Jan 31, 2009

Weekly Geeks - Beyond Books

This week's task is:
#1. What are you passionate about besides reading and blogging? For example, are you crafty (knitting, woodworking, scrapbooking, model building)? Do you cook? Into gaming (computer or board)? Sports (player or spectator)? Photography? Maybe you like geocaching, rock climbing? Or love attending events like renaissance fairs, concerts? Music? Dancing? You get the idea.

Tell us why you're passionate about it. Post photos of what you've made or of yourself doing whatever it is you love doing.

#2. Get us involved. Link to tutorials, recipes, Youtube videos, websites, fan sites, etc, anything that will help us learn more about your interest or how to do your hobby. Maybe you'd like to link to another hobbyist whose work you admire or tell us about a book or magazine related to your interest.

#3. Visit other Weekly Geeks. Link in your post to other Geeks who've peaked your interest in their passion. Or maybe you might find a fellow aficionado among us, link to them.
I do indeed have other passions beyond reading, though lately I feel that I can't handle more than one hobby at a time. This makes me sad, because there are so many things out there I'd love to devote more time to. My greatest passion other than books is music. I became obsessed with music when I was 12 and I never looked back. Here's a picture of the CDs on my current computer-side pile. My latest (by "latest" I mean persistent-for-a-year-now, ever since I saw her open for The Mountain Goats) musical obsession is Emmy the Great, a British singer/songwriter whose first album is coming out next month. You should check her out! My favourite song of hers is this one.

Hmm, what else. Frightened Rabbit are a Scottish band that I'm also currently sort of obsessed with. They have a new live acoustic album which you can listen to in its entirety here. I discovered them via last.fm, a music website where I spend massive amounts of time. Other than listening to music at home, I also love going to concerts, and some of my best memories ever are of live shows. Unfortunately, for the past year or so I haven't been able to go to many shows, mostly because I'm no longer able to travel 5 hours each way for a band like I used to. But! Later this year I'm seeing Antony & the Johnsons and Wilco, so I'm happy. (Also, I collect concert setlist, but I should probably leave that story for another time. I have almost 50, though!)

I also really enjoy crafting. I go through phases where I do it obsessively, and then I spend months not crafting at all. My current obsession is making bookmarks, but I'll spare you the details because I've blabbed about it before. You can see some of my bookmark making supplies in the picture. A few years ago I also used to make accessories - felt brooches, bead necklaces, etc. You can also see some in the picture:

Another thing I love is hiking. This is something I only do when I have company and when I’m in a place where walking trails actually exist, which unfortunately is not the case at all where I live. But my ideal holidays are spent in nature, walking and being away from everything. Here are some hiking pictures from trips I took with my boyfriend over the years:

I have a weird relationship with movies and TV series. The ones I love I really, really love. These include movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Before Sunset/Sunrise, Lost in Translation, Spirited Away, Japanese Story, Little Miss Sunshine, Driving Lessons, Deconstructing Harry, etc; and tv series like Scrubs, Stargate and Babylon 5. Yet I am reluctant to make time for them somehow. It's the whole I-can-only-handle-one-hobby thing.

The same goes for videogames. I have been neglecting them for the past 2-3 years. I used to be obsessed with Final Fantasy, and the only reason why I'm not anymore is because a lot of time has passed and I've forgotten how much I actually love it. I also love older platform games like the Donkey Kong series, Yoshi's Island or the first two Banjo-Kazooie games. And of course, everything Mario.

Last but not least, there's writing. I haven't attempted fiction in a while (though I should stop being a wuss and go back to it for the simple reason that it's so much fun), but I write compulsively. I have since my pre-teen years. And I have a bunch of journals and notebooks that I love carrying around and filling with random thoughts, notes, lists, story ideas, quotations, etc.

This is all tempting me to start a read-less-and-do-other-things-more challenge. I love reading, I honestly do. But I know that I could get as much satisfaction out of some of these other hobbies. I wish I had several lifetimes, so that I could devote each entirely to one.

Other Weekly Geeks: Check out Care's lobster pie! It's actually a fruit pie, but how awesome does it look? Also, I discovered that Rebecca is a fellow Babylon 5 and Stargate fan. She's also into crafting. Lou is interested in travelling and Egyptology. Claire wrote about visual arts and shared some beautiful paintings. And Tasses wrote a very complete post on digital scrapbooking.


  1. fun post nymeth :O)
    Cute Emmy song, I had never heard it before. It sounds very 'folksy'

    your bookmarks are awesome :O)

    my hubby loves hiking, and he manages to drag me along sometimes..lol I am such a chicken though! For some reason, I am terrified of running into a bear.

    I havent watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind yet, I heard it was very good.

    enjoy your weekend !

  2. Love your cute puppy, your beautiful bookmarks and I really like Frightened Rabbit. first time I've heard them - willl be listening to more of these ;0)

  3. What a fun post! It's so nice to see and hear about your other passions!

  4. I checked out Frightened Rabbit and really like their music. thanks for that!

  5. We have a similar taste in movies.. I love all the ones you mentioned! Do you also like Il Postino and Cinema Paradiso? They're my favourites as well..

  6. I LOVED this post, Nymeth! I loved hearing about all the other things you're passionate about! And I simply couldn't agree with you more about wishing you had several lifetimes so you devote one to each of your passions! A cousin of mine once told me that she couldn't ever imagine not working full time, because she would be so utterly bored with so much free time on her hands. All I could think was how there could never ever be enough free time to read all the books I want to read, scrapbook all the memories I want to record, crochet/knit/sew/cross-stitch/etc. all the projects I want to make, visit all the places I'd love to experience, watch all the movies I want to see, etc., etc., etc. I just can't imagine life without hobbies, but I actually know several people who really don't have any.
    You know, I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wish you could come spend a month or so with us...we could play away in the craft room, spend time hiking through upstate NY (we love hiking, too!), relax and read in the little "library" that we're finally finishing up, and you could introduce me to all the music you love (because I truly tend to live in the past on that front)...

  7. It's always the time thing, isn't it? I'd be able to get so much more done!
    I nearly put writing, because I love it, but I haven't done any for so long, it didn't feel right.
    Happy Weekly Geeks :)

  8. Man, can I ever relate to the only one hobby at a time! It didn't use to be like this, I think that it's combining blogging and reading that is sucking away my time for anything else.

    You have some nice other hobbies, though!

  9. Naida: It is folksy...a lot of the music I listen to is in that style :P I haven't been anywhere where there are bears, but in Brazil I'm always terrified of snakes. Once I almost had a heart attack when I saw a lizard's head peeping just by the side of the trail. You enjoy your weekend too!

    Lynda, I'm glad you like them :D

    Robin, I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it :)

    Erika Lynn, you're welcome! I'm glad to be spreading the Frightened Rabbit love (and how cool a band name is that?)

    Claire: No, but I suspect that the only reason is that I haven't watched them yet. I shall amend that!

    Debi: I know...I can't understand boredom either. I mean, I know a lot of people complained they're bored, but for me the days are NEVER enough for everything I want to do. Also, I guess some people see hobbies as ways to "kill time", whereas for me they're some of the things that make me love life so much. I so wish I could go visit you! It would be paradise for sure!

    Maree: Happy Weekly Geeks! I haven't done any "proper" writing in a while either, but blogging is writing too :P And plus I keep random journals about all sorts of things and nothing at all.

    Amy: Blogging is a big part of the reason why I don't have time for other hobbies these days. But it's such a fun hobby that I really don't want to cut back. I still wish I had time to do some of the things I used to, though.

  10. What a great post!

    I feel much the same about movies and television shows. I love them, but they take up so much time that I'm reluctant to give them much attention. A movie isn't like a book, where I can carry it around with me and read a little faster if I find myself very involved. I've got to commit to it for a certain period of time, and I find that daunting alongside everything else I have and want to do.

  11. You have many diverse hobbies. Good for you and thanks for sharing. My post is here.

  12. Fun post Nymeth :) I now have 2 more bands to add to the "to be listened to" list :p Hope you enjoy the shows when you get to go!

    I absolutely love your bookmarks! The black one with the silver stars on it that you made me has not left a book yet since you sent it to me :) It's now officially my favorite bookmark. You really need to open an Etsy shop with all of those crafting goodies you have!

    I love to hike too, but sadly I rarely go anywhere that allows for it :( Those pictures are just gorgeous! I would love to see some of those places.

    And finally, I was so glad to see that you had Driving Lessons on your favorite movies list! I didn't even know anyone else had heard of that movie. Wasn't it fantastic?

  13. I agree! I wish I could do it all, all at once. Beautiful photos. I love to go hiking in the fall and we have some great trails around here. I love that you have so many hobbies. I wrote about just one but usually have several projects going at once!

  14. I'm listening to Frightened Rabbit right now and really enjoying it. Emmy kind of reminds me of Christine Lavin, do you know of her? We have similar taste, in that we both love that folky sound. I did my WG about music, too, but of a different sort.

  15. Oh, I love the bookmarks! Now I want to go make some too!

    The hiking photos are beautiful. And the FF8 figurines made me grin. I miss playing the game. :D

  16. Time is definitely of the essence isn't it? There just are not enough hours in a day to get in all the fun things I would like to focus on.

    You hiking pictures are lovely and I absolutely loved your bookmarks! What lucky friends and family you have to have received them as gifts.

    Happy reading and other thinging!

  17. Your bookmarks are fabulous...I love being crafty..I like to scrapbook. Oh those photos from your hikes take my breath away!! I would love to hike with you....wonderful and fun post!!

    I really enjoyed this weeks Geek because it allows us to get to know each other outside of books!!!

  18. Hi,

    I'm not in the Weekly Geeks but I'll comment anyway! :)

    I enjoyed reading your post about your other hobbies. I love listening to music too. They can calm me down when I'm feeling down and out.

    Those hiking pictures are beautiful. Which countries are they in?

  19. I'm not in Weekly Geeks either, but I love this post. So nice to know more about you! I love music, too, adn hiking...

  20. Great post. I used to be very much into music (several different genres) and spent a lot of money buying music and concert and festival tickets, discussing music etc, but somehow I kinda lost interest in music. Not that I don't like music, because I really do. But I seldom get "excited" over a singer/band/song any more and I rarely go to concerts. Some say that it is part of getting older, but that is crap, because I know many people who are way older than I am, who are still "into" music compassionately.

    I am way too lazy to enjoy hiking, but I love to travel and I loved your photos.

    Handicrafts are unfortunately not for me. I can't do them and I haven't got the patience and nothing ever ends up looking like it did in the glossy picture or the pretty webpage.

    I used to keep a journal and kept it for more than 15 years. I love to look back in those old journals, and I don't know why I stopped doing it. Perhaps my welt-schmertz disappeared and I didn't feel the need to express every single emotion any more....? In fact, I haven't been able to write anything since in that "genre", I even cringe when I "have" to write a more personal blog-post. I can write a lot of non-ficion and still do, but not fiction or diaries. Don't know why.


  21. Really like your musical tastes! I listen to music nonstop, like I have a constant soundtrack running for my life.

    Do you know Amy MacDonald, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals or Newton Faulkner? They are my latest musical finds. Here's a link to a post I did: Random Wonder. I even have a tag on the blog called musicology, but I don't get around to talking about it enough.

    Are we related? Scrubs, Eternal Sunshine..., Little Miss Sunshine, Deconstructing Harry... Tell me you like Stranger Than Fiction too? Lost? What do you think about Scrubs on ABC? I'm a little worried.

    I sent a link your way here: Random Wonder

    As always, love your blog.

  22. A fellow crafter! Funny that being so familiar with your book blog, I never realized that. Great post!

  23. Memory: Exactly. It's the knowing that I'll have to spend two hours or whatever doing nothing but watching that movie that bugs me. I guess the pause button can always be used, but it's not the same as with books.

    pussreboots: loved your post!

    Chris: I hope you enjoy Emmy & The Rabbit (that sounds like a band name itself :P) I have all the steps I need to go Etsy listed in my head. One buy supplies, two make bookmarks, three take good quality pictures, four set up paypal...you get the picture :P Now I just need to actually take them. And that's always the hardest bit. The pictures are in Wales, Scotland and Brazil, and I just added two taken here in Portugal. All places worth visiting! And you're right, you don't hear that much about Diving Lessons and it's such a great movie. I loved the story, the characters, the acting, the soundtrack, the gorgeous Scottish landscapes, everything. Some people dismiss it as an updated Harold & Maude, but I actually liked it a lot more than Harold & Maude.

    other Chris: The fall is my favourite time of the year to go hiking. I love the colours, the cool but still nice weather, everything!

    Ali: I'm not familiar with Christine Lavin, but I will check her out!

    Yati: I miss it too...I have a save file from disc 3 (almost always my favourite moment in FF games...you get your air vehicle and can go wherever, and things are not too near the end yet) with 145+ hours of gameplay...all because I often use it to just go around visiting places from the game that I miss :P

    Kim: Definitely not enough hours in the day. And you know, I think I'm going to start including bookmarks when I do giveaways. I love making them for blogging friends too! Happy reading and other thinging for you too :D

    Staci: Thank you! That's always been one of my favourite things about WG...we get to know one another better :)

    Josette and Daphne, definitely no need to participate in WG to comment :) The pictures were taken in Wales, Scotland and Brazil. And I've just added two from Portugal. I have a hard time imagining life without music....I kind of suspect I'd go nuts.

    Louise: I have friends who tell me the same. I agree it doesn't have to do with age...some people lose interest in music as they grow older, but others don't. We all change as time passes, so it's only natural. I'm actually also really clumsy, but somehow I insist on crafting, even if things don't turn out like I imagined them :P As for journalling, my style changed so much over the years. I definitely don't do the same kind of endless analysis of my every feeling I did in my teens. But I still feel the need to write down my thoughts on some things. It helps me think more clearly.

    Tasses: Aww, thank you! I'll have to check out the bands you mentioned! I love discovering new music. I haven't watched Stranger than Fiction yet, but I've been meaning to every since it came out. I have a feeling I'll love it too! As for Scrubs, I just hope it doesn't change too much. What happened with season 7 drove me nuts. I just want to see a proper ending! Preferable with JD and Elliot getting back together, but even if not, I'll be happy as long as things are wrapped up properly.

    Jenclair: It's because before the recent bookmark-making craze I hadn't done any crafting in years. But lately I've been realizing how much I missed it and getting excited about it again :)

  24. There's this self-help book called the Artist's way which is based on a weekly program to unlock your inner artist. I love the premises and tried to follow the program twice, but there's too many exercises to do. Anyway, one of the weeks, one requirement is NOT to read and do anything else: painting, crafting, staring at the window, whatever.
    Like you, I'd love to dedicate more time to crafty things but I have so little free time now that I always want to fill with with reading or blogging or cinema...

  25. Those are some great hobbies to have! I hear ya on the one hobby thing. Right now I'm try to make time for writing, which doesn't leave much time for any of my other hobbies, like blogging. If only there was more time in the day!

  26. Wow, I love reading this post, Nymeth! I like hearing about your hobbies, especially the bookmark making and those pictures are great!

    Spirited Away is one of my favourite animations, and one which I don't think I'll ever get tired of it!

    Hope you've a great weekend, Nymeth! :)

  27. I absolutely LOVED this post, Nymeth! It is so nice to get to know others beyond books, even though I know books are such a big part of our lives. This year I've kind of put reading and blogging a little bit on the back burner. I love it, really really do, but I hate the fact that I could be missing out on other things as well. I'm always saying, "I wish I had more time to do [fill in blank]" and I DO, I just have to reorganize my time.

    I love the hiking pictures you posted--especially the one of your shadows. This is definitely something I'd like to do more in the future. And of course, many of your favorite movies are also mine (and Scrubs? love it so much). :)

  28. This is another fun post, Nymeth! I've always admire people who are good at crafts. The best I could do is crocheting... Reading and blogging (and working) are what I do best. LOL.

  29. Great post! I too am obsessed with good music. I loved Emmy's song!

  30. Your hiking photos are very beautiful. They make me want to go there :)

  31. Nymeth, I absolutely LOVED this post! Mostly because we seem to have very similar habits (I'm OBSESSED! with music) as well as similar tastes (if you like the Mountain Goats, I would suggest you give The Infamous Stringdusters a try. They're absolutely amazing. And The Delta Saints, which you'll have to google/myspace, as they're still working on their first LP). I loved hearing about the music and movies that you seem to love so much!

  32. Valentina, I should so do a week like that. But then I'd miss blogging, I bet :P I guess that when I'm tired or whatever it's easier to curl up with a good book than to start a creative project.

    Kim: I know...I think I'd be fine with 36 hour days. But it's so great that you've been making writing a priority!

    Melody, I'm really glad you liked it :) I've watched Spirited Away like 4 times now and I never tire of it either. I love the movie's atmosphere, and all the Japanese folklore.

    Trish, glad you liked it :D You're right, it's just a matter of reorganizing time. The way my life is at the moment makes reading the "easiest" hobby, but in an ideal future I'll be reading and blogging less and doing other things more. Not that I don't love reading and blogging, but I want to diversify. And thanks! I'm fond of the shadows picture too...the colours turned out nice, plus it brings me such good memories.

    Alice: I never said I was good :P And I think you're forgetting your absolutely AMAZING photography, no? :P

    Kristina, I'm really glad you liked it!

    Dorte, thank you :)

    Chelsea: I'm listening to The Infamous Stringdusters on myspace right now and loving them! Gotta love banjos :D I'll also check out The Delta Saints. Thank you for the recommendations!

  33. It was fun to read about all your other passions. I so know what you mean about not having time to do them all. I love your idea of having several lifetimes and devoting one to each. LOL.
    Loved the hiking pictures too. Not too much nature here in the bustle of Tokyo. I miss the ocean and wide open spaces you can find so easily in Canada.

  34. I'm a big fan of Scrubs, too, and I like a lot of the movies that you listed. I've never watched Stargate and Babylon 5, though, but I'm a big scifi geek; I'm really into Dr. Who and Torchwood. :]

  35. I'm certainly passionate about many things. Music is one of them. I am constantly on You Tube watching videos and trying out new artists as well as feeding musical obsessions. Finding new art to inspire and fuel my imagination is another passion. Gaming, watching movies, British television is a definite passion. Love watching the sitcoms especially.

  36. Great tastes in music. I will have to check out the bands you mentioned. SO much great music, so little time.

    Also, if you are ever interested, I am attempting to start a blogzine called "Out Of Jersey" to publish poets and flash fiction writers. I am also open to artists as well. If you would like to submit something please shoot me an e-mail to outofnj@gmail.com

  37. tanabata: there is nature around my city, but I don't drive and public transportation is awful. So sadly I don't have many chances to go hiking either. Several lifetimes would be great...but even that might not be enough :P

    Chayenne: I've never watched Dr. Who, but the things I've been told about it make me think I'd love it too.

    Carl: It's easy to tell from your blog that you are indeed passionate about many things :) I love that you share them with us!

    Out of Jersey: I know...so little time indeed. And thanks for letting know about the zine!

  38. There is never enough time for all the hobbies we like is there? Thank you for sharing this - and I will check out the last.fm site. I love listening to music when I'm bookbinding.

  39. I'm a huge music fan too. But yes, it does take a lot of time and money too! I often find myself saying "Hmmmm... Do I buy books? Or music? Or parts for my diabolical robotic experiment?" Love your site.

  40. Sorry I'm late with this, I love how you write about your other passions too! Music, bookmarks/crafts, hiking - I love this too, and especially your photographs which are gorgeous - and journals, which I keep too! thank you so much for sharing with us, Nymeth, I loved this post. You are so talented!! - and you like Babylon 5, which puts you in a select group in my eyes, lol!

  41. ps as to the time question, I wish someone would find a time bubble so we could do everything we want! I'm with you and Debi, I wouldn't be bored at home, there's so much I want to do!


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