- Spending hours working on a school project or teaching unit - developing it, studying it, planning it
- Reading poetry (here is a good one, because poetry is short enough that if I think about it I can still fit it in).
- Voice lessons - I'm not a solo singer, but I took voice lessons from a crazy kid in college named Nicholas who had hips like a girl. His voice often drowned mine and it was hard to learn when you mostly listened to someone else during lessons. Still, I had fun trying.
- Playing George Gershwin. Okay, I haven't played much George Gershwin, but I always wanted to sit down and dedicate myself to learning some of my favorites from him. I took piano lessons from a woman named Chiyo Honma who was much more interested in classical music than in Gershwin.
- Dancing. I specifically remember walking home from a ballroom dance class when I was in college and feeling soooo good. Something about music and moving just brings a lot of joy. Of course, our dancing sessions in the living room are equally rewarding.
The funny thing is that all of those things could probably be incorporated into my life as a mother if I made it happen, but then the today-self has a lot of new interests, and I'm short on free time, so it's a matter of priorities. Besides, I'm pretty sure George Gershwin and his music will still be around in a few years when my children are a bit more independent. And I plan on living a long time.