Being an educator has a lot of perks. One that often gets brought up by friends and family are the numerous breaks and holidays. I typically use them to recharge the batteries and embrace a little tranquility and calmness. Unfortunately there's nine week stretch between Labor Day and Veteran's Day where there is all work and no rest.
It's a good thing I have a few hobbies which help take my mind off of things after hours. Obviously collecting cards is one of those things and we'll get to a couple of those later in this post. Right now here's another hobby I began playing around with a few years ago:
When I need it the most... Lego sets have provided me with tranquility and calmness. This bonsai tree distracted me from the real world for about an hour and a half. The best part about toying with Legos is they make great display pieces when you finish. This set sits in my family room right next to my mom's photo. The pair bring a smile to my face on a daily basis.
I built a few Lego sets over the past few months, but I chose to show this one off because it's related to a postcard I recently received in a care package from Reader X:
Not sure if bonsai trees and black bears have anything in common, but on the back of this postcard there's a really cool Forever stamp:
Here's a closer look:
The USPS released a set of Forever stamps in 2012 that feature five different bonsai trees. Thanks to Xavier, I'm actively trying to hunt down one of these stamp sheets.
He's actually sent a few different care packages over the past few years. Last year he sent me several eTopps. Two of them feature Tim Lincecum:
2010 eTopps #6
2011 eTopps 206 #NNO
Timmy has been known to use another type of vegetation in his search for tranquility and calmness. That's not really my thing... but these shiny cards sure are.
I'll just stick to collecting cards and building Lego sets. I've also made plans to meet up with my friend's nephew to play 9 holes this afternoon. Assuming my balls are flying reasonably straight... this will also help me find tranquility and calmness.
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!