Because I don't already have enough potential temptations, distractions, and addictions to deal with, I have discovered another pastime that I find almost indecently enjoyable---puzzles! I've always enjoyed puzzles to an extent, but I've always lost patience with them after a while. What I've realized is that I've never given myself enough time to really get into them. For the first few minutes (perhaps even as much as a half hour), all you get are a couple of pieces hooked together. Then, suddenly, you find your rhythm and momentum, and then you're on fire! We have a 1000-piece puzzle on my card table in the living room, and I'd say I completed about an eighth of it this evening!
Unfortunately, it took me several hours to get that far. And I've realized that puzzles can be almost as dangerous to my grades as books. If I get too engrossed in the puzzle, I won't want to do anything else! Fortunately, unlike with reading, there is a limited amount of time during which I can tolerate working on a puzzle (whereas I could read all day long if I had the time!), and it's not quite as cliff-hanger-esque if I leave the puzzle to sit for days at a time (which explains why there has been next to no progress on the puzzle since my roommate and I started it weeks ago!). So now I know what I can do when I have boatloads of free time on my hands and nothing to do! (Like that's ever going to happen!) :)