Thursday, September 17, 2009

Interests vs. Time

The thing about varied interests are, sometimes they get in the way of each other.

  • I love to spin yarn. That's why I've got this blog and the shop and the wheel and related items.
  • Spending so much time spinning has taken away from my exercise time, and I definitely notice the difference. Clothes aren't fitting as well and I'm more tired and lazy than before.
  • Computery stuff necessary for the shop: Updating the shop takes a surprising amount of time - mostly because I'm not very good at photography. I'm supposed to be participating more in some of the spinning communities I've joined, but I'm definitely not managing that.
  • I like to spend time with friends and family. I like to read and see movies. I like to relax and do nothing.
    • And then there's my newish job (less than 2 months). I like it and I finally feel like I know what I'm doing - which means I can do things and am busy, as opposed to when I didn't know what I was doing and couldn't do anything.
    • And sleep. Now that I've gotten most of my sleep disorders dealt with, an earlier bedtime actually makes a difference in how I feel the next day.
    • Migraines, not so much an interest as a thing I'm forced to deal with, interfere with all of the above.

      So I'm trying to figure out how to organize my life.

      It's not that I'm not getting things done - I've been preparing yarn for the Phat Fiber box, had dinner with friends last night, served as an election judge Tuesday.

      It's just hard for me to remember what I should do next to make sure that I move forward relatively evenly with all the different things I like to do and/or should do - so that I don't focus only on, say, photography, or only on 1-2 websites and ignore the other communities, or on anything-but-exercise.

      I tried making a list of all the things I should check, do, or update daily. It's a long and still incomplete list. And it's sad, because except for the migraines, I like doing all the things I listed above. I'm not complaining about any of them. I just want time to do them all. (Note: cooking and cleaning - especially cleaning - are not on my list of interests, but I really need to spend time on them too. Just like migraines.)

      Where do people find the time?

      Tuesday, September 1, 2009

      Sale Extension and First Week of the Month

      I'm extending the sale in the shop through the end of the State Fair (Labor Day): 20% off anything in stock.

      The first week of the month is always full of spinning. I go to spinning groups the first Tuesday and first Sunday of the month, plus whatever I can fit in other days. Then I don't see many spinners at all for the next three weeks.

      This week is particularly fiberful - in addition to the two spinning groups, I'll be spinning for demonstration at the State Fair on Saturday (5-9pm, Creative Activities building - come visit!) and this past Sunday I spent 7.5 hours carding fiber - lots and lots of fiber. And yet not enough. Round 2 will be another day... possibly another month. Most of the batts I made will be for personal use - I plan to make a sweater out of my handspun. But some will be for sale. There's some pink merino I'm quite fond of that I hope to put up soon.

      Off to the spinning group!