Friday, December 12, 2008

Laying Low for a While

I used to think I was interesting. But the last dozen or more classes, business meetings, and social gatherings I've attended have tried to convince me otherwise. You see, there are always two questions asked in those settings: what is your name and what are your hobbies. Last summer, I went to a job interview where my hobbies were questioned before my job skill set.


Typically, when asked to list my hobbies, I can only think of the negatives:

I am not a scrapbooker.

I do not sew, crochet or knit.

I do not play sports.

I do not travel.

I do not have a gym membership.

I do not make jewelry.



So what is my hobby?

I read.




But I've learned that response often brings about a blank expression from the question asker, and I usually feel boring and unsuccessful as a hobbiest. Sure, I've given hundreds of hours in volunteer work to my church, to our neighborhood school, to scouts, and I work part-time and spend hundreds of hours each year grading essays. I have four fed and dressed and ready-for-school, sports, music, scouts kids.


But I don't seem to have a hobby many people find exciting.


Then blogging and I found each other. And wonder of wonders: I grabbed hold of my new hobby with all the gusto I possessed. Was it interesting? Absolutely. Did other people think I was kind of interesting? Yes!


And that is where my next problem germinated.


My new blogging hobby has taken over my days, and time which should be spent on daily necessities is now spent in front of the computer chronicling my life and reading about your lives. So how do I reclaim that time?

I decided to quit blogging. Cold turkey. My days would be spent doing what I needed to do. My school work would be caught up, my house would be clean, dinner would be cooked, long-neglected local friends and family would be called, closets organized, time given to other community agencies, and Pepper the puppy better trained. In my free time I would fix the Big 3 automaker mess and find Checkered a new employer and I would also pick up two or three extra jobs to help out.


But can I really walk away from blogging and those of you I've come to "know" and care very much about?


I doubt it.


SO, here's the plan:


I am going to take a hiatus from blogging. Maybe a month's worth to catch up on life. Then, I'll be revived and ready to reconnect with blogging.


In the meanwhile, Merry Christmas and the Lord's blessings on your new year, my blogging buddies.


Okay, gamblers: place your bets. Can I really, truly walk away from my blogging for a month?

We shall see.

33 comments:

Checkered said...

I give her 2 weeks. You folks are part of the family now. Who am I to hoard her all to mayself?

Jan said...

You will be missed but I completely understand as I too have to sometimes step back. Have a wonderful holiday, enjoy your family and I am already looking forward to your return whether it is tomorrow or January!

Cairo Typ0 said...

First off, anyone who gives you a blank look when you say that reading is your hobby isn't a reader and therefore isn't cool. I hate people who say, "Oh, you read." in the same tone they use to speak to someone who has just broken a limb. Grrrrr

Enjoy your hiatus and i hope you'll be back in teh new year with lots of new tales to tell! :) Quitting is harder than it looks, though.

Julie said...

I love reading and that is a GREAT hobby!!! And I love the fact your hubby gave you two weeks... ha ha.

I stopped for a week because I HAD to get stuff done... and I missed everyone, but had to do it. Now I am actually having a hard time getting into the swing of things again... it is weird...but being so far from real people I can talk to in English... this is a great alternative... and get to meet some great people...

Merry Christmas and Happy New year... (if you are really staying away....)

Mental P Mama said...

Be well. I'll miss you.

Ashley said...

No. :)

I don't think you'll make it a month of no blogging (at least I hope you don't)!

pam said...

A month without Caution. Life will not be the same...

big hair envy said...

Oh, dear! I can't imagine the blogosphere without you:( You will be missed.

I was once just a boring reader as well; however, blogging has just given me EVEN MORE stuff to read!!!! YIPPEEE!

PLEASE take LOTS of photos while on hiatus. You know as well as I do that the holidays are ripe with blog fodder! Heehee!

Nora said...

Blogging is such a great hobby. And reading...not boring. I am coming up on Christmas break and am in need of a suggestion for a book to read.
I hope to read more entries in the near future.

I have a lot of hobbies, mostly the ones that you don't participate in. The woman at work ask me how I have the time to create the things that I do...I will share a secret...I don't clean. My children will have a scrapbook to look at years from now, but will they really remember that I didn't wash the windows this year? Probably not.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

SOBS.... TEARS.... Sniffs.... I HOPE you DONT make it a month... but do what you have to and DANG IT SEND ME YOUR ADDRESS ALREADY... Martha wrote you and there is a card here with your name on it that needs to go into the post.
I will start calling you tomorrow if you dont comply LOL... YOU have been warned lady:)
love n hugs and merry christmas and happy new year!

Dr.John said...

I am sure you can but it will be our loss.

jojo said...

take a few and work it out...I completely understand. I lost my Muse recently and it's been tough feeling as if I need to post everyday. Have a Blessed Christmas and know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers...

Sue said...

I, too, am definitely feeling overwhelmed with the month in general. I just told myself not to feel pressured to blog every day.
Your other hobby is writing by the way. Writing and Reading, 2 very worthwhile hobbies.
Have a very Merry Christmas and hopefully we will see you back after the New Year!
Be well, Sue :)

Mrs4444 said...

"Can I really, truly walk away from my blogging for a month?" Oh, man! I hope not! Well, a month, okay, but I hope you come back eventually or at least keep in touch!

Betty said...

We will miss you and hopefully Checkered is right and you are back sooner! Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year!

Jeannelle said...

Oh, caution, God's blessings to you, too, this busy Christmas season. That's part of the problem.....so much is expected of us, especially this time of year. Hopefully, once all the busyness is past, you'll see your way clear to blog again. I'm taking a few days off from blogging, too.

Your list of hobbies not involved in would be the same for me. No time for any of that.....motherhood responsibilities overshadowed everything, though, like you, I would fit reading in along the way.

I pray there will be a positive solution for the automakers' dilemma. Maybe you could move to Iowa and Checkered could work at John Deere, making tractors instead.

LadiesoftheHouse said...

Oh Poo. Big Sigh. Dang It. Pfffffttttt.

Sorry. I just really like reading your blog, O.K.?

Hurry back please and Merry Christmas!

Lisa said...

Well, I understand the need to "step away from the keyboard" for a little while. But don't step away to make others happy and lose yourself in the meantime. Cut back, that is fine, but don't give up what you enjoy! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and we will see you when you return!

ladyfi said...

I love reading! It's a great hobby. Enjoy your time away from the keyboard...

Living on the Spit said...

I understand your feelings completely and rest knowing that you are not defined by your "hobbies"...I think you are great just the way you are...you will be truly missed and I can not wait until you are back on a schedule that you can say is balanced. If you ever need anything...anything, at all...just let me know.

Happiest of holidays to you and please know that you are so loved and cared about.

Your friend,

Marlene

Keeper Of All Things said...

Ok........sooooooooo it must be torture to check our comments?!!
Good luck I had tocut back to once a week
Posting and reading

Keeper Of All Things said...

Hmmm....rereading my comment
TORTURE? Is that spelled right?

addhumorandfaith said...

I think blogging is addictive, like anything that gives one enjoyment and gratification, so I don't think you will make it for a month. I'm guessing you will see the New Year, as the right time to start blogging again! Merry Christmas and Happy (bloging) New Year! :)

addhumorandfaith said...

I think blogging is addictive, like anything that gives one enjoyment and gratification, so I don't think you will make it for a month. I'm guessing you will see the New Year, as the right time to start blogging again! Merry Christmas and Happy (bloging) New Year! :)

McEwens said...

Hey you! I am on a blog break as well. It is a good thing to take a break, get things done and come back. I hope you have a MOST wonderful Christmas! You will be missed! Talk to you as the New Year begins!

Pleasing Procrasinator said...

I realize you're on break but Merry Christmas anyway :)

Jeannelle said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours!

pam said...

When is the self imposed month over? Come back!

Jeannelle said...

New Year's blessings to you, caution and family!!

jojo said...

Wiishing you a happy, healthy New Year!

Betty said...

OK, time to come out of hiding. We miss you!
I left you something at my blog. Hope you can make it over there to pick it up!

Philly said...

I love reading, it's a great hobby.
Better than bird watching.

pam said...

I think you have exiled yourself long enough. Picture me singing a hymn... "Come home... come home.... you who are weary come home...." Ok, that was REALLY bad of me. But you NEED to write don't you?! Writing is your interesting hobby!
I did get your email this morning. Thank you ;)