Hi! My name is Carey. I am 38 years old. Andrew and I have been together for almost 2 years (married for three months!). We have 1 kid, Luca, and 1 pet, a beagle named Sophie. (I was married for 16 years and have an adopted daughter, Kaleigh, age 11, from that relationship. Kaleigh lives with us about two thirds of the time.) If I was at my favorite restaurant right now I would order steak and veggie fajitas but we will actually be having hamburgers/black bean burgers for dinner tonight. When I work for pay I sell produce and sprouts at the farmers market for a local organic farm. When I am home with the kids my favorite part of the day is drinking coffee. My hobbies and interests include gardening, permaculture, fermenting/preserving food, sewing, writing and hanging out with friends.
Music: Radiohead, Bjork, Carolina Chocolate Drops, John Hartford, Johnny Cash, the Enslins.
Movie: Koyaanisqatsi, Mystery Men, Donnie Darko, Princess Bride, Brazil, Fight Club
Book: the Foxfire Series, Days of War Nights of Love (by crimethInc.), the Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk, much by Philip K. Dick, Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson.
Season: I like pretty much all seasons for different reasons, but spring is especially nice.
Household chore: organizing clutter!!!
Cause: dismantling capitalism and designing a functional society built on a foundation of human desires with respect for all biological life.
Diaper: Not too experienced with the variety, but right now we're using size mediums fuzzibunz pocket diapers and they're pretty awesome! I like them better than the prefolds.
Baby carrier: The Baby Bjorn and the Ergo are a shared favorite.
If you could change one thing about _____, what would it be?
The world? Get rid of culture of death and start infusing our daily lives with a culture of life.
Your house? The clutter!!!! Also, if I could have a sunny kitchen and larger windows, I wouldn't complain.
Your parenting? More energy. I feel I'm pretty darn patient this time around, thankfully.
Your life? Actually, it's pretty awesome!
What would your best friends say is your best feature? My honesty (though I have the bad habit of being too honest and sticking my foot in my mouth sometimes) and my ability to care about other people.
If a genie gave you three wishes what would you ask for? 1. The asphalt to disappear and be replaced with green space (not grass). 2. Art would be appreciated enough that any artist would not have to have another job in order to support herself. 3. Any building with fluorescent lights would become obsolete.
Do you have any pet peeves? Mostly my own clutter. But also, I hate when I hear racist, sexist, classist stereotypes dealt out as fact.
Where would you go on a dream vacation? Probably visiting my friends near Asheville long enough to feel at home.
Where is the best place you've been? My hometown, Chandlerville, Illinois. It's on a high bluff in a river valley (Illinois is otherwise so completely flat). The sunsets are amazing, as are the dark skies.
I used to be a writer, and I was close to "making it" when I got pregnant with an ovarian pregnancy, which totally wiped me out and stopped my output completely. In the month or two I recovered (and moved), the magazine folded. I still write some, but my life is structured differently enough that I no longer can write like that. But it was fun while it lasted!
My daughter is unschooled. While this education style is not for everyone, it works very well for us. My daughter does not like to be taught in any formal sense, though when she signs up for classes, she enjoys it. She is very curious and learns well from interaction with the natural world and the people around her. She's one of the most social people I've ever met, in sharp contrast to my very shy kid self. And yet, people always bring up socialization when the word homeschool comes out of my mouth.
I was car-free for many years, and lived a pretty minimalist lifestyle. It was fun, and in many ways I miss it. I don't, however, miss waking up in the morning so cold I can see my breath.