I've been thinking about this a bit lately. Especially after a Weekly Geeks task (which I lurk around at but haven't participated in for awhile) was blogging about other hobbies/interests outside of books and blogging. I feel like I need to branch out a bit, but now isn't the right time. With the studying and looking after my children I don't really have the time. But that isn't the question. If I DID have the time what would I like to start up again. Hmm, implies I had some hobby before.
I guess writing would be one. In high school I kept writing stories that I hoped would eventually be published. I haven't written anything in awhile but it certainly would be something I'd like to continue with eventually. I love to take photos but I know I'm not very good at it. I'd love to take a class. If I wasn't starting my psychology degree, I think I'd study for a Modern Languages degree, the focus being on Spanish and English. The OU does this programme and everytime I look at it I think, I'd like to do that. I wish I had more time to read. I wish I had more time to focus on my running and branch out to different sports. I used to be on a swimming team (swimming is in my genes, remind me and I'll tell you about it sometime) and would love to swim again. I'd love to spend more time baking. I so want to be that mom who bakes lovely smelling things and my kids will think back fondly of their mom's baking.
When I thought about it more, it turns out I do have hobbies and interests outside of books and blogging!
This one seemed harder than it is, really. Immediately, I would drop both TV and music. I like them both, but they're the two, for me, that are more easily expendable. Then the logical part of my brain thought maybe I'd choose the Internet and that way I could still access TV programmes, books music and still blog and email. But I just couldn't do it. I love my books too much. I like the feeling of reading actual books, turning the pages, curled up somewhere comfortable. I could never give up my books. It'd be hard for me to give up blogging but what can I do?
Food. I don't like food that much. I'm always a bit 'meh' when it comes to good food. Give me a delicious slice of cake or some other dessert and I'll be impressed.
Last meal. My all-time favourite meal came from this Indian restaurant that was just around the corner from where we used to live in Hounslow. We went there all the time. I'd always get the same meal. Lamb kofta kebab for starters, a chicken and pineapple curry similar to a chicken korma, very creamy (I can't for the life of me remember what this dish was called!) aloo gobi and a garlic naan. I love Indian food. I'm not a big fan of spicy so wherever we go I always end up with a very mild chicken dish. Our current Indian takeaway does this nice chicken curry with nuts (why can I not find the menu anywhere?!) If I were to choose a meal, I'd probably go with this one. Maybe I'd choose saag aloo instead of the gobi aloo, but the rest stays the same. Don't get me started on desserts. We'd be here all day and wouldn't get anywhere.
You know, I wish the answer to this question was more interesting, but it's not. I had a different blog title when I started, but then I was blog-hopping and someone (not someone whose blog I normally read) mentioned visiting a butterfly house. It got me to thinking that my favourite place in all of England was this butterfly house that was near where I used to live. (The Butterfly House in Syon Park, Isleworth which has since shut down as far as I know) On a whim, I changed my blog title to 'Fluttering Butterflies' because I liked the visual it produced. Then someone lovely came along and cemented the title by designing this butterfly background and header for me for free!
I don't really know how to answer this one. I guess it would probably be that I cook. All the time and it's not terrible. I cook a lot of things from scratch. That might be surprising because a) I don't like food much and b) N is a much better cook. To be honest, if he's in the house, I sometimes don't even consider cooking dinner. I just figure he'll do it. My mother in law says all the time how impressed she is that I've come so far in my cooking abilities. She likes my food most of the time and she's quite the picky eater so I think that that's saying something.
But Joshua's food (and before Elliot was a year old) is my territory. I didn't like the idea of giving my children baby food from those awful little jars so I've made all my own purees and other baby foods. I love knowing exactly what my kids are eating. I spend a lot of time with it. I try to make different things every week. I feel on top of the world when the kids like what I've made. When Joshua pulls faces like he doesn't like what I've made him, I'm heartbroken.
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