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His Action, My Boredom

Monday, January 06, 2020

I don't want to be one of those spouses who starts a blog post off with "I love my husband but...", so I will say this...

That man works incredibly hard. So hard that we are able to cashflow my graduate program and I can pursue my passions in the nonprofit world, despite the fact I'm primarily paid in warm fuzzies. For this reason and the fact that he's often tired and we're still disgustingly in love, I'll concede the remote in the evenings. 90% of the time that means we are watching some ridiculous action and adventure program, complete with car chases (vroom! vroom!) and gunfights (pew! pew!)

Understandably, at least to the spouses in similar situations, I'm bored in the evenings. While he's watching, I'm eating.

This week's goal is to find alternatives to boredom eating in the evenings. Despite the shows being terrible, I want to be in the living room with him and our dog. I've ordered a tray table that goes over the arm of the couch so I can pursue hobbies besides getting fatter. I've committed to stop eating at 8 pm and I'm setting myself up for success.

So far, I have:
- Adult coloring books. People kept buying them for me during that craze two Christmases ago.

- Loom knitting. I can't knit with needles due to my arthritis, but I can loom knit. Mostly in straight lines, which means scarves for everyone!

- Sudoku. I just learned how to play, so one puzzle should take me an entire episode, especially if I pause every time someone gets shot (on tv, my neighborhood isn't *that* bad)

- Sparkpeople. Despite maybe 3 people reading this biog and many message board comments being "WTG" as an easy source of points, there's something healing about exploring my relationship with my body and in writing for fun.

Suggestions on keeping my hands busy are welcome. Otherwise, I'm afraid they'll fill up with cookies.
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    During HIS boring shows, I try to read---don't have to even hear what's on the TV. Sometimes I just go to bed because waking up with lots of sleep feels so good!
    42 days ago
    Great blog! I can really relate! When my DH and DD are watching their boring shows (cartoons like Family Guy, American Dad, The Simpsons, and Bob's Burgers), I read a good book and sip on unsweetened tea. I've learned to like it iced or hot without anything at all to sweeten it. I also have found brushing (and flossing) followed by mouthwash keeps me from wanting to eat at night. Having my mouth all fresh and clean makes me want to keep it that way, so I can go straight to bed when I get tired.

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    42 days ago
    Person #4 🤣🤣🤣 No really, those are great ideas!
    42 days ago
    Boredom eating... yup, that's what got me here, too.

    I bought a few of those hand grip strengtheners - I keep one at the office, one in my car, and one at home. When I am bored and want to reach for something, I reach for a glass of water and the grip strengthener. It's not a miracle cure but it does help to distract a couple of times.

    I am also a fountain pen and stationery enthusiast, so when I get bored I can grab a pen and clean it, write a note, etc.

    Finally, I love to cook and I sharpen my own knives. Need to kill 10 minutes? Sharpen a knife. It's incredibly satisfying, you get a sense of accomplishment, you save money from paying to have them sharpened, and you increase kitchen safety (a sharp knife is far safer than a dull one). One of my best friends is a chef and he keeps jokingly asking me just how sharp is sharp enough. Last night he asked me is I was trying to get them sharp enough to split atoms LOLOL I replied I wasn't but now I have a new goal!!

    Anyway, kudos for picking up on the fact that you need to occupy your hands and mind with a replacement to eating.
    42 days ago
  • RETAT60
    Sudoku has been my go to distraction in the evenings. Or reading. You have a great list of ideas.
    42 days ago
  • ANDI424
    Oh my goodness I enjoyed your blog so much. I also have sat through said boring shows in the name of love and companionship. I make a cup of herbal tea sweetened with a little honey and my water bottle close at hand.
    42 days ago
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