I am not your typical senior. Yes I am retired and yes I am of retirement age. But my hobbies and interests are sometimes far from what typical retired senior women are interested in. And I thought my interests might make for some insightful reading for other seniors (and maybe a few younger people as well).
First, my nickname "Geek Woman". You see I got interested in computers in the mid 80s when I worked in the medical records department of a large hospital in California. I was handed a stack of printed cards for medical records to pull and send to various departments for the day and then used those cards to make entries into a CRT terminal telling the system where the charts were. This was my first real experience with any kind of computer. I also gained a marketable skill: Data Entry. I went to work for a large university in Indiana after that with my data entry skill and soon was hired as a secretary. A year or so later, the university switched over from CRT terminals to actual PCs. I read the 2.5" Microsoft Windows manual three times before the computer was installed on my desk. I was hooked on computers from that day on. I learned quickly and eventually had a career in IT. When I met my husband in 2000, he saw this skill that I had and would often yell "come help me Geek Woman" when he was frustrated with his computer. That nickname kinda stuck with me. Over the years I became the "family geek" (you know that most families have at least one!).
In the middle of all this, around 1992, I was with a significant other who played computer games. We were both in our early 30s. I watched him play with fascination and eventually got my own computer to play on. Since I had someone showing me how, I didn't play games that typical 30-something-year-old women might play. I played medieval role playing games with dragons and dungeons. It became one of many hobbies I have enjoyed over the years and used to recharge myself from work and life.
So part of this blog will be about my gaming interests. I will have videos and how to's on games that I have come to love over the years. But wait! That's not all! I have tons of other hobbies, interests and experiences I will share with you. These topics will include: book, TV and movie reviews, scrapbooking, recipes, travel suggestions (I live with a Road Warrior who has traveled the world for over 30 years and have learned how to travel for two weeks with two carry-ons!), my gratitude lifestyle, genealogy work, planning activities for retirement, journaling, genealogy, products that I have found help me in various ways and so much more. I have a lifetime of knowledge about many topics and am excited to be able to share it on my blog.
As for my details (or 411 as the kids used to say), I'm a wife, mother, grandmother (13 counting all the steps and bonus ones!) and live a quiet life in the Midwest. I've lived many places around the U.S. and came back to where my literal family roots are deeply planted. According to the very beginning genealogy work I've started, both sides of my family were settlers in the town I was born in. As for the rest, that's what you'll be reading about here!
It is my hope that you will make comments about my blog posts to let me know what you like or don't like about them. I also am happy to answers any questions you might have about any given topic. And I am also always happy to learn of your experiences and who knows. Your experience might end up as a new blog topic!
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