Do you ever find yourself thinking what you'd do if time was no object? I've been dwelling on it all day, ever since a recently-unemployed friend revealed that there was really no need for her to work, she just liked having someplace to go and something to do. I made sympathetic noises, but inside, I was all, "Are you really telling me that you can't imagine anything else to do with your time?"
Had I the opportunity to spend my time as I pleased, some of the things I might do include ...
1. Making a point to visit every one of the East Bay Regional Park District properties. Go hiking on weekdays when nobody is around and I can pretend these are my lands.
2. Baking my way through every chocolate chip cookie recipe Martha Stewart has published, and taking detailed notes until I found the one true chocolate chip cookie recipe.
3. Building another few raised beds and turning a larger portion of our yard into a square foot gardening paradise. Spend all spring and summer making crazily detailed notes on what's doing well where, then launch into another glorious cycle of madness in time for fall planting.
4. Renting a jackhammer, take out the concrete that blankets a substantial portion of our side yard, then spend a good four months amending the soil, then re-laying a driveway, walkway and patio with much more attractive paving stones. What? I have all this time, right? And I'm great with a jackhammer.
5. Using the Betsy Ray method of pitching publications and have a round robin of freelance pitches going out and coming back. I'd also revamp my book proposal and stop taking to my bed every time a would-be agent tells me no. By the way, I am absolutely unashamed to reveal that some of the best advice I've gotten about how to live as a working writer has come from Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy books.
6. Finally scanning, organizing, framing or archiving the boxes of old family photos with which I've been entrusted. Or researching the place that will do it for me.
7. Taking surfing lessons down in Santa Cruz, then seeing how many different routes I can find for my return drive home. My goal is to eventually become Mrs. Todd and bend the very laws of space and time so I never, ever have to deal with the shitshow that is Highway 17 after a traffic accident.
8. Becoming the type of volunteer who basically runs events or campaigns for the other, more noble and idealistic people. I am excellent at making things happen in an orderly and effective fashion. Experience has taught me that my brand of Teutonic know-how is useful in darn near any organization that relies on volunteers.
9. Finally branching out beyond counted cross-stitch and stiching some of the exquisite designs in Katherine Shaughnessy's The New Crewel. Look at those patterns! I love the blend of stitchery and more modern design. I've had my few sampler kits waiting to be started for two years.
10. Writing these danged blog entries earlier than 10 p.m. at night, at the end of a day that started before 6 a.m. Then again, if I had the kind of life where I was knocking off items 1-9 on the list above, I'd probably still be writing at midnight.
What would you do?