Saturday, September 17, 2011

No time for a hobby

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

I often think I'd like to be doing something else.  Almost ANYTHING else than working 24/7.  The thing is, I like my work--all aspects of it.  I like writing, I like promoting, I like the nit-picky stuff like ordering bookmarks.  I think I would have a tough time if I hired an assistant (which I can't afford anyway, but a girl can dream) because I'd be hovering all the time . . . thinking I could do whatever I'd assigned him/her (like putting stamps on postcards) much better, more efficiently, and put them on straight at exactly 1/8th of an inch away from both edges of the corner. 

Anal?  Me?  You bet!

But then there's a part of me that would like to do something for relaxation, too.  I used to do a bit of knitting.  I used to do a LOT of counted cross stitch, but carpal tunnel put an end to both of those things. I've thought about taking classes in tole painting and rubberstamping . . . but that would mean I'd have to make time in the day for other stuff and it just ain't gonna happen. At least not any time soon.

I bought a bunch of movies last summer thinking it would be great to watch them.  They're still sitting in the boxes unopened.  Who has time for a movie?  (Okay, if it was Star Trek, I'd probably MAKE time. In fact, I did.  Many times.  )

But otherwise, there just isn't enough time in the day.

How do you make time for the things you'd like to do?