Skills and hobbies

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 11/08/2010 ( 70 moms have responded )

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What are your skills and hobbies….is your skill/hobby your job??

(when your a full time SHAM you have time to do things...with the baby or babies on your hip...)

Mine are

Doing hair…never went to school for it, but im able to watch someone do a style or cut or color and imitate it (with practice)

Painting abstract/ making jewelry (I like to do it for myself, and family)

And the newest it Photography….im taking an online free course :-)

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Amanda - posted on 11/11/2010

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painting, drawing, cake decorating.... and i am trying to sew..... hard to find time.... ohhhh and i tried surfing for the first time, even though i BIT IT HARD the first couple times, it was AMAZING!

Kate CP - posted on 11/11/2010

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I bake, paint, make jewelry, train dogs and canine behavior modification. :)

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My feelings exactly Caitlin! I talk to my kids, my hubby, and my MIL in person (I do call my best friends and my mom a lot, but it's not the same as in person). I also have a group of really good friend here in the internet and we are spread all over the globe - I love having others to talk to! :D

Caitlin - posted on 11/11/2010

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the gossip helps keep me human, I rarely get out, I need to talk to adults, not only sit around idly chattering with my daughters..

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hee hee hee... Dana asked for it! lol

It takes up a lot o fmy time too, but my hubby says he'd rather I play on Sudoku than be here on CoMs! He just doesn't get why I like coming on here and "gossiping" with other women - lol.

Johnny - posted on 11/11/2010

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Oh Holly, why did you have to post that??? *Ignoring the urge, ignoring the urge*

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Oh! And cooking! I love baking, making soup from scratch (even the noodles!), and putting a great home cooked meal on the table for my family to enjoy - who knew I'd turn out to be such a Susie Homemaker? lol

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photography, writing (when I get the time...), dancing, reading (I go through 3-4 books a week), sudoku (I have the high score out of all my friends on my FB!), cake decorating (super fun! This is my second newest fun adventure), and I am learning how to knit...

Matilde - posted on 11/10/2010

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yes I love everything you love. Doing things with my hands, the kids have set a lot of that to the side.

Dana - posted on 11/10/2010

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Ooh, I used to be obsessed with Sudoku. I haven't done much of them since Ethan was born and now they're kind of boring. I LOVE crossword puzzles though. Except for the Sunday newspaper ones, I have a hard time with those ones, they can drive me to the brink of insanity.

Johnny - posted on 11/09/2010

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I love to garden. I've got a perennial garden, a flower garden, and a vegetable garden. Plus baskets. Keeps me very busy in the summer.

I'm a big cook. I spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, and often I cook breakfast, lunch and dinner absolutely from scratch (when I'm not working). I didn't learn until my late 20's and now I love making food and baking.

Long walks. We have a very large forested park right behind our home, and we take walks there and to the stores every day, rain or shine, that I'm not at work.

I used to do crossword puzzles, sudokus and read a great deal, but I'm finding that I'm either too busy or too tired for it now. For the first time in my life, I just returned a library book unfinished. It was really hard to put it in the slot.

Ez - posted on 11/09/2010

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@ Lisa.. yes it's to do with insurance. In order for an IM to get coverage they need close affiliation with an OB. There are also other restrictions on their normal practice. This poses several main issues.. a) the anti-homebirth agenda means doctors are reluctant to work with IMs and b) a lot of midwives have philosophical objections to the medical model of maternal healthcare and so refuse to align themselves with it (even if that means they can't practice). It's a joke really. And there has been talk of it leading to a rise in UC. These changes only happened in July, so time will tell on that one.

Sorry guys!! OT I know lol.

Charlie - posted on 11/09/2010

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I had thought about studying to do midwifery but realized i wouldnt cope well if things went wrong or with misscariages / stillbirths .

Most women in Australia only go through midwives unless they have worries during pregnancy that need close monitoring .
Oh i love hosting BBQ or drinks and nibbles with friends too !

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Reading, reading, gym, reading, jigsaw puzzles, walking (not bushwalking, just walking round the 'burbs), cricket, Australian Rules footbal (watching, not playing), reading...

Stifler's - posted on 11/09/2010

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I only went to midwives for checkups they were fantastic I'd love to do that sort of thing like hear the heart beats and go through signs of labour and stuff.

Minnie - posted on 11/09/2010

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OT- but isn't the issue in Australia insurance coverage-related?

Horrible either way. I just LOVED my midwife for my last birth. I wonder if this will push up the numbers of UC.

Stifler's - posted on 11/09/2010

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It's good to have that on your resume so you can work anywhere but I think it's more along the lines of babies dying and the paperwork and liability why they're like "Ohhh don't do it".

Chrystal - posted on 11/09/2010

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I love to play the guitar. My baby girl loves it to. I break out the guitar and she is all smiles I love it!

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Emma, not that I have any experience, but midwives and doulas are becoming more and more popular with women wanting births at home or in a non-hospital birthing centre. There might be more work in it?

Stifler's - posted on 11/09/2010

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That sucks Erin. I'm a nursing student too and have done half just none of the on the job stuff for free. I wanted to go and do midwifery after but every nurse I've worked with at work is like 'DON'T DO IT' and won't tell me why.

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Cake decorating (I have no formal training I just copy what I see)
Baking/cooking
Writing
Scapbooking
Limited sewing skills (I'd like to improve on them some day)
Word and Number puzzles
Photography (once again, no formal training I just like taking pictures)

Dana - posted on 11/09/2010

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Haha, no kidding April! Sometimes I think I should get certified, we'll see...

It's funny you say that you don't care, it reminds me of that other thread we were all talking in. I've had people who were grateful that I could help them out and people who were highly pissed that I wasn't certified. I've done some work through a place around here called the Donahoe Center, they do all kinds of things from alcohol abuse, drug abuse, psychiatry, counseling, etc. It's usually low income people. So they call me, I come out and help out...that's when I get people who are either grateful or pissed.

I once did a Christmas play, that was rather hectic. :|

April - posted on 11/09/2010

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Erin, where is the "discouraging" button when you need it? that is really sad!

April - posted on 11/09/2010

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Dana M- Scared of the C I...but appreciate the inspiration..thank you!!
Dana S- I wish i knew someone who could interpret for me... doesn't matter if they are not certified...i don't care! I usually need them for big events like a wedding (who can read lips when the priest has got his nose in a bible?)

Ez - posted on 11/09/2010

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@ Jennifer ~ that's great! Before I had my daughter I was considering going back to uni to do nursing (my degree is in Communications). Now I would LOVE to do Midwifery (it's a separate degree here) but I my dream would be to attend homebirths also. Unfortunately, legislation has been passed this year here in Aus that severely restricts the practice of Independent Midwives and makes home birth near impossible :(

Dana - posted on 11/09/2010

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Right now I'm big on making tree's, gem tree's, glass tree's and rhinestone tree's. I love doing it! I also crochet blankets, scarves, shawls, etc. I sew. I used to draw, not so much now. I make jewelry. I read A LOT and I've recently picked up running again.

As far as skills, I suppose everyone has a lot of skills, one thing I always use as a skill on my resume is that I'm fluent in sign language. I've actually done interpreting jobs but, I'm not certified.

April - posted on 11/09/2010

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I am a lot like Sara H, minus the housekeeping part. I love being a SAHM, but I'm not a good housekeeper (Lisa's right...it takes talent and skill!). Hopefully, I will grow into it like you Sara...but I'm not betting on it.
Getting my Ph.D would be on my bucket list too, but I have no more money to go back to school. I already have a B.S. degree in psych. and a M.S. in education.

i am also fluent in sign language and although i am deaf..i like writing songs. I like to write anything really and I'm good at it. Would love to be a famous song writer...but it's not my best kind of writing. I lack the experience of what a melody or a harmony sounds like. If I can learn what they're like..I bet I could write better songs!

Rosie - posted on 11/09/2010

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i have a passion for cooking, and baking. almost everyday you'll catch me on the internet looking for new recipies to try on my guinea pigs- i mean family! :) now, i just need to learn how to love cleaning up after myself as much as i love to cook!!

i have a passion for all things criminal justice, so i love reading, watching tv, and learning all i can about crime stories. it's not a huge hobby of mine, but i do love it.

pretty boring, i know! there's not much i'm really good at either, like crocheting, or scrapbooking or anything. so i'll grow old, cooking at eatin, which i guess suits me just fine!

Jackie - posted on 11/09/2010

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I used to play the viola and I miss it terribly! I bought one about 3 years ago and found that I'm so out of practice that I sounded horrible and now I don't have time or will power or patience to pick it back up.

I am also very awesome at procrastination!! I am the MASTER!

Jennifer - posted on 11/09/2010

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erin, i'm a birth junkie too :) i'm a nursing student, and working towards becoming a certified nurse midwife. my passion is homebirth midwifery :)

Jenn - posted on 11/09/2010

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Well thanks - I guess you're right! I really do enjoy helping other people and would love to back to school to start a new career when the kids get a bit older. Maybe nursing, PSW, RMT - not sure yet - my business degree really isn't doing it for me. And I'm not really a home body, I don't stay home by choice. We had a big financial disaster that hasn't been "fixed" quite yet and we only have one vehicle. Living in the country doesn't leave me anywhere to go, so I sit at home ALL the time because I literally can't go anywhere - it's been 2 years now. :( One day it will change and I'll have wheels again and be able to go out and take the kids to do fun things instead of being at home all the time.

Ez - posted on 11/09/2010

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I've got to be the least artistic/creative person on the face of the planet, so that rules out a lot of hobbies lol. I was very sporty as a kid and teenager, but haven't played anything competitively for 10 years. I used to read a lot, but have barely picked up a book since my daughter was born. Boring huh?

Now, I am a birth junkie and aspiring doula. I had planned on starting my training next year, but have decided to wait until my daughter is a bit older (probably when she goes to preschool). So I tend to spend a lot of time researching pregnancy and birth. I have a passion for natural birth so I love reading positive birth stories and watching home/water birth videos.

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2010

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Scrap Booking, working on my art, doing tattoo designs requested by friends and currently undertaking learning how to make awsome 3D cakes like on Cake Boss!

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Piano, Reading, Researching and writing academic papers (I'm trying to get two published atm), and Cooking

Nikkole - posted on 11/08/2010

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I like to sew even tho im not great at it yet i made my daughter a blanket while i was prego and it came out awesome im actually trying to start selling them! I also make hair bows for little girls! OH and i made a tutu for my daughter it came out cute!

Sharon - posted on 11/08/2010

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I like scrapbooking, cross stitch, designing jewelry, reading, doing puzzles, doing word puzzles, organising crap, photography, cooking, I love cooking and I'm pretty damn good at eating.

Sarah - posted on 11/08/2010

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I enjoy scrapbooking & card making, but I don't do it very often. :( I also play piano & slow-pitch softball. I wish I was better at softball...I actually kinda suck lol. BUT, I enjoy it and that's all that matter haha. :)

Caitlin - posted on 11/08/2010

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Casual photography, crocheting, reading, woodburning, costume making, carpentry, baking. I'm all over the map for hobbies, I just wish I had more time.. I've been playing with some new baking things recently, trying to get good at cake decorating!

Amanda - posted on 11/08/2010

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I enjoy scrapbooking, cleaning and organizing rooms in my home. It keeps me busy on a rainy day and the kids love to help! It lets me spend time with them and clean the house at the same time! My hubby hates it when I rearrange a room not long after he gets used to the way I had previously rearranged! He gets used to things being in a certain spot and than I move it again! Lol...but he's happy that I'm doing something that keeps me busy and happy! I really enjoy cleaning and spending time with the kids! So scrapbooking and cleaning will have to sum it up for me!

Stifler's - posted on 11/08/2010

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Ha! I have no idea really. I was busy with Logan and then he turned 3 months and I was planning our wedding and now he's 9 months I have no idea what I like to do. I love taking photos of Logan. I'm thinking of making a scrapbook one of these days.

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