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What do you do when you're not doing this?
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What do you do when you're not doing this?
Inspired by my long gardening ramble in the thread about what your home's like, what does everyone do when they're not hanging around on the internet or engaging in paid employment to fund that internet?

Everyone here probably knows I devote a huge amount of time and energy to playing hockey, but over the last few years I've rediscovered my love of gardening which I inherited from my father. (He, and his mother, could make anything grow. Famously, my mother once left some "dead" sticks that she'd cleared from her house, while helping cart trash around. A few weeks later her mother in law thanked her for the lovely hardwood cuttings, which we now flourishing. Sure enough, they were all producing green shoots and a year later were in full bloom and perfectly well established. My mother says she never had the heart to explain they weren't meant as a present, heh.)

Anyway, I've always been interested in gardening but I felt like I didn't have the time. Changes in my lifestyle over the last few years - mainly related, directly or indirectly, to being ill for quite a while - ended up sending me out there. Our garden had been very badly neglected for a lot of years, for various complicated reasons, so we've been gradually taming it. The front (car parking) section has an excellent mature shrub bed in probably 90% good order, a mixed perennial/shrub bed in medium order, and a whole lot of pots with a range of annual flowers, bulbs, and climbers trained along the fence. The side/patio/courtyard garden is devoted entirely to pots, and it has a mix of ericarious shrubs (azaelias, rhodies, camelia) and bedding in large containers, annual flowers in smaller pots, and my kitchen garden in which I'm trying, for the first time, to grow edibles.

The back yard (paved area) has recently been cleared of most of the "builder's yard rubble" that took half of it over (ahh, the joy's of sharing land with a family business!) and is currently acting as a sort of staging area, with my mini greenhouses, coldframe, stacks of bricks, area for "spent" pots, and stores of things like bark and gravel. There's a good bit of work to get it sorted out - painting the huuuuge roughcast garage wall is the main part, closely followed by training seed-raised annual climbers up it, and getting some Boston ivy to grow on it.

Finally there's the back garden (grass/bed area), which for a loooooong time was probably the most horrendously overgrown "lawn" you could imagine, heh. There's a rose bed which is a big mess but can be sorted as probably one full or two half day's work if the three of us go at it, what used to be a bush bed but we are turning into lawn with trees (with our actions severely thwarted by a freak ice storm that washed away a lot of grass seed and topsoil and allowed weeds to take over), and a small back bed that, when tidied, will have a few hardy evergreens and spring bulbs.

If it all sounds big, it isn't - it's just that the design of our house (long and narrow) means there are several distinct areas which all have their own character.

Anyway, I love gardening. I mean love. I'm planting, digging, watering, weeding, sowing, deadheading, tidying, or all of the above pretty much every day, even on work and hockey days. I'm starting to consider getting some kind of formal qualification in horitculture and seeing if I could make a career out of it. What's especially cool is that there's two big aspects to my life - hockey (and trust me, I'm a jock, heh) and the contrasting slightly geeky nature that seems me constantly reading, playing around with computers, and watching science fiction. Getting your hands in the soil is completely different from both, and the satisfaction when a tricky seed germinates, or a tricky plant flowers, or seeing that your carrots are bigger now than two hours ago . . . there's nothing like it.

So, what's everyone here doing when they're not doing things here? Any hobbies/interests/activities that seem to contrast with the rest of your character? Any other gardeners around?

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2010-05-22 4:27
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Re: What do you do when you're not doing this?
I'm usually at the gym, running outside in my barefoot shoes, making jewelry, trying to tame the lemon balm I should never have planted in the first place (because it has now taken over my garden), or being social and hanging out with my friends.

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2010-05-22 4:38
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Re: What do you do when you're not doing this?
I'm artsy, or I'm off in the garden, or I'm off at a heathen meetup, or I'm off at a GLBT meetup, or I'm playing Munchkin with TheLesbian!, or I'm in the kitchen being creative, or I'm at one of my wide range of medical professionals.

That being said, I'm online far too much.
I wouldn't be online this much if I had the energy to do half the things I want to do, but I don't have it, so... Online it is.

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Re: What do you do when you're not doing this?
Well, aside from the continuous search for a job, you can find me doing anything such as:

-Making things like jewelry and clothes and sculptures
-Drawing, painting, making midis, singing, dancing
-Drinking and partying with various social circles
-Texting the crap out of people
-Biking from place to place as my car is deaded
-Reading books
-Writing
-Tanning outside
-Cleaning house
-Talking on the phone
-Buying things and/or avoiding buying things
-Playing video games
-Singing karaoke
-Taking pictures
-Exploring
-Trying to find an alligator and/or shark
-Trying new things
-Visiting graveyards
-Fighting random people
-Lighting things on fire


And things like that. I'm usually in the process of making something or destroying something. If I'm not, I'm probably asleep and dreaming of making or destroying something.

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Re: What do you do when you're not doing this?
Archer Wrote:So, what's everyone here doing when they're not doing things here? Any hobbies/interests/activities that seem to contrast with the rest of your character? Any other gardeners around?

Other than working 9-5 M-F, most of my week nights are taken up between caring for our home (cleaning, mowing the lawn, laundry, etc.), walking around the neighbordhood and watching movies/TV shows from Netflix. Alternately, when the mood strikes me, I draw, read or work in my workshop.

On the weekends you can catch me doing anything from hiking to swimming to lounging around inside to anything in between. I tend to do what I'm in the mood for. And whereas most week nights are the same, my weekends vary greatly!

And this year, we have a garden! I'm pleased to announce that we now have corn growing (I'm SO excited for the sweet corn! <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin --> ), a tomato plant, 2 cucumbers, 2 pepper plants, several watermelon plants, sage, rosemary and basil.

Miniar Wrote:That being said, I'm online far too much.

Me too. However, most if not all of my online time is while I'm actually at work (when I'm supposed to be doing work, but still. <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink -->).

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2010-05-24 17:57
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Re: What do you do when you're not doing this?
A lot of knitting, including sweaters, shawls, lace, cables...we know how to do pretty much everything except colorwork and are hoping to start learning that once we get a few projects done.

City of Heroes, where we're working on getting one of each archetype to level 50 - we've got 5 out of 14 so far - and sometimes Aion with one or the other of our sweeties.

We write, paint, and do some energy work, but not as much with those as we'd like. Working on that. We're also learning bellydance and hoping to start swordfighting lessons soon.

And of course we spend a decent amount of time serving our kittehs. Also Netflix. We're currently working our way through Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time and re-watching the first season of Babylon 5 in preparation for finally finishing the series.

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2010-05-25 4:18
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Re: What do you do when you're not doing this?
Well, I take a few classes at the community college (costuming and fashion this year), play a tabletop roleplaying game of Star Wars, attend local BDSM scene munches and play parties, do a lot of drugs, write copious amounts of poetry, read, hike and practice playing the harmonica. I've also taken on the role of domestic servant in my household. o.O

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simim23 Wrote:making midis,


Finally! Someone else who does this!

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skorpio Wrote:
simim23 Wrote:making midis,


Finally! Someone else who does this!


I totally made a techno version of Don't Stop Believing by Journey. <3

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skorpio Wrote:
simim23 Wrote:I totally made a techno version of Don't Stop Believing by Journey. <3

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