I don’t think that when I initially signed up to do this, that I considered how busy I would become. I’m glad I’m watching less TV, but sometimes I find it a little overwhelming. I had definitely gotten into the “come home from work, eat and veg out-occasionally go to the gym” routine for the last year and a half. Even when I was freelancing, once I had completed as many billable hours in a day that I could, it was chill-out time. In fact, I found it a bit stressful to catch up on a certain show so that I could watch the finale with a friend on television (with commercials!), it was a weird experience since I haven’t had cable TV at home since I was eleven.
Here’s what I do instead of watching TV and movies, or reading endless streams of comics now:
I actually blog almost every day. Between this and my personal blog, I am pretty much always writing something. I find it’s an exercise on keeping things interesting and turning situations over in my head to make it fascinating (or at least vaguely entertaining) for the reader. I know that I have a limited time to capture one’s attention and that it’s gotta be good. This is definitely one of my less-amazing posts, but I’ve been happy to have been so busy.
Last night I got together with a friend from uni. We used to work together and he had challenged me to a game back in January. What with our intermittent communications (my fault) and a variety of schedule-juggling, we finally got together last night and played a couple of rounds. It was worth it. In general though, I’m not really playing much anymore. I don’t find it to be interesting to play against a computer, but I have improved a bit!
I haven’t gone this week, but I need to buy a pass of new classes. What with taxes cleaning me out, and my social life picking up with the warm weather, this has been tough to sort out. In the fall my workplace is considering offering yoga classes once per week. Have I mentioned how awesome this workplace is? I would happily lug some sweats over once a week to do that! AND Shivasana would mean a brief workplace-sanctioned nap! OMG YAY!
I usually practice typing for most of my posts and I’ve improved dramatically. Also, if I find I have five or ten spare minutes at home, I’ll do a lesson or a couple of tests. Right now my average speed is like 20 words per minute (pathetic!) but my accuracy has improved by leaps and bounds. Pretty proud of myself for finally bucking up and learning this crucial skill.
I bought Spanish lessons through a Groupon or something similar a while back and did four lessons in one day and then promptly forgot about it. I re-found it and have recommitted to learning again. Aside from that, most weeks I head on over to the Spanish conversation class where I will listen intently and manage to stutter out a poorly-formed sentence or two. Coming from the top of the class back in 2001 (I think my year average was around 95%, a rare occurrence for a high 70’s/low-80’s-average girl like myself), I have definitely lost that awesomeness at Spanish from back in the day.
I did this a total of once and scared myself (and the guy who was teaching me). I’m heading over again tonight and we are praying to all the gods everywhere that I don’t hurt him or myself (or his apartment). Hopefully one of us will have the presence of mind to film something!
Oh wow. This is the hardest goal and I am having a damned hard time trying to want to keep up with it. I went running twice last week and again last night, and kind of sucked. But I have also been going on hour-long walks with my brother. We shoot the shit, try to solve each others’ problems and head up the hill at as rapid a clip that I can manage. We even go in the rain, which is nice cause we’ll get some fresh air and take a path with as much greenery as possible. This allows us to trick ourselves that we’ve gone hiking in the woods. Not bad for a couple of city kids living in an urban area.
Things I would like to do more of:
- Ironing: I really like wearing crisp white button-down shirts to work. But I don’t like wearing wrinkled ones. I find that ruins the idea of wearing a button-down in general. It helps that I got a really nice tan so far this summer.
- Cooking: I cook sometimes, but I haven’t done anything complicated in a while. Next week I should be learning how to do a turkey dinner. My mom says it’s easy, but I’m scared of touching the organs (!)
- Speaking with more finance people about personal finance things: makes sense.
- Save more money to give my donation: yeah, I thought I had saved all kinds of money, but then the tax man was all like “gimme” and then “gimme more.” So now I feel like I’m starting at zero. Le sigh.
- Figure out whether moving out is actually feasible: I am a high-maintenance lady who likes to eat out. I also try to save something like 25% of my income because I am super paranoid about not having money in the future/job security. Do you see my problems thus far? Yeah.
- Painting: More on this later, but there are multiple things pulling me back, and it’s not just about lacking ideas. I need space and supplies too.
- Building: Same as above. They may both be difficult endeavours just because of the space they take and mess they make. Also, while I have a well-stocked toolbox, I’m definitely not the most proficient user of the tools.
- Fix my shoes: I heart my shoes. I have to heart my shoes to buy them. So the cost of replacing them is often more than monetary for me. So I really should take better care of them all. But they are so yucky when I get home that I don’t ant to touch them, and then the problem compounds itself.
I feel like people who are more high-energy than me do all this anyway…