Favorite Indoor Winter Activity

As winter marches on and reminds us of it’s presence by forcing us indoors, I thought it would be good to continue my little favorites series.

What is your favorite indoor winter activity?

There are a few reasons I ask. The obvious one is that it is colder here than the vast majority of other cities thereby limiting the time most people spend outdoors. The other is that I have noticed over the years how there are more people who participate in creative activities. My two examples based largely on personal observation are the traditions of folk music and painting. I get the impression there are more musicians here as evidenced by the many bars with a guitarist or pianist playing covers or traditional music. On the painting front, my theory is based on the plethora of calendars with the work of local artists and the art fairs I have seen. Then there is the fact that Trivia Pursuit was created in Canada, probably in part due to the long winters.

So I am curious about how people prefer to pass their winters. What indoor activities do you or would you like to participate in? Is seems they can be broken down into three different types. Physical as in sports. Solitary as in painting, music, carpentry, or photography. And Social as in board games, dinner parties, or under the sheets.


As far as my picks, I would say volleyball or darts for physical activity. Model building for solitary activity. We have models of Chicago and Montreal that are half finished school projects. Just don’t have the time to finish them. Building wood furniture would be fun too. Lastly, I would love to play Trivia Pursuit more often as a social activity.

So what do you like to do?

7 Comments so far

  1. lambic (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    TV, reading, scrabble, cards (regular and Magic(tm)al), cooking, woodworking, looking out at the winter wonderland.

  2. JELIELĀ³ (unregistered) on February 28th, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    Artwork and Reading. Reading is the ultimate time filler, second only to sleeping :D

    BTW, why are there pornsite ads on this page?

  3. monkey (unregistered) on March 1st, 2006 @ 10:02 am

    Physical: each weekend, i play volleyball with a group of friends. It’s not much, but at least when we get to summer, i’m not too ‘rusty’.

    Solitary: these days, i work on my stamp collection; not really because of my love for it, but mostly because i got boxes of stamps to sort…

    Social: definitely lip-synch parties :D

  4. McGill (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 8:56 pm

    Reading, (I’ve read 18 books so far in 2006), knitting, DVDs (we rent from an online place & get them in the mail), board games, cooking, baking (including bread). Next project: learn how to make soap.

  5. Sarah (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    Videogames. I also started one of those photomosaic puzzles that form a huge image of Mickey Mouse, but the details are composed of tiny screenshots from diverse Disney animated movies. Not as easy as it sounds…

  6. Maile Lani (unregistered) on March 11th, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

    i write music mostly… everyone goes to bed early so i can sing and record w/out being interrupted by people walking into my room halfway through my songs lol. then i start taking pictures of weird things inside my house that i never noticed before… then i write songs or poetry about the weird things inside my house. then i get crafty… i made a purse the other day that was super cool :D

  7. Strange (unregistered) on March 13th, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

    Well you can actually put music in solitary AND social depends how you see/do it. As social: I go to our studio 5 times a week (after work and on the weekend) to jam with two bands. And as solitary I compose home on guitar and keyboards.
    Of course reading is a good indoor activity but for some reason I prefer reading when I’m on my way somewhere. Actually I was thinking of starting on writing a book on “practical magick”, but hey! the spring is here!
    And physical… c#$p.. I totally forgot about that one… you’re right I’m going to be rusty in the summer. *blames it all on girl friends that want all the attention yet hate sports*

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