Last Wednesday I spent some time at my favorite library doing some research. After my homework was done, I was able to spend a little time reading for pleasure. My roommate was up the street giving plasma and I had to wait for him to be finished before I could leave so I figured I’d grab a couple of magazines, kick back, and read a little. Once I got settled, I looked down at my choice of reading material and realized my interests are a balancing act. My interests vary from the super high tech to the super low tech and back again. When I looked down at the choices I had made I had to laugh a little, because they seemed so different from each other. (In case you are wondering, I grabbed Wired and Interweave Knits.)
I love making things with my hands. I love spinning because I can take fluffy fiber and (almost) make it into yarn. (I’m still working on that part.) I love gardening and watching things grow. I find the fact that I stuck a seed in the ground and it didn’t die very satisfying. When it actually produces things I am beside myself with joy. I LOVE to knit. Knitting is my way of expressing my love for the people in my life. If you get something hand knit by me, it means that I care about you deeply. End of story.
However, my college major is Video Game Software. I like the kill bad guys with crazy weapons and I like helping Mario save the Princess, even though she never stays saved long enough for my taste. I have a Wii, a DS, and a PS2 in my house right now and I use them all the time. I am obsessed with a certain phone and have been since I saw the first commercial. I have an iPod but am thinking of switching to something else when I get that phone. I will use the phone as my primary MP3 player, but use the tiny one to jog with because I can’t imagine strapping something that big to my arm and still feeling comfortable. I am (slowly) learning how to write (simple) programs and find the challenge exciting! I wrote something and the computer did what I told it to do! Good for me!
So you see, my life is a balancing act between the joy of technology and the joy of craftiness. What’s your balance?