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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Welcome to your spotlight on thread,  Poppyseed2012!

 

Some starter questions:

 

Where do you live?

What do you do (day job, profession, SAHM, etc.)?

How did you select your MDC name?

How many children do you have?

 

Ladies, ask away!

 

post #2 of 13

How many kids do you want?

What is your life's ambition? 

What do you want to be remembered for?

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

 

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

Welcome to your spotlight on thread,  Poppyseed2012!

 

Some starter questions:

 

Where do you live?

What do you do (day job, profession, SAHM, etc.)?

How did you select your MDC name?

How many children do you have?

 

Ladies, ask away!

 

I live in Madison, Wisconsin. It's one of my favorite places in the world and I'm so lucky to call it home and really excited to raise a child here.

 

I manage non-Federal research funds (grant money) at the University of Wisconsin. We're one of the top three research institutions in the country. It's a busy job and I love it. I was so thankful during my first trimester that I LOVED my job. Had I not, it would have been awful.

 

When I first found out I was pregnant, at about five weeks, I read that my little guy was the size of a poppy seed. :)

 

Currently we're thinking only one. But we're not ruling out two until after we have this one. We travel a lot and look forward to taking him with us on trips around the world. I kind of feel like a minority here and I'm sometimes very jealous of you mamas with many babes, but right now, this is what feels right for us.
 

 

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post

How many kids do you want?

What is your life's ambition? 

What do you want to be remembered for?

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

 



If I had my say, we would probably have two kids. Likely adopting a second child at some point. And who knows, that could very well happen! I also have a horse, who is kind of like my first baby. She takes up a lot of time, love and money. But she's totally worth it.

 

I love this question! My life's ambition is to be kind to every person I meet. It's to raise a good son, to be a good wife, take care of my parents and be there for my brothers. My life's ambition is to add value to the lives of people I love.

 

I would like to be remembered for my cakes. I love to bake and I hope someday many years from now family members down the road are pulling out recipe cards with my name on them.

 

I've never been to Africa and disregarding any political unrest I would love to visit Egypt. I'd like to visit the markets and taste the food. A place that I would return to again and again is Paris. Because Paris has the best pastry I've ever had in my entire life. It's ridiculous.

 

Honestly, I love living where I live. But, the two other places in the world where I would love to live are Vermont and anywhere in the South Island of New Zealand. Two very cool places with friendly people and laid back attitudes.

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

I would love to go to New Zealand, too!  I'v never been there, but it looks so so so beautiful!

 

And I would say that the reality of places isn't always the same as it is portrayed on television.  I traveled to Israel and Egypt when the U S state dept. said it was too dangerous, etc. and you know what?  Nothing happened.  It was an amazing trip.  The news likes to pump things up, but can really harm people who depend on tourism for their bread and butter. Egypt has great diving, too!

 

And I love Madison, WI, too!  Your job sounds really cool. 

 

So for questions:

 

What would you do if you had enough money so you never had to work? 

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post


So for questions:

 

What would you do if you had enough money so you never had to work? 


I also love this question! Assuming all my peeps were taken care of (brothers, parents, etc.) and I could focus on MY unrealistic dreams, I would buy 100 acres of rolling hills in southwest Wisconsin and open an equine rescue. I would spend my days training horses and people in natural horsemanship methods and maybe even start some sort of equine assisted therapy program for people with mental and/or physical health issues.

 

I'm sure my husband, who does not share my love for horses but supports my habit, would have a wood shop on the premises where he would craft furniture for our home. He would also probably garden a bit. 

 

And our son, who will be around horses for much of his first few years out of necessity, will eventually get to decide if and when he becomes a little cowboy in his own right. :)

 

 

 

post #7 of 13

What are you favorite books?
What part of being pregnant was most unexpected? 
What is your favorite cake recipe??? I'll go ahead and put your recipe in my recipe box with your name on it LOL - then maybe people in my family will remember you for you cakes as well. I am terrible at baking cakes for some reason. I'm better off with a boxed mix! so I'd love to have your recipe if you're willing to share :-) 

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by MeredithA View Post

What are you favorite books?
What part of being pregnant was most unexpected? 
What is your favorite cake recipe??? I'll go ahead and put your recipe in my recipe box with your name on it LOL - then maybe people in my family will remember you for you cakes as well. I am terrible at baking cakes for some reason. I'm better off with a boxed mix! so I'd love to have your recipe if you're willing to share :-) 

 

My favorite book of all time is Anna Karenina. I was a Russian Studies major in college and on a family vacation I decided to dig into this book. I finished it during the two week vacation! It's a complex/sad/beautiful story. However, my other favorites? Janet Evanovich books. Love them all! A far cry from Tolstoy but beautiful and entertaining in their own rights! (I can't wait for the "One for the Money" movie to come out!!

 

Oh boy, well, in general the most unexpected part of being pregnant was the fact that I don't love it, and in fact rather dislike it! But I've gotten over that. I've also been surprised by the cervix kicking. That's been a treat. But a nice surprise? I'm surprised about how cute I look pregnant! I'm a big girl in general and the fact that I actually look pregnant and not just chubby is super fun!

 

My favorite cake recipe is a super rich chocolate cake recipe. I never liked chocolate cake until I had this recipe. I'll post it after dinner!

 

post #9 of 13

Whats your favorite color?

Any hobbies?

Favorite place you've ever been?

Favorite place you still want to go to?

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by smilingsara View Post

Whats your favorite color?

Any hobbies?

Favorite place you've ever been?

Favorite place you still want to go to?



Hi Sara! By the way, I just read your partner's birth story in the belly thread... holy cow! That is some story! Amazing! I'm so glad everything went well. And he's a little doll!

 

Ok, to the questions....

 

My favorite color is pink. I am such a girly girl. And no shame about it!

 

My hobbies include natural horsemanship and baking from scratch.

 

My favorite place that I've ever been is either a pastry shop in Paris with my mom or an overnight cruise on Milford Sound (New Zealand) with my mister. Milford Sound is the most beautiful place I've ever seen with my own eyes. It's truly amazing. A close second, beauty wise, is the Grand Canyon. I had no idea that national park would affect me the way it did and I recommend it to everyone. It puts you in your place, convincing you that there is a much higher power. No matter your religion or non-religion, the Grand Canyon will convince you there is something more. It's powerful. Ok. Off topic!

 

Favorite place I still want to go? That's a hard one! I think to a horse ranch out west. I've never been to one, but I think I would love it!

post #11 of 13

poppy. His birth story cracks me up! I never thought anything could go wrong while it was happening, but we are very lucky it went so smoothly! I kinda wish we got it all on video!

post #12 of 13

I enjoyed reading your posts!

You have some wonderful hobbies, and I am sure a beautiful lot of stories to go with some of those travels and horses...

 

I would love to see your cake recipe too ;)

I loved Russian History in college, and if I had the ability I would totally adopt children, preferably a child who has Down Syndrome from that area.

 

My question would be:

 

A year from now what do you see yourself doing?

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Onemoreontheway View Post

I enjoyed reading your posts!

You have some wonderful hobbies, and I am sure a beautiful lot of stories to go with some of those travels and horses...

 

I would love to see your cake recipe too ;)

I loved Russian History in college, and if I had the ability I would totally adopt children, preferably a child who has Down Syndrome from that area.

 

My question would be:

 

A year from now what do you see yourself doing?


Thanks Onemore! I will get the cake recipe posted soon. I thought I had it memorized, but I don't want to risk a mistake when writing it down, so I have to track it down in my folders of recipes. :)

 

A year from now? Thankfully (?), I don't see much changing. Hopefully I'll be the mama to a healthy little boy, who's starting to crawl all over the house. We'll have new cork flooring in our bedrooms (one of our "before the baby comes" goals!) and a super safe baby gate around the wood stove. I'll be riding again and hopefully a better rider than I was when I left off in September. My brother and sister-in-law will be back from teaching English in Korea and hopefully they will have settled somewhere close to Madison. I am very, very close to them both and their absence has been one of the hardest things, emotionally about this pregnancy. I hope I will still love my job and the perfect childcare situation will have presented itself many months ago.

 

I guess that's kind of a boring answer, but I realize I have many things to look forward to!

 

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