Sometimes I Pretend I Have Other Hobbies

Hey, remember how I used to knit stuff? Knitting is such a nice relaxing hobby unless you’re other hobby is blogging, because it’s impossible to blog and knit at the same time. Until science perfects the double arm transplant and I have two sets of hands, I’ve been letting my knitting needles gather dust so I could focus on the internet.

But right now I’m just not a very good blogger. I’ve been having a great time doing the Worst Preschool Shows on Television brackets and of course my adorable children make for good picture posts, but I haven’t been in much of a sharing mood. I’m just not feeling like my life is exciting or beautiful enough right now to warrant much sharing.

Part of that is because a lot of my energy has been going into my wife/mom/housekeeper jobs, all of which are demanding a lot more attention than usual. And for possibly the first time ever, I’m going to err on the side of under-sharing and NOT write down every single marriage-related complaint that’s been on my mind. Most of it is the exact same stuff every wife and mother complains about (under-valued, never get a break, blahdy blah blah blah) and at least 75% of that is work-based on E’s part, so it’s not even WORTH complaining about. The Navy doesn’t care if I have a sinus infection. Hell, my children REALLY don’t care if I have a sinus infection. It seems more like they’ve accepted a challenge to see who can make my ear drums burst first.

Also, approximately EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD is pregnant right now and I am…not. I was hoping to I’d be announcing another (maybe) ginger baby any day now, but my uterus remains uninvaded. It’s not a tragedy. It’s not even a demi-crisis yet – trying for a few months unsuccessfully isn’t even close to secondary (tertiary?) infertility and I have no reason to complain. But it’s something that’s on my mind a lot and not something I want to write about extensively since I don’t want anyone think I am whining  so I’ve been keeping those thoughts offline.

Instead of blogging I’ve been knitting again. I finally finished a scarf I’ve had on my needles for a year. I’m 75% done with a super cute short sleeved sweater for Caroline. I have big plans to knit for some of those bazillionteen pregnant people’s babies. I also took a big leap and rented a very pricey lens for my camera this weekend, so I’ll be spending every single daylight hour getting the most of it. Not to mention Evan’s birthday is only 3 weeks away and I need to make a hundred feet of pennant banners and plan a menu.

It’s nice to work on something that isn’t my computer for a change. Being busy is an excellent use of time I was spending feeling sorry for myself.

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8 Responses to “Sometimes I Pretend I Have Other Hobbies”

  1. Other Erin says:

    I care you have a sinus infection. Feel better.

  2. Mkp says:


    What you’re happy about is valid and what you’re unhappy about is valid and we love youse.

  3. Melissa says:

    I love being a mom, but not being able to take a sick day off is brutal. I hope you feel better soon.

  4. FourInchHeels says:

    I’m glad that you are getting back into knitting! I think knitting makes you happy, and you deserve to have a hobby.

    And job-related or not, it’s still a bummer to feel like you’re shouldering the burden alone. *hugs*

    Also, your kids are unreasonably adorable, and your camera skills are pretty great. I love your writing and enjoy your wordy posts, but I also really like the picture-ful ones, because I love seeing your kids! So I don’t mind that they’ve been photo heavy recently :)

  5. Kristi says:

    I am so glad that you wrote this. I went back one day and read what I had been writing and I felt like it was one big b**ch session so I just find myself not writing very much….
    Hoping you get a break soon…we all need one!

  6. Robyn says:

    Take a break if you need to, but i really hope this isn’t foreshadowing a post explaining why you are quitting blogging, because i will be so sad! Yours really truly is one of my two favorite blogs…the only two i read religiously, and i would really miss it. And just so you know, i personally, and i think most would agree, like reading about your normal everyday life and marriage complaints. It makes me feel normal…part of the crowd…since my complaints are similar…even though our lifestyles are pretty different.

  7. Sometimes doing is better than sharing, which can too easily turn into wallowing… at least for me! Be busy, blogging will be here when you get back!

  8. Alena says:

    Is snarking a hobby? It should be. We’d be professional hobby-ing snarkers.

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