- Baking. So much baking. We’re all going to weigh a million pounds, but my house smells amazing.
- Blogging. When I actually bother to write here, people show up to read it.
- Reading. My Overdrive and Kindle apps have been getting a real workout. Here’s a partial list of the books I’ve devoured in the last couple of weeks: The Sorceror’s House by Gene Wolfe, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Constable & Toop by Gareth Jones, Armada by Ernest Cline, Heat Wave by Richard Castle…
- Writing. Aside from blogging here, I’ve gotten at least a few thousand words down on three different fiction pieces, including another flash fiction story.
- Sleeping. Without hours a day scanning all the crises and tragedy in my newsfeed and trending topics, the suffocating weight in my chest has gone away. And without that, I can get to sleep easier.
- Parenting. I’ve had lunch and hung out watching Gotham with my college-student son. I’ve gone camping and hung out watching Once Upon a Time with my middle school daughter. Just hanging out and talking with your kids is an important part of parenting I was sort of skipping.
- Thinking. My biggest revelation is that I was using Facebook to zone out and avoid thinking about things. Not necessarily bad things, but difficult, complex things. I was using it to put off making necessary decisions. Which is a bad thing, people. Decisions you don’t make have a way of making themselves, and usually not for the best.
I probably will continue the Facebook break for the rest of October at least. That means more blog posts, more book reviews, and maybe (fingers crossed!) a book or two completed in draft.
What about you? If you suddenly had 2 – 3 more free hours a day and a 30% increase in energy, what would you do with it?