I kept meaning to take part in the last couple TTTs, but for one reason or another I didn’t get it done in time, or didn’t write anything I felt was worth posting. I didn’t want to let another week pass me by so I decided to jump in this topic, even though I felt like some of the things I would list may be a little too similar to my previous Things I Collect post that I put up back in July. But I think I have some things I didn’t mention there that I can ramble about, so here we go:
My Non-Bookish Hobbies
(If you aren’t familiar with Top Ten Tuesday, it is a weekly meme hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is posted and bloggers take that theme and write a blog post inspired by it. It’s a lot of fun and a really great way to get some inspiration for what to write. Often the Top Ten Tuesday prompts give me tons of other great ideas for future blog posts, which is really great and I’m very thankful for that.)
I’m counting this one even though one could argue that this is technically a bookish thing. But since none of my stories are finished enough to be made into books yet I’m going to allow it. Because this is my blog post and…I want to. But yeah, I spend a great deal of time writing stories so it would feel weird to not include it on this list.
What can I say about videos games? I played a ton as a kid. Then I stopped for a large chunk of my life for reasons I can’t even understand now. Then I started dating someone who would occasionally play and I really liked watching but I had some stupid hang up where I had convinced myself I couldn’t play for some reason. Like I said, I cannot understand it now. But one day I picked up the controller and started playing and I fell in love. The game was Borderlands (the first one) and now that game franchise has a permanent place in my heart, specifically because it’s what made me rediscover something I love so much. I don’t necessarily play a ton of different games, usually choosing to replay my familiar favourites over and over instead. Even though my fiance has a ton of games I could play – apparently I have another weird hang up about that now for some unknown reason.
Another reason video games are so special to me is that when I first started dating my fiance we didn’t live in the same province (he was living here in Alberta already and I was in BC) so we had a long distance relationship for awhile and one of the ways we stayed connected during that time was by having virtual date nights where we would log on and play a game together and talk. It was really special and I’m thankful we had that option at the time.
Some of my favourite games include: Borderlands 2, Skyrim, Dying Light, Far Cry 5, Conan Exiles, and I am currently eagerly (and impatiently) awaiting the release of Cyberpunk 2077.
I love trying almost ever craft medium possible. I mentioned in that previous blog post about my collections that I’m the kind of person who sees something and immediately starts mentally dissecting it to see how I could make it, which often leads to me heading to the store for supplies to attempt it. I just love making things.
I find puzzles so soothing. I prefer ones with a lot of pieces, because I like it to take awhile. Something about looking for all those tiny little details and trying to figure out where they belong is just very relaxing for me, plus I love the feeling of accomplishment as it starts to come together. I don’t however, care for the “Now what?” feeling that often hits me when I finish. And I’m not the kind of person to keep and frame my finished puzzles so typically they just get dumped back into the box.
Dungeons and Dragons.
I freaking love Dungeons and Dragons. I was hesitant to try it because role play makes me self conscious, but now that we’ve been playing it for awhile I just love it. Sometimes I get frustrated, especially when I don’t know what to do or what to say and I feel like nothing I try works, but it’s an interesting experience trying to work through those feelings. Recently, I got to play as the DM (Dungeon Master) for the first time, leading my fiance and our daughter through a small adventure called Death House, which is a small part of a bigger adventure called Curse of Strahd, which was a difficult but fun new challenge. And then my fiance bought us the entire Curse of Strahd collection so now we get to experience the entire thing, which I’m really excited about.
Admittedly, this one I haven’t been focusing on as much as I should lately but it’s something I really enjoy. I never used to be the kind of person who worked out but my fiance got me interested, and then eventually hooked on it. There’s just something really awesome – in my opinion – about feeling yourself growing stronger and seeing new muscles in the mirror. We do a combination of weight lifting and cardio work, and I often use exercise as a way to combat some darker mood issues that sometimes arise in my life. Lately I have been slacking in this area though, and it shows both in my physical capabilities (I get worn out and tired easier) and my mood (I’ve been really grumpy) so with the colder, winter months bearing down on us I really need to kick my butt into gear and get on track.
So those are my answers to this weeks theme. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the questions I came up with, and leave me a link to your TTT because I love reading how different people chose to approach the same prompt!
Have a great day! Stay safe & healthy!