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…if you didn’t own a tv?

This post got me thinking about the things that I could do if I didn’t have a tv in the house to distract me. (Or if I turned the tv off.) And it’s timely because I’ve been debating whether I should get cable when I move into my studio next month. As it is, I really don’t watch much tv during the week anyway, but it was interesting to consider what I could do instead. (Right now I just stay late at work, and that’s not exactly a healthy alternative.)

1. Read more. There is always a stack of books on my nightstand, but I usually only devote a few minutes each night to reading because I’m usually too tired by the time I get into bed. I’ve always loved reading and there are so many more books that I want to read!

2. Work on puzzles. Growing up I was never a big jigsaw puzzle person. Then in adulthood I discovered the joy of putting the pieces together to make a complete picture. It’s a relaxing activity, yet there is a sense of purpose and completion. Very satisfying.

3. Explore my creativity. One way I could do this is with scrapbooking. I also own a loom that I’ve yet to set up. (I got it almost 3 years ago!) I like making things with my hands (hence the appeal of knitting), yet I never seem to have enough time. I think of all the half finished needlework projects that I could finish.

4. Listen to and make music. Music has always been a huge part of my life. But I hardly play anymore. I’ve wanted to really learn how to fiddle and wouldn’t mind devoting some time to this. Let’s not even talk about the accordion and mandolin that are starting to collect dust. There also piles of CD’s that I haven’t listened to in years because the tv is usually the background noise. I’m sure there are some gems in there I’ve completely forgotten about.

5. Spend time with friends. I’m an introvert by nature and it’s easier to curl up on the sofa with the tv on. But I also have times when I do crave human contact. There are some people that I’ve met recently who I really enjoy spending time with and should make a point of hanging out with more often.

6. Watch good movies. Not that all the Oscar winners are really good (at least in recent years), but I’d like to watch all of them. And I have a huge Netflix cue of foreign and independent movies that look really great. Of course, when I’m watching some silly sitcom, I’m not watching a good movie. That could certainly change.

7. Exercise. I keep saying that I need to get in shape. Not much is happening in that regard. There is no reason why I couldn’t go for a walk, go to water aerobics, or spend some time at the gym. But once I sit down in front of the television at the end of the day, my energy seems to get sucked right into the screen.

8. Cook more. Cooking is another one of those activities that I’ve been surprised to find I enjoy. I like experimenting with different foods and flavors. Most of what I make is fairly simple stuff, but it beats anything out of a box or from the drive-thru. And I could freeze leftovers to enjoy on those days when I work late or am completely exhausted.

9. See more of my community. Living here during the work week means that I’ve not really gotten out in LittleUtown. It’s not a bad town and there are some pretty parks to enjoy. Give me the bug spray and turn me loose.

10. Learn new things. I have no idea what this might be at the moment. But I’m sure that inspiration will strike when I need it to.

I don’t blame the television for my overall laziness or the fact that I’m not doing more of any of these things. It’s really my fault for not having more imagination most days. When I’m old, I’d like to look back at my life and remember more than funny commercials and canned laughter. So, I’m going to start making more moments that have meaning.

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Searching…

Posted on: July 29, 2008

Since getting the news a few weeks ago about DH’s deployment, I’ve been in a bit of tailspin.

He’d decided to retire at 20 years. He’s got a bit less than 18 in currently.

Considering that, I’d decided that sometime next summer, I would start the search for a job somewhere we’d like to live for the rest of our lives. (Honestly, Kansas summers are too hot. Maybe I’m a wimp, but I like being able to do things outdoors without turning into a puddle. And nice as LittleUtown is, it’s just not the right place for long term.) I get to pick this time. *grin*

Alaska is the dream location. Don’t know if it will ever be the reality.

So, we’ve had a few discussions about the where. Somewhere cooler definitely where there is snow in the winter and maybe not so much ice. States under consideration are Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. (Sorry all you southern types. I enjoy visiting, but that’s about it!)

DH’s retirement will be pushed back at least a few months because it’s likely that stop loss will go into effect. (Meaning no one gets out until the deployment is over…for almost any reason.) At first, I thought, I’d just wait until he returns to start looking. Or at least wait until later in his deployment.

Applying for the AK job seems to have inspired me to start the serious search…um…now. Since I’m okay with where I’m at currently, it gives me the luxury of applying where I want and for jobs that I’m really interested in. It’s interesting that many people I talk to always have their eyes open for a better opportunity, even if they like where they are at the moment. Wonder what that’s all about. Does it have something to do with being ready when opportunity knocks?

I can’t predict what the future will bring. I may be right where I am when DH deploys. I might still be here when he returns. Like always, I’m just taking it one day at a time. And like always, I kind of make it up as I go along. This is probably why I’ve survived so long as an Army wife. *laugh*

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