Saturday, May 27, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- "The Other You"

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

* 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.

Here's mine:

Do I really have a life outside of genealogy and family history research, society activities, blogging and speaking? Of course I do - I only do that 6 to 12 hours a day when the grandkids aren't here or we're not traveling.

My other interests include:

*  Driving Miss Linda wherever she wants to go since she can't drive any more due to her health.  This hasn't driven me crazy yet, but it's only been a year.

* Being with my two daughters and their families, including the five grandchildren (boys aged 13.7, 11.3 and 2.7, girls aged 12.3 and 9.1). I'm not averse to making family history with all of them!

* Traveling - although we usually combine genealogy research and conference-going with sightseeing and visiting friends.  We aren't doing as much due to Linda's mobility and health issues.

* Reading mystery novels - authors like James Patterson, John Sandford, John Grisham, Michael Palmer, Lee Child, Jack Higgins, Michael Connelly, John Lescroart, Tom Clancy, etc. I usually read in the evening while watching baseball games or news shows.

* Keeping up with current events (including politics, science, religion, aerospace) via online forums and websites, network and cable news shows, print newspapers, etc.

* Being a devoted fan of the San Diego Padres (MLB baseball - we go to about 25 games a year, and watch most of the rest on TV) and San Diego Chargers (NFL football - we don't go, only watch on TV, but the Chargers just moved to LA). 

*  Entertainment - I don't watch any entertainment shows on TV, don't rent or go to movies, except once in a long while.  We used to have a year membership to a local playhouse, but not any longer.

*  Friends - we go to church almost every week, and occasional church social events, and occasionally we go to lunch or dinner with friends.  We go to parties when we're invited.  Linda goes out swimming, almost every day. 

* Eating and sleeping - Linda is an excellent cook and I really appreciate her culinary talents. We go out to eat occasionally at steak houses or In 'n' Out or El Pollo Loco.  I try to get 7 hours a night to stay sane, and occasionally take a 20-30 minute power nap in the afternoon in my recliner with the TV on.

*  Yard work - a little, watering the plants in front and cutting the back yard when the weeds get high.  The front yard is fake grass, which is great - and the kids love to play on it and the dogs don't poop on it and I don't have to water it.  I don't water the back yard either.  

*  Exercise?  Um, not much these days.  Does typing count?  I used to walk a mile or two several times a week, but my feet hurt now when I do that.  Ah, mental gymnastics solving genealogy puzzles!  I know that I need to do more exercising my body, but genealogy is so addictive!

Pretty tame, isn't it? But, but, but - see, I have a life!


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Wendy Callahan said...

I would love to travel more! Maybe I will as my daughter gets older. For now, I'm quite the homebody and my post is here:

And I appreciate my sleep too! Getting enough really matters. :)

Suzanne McClendon said...

We're enjoying working on the yard around here these days. It won't be long before we're trapped inside with the AC due to hot weather (the heat index today was 100 degrees). It sounds to me like you have a pretty nice life, Randy.

My post is here: The Other You.

Have a blessed Memorial weekend!

Danine Cozzens said...

Randy, I've gotten a huge boost to my genealogy by following you and the gang on DearMYRTLE for the past 8 months while coping with medical adventures, work being done on our house, and a newly-retired husband. I have a trove of interesting old stuff to process and stories to tell while I can. It's very helpful to hear other thoughtful people talking about what they do -- including having a life!

I concur that getting sleep is a major factor in healing; that last cycle makes a huge difference for me. More walking out in fresh air next on the agenda.

More about me here:
Still figuring out the best way to share such things!

Janice M. Sellers said...

I think my life outside genealogy has improved a little since last year's post:

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I do have a life besides genealogy, but genealogy is still very important!

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Here is mine

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

I think I have been around to everyone and left a comment except the FB post and that I "liked" but it wouldn't let me comment. Randy I am sorry that you are unable to walk anymore. I enjoy walking. Perhaps you could get a stationary bike with a reading rack and spin. I have a regular outside bike but have not mastered it enough to get up hills yet.

Gayle said...

Hi Randy, I just discovered your blog today and decided to hop in on Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Here is my link