20. Difficult Time in Life
Ha, I kind of think I’m going through one right now. My anxiety has never been higher, and for the first time in my life, I can’t really talk myself donw from thinking that my anxiety is misplaced or exagerated. The silver lining on this is, this is it – this is the hardest time of my life. I feel like that probably means I’ve been incredibly fortunate.
21. Favorite Books
Ugh, I was away from reading for so, so long. I don’t even know what my favorite books are anymore. One book I normally name, which I did legitimately enjoy, is Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveller’s Wife. Beyond that, though, I think realistically I more have favorite authors. Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, Terry Pratchett have been pretty perenial favorites, but right now I’m trying to read more frequently and more broadly to discover new favorites.
Saturday means a break from homeschooling. I’m not going to lie, that almost makes me sad. Doing the homeschool routine gives my day a bit of structure and gives me time with Bear, but by the same token, I recognize that he needs a break, as well. We go pretty hard for him being only five; we do about 2 or 3 hours of pretty rigorous academics that includes two Scholastic lessons (including assessments), YouTube videos and do-alongs, Kahoot reviews, and Khan Academy. He needs time to decompress and so do I.
It feels weird to just have time-upon-time. Up on today’s roster is a ton of reading, working on some art (I started two sketches yesterday just to get the juices flowing again, as it were), and trying to prep for April’s challenges (I am having a harder time than expected finding songs for certain letters; that being said, I’m okay with branching out to Decemberist-adjacent acts, but I need to take the time to sit down and figure that out).
In the midst of everything, I am finding myself excited to have time to work on projects, but I’m also going to be honest ad admit that I’m still looking for new things I can do to pass the time, and I’m wondering if other people are feeling the same way. I have plenty of things to keep me occupied for the next couple of weeks, but let’s be honest — I’m pretty sure the lockdown s going to last longer than that. Anyway, I’m wondering if there exists or if there is a need for a “hobby exchange;” a place where people can say things like, “hey, this is what I’m already into, here’s the stuff I have access to (internet, fancy paper, yarns, etc), what other things are there that I can do with what I have?” Or even more specifically, “hey, I’m in search of new point-and-click online games/Steam recs/Netflix shows/family activities/social or creative forums, etc., here’s what I already like/have/do, what can you recomend me?”
Does such a place or post exist, or is it a niche that needs to be filled??
Also, I updated my Art Gallery with the Birds of Black acrylics, for those interested.
It’s Saturday. Take a breath, take a walk, take a stretch. Settle in. There are no expectations on you at the moment except to try to stay safe. In the midst of a lockdown, there is some strange freedom in that.