I had a long weekend this weekend. Friday, I went to a conference, where I ran a section of the Maker Playground. It was great fun. We scanned people in and printed them out, flew some mini quadcopters around and made paper circuits. Saturday, we went to a fantastic wedding, a couple I’ve known for about 7 years or so, and it’s finally legal for them to get married! So, that was a great celebration. Sunday, I did nothing, despite it being a beautiful day. I was physically and emotionally exhausted from a long week. Geeky Boy was in town and we hung out together. Otherwise, I sat on the couch and played Civilization.
Today, I came out of slugdom and started straightening up areas of the house. I decided that I needed to focus on me for once. The last few weekends, I’ve prepped for classes, written papers, or other work. I needed to do something to improve the space I spend time in and feel like I was doing something non-work-related.
I made some chicken stock from scratch and while it was cooking, I borrowed Geeky Girl’s guitar and started learning to play. I got an iPad app to guide me through the process. It’s a little like Guitar Hero with a real guitar. I practiced for about an hour. And yes, I suck. But it’s so different from what I normally do, and I have to focus so much that I can’t think about anything else. Essentially that’s why I play video games, but I get bored with them after a while and get tired of staring at a screen.
My goal is to learn a song or two by the end of the school year. I think everyone should try to learn something completely new every 5 years. I’ve had to learn new programming languages almost every year, but those map fairly well onto existing knowledge. I also wanted to challenge myself to take the time to do this even when life is busy. It’s easy enough that I would have a hard time making excuses (unlike exercise where weather can throw a wrench into all my plans). We’ll see how it goes, and if I get any good, I’ll post a tune here.