Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sunday, Boring Sunday

 Today I wasn't able to get a good night of sleep so I was a little irritated when Jo asked to go to my parents house so she could ask my dad to be her ComHab worker.  I bought some extra sleeping time by making her take a shower, get dressed and do a load of her laundry.  Then I had to get up and get going.  We got to my parents house to find they had gone shopping and weren't even home.  I took the time waiting for them to get home to scroll thru my phone and watch some of youtube videos.  I helped my dad file a complaint about a product he purchased that arrived damaged.  He's had an iphone for about 4 years and hasn't learned how to text or check his voicemail, let alone send an email.  He begrudgingly agreed to Johanna's request for him to work for her.  Then my mom loaded us up with frozen foods we didn't need and we headed home.  

I spent some time working on my puzzle, watching Willy Wonka and taking a short nap while Dan grocery shopped.  Then it was time to watch the Nascar race.  A totally boring race.  At one point I nodded off but woke up when Dan got up to make our flatbread pizzas for dinner.  Our digital antenna was being lazy towards the end of the race and kept cutting out.  Very annoying.  

When the race finished I went downstairs and worked on my puzzle some more. I'm at the frustrating part where I'm missing some obvious pieces from the mostly finished parts, and can't seem to figure out the big parts that have many pieces to organize and arrange.  And I dumped one of the boxes of pieces on the floor, so I have to rearrange those all face up tomorrow when I'm less frustrated. 

I made a new playlist of the songs I played on repeat during my time at community college in 1996-97.  I miss the days when I would just put one album on repeat and listen to it non-stop.  Those are the times when I really feel like the music merges with my life and I really relate to that time in my life when I hear it.  My time at MCC was one of those times.  When I hear No Doubt, Jewel, Fiona Apple, it takes me back to those days.  When I hear Lorde I think of when I had my gastric bypass surgery in 2013, and Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2 reminds me of my post-op time at the gym and walking the beach path every day.   I don't really listen to complete albums by a particular artist anymore.  I more listen to the top hits from the radio and then shazam them into my library.  I used to build weekly Hollywood Hamilton Weekend Top 30 lists every week, but they don't seem to publish the lists and I don't have the time or patience to listen to the show and make the list that way.  

Tomorrow I go into work at 9:30am, so I hope I get a good night's sleep since I have a little extra time to sleep.  

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Too Many Hobbies, Not Enough Time

 Isn't it just the truth that there is never enough time?  I have so many interests and there just never seems to be enough time to spend on each of them.  Then I feel guilty that I'm ignoring one of my hobbies in favor of something else.  Today I got a new MacBook Air so I've spent the whole day trying to get familiar with it, loading onto it some of the applications that I used on my trusty 2012 MacBook Pro.  That sucker was worth every penny.  I was depressed to learn that Apple has (finally) stopped supporting it with software upgrades, so it was time to get a newer model.   One of the things that I need a laptop for is my Silhouette Studio software that runs my Cameo 4 that I got for Christmas from Dan.  The main reason I wanted to get the newer model was that it was wireless capable and my old Cameo 2 wasn't.  But it wouldn't work with my older laptop, so I still had to trek across the hall to plug in my laptop to the machine.  Not convenient at all.  Today I was able to cut a removable vinyl skin for my machine without plugging it in (I did still walk across to my craft room to see what it was doing, but at least I didn't have to mess around with cords and jacks.)

Then this evening I went down to the dining room and worked on my skating puzzle for a while.  I can't wait to finish it so that I can order another one I found online and am forcing myself not to buy until I have time to work on it.  Not to mention that I need to seal the last one I did with the glue sheets I ordered from Amazon.  

While I'm working on the puzzle, I'm feeling guilty for not sewing because the sewing space in my previous living room is out of control - overflowing with fabrics quite literally.  I still haven't managed to make one thing with my serger that I bought myself for christmas in 2019.  Last year we had the pandemic starting lockdown mid-march and all I seemed to do was buy fabric and plan projects for quilts and pjs and masks for months.  Now the momentum is long gone and the fabric is piled up all over the place.  I still want to sew, I just don't know what to make. 

My knitting/crocheting has been sidelined for quite a while now.  Since I started working as a pharmacy tech last year, I haven't been able to wear my knit beanies every day, so I stopped knitting those non-stop.  Two weeks ago I went to Joann's and bought floss to make some friendship bracelets while I was waiting for the Daytona 500's rain delay all damn day.  I got bored after a dozen or so stripes so I will probably work on that during the race tomorrow.  

Reading has gone by the wayside completely, with the exception of a few of my favorite books that I re-read from time to time.  Mainly the Marked Men series from Jay Crownover, which is my favorite book series.  I still want to read the Outlander series, but that requires a lot of concentration and time.  I have the ebooks, the paperbacks, and the audio books so that I can read them however I feel at the moment.  Listening to them is challenging because if I'm trying to multitask I really need to pay attention or before I know it, I've lost touch with the storyline.  I've only finished thru season 3 of the TV show, and I really want to watch the newer seasons but there is a part that wants to read them first or I fear I never will, like the Harry Potter books - I read the first one, then just watched the movies after that.  

Another thing that I wanted to do was play Paper Mario on my Nintendo Switch Lite, but that's a lot more challenging than I'm ready for.  I need someone to sit along side me and tell me what I'm supposed to be doing, and nobody wants to do that with me.  I watched a video walk thru and it was boring as hell and I didn't really absorb what they were doing to be able to then do it myself.  

I guess my Penpal hobby is going ok.  I've been writing to the 2 women I am penpals with on a regularish basis so far this year.  I will probably write them tomorrow.  Maybe I will type the letters on my cool new laptop.  

I have contemplated buying another planner to add to my hobby/collection - the April start of the Hobonichi Weeks planner.  But I'm not sure what I would put in it.  This past week was so busy at work that I didn't even update my Recollections planner or my Chic Sparrow travelers notebook.  So another $28-40 planner doesn't really make sense.  But I want it anyway.  I must resist. <grin>

Well, I think that about sums up my hobby dilemma of the weekend.  How about you?  Do you have too many hobbies to keep up with?