My wife, Stephanie, is a family doctor practicing with my father in Plano. We have three children who, as you might imagine, keep us quite busy. We also house two dogs, two hermit crabs, and a frog. Our house feels like a zoo. Between archery lessons, tennis lessons, carpool, and the multitude of other parental duties, we all need some relaxation and recreation.
Given the opportunity, we love camping and hiking. As the kids get older, we hope to progress them from short hikes and drive-up tent camping to to multi-day backpacking treks.
Unfortunately, Plano isn't a great place for hiking or camping. Fortunately, my sister recently turned us on to Geocaching - a high-tech scavenger hunt.
When the weather is nice, I like to be outdoors.
My favorite exercise is running. I'm not fast, and long distances evade me. Depending on the terrain, I prefer to go barefoot or in a pair of Vibram Five-fingers.
The kitchen is one of my happy places. I enjoy cooking nearly as much as I enjoy eating. My favorite meals to prepare are labor intensive and very hands-on dishes. Although I can draw from a variety of cuisines, my favorite dishes tend toward a fusion of Asian, Latin, and Mediterranean flavors.
Food is not my only pleasure. I have also developed quite a taste for beer, and enjoy brewing my own ales at home. The list is growing, but some of my favorite homebrews include a sweet stout, a Belgian-style Dubbel, a Chai-spiced ale, and a very dry sparkling cherry cider. Most recently, I've kegged a pumpkin & butternut squash ale, a sour Belgian ale with cherries, and a hopped apple cider.
Most recently, I've begun learning the art of cheesemaking. So far, I'm only making uncultured cheeses such as ricotta and mozzarella. But I'm reading about cultured and aged cheeses, and hope to take that step soon.
I like making and repairing things. Woodworking has been an interest since highschool, although my time and space have limited much work in this area lately.
I also enjoy electronics - a hobby that goes back to my teens when I became a licensed amateur radio operator (KJ5EW). I still like tinkering. Lately, I've been experimenting with the Arduino, a fully programmable circuit board capable of interfacing with a huge array of sensors and devices.
I can't paint or draw very well, but I enjoy music very much.
Classic rock, folk music, blues, and acoustic guitar are the most common findings in my playlist. But I still dabble in other genres, too.
I have played piano and keyboards since middle school. I taught myself the basics of guitar back in college, but now I take lessons from a fantastic teacher here in Plano.