I’ve heard that so many people have discovered or re-discovered new hobbies since the pandemic started. I wish I could say the same, but instead I went through a huge life change in April 2020.
So I’m a little late to the game in terms of trying to start a new hobby. However, I do have recently discovered products, shows, places, or other things that I find myself starting to getting obsessed with.
My Air Purifier
I know, what a weird thing to start this list off with. If you live in the Western US, then you know that clean, fresh air is hard to come by lately. I have windows that need to be replaced, including one that is completely broken and stuck slightly open. Which means that I had to stuff something in the small opening and duct tape over it in order to prevent smoke and whatever else from getting in. Yet I was still not sleeping well and then I started to wake up with super dry and slightly stuffy nose and my throat hurting. After some research, I decided that allergens were most likely the culprit. Enter my air purifier, PureZone 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier. And I’ve noticed a huge difference!
The Peak App
I don’t know why, but I found myself looking through apps that help you with mental agility and health. I’ve heard of Peak before, but never tried it because you don’t get a lot with the free version. Well, I downloaded and tried it for a few days and decided to get the year subscription. And I don’t regret it! I’ve done my brain workout for almost a month straight. Not sure about differences or anything, but it does act as a break from work too.
My Own Chai Spice Mix
We had random snow a couple weeks ago and in preparation decided to try my hand at making my own mix for making a chai. I used Minimalist Baker’s 5-Minute Caffeine-Free Chai Mix as my starting point. I pretty much followed their directions, though the only difference is that I added four tea bags of my regular breakfast tea (opened the tea bag and dumped the tea leaves into the mix). I also made the hot version by putting a teaspoon of the mix right into the mix and heated it up on the stove. To pour, I used a tea strainer to avoid getting most of the spices in my mug. It was delicious though cleaning up the strainer was a task. I think once it starts getting colder, I’ll use the mix to make a concentrate and try that and see what I like better.
Okay, technically this is a rediscover as I have always loved Trader Joe’s. However, moving out of California mean moving away from a lot of nearby Trader Joes. However, there are two in my new state and I decided that since I’m driving into the city for work about once a week, I might as well stop by Trader Joe’s nearby while I leave. I’ve only gone about three times so far, but best decision ever!
Okay, I’m not sure that this really qualifies as an obsession. It’s more of a my perfect way to get an hour of really good exercise in twice a week. I’m just glad that I finally tried it. I know that when I go in I’m going to get a workout and it’ll be different from the other workouts so far. They seem similar in subtle ways, but it’s never boring.
Okay, so not quite yet an obsession, but as I practice and am willing to go places by myself, I can see myself really enjoying this as a hobby. I live in a beautiful state and want to be able to take beautiful landscape photos. Astrophotography is another type I really want to get into. I still have to edit pictures from my last three outings.
This is probably the biggest new obsession and my favorite. I caught up on any new episodes of other shows that were able to be aired or put up on a streaming site and didn’t have anything to really watch. Well, somehow I got curious about Doctor Who and decided to try the first episode (of the 2005 reboot). And I love it!! So far at least. I just finished season 4, the end of David Tennant’s Tenth doctor. I absolutely love him. I’m taking a few days before starting the next season and Doctor, but I’m sure I’ll still enjoy it.