Welcome to you from Northern Ca, which is truly a totally different state from down south.
I think the bees will help to keep you occupied, or obsessed may be a better word. I took on beekeeping during a difficult time in my life and needed something very interesting to focus on. The bees truly filled that void for me. When beekeeping you forget about everything in your life and just live in the moment. They are mesmerizing creatures and you always find fun things to do such as putting your supplies together, painting, catching swarms, meeting other beekeepers, melting beeswax, just sitting and watching them, etc.. Not to mention the delicious honey which is your reward for taking such good care of them.
Have a great time