I am the oldest of six and the first graduate of our homeschool (Quiet Creek Academy) circa 2005. I did my undergraduate work at a college practically in my backyard, then started veterinary school at LSU. I'm now in my 3rd year, and am constantly amazed by the virtuosities and complexities displayed in creation! The rigors of study don't leave much time for anything else, but some of my hobbies include drawing, painting, playing instruments, singing, horses, watching sunsets, chasing little brothers, debating, journaling, world domination, and puppeteering.
Oh, and I firmly believe that reading is a necessity on par with breathing.
Need. More. Space. Here is a VERY limited list of this year's favorites: Most things by G.K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, James Herriot, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rex Stout, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, James F. Cooper, L.M. Alcott, Edgar Rice Buroughs, Thomas Jefferson, Ayn Rand, Herman Melville, Victor Hugo, Henry James, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Michael Crichton, Robin McKinley, Isaac Asimov, Jules Verne, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Gaston Leroux, L.M. Montgomery, The Scarlet Pimpernel series by Emmuska Orczy, The Russell/Holmes series by Laurie King, Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brien, Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey, Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, The Story of My Life by Hellen Keller, Guyton's Physiology( both a textbook and a work of art) Aristotle's Ethics (Poetics is next on my to read list), Mark Twain, Oliver Sack's An Anthropologist On Mars...More to come...
My first loves will always be classical and opera- A dash of today's favorites include Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, Bach's Goldberg Variations, Saint-SaŽns's Danse Macabre, Satie's Gymnopedie, and Mozart's concertos for oboe and strings.
Rigoletto, De Zauberflote, and Il barbiere di Siviglia are a few of my favorite operas. As far as other genera go, I am currently listening to loads of broadway, gregorian chant, Regina Spektor, Shirley Bassey, Liza Minelli, Michael Buble, Celtic Woman, Nightwish, Rockapella, KT Tunstall, and a smattering of soundtracks.