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***spotlight on...... Feb 15-17: Casmer! ***

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

 

Welcome to your Spotlight on thread, Casmer!

 

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 12

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 12
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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

 

Welcome to your Spotlight on thread, Casmer!

 

Woooo hoooo!

 

Where do you live?

I currently live in Austin, Texas.  My husband and I are both from East Texas, originally, but I think it's safe to say that we'll stay in the Central Texas area for quite some time.  If we ever go back to East Texas, it will be to retire or something -haha.  It's hotter and dryer here, but the people are much nicer (except when they're driving!).  There's just SO much to do here!

 

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

I am a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) or a "nutritionist" as some people say.  The RD part means that I have an undergraduate degree (Nutritional Sciences) and have been through an internship with specialized training in clinical, community and food service nutrition...then I had to take a nasty exam :)  With that being said, I'm am currently a SAHW...soon to be SAHM.  I was working at a state mental health facility, most recently.  While I absolutely loved most of my job, my supervisor was a complete moron and pretty much made mine and my co-worker's lives very difficult (there was enough work for three, but he would just go home during the day and never help the two of us out).  The stress was taking a horrible toll on my body and TTCing was difficult.  The month I quit my cervical fluid increased (it had been really poor quality...TMI, I'm sure) and two weeks later after I quit...I got my +.  So I'd say it was worth quitting!  There are certain aspects I miss (like my geriatric patients!), but I know we made the right decision.  Staying at home isn't always easy though...
 

How did you select your MDC name?

When I originally joined MDC I used my real name.  Then when I wanted to post in the TTC forum, I decided I should probably change my username.  The only thing that came to mind was casmer.  One of my patients at the "state hospital" drew me a picture one day.  In it was the word "casmer" I don't know what it means or where they got it from.  In their youth, this person was an incredibly talented artist (painting mostly)...had a scholarship and everything.  Like many people with schizophrenia, their illness showed up early 20s and so this person's life was essentially never the same (didn't finish school, etc).  Anyhow, I did my best to work with this person on food preferences and help them with food paranoia.  Part of that, I felt, was letting them talk to me about whatever...I just tried to gain their trust and confidence.  For this person, it was very important as they also had advanced cancer, so trying to optimize their nutrition was doubly important, but very challenging.  Anyhow, I got to hear many interesting stories and anecdotes and many other interesting things that were probably not true :)  I think this individual really just needed an ear sometimes.  I apologize for the lack of he/she, I'm doing my best to protect privacy :)

 

 

How many children do you have?

This LO will be our first.  I'm super excited and kinda terrified.  I'm going to be responsible for a little human bigeyes.gif

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How many kids do you want?

Before we started TTCing, we "agreed" on two.  When I got pregnant, I thought maybe three sounds good.  THEN, I went to my friend's house the other day.  She has a 5 year old, almost 3 year old and a newborn (in December).  It was a crazy two hours!  The two older kids weren't getting along and the baby was crying.  Granted, I know it's not always like that over there, but that was a pretty bad day for them.  She apologized several times and reassured me that it was the worst it ever gets, but that's not how they always are.  I totally believe her, but now I'm thinking that two is a better number for me...LOL.

 

What is your life's ambition? 

Really I just want to be happy doing whatever it is I am doing at the moment.  Whether it's me staying at home or later on going back to work, I just want to be happy where I am.  It's very important to me for my marriage to be successful (my parents are divorced).  I don't want my kids to grow up like I did.  Yeah, so I'm not sure if happiness is an ambition, but I'll do whatever it takes to have a happy, healthy family.

 

What do you want to be remembered for?

I would like to be remembered for enjoying life.  Not for the kind of work I did or how clean my house was, but for enjoying my life and for making others lives more enjoyable.  I have no idea how that gets accomplished...haha.  We'll just see I guess.

 

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

I would love to visit Germany.  My mom and Oma were both born in Germany.  I loved hearing Oma's stories when I was little.  I've always been intrigued by my heritage.  Oma was Bavarian so I suppose I'd start in that region.

 

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

Hmmm...I'm Texan through and through, so it would have to be a temporary arrangement.  In that case, I'd say Hawaii on the island of Kauai.  I've only been to Kauai and Oahu, but I loved the atmosphere of Kauai.  Really any tropical place that grows lovely fruit.  Now I want some papaya.

 

post #5 of 12

Casmer, neat history! I always wanted to go to Germany too.

Mostly to see the Anne Frank house and WWII sites like that. I am kind of a history nut.

 

Bless you for the work you have done for people and the work you are about to do for people (person)!!

We don't travel by airplane any more, but I agree that Hawaii is lovely. I have only ever been to Oahu.

Ok, on to questions!

 

How long have you had chickens? Are they more pets or food? lol

 

What kind of rabbit do you have?

 

If someone were to come to Texas for 5 days - what should be there top five destinations?

 

post #6 of 12

How did you and your DH meet?

post #7 of 12
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Thanks Onemore, there are days where I do miss working at the hospital, but I know we ultimately made the right choice.  Stress really does a number on my body.

 

 

How long have you had chickens? Are they more pets or food? lol

Backyard chickens are really popular in Austin, so we thought it would be nice to jump on the bandwagon.  We have them primarily for the eggs.  We've somewhat discussed what we're going to do when they quit laying...but I'm not sure what we decided.  They're not the nicest "pets" in that they don't appreciate being petted or really appreciate anything you do for them -haha.  I love to just sit and watch them though, they're very curious creatures.  Anyhow, if we decided to eat the chickens, I'm not sure how we'd go about doing that.  DH hunts, so I think he'd be able to handle the harvesting aspect.  Who knows...maybe we'll find someone who wants to adopt them. 

 

What kind of rabbit do you have?

He's a little mutt bunny, but I think he's a Dwarf Hotot and Lionmane mix.  He's such a meanie, but I do love petting him...even if he hates it.  When I let him out of the hutch, he jumps up and clicks his heels.  It's hilarious!

 

If someone were to come to Texas for 5 days - what should be there top five destinations?

Wow, that's a tough question!  I'm going to pretend that travel time isn't a factor...you drive for 12 hours and still be in Texas!

1) Visit a state park like Big Bend or Palo Duro Canyon...this is actually on my "bucket list" I've been to the Guadalupe Mountains, which is not too far from Big Bend State Park, it was really cool and very "Texas"

2) Float a river in Central Texas...I would suggest the Guadalupe (pronounced incorrectly "Guadaloop") or the Comal.

3) Go to "First Monday Trade Days" It claims to be the world's largest flea market.  It's seriously huge and people come from all over (especially in the fall) the country to shop.  These people bring trailers to take their stuff home!  DH claims that if you can't find it at First Monday, it doesn't exist.  You can also get a variety of foods-on-a-stick...mmmm!

4) Fort Worth - Go see the stockyards and Billy Bob's Texas "The World's Largest Honky Tonk" There is a lot of Texas-y/Cowboyish stuff in Ft. Worth

5) Visit Austin, the capital of Texas.  There is SO much to do here...the capital building of course, swim in Barton Springs, go hiking, drink some awesome beer from one of our many micro-breweries, eat some barbeque out at the Salt Lick, oh and everyone has a great time on South Congress shopping and eating from the food trailers - it's really touristy, but it's fun nonetheless. Oh and have some cupcakes from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop...my favorite!

 

That was a really hard question (but super fun!)...I'm sure I left something off!

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by BubbleMa View Post

How did you and your DH meet?


We met at a concert right before he was leaving for college.  I knew quite a few of his friends, but some how had never met him (he was from the next town over).  I remember being introduced to him and then I later remember him following me around for most of the night.  I had some Haribo gummy bears and since I don't like the clear or yellow ones, he would eat them- haha!  He apparently wasn't that interested in the gummy bears, LOL.  After the concert, everyone went out to eat at IHOP and he asked to "see" my new phone.  He programmed his e-mail address into it, which I didn't know you could do, so I thought he was super cool (I apparently have a thing for nerdy guys).  The next weekend I wanted to go to another concert, but "needed directions".  Oh hey, he could give me a ride! :)

 

Anyhow, my dad found out we had met, called me and gave me permission to date him...haha!  Turns out, my dad's family has known his family for years.  He grew up just a few miles from where I used to play at my grandparents house!  Considering it was a small farming community, I can't believe I didn't meet him until I was 17.  We dated for a year (although he was 3 hours away at college, so we would literally talk for hours on the phone-ha), were engaged for a year (I ended up going to the same university) and then got married.  People tried to talk us out of it, but we knew it was right for us!  When our LO arrives we'll just be shy of 8 years of marriage, so I guess we were right :)

 

post #9 of 12

My sister lived in Austin for 7 years while getting her PhD at UT and I used to visit her most every summer.  I love Austin!

 

Simple questions: Do the bats still fly from out from the bridge every night at dusk?  Does Amy's ice cream still exist?

 

Those were always the highlights of my visits!

 

post #10 of 12

That was an awesome response Casmer. I totally want to visit Texas now. LOL

post #11 of 12

Great story Casmer!  love.gif

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by MLog View Post

My sister lived in Austin for 7 years while getting her PhD at UT and I used to visit her most every summer.  I love Austin!

 

Those were always the highlights of my visits!

 


Do the bats still fly from out from the bridge every night at dusk?  It's been a year or so since we went and watched, but I'm sure they still do! When we first went and waited a while, I thought that it would be disappointing. I was wrong! Who knew there could be SO many bats in one place?!  I think the best time to see them is in August, so maybe we'll venture out with the new baby and she can have her first bat experience.

 

Does Amy's ice cream still exist?

UH, YES!!  We love Amy's!  The only ice cream of theirs I haven't liked was the experimental avocado ice cream...luckily I only tried a sample.  We went with a friend on her birthday and the guy told her that if she stood by the door with a bowl and caught the ice cream (him throwing from behind the counter!), she could have it for free.  Sure enough she caught it!  My favorite is probably Mexican Vanilla mixed with either Heath Bar, Snickers, or Reese's.  Now I want some Amy's...haha.

 

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