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?  

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