I have been trying to figure out a way to pass the time this summer. Going from working half-time, to not working at all can do a number on your “adult brain”. It’s not that I don’t love spending my days with the littlest Bandases, but there are only so many minutes in the day that a human person can spend building with Duplos.

He suggested I try to start a project – build up my blog or do some welding or something.

“Great plan.” I thought, “I’ll hit up the ol’ Pintrest board and figure out dozens of nifty activities to keep my idle hands busy.

So here’s the thing, when you search “crafts” on Pintrest, about 800,000 pins of 800,000 impossible, professional-looking quilts/handbags/paintings/cupcake towers pop up on the screen. Who is doing these things? Who are these people with a million minutes to spend crocheting full body bumblebee suits for their six long-haired dachshund puppies?

My first thought was, “Losers.”

My second thought was, “I love this. How can I be one of those people? I want to be one of these people! ”

I want to be one of those people who has a tangible thing that they do well. I want to learn to draw a picture that I didn’t half-trace off the cover of one of my kids’ Little Critter books. To bake a visually pleasing and mouth wateringly delicious dessert that isn’t droopy in the middle or too skinny on one side. To sew a pair of kick-ass, elastic waist, flowy pants in a killer print.

But because, at this point, I can do none of those things – I decided to make a commitment to myself and my adult brain. Beginning today – I am going to attempt one new challenge per week, for the rest of the summer.

Whether it is figuring out a way to incorporate miso paste into a meal my children will actually eat, painting a picture that looks like, well, anything, or making 1,000 paper cranes, I will make a valiant attempt at passing the time doing more valuable than just rewatching 30 Rock…again (Tina, if you’re reading this, I don’t mean it. I love you. U + Me = US!)

Suggestions for my first project are welcome! Share them with me in the comments section,  on Twitter or Instagram via @oohbotherblog or send them to me on Pintrest!