Hi, everyone! So far we've run the gamut from hiking/biking to target shooting to languages to sewing -- yikes! I think that playing reed instruments just gets the ol' juices flowing, and makes you more alert and involved in the world around you.
I have an interest in native plants -- the central Texas Hill Country has one of the highest concentrations of endemic (peculiar to this geographic area) plants in the country, if not the world. I am a volunteer docent at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (http://www.wildflower.org) -- a great place to visit if you're ever in Austin!
Alexisj, I have no dogs, but a very nice cat! He doesn't like it very much when I play, though.
Musically, I spend more time singing and playing recorder & clarinet than playing bassoon & dulcian -- but I love playing bassoon when I get the chance! There are always distractions & new toys, though... I just got a great-bass recorder, which opens up whole new worlds of ensemble music!
I do early music in several ensembles, and am the assistant director of the Texas Toot early music workshop. Church stuff: I'm the handbell director and assistant music coordinator. I've been directing a community band in a little town about 30 miles away for the past year (but this year, I'm going to get to play again - hooray!).
I love words and languages (German and Czech being the two I've spent the most time on). I like to dabble in crafts, as someone else mentioned: origami and making jewelry (earrings) being the 2 most recent endeavors. I guess most of all, I like to learn/try different things.
By day, I'm a data modeler (I design databases) for a state agency. My after-hours time is pretty much all spent on music...
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Susan Richter :: Austin, TX :: bassoon, dulcian