Reading has always been a favorite pastime of mine. As a kid, I can remember being sent to my room to clean it (because it was always a mess) and getting in trouble later in the day because I started cleaning, found a book, and then just read the rest of the time instead of doing what I was supposed to.
I don’t get to spend as much time reading my own books as I used to (working, going to school, and now being a parent tend to eat up your potential reading time), but I spend some of every day reading to G. And I’m trying very hard to spend more time reading “real” books (on my Kindle) instead of just consuming the Internet.
Currently reading: The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson along with Walking on Mom
…But not my own work. I have an eye for punctuation and when things are spelled wrong (although I may not know exactly how to spell it correctly). Reading on the Internet can make me twitchy. When I was in school, I always edited our group papers because I didn’t trust anyone else to do it.
However, I have a real knack for sending out a tweet, email, cover letter… and then finding a typo. It’s so much harder to edit your own words!
I love to bake. Cookies, selected pies… and cake. Although I prefer cupcakes, to be honest. That’s partially because the decorating necessary on cupcakes just isn’t as extensive, but it’s also because I just think they’re adorable. It’s also easier to break complex flavors down into components and put them all in a single bite of cupcake than a single bite of cake.
I’ve taken a few decorating classes and I have some skill there, but I love the baking more and that’s definitely more where my talent lies.
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Bourbon maple cupcakes with a bourbon maple glaze. The icing was just supposed to just be maple, but I threw some bourbon in there, too (obvs). And some bourbon maple glazed bacon on top. Happy Birthday, R Dubs! #baking #bakersdelight #cupcakes #sweetcuppincakes #bourbon #bacon #bourbonmapleglaze #glazedbacon #bakingwithbacon #bakingwithbooze
4. Along the same lines – Making ice cream
One of the gifts I bought myself with graduation money was a KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment for my stand mixer. I spent a few blissful months making small batches of homemade ice cream, totally taking my ample freezer room for granted. My mixer and the ice cream maker both came with me to Switzerland, but we’re going to have to invest in an additional freezer before I can actually make any ice cream. The bowl is bigger than the freezer we have.
I am highly sensitive and this translates very well to being able to read someone else’s frame of mind and put myself in their shoes. (To an extent.) This serves me well most of the time, but it can also get overwhelming at times!
6. Binge watching TV
Like, seriously, I wish I could just get paid for this because I’d be totally ballin’.
I am excellent at putting things off. Have a paper to write? Better clean the house. Have cleaning to do? Better fold this laundry. Have clothes to wash? I just need to finish reading this (series of) article(s).
Professionally, I always made this work for me. I’m great at prioritizing and I perform well under pressure, so I would determine what needed to be done and set (artificial) deadlines for myself. Everything would get done. It wouldn’t be late. Only my blood pressure had to pay the price.
9. Managing social media
Once upon a time, I had a LiveJournal. I had a Friendster. A MySpace. Now, I have this blog. A Facebook; two, actually. A Twitter. A Google+. LinkedIn. Xing. Pinterest. Instagram. Snapchat, of course.
I don’t use them all regularly, but I do use them all. I love social media. I love studying the way it works, how news travels, what people share… and the data. I love me some social media analytics.
For a brief time last year, I had a freelance job writing social media for various companies. I loved it. I had to research their niche, study their voice, and craft posts for their social media accounts.
Real talk, I wish I could still get paid for something like that. I really wish my university had offered a degree, or at least a minor, in social media marketing because I think I could have knocked that out of the park.
10. Braiding hair
I’ve never been good at styling my own hair. On any given day, you’ll probably see me with it in a disheveled ponytail and maybe an Adidas hat covering my roots.
And when we were in Peoria, I didn’t think I’d ever have to worry about doing G’s hair. My sister-in-law is a stylist, and she’s really good. What more could a kid ask for?
Well, we moved here and G wanted her hair to be long and I didn’t want to have to fight the tangles every day, so I’ve had to get creative. It’s not perfect. Sometimes I’ll braid her hair and leave it for two days because it’s easy and we’re usually rushed in the morning. But I’ve come a long way.
G’s first braided pigtails.
G’s first French braids. (She calls them princess braids.)
Rope braiding – So easy, I can actually do this to my own hair!
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Attempt #1 from the Frozen Hairstyles book: Fit For a Queen. G's hair is much straighter, finer, and shorter than the hair in the picture. I also don't own a curling iron so I couldn't curl her hair as recommended prior to styling. It doesn't look the same, but it does look similar. G is happy with it. I will be happier if I can hide the bobby pins better next time. #lavieve #adventuresinhairstyling #abeautifulmess #frozenhairstyles #fitforaqueen
Her braids lately have been Khaleesi–esque, with several small braids being tied together in the back. It’s quick and keeps her hair out of her face, so I’m a definite fan. (If only I could trust myself to trim her bangs because they grow so darned fast!)
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