Five things about me

The Daring Bakers have been a great inspiration to me, helping me to challenge myself and learn new techniques. Plus they've given me a bunch of new blogs to read (like I needed more!) and a wonderful group of women I can call friends.

One of those friends tagged me though.... (Is this a good or bad thing? My first meme? Ask me later!)

Mary at Alpineberry chose me to let her, and my readers, know 5 things about me.

So here we go!

1. I have a university degree in history. I wasn't planning on becoming a historian, I wanted to be a lawyer, a civil lawyer. However you need 2 years (of a 3 or 4 year degree) before you can even write the law school admission test (LSAT), let alone apply to law school. In my 3rd year I decided that I would make a lousy lawyer, I'm too emotional, and that 5 or more years of being a broke student did not appeal. So I graduated instead of going for my 4th year and took up temp work, which eventually lead me into direct mail, which I was happy to leave to become a stay-a-home mother.

I think that is more than 1 thing. Oh well!

2. I'm a reader. There are books in every room of my house. Yes, including both my bathrooms. I like fantasy and science fiction, as well as history, but will read most things put in front of me, including my husbands running magazine. So maybe having tonnes of blogs to read is a good thing - I never run out of reading material!

3. I used to be a runner. And plan to be one again. I actually pulled a fast one on my husband when it came to running. He's a marathoner and triathlete (I cook, he runs it off), and thought I was going down to the Running Room every Monday night to take part in a walking clinic. Instead I was taking Learn to Run, which he learned on the last night of a 10 week class when he saw me running with my group. I've run a few 5km races, but stopped two years ago at the end of a race, the National Capital 5km, with shin splints so bad the run had been excruciating. I'd run on a treadmill all winter then ran outside only a few times before I raced (that was my second outdoor race that year). Big mistake! It's been awhile since I ran and I find I miss it. So when the snow goes away, I hope to overcome the shin splints and get running again.

4. I'm also a gamer. Not board games or table top games. I'm a computer gamer. I'm easily addicted to things like Solitaire but I also like to play RPG's. Which is where the Quellia comes in. It is my name in game to alot of people, from DAOC to WoW and currently GW. I almost always pick a class that can cast spells, and prefer those spells to let me blow things up.
Generally I'm the only woman playing with a group of men (grown up men, not little boys, no matter how they sometimes act.) My gaming has lead to another group of online friends, a number of which recently helped me send my son's school travel buddy all over the world, from Australia to Japan, Greece, Israel and the US. (I live vicariously through that little fox, who got to go to so many of the places in the world that I want to visit!)

5. Currently I have no idea what I am going to do with my life when my youngest child goes to school full time in less than 2 years. I'm being encouraged by some to go into teaching but I'm not sure if it is something I want to go to school to be. If I go back to school, do I want to explore culinary as a career option, or just walk up the street, put on a uniform and work in my local grocery store? I'm fascinated with the idea of learning more about nutrition and considered getting a degree as a nutritionist or a dietician but can't seem to find where you can do that in Ottawa. I'm also becoming more and more interested in cake baking/decorating, and would like to take some classes along that line. Or do I want to continue to work part time, earning very little money but having the flexibility of the hours I have now (as in I'm home for the same school holidays as my children and would be home with them after school.) I don't know.

So there you go Mary! Five things about me (okay, maybe more), most of which is totally unrelated to cooking.


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Very cool!
I can certainly relate to the keeping flexible hours but try several things. And who knows what may grab you in the next two years!

Helene said...

We have a couple of things in common:
I have a Masters in History, 1 year of PH.D research and then I got the job at a bakery...!
I am a runner, not as much as I used too, but still going ...!
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Great post. From one game-ah girl to another! I have to admit though... I prefer the "blow 'em all away" games :)

Freya said...

What great answers! Thanks for sharing! You've probably bumped into my husband online, he's a gamer too, his forte being Warcraft mostly...

Veron said...

Thanks for sharing Jenny. It seems all of us wants to change careers to the culinary kind!

Alpineberry Mary said...

Hi Jenny - Thanks for sharing your 5 things. I still don't know what I want to be "when I grow up" even though chronologically I'm already grown!