Among my many faults is a gross misuse of my time. I know there are lots of productive things I could be doing, but when I get 10 minutes to myself I’m not likely to spend them scrubbing the bathtub or making a grocery list. Here are a few of the ways I waste my “spare” time:
Yes, this is a game for the iPhone and iPod. That means it’s extremely portable and I can play while I feed jr or wait for class to start. When we were in North Carolina this past summer, I discovered the game Solomon’s Keep, and a few months later Solomon’s Boneyard was released. In SB you are a wizard-in-training who’s sent to stop the evil wizard Solomon; he’s been up to no good raising an army of undead. I particularly enjoy wasting my time on this game because it’s open-ended: the only ending is when you die, and the goal is to put that off as long as possible.
Do you ever wonder where I get all those items for my weekly cookie jar? About half come from Pinterest. Think of it as virtual magazine clippings. Anything you find in the vast expanses of the internet can be pinned onto your boards. I have 12 boards: products I love, DIY projects, mobiles, fun bugs, pretty food, baby & kid, jewelry, great prints, apparel & accessories, kitchen gadgets, greeting cards, and donuts. (Correct. I have an entire board devoted to donuts.) There are so many interesting things to see on Pinterest, but my favorites are always in the food and kids categories.
The other half of my cookie jar items are from blogs I read. I can’t tell you how much I love Google Reader. I subscribe to about 130 blogs, and I’m not willing to go to each site daily to see what’s new. One thing I really love is being able to share or save items – that way I can remember where I saw that great cookie-jar-worthy picture. On any given weekday I’d say there are about 250-300 new posts for me to read. A waste of time? Maybe.
Stamps and cards
I’m not sure why but I still absolutely love designing and carving stamps. It is a little unfortunate that none of them are awe-inspiring or impressive, but I try to remember that I can improve with time. And practice. The owl is definitely my favorite. He does a great job saying what I need him to on a card – I have an idea in mind that I’ll share once I actually get around to doing it. In the meantime, please just imagine that this is a nice little hobby for me. As a sidenote, I’m trying to be better about sending thank you cards. Everyone likes getting mail, right?
For some reason I think of 11th grade as the time when I started to discover what kind of books I liked, and when I started reading constantly. Over Christmas break I read the entire The Dark is Rising series, The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, several David Eddings books, and quite a few of the Shannara books by Terry Brooks. I loved every single book I read during those two weeks. (I also remember eating a LOT of mint m&ms.) In late 2003, when the Romgi was on his mission in South Korea, I decided that I wanted to be friends with him again, and I also began reading the Anne of Green Gables series. No, I don’t recall which of those happened first, but I can tell you that after we’d exchanged a few letters I was reading Anne of Windy Poplars. That may have had some influence on the way I felt when I got another letter from the Romgi (also at Christmastime) and I suddenly realized that I loved him.
…That got off topic there a little bit.
Anyway, after the Anne of Green Gables series, I became an avid reader again. I kept a faithful record of every book I read in 2004 (and every year thereafter – see my recent post on the subject). Every few weeks I add more books to my “to be read” list. I don’t really think that reading is a waste of time at all; I just wanted to show you how I spend my time in ways that maybe aren’t visibly productive. Even though I think there’s a stigma against “bookworms” (am I a bookworm?), it is something I have a passion for, which is why I’m always asking for recommendations. I sure love a good book.
Today I’m supposed to be reading The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis and writing a book review on it. While I know the book will be enjoyable, the fact that I have to read it for a class makes it less alluring right now. Hence the blog post.
I hope you enjoyed the little bit of wasted time you spent reading this!