After settling into my day to day city life a few years ago I quickly realized how much ‘me’ time I would be having.  I suppose my hopes for instant closet upgrades, a Penthouse apartment and weekly fine dining were a litttttttle unrealistic.  A more realistic picture became understanding what the word “loan” meant, having my own cocktail experimentation and anxiously awaiting my Mr. Dr’s home arrival from his 15 hour (on a good day) workday.  This brought me to the contemplation of hobbies.  No better time than now right?  Well before settling upon this blog, one can say I definitely tried…

My first attempt was sewing. I registered for a class and made a wallet during that 3 hour beginner’s course.  I gained a whole new respect for designers, clothing makers, seamstresses and tailors.  For about a week I had this grand idea that with my love for fashion I would become a fashion designer…that lasted about as long as it took me to call my mom and ask for her advice on what type of sewing machine I should get.  I guess moms really do know best because that idea was not pursued.  Turns out, sewing is not exactly my forte and I felt it was a tad bit selfish to turn our little 500 square foot apartment into a design studio when Mr. Dr. did not even have room for a desk.  And to be honest, I found it a little too boring for me.

Could be mistaken for me right?!

I moved on to cooking.  This definitely started out anything but boring.  I grew up with the best home cooking.  I know everyone says that but I REALLY did.  My mom was and still is my favorite cook (just a notch in front of all Chipotle employees).  So cooking just seemed like it would be a natural niche.  WRONG.  To spare you of the gory details, let’s just say that in the last year I have visited Mr. Dr. at work twice from cutting myself on that oh so innocent looking Cutco knife set and evil looking vegetable slicer that reside in our kitchen. I know practice makes perfect but at some point we have to draw the line for fear of losing fingers…or limbs. Nonetheless, Seamless Web has become my best friend – for those of you that are saying huh? – it’s a web-based food ordering system that links you with local restaurants in your area, aka: the best invention since stem-less wine glasses.  NYC is pretty ahead of the curve and pretty much any and all restaurants here are set up through it which makes for a very happy Mrs. Dr. 🙂 BUT don’t get me wrong.  It’s not that I dislike cooking.  It’s just that I think there are more productive things I could be doing with my time since I’m not the whiz in the kitchen that I so wish I was.  But just because I haven’t had the best of luck with cooking doesn’t mean I still don’t do it…occasionally.  I recently made a pasta salad dish that Mr. Dr. and I enjoyed for a couple of days.  I promise it tasted better than the picture makes it look.  I made it up myself.  See?  I have it in me…

Bowtie Pasta
Mozzarella cubes
Stuffed green olives
Citrus lime vinaigrette

So as far as hobbies go, with sewing and cooking crossed off the list, I can’t help but wonder if it’s me or if hobbies are just a thing of the past.  I think it’s me because there are plenty of people out there that are great cooks and great sewers that have made a hobby out of it.  For now, this writing thing seems to be the safest one I have tried so far.  I think it’s a keeper.

What are your favorite hobbies?