Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring break

This week is spring break for the University of Hawaii, and while some cynical old grad students might say "break" really means "time to do research," in my first year I don't really have any ongoing research yet and my advisor has been fairly quiet about the issue, so I've decided to run with this freedom while I still have it. I am also single for the week, since the Housemate has gone to visit some family on the mainland (i.e. the continental U.S.) over break. That means I am free from school and boyfriend!

So naturally, I've been playing Mass Effect 2 all day. When I was single, I would play computer games pretty frequently both in the evenings and over the weekends, but now that I have the Housemate I barely get any time to play. A week without the Housemate is a week for gaming. Since Friday, I have left the house once--to go grocery shopping. I went through all of Saturday without any direct human contact. I did talk to two people on the phone, one of whom was my little brother. I whined to him that I didn't know what to do over spring break, and he pointed out,

Well, you are spending spring break in Hawaii.

Oh, right.

I have a week of spring break in Hawaii, and all I can do is sit in my room playing computer games. (But it's so exciting! And is Illium really such a bad place to hang out for spring break?) The truth is that the Housemate is the one who always thinks of interesting things to do, suggesting the beach or a hike or whatever. I am just a body at rest, staying at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. And this week, I have no outside force.

So there it is. I need an intervention. I am at risk of spending my spring break in Hawaii indoors (but with the windows open, at least). What should I do? If you had spring break in Hawaii, what would you do?


Holly said...

If I had spring break in Hawaii? I don't know, Illium is pretty tempting.....;D I always have people do that to me though, vacation is meant for video games! How is that hard to understand?!?! lol

Eleni said...

Haha, it's good to know that someone understands :D

I think my problem is that the Housemate is not only my housemate and boyfriend, he's also my best friend in Hawaii. I have some other great friends from school, but I haven't gotten in the habit of getting together with them since he's always the easiest person for me to hang out with. I should probably take the opportunity and work on those other friendships a little more.

Vanessa said...

I think I'd do the same thing as you! ;D
Since most of the occasions you already go outdoors to many interesting places with your boyfriend, I see nothing wrong with spending some time playing while you can.
On the other hand it is important not to distance yourself too much from your girl friends, so I guess going out for pizza, watching a movie or something during the day and playing at night would do fine for me. (Have you asked if they like to play too? :P )

Eleni said...

Yay, more support for my full-time video gaming :)

I haven't met anyone here yet who plays the games I play. But it would be nice to see a movie or something with some of my girl friends. I wish there were better movies out right now. Oh well.