I know I haven’t been posting in awhile, but I think I’ll try to come back. If I want to be a good writer, I guess I should at least practice here! I talk to a lot of fellow bloggers on Facebook (which is mostly why I haven’t been blogging – that and good old-fashioned laziness!), so that’s good for keeping in touch with friends, but not so great for when you have something to say that requires more space. I see all these other people here on the blogs with lots of things to say (I’m too late for the Convert Truths blog carnival, but I’ve enjoyed reading the posts), and I think maybe I should start speaking (and writing!) again too.
So what is happening in my life? I have been living in Prague, Czech Republic since July 2009, with Mr. Musicalchef (since November 2009), whom I met when I was living in Bosnia. I’ll probably write more later about life in Prague, but you can visit my page on resources for Muslims in Prague if you’re curious about the community here. I have been teaching English, which I enjoy, but don’t want to do all my life. But it’s a good job and I’m glad to have it.
I’m still doing research when I have time, although it’s from the armchair (computer chair?) right now, until I get a chance to visit Bosnia again or go back to the US. I did have the opportunity of participating in a conference here a month ago and giving a presentation on modern Muslim music in Indonesia. And I’m reading a lot. Since I spend so much time on the bus, metro, and tram going between classes, the public library is a real friend!
As for cooking, I haven’t been experimenting as much as I used to. I don’t want to accumulate a bunch of spices and cooking tools when I don’t really know how long I will be here in Prague. So the “chef” is on hold for now. We have no oven, so desserts come from Marks & Spencer (thank God for that store!).
I’m toying with the idea of making the blog more “professional,” but if I do that I’ll probably have to lose the name “musicalchef” and stop posting lolcats. I plan to keep expanding the existing music pages (basically databases) and adding more. Anyways, I’ll try to update more often!