One of the questions I get asked by people I meet is, of course, "what do you do?". I started off telling people I was unemployed, but that then got me into explaining whether I was looking for a job or not. (Maybe, starting in October, if I can find an interesting part-time or casual position.) And it's not really a good description of my state. Telling people I'm retired is equally inaccurate.
I've experimented with telling people that I'm the "Unmarried Partner of a Tier 2 Skilled Migrant Worker". That's true, and the basis for my ongoing presence in the UK, but doesn't really help anyone work out what I do.
So now I just tell people I'm a book reviewer. That gives a pretty good idea how I spend most of my time, even if the income from it has sadly declined over the last few years.