This week's Weekly Geek is inspired by Dewey's Knit-a-Long, a mini challenge of Dewey's Reading Challenge. Dewey had other passions besides reading and blogging. Knitting was one of them. This made me think, what are the Weekly Geek's other passions?
#1. What are you passionate about besides reading and blogging? For example, are you crafty (knitting, woodworking, scrapbooking, model building)? Do you cook? Into gaming (computer or board)? Sports (player or spectator)? Photography? Maybe you like geocaching, rock climbing? Or love attending events like renaissance fairs, concerts? Music? Dancing? You get the idea.
Are there other hobbies outside reading and my incessant addiction to Facebook? LOL! Honestly, I don't have the time to devote to anything of interest outside of blogging, reading and FB, and even then I probably spend too much time devoted to those activities than I should thanks to homework, life with kids, and household chores. Still, if I had to pick something about which I am truly passionate (outside of reading), it would be cooking. In an ideal world, I would not be studying for my MBA but attending the Culinary Institute of America learning how to become a professional chef. Right now, it is nothing more than a hobby, but I haven't quite relinquished my dreams of attending culinary school. There is something so exciting about creating a meal from scratch, presenting it to family and friends and hearing them rave about how wonderful it tastes. I find the entire act of cooking extremely relaxing and cathartic. My only regret is that I've had to reduce how much I cook these days and have passed along that duty to my husband. I do hope to pick up more of that duty again when I graduate.
This is just one picture I could find of something I've made. For Connor's fifth birthday, I made a really cool Moon cake for his Space-themed birthday. I'm irked that I can't find pictures of that one...
#2. Get us involved. Link to tutorials, recipes, Youtube videos, websites, fan sites, etc, anything that will help us learn more about your interest or how to do your hobby. Maybe you'd like to link to another hobbyist whose work you admire or tell us about a book or magazine related to your interest.
I am a HUGE fan of Giada deLaurentiis from the Food Network. I have several of her cookbooks. She is my go-to person for recipes when I want to try something new. I also subscribe to Food and Wine magazine, as well as Taste of Home magazine. Both have given me some amazing recipes. Neither one is exactly low-fat, low-cal, but when it comes to cooking, I've discovered that you can't do food justice when you substitute. Sometimes, you just have to splurge!!
#3. Visit other Weekly Geeks. Link in your post to other Geeks who've peaked your interest in their passion. Or maybe you might find a fellow afincionado among us, link to them.
I haven't seen anyone with a similar passion to mine, and I am frankly impressed at fellow Geeks' creativity and craftiness. However, I was curious about both Erika Lynn at Kiss my Book and Andrea at So Many Books, So Little Time with their passions regarding sports. I am a huge sports fan as well, although don't pay attention to them as much as I used too, but I love when fellow women speak up about their passion regarding any sport. It is so empowering to be able to hold your own in a conversation with a coworker about last Sunday's game!