For those of us who fly home to visit family every year, getting stranded at an airport is part of the holiday experience. We get dropped off at the terminal with butterflies in our stomachs, wondering if this will be the year that we make it all the way home without a delay or a cancellation.

And most if the time, it isn’t. Most of the time we get held up, either by weather or because someone was wearing the wrong shoes on the plane or because airplane travel is no longer even remotely efficient.

And that’s when we need to learn how to entertain ourselves! So here are five fun ways to pass the time while sitting amidst angry strangers and fast food restaurants:

  1. Drink. This is your best bet.
  2. Once drunk, start sampling the fast food that you don’t usually let yourself eat while sober.
  3. If you don’t want to get drunk, go to a bookstore and read the magazines until you get kicked out, which won’t happen for at least two hours, if at all.
  4. If you don’t want to read, make lists. Of everything. Books you want to read, movies you want to see, things you want to buy, people to whom you owe return phone calls. If you’re lucky and you have enough time, eventually these lists will begin to turn therapeutic: reasons you moved so far away from home in the first place, unresolved traumas from your childhood, thoughts on why you slept with all those people in college. You get the idea.
  5. Drink.