Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Other You

This week's Saturday night Genealogy Fun - brought to us by Randy Seaver - is "The Other You."

Randy says:

* Tell us about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.  Be mindful of your family's privacy, though!

* Write a blog post of your own, respond with a comment to this post, or write a Facebook status post or a Google+ Stream post.

My other interests are:

*  Writing, though that goes without saying, because I write for a living. I quit my stressful job in marketing earlier this year to stay home and write full time, because writing was out-earning working for The Man. Out of the handful of pen names I use, one has a very loyal, devoted following and I am amazed that doing something I love not just supports my family, but also gives people warm fuzzies to the point that they send me fan mail to tell me how much they love the books I write. All I ever wanted to do was write things that made people smile. Mission accomplished.

* My kids. The 14-year-old boy is in full Teenager Mode these days, but even when he's rolling his eyes and huffing out sighs of annoyance, I still love him. The 4-year-old girl is quirky as heck. Like mother, like daughter, I guess!

* Reading, which doesn't happen as often as I would like. Mostly I read within the genres I write, but I like a fairly wide range of genres - memoirs, history, YA, spirituality/New Age, and other books.

* Gardening. It's an interesting challenge to see how self-sufficient we can be and home-grown veggies taste so much better than what we buy in the store. This year we expanded our garden from 16x16 to 20x20, and added a path and an archway.

2017 Garden in Progress

*  Gaming. We have a weekly Dungeons & Dragons game, a weekly Atomic Highway game, and I try to play more video games. I love Sims 3, Minecraft, Don't Starve, Don't Starve Together, and Starbound.

* My husband's cooking. I love that he does the majority of the cooking. He also handles most of the cleaning and child-rearing, since I'm still the sole breadwinner.

*  Nature. I love my back yard. We have a fishing pond with bass and other varieties in it. We get visits from a blue heron, red-tail hawks, Canadian geese, ducks, beavers, deer, and coyotes. It's so peaceful out here. I never thought I'd want to live in the Midwest or somewhere rural, unless it was back home in the Berkshires, but I'm quite content.

*  Working out and healthy eating. I love boxing to stay in shape. I also love P90X3, lifting weights, yoga, pilates, and dance. We're not perfectly healthy eaters, though. If you look in my desk, heck yes, I have a candy stash! The husband hides his Takis in the closet. The kids love treats, too.

I'm a real homebody, as you can see. My life pretty much revolves around work and genealogy, and I like it like that. In my old job, it felt like I had to always be "on" and I hated that. I'm an extrovert, but I don't want to always be out and about, going places and talking people up. I like to have the leisure and freedom to pick and choose what I do with my days.

I'd rather live my life like a lemonade commercial - slow-paced and easygoing. I know - 42 and already "retired." ;)

Copyright (c) 2017 Wendy L. Callahan


  1. It sounds to me like you're living my dream. Not so much the teenager part, all of ours are over 21 now, but the rural life with a garden and all that. It sounds great and those critters would be fun to photograph. :)

    You can find my Saturday Genealogy Fun post here:
    The Other You.

    Have a blessed weekend!

    1. Hi Suzanne! I love sitting out back or standing at the back door and watching the critters, no matter what the season. They're always busy, especially the beaver. We watch him (her?) swim back and forth, carrying little branches of green leaves to its home.

  2. I agree, I love the midwest. The seasons are part of a rhythm that works for me. And you get a lot more for your money than you do in some other areas of the country. There are disadvantages but overall, as long as I can travel and see other parts of the country, and have the internet to interact with other types of people, I am content in the midwest.

    1. I agree completely, Mary! Sure, I miss the beauty of New England, but at least I still have all 4 seasons out here. Autumn in eastern Nebraska is gorgeous. The corn fields go all amber-brown and the maple in our backyard gives us brilliant, fiery red leaves. :)

    2. Mary, I don't think your blog is set to allow comments, or I would definitely comment on your post!

  3. It's cool you get to write full-time from home! I have a husband who does most of the cooking, though I do most of the cleaning.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I love it so much. I am doing the dishes at the moment - I find it meditative to wash while I listen to a podcast. :)