Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has issued this challenge: Tell us about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.
Other than time with my family, my “non-genealogy” interests are:
1. Language. It’s my profession and still accounts for a lot of my spare time, too. Mostly Eastern European languages.
2. Music. I am not a musician of any kind, although I played the oboe in my high school band and took violin lessons for a short time when I was younger. However, I have to have music of some kind to listen to. My family and I attend musical events when we can and I love iTunes and my iPod. A lot of what I listen to is “classical” music or “ethnic” music (includes bluegrass, Cajun, Scandinavian, Breton, Cape Breton, Acadian, Eastern European, Galician, other Celtic).
3. Gardening and enjoying nature. Some people are drawn to the sea. I am drawn to the dirt. I love to try new things, be creative, and take care of “my little plot of land.” This includes the animal visitors, even the pests. I also like to take walks around my neighborhood or in the places we visit, whether city or country.
4. Reading and snooping around in bookstores.