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~SPOTLIGHT ON........ MSWmommy! Feb 3-5~

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Welcome to your Spotlight on thread,  MSWmommy!

 

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!

 

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post #2 of 14

Where do you live?

I live in the suburbs of the San Francisco bay area.

 

What do you do?

I'm a Social Worker.  I have spent the last 12 years working for a non-profit, domestic adoption agency.  I absolutely love it and am grateful that I had the flexibility to go from full time to part time (16 hours in office & 4 hours at home) when my son was born.  For me it is the perfect combination of being a mom the majority of the time and yet still having a professional outlet/maintaining client relationships, etc.

 

How did you select your MDC name?

It's just a blend of two of my identities - mommy, obviously, and MSW, my degree (Master of Social Work).

 

How many children do you have?

Right now, just my son.  He is almost 2.5 years old. We also have our fur-baby, an 8 year old golden retriever. smile.gif

post #3 of 14

I have always imagined that being a social worker would be a really stressful job. All I really know if social work is my experience working with the school social worker at the elementary school where I work though.  What drew you to that profession? 

 

What do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies? 

post #4 of 14

Have you always lived in the Bay Area?

 

 

 

If DH and I ever get that far north in CA again (my family is in Southern California) what's the one thing you recommend we do?

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by MeredithA View Post

I have always imagined that being a social worker would be a really stressful job. All I really know if social work is my experience working with the school social worker at the elementary school where I work though.  What drew you to that profession? 

 

What do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies? 

 


Yep, it can definitely be a stressful field.  There is a pretty wide range of settings though (child protective services, hospitals, schools, etc), so the stress level varies.  I’m pretty lucky that my cases almost always have a happy ending, which helps to balance out the stressful parts.

 

I was actually drawn to social work, to do exactly what I’m doing – adoptions.  I was raised in a tiny rural town seeing so many of my classmates getting pregnant at 14/15 years old.  Most of them terminated and some chose to parent.   The older I got, the more I felt there had to be another option and I wanted to be a part of making that option available.  

 

As for spare time...what’s that??smile.gif  Nearly all my time is filled with a combination of toddler chasing, work, and paperwork/bookkeeping for my husband’s small business.  If I get a bit of down time, I like to organize family photos, read, visit with friends, and watch HGTV. I also absolutely LOVE to travel, and we make sure to have a handful of getaways each year.

 

post #6 of 14

Since I'm an English professor I can't help myself: What do you like to read? And if you DON'T like to read, I'll take video games or television shows ;)

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by MLog View Post

Have you always lived in the Bay Area?

 

 

 

If DH and I ever get that far north in CA again (my family is in Southern California) what's the one thing you recommend we do?

 


I’ve lived in various parts of the bay area all of my adult life.  I was raised in a little town in the northern California redwoods, but moved to the bay area for college, met my husband and never left.

 

My favorite thing to do is go up to the Napa valley to picnic, wine taste, and explore.  This was a frequent pastime for DH and I before becoming parents.  As a family, we love going to either of the two bay area discovery museums.  One is in Sausalito and the other is in San Jose.  They are very different from each other, but both make for a fun day.

 

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

ooo, I love the bay area discovery museum... that is a treasure. have y'all been to children's fairy land in oakland? 

post #9 of 14

How did you and your DH meet?

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by alittlesandy View Post

Since I'm an English professor I can't help myself: What do you like to read? And if you DON'T like to read, I'll take video games or television shows ;)

 

I really enjoy reading, and I typically lean toward fiction that’s not too heavy.  Usually something with a bit of a love story.  I just finished reading The Help and thought it was great.  I’m not much for video games (much to DH’s dismay!).  Maybe the occasional Wii tennis, but that’s about it.  TV…ahh,I love vegging out to TV.  Pre-kids, if I was awake, the TV was on – if only for background noise.  These days, it is only on if DS is asleep since we don’t have him watch any.  My favorites are Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Amazing Race and nearly anything HGTV. 


 



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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

ooo, I love the bay area discovery museum... that is a treasure. have y'all been to children's fairy land in oakland? 

 

I haven’t been to Fairyland yet. A co-worker was just talking about it last week, though, so it is on my want-to-do list. smile.gif


 



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How did you and your DH meet?

 


DH and I met in college, well more specifically in the dorms.  We were randomly assigned to the same floor of a 12-story dorm building and met on our 2nd day there.  We became immediate friends and spent tons of time together watching 90210, eating dorm food, going to campus events, etc.  We started dating about six months later and the rest is history.  On a funny side note, we also met our now best friends during that first week in the dorms.  We were all strangers to each other when we moved in, but DH and I ended up married and the two of them ended up married and we’re now godparents to their two little girls.

 

post #11 of 14

Wow Msw, thats really a neat story about your best friends and you and husband meeting each other all the same week and eventually marrying. Happenstance or more? *cue twilight zone theme song*

My questions are:

 

 

Who is one person you look up to and why?

 

Circus Peanuts or Boston Peanuts?

 

What do you *most* hope your legacy is?

 

 

By the way, I think it is awesome what you do. Thanks for making a difference! <3

 

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by mswmommy View Post

 

I really enjoy reading, and I typically lean toward fiction that’s not too heavy.  Usually something with a bit of a love story.  I just finished reading The Help and thought it was great.  I’m not much for video games (much to DH’s dismay!).  Maybe the occasional Wii tennis, but that’s about it.  TV…ahh,I love vegging out to TV.  Pre-kids, if I was awake, the TV was on – if only for background noise.  These days, it is only on if DS is asleep since we don’t have him watch any.  My favorites are Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Amazing Race and nearly anything HGTV. 


 

 

I haven’t been to Fairyland yet. A co-worker was just talking about it last week, though, so it is on my want-to-do list. smile.gif


 

 


DH and I met in college, well more specifically in the dorms.  We were randomly assigned to the same floor of a 12-story dorm building and met on our 2nd day there.  We became immediate friends and spent tons of time together watching 90210, eating dorm food, going to campus events, etc.  We started dating about six months later and the rest is history.  On a funny side note, we also met our now best friends during that first week in the dorms.  We were all strangers to each other when we moved in, but DH and I ended up married and the two of them ended up married and we’re now godparents to their two little girls.

 


Aww, great story!  :)  Like Lily and Marshall (and Ted)!  :)  hehe

 

post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by mswmommy View Post


I really enjoy reading, and I typically lean toward fiction that’s not too heavy.  Usually something with a bit of a love story.  I just finished reading The Help and thought it was great.  I’m not much for video games (much to DH’s dismay!).  Maybe the occasional Wii tennis, but that’s about it.  TV…ahh,I love vegging out to TV.  Pre-kids, if I was awake, the TV was on – if only for background noise.  These days, it is only on if DS is asleep since we don’t have him watch any.  My favorites are Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Amazing Race and nearly anything HGTV. 

 

DH and I met in college, well more specifically in the dorms.  We were randomly assigned to the same floor of a 12-story dorm building and met on our 2nd day there.  We became immediate friends and spent tons of time together watching 90210, eating dorm food, going to campus events, etc.  We started dating about six months later and the rest is history.  On a funny side note, we also met our now best friends during that first week in the dorms.  We were all strangers to each other when we moved in, but DH and I ended up married and the two of them ended up married and we’re now godparents to their two little girls.

 


I'm also a fan of the Big Bang Theory and the Amazing Race. I haven't watched Parenthood but heard it's great.

 

What a great story about your husband and friends!

 

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

ooo, I love the bay area discovery museum... that is a treasure. have y'all been to children's fairy land in oakland? 

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Originally Posted by mswmommy View Post

I haven’t been to Fairyland yet. A co-worker was just talking about it last week, though, so it is on my want-to-do list. smile.gif



If you ever want to head over this way some beautiful weekend before the babies arrive, Fairyland is right around the corner from my house.  I'd love to meet you.  I also have a 2 1/2 yo boy. 

 

 

Sorry I'm late to the game, but if you still want to answer...

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?

 

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