Sunday, July 4, 2010

I am bored bored.
I need a hobby and I can't think of anything.
By hobby, I mean something that I find somewhat enjoyable, but not completely unproductive, since unproductivity is currently my past-time. 

Things that don't count:
  • Reading - I already do that for at least 1.5 hours a day on my commute, more if the book I'm reading is really good, or I'm really bored
  • Baking - I'm good at it but I'm already fat and my husband, though he likes my baking, isn't super keen on sweets,  I'm not good enough at it to sell my wares
  • Watching tv or movies - I do this entirely too much already, and really, should this be considered a hobby or just laziness?
  • Home renos/interior design - something I do on and off on a fairly regular basis.  If I had minions and millions, my house would be in constant design mode, alas I do not have minions or millions, and the projects I have on the go are work, not hobby.
Things that could be possibilities but I have discounted for one reason or another:
  • Sewing - My talent seems to be only curtains, tablecloths and placemats (read: nice tidy square items), at various points in my life I have tried and failed at clothing or other non-square items.  I would love to be able to sew because I love fabric, sometimes I obsess over fabric, but how many curtains does one house need?
  • Crochet - tried this last year and failed miserably, I made exactly 1 "bookmark"
  • Knitting - see crochet failure above
  • Pottery - tried in my youth, I am not good
  • Drawing and/or painting - tried in my youth, even then anything I produced looked like the work of a 3 year old, I am certain I have not magically gotten better with old age
  • Furniture design - if I could draw, I would draw furniture, alas, I cannot.  Also, my designs would be sad, lonely and unproduced since I certainly cannot make furniture.
  • Jewelry design - see above.
  • Writing (meaning fiction), I used to write, I used to be kind of good.  It seems I have no muse, or my muse gets caught up in my day to day mind/life and cannot break free.  It's like I grew up and life became real and I can't make shit up anymore.  Oh to be Peter Pan.
  • Family Tree - Been there done that.  I did ours earlier this year and went as far as I could with the information available to me.  So, now all that's left is for babies to be born or people to die.
  • Scrapbooking - my husband did some years ago and was far better than me, so I gave away most of my materials.  Though paper has been an obsession of mine from time to time.  I could do electronic scrapbooking and get Apple to print stuff for me.....
  • Quilting - no idea how to do this, nor does my mom, though it would tie in nicely with my obsession with fabric (where are the minions when I need them?)
Things I am good at or like, but can't seem to think of how to apply towards a hobby:
  • Specifics
  • Databases
  • Mining information
  • Working with deadlines
  • Books
  • Dogs
  • Telling others what to do / teaching others
  • Theatre
  • Earth-friendly products
  • Spending money
  • Zombies, werewolves, vampires
Things I hate or am very bad at:
  • Spending loads of time outside
  • Cleaning
  • Meeting new people / making friends
  • Small talk
  • I do not have steady hands / my hands are not very dexterous
  • Keeping my facial expressions in check when morons speak
  • Organizing (I organize in the electronic world, but feel no need to organize actual stuff, I thrive in my organized chaos, those piles on my desk mean something to me)
  • Working without deadlines, if there is no deadline for something, I tend to start and never finish, either because I discovered my suckery or just got lazy
...and after all of the above, I still have not ideas, no resolution.  It kind of makes me wish there was a government mandate or a gold star program that would force me to just pick something already.


Alli said...

I know what you mean, I was finding myself bored quite a lot and I am busy so I didn't really understand why. I have wanted to take up writing again but I found myself very cynical after my divorce and getting older and I can't make it happen the way I used to.

This year I took up skiing, it is really fun but I have to wait until winter to go again. For now I am focusing on fitness and health as my "hobby" of sorts. It is also not as easy to do now that I am older.

Good luck on picking something!

sara said...

I think you should find a hobby that revolves around bossing people around. How much fun would that be? I don't know what this hobby would be, but I'm pondering. I'll let you know what I come up with.