Tonight I went in with a small list of goals.
Get my bear out somehow.
It turns out you need a rank of 12 in Animal Companions and I was at 10. Not there yet.
Check out a house
I became too absorbed in my quests to take the time to look.
Pick a craft.
I didn't come across a crafting area, and again I was absorbed, so I ignored my list.
Work on quests in and around Balmora.
This is exactly what I did. I ended up not feeling guilty about my murder for hire job.
Moral choice was still in the offing: hand over a nasty formula to a potentially bad guy to curry favor with his faction, or, destroy it before his eyes and who knows what might happen. I actually pondered this for a minute or two, then I did the right thing.
There was a quest requiring I sneak up on some people, listen in on their conversation, then follow one of them undetected...three tries. On one, in sneak mode, I tripped over an npc sitting on some steps. I wonder if I should just name my next character The Blunderer.
Unexpectedly, a quest called The Memory Stone made me cry. It didn't help that there was this violin music playing in Balmora. (sob, sniff) (Shakes fist at the heartbreaker who wrote this quest). I had to log off after that one.
I'll just be doing these PlayNotes as I'm inspired. They're sort of short and fun. Happy adventuring.