- Sing “Hot Cross Buns.” Start quietly, and get progressively louder. Hoo boy, that hour will fly by!
- Grab your trusty sketch pad and draw caricatures of other patients and the receptionist. Be sure to ask them what their hobbies are, so you can include relevant accessories.
- Engage your unborn baby in conversation. Remember not to talk about anything too controversial, like politics, as you don’t yet know where your baby stands on most issues.
- Have a rest. Come prepared with eye mask, jammies, and sleeping bag, so you can really get a good power-nap in.
- Play one of those improv games you learned in theatre school. Everybody loves those. Everybody? No, wait, nobody.
- Have a snack. Oh, no! Don’t do that. Bad idea. Then you’ll have to start all over. Hahaha.
- Draw on your background in mixology to dream up some delicious non-alcoholic party drinks involving that sugary orange liquid. Or, you know, alcoholic. For later.
- Knit. Knit like you’ve never knit before! i.e., badly.
- Make up an alter ego, complete with foreign accent, and introduce yourself to other patients in the waiting room. After about 20 minutes, change personalities and re-introduce yourself.
- Bring a bag of flour and sprinkle it on the floor. Snow angel time!
- Pull out a large stack of decorative paper squares and start folding intricate origami animals. Give each one a name, and pet it gently before crumpling it up and tossing it into the recycling.
- Start writing long mathematical theorems on the walls, and when they call your name, say “But I’m so close! I’ve almost got it figured out!”
- Braid your hair. When you’re done, braid everyone else’s.
- Enjoy the preciousness of anticipating the arrival of your little miracle. Remember, you’ll never get this time back!
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