Idle Hands

Monday, August 14th, 2006
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Lazy Lounger

Lazy cow (ironic, considering her name) has recently mused about the fact that women seem to feel more guilty about being lackadaisical than men do.

I think most men are born with the indolent gene. Mr LC and my son have naps whenever they lie down during the day. How many women admit to that, without feeling terribly guilty? Every mother blogger – at one time or another – has written a long list of all the tasks they’ve completed that day. (I’ve done it too). I can think of only one blogger who has written about the joys of doing nothing on a regular basis. Please correct me if I’m wrong :-)

Unfortunately I can’t. I’m the same way; I have to be doing something all the time, which is one of the reasons I took up knitting. I feel guilty when I’m sitting in front of the television or watching a movie without having something to do. TV time is programming time; movie time is knitting time. Idle hands and minds are the devil’s playground, after all.

I was talking to my boss a few weeks ago about something I was working on at home, and he turned to me and asked, “do you ever not do anything?” The answer was a quick no. I feel uncomfortable if I’m just sitting around. My laziest days are my guiltiest days. Of course, what I consider productive are things like reading blogs and playing with [[genetic algorithms]]. I most certainly used the genetic algorithms to avoid putting together a desk today. But my program is almost finished! Maybe tomorrow I can show it off. It has knitting applications!

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3 Comments to “Idle Hands”

  1. I almost always take a nap if I lay down, but I love to sleep. The rest of the time, I do feel guilty if I am not doing something.

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    Mindy
    August 15, 2006 @ 8:46 am
  2. Wow. That is so accurate it is scary!

    Comment by stacey
    August 15, 2006 @ 9:27 am
  3. Do you think it’s a sociological thing?

    Comment by Eve
    August 15, 2006 @ 10:58 am

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