I have mentioned before the I have a ton of hobbies, apparently. I say that because there are so many things I would like to add to that list of hobbies, that it seems to me that I have a normal amount of stuff that I do. That is, until I talk to someone else, and their response is usually “Good grief, how do you find the time?”.
I like to do things. All the time. I am happiest if I can do two things at the same time. Usually one of those things is listening to a podcast or watching one of my stories on the TV, but I think that counts. For example, I nearly always knit while I catch up on what ever goodies the DVR has captured for me that week. I like to listen to iTunes U lectures while I sew. Right now I am listening to A Survey of English Literature. I am re-listening to the Canterbury Tales lectures — which I studied in High School in an Honors class. We had such a good time in that class; the Teacher, Mr. Spergeon, was excellent — and my classmates were super smart and funny. But I digress.
I have just finished a skirt from the book “Sew What? Skirts!” that my brother-in-law got for me for Christmas. It shows you a series of techinques so you can make many different kinds of skirts without a pattern. I love it. Even if it is kina busy. I have also finished a baby blanket for my friend Heidi, who is expecting a little girl in March. I really like it because I think it will be very useful and it is beautiful without being “babyish”. I hope Heidi likes it. I think next on the agenda is the Adults-Only Devil Hat from Debbie’s first Stitch-n-Bitch book. I want to wear it while I run. I also need to make this and everything here.
The exception to doing-two-things-at-once compulsion of mine, is being with my horse. Kip deserves my undivided attention, and while I am riding, I am thinking and concentrating so much that any other distractions would be irritating. Also riding seems to be the one activity that shuts off that critical voice in my head that is constantly chastening me for being a lazy good-for-nothing. It is a lovely form of meditation where I am fully in my body and present with my friend and partner. At its best, riding shuts out that raving super-ego of mine and marries my present reality with my desirous Id. (Well la de dah.)
Since 2012 is the year of doing, I had better go do some stuff.