Time on my hands

Starting next week, I will have five weeks with a lot more time on my hands. My wife needs to finish off a clinical for school, and so I will be playing the role of a bachelor for just over a month. This has gotten me thinking about setting some goals with the time I’ll have. More noble people would think about constructive goals, but all of my thoughts right now revolve around video games and TV.

Video Games

I’ve got a couple options in mind when it comes to video games. I haven’t played World of Warcraft in a couple years, and there’s been a full expansion cycle since my time away. I’ve tossed around the idea of firing up my subscription again, and seeing how far I could get my posse of characters leveled in that amount of time.

Another option that I’ve been tossing around, is picking up a Nintendo 2DS and starting my way through the Pokemon games. My youngest son loves those games, and I’ve gotten to play through an older one on an emulator. I had a lot of fun, and the ‘collector’ personality in me really thrives on a game like Pokemon.

I’ve also considered 100%-ing the entire LEGO game series on the Wii U. I’ve beaten a lot of the games over the years, but setting a goal of completing all of them would be an interesting task. Granted, playing a console game would tie up the TV for everyone else in the family who might want to play something.

I also might consider dipping back into Minecraft again. I haven’t played in a while, though I stop in occasionally to see what’s up, and check on my structures. The 1.9 version came out and I haven’t spent much time playing with any of the new features.


I’m way behind in most of the TV shows that I want to watch. I’m a DC fanboy, and so I’ve been trying to slowly work my way through Arrow, and catch up to where Flash starts. I haven’t been making much progress, so I’m still stuck on season one. I just wish the seasons weren’t so dang long.

I also am only finished with season 2 of Walking Dead. I’d like to be able to get caught up with where all the spoilers, instead of avoiding any article that talks about Walking Dead like the plague. However, marathoning an intense show like Walking Dead is never good for people who tend to think too much about shows they’ve just watched, and then can’t sleep.

My wife also has recommended Parks and Rec and Scrubs as two light hearted shows. However, I sometimes have trouble with these new comedy shows that don’t contain laugh tracks. I grew up in the 80s and 90s, and sitcoms were always filmed in front of an audience (or at tried to appear that way).

Finally, I still need to get through the Rebels show. I’ve heard nothing but great things about that show, and with all the new Star Wars properties sprouting up it seems like it’s worth getting to know the characters on this series. Unfortunately there aren’t any cheap ways to watch this show, and it would require some purchasing, unlike some Netflix seasons on the other shows.


Then, there’s always books. I don’t read nearly as much as I used to, but I still enjoy it when I do. I want to read American Gods sometime, I’ve heard such amazing things about it. There are also some books sitting in my Kindle library that friends or family have bought me that I still need to read. I also would love to go back and re-read some of my favorites like the Lord of the Rings series and the Harry Potter series again.

Other stuff

On top of all this, I will still be running, and hopefully biking as the weather gets nice. I might throw in a few other exercises as well if I get ambitious. Hopefully, there will also be some opportunities to get together with friends, and maybe do some game playing, but that might be saved for the weekends when my wife is available.

So what do people think of these ideas? What would you chose to do if you were in my shoes? Did I miss anything super cool that I really should consider adding to my deliberations?


Beer, running, and geeky things.

2 thoughts on “Time on my hands

  1. You’re adorable! 🙂 I think Parks & Rec should be at the top of your list, because it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

  2. Well, if you went the Pokemon route that would pretty much be the ONLY thing! Add, “Take my good camera to all those places I keep saying, ‘It’s times like this I wish I had my good camera.'”

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