I have this great game that I play when I am trying to get my mind off something bothering me. Last night, for example, I was on a turbulent plane ride from Detroit- and being somewhat of a nervous flyer, it helped me take my mind off my queasy stomach a bit. The game works two ways, the first way (the way I did it last night) was to think of garden related things in alphabetical order– last night, I did names of plants: Acer, Buddleia, Campanula, Dianthus, etc. etc. “X” can be in the word, but if someone discovers a new plant and names it the xylophone plant, I will be forever greatful.
You can also play the game in boring meetings- as Kate will attest, it does help you pay attention. Basically you do the same thing, but wait for a person to say a word that starts with that letter: surprisingly, “K” is one of the hardest letters.
Just a thought to pass the time. Now I think I’m going to go lie down and deal with my queasy stomach.