3/31/09

The life of leisure

Um...not so much.
You see, I'm the type of person who CAN spend a lot of time at home, but I have to be occupied with something. 
That's where the boredom baking always came in. Since I can't bake for another two weeks and I currently have more time on my hands than I care to have, I have to find other things to occupy my time (besides BAD television).
Yesterday was good. I spent two hours at the gym working out. The bad part is I spoiled it at night by eating some junk. I was good ALLLLLL day until 9p.m. and messed it all up. The scale even told me so.
So today, I think I'll head back on over there, maybe go to the library, then head off to the beaches to see my parents and my scouts. Gotta keep myself busy.
But I ask you this - what would you do to occupy your time (besides LOOK for work, which I do A LOT of)?
Would you volunteer? Take up a new hobby? Pound the pavement?
Hit me with your best shot.
:)

17 comments:

H-woman said...

Yoga, knitting, reading, gardening (if spring would ever come!), running, walking by the river....the list goes on. And I'm also a boredom baker, so I feel your pain.

H =)

Xenia said...

I do anything that keeps my hands busy. Playing around on the internet is a good one, but I also sew a bit. Especially this felt ornament kit I've had for ages and is taking me eons to complete.

Food Coma said...

I would do much of what you are doing! Then maybe plan and cook a dinner for friends who might be too tired to cook dinner after work! (that was not an unemployment dig)

fatbridesmaid said...

I read -- magazines, newspapers, blogs, books (classics and fluff fiction). I'm always amazed at how quickly the time passes. But I never read in the kitchen because it's way too easy to stop and grab a snack.

cinemarie said...

It doesn't seem like it would be tough to think of what to do when you finally have some time, but you're right - it's not that easy :) I thought the same as everybody - read, knit, sew, exercise...
Volunteering is a good one, and there is plenty of different things you can volunteer for...
One thing I never have time to do: clean the house, sort through old boxes I keep in storage...
Visit people you usually don't have time to visit...
Good luck! Hope you find something fun to do :)

Patricia said...

I recently started knitting. It keeps my hands busy (so I can't nibble on snacks) and I'm making things I can use or give as gifts.

Christina said...

I had a long bout on unemployment in the early 90's. I started a new hobby, read a lot and sent a lot of resumes. In the days before the internet I did job searches at employment offices in TO. I just kicked it up a notch and went to different ones around the city. Made a day of it. Just know that it's temporary and to enjoy the journey to the next new adventure that you stumble upon.

Erin said...

Learn how to knit! I signed out knitting for dummies the other day to help myself learn some more difficult stuff and it is really easy to understand. Or you could take a class or something.

I am so jealous that you went to the gym for 2 hours yesterday, I miss the gym!

katieo said...

SLEEP for 12 hours a day! ;) or maybe watch some horrid daytime tv, and then start a blog about it.

If I get around to it, I might just *ponder* all of the new habits and hobbies I would like to take up...

Are you still around those adorable nieces of yours? Babysit! (but I think I remember them moving...)

The library always spurs ideas for me. Good luck! :)

Vanessa said...

I'd try to get out of the house as much as possible. Walks, window shopping, the gym, the library, a coffee shop...whatever. I can't stand spending too much time at home :P

anna said...

yes. a hobby WOULD BE GOOD. but i would probably internet shop. or go to the mall.

Candace MacPherson said...

Well - I have been out of work for 3.5 weeks now. How DO you manage to get time on your hands? I need lessons because I can't believe how busy I am. In fact, I am taking a regular scheduled break right now.

Try hitting the grocery store during the week in the mornings if it's not too far. This SEEMS to be when the pink triangle stickers make their appearance. I'm in the process of chopping a bunch of 50% red peppers right now.

Shirls said...

my list:

- paint the laundry room, and add a fun laundrish inspired mural

- clean out the guest room closet, without hubby at home, cause otherwise I'd never be allowed to get rid of the junk

- clean the light fixtures

- wash the baseboards and the walls

oh yeah, its an exciting list, wanna come over and help?

marie said...

Thanks!
I already know how to knit and the whole purchasing wool thing becomes too costly, but thanks.

@katieo I'm afraid to start napping in the afternoon. I'll never get up!

@candace That's because I have no kids :P

@shirls If you were in TO, I'd help you in a heartbeat.

Angie All The Way said...

I'd explore places in the city that you never get the chance to go to during the work day and maybe explore a part of the city that you never usually pay attention to or venture to? It would be a great way to pound the pavement at the same time! Be a "run by tourist" in your own home town :-)

justjuliebean said...

I am also unemployed, and today I go on an 8 mile hike. There's a 1200' elevation change involved, so it'll be a long day. I also learn to cook and prepare new things, so that when I do go to work I'll have more choices. I watch bad tv, volunteer, bike, take the bus to strange neighborhoods and explore.

Sarah said...

If I had no kids I'd volunteer.

But I can always find stuff to clean, organize around the house. Cooking new meals, running, reading and dreaming of scrapbooking one day is what I do when I'm off work. I still can't get to scrapbooking, I run out of time. I'm very boring, lol.

I liked the idea of being a tourist in your city.

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