When we first got our dog, five and a half years ago, we started taking her to the vet at Banfield, which is a vet operating out of Petsmarts all across the nation. The reasoning was, since we move so often, it might be nice to have a national vet. This turned out to be a brilliant idea on our parts, because since then, Ginger and I have lived in 5 different houses in 3 cities. Since we moved to Tiny Cowboy Town, the nearest Banfield location is about an hour and a half away, in Phoenix. We continued to take her there at first, to finish out her wellness plan (preventative care visits, dental cleanings, vaccinations, etc, paid monthly throughout the year), and then liked the vets there so much we keep taking her there! Which is fine, except it means occasionally I drive to Phoenix very early in the morning, drop her off, and then have to spend the day here waiting until she is done.
Which brings us to today. What can you do in a city you don’t live in, to keep yourself occupied for a significant block of time, without spending a ton of money? Here’s what I’ve come up with for today:
-Breakfast at a new restaurant. I know this is spending money, but there’s about 5 places to get breakfast in Tiny Cowboy Town, and it’s nice to mix it up a little bit.
-Browse the aisles of the SuperTarget! Since the Target in my town is half the size of the one here, chances are good they have more/better/different things to look at, making it a great time killer
-Find a bookstore! While we have an excellent library system, there’s something about being in a huge bookstore that makes my heart happy. Additionally, I keep a list of books on my phone that I want to check out, so when I come to Phoenix, it’s a good chance to weed through them.
At the bookstore, I move to Phase 2 of my day. AKA the phase that requires wifi.
-Catch up on all the blogs that I’ve been meaning to read and haven’t had time for
-Work on my own blog, post ideas, calendar, updating the theme, etc
-Catch up on email and clear out my inboxes
-Take care of any other pesky ‘errands’ like phone calls, research, or other tasks on my to-do list that I never seem to get to (Are you noticing a theme here?)
-Shamelessly eavesdrop on the baristas talking about their personal lives/boyfriends/families/second jobs/etc. This doesn’t require wifi, but it’s still fun.
-Browse Pinterest looking for solutions to problem areas around the house. Right now, a weird corner/window/table thing that isn’t working.
After the bookstore, I’ll head to a nearby mall and a) enjoy the feeling of civilization and b) spend some time walking and moving. It might be February, but Phoenix is already hot and the mall is by far the most pleasant place to walk. Then hopefully Ginger will be done and I’ll pick her up and head home.
What do you do to kill time when you aren’t at your house?