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SPOTLIGHT ON... Maryamrose Feb 21-23

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Welcome to your Spotlight on thread, Maryamrose

 

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!

 

Sorry I totally dropped the ball on this and started it late!  We'll have 2 threads at the same time to give Maryamrose a bit more time! 

post #2 of 8

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 8

 

haha, I panicked when I saw this thread - I thought I'd missed it for days (which would be so typical of me). I'm glad I noticed it!

 

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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

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!

 

Sorry I totally dropped the ball on this and started it late!  We'll have 2 threads at the same time to give Maryamrose a bit more time! 


I live in beautiful Berkeley, California :)

 

I am a graduate student in evolutionary anthropology, and I'm also a teaching assistant. right now I'm TAing a class about the human life cycle, and we get to talk about evolutionary reproduction/infant needs, which is great.

 

my MDC name is simply my name (Maryam) + my favorite flower (rose). my grandfather owned a rose-farm in central Iran, and I have wonderful memories of the rose harvest (for rosewater). my late grandmother also had a beautiful rose garden in the backyard of the family home.

 

this will be my first child :)
 

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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?

 


I'm not sure, but I think two would be a good number. I've entertained the idea of having a very large family (6+ kids) but no more than 2 biological. I think we'd like to be foster parents at some point.

 

life's ambition: to be a visual artist of some sort, and to quit academia.

 

I'd like to be remembered for my patience and creativity. I want to be remembered as a reasonable person. beyond that, I don't really know.

 

there are so many places I'd love to visit, but right now I've been really interested in visiting Tajikistan. they speak another dialect of Persian there, so I'd be able to communicate with people. I'd also love to do research there and understand fertility decision-making during rapid environmental change (drought). I just think it would be a good perspective to have and it would allow me to deepen my understanding of a neighboring culture.

 

I've always wanted to live in Amsterdam. I don't know why exactly, it's always just sounded like a good idea. or maybe rural Montana. I've always wanted a little homestead. but I honestly love where we live now so much, I don't have too much of a desire to live elsewhere for a good long time.

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

I love Amsterdam... its like Portland, but with more bikes!  Evolutionary anthropology sounds really interesting!

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I'm curious how you go from evolutionary anthropology to visual art?  Or perhaps you went from visual art to evolutionary anthropology (still curious how that happens, though)?

 

What art mediums do you use currently?

 

Do you speak Persian? 

Any fave Persian restaurants around here? 

Any fave Persian cookbooks? 

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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

I love Amsterdam... its like Portland, but with more bikes!  Evolutionary anthropology sounds really interesting!


I can't wait to visit! I think our first international trip as a family might be there. (also, I can't wait to take the baby to Portland!)

 

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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post

I'm curious how you go from evolutionary anthropology to visual art?  Or perhaps you went from visual art to evolutionary anthropology (still curious how that happens, though)?

 

What art mediums do you use currently?

 

Do you speak Persian? 

Any fave Persian restaurants around here? 

Any fave Persian cookbooks? 


it's kind of a windy path. I was always more visually/artistically-inclined. in high school, I painted seriously (30+ hours a week), made posters/flyers/illustrations, and managed shows an art gallery for two years. I wanted to go to art school and study illustration, but my parents wouldn't support that, so I went into architecture instead. it wasn't a good fit, but I was still interested in how humans manipulate and experience space (a pretty interdisciplinary subject), and that led me into the social sciences. from there I became interested in fertility, and for grad school, I chose to work with an evolutionary anthropologist. it's all very interesting, but it's just not what I'm meant to do in the long term. I'm happiest and most fulfilled when I'm making art. so I'd like to get back on that path someday.

 

I'm currently working with oils, pen and ink, and recently I've taken an interest to fibers. I'm a knitter already, but I really want to learn how to spin and weave. I might take a class during my maternity leave (we'll see).

 

yep, I speak Persian! I'm lucky that my parents insisted on speaking it at home, and I was able to live in Iran for a couple years growing up, so I'm fluent. we plan on teaching our kid even though my husband isn't Persian.

 

I haven't been to any restaurants here - I only recently stopped being vegan, and Persian food is really meat-heavy, so it didn't make sense to seek that out. I have heard that none of the restaurants in the Bay are that great. but I do have a couple cookbook recs that have been great - Food of Life and Persian Cooking for a Healthy Kitchen are worth checking out. all her cookbooks are excellent, actually.

post #7 of 8

The yarn store on Piedmont Ave offers classes on both spinning and weaving several times a year.  If you sign up for their email newsletter, you can keep an eye out for it.  I just checked, since the newsletter came out a few days ago, and they don't have any listed right now, but they do say they have a Ravelry page where they have a more up-to-date class list you might want to check out. 

 

I have a spindle and a small loom - I had to get rid of my big loom when I moved in with DH, but hope to get a more compact one someday.  I took a class in college on weaving and was hooked.  Right now all I have is a little lap loom though.  I haven't learned how to spin yet, but I have the supplies... just nobody to teach me (taking classes doesn't happen, as clingy as DS is). 

post #8 of 8

you're the second person to recommend that shop for weaving classes! I will look out for their classes. I was at Stitches West this weekend and saw some demonstrations - I didn't realize how complex weaving can get. I can't wait to learn the basics! I think I'm going to get a small, simple table loom to start.

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