I’m running out of stuff to do and have been feeling restless lately. Like I need to find something I can get into. I’ve pretty much reached the bottom of the barrel of YouTube and Netflix. Most days, I just have something on for the background noise and can’t be bothered to pay attention. The fish tank is pretty self-contained. The plants don’t like being over-tended. So I joined a gym. Maybe this will help me kill some time and provide something stimulating.
Again with the shopping hobby. In preparation for this new endeavor, I got a water bottle (lost the old one).
These headbands. (I’ve used them for a while now and they’re only ok. They have to be clipped on to stay, otherwise, they slide off.)
And a locker lock.
Speaking of shopping hobbies, I met a fellow fountain pen enthusiast at the same training class. He was using a Lamy 2000 and when I asked him about it, he offered to let me try it, which I did. It was nice but probably heavier than I prefer. It has the heft of the Pilot Metropolitan. He also had the Monteverde OneTouch Stylus Tool Pen. It’s like the nerd’s version of a pocket knife. A fountain pen with a touchscreen stylus, a ruler with 4 measuring scales, a level, and mini screwdrivers (flat head and Philips). Today he brought in his 1943 Parker Vacumatic which looked almost like mine but his was longer. I should have brought my 1946 Debutante. I think his was the Major. I asked him about notebooks and paper and he said he was currently using the Moleskine which wasn’t very good and had bleed through. I will take that as a steer clear. He was also using another pen today that had a greenish marbling design. It was kind of big and fat. I wish I’d asked him what it was. It’s kinda’ neat to meet a fountain pen fool in real life. They exist!
I went to a training class at work today and by way of introducing ourselves, they asked participants to talk about a hobby. I racked my brain for something better to say than just watching YouTube and Netflix which is probably how I spend 90% of my free time. It’s as valid a way to pass time as anything else, but doesn’t seem hobby-like. I ended up sharing that I enjoy cooking and doing yoga.
Then I came home to a couple of packages I’d just ordered. One item was this new watercolor set. I discovered some watercolor hobbyists on YouTube and decided to dabble in this. When I was a kid, I took watercolor lessons and even though I didn’t really have the patience for art (and I still don’t), I enjoyed studying objects to try to put them on paper. And I love color!
I’m not sure how long this interest will last – for 5 minutes or longer term. So maybe my other hobby is really just shopping for my maybe-hobbies.