I have a hobby problem

Hi, everyone.  My name is Jessie, and.... I have too many hobbies.

[Hi, Jessie.]

There are a lot bigger problems in most peoples lives, and to be clear: I am not complaining.  I know how fortunate I am to have the time to have hobbies, especially because a few short years ago, I was working two jobs and taking professional exams and barely had time to maintain my relationship with my husband, much less time to, you know, do things.

The bad news is that I end up spending all my time doing the things, and run out of time to write about doing the things.  Hence, fewer blog posts.  But I've been doing such fun stuff lately, and want to share with all of you, so I'm going to make a real effort in the next few weeks to make it happen. Work deadlines? PSH.  Ultramarathon training?  No problem.  Entire house to unpack?  Fffffffuuu...

ONWARD AND UPWARD!

Here is a brief idea of the myriad things I have gotten myself into.  Some of these will be blog posts, and others are related activities that you probably will see mentioned briefly here and there, but which probably don't constitute full blog posts.

Fermentation

This is something I have dabbled with in the past, but now I have been doing some experiments, and it is so much fun.  I feel like a mad scientist, which is actually one of my dream jobs (that's a real job, right?).  I've pickled things in the past, and the hub now makes real, fermented sourdough bread (drool), but I'm diving into some more experiments head-first.  I may or may not get into some of these on the blog, but just know that if you come to visit my house, it will likely smell of vinegar and sourdough.

My SCOBY has a first name, it's "Sym-bi-o-tic." My SCOBY has a second name, it's "ColonyOfBacteriaAndYeast."  Catchy, right?

My SCOBY has a first name, it's "Sym-bi-o-tic." My SCOBY has a second name, it's "ColonyOfBacteriaAndYeast."  Catchy, right?

Gardening

So apparently having an entire farm takes up quite a bit of time.  We have been working when we can to build up some beds (spoiler alert: the results from the soil test were less than desirable).  But we have A PLAN!  And we're tackling this mamma jamma so that we can get some stuff planted.  Expect multiple updates on that.

Oh there will be an entire post on what's going on right here.

Oh there will be an entire post on what's going on right here.

Unpacking the house

This is not a hobby.  This is the opposite of a hobby.  I loathe unpacking, which is odd because I LOVE organizing.  It's the initial explosion before the organization that I think I dread.  We're getting there....... slowly......

Just kill me now.

Just kill me now.

Running

Oh yeah, and running.  Just completed my first 100k two weeks ago, and am signed up for quite a few more ultra-adventures this summer.  Fortunately this is my most favorite hobby, because it certainly eats up a huge chunk of time.  How does this relate to this blog?  Well, a lot of my solo trips out to the mountains turn into foraging adventures as I find things along trails.  Then I strap the foodstuffs into my pack and hope they don't fall out as I run back to the car (again).

Gorge Waterfalls 100k. Photo by Glenn Tachiyama.

Gorge Waterfalls 100k. Photo by Glenn Tachiyama.

Being "Active" in the "Community"

Trail work parties and seeking out wacky beach creatures are super duper duper fun, so I volunteer to do these things.  It's really more for me than for the organization, so hey, win-win.  Volunteering with the aquarium has taught me a lot about historically edible creatures in Puget Sound, though the beaches are nature preserves and harvesting is not allowed.  But rules won't exist in the zombie apocalypse, and I'll know where to find the geoducks.

If you ever wonder where science fiction writers get their ideas from, go spend some time in the world's oceans.  Seriously, there is some weird shit down there.  This is a spaghetti worm.  Or possibly an alien from outer space.

If you ever wonder where science fiction writers get their ideas from, go spend some time in the world's oceans.  Seriously, there is some weird shit down there.  This is a spaghetti worm.  Or possibly an alien from outer space.

Foraging

As yes, urban foraging - so easy in a city like Seattle.  Don't worry, there's more to come on that, especially now that it's spring!

The blackberries... they're coooomiiiiinggg...

The blackberries... they're coooomiiiiinggg...

Alright, I think that just about covers it.  Other than, of course, having a marriage and friendships and keeping my dog and hermit crab alive and healthy.  And the whole "job" situation.  Not trivial things, those.