I’ve had a lot of downtime for the past year. I was let go from a job at the end of 2008 and began 2009 in a temp position. When I started back in school and the temp job ended, my husband encouraged me to just focus on school instead of going to another job. Then I got pregnant and we moved (new area + bulging preggo belly = not too many job prospects), so one thing after another has kept me with the laptop close by and our cat as my most common companion.
I miss work. I miss it terribly. Because of this, I keep myself busy all day by waging war on the world. I complain about things. I read articles all over the web. I comment on blogs and interact on social networking sites. I crochet. I listen to podcasts over and over and over to make sure that I absorbed every last word (from the scientific, Skeptics Guide, to the informative, every show on NPR, to the awesome and silly, Sasha’s Den of Iniquity and The Geologic Podcast).
I know I’m insanely lucky to have as much free time as I do, and honestly I’m really glad that I’ve had so much through my pregnancy as a way to kind of chill the hell out until I’m called upon for the next 18 years. Not everyone gets that opportunity. But everyone has some downtime that they need to fill.
How do you fill your downtime? Do you lean towards relaxation or productivity?
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