What Do You Do For Fun?

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Occasionally I like to throw out a question for group discussion, mainly because I’m nosy, but also because I know that there’s a lot to learn from peers and non-peers and people in New Zealand and people who actually like 3 Musketeers candy bars (WHY?).

I loved the answers on which brands you avoid, which brands you love, and what you’d do with a day off.

Today’s question: What are your hobbies?

Before I was a blogger, I loved to knit, especially in the colder months.  I’d sit on the couch after the girls went to bed and watch a movie and knit my little heart out.  Nothing complicated: just baby blankets, scarves, + little cotton washcloths.

I really enjoyed trying out new things, so I’ve taken a belly dancing class (which I laughed my way through, because the movements were just so… movement-y), a ballet class to improve flexibility, and Jack and I took a six week ballroom dancing class when I was pregnant with Sophie.  Surprisingly, we LOVED it.  Jack even became our teacher’s star pupil.  Every Wednesday night, a sitter would come over, and we’d drive to a local school and rumba next to engaged couples and retired couples.

What Do You Do For Fun?

Now my hobby is sort of my work, which maybe negates it as being a hobby.  My schedule’s a little too packed to take up anything else, but recently I was missing knitting pretty badly.  I ended up trying my hand at embroidery and embroidered pillow cases for Remmy and Sophie.  It forced me to take a little time to myself, which was nice, and I only bled a few times, which is a win in my book.

Okay, your turn.  :)  What do you do for leisure?

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  • Reply embee July 23, 2013 at 10:12 am

    i’m a knitter, but with grad school and parenting i haven’t had any time for it. i promised myself that i’d pick it up again this summer but i’ve yet to get something out to work on. also game nights, which thankfully my hubby enjoys so we make time for it together.

  • Reply Cait July 23, 2013 at 10:14 am

    I don’t exactly have a whole lot of “me” time carved out since having a kid and working full time. Pre-baby and husband I loved running and rowing. I’d love to get back into running but our neighborhood isn’t exactly conducive to that right now.

  • Reply Clarissa July 23, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I love photography and it’s nice because I can include my boys (4 and 2) in that hobby. The older one loves to take pictures with me. I also love to read and cook, but have so much less time to do those things since the boys don’t really help so much there as hinder what I am trying to do. But it’s ok, they will eventually be older and I will either have more time for me or they will want to do those things with me.

    • Reply kirby July 23, 2013 at 10:54 am

      me too. I actually made it my job for awhile but now i work full time and do it just for fun. However neither of my girls cooperate SO I usually call up a family member and we set things up for their kids/families/themself (seniors-maternity).

  • Reply Echo July 23, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I love to find a new series on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon and watch the hell out of it, then get mad because NOBODY MADE ME WATCH NEW GIRL! OMG, that show is GREAT. That and blog reading.

    • Reply Jacqueline July 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

      But when you finish it, its OVER and so is your LIFE!!! I need more Jess lol

      • Reply kirby July 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Me too. Me too…not New Girl but once i start a new series, i just can’t wait to finish it, even if it sucks, I just can’t start it without finishing. Maybe it’s me hoping that it will get better. Secret Life of an American Teenager-horrible throughout the whole series but SO addicting.

        • Reply Just Vegas July 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

          I do the same thing. Can’t believe we watched Roswell all the way through. It started strong though!

        • Reply Echo July 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm

          I watched Secret Life, too! It WAS bad, but so bad that I was addicted. I hated the dialogue, the repeating of words that teenagers never use. Then it just became a joke where all of these teenagers were getting engaged and married and blah, blah, blah. I’m glad it’s over so I can move on with my life. lol.

      • Reply Echo July 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        Me too! I finished everything on Netflix and now I’m like … helloooo … Season 2, where ya at? Nick = gorgeousness. He reminds me a lot of Bill Rancic.

    • Reply Sara July 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      I feel that same way about New Girl, I caught the tail end of one episode and I was hooked. I spent my spring break catching up and then went through withdrawals!

  • Reply Kristen July 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Recently I started teaching myself to sew boutique clothes, because I live in Georgia, I’m not paying obscene amounts for stuff I can do myself, and my grandma left me every crafty thing known to man. I also started teaching my girls how to hula.

  • Reply Angelina July 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Ive just learned to crochet i like it… other then that i have no real free time

  • Reply Anesha July 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Totally embarrasing…but I like to drive around and pick up peoples unwanted items (read: trash on the curb) Not ALL the trash…just stuff I can salvage and make AWESOME again. It drives my husband crazy…but I have a hard time letting things go to waste. Surprising enough, I’m not a hoarder…I just like to repurpose and if I can’t use it, I find someone who can.

    • Reply kirby July 23, 2013 at 10:56 am

      I think that’s a great hobby, I just recently grabbed two wooden 6ft tall shudders, I already have 2 in gray which I’m using to set up a photobooth for my parent’s 30th Wedding anniversary this Saturday. I’m thinking the ones I picked off the curb, I will sand, repaint and either use as a head board or hang on in my living room as decor and then in the Holiday season use to hand Christmas Cards!

  • Reply ani July 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Lately–finding the best Fro-yo shop and willing to try as many as necessary. :).

    Seriously though- with two kids, work and a 2nd shift schedule after work that involves kids activities (their choice!), I am always looking forward to my morning workout alone (quick run or walk) followed by a group class of some sort throughout the week. something about sweating it out, letting the angst out and being among women where I can be both social and get a workout in is a win-win. Never thought I’d say that I look forward to my morning workout. It’s become a good, healthy release for me and one that I’m willing to get up really early for. Starts my day off right.

    Knitting is next but need time for a class. :-) TV? have no idea what that is anymore. Movies….a rare gig. This coming from a gal who went weekly to the latest releases. But I’m okay with this. It’s all cyclical!

  • Reply Tiffany July 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I read obsessively. And almost exclusively children’s and young adult books. I was a children’s librarian so now that I’m not one thanks to my teensy town, it’s my hobby. I get so intent on my reading sometimes that my husband came home a little late from work last week and thought I was mad at him because I was reading so seriously. Plus he has to hear about my imaginary book friends. And I force my dog to let me read to her.

    • Reply Kaylee July 23, 2013 at 10:42 am

      This is so me. I only let myself read so many books, or I get nothing done. I feel like my imaginary book friends have died when I finish a book… if it’s a series, there’s a mourning process to go through.

      • Reply Natasha July 23, 2013 at 11:56 pm

        I thought I was the only one!!! I hate when a good book or series ends…I’m super sad for a few days. I also have to ‘ration’ my books-otherwise the kids would be running around hungry and naked haha

    • Reply Shelby July 24, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      WHY have I never thought of reading to my dog???

      • Reply Tiffany July 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

        Reading to the dog is great! It’s honestly a lot like reading to a group of two year olds because the attention span is pretty much the same. And my dog wants to bite or lick the book like most tiny children too.

  • Reply Mary July 23, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I love to play my cello. When I’m not at work, I’m most likely playing with an orchestra or quartet, taking a lesson, or practicing. This summer, I’m also enjoying gardening – weeding is actually really relaxing, and deciding which flowers to plant is fun :)

    • Reply J.Mill July 24, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Cello is so beautiful! Your neighbors must love the serenade if you leave the windows open!

    • Reply Shelby July 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      I am completely obsessed with the Cello. I think it’s the BEST instrument.

  • Reply Lauren @ Everyday Lauren July 23, 2013 at 10:29 am

    So about two months ago I got into Pole Fitness. That is also why I started a blog. My blog is kindof developing into a fitness/nutrition/ lifestyle blog, but I promise updates on pole once I get one in my house :)…and that should be soon.

    I also LOVE cooking. Especially creamy fatty food – I keep those off my blog and try to only stuff my face with it once a week. :D

    XO Lauren

  • Reply Kaylee July 23, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I like to read, sew, and quilt. I’ve also taken up crossfit and running and the hubby and I also do some woodworking. I obviously don’t have kids, but don’t have as much free time as it sounds…and I’m not 70.

  • Reply Jacqueline July 23, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I love to try EVERYTHING. But mostly I’m a sport addict. Anything that gets me moving outside. So let’s begin with inside: Painting, Blogging, Reading, Cooking and watching Bachelorette because my mother got me addicted.

    Outside: I’m officially a Yogi, which is technically inside, but can be outside? Whatevs. Also: Frisbee, biking, snowboarding, and recently gardening (Although I kill everything. But we did grow a strawberry or two)

    Otherwise I’ve tried: Zumba (which you might love), Golf (which is far too slow for me), Beach Volleyball or park (If there’s a net to use), Tennis, Basketball (you have to try to get the ball in the hoop. not my forte), floating down the river (seriously. I consider this a brilliant hobby), rollerblading, skating and long walks on the beach. Whaaaaaat!

  • Reply Alexa July 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I’m a hobby maniac. I love to knit, sew, paint, write and create in general. Sadly I have NO time to do any of these things. Like most moms, two little girls, a job and the constraints of being an adult who provides for my little beasts has left me close to no time to do any of those me things. I keep telling myself when they get a little older we’ll be able to do these things together or they’ll have things that will hold their interest for more than 2 minutes and I can do my thing too.

    Right now the only thing I do with regularity is wake up 30 minutes before everyone else and work out because that makes me happy. So maybe that counts too. :)

  • Reply Amber S. July 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I like to make things. Lots of different things. My favorite is thrifting wool sweaters, fulling them in the wash, then seeing what they want to be when they grow…down. Purses, scarves, zippy pouches, whatever. My daughter recently got an AG Doll knockoff, so now I’m busy trying to kit the darn thing out for less than eleventy billion dollars. Also, whatever I do has to be able to be done in one (or a couple short) session. I lose my mindset otherwise, and it takes way to long to figure out where I left off, or what I thought I was doing!

  • Reply Tricia Hicks July 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Being an empty nester, you’d think that I would have loads of free time. Maybe I do and just don’t realize it? Anyhoo, we love to camp. We have a hybrid camper that is hard sided but the beds on the end are like that of a popup camper. Since we live in the hot humid South, we usually only camp in the spring and the fall. Occasionally we will take a beach camping trip to the Gulf. Hubby and I are both super involved at our church (longhollow.com) and we both also volunteer for other ministries. I love to spray paint the fire out of anything and love to spend time at thrift/junk/antique stores looking for things that I didn’t know I needed.

  • Reply Lizzie July 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I do needlepoint! And I also just started learning to play the guitar. It’s awesome. And so is needlepoint – when I start a project, I get seriously addicted and power through until it is finished.

  • Reply Leigh Ann July 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Before I started blogging and writing more, I…watched a lot of TV. But I also read more then too. I visited the local art museum with my kids recently, and it really made me miss making art, which is what I did my whole life through college and a little before I had kids.

  • Reply Kim R. July 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Like everyone else, it seems like I don’t have many hobbies due to time constraints from having young kids. Maybe trying new recipes (but this is aka making dinner for the family) and reading blogs while I take too-long bathroom trips.

    Sometimes I am a little envious of my husband who seems to have tons of time. He works a set number of hours per day and then is free to work out/train for adventure races like Warrior Dash, Savage Race, GoRuck, etc., all things I would love to do, but can’t train for…because someone has to be with the kids. :/ I work from home and have the kids with me all day, so that means I’m using every free minute to work on the computer or do house work and then I collapse for a few hours at night and start all over.

    Well, that got depressing, hah. I love being a mom, though!

  • Reply kirby July 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Photography-for fun now, not as my job-newly a single mom of two makes “me-time” aka “hobby time” difficult. It’s so said to think that I have no time to myself to treat myself b/c I’m alsways taking care of my girls or at work. I’m not saying I am unhappy, I’m not, I LOVE my girls but a little time to do what I enjoy would be nice and i feel like its neccessary. I rarely got it when there were two parents in the house, and much less now. Ready all the comments, it made me sad for us moms, SURE we love being a mom, but what about being us, just plain old me to enjoy something I love. We all deserve it. :-/

  • Reply nick July 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

    so i guess this means you don’t eat 3 Musketeers nougat for fun?

  • Reply Jenny S July 23, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I love reading recipe books and blogs. When my grandma passed away I got her collection of recipe books from over the years. I can spend hours pouring over the old books and reading her penciled in cursived notes about certain recipes she had tried.

  • Reply Tricia July 23, 2013 at 11:11 am

    First, I love Three Musketeers – it’s so soft and yummy! I used to read, but I rarely get time now with two kids. I do a lot of sewing though, and I love it! I do mostly quilting, but the occasional dress for my baby girl. I like that the kids can play next to me on the floor while I sew!

  • Reply paige July 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Is watching TV a hobby?! jk jk (kinda). I love cooking. I hate cooking regular meals – broccoli and chicken blah blah blah. No no. Gimme a challenging recipe that takes me two hours of prepping and cooking.

  • Reply Meghan July 23, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I love going swing dancing! It’s one of the few physical activities that doesn’t trigger my asthma, and the music makes me happy. :)

    Also: baking, blogging, painting, taking long walks with my dog, and reading

    I used to sing in a worship band when I was in college, but now I go to a bigger church and can’t muster up the courage to audition. Too many people!

  • Reply Rebecca | Seven2Seven8 July 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Lots of hobbies…
    1. Singing. I sing with my church choir. It’s hugely meditative and the fellowship is amazing. My church is Presbyterian, but we sing new sacred music and old latin pieces alike. Not much contemporary stuff (we have a separate contemporary service with a Praise Team, so they’ve covered that stuff well).
    2. Knitting/Crocheting. Anything rectangular! I am currently learning new things besides knit and purl, but still rectangles and squares. I like the repetitive movement, the weight and warmth in the winter of the project on your lap, and the fact that you have something homemade (and hopefully pretty) at the end of the day.
    3. Bassoon and Piano. These are my leftover instruments from growing up. I play piano at home for me, and bassoon with small groups on occasion to keep up with the skill and for the fellowship.
    4. Throwing pots and other art projects. I started college as a fine arts major before changing over to English Lit and French. I have taken a couple of pottery classes as an adult to rekindle my love and have some adorable pitchers and mugs to show for it, which I enjoy using in my everyday life. I also like to paint and draw, less frequently.
    5. Blogging. I have been blogging, privately, for about 4.5 years, and it’s wonderful. I love having a space to write. I think about going public with my main blog but hesitate because I share a lot of personal info about my fertility struggles that I’m not sure I want to discuss with clients in any great detail. I recently started a second blog, to be a resource for and advocate for women biking in my hometown, and it’s public.
    6. William Morris Projects. From the land of the Pancakes and French Fries Blog and my love of incorporating “bittylutions” into my life, I’ve started viewing “problem areas” (clutter-prone spots) in my home as ideal spots to “William Morris” (William Morris said, and I possibly paraphrase, “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”), which I tackle with before/after photos in small, decluttering bursts. Using the “useful/beautiful” rule helps me avoid sentiment-based pitfalls I normally associate with decluttering and keeps me from taking on projects that are too big when I don’t have time for too big.

    Whew. I don’t sit down much (unless I’m knitting or blogging).

  • Reply Kirsten July 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I pretend to have a lot of hobbies. I knit, I quilt, I scrapbook, I stamp. The only hobby I actually do with any skill or frequency is read. And I’m really good at that. My boss would probably say I’m too good. :)

  • Reply amanda July 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I run, a lot. I recently started doing Bikram Yoga at a place in Shelton and I am obsessed. It’s pretty pricey, but there’s a Groupon going around for it!

  • Reply Rachel July 23, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Does playing Candy Crush count as a hobby???

    • Reply KNatGU July 24, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      possibly, count me is as a yes

  • Reply Nicole July 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Long time lurker coming out of the shadows here! :)
    Don’t think it counts as “leisure” per se, but this time of year my fave thing to do is can things. Jam, bbq sauce, preserves, pickles, veggies, etc. I love to have food stocked away in pretty little containers to tear into at a later date or (if you’re reallllllly lucky) gift to friends and family.
    I’m also a big reader and in the winter/colder months, I enjoy staying inside and sewing or heading out and snowboarding. But then again, I might in the minority group of readers without kids so I have the ability to keep up lots of hobbies.

  • Reply Laura McClellan July 23, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I would say writing, but I’m kind of trying to make that into a career as well. ;) I mostly watch Dr. Who on Netflix with my husband and/or catch up with friends over coffee. :)

    I love to sing, too, but I don’t really have an outlet for it anymore. So I sing in my car. Loudly.

  • Reply lindsey July 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I teach people how to dougie

  • Reply krys72599 July 23, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I read. I read. Then I read some more.
    And when I’m not reading, I scrapbook.
    And while I’m doing both, I eat.
    I started – key word: started – some counted cross-stitch this past spring. I haven’t done any more since May.
    I want to take up cooking as a hobby, but I hate it too much, so I’m not sure that will happen.
    And when I retire I want to quilt. As long as I don’t have to thread my sewing machine.

  • Reply Laura @losingrace July 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Running. Running. and more Running. Okay and some cycling and swimming and general exercising. I think you get the point. Training is another full time job for me, doing the amount of races that I do each year requires schedules and plans and discipline (basically the things you need for a job) but it is also my favorite thing to do so I’m lucky that my “second job” is also my hobby.

    Other than that: Scrapbooking (nerd alert), and refinishing old furniture are hobbies. I really need to make more time for these, I miss it!

  • Reply K Fletch July 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Painting, painting all the way. The best part about it is that you can do anything you want, and as long as you don’t care too much and don’t try too hard, it generally turns out splendidly!

  • Reply Stephanie July 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I ride horses! I used to skydive and quit at about 200 jumps. Horseback riding and skydiving are both expensive hobbies, so I had to pick one. I chose the one closer to the earth.

  • Reply Lauren @ Faith and Macaroni July 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Y u no like 3 musketeers?!? It’s just so nougaty….
    -Writing. I make no income from my blog, so I don’t stress too much if I can’t get around to posting. I like to write to make people think, to laugh, to share experiences. (btw, thanks for the comment! made my day!)
    -Being all crafty. Babies cost lots o’ money, and we are not very rich, so when it came to decorating the nursery, I made almost every piece of art or found free printables to frame. I made the mobile that hangs above her crib too.
    -Baking. I’m no cooking whiz, but I can follow a recipe with the best of them. :) I love stuff that makes our life easier, so a huge batch of delicious muffins to grab when we have to run out the door is great.
    -Writing letters to friends. I love getting mail and I get more of the good kind (not credit card offers) when I take the time to send more of the good kind.

  • Reply Diane July 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I read your blog~ and a few others I enjoy! I love gardening, photography, reading, crocheting while watching TV or riding in the car (like your knitting, simple baby blankets & scarves), biking & walking through the neighborhood, training & grooming my dog. Watch a few good TV series ~ Newsroom on HBO is our favorite!

    Take heart, those of you with littles at home… Someday you’ll have time to pursue your own interests. For years my main hobbies were scouting & soccer with my 2 sons and believe it or not, I really miss those days! Especially the soccer games & tournaments… traveling with my kids & hanging with the other parents was always fun.

  • Reply Kala M. July 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I have a 9 year old horse named Rhia. She lives at a barn about 10-15 minutes from my apartment. I don’t get up there and ride her as often as a I used to. But when I do I love it. We sometimes take them out on trail rides. I’ve had her since she was 7 months old. I’ve also really gotten into photography lately and just bought myself a Canon Rebel T2i. I’ve been taking a lot of photos of flowers in our neighborhood. The colors are so pretty. I actually posted some on my blog earlier this year.

  • Reply Patti McHugh July 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I collect hobbies like it’s my job. I like to bounce from one hobby to another, sometimes in the span of an hour… I knit, crochet, shuttle tat, draw, embroider, cross stitch, paint, sew (mostly wristlets and bags, though I’m going to try to make some clothes), and swap (on Swap-bot.com, mostly sending out postcards and making small things, junk journals, and ATCs). When I don’t feel like crafting or making anything, I like to read or watch Korean dramas (I’m addicted). Occasionally, I’ll bake or cook something really yummy like chocolate chip cheesecake bars or buffalo chicken dip, but I reserve those tendencies for when I enter my company’s bake-offs/cook-offs. Otherwise, I would be 20 lbs heavier if that really was my hobby. :)

    I would like to actually sit down and catch up on my Project Life album… I’ve been buying the supplies, but haven’t spent more than a few hours actually doing it. One of these days…

  • Reply Nicole July 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I hate 3 Musketeers! So not worth the calories.

    I run, and read. And I like to sew, mostly stuff for the house, but I’m hoping to get into making clothes for my 16 month old daughter. I don’t have a ton of time either, although I could definitely stand to work on my time management skills.

  • Reply Lesley July 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    My husband would say my hobby is starting projects and never finishing anything. There may be a little truth to that. I have attempted sewing and made a few things like burp cloths and a bean bag. I also used to paint toy boxes as baby gifts for friends (still haven’t painted one for my own kid) But my love is photography and gardening. I also like to scrapbook the photos I take but I am about 20 years behind

  • Reply Laura July 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I am knitting obsessed :)
    Also card-making and paper crafts

  • Reply Catherine July 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I love to try lots of different crafts. I sew, embroider, paint, do paper crafts, refinish furniture, etc. I don’t get as much time to do these things as I would like (have two kids) but between those and reading and throwing frisbee with my son, that’s pretty much it. I would love to learn how to knit and crochet. My grandmother was a master at it but I can’t remember what she taught me. I used to be a competitive ballroom dancer many moons ago – I would love to get back into that one day. That was my favourite physical activity ever.

  • Reply Just Vegas July 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I mostly watch lots and lots of tv. I’m such a slug! I’d like to learn more about photography, I LOVE capturing macro stuff in nature. I also love writing but haven’t been doing anything with it lately. Sounds like I need to develop my hobbies a bit!

  • Reply Coralie July 23, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I make jewelry. It’s terrible fun, and very relaxing. I started a very very small business with it upon discovering that 1) it was an expensive hobby to maintain, and 2) I made too much to keep. I have experimented with other craft projects – picture frame, soap, deck of cards, calligraphy – and had a lot of fun, but at the end of the day jewelry is my favorite. Sadly I am just starting college and now it seems I have no time anymore…

  • Reply Erica July 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I always feel like a dork when I say that my hobby is reading, but at 32 I should be confident enough to say that I love to read! :) I also really enjoy walking, hiking, etc. I think my favorite thing in the world to do is hike a pretty trail alone, find a quiet spot to sit, read for an hour, and then hike back.

  • Reply Erin July 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I like to read and watch Netflix/Hulu. I started learning to quilt from my husband’s grandmother, but I guess I’ve been too busy to go over and work on it.

  • Reply Nikki Kelly July 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    1st: 3 Muskateers = gross. They are the last of the Halloween candy that I begrudgingly eat after eating all the yummy candy.
    2nd: hobbies! My main hobby as of now is fixin up the old house. But that’s more of a weekend activity. During the week I just like watching tv. I’m not much of a reality show lover (except for hoarders, and only at the gym). I love me a good character driven show! Now, since these things are not really “hobbies” I will say that I’m a bit of a hobby dabbler. I just like to try things out to see if I can do them. Knitting – yes. Crochet – kinda. Sewing – straightish lines please. Watercolor – intentionally messy kind.

  • Reply Mandi July 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve recently rekindled my love of reading. College kind of zapped the pleasure out of it for me for a while. I’m also a Netflix junkie (currently making my way through Parks and Recreation). And a pinterest junkie, but it’s okay because I actually make the food I pin for dinner (sometimes…). My husband loves it. haha

  • Reply Carrie July 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Um, I seriously have three 3 Musketeers mini bars waiting for me upstairs. So there’s that. I can’t get enough of good books. Books that make me think, make me imagine I can be a better person or have a better life, silly summer “beach read” books- love them. And I am a child of the 80’s, when kids watching TV 8 hours a day was normal, so I still watch approximately 500 hours of TV per week. Love HGTV- never apply it to my own home, but love to watch.

  • Reply Liz July 23, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I take a wheel-throwing class. Not, like, where you pick up a wheel and practice throwing it. Ceramics like Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze in Ghost. Except I go to get away from my husband. jk

  • Reply Janelle @ Two Cups of Happy July 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I’ve seen some pretty embroidery projects online that look fun! I pretty much fill my time with blogging and doing creative things (and not blogging about those). Making art that I’m too intimidated to call art. That and dog park adventures! :)

  • Reply Katie July 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I crochet, experiment with bread recipes, craft, and try to learn new things. We went to a music festival last month and I saw all the people hula hooping (the just call it hooping.) So I decided I wanted to learn. First I had to make my own hoop (I wasn’t paying upwards of $40 for one,) so my house was taken over by hoops, tubing, and tape. So now I make hoops & read Neon Fresh.

  • Reply Kristin July 23, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I play roller derby. I’m a teacher and I used to always say I had no spare time because I was always in my classroom grading, or at home grading, or at Sbux grading. Then, I joined roller derby and made myself do something for ME. And it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve been playing for 3 1/2 years and I can’t imagine my life without it. I’m a bigger girl and not really good at sports, but I sure can knock some girls around on the track and that is a pretty great feeling! Plus, you know, being a teacher, I have lots of aggression to get out. I bring it to the track. :)

  • Reply Naomi July 23, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I LOVE canoeing, but never get to do it anymore. I love camping too, an manage to do that a couple times a summer. I also enjoy making button jewelry, no joke, and I read a ton when I hibernate in the winter :) In the summer, my husband will set up the badminton net and we’ll play a few times a week after the little guy goes to bed. We have a great time and it’s fun to do something different and active together, instead of sitting on the couch watching tv. Last fall and winter we also joined a co-ed volleyball team which was fun but ended up being ridiculously expensive between the membership fee, babysitter, gas (it was kinda far) and the inevitable trip to 5 guys after the game.

  • Reply Jackie W July 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Not sure if this answer is a cop out, but I consider my exercise (specifically running) a hobby. Since I’ve gotten into running I’ve loved all the total niche products and blogs…I’m a true cliche- I love gear, inspirational mantras, and talking about running with other runners. I put a lot of time, effort, and money into running as my hobby- but it’s one that I get more than just peace or enjoyment out of- it’s great for my health too :)

  • Reply Tara July 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Hmmmmm I really want one of my hobbies to be crocheting because my nana does it. I just want it to be a “oh yeah my nana taught me how to crochet!” thing! And I’d make a cute blanket or two!
    In real life my hobbies are photography (which is also my job), my morning blog reading (neonfresh totally makes the cut), and making my adorable 5 month old girl smile and laugh at me:) I’m also trying to get back into working out which I haven’t really done since I got prego :-/

  • Reply Rita July 24, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Read, and solve logic puzzles <— party animal. I play a few instruments on occasion (not at the same time, although that would be more interesting), or sew… but not work sew, hobby sew. I crochet I guess, but only in the fall/winter. I like to paint and draw, and this is starting to sound like I have way too much free time…

  • Reply Shelby July 24, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I tried to be a knitter, but I never once finished a project.
    I have always always been an avid reader. I also hoop dance (aka hula hooping) and art journal. And of course blog and spend WAY too much time on social media. (I’m not getting on fb/twitter/instagram this week and I’ve read two books in two days and am halfway through a third on the third day!)

  • Reply Stacey July 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I’m totally with you on the dancing. I started taking salsa lessons when I moved to a new city for graduate school. Great for activity, making friends, and using your brain in a different way.

  • Reply melissa August 1, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I really like to organize but then take nap dream day- kids at the sitters, a whole day to organize qnd clean and then take a nap after eating a frosty from wendys ahh the simple life

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