Let me entertain me, and I'll have a real good time!
October 27, 2011 2:49 PM Subscribe
I need something to do at night that 1
: Does not require electricity. 2
: Will not rot, mold, or attract bugs. 3
: Can be done by a solitary person. 4
: Does not require particularly expensive materials, nor take up much room. 5
: Is not particularly mentally taxing.
posted by ChuraChura to sports, hobbies, & recreation (44 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I'm starting fieldwork for my dissertation in about a month and a half. I will be in a rain forest in Cote d'Ivoire by myself for four months- the only female, the only non-Ivorian, the only student, etc. There are a bunch of Ivorian staff and researchers who will be in the forest as well, but after dinner, they head to their camp (and families) and I head to my camp, where I will probably be the solitary resident. I am trying to come up with some things to do to keep myself busy at night between eating, entering my data, and falling asleep. It's not safe to go out wandering by myself at night because there are all sorts of ravenous beasties, and I don't want to disturb the researchers and research assistants while they're decompressing from a long day of chasing monkeys and spending time with their families. I will also be decompressing from a long day of chasing monkeys, but alas, have nobody to hang out with.
Here are my assets:
I will have my computer, but no internet (and can only charge it during the day with a sweet solar panel backpack folding thing).
I will have a kindle with lots of books. However, I will also be decompressing from a long day of chasing monkeys, and reading may not be what I am up for all the time.
I will have some sort of kerosene lantern and a headlamp. No electricity.
I know how to cross-stitch and crochet and am planning on bringing along some yarn and a needle, and maybe a cross-stitching project, too. I am an abject failure at knitting. Hive mind: what are your suggestions?