DIY Horse Ownership Blog Hop: Non-equestrian activities

Olivia at DIY Horse Ownership has a blog hop on one of my favorite topics: what do you do when you’re not riding? I love reading about the equine adventures of everyone in the horse blogging community, but when you blog about your non-equestrian activities, I feel like I’m getting to know you and making a friend!

Here’s what I do when I’m not in the saddle:

Cooking

Mise en place = very important!
Mise en place = very important!

Cooking is one of my very favorite activities, and I gladly do it almost every night of the week. I enjoy pushing my culinary horizons; I rarely cook the same recipe twice unless it’s just mind-blowingly good (or super easy, like tacos on a night I know I’ll be home late). I love hunting down new recipes, even if they’re just variations on things I already know how to make. (Ask me how many different carnitas recipes I’ve tried.) I like the process of cooking: the chopping, the sauteing, the seasoning. It’s fun and doesn’t require a lot of thought, so I can relax and unwind at the end of the day. I especially love seeing people enjoy the food I’ve prepared. Whether it’s just Johnny and I eating dinner or guests at a party snacking on elegant hors d’oeuvres, it’s so rewarding to feed people.

Reading

Nope, not reading any of these.
Nope, not reading any of these.

I’ve mentioned how much I like to read. At this point in my life, I don’t bother reading stuff that doesn’t at least sound appealing (although I’ll hate-read a book to completion if I start it; looking at you, Red Mars). I remember trying to get through Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton because I thought they were ‘important’ novels, and I’d be so well-read and better off for having read them. I can’t say they’ve had a meaningful impact on my life, so I’ve simply stopped reading ‘important’ books and read what I enjoy: high fantasy, sci-fi, and horse books. I rely on my library, my Nook, and my local used bookstore for reading material. I get through a few books a month; my tally this year is currently at 56.

Video Games
Johnny and I have a trusty old Playstation 3, which was one of the best purchases we made. We use it to stream Netflix, Amazon Video, and NBA League Pass, but we also do a lot of gaming on it. I prefer action RPGs like those in the Elder Scrolls and Mass Effect series, while Johnny likes turn-based RPGs. The two of us like to play cooperative games; favorites include both Borderlands games, Little Big Planet, and Diablo 3.

I wish I could say something useful was on this list, like sewing or home improvements, but my attempts at those things have failed terribly and left me with zero desire to pursue them with any enthusiasm! I also spend some of my free time jogging slowly, but since I don’t particularly enjoy it, I don’t think of it as a hobby.

What do you do in your free time?

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

17 thoughts on “DIY Horse Ownership Blog Hop: Non-equestrian activities”

    1. Haha, I guess cooking IS useful! I just don’t think of it as a super useful skill because it’s not like we wouldn’t eat if I didn’t cook; Johnny is a good cook, too, but he’s a lot slower at it than I am. So we’d eat, but it would be at 9 PM. 😛

  1. I like to cook and we cook a few times a week. We keep a website with all of our recipes. But I get hangry so if we’re not going to have dinner done at a reasonable time because we were doing other things (usually riding) we’ll skip cooking and eat out. Cooking is another thing that tends to happen a lot more in the winter.

    My husband and I play video games as well, though not as often. I used to play WoW very competitively and was in a top 10 guild in the US. I had to give it up cold turkey in order to stop so now I have to be very careful about playing video games in case I get addicted again.

    1. I use Pinterest to keep track of recipes! I tried to maintain a food blog for a bit, but that quickly fell off because I can’t photograph food to save my life.

      I’m not much of a PC gamer; something about the key + mouse combination is just too awkward for me. 🙁

  2. I so wish I enjoyed cooking. But really I just enjoy the eating part.
    I hate read too! I have to finish things I start, so if I’ve started a book, I have to finish it. If it’s really bad, I’ll spend the entire time judging the writer’s poor writing skills and misuse of words. Sometimes I think maybe I’m too judge-y…

  3. I’d love to see some posts about recipes. I enjoy cooking but mostly only have time on weekends.

    I am also an avid reader but I’ve started to make myself quit reading books I don’t love. Life is too short to read crap. Also, there are so many good books out there I’d rather read one of them

  4. I feel the same way about cooking! It can be very relaxing to chop and saute with a glass of wine. I need to find more recipes though, we tent to cycle through the same things, because they are yummy, but always appreciate a new one in the mix.

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