This reminds me! The NES emulators I got from you have both bugged out over time. Can I shoot them back and have you re-format them?
Sure! I'll PM you my address.
I like to come up with a lot of story ideas that I'd like to write someday. I'll write synopses, character sketches, make spreadsheets, draw maps, list specific plot points... but never actually do any writing. Maybe someday?
Youre right, and I know it counts... just doesnt feel like it since Im not working in the body of the story. My latest one, all Ive got could at best qualify as a blurb. I like it though, so I hope I dont end up abandoning it like so much else Ive tried to write.
Also wtf handy Seth freaks me out. But I get it, Im a lot handier than I used to be. Ive had to take apart and fix our garbage disposal twice in the last few months and not only was it easier than I thought each time, it was very fulfilling to accomplish something. But Im rambling now cuz its definitely NOT a hobby.
I feel you. I switched back over to the Raspberry Pi projects so I could complete something. If I can't finish something, it tends to not feel like I'm doing it at all.
Your work around the house counts for this thread, since it's about projects and things you're doing away from your main "job". Plumbing scares me, but I had to replace the bathroom sink drain around Christmas. I've gotten a lot handier over the years, too. When we moved in one bedroom was a big walk in closet so I had to tear it all out, put up new baseboard and crown molding, and paint it. That was a huge accomplishment for me.
Literally...everything. Ok not literally. And "job" would have to include my 2 paid positions that total less than $5k a year so there's that.
Most of my big projects right now revolve around homeschooling. I'm creating some "workbooks" for Noah. Turns out, he really likes having different "workbooks" for each subject. So I'm scouring a bunch of online and paid-for resources to piece together some different "workbooks" for him. I put "workbooks" in quotes because they're not actual your typical workbook. They're a mix of planning pages, daily and weekly checklists, a few worksheets, some one-page reference sheets, and a lot that are sorts just notebooking sheets/worksheets for him to keep all of his work that might normally be done on just a sheet of notebook paper (for some reason getting him to copy a sentence onto a sheet of paper is torture but asking him to do it on a pre-printed sheet with 3 lines is ok). I can organize these by week, so he can open to the next week and do work at whatever pace he wants.
Since I'm also tutoring a class on grammar, writing, and math, I'm also making plans for that. As a contracted tutor for Classical Conversations, most of the lesson planning is already done for me, but it can be overwhelming for new parents/students. We're going to have 6 new parent/student pairs this year our of our class of 12. I've been compiling a lot of information for them to peruse slowly before the fall semester. My hope is by then they'll be familiar with some of the names/jargon, layout of the guides, scope of the program, and resources available to them before we begin, so the first few weeks can be spend learning the content as opposed to be overwhelmed by all of this other stuff. This is technically for a position that pays, but this extra work isn't exactly included in the pay. So this counts.
Since we started 2 brand new Scouts BSA troops back in February, I'm still trying to set up a good system for our advancements (entering and tracking) and working with our Merit Badge Coordinator so he can do the same (he's brand-new to scouting, so I'm helping while he becomes familiar with all the programs and guidelines).
I also volunteered to create and organize a mentorship program in our homeschool association. We have 300 families enrolled, and every year 20-30% of that are families brand-new to homeschooling. So I'm finding experienced homeschoolers to match up with the newbies who've requested a mentor. I'm trying to find a good way to match people based on a lot of different factors that can drastically change how you homeschool - special needs and worldview being the largest. Plus, I also have to prepare materials to advertise this at our Open House next month, AND I somehow got handed the job of hosting a new family meeting/orientation in September.
And my friend and I are playing around with the idea of writing some of our own curriculum or unit studies to sell to other homeschoolers. Namely we want to write our own Constitution and civics studies. There just aren't that many available out there to our liking. There are a lot for younger students that are highly watered down and very, very basic, and there are a lot for older students but they tend to be dry or entirely too left or right leaning (and obvious about it.) We're also seriously lacking appropriately in-depth Texas history and government curricula.
I have a friend who is a teacher who is going to start putting his lesson plans up for sale on the internet. It should just take a little extra work to make them ready for sale, and then it's just passive income. Especially when there aren't a lot of other options for the subject.
I'm admittedly not a super creative type. Instead of projects I play sports, I guess? I wanted to run Ragnar Northwest Passage again this year, but with everything going on with my son, I decided I couldn't really afford a weekend away from the family. So instead I think my daughter and I are going to do her first 5k on Saturday. We will walk a lot but that's ok. I also signed her up for a Kids Obstacle Course Challenge in August. I think she will really like that. I do Orangetheory 2x a week and play on an indoor soccer team once a week. Going to try playing on an all-women team this next session. I hate playing guys because I'm 5'3" and only have 2 speeds (good players have 3+): slow and fast-for-me-but-not-really. It's annoying when you're trying to play defense and they literally just run away from you to beat you. I'm also never going to win headers so I never jump either lol.
Other than that, most of my "creative" energy goes to Girl Scouts. They are finally Brownies and there is a ton to do at that level, so trying to plan out a fun year for them. My son is going to do Cub Scouts next year, but no way am I running his Pack or Den. Its going to be enough work being his chaperone at meetings without having to worry about a bunch more Kindergarten boys. (Figured Cerina would get a kick out of us doing it, though.) He has been so jealous of his sister in Girl Scouts that I've been promising him for like 2 years that he can do Cub Scouts.
When my wife played soccer, I hated it. All of the guys were douchebags who would just try to hurt anyone to prove how manly they are, and my wife was about your size. I almost got into a fight at one game, to the point that I went and sat in the car and forced myself to hold on to the steering wheel until the game was over. The guy was also ready to fight, but I grew up in a really rough area and know that I don't have to prove myself. The last fight I was in involved throwing a Marine through a door, which is the last thing anyone would ever expect from me.
My son was a Lion scout this year. We had a really small den with just 4 boys, so we just had the dad's lead once a month. They give you a book that has all the plans, so it's basically getting the stuff together and doing it. I probably spent 10 minutes on my activities.