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Recently, a friend of mine asked the members of a mailing list I'm on how we spend our time. People replied with activities like raising children, studying for a second or third graduate degree, studying new technologies, ballroom dancing, writing a novel, playing long-term campaigns.

I'm trying to think how I spend my time. In a typical week, I begin packing at 1:00 on Sunday and leave my home at 2:00. I arrive at the hotel by 10:00 or 11:00 that night. The next morning, I lollygag and get to work by 8:45 or so. I stay at work until 9:30 or 10 at night. I come back to the hotel, eat dinner, and unwind. The next day, I get up by 7 am and repeat. Some weeks, I get to come home on Thursdays, but many weeks, I come home Friday afternoon. I carry my suitcase up the stairs and put clothes in the washing machine.

What follows is a whirlwind of trying to maintain relationships so that people will still talk to me when I need support. I try to rotate seeing my parents, B's parents, my friends, his friends, and I try to make it to church once or twice a month. I scarcely seem to have time to breathe.

What bothers me, though, is that I don't seem to have any hobbies. I read constantly, but that seems more a survival trait than a hobby. Ditto with learning new facts or new stories. Or new retellings of old stories. The last five years seem to have rushed past in a blur.

So, how hard is it to learn to knit? I could do that, conceivably, while unwinding in front of the TV...

What are your hobbies?


I run a long-term campaign. I'm trying to get back in the habit of watching more movies and reading more. We're going out to see live music every few weeks now.

What do you want from a hobby? Knitting and crocheting seem to be very popular in my friend set as things to do while doing something else. I think your real problem is overwork and the hobby alone can't solve that.
I think your real problem is overwork and the hobby alone can't solve that.

*nod nod nod* Agreed 100%. I think that any time and energy you might put into learning to knit should instead be put into finding a job in Houston where you don't travel.

Says me. :)

Time for hobbies later. Stop killing yourself NOW! (And then when you're ready, I'll fly to Houston and teach you to knit. It's not that hard.)

Does "amusing my friends" count as a hobby? Most of my non-work time is generally spent in some combination of reading, writing, or websurfing on the laptop while my sweetie watches TV. Oh, and doing the crosswords out of the Chronicle of Higher Education (currently the only crossword that comes into the house since I get most of my news online). Other hobby-like activities include:

Role-playing games (online and face-to-face)
Watching movies
Listening to music (and sometimes writing/arranging)
Playing music
Sewing (infrequently; I need a better space for it)
Vintage shopping/costuming
Playing with Photoshop (although this mostly falls into the "amusing my friends" category)
Dance (tap plus whichever of Hip Hop or Bellydance my gym is offering)
Writing silly stuff in my LJ :)
Cross stitch.
I know my hobbies tend to be things that let me ignore the world around me.

RIght now, its videogames. Used to be movies/animation. Before that, role-playing games.

Always there are books.

I agree with La_directora though and think hobbies are a function of available *time*. And unless you magically figure out a way to shove about 3 more hours in the day, you are going to be hardpressed to come up with a hobby.
You see, you didn't forget travel after all. ;)

Ditto to what lots of other people have said.. you really need to have free time to develop much of a hobby. A little consistency to that free time helps with many hobbies too.

I like la_directora's suggestion. Especially if she'll teach me to knit too while she's down here. :D But seriously. After the Christmas shyte is over, I may be ready to look for my new job too. We can commiserate. I mean, help each other work on it. ;)

You spend time with friends. That's a hobby. You don't just read, you read a wide variety of books and you're very knowledgable about the books, their authors, and the genres you like. That's important. You sometimes cook, and you spend time with your cats - both hobbies. But, if you want to learn to knit, I'd be happy to show you.
Cool! When shall we start?
Tomorrow, if you like! (see your email)
N in azaleas

September 2009

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