One of the many, and probably most surprising, side effects of pregnancy that I have discovered is boredom. I’ve realized that I have too much time on my hands, and I don’t really know what to do with it. I know, I know…I should relish it now because once the baby is born I won’t even remember what it’s like to have extra time on my hands. I get it. I do relish this time, and I’m not exactly complaining. I’m just bored.
Let me first say that ever since we moved to Temecula I have had no social life. Most of my friends are in San Diego, and the few that I have here are usually busy working or taking care of their own kids. But before being pregnant I could at least go out and have a glass of wine every now and then with Ronny and/or the few friends I do have in this town. But the problem is that that’s all there is to do around here — go out for drinks. Need I point out that going out for drinks is really not very fun when you’re not drinking?
I spend my days bored at work for nine hours, and then I spend my nights bored at home until I go to bed. It stinks. My dear husband is, and always has been, very social, so, although he does spend time home with me, I can usually see that he’s itching to go out. We used to be able to go grab a drink and chat in a social setting, but now, the only one experiencing any kind of social life is him. I’m welcome to come along, he says, but again, it’s really not very fun to sit in a bar and watch people drink. Plus, I always have to go to bed before everyone else so I can get up early for work. So I stay home. I think I’ve even started having serious conversations with the dog and cat. Is that pathetic, or what?
But, with this free time on my hands, I’ve managed to assuage my boredom by diving in to my arts and crafts. Arts & Crafts has always been my favorite fun time, but I never seemed to have the time to do anything. So now I’m taking advantage of this time, and I’ve started making things for our future baby. Not only have I picked up my crochet needles and yarn, but I’ve also refinished a rocking chair that my parents bought at a garage sale:
And, then I moved on to decoupage. This was inspired by a girl named Karen from my work. I bought one of her little decoupage pictures at our employee craft fair. As with all other craft fairs, I looked at nearly everyone’s work and thought, “I could do that!” So I did. And here’s what I came up with:
Cute, huh? So now, as I sit and watch celebrity gossip shows waiting my homemade potato soup to be ready and for Grey’s Anatomy to come on, I’ll work on crocheting my baby blanket. And, if you PROMISE not to laugh and make fun of what a lousy crocheter I am, I’ll show it to you when it’s finished!
So, at the very least, I guess I’m being at least somewhat productive with all of this extra time on my hands. And yes, I’m enjoying it while I can. But I’m still bored!