Friday is looking gloomy (in mood and forecast). While many of us want to hide under the covers and let January 20 come and go, here are four things you can do instead.


Give back to the community. There are organizations across the state that serve the very groups the president-elect has alienated. Show them that you stand beside them. Not sure where to start? Click here for a list of organizations.

Visit the Nasty Women Art Show + Fundraiser in Durham

This show and fundraiser at The Carrick Modern Art Museum in Durham supports Planned Parenthood. The show opens Friday night with a reception from 6 pm to 9 pm and runs through the January 28. According to the Facebook event “This group exhibition serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights before the Presidential Inauguration in January.”

Play Bingo

Well, you could probably find a Bingo hall and challenge yourself to a riveting game – or check out this Inauguration Bingo card from Laura Duncan Wilgus. With tasks like call your rep, join a community group, and offering support to someone in need – it’s bound to make January 20 a day you’ll be proud of. Tell us if you call Bingo!

If you want to make watching the inauguration less painful, perhaps this game is more up your alley.

Do Something Fun

Go outside, take a walk, play with your dog (or cat), or do something with your spouse, children, parents, grandparents, or friends. Watch your favorite TV show, find a new show, binge watch something new (or old), watch your favorite movie, go to the movies. Get a massage or a pedicure, take a nap, take a bath, call an old friend, write a letter, draw something, paint, take on a new hobby (or pick one up that you’ve forgotten about). Start a new book, finish a book your started too long ago, write your own book, write a poem, write a song, sing a song, go out for coffee, cook, bake, eat your feelings (and then probably go back to the top of this list and go for a walk).