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.


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.)


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


  1. Yolanda Friday, May 4, 2012 6:26 pm

    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

    • Kaci Johanna Sunday, May 6, 2012 2:35 pm

      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!

  2. Sara Friday, May 4, 2012 10:07 pm

    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!

  3. Simone Friday, May 4, 2012 11:32 pm

    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.


  4. terra Wednesday, May 9, 2012 6:59 am

    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.

  5. Vanessa Thursday, May 17, 2012 1:37 pm

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

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