However, when I don't have something like that, I tend to put a lot of effort into work/apartment/backlogs/GMing. I'm making progress on the GMing front, I like the way my table top game is going and my online game is on its final mission (probably four sessions left but if I'm deft it may be three). After the online game, I'm planning to finish my Starburst Crystal part. After that the backlog gets to be a bit harder but also has more connections with work. My apartment is actually steadily getting nicer. I had friend of Moti guests down from Montreal the past half-week and that went well. I also netted a tea-pot, which is cool and finally makes it easy for me to make loose-leaf tea. Once I figure out how to hang my giant banner, I think I can consider my apartment workable. However, by then, I'll probably be starting Chinese classes with kamalloy, so the net impact on my schedule there may not be huge.
So, with all that plus travel and the occassional impulse to make some extra money, I'm not setting myself up for much down time for the next few years. [Not that I don't keep myself entertained, I just don't have blocks of time where there's not an obvious answer to the question 'what to do now.' This is ultimately by choice, I could carve out more time without getting into any necessities. However, it seems like cutting a lot of the slack out of things is basically a rational response to my present stage of life and personality. Although I don't want to burn out, so I think I'll try to revisit this in a few months and see if I need to add some slack.