From Randy (a cousin discovery!!) over at Genea-Musings:
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (on a Sunday afternoon!) - What Keeps You From Doing Genealogy?
it's Saturday Night -
time for more Genealogy Fun!!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
(1) What keeps you from doing genealogy? What real life activity/ies do you have to do, or like to do, that takes time away from genealogy research?
(2) Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, in a post on Facebook, or on Twitter.
And the #1 answer is... WORK. A JOB. EMPLOYMENT OUTSIDE MY HOUSE. This takes me away from home for 10 hours a day. That's a huge junk out of my genealogy time. I can't seem to find a way around this. Without the job, the cats and I don't eat.
#2 is the exhaustion I experience every evening from the #1 answer above. I fall asleep on the couch almost every day after work. Dealing with the public - just people in general - wears me out. When I try to sit down at my computer and do some genealogy research, I am nodding off every couple of minutes. This seriously cuts into my genealogy time.
#3 is the cats. Feeding them. Cleaning up after them. Shopping for them. Loving on them. All of this takes a lot of time. However, I wouldn't trade this one for anything in the world - not even genealogy!
#4 is chores. Grocery shopping. Cooking and cleaning up afterwards. Scooping litter boxes. Taking out the trash and/or recycling. Laundry. Changing sheets. Mopping, vacuuming, cleaning toilets, etc. It goes on and on and on. And about the time you finish a chore, it's time to do it again. This really cuts into my genealogy time... though I do sneak in some genealogy with lots and lots of "breaks" during cleaning on the weekends.
And #5 is SLEEP. Along with #2 above, I do have to sleep at night in order to go to the job the next morning. However, I put it off as long as I can. After that nap on the couch every evening, I am raring to go, and I am doing genealogy research as fast and furiously as I can. I don't make it to bed until midnight a lot of nights. Sometimes even later. The I have to drag out of bed at 6am the next day and do it all over again.
Honorable mentions: Eating. Watching true crime TV. Facebook. Stupid games on my phone. Watching even stupider videos on my phone. All time wasters when I could be doing genealogy!
(The reason this Saturday night fun blog post wasn't done until Sunday was actually doing genealogy research and needing sleep!)