Friday, August 1, 2008

I Need to Get a Life

By "life" I mean a hobby. It's no secret that I'm very easily bored. I'm easily entertained but the entertainment factor never lasts long. So, I find myself searching for something new and fun to do. Specifically, I'm looking for something to do on weeknights, when I don't want to make plans with friends, on those nights that B. is engrossed by PS3 baseball, actual baseball, or eBay. Lately, I've been devoting lazy evenings to working on freelance editing projects. Umm, can you say nerd? Seriously, what do normal people do for fun???

I don't think any of my previous interests can rightly be labeled hobbies...
Reading...that's more of a pleasure than, say, a hobby.
Blogging is fun, but I don't want to do it after I've spent an entire day working in the world of words...not relaxing.
Volleyball...a little hard to play alone (and for reasons I don't want to join a league, please see below)
Yoga...Part of the fun of a hobby is getting better, and I'm as good at yoga already as I ever care to be.
Shopping...I could fill countless hours creating "looks" if someone wanted to finance it....yeah.
Karma...She really hates everyone and plays for about three minutes before she bites and runs away.
Watching television...who are we kidding here?? My brain is already reality tv rotten.

Before you pipe up with great suggestions for new hobbies, be aware that finding a hobby is more difficult for me b/c I have some very very specific criteria for what I am and am not willing to do in the name of fun.

1. I don't want to take a class in anything
2. I don't want it to be an exercise...I do enough of that on my own.
3. I would prefer an individual activity.
4. I'm not up for making anything (crafting, knitting, beading)
5. I don't want it to be a regular event I have to attend every single week.
6. I don't want to invest a ton of money in it.

I'm sure there are more, but that's where I'm at for now. From there, I tried to identify if any of my friends are into anything I'd like to do as well, but I discovered that:

1. I don't scrapbook (I'll never be that bored)
2. Cooking classes violate above stipulations 1, 4, and 5.
3. Rollerderby is cool to watch but not this pansy-ass's cup of tea
4. Watching sports or going to sporting events qualifies as torture rather than entertainment in my book.
5. I don't play video games.
6. Photography sounds like lots of fun, but I'm not up for buying all the equipment to do it properly.

I think the answer here is simple. A puppy would be a great hobby (or perhaps puppy ownership would be the actual hobby). Too bad they aren't allowed in our building. Anyway, I'm still looking.
What options am I missing? Any ideas?


  1. darn...i was going to suggest cooking! wouldn't have to take a class really...

    anyway, i have no great suggestions, but if you would want to do photography, you can borrow my film would have to buy film for it of course, but it's something to do.

  2. wikipedia editing? Of course, it doesn't get you out of the house, but I don't know if that's a positive or not.

  3. Bekah, duh...
    I thought you were selling that...I'd be glad to borrow it, if you're willing.

    Wikipedia, eh? As a former teacher who was incensed when students turned up with misguided information from a bad wikipedia page (which I'd already told them not to use a source), editing wikipedia pages is the least that I can do :)

  4. My favorite quote about wikipedia, while not ENTIRELY accurate:

    "The problem with wikipedia is that it only works in practice. In theory, it could never work."

    Which I stole from some slashdotter, someplace.

    Wikipedia isn't good as a direct citation. In many cases it's a great source of material indirection, since a well-written and popular wikipedia page usually has a lot of very good original sources cited at the bottom.