I’m kind of rediscovering things now that I have actual time to be a human post-grad school. It’s interesting to see what things have changed or integrated into things.
I really love Premier League football. I was a Man City fan back when we were “typical city,” and I kind of struggle with the influx of money and success. The hope kills you, and now that I don’t have to hope so much because we can buy whoever we want, I kind of miss the disappointment and heartbreak.
I love to cook and bake. As far as cooking goes, I really enjoy trying new cuisines and developing intuitive skills to whip stuff up quickly on busy weeknights. Lately I’ve been trying to learn some Lebanese dishes from a close friend as well as some Korean staples so I don’t have to get take out for things. Indian is also something I’ve been practicing for a bit. I love to bake cheesecakes and pies, and I take pride in knowing that I can make an incredible cheesecake after so many years of practice. It used to be a stress reliever for me, but now it’s much more intentional. I’m working on making quality southern biscuits, which are eluding me even though I’ve lived in the south for most of my life.
I used to draw very regularly, mostly portraits with abstract framing and some mixed media stuff. Recently that artistic bent has moved over to mini painting. I get the same kind of enjoyment and relaxation from working on those techniques and I’m looking forward to applying some of that to actual painting ideas I’ve had for years. I’ll get back to some portrait stuff in time, but minis are giving me so much joy right now.
I’ve gotten back into reading for pleasure (woo!). It’s been pulpy sci-fi stuff (Dan Abnett 40k stuff), fantasy like the Stormlight archive (struggling to stay invested in the third book), finishing up the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy, recently loved the Wormwood trilogy by Tade Thompson and read whatever he writes, and am trying to find some new fantasy (Wheel of Time is my favorite series, but I totally acknowledge some of the problems with it).
Craft beer. Big fan of lagers, stouts, porters, and Belgian style ales. I’m very over and was never quite into IPAs. I’m tired of hearing about them and have been for years. Other styles exist! Love trying new stuff and getting pretentious about things like mouthfeel, finish, etc. Barrel-aged stuff is a big joy.
Other than that, I love going on a good bike ride or walk, just mainly being outside when it’s nice and being active with the dogs or doing some gardening (mainly potted until we can do something about this clay that makes up our yard). Used to play some video games regularly (Destiny fan - Warlocks for life!), but I’ve struggled to enjoy video games the past several months. I’d say that some general nerd stuff here and there also takes up a little bit of space.