Sunday, July 15, 2012

It's Not A Break

School's out and it's real life for the summer. I have to stay productive or I'll implode, so I've been narrowing down a few options for keeping myself busy.

It's not that I'm ever really idle, even when I'm collapsed in my chair, in pain and ill, I'm still trying to fold socks or fill out surveys. And when I can move, I'm never caught up on housework, so I've got that to look forward to. But, I need, and deserve, to have a life outside of household chores and the computer.

I've made a few new friends, so maybe it's time for some socializing! I haven't made many friends since migraines, so it's kind of a big deal for me to be spending time with new people. So, this summer, I have been and will continue to partake in social activities like: walking dogs, taking photos, and having interesting conversations.

But, my busy social calendar won't actually take up much time, since I can't handle more than one or two outings a week, and really not at all during heat waves. To fill my inevitable indoor time, I signed up for another survey-type site. I'm still active at several others, but I don't qualify for as many surveys since I don't often buy most of the things they are researching for. And now that I'm avoiding packaged foods, it's dwindled even further. I know, I just said I need to get away from the computer occasionally, but this new site will hopefully give me back a little more income. Christmas is coming!

For personal enrichment, I been wanting to supplement my photography knowledge. I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't know how to use my camera very well. I know a few tricks, but never paid the technical aspect of photography enough attention, and I'm starting to see it in my work. I was thinking of taking a class over the summer, but couldn't afford it, so I've started looking online for free articles and tutorials and I think I should be able to educate myself pretty thoroughly, with a little luck and perseverance. Luck mostly, because my camera's in the process of breaking and I have no funds for a new one. This is upsetting but I have no idea what to do but keep taping it back up and hope for a miracle windfall to replace it before it shatters into bits.

Well, I think that'll about top me off. Friends, photos, learning, and money-making attempts will keep me plenty busy, and school isn't really that far off again, so I'll need to start planning for that right quick.

Didn't I say I needed a break?


Migrainista said...

Congrats on the new friends and good luck on all your summer ventures :)