Neurotic Hobby Hunt

August 11, 2005    By: Kristen J @ 9:44 pm   Category: Life

I can always tell when I’m nearing the cliffs of insanity in my mind. I start looking for a hobby. When I was first married and would mention to my husband that I needed a hobby he would try to help me in anyway he could. Now he just rolls his eyes and tucks into what ever task he is currently about. I think it’s a defense against boredom, or restlessness, or depression, take your pick. I’m not sure if it’s normal or not, I guess you the reader can let me know on that one.

No hobby is off limits for me when I get in my searching mode. I’ve thought about skydiving, learning to play the harp, growing bonsai trees, oil painting, cosmetology school (not to work as a hairdresser, just to learn how to do high-lights), and many, many more.

I don’t just think about hobbies I have actually even taken up a few. I was an avid runner for a while (wish I still wanted to do this), learned to toll paint (never wanted to hang anything I painted, way to cute for my taste), knitting, crocheting (still do this occasionally), piano lessons, beaded jewelry, and working with polymer clay. I think there’s more I just can’t remember all of them at the moment.

I’ve never found one that I became passionate about. Maybe it’s good since I’m the primary care giver for small children. If I got too passionate about a hobby my neighbors would probably turn me in after they found the diaper-clad baby crawling down the street for the fifth time in one week.

Anyhoo, I’m on the hunt for a hobby now so if you can think of any interesting ones let me know


  1. You just channeled Kathryn.

    Comment by J. Stapley — August 11, 2005 @ 11:07 pm

  2. Digital photography.



    Comment by Susan M — August 12, 2005 @ 7:09 am

  3. Have you considered blogging? I hear it’s a great hobby…

    Comment by Geoff J — August 12, 2005 @ 7:59 am

  4. Nah, those bloggers are a little weird for my tastes.

    Comment by Kristen J — August 12, 2005 @ 8:04 am

  5. My sister is the same way- I think my favorite was when she took up palm reading. Not the “occult/devilworship/witchcraft” kind of thing- it’s more like telling someone their personality based on their hands. It was really fun. She’s done the jewelry, shes painted, taught herself to play the piano, went to travel school, painted her whole house, she’s done tons of family history work now, she’s taken up blogging too…

    Comment by Bryan — August 12, 2005 @ 10:35 am

  6. Learn a new language, but not some common, boring one like spanish or french. Learn Cornish or Gaelic or ancient Etruscan or something.

    Comment by Bret — August 12, 2005 @ 11:48 am

  7. Try collecting and cleaning uncleaned Roman coins. (See here.) I started on that hobby once, but ran out of time to pursue it.

    Comment by Nathan — August 12, 2005 @ 12:56 pm

  8. Hey, I love these ideas. I’m thinking Gaelic and I definitely am going to purchase some dirty old coins. How fun!

    Oh, I also tried to take up Origami too, but after folding “the crane” and failing on just about everything else, I threw the kit to the bottom of a closet in a four letter word huff.

    Comment by Kristen J — August 12, 2005 @ 1:40 pm

  9. You should become a family history nut.

    Comment by Spencer J — August 13, 2005 @ 8:48 pm