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What are your hobbies?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 29, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I am looking for inspiration and ideas. I am the kind of person who likes to be busy. Relaxing is boring after a while. Having started chemo, I lost the two biggest things that filled my day: work and school. Now the problem is that I have nothing to do. Nothing. Stareat the walls all day. My mind is going crazy.

I did try a google search for hobbies, but I came up with fairly boring things like scrapbooking and stamp collecting.

I need a project. Any ideas?

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on August 09, 2012
at 05:48 AM

My hobby is kayak fishing, this is my all time favorite. http://www.rethinkkayak.com/

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on July 02, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Haha. Are you volunteering?? ;-)

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on July 02, 2012
at 12:20 AM

I never knew there were courses on iTunes. I definitely have to check that out. TY so much!

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on July 01, 2012
at 12:13 AM

Python if you're going to learn some programming. http://learnpythonthehardway.org/ Also- I love playing with my arduino- you can make all sorts of neat things.

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on June 30, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Blueballon, that's a great book! I got it for 5$ hardcover some 3 years ago, thoroughly enjoyed it and passed it on several times:)

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on June 30, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I followed the instructions here. http://www.simpleshoemaking.com/fishermans_sandals.htm These instructions will work for other simple shoe styles. I also bought a patterns when she was selling patterns alone. She now sells the patterns with instruction books. It took me LOTS of trial and error.

4498698fa91a620e4ee5b618da71016a

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on June 30, 2012
at 06:35 PM

2nd the crocheting! It's so freaking easy it's unbelievable. One hook and loaaaads of yarn!

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on June 30, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I know this is a suggestion for a hobby but, just to add a note of caution here, although it's often a useful ability to be able to knock a program together for whatever reason, learning from an online tutorial will not make you a programmer/coder/developer (or whatever term you prefer). I've encountered many 'script kiddies' working professionally as programmers and although their programs achieve the aim they often create problems that they don't understand or haven't even considered. Do it properly though and your brain will get exercise!

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on June 30, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Im learning Spanish on Memrise. I was referred to memrise by someone on PaleoHacks. I like language learning for itself, but it has proved to be a great brain exercise. Better than crossword puzzles just for fun even if I never use it to speak with.

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on June 30, 2012
at 12:40 PM

reading books, reading magazines, reading textbooks, working out, masturbating, playing tennis, flying airplanes.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

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on June 30, 2012
at 04:17 AM

Er, no thanks, I think that will spike my cortisol!

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

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on June 30, 2012
at 04:06 AM

Wow, it's so hard to find anything halfway comfortable -- I should definitely should look into making some hushpuppies for myself.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 30, 2012
at 03:05 AM

How did you learn to do that?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

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on June 30, 2012
at 02:27 AM

Lol that's all I seem to do!

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on June 30, 2012
at 02:09 AM

What -- going through thousands of old questions on PH isn't enough for you? =) J/K!!

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on June 30, 2012
at 12:34 AM

Learn a new language and read poetry! Do you have a passion? I noticed you do animal rescue stuff... Maybe pick an animal or habitat and learn everything about it.

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on June 30, 2012
at 12:33 AM

{cont.} When I'm feeling a little down I like some 19th century female authors' stuff. I'm not usually a fan of Jane Austen, but it's light and it's romantic. Also "Jane Eyre" if you're into that. Again, totally depends on what you like. Do you have a library card? Librarians are your friends. They can recommend just about anything. Grab a pile of books and have at it. :) Or go to Amazon and look for recommendations. I find a lot of fantastic books that way. I second the recommendation for a Kindle, by the way. I love paper books, but Kindles are also really convenient when you're at the doc

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(4347)

on June 30, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Oh, do I. :) Depends on what you like. I love anything Louis de Bernieres wrote ("Birds Without Wings," "Corelli's Mandoline," "The Partisan's Daughter"). Those first two are historical fiction, the first set in WWI Turkey/Greece. Corelli's Mandoline is set in WWII Greece, mostly. I *loved* Gargoyle, but it's a little heavy in places. Fantastic book, though. I love spy novels, too. John Le Carre is good. Hmmmm. If you're up for sci-fi, Robert A Heinlein's books are fun. Also Orson Scott Card's stuff. I'm trying to think of other books I've read recently.

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on June 29, 2012
at 11:09 PM

Oh, and restoring old thrift furniture- sanding, repainting, upholstery!

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on June 29, 2012
at 10:15 PM

My god, there care so many good books out there. Treat yourself to a kindle, it makes reading even more fun (to me at least). Maybe join a local book club so you can chat about a book with others and socialize.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 29, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I love books like that. Any more book suggestions?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 29, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Suggestions for something that would be relevant? I can't see learning a new language just for the heck of it if I never get to use it...

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on June 30, 2012
at 12:52 PM

I like punching people in the face. Can't think of any other way to blow some steam off. You should try it!

what-are-your-hobbies?

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on July 02, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Haha. Are you volunteering?? ;-)

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on June 29, 2012
at 09:45 PM

Learning. Pick a subject --anything-- and teach yourself.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 29, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Suggestions for something that would be relevant? I can't see learning a new language just for the heck of it if I never get to use it...

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on June 30, 2012
at 12:34 AM

Learn a new language and read poetry! Do you have a passion? I noticed you do animal rescue stuff... Maybe pick an animal or habitat and learn everything about it.

0e395acc856e3353f3f5892e6b09b0e7

(1227)

on June 30, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Im learning Spanish on Memrise. I was referred to memrise by someone on PaleoHacks. I like language learning for itself, but it has proved to be a great brain exercise. Better than crossword puzzles just for fun even if I never use it to speak with.

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on June 30, 2012
at 02:05 AM

I make shoes. Leather with Vibram soles and everything. Sandals, too.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 30, 2012
at 03:05 AM

How did you learn to do that?

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on June 30, 2012
at 04:06 AM

Wow, it's so hard to find anything halfway comfortable -- I should definitely should look into making some hushpuppies for myself.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on June 30, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I followed the instructions here. http://www.simpleshoemaking.com/fishermans_sandals.htm These instructions will work for other simple shoe styles. I also bought a patterns when she was selling patterns alone. She now sells the patterns with instruction books. It took me LOTS of trial and error.

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on June 29, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I'm a knitting and cooking addict.

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:48 PM

Masturbation and golf.*

*I don't really play golf.

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on June 30, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Gardening???cheaper than a therapist and can be done inside and out. Good at calming the mind and body!

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on June 30, 2012
at 12:45 PM

Can't believe noone said Growing food! Not only is it therapeutic, it's great for the pocketbook and your diet.

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on June 30, 2012
at 07:56 AM

What about making homemade natural cosmetics and give it to your family and friends as nice treats...You could start with bath products for instance, they are very easy to make. Bath salts, bath bombs and body scrubs are the easiest ones. You can play with essential oils and dry flowers to add into your "spa" products, you can make your own labels, it??s fun. Moreover, if you give your own products to your family and friends, they??ll also appreciate the products are natural, made with love and care from you. And since you are fighting with your illness, you should stop using the main-stream cosmetics full of synthetic preservatives, colorants...So your own products will be also welcomed by your body, you know what is in the products.

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on June 30, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Learn to program. There are tons of online websites offering free courses on C++, Java, and more. It's challenging yet useful.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

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on June 30, 2012
at 04:17 AM

Er, no thanks, I think that will spike my cortisol!

9b2e3130786c8c33ae0ec7439c277e0f

(280)

on July 01, 2012
at 12:13 AM

Python if you're going to learn some programming. http://learnpythonthehardway.org/ Also- I love playing with my arduino- you can make all sorts of neat things.

7f4c64d6caca80c74a6c2d91efa3259b

(831)

on June 30, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I know this is a suggestion for a hobby but, just to add a note of caution here, although it's often a useful ability to be able to knock a program together for whatever reason, learning from an online tutorial will not make you a programmer/coder/developer (or whatever term you prefer). I've encountered many 'script kiddies' working professionally as programmers and although their programs achieve the aim they often create problems that they don't understand or haven't even considered. Do it properly though and your brain will get exercise!

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on June 30, 2012
at 02:59 AM

pinterest? Aside from spending hours on the site ogling pretty pictures, you can find links and suggestions for hobbies and crafts, like cooking (you can find great paleo stuff!), sewing, gardening, canning, crafting, art, literature, photography, and commenting on being appalled that the internet would contain things that offend you :)

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on June 30, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Learning a language is a daunting hobby that I believe would reap SO many benefits...something I have tried, and hope to do so more in the future.

The power to draw is hopefully within all of us; I LOVE drawing scenes that I find pictures of. I don't do it too often, but... (http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/417706_10150681141760477_872518783_n.jpg and http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/424001_10150681142895477_1400822703_n.jpg are some uh...pitiful examples I have on my facebook).

We all love to cook, I would hope. I just made a huge cheat today and made a batch of cookies, which was the worst idea ever...but it was fun?

www.groupon.com, perhaps? That could shed some light on some fun stuff.

Books pass time very well, as do video games.

If you own your own place, why not visiting local stores or the mall to get some niche decorations?

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on June 29, 2012
at 11:08 PM

Learning German, painting, writing, checkers, learning chess, hiking, cooking, making ridiculous puff-paint shirts.

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on June 29, 2012
at 11:09 PM

Oh, and restoring old thrift furniture- sanding, repainting, upholstery!

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on June 29, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Cooking takes up a lot of time! And theres always a delicious ending to it. (hopefully)

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on June 29, 2012
at 09:52 PM

I took up beading a few winters ago. Beading is popular here in Alaska. I have friends who make some of the beads I have used. My wife likes making greeting cards. Where we are located, the long winter requires some hobby to keep cabin fever away.

Most places have a JoAnne's or Michael's or other hobby/craft store. Perusing the aisles might lead to something too.

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on June 29, 2012
at 09:50 PM

Knitting and/or crocheting seem to be all the rage.

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on June 30, 2012
at 06:35 PM

2nd the crocheting! It's so freaking easy it's unbelievable. One hook and loaaaads of yarn!

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on June 29, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I've been reading and watching a lot of things around Anthropology. It's been connecting some dots between humans from 10,000 years ago and today...it's a more complete look at Paleo for me and really understanding what are actual "old world foods".

Did I mention it's free?

Truth.

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on June 29, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Do you like crafty stuff? How about embroidery? You can do fun home things and gifts when you end up with tons of stuff. There are some great sites out there with good patterns. My mom used to do that because it required concentration, but little movement. She said it passed the time well when she was in bed a lot. I got into it over the past year or so and made a ton of tea towels, embroidered on aprons, and made napkins for holiday gifts.

Do you like reading? When I'm sick or injured that's my absolute favorite past time. I don't know what kind of books you like, but I really enjoy things that suck me in for hundreds of pages at a time. I'm about to reread Elizabeth Kostova's "The Historian," which is a nice long book about the historical/mythical Dracula. (I highly recommend if you enjoy that type of story.)

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on June 29, 2012
at 10:15 PM

My god, there care so many good books out there. Treat yourself to a kindle, it makes reading even more fun (to me at least). Maybe join a local book club so you can chat about a book with others and socialize.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on June 30, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Oh, do I. :) Depends on what you like. I love anything Louis de Bernieres wrote ("Birds Without Wings," "Corelli's Mandoline," "The Partisan's Daughter"). Those first two are historical fiction, the first set in WWI Turkey/Greece. Corelli's Mandoline is set in WWII Greece, mostly. I *loved* Gargoyle, but it's a little heavy in places. Fantastic book, though. I love spy novels, too. John Le Carre is good. Hmmmm. If you're up for sci-fi, Robert A Heinlein's books are fun. Also Orson Scott Card's stuff. I'm trying to think of other books I've read recently.

03a4ec34751186201a56da298ac843ce

(4100)

on June 29, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I love books like that. Any more book suggestions?

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

(4347)

on June 30, 2012
at 12:33 AM

{cont.} When I'm feeling a little down I like some 19th century female authors' stuff. I'm not usually a fan of Jane Austen, but it's light and it's romantic. Also "Jane Eyre" if you're into that. Again, totally depends on what you like. Do you have a library card? Librarians are your friends. They can recommend just about anything. Grab a pile of books and have at it. :) Or go to Amazon and look for recommendations. I find a lot of fantastic books that way. I second the recommendation for a Kindle, by the way. I love paper books, but Kindles are also really convenient when you're at the doc

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on June 30, 2012
at 09:22 PM

Blueballon, that's a great book! I got it for 5$ hardcover some 3 years ago, thoroughly enjoyed it and passed it on several times:)

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I kayak when the weather is nice, very relaxing, and you can find classes/rentals near popular bodies of water. Art classes, though I go to art school, but that can take up some good time. If you like to travel, learn a language associated with that country. Spanish is useful even in the US. Movies, TV, reading.

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on July 03, 2012
at 10:23 AM

I write electronic music. You dont need any formal training, just a fair bit of practise, and the odd online tutorial. You can write in lots of different styles, from new age, to dance music, rock and hip-hop, whatever your thing is. And even if you dont know what your doing, its fun to it keys and make sounds. Fruity loops is easy enough to use.

I also like growing things/gardening. Especially when its a useful herb, pretty flower or food. Its very relaxing.

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on July 01, 2012
at 12:26 AM

Learning an instrument. Ukelele's are popular now, cheap, and easy to learn.

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on July 01, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I love to listen to music and draw with pens to relax. I often find that letting myself be inspired by music and drawing repetitive patterns with pens to be very soothing. I then color these with colored pencil, another relaxing activity.

That being said, I am in college for studio art, so I WOULD find that fun :P

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on July 01, 2012
at 12:17 AM

I'm a painter- it's what our ancestors did when they had spare time! Reading is my other favorite hobby- all those Game of Thrones books are waiting for you.

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on June 30, 2012
at 09:02 PM

Reading, sports, simulation sports, writing.

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on June 30, 2012
at 02:12 PM

LEARN something. Find some interesting podcasts, put one on and go take a long walk!

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on June 30, 2012
at 02:09 PM

You can learn all sorts of stuff online (legitimate, educationally-verified stuff from universities) - ever looked at iTunes U? They have complete courses in various subjects.

How about photography? It gets you out and about for exercise in the fresh air and sun (but other weathers shouldn't be ignored for great photographs) and there's a never-ending supply of things to capture, people, pets, wildlife, water, mountains, technology, sport,... Even the same things from the same place look different at different times of year.

Is there a local drama group/theatre nearby? You don't have to go onstage, there's lots of things need doing in the background - building/painting sets, lighting, sound, prompting, selling tea/coffee/alcohol, selling programmes/raffle tickets, costumes...

Be a volunteer. How about helping at Scouts, Guides etc. (or whatever you have where you are) - you don't have to be a leader and you'll have plenty to do (trust me on this one!)

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on July 02, 2012
at 12:20 AM

I never knew there were courses on iTunes. I definitely have to check that out. TY so much!

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on August 21, 2012
at 01:14 PM

Any outdoor activity! Geocaching! Kayaking! Snowshoeing! Hiking! Hunting! Gardening!

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:29 PM

Well, I've various hobbies but Kayaking is one of them. I just like to paddle kayaks into the deep water because it is so adventurous and entertaining. But you can't try it without proper training.

Experience The Trak Kayak

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on August 09, 2012
at 05:50 AM

My hobby is kayak fishing, this is my all time favorite.

Find out the best touring kayak

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on July 03, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Hobbies I've taken up over the past 3-4 years are playing the ukulele, kayaking, photography and running. All very addictive!

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on July 03, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Read the blank slate. Nurture v nature. Going native for Gg great fiction.

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on July 03, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Wrestling, Soccer, Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Gymnastics in my backyard, Volunteering in my community, Coaching a sport, Playing Guitar, Movie watching (oh yes, this IS a hobby!) Comics, Carpentry (building stuff), Hiking in the forest, Kayaking, Meditating, Music, Naps in a Hammock, Surfing.

This is but a small list of the things I've done or do in the past five years. I'm always staying active rather it's physical, mental, social, spiritual, or environmental (The TRUE spectrum of being "healthy")

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on July 03, 2012
at 10:08 AM

Start a Micro-Business.

  • AppSumo (http://bit.ly/M2N5Eg)
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  • 4 Hour Work Week (http://amzn.to/KQzLC3)

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