with scotch tape, txt, reread and English book you may have, if you have a smart phone download the kindle app, make simple crafts, flip thru a colorful magazine,

02-24-2011, 07:45 PM
I sometimes make dangerously unstable sculptures with office supplies while on the phone.

Chances are you have all you need on your desk in class to proceed :D

02-24-2011, 09:52 PM
For the past couple summers I worked fulltime as a tourguide at museums and historical sites, and there were definitely quiet days....

Other then reading/studying for school I would:

- Do a lot of stretching to aid flexibility. What was even worse, is that the last place I worked at had a railing nearby, so did a lot of barre work with it. Wonderfully sturdy and at the perfect height lol also practice basic centre dance moves.

- Play with old fashioned toys. All the locations had a gift shop or children's programs one way or another, and there would always be extra dreidles, chinese checkers, ball-in-a-cup and so forth on the sides.

- Clean. ALOT of cleaning.

- I knitted at one point. Yes, knitted. While wearing a 1840's dress for one entire summer, I did a lot of knitting for appearance reasons. My coworkers and I donated so many scarves to charities!

- Write up lists. Like making up a list of things I need to get for specific cosplays during planning periods.

- Practice learning a new language. Strange, but it does help kill time. Last summer I worked on teaching myself Hungarian...furcsa, valóban.

- Another summer, my coworkers and I did little athletic things or mini competitions. One was making a predetermined guess on how many tourists would come that day and find out the tally at the end to see who won.

- Origami

02-24-2011, 09:56 PM
you could do the following things; you could draw like the others said, you could bring something great for snacking on like cookies, dars, or something else, or you can write.

02-24-2011, 09:59 PM
I sometimes make dangerously unstable sculptures with office supplies while on the phone.

Chances are you have all you need on your desk in class to proceed :D

I love making unstable office supply sculptures!

02-24-2011, 10:10 PM
Or you could bring playdough and mess with that, hey it helps when theres nothing to do

02-25-2011, 02:56 AM
I am never bored with a deck of cards in my pocket.

Otherwise knitting. Yeah... knitting.

02-25-2011, 03:05 AM
Digital books?

LEGO! or Meccano. Model trains/cars? or Gundams.

Rubicks cube? Tetris cube?"

02-25-2011, 04:57 AM
I stare off into space, thinking about things that I can't remember sometimes if I'm thinking at all. I call it taking a mental nap or zoning out. lol practice memorizing a song? I do that sometimes, just going over lyrics in my head. No mp3 player and no real reason to memorize it but yeah..boredom...

Quite honestly, never had your problem with a job. If I had nothing else to do I would have to do data input, with is was the most horrible thing ever. lol

02-25-2011, 07:22 AM
Organise and then reorganise your desk?

Jia Jem
02-25-2011, 10:23 AM
You can't buy English language books in this city.
I'm too dim to read Japanese books.

You must know *some* Japanese! Maybe you can ask your school to take some gradeschool exams and see how you fare against the elite Japanese children, lol. Maybe some grammar tests and such? (But no math... that's the universal language!) I think that would be... kind of cute and charming. :3 (And if you do well, you can keep it for posterity and your refrigerator!)

02-25-2011, 10:48 AM
I'm surprised nobody mentioned Sudoku. Old people get addicted to it so easily, lol. Pretty sure everyone's dad plays Sudoku. The language barrier wouldn't matter for finding a book of puzzles, too, since it's all number-based.

You could also buy embroidery floss and make colourful bracelets. Maybe your students would like them?

02-25-2011, 11:03 AM
Writing ^^

02-25-2011, 12:34 PM
Bring something to do with crafts? Not just doodling or drawing but perhaps make little props or make string bracelets/necklaces out of hemp or the colorful strings (that make friendship bracelets)?

02-25-2011, 03:30 PM
This may sound a little "old lady"ish, but what about some kind of needlecraft? Do you cross-stitch? Do needlepoint? Embroider? It's a good way to kill time, kits usually run a few bucks (well, over here in the states. not so sure about Japan), and is easy to transport and pack away.

02-27-2011, 09:08 AM
I people watch. I imagine what their lives are like and think of where are they going? Or did they come from somewhere exciting? Why are they dressed like that? I make up entire, elaborate stories going from their grandmother all the way to their grand kid. Stories of tragedy and triumph and heartache and romance.

*coughs* I literally get paid to watch people.

02-27-2011, 10:43 AM
I'll write random scribbles or doodle. :)

03-01-2011, 09:52 AM
The falling sand game... I've killed SO MANY hours playing that game. That and tetris.