Hiiiiii miss Susan! Yay! the day off and clay, perfect. Beads are fun for getting back into it, I think - and especially if you already know you like making them. Also, how about buttons? You will see the lovelies that Tina made here, they are pretty.
Even just mixing colors can get your mind moving in the right direction. I hope you will have fun with it, that's the most important thing. :)