… away from writing. I blame the holidays and business travel, not to mention a new hobby. I need a new hobby like another hole in my head! The old hobbies would be: cycling, photography, writing, cheesemaking, and shotgunning. I have added playing music to that list.
The problem is that a friend of mine once said we could’t have more than five hobbies going at once – and we included dating in that list! Since that time, I have giving up dating (got married, so I don;t consider dating a hobby, it’s what we do everyday), fencing (no where to fence in Western TN anyway), Warhammer, CrossFit, and pistol shooting.
I would still like to find a place to shoot Trap, but that, like cycling will have to wait until late spring. Cheesemaking, I think, will be a winter/fall activity. CrossFit will have to wait until we can get our budget under control. That leave photography and writing, both of which I have been sorely lacking this winter. I need to change that, and plan too.
I got a really cool book on photography that has assignment to work through, so I’m thinking that I can use those assignments to help with this blog. I want to set aside time each week to do some writing. I think I will have to back my photography off to once a week to develop a good picture of group of pictures. (with work ramping up it will make doing other wise difficult)
Now on to the new hobby. For Christmas, my mom gave me $100 cash. My wife convinced me that I shouldn’t use the money on practical stuff, so I told her I had always thought about playing a musical instrument, and with her father getting a new guitar for his birthday, while they visited over Christmas, I really wanted to try again. When she asked which instrument, I told her I always that liked the medieval Lute, but I didn’t think there was enough music for that instrument – so I selected the mandolin.
I’m not much of a country nor bluegrass fan, however, folk/fiddle, rock and classical is what I’m thinking is more what I want to play. My current struggle (now that I have an inexpensive mando) is that no one is doing lessons here in Western TN. So I’m self teaching myself with a book and online. Right now I’m focused on learning music theory and picking the mando up every day.