Monday, January 28, 2008

Writers' strike survival guide

Sure, we knew that it was coming, but now that our favorite series have run out of new episodes and any new ones are on hold due to the Hollywood writers' strike, we're all likely to have some (prime) time on our hands for the foreseeable future.

Fortunately, we needn't all spend our evenings sitting through umpteenth reruns of Gilmore Girls. Look at it this way: you've just freed up entire blocks of time during the week that would normally be taken up vegging with the boob tube. This is a good thing!

A few suggestions for occupying your now-free evenings:
  • Make a list of things you've been wanting to do but "just haven't had the time." Guess what—now you do!

  • Take up a new hobby. has a wealth of resources to get you started in anything from painting to stamp collecting, and it's all free.

  • Go visiting. Take this opportunity to reconnect with galpals you haven't visited in ages, even if it's just over the phone.

  • Host a "beauty bazaar." Invite friends over and have them bring their favorite (and not-so-favorite) makeup, hair products, skin treatments, and accessories, then whip up a batch of cosmos and play the night away.

  • Write in your journal. You know, the one you haven't picked up since October?

  • Move. If the weather outside is cold and nasty, pop in a yoga DVD or hit the gym for some post-Christmas-slump-busting endorphins.

  • Plan a trip. Sure, summer's six months away, but it's never too early to start researching your next travel destination, and it's fun!

  • Catch up on movies. Most of 2007's must-sees are out on DVD, including Waitress, Hairspray, and A Mighty Heart. Or rediscover the golden age of Hollywood goddesses with films starring Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, or Rita Hayworth.

  • Read. It's radical, we know, but picking up a book is always an option. Now's your chance to catch up on the tomes everyone was talking about this year, including Eat, Pray, Love, Water for Elephants, and The Daring Book for Girls.
With just a little creative thinking, you'll not only survive the network dry spell—you'll open up some brand-new possibilities.


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