Yea! My turn :) Thanks, Cecilia's Mama for doing the spotlight threads. I ran them for my last DDC, so I appreciate the work you do to keep the ball rolling :)
Backstory! Tell us about you, where you came from, how you got to where you are now.
Well, I was born, raised, and have settled in the Northeast, so I haven't gone too far from home :) DH and I met in grad school 10 years ago, and got married 3 years later. We have a 4 year old DD, a 1.5 year old DS, a 7 year old standard poodle, and a 20 year old horse that I have had since childhood. I worked full time until DD was 20 months old as a financial analyst, and have stayed home since.
What are you craving right now?
If someone handed you $1000, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
First, I'd go get that pedicure :) Then, assuming the rest of the money was for something fun, not something practical (like paying down the mortgage) I would probably go nuts in a plant catalog, and at Home Depot getting things for the garden in preparation for spring. Like, a couple of rain barrels, a bunch on pavers to bring up the side of the garden so all the dirt doesn't run onto the grass when I water, and some really nice planters. Last summer was the first time we were in a house with a real yard with sun that I could plant flowers and vegetables. I didn't go crazy last year with planting and buying stuff because I didn't know the sun patterns and soil well enough, and had a lot of work to do digging up old ratty bushes, and removing roots. This summer, all bets are off!
your favorite type of soup?
Hmm, I have 3. My dad makes an amazing fish chowdah (ok, let's make it 4 - an amazing lobstah chowdah, too) MMMMMM! he made the fish chowder the night DS was born, and it was SOOOOO good. Then there are two soups I make - one is a variation on my maternal grandmother's corn chowder recipe (wow, didn't know I was so addicted to chowder) and the other is a curry carrot soup my paternal grandmother gave me the recipe for.
Talk about your house a little-- are you happy where you live? Best part about your house? Worst?
I really love our location - we can walk to church, the grocery store, the library, post office, bus lines, toy stores, ice cream shop, pharmacy, Dunkin donuts, Starbucks, 3 playgrounds, dog park, etc, etc. There are always people out and about. Its a nice neighborhood that is a mix of older retired professionals, and young people with kids. We moved into our house a year and a half ago (actually moved from across the street, funny story) and we're quite happy in the house. Its an old victorian, and the first 2 floors have that old world feel to them, but the 3rd floor is renovated and has a skyline view of the city, and is where we have our entertainment center and computer and stuff. The only downside to this, is that there is a lot of walking up and down stairs! I am tired at the end of the day, so climbing upstairs to the tv is a bummer, and then if you want, say, a bowl of ice cream, its 2 flights down and 2 flights up! Makes you really think about whether you actually *need* that bowl of ice cream!
Edited by Mama Chickadee - 2/21/12 at 7:43pm