What can I learn in two weeks?
January 14, 2013 11:10 AM Subscribe
I'm feeling a bit burnt out from my job, and will be moving soon, so I've requested (and was approved) for two weeks of vacation at the end of February. Originally, I thought I'd be taking a university course, but I'm not. I'd rather not waste these two weeks, so I'd like to learn something completely new.
posted by ethidda to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Hobbies I've picked up before and really enjoyed (but don't necessarily want to go further in): woodworking, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, sewing, refinishing furniture, PHP, MySQL, HTML.
Hobbies that I've done that I can improve on, but would be too big of a scope for just 2 weeks or already do anyway: (fiction) writing, photography*, playing the piano, drawing, foreign languages (French, German, Russian, Japanese, and Mandarin), skiing, skydiving, cooking, ballroom dancing.
I'm not opposed to doing specific projects within my interests. Or I could learn something totally new. My budget is $-infinity (making money) to $500. I would like for it to take about 7 full days (so I have my weekends and extra time if I make a mistake or want to explore it further). I will be living in an apartment downtown Seattle, so things like car repair and/or short-wave radios are not doable.
I'm more of a homebody (i.e. an introvert), and physically lazy. So I would prefer something that doesn't require strenuous exercising, though getting out of the house might be nice. I would prefer something mentally challenging, but in a different way than what I do for work (software engineering). Nothing that is all fumes (e.g. nail art, painting), and if indoors, must be doable in a small space. Extra kudos for something barter-able. I'm not opposed to learning something purely theoretical, but am not drawn to it either.
Things I've considered: taking a specific type of photography (I have a Sony NEX-5n with a 30mm f/2.8 lens)--maybe HDR?, reading Les Mis in French, play with an arduino (ideally a specific project?), learn to ride a bicycle (is this even doable in 2 weeks?), leash train my cats (is that doable in 2 weeks?)...