Saturday, March 1, 2008

What I'm doing with my free time

I've got some free time on my hands. See, I'm currently unemployed. Sometimes it's great. Sleeping in! No responsibilities! Not having to jam myself on the train at rush hour! Sometimes it's not so great. No income! Boredom! It's like a vacation, but without the fun and friends and funds for which to pay for it.

But I'm still committed to being a good human. So, here, in convenient bullet format, is what I'm doing with myself:

  • I take my magazines to the dialysis center nearby. I've been told that dialysis is quite time consuming, so who wouldn't want to kick back with a nice Us Weekly or Mother Jones while a machine filters their blood for them? I like the idea of getting multiple uses out of something before recycling it. (Yes, both of those subscriptions were gifts. I really, really love one of them. Guess which one.)

  • I'm taking fewer showers. And therefore using less water. TMI?

  • I'm keeping my heat as low as possible, while (barely) avoiding frostbite. I'm trying to make a game out of it, like every degree I can stand to lower it is a point for me. I was sick last week and lost a bunch of points though. :(

  • I go to the library instead of the bookstore. Again with the reusing thing.

  • I talk to my family more. I chatted with my gram for over an hour the other day and I could tell that it totally made her day. St. Joseph is being very sluggish with selling their house, btw.

  • I'm reading a lot more blogs. Right now I'm totally crushing on Daily Mitzvah, Menstrual Poetry, MMM Brains!, Muslim Hedonist, No Impact Man, Shakesville, Stickpaste, The Curvature, Well-Heeled, and Where It Stands, just to name a few.

  • I'm able to devote more time to the RAINN Online Hotline. Have you been sexually assaulted and don't know how to deal? Not sure about what happened to you? Still feeling anxious even though it was a while ago and you "should" be over it by now? Chat with a trained volunteer (like me!) securely and anonymously.
Do you have any ideas? I've got plenty of time to implement them! Leave 'em in the comments or email me at beagoodhuman11 at gmail dot com.

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jen x said...

I was going to post even before I saw the nice mention for Daily Mitzvah :-)

It's actually the dialysis center that caught my eye. This is such a good idea! I have a lot of good magazines and it seems like a waste to just dump them in the recycling. Thanks for the tip -- and good luck with your job search!

Geoff said...

I agree with Jen. Giving away the magazines is a great idea.

Hops said...

Thanks guys! If you decided to donate your magazines, don't forget to cut out the subscription sticker on the front. You never know who will decide to call them up and divert your subscription to their address!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the mention.

Kickstand said...

Thanks for the mention.

Hops said...

Kickstand, no probs! Keep up the good work!