Hobbies. I miss them.

I’d totally attempt surfing if I lived near the ocean. And, you know, if I weren’t also too scared of drowning and death. And sharks. And jelly fish!

Simone wrote a post recently about things she feels like she should like but doesn’t, and it got me thinking. I don’t really have a list of things I don’t like but feel like I should… but there are a LOT of things I LOVE but don’t have time and/or energy to do them anymore.

So, here are some of them.

Exhibit I: Blogging

Oh, blogging. Writing. Reading. Interacting. I miss blogging itself, but also all the little social media bits that come with blogging, like Twitter! And I wish I had more time for Instagram now that it’s available on Android. By the time I get off work every day, I’m wiped. out. I miss having the energy to actively engage in the blogging community. There are so many fantastic blogs out there, run by fantastic people, and I miss them. Link. Link. Link. Link. Link.

Sigh.

Exhibit II: Family & Friends

Aside from my work friends, whom I see every day (because I have to, you know, work), and my in-laws who are within a few minutes’ drive… I don’t see my family or friends much. And, by the way? IT SUCKS. I miss my mom. I miss my sister and brother and nieces and their families. LIKE WHOA.

Exhibit III: Games

If it weren’t for Angry Birds and Scramble/Words With Friends on my phone (and my phone being the only one-handed form of entertainment I can handle while nursing E) I wouldn’t get to play any games at all. I used to play all kinds of games online  and it’s really kind of a bummer that I haven’t been able to for so long. I miss my Sims family!

Exhibit … 4 (IV? I never was any good at Roman numerals): Husband

I love, love, love my life right now, but if there’s one thing I would do differently if given the chance… I’d definitely choose to have more married time with P before our son was born. Sometimes I can’t help but feel like I’m neglecting the hell out of him, and even though all my focus is on our child, I feel a bit guilty about not giving P the attention he deserves. (And boy, does he deserve it. Have I mentioned lately that he basically saved my sanity and life during the first couple months of E’s life? Cuz yeah. He did. Gotta give credit where credit is due.)

Exhibit ALL THE OTHER THINGS

I used to do my nails. I’d switch out my purse daily to match my clothes. I would actually GET BORED of the internet. I definitely took alone time for granted. I would go shopping just to look at stuff (as opposed to running frantically through a store trying to get everything on my list as fast as humanly possible) BECAUSE I HAD TIME (AND ENERGY) TO DO THAT. I drove fast because it was fun, not because I was perpetually 15 minutes late.

What do you wish you had more time and energy to do?

Photo: Fathzer

6 Comments

  1. Yolanda said:

    I miss you too… I have been feeling like I am so out of the family loop since I left H.S. Worse the last couple years, but that is what happens when you move way too far away I guess. And gas prices sky rocket. And you have to work and go to school. And have an hour drive home – which is, quite frankly the ONLY time I get to talk to anyone, other than your brother. Some days, I wish we all still lived in little old Dayton, and we could walk to each other’s homes! And we would see each other for dinner! Ah. The good old days 😀 Just gotta make your today a good old day. We love you. xoxo

    Friday, May 4, 2012
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    • Kaci Johanna said:

      I know, there are a thousand and one reasons that we’ve all sort of lost touch. It’s no one’s fault, no one’s to blame (at least that’s what I tell myself to avoid all the guilt!) …

      Love you!

      Sunday, May 6, 2012
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  2. Sara said:

    There is nothing wrong with the changes in your life! If you’re not happy with something, you can definitely change that, even with a baby and an amazing husband in tow. Speaking of the husband, even though you feel that way, I hope he hears it from you, not just for him but for yourself as well. I love the moments when I take the time to tell my fiance how much I appreciate him, etc. It’s so lovely =)

    PS – Play Sims while nursing? I haven’t played that game in a long time!

    Friday, May 4, 2012
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  3. Simone said:

    Thanks for the shout-out!

    I can imagine there are a lot of things that you don’t have the time or energy to do once you become a Mom. I don’t really have as good of an excuse (because I don’t have a little one) but there are definitely things I miss doing that I used to do. I used to make jewelry and paint…and I haven’t had time to do either in so long. I’m not a new mommy but I am new at being a freelancer. I thought I would have more time working for myself but I don’t. I’m busier than ever! The flipside though is that I love, love, love what I do…which I imagine is a similar feeling to the tradeoff you get from being a Mommy 🙂

    Good luck with everything! I’m sure things will settle down a bit once he gets a bit older. The first while is always tough.

    xox

    Friday, May 4, 2012
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  4. terra said:

    With school finishing up I’ve been too busy to do anything fun. I’m hoping I’ll start to have more free time soon to just be. I feel like I’ve been going at warp speed for far too long now and I just want to take a deep breathe and sit still for a minute.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012
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  5. Vanessa said:

    All I can say is ditto, ditto, ditto. For the record, I hate that word.

    Thursday, May 17, 2012
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