Usually when I’m not banging on about books or studying on this blog, I’m writing long Back from the Dead posts to explain why I’ve once again slipped off the face of the planet. If you’ve read any of these posts, you’ll know that the excuse I usually use is that I have so much work to do that I don’t have time. Either that, or I’m just super lazy and unmotivated. And while the latter excuse is definitely one hundred per cent accurate, the truth is that I do also have a (very) few other things that occupy my time other than work and books. Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is about non-bookish hobbies, I thought I’d share a few of them with you, although honesty forces me to admit that I ran out of steam at about No. 3 on this list and couldn’t think of any more things that I enjoy doing, so I proceeded to either a) make stuff up, or b) fantasise about the stuff I would do if I were wealthier, cooler, smarter, and had more time – or indeed an entirely different personality.

My Top Ten Non-Bookish Hobbies

Things I Assume Are Hobbies Because They’re Just About the Only Other Things I Do with My Free Time Other Than Reading

1. TV

Does watching TV count as a hobby? If by hobby you mean the stuff you do in between eating, sleeping, and working like a dog, then I’m going to say yes. I tend to be the sort of person who isn’t good for very much after a long day at work except reheating some leftovers and proceeding to vegetate on the couch for two to three hours. And then repeating the whole wretched process the next day. The world is made up of those who do and those who wait for others to do for them, and since they came up with Netflix I’ve given up any pretence of being anything other than the latter.

2. Cooking (and eating)

Cooking is just about the only work around the house I actually enjoy, although actually, the far more enjoyable part is trying to figure out a way to get someone else to take care of that one part that I hate about cooking – doing the dishes afterwards.

3. Computer-based creativity

Graphic design, video editing, I’m game to give most of these things a try. Every once in a while I’ll find a new obsession – for a while it was vectors, currently it’s videos, and I’m increasingly worried that this may soon bleed into 2D animation. Before you start thinking I’m terribly talented, I should point out that most of my interest is surface at best, and comes mainly the next time I have a fun idea for a personalised birthday present for friends or family, after which I promptly lose interest again for months at a time.

4. Knitting

If you can’t tell by now, I’m not exactly what you’d call a party animal. Especially not since the coronavirus struck what seems like fifty years ago now. I learnt how to knit and crochet (and sew, but after accidentally sewing the front panel of a dress to the t-shirt that I was wearing at the time, I’ve avoided this particular hobby) from my family, with a great deal of help from Youtube, of course. I’d like to say that me knitting looks something like this:

But in truth it probably more closely resembles this…

5. Travel

I’m not sure if I can really list this as a hobby, but the coronavirus has made me realise just how big a role travel played in my life, especially since I moved to Europe. Since I’ve been here, I’ve rarely ever lacked travel plans. I’ve always gone from one trip to planning the next, so that I always have something to look forward to. I’m lucky to have a group of friends who share my obsession, meaning we’re kind of mutual enablers. This makes travels even fun, of course. In terms of hobbies, trip planning was definitely one of those nerdy things that I loved doing in my idle hours.

6. Complaining

I’ve lived in Croatia long enough to have taken up the national pastime: complaining. Forget about coming second in the Football World Cup, forget about basketball and handball – the sport in which Croats really excel in is complaining about stuff. There’s a saying here: if it’s worth doing, it’s worth complaining about afterwards.

You can tell I’ve assimilated well, because I’ve just spent the paragraph above complaining… about complaining. That’s advanced-level stuff, people.

Hobbies I Constantly Say I Want to Take up but Secretly Lack the Motivation for

7. Any kind of sport

Every few months I’ll step on the scales, wonder where those three or four extra kilos came from, and either a) start jogging again, or b) join the gym. This will last for a few months, but inevitably I’ll very quickly lose motivation and interest. The simple fact of the matter is that I believe my natural state is to be in that pleasant place between sleeping and waking about 80% of my life. This is because I firmly believe I was a cat in a previous lifetime (backed up by the fact that my teeth are extremely sharp, I’m constantly getting hairs in my mouth, and I have a tendency to make weird rumbling sounds in my stomach when I’m happy, viz., anytime after I’ve had a good meal). So exercise of any kind doesn’t really figure too heavily in this picture. Having said all this, however, the coronavirus finally forced me to buy an exercise bike now that winter is on the way – I’m hoping that having it stare accusingly at me from my living room every day will force me to finally get into some kind of rhythm. Then again – there are so many sunbeams that are just crying out to be napped in.

8. The guitar

I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but unfortunately I’ve always been held back by a truly unique lack of musical talent.

9. Metalworking

Not the harcore, Flashdance kind, just to be clear – mostly I just want to be able to make pretty stacking rings, because I have an unhealthy obsession with these bad boys and I spend way too much money on the damn things on Etsy.

10. T-Shirt design and printing

I love the idea of making your own t-shirts with your own unique designs on them. I have a massive Etsy wishlist full of nerdy t-shirt designs, and I’d love to be able to make some of them a reality in the comfort of my own home.


23 replies on “My Top Ten Non-Bookish Hobbies”

Travel and TV definitely count as hobbies! My dad taught me to knit when I was growing up, and I still remember how, but my skill level is more dishcloth than sweater or afghan. :)

That’s awesome! Honestly, my skills are also fairly similar, especially because in the summer I very quickly run out of steam so I rarely ever finish the big projects I start (many sweaters have been started and abandoned these past ten years)!

I miss trip planning so much. It was my main winter hobby. I would occasionally plan real trips and frequently plan dream ones but even the dream ones aren’t as much fun to dream about if I know I can’t make them a reality. So, your favorite stacking rings from Etsy? I would love to know so I can obsess over them too. It must be easier to make t-shirts than to spend all my money on them. Something to look into for the winter.

i decided when i retired to learn the guitar and was doing okay until i realized that i’d never progress until i learned where all the notes were up and down the fingerboard. i kept forgetting them and so, pursuing the path of the gutless warrior, i quit… ms. m tried to teach me to knit but that was even worse; persons who can actually knit could probably qualify as astronauts… or physics teachers…

Hahaha I wish we could qualify as astronauts! That would be awesome, at least we have the ability to knit a nice fuzzy sweater to combat the chill of space. :D

Honestly, guitar is one of those instruments that looks so easy and I think is actually fiendishly tricky to learn, at least that was my experience when I (very briefly) tried to learn about ten years ago…

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