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25: On Productivity

December 10, 2012

It’s become increasingly apparent to me that I have to be productive all the time. The biggest testament to my love (read: obsession) of productivity is my inability to watch TV – which may sound odd to people who know me and/or my Netflix habits. Many people can sit down in front of a television and eat, or sit, or calmly fold their hands and watch an episode of something or other. I can’t. I fidget. I get up, I walk around, I tidy, I straighten things that don’t need to be straightened, etc, and in the process miss about half of what I should be watching. So the natural solution was to find something to do with my hands.

It started with sewing, back when I lived with my parents. After I finished high school, and started taking classes at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, I picked up a habit of sewing things – particularly handbags – to pass the time while I watched TV.

This turned into recycled basket-weaving, when one summer I marathoned the entire series of West Wing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Supernatural.

It’s finally come to crochet.

Of all the things I told myself I wouldn’t do, making things with needles and hooks and loads of yarn was one of them. Partly because I thought it would make me feel like I’d completely fallen into the land of old ladies and knitting circles. I tell myself it’s practical, because while I love my sewing machine, it’s not exactly portable. But now, I’ve become That Girl on the Metro who everyone watches because she’s knitting and that’s new and interesting. I’ve become the person with the homemade scarves and hats. I’ve become the person who orders bulk lots of yarn off Ebay, or commute an hour and a half to JoAnn Fabrics.

Are these good things? Maybe. Do I need more hats and scarves than what I currently possess? Most definitely not.

But does this allow me to rewatch all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls without feeling unproductive?

My new hat speaks for itself.

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