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Spotlight on KayPea!

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Hi! My name is _____. I am ______ years old. ______ and I have been together for ______ years. We have _______ kids and ______ pets. If I was at my favorite restaurant right now I would order _____ but we will actually be having _______ for dinner tonight. When I work for pay I ______.When I am home with the kids my favorite part of the day is _____. My hobbies and interests include _____, _______ and ______.


Favorite

Music:
Movie:
Book:
Season:
Household chore:
Cause:
Diaper:
Baby carrier:


If you could change one thing about _____, what would it be?

The world?
Your house?
Your parenting?
Your life?


What would your best friends say is your best feature?
If a genie gave you three wishes what would you ask for?
Do you have any pet peeves?
Where would you go on a dream vacation?
Where is the best place you've been?

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Hi! My name is Kirsten. I am 30 years old. Robb and I have been together for 14 years (we're high school sweethearts, but we've been married for 6 years). We have 2 kids and pet. If I was at my favorite restaurant right now I would order a piirakka (Finnish rye pastry "moccasin" filled with rice) but we will actually be having sushi for dinner tonight (special event - a friend's son's third birthday dinner). When I work for pay I used to work at a theatre company (doing admin stuff) but I also teach craft workshops around town now and then. When I am home with the kids my favourite part of the day is first thing in the morning when all 4 of us are snuggled in bed together... immediately followed by my morning coffee. I start looking forward to it the night before. My hobbies and interests include reading, art, crafts, gardening.


Favourite

Music: Shapes and Sizes, Big Blood, Beirut, Decemberists, Magnetic Fields, Kimya Dawson (I like a lot of different music, but I have a really hard time remembering the names of bands/songs. It's a weird block I have always had.)
Movie: Amelie
Book: This one is hard, because I love to read, and I have SO many favourites. But if you were going just on number of times read and re-read, then I would need to admit to being a big Harry Potter fan. 
Season: Anything but winter - whichever season I'm in is always my favourite!
Household chore: Laundry
Cause: Sustainable/green living 
Diaper: We use mainly prefolds and Bummis SuperBrites, but I have a soft spot for MotherEase one size bamboo fitteds (they're the best for night time for us)
Baby carrier: I love my Ergo!


If you could change one thing about _____, what would it be?

The world? I would make all the selfish people more community-minded. And all kids would have love and food. 
Your house? This is a big one for me. and though I wish we owned a house on some land that was pretty and green and functional, my priority is that I would make this place that we live now healthier for my family. 
Your parenting? More energy. 
Your life? Just a little bit more time and energy for my own creative stuff. 


What would your best friends say is your best feature? Honestly? Probably my kids. But that is kind of sad, so I'll go with creativity. 
If a genie gave you three wishes what would you ask for? A house, financial freedom, and for it really and truly to be possible to live near my family but also in my current community
Do you have any pet peeves? Right now, it's whining/fussing. DD just turned 3, and baby is teething. I hear so much whining. Also, dirty husband socks in gross places like on the dining table or kitchen counter. 
Where would you go on a dream vacation? I like travelling, and would love to see the rainforest, or go to Japan or India or Spain and so many other places, but my favourite kinds of holidays are little road trips to small towns, do some thrift shopping, stay in some kind of quirky accommodation. 
Where is the best place you've been? We got married on Salt Spring Island BC (just a short ferry trip away from here) and I think it's pretty amazing. 

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I hear you on the whining!  My DD1 is almost 3 and Audrey is teething too. It really gets to you by the end of the day!  My dh leaves his towel on the dining room chair everyday and his pants on the floor in the living room.  It's like having another kid!

 

What kinds of creative things do you do?

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I think we need a separate thread for stuff our partners leave out! I have the sock problem too, Kirsten. Under the couch pillows, on my dressing table, and (my favorite!) in the clean clothes basket. Gah!!!
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OMG I am so glad my DH is a neat freak.  LOL!  I think I am the one who leaves things out where it bugs him.  I have a tendency to not put things back, so he always says "I can tell everything you did today because you leave a trail" LOL

Have you always lived in BC?  

What kind of coffee do you drink?  (I look forward to my cup of coffee too!)

What qualities do you love in your DH?

 

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What kinds of creative things do you do?

 

I am a hobby collector, so a little bit of everything. I have a BFA in Fine Arts, so I've done anything you can think of at an art school (ceramics, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, book making, installation, design, performance, textile work) and I am an avid crafter too, so I knit, crochet, embroider, hand sew, machine sew, weave, paper mache, make toys, make books, felt, collage, paint, quilt, portraiture etc etc.  I am an improviser, and terrible at following patterns, so I prefer free-form stuff like felting and hand-sewing, and I'm an every-day knitter. My efforts lately have been concentrated on toy-making and clothes-making for the kids, but I'd love to get back into non-kid stuff soon too. 

 

 

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OMG I am so glad my DH is a neat freak.  LOL!  I think I am the one who leaves things out where it bugs him.  I have a tendency to not put things back, so he always says "I can tell everything you did today because you leave a trail" LOL

Have you always lived in BC?  

What kind of coffee do you drink?  (I look forward to my cup of coffee too!)

What qualities do you love in your DH?

 

 

Have you always lived in BC? 

 

No - I grew up in a small city/large town called Thunder Bay, Ontario (about a 23-hour drive from Toronto, and 8 hours north of Minneapolis on the shore of Lake Superior. Yes, that's right, Minneapolis is the closest city)  It was very isolated, and it's very hick in that stereotypically Canadian "hoser" kind of way. It's getting better though, thank you Internet, though going there is still a crazy time-warp. All our family, my parents, his parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, my sister ALL live there. It's a nine+ hour journey by plane to get there, and as expensive as travelling overseas, so we don't get to see our family too often. But houses are cheap, one of the cheapest places in the country!

 

DH and I have lived in Vancouver for 11 years. 

 

What kind of coffee do you drink?  (I look forward to my cup of coffee too!)

 

We drink a brand called Ethical Bean - roasted locally and sourced from farmer-friendly, shade-grown organic coffee farms. We buy it whole bean and grind it for our French press every morning. We are totally coffee snobs and can't go budget with our coffee. I have one cup of caffeinated in the morning, then drink water-process decaf for my afternoon cup.

 

What qualities do you love in your DH?

 

He is the sweetest most giving person ever (for example, he does all the dishes and most of the cooking around here.)  He is very mellow and go-with-the-flow, calm and collected, a perfect complement to me. He is musical and creative, smart and hardworking. He has the silliest, most offbeat sense of humour. He is open-minded and flexible. He is kind and sensitive. He is an amazing Dad, he will spend every spare second he has playing with DD (and I mean actually playing with her toys with her, making voices etc) and he gets up cheerfully with the baby at 5am every morning. And he's a cyclist, so he has a very sexy bum. 

 

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I am glad I'm not the only one with a gross-husband-sock problem. (Love him! But, ew.)

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OMG I LOVE Beirut!  I'll have to check out the other artists you mentioned.

 

And I'm totally the mess-maker in our household...

 

DH and I live far away from our families and it is SO HARD.  I fantasize that they'll pick up and move to our city cause there's no way we will go back to theirs.  You and I share that wish!

 

What's your favorite memory (or one of them)?

 

Do you like to see live music?  If so, what's the best show you've ever been to?

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The thing is, I'm messy too, mostly because I am scatterbrained, and move on to the next thing before finishing up the first. DH is just clueless, he doesn't even realize that he just put the raw chicken dishes down on top of the kid's cutlery, and he has no idea where a single thing goes in this house, even if he just found it in it's correct location moments before. It's actually pretty funny. And I try not to think about the things that he does when I'm not around to catch it. 

 

Favourite memory: We lived right on Lake Superior when I was a kid, so I have a million favourite memories of just being a kid in the country - catching tadpoles in the ditch and watching them turn into frogs, lying on the frozen lake in the winter watching Aurora Borealis and listening to the visceral bong-sproing of the ice shifting, finding and collecting amethyst in the bush, watching the salmon spawn in our creek by flinging themselves up our waterfall, picking wildflowers and wild strawberries and wild blueberries and saskatoon berries in their seasons, climbing rocks by the shore, discovering a cave in the forest, climbing trees, pulling my sister in our Radio Flyer behind my bike, swimming until our lips turned blue every day in the summer, taking a sauna every Sunday in our wood-fired traditional Finnish sauna, just like my parents did their whole lives, and their parents too. This is what I want for my kids too. 

 

Do I like to see live music: Yes! But it's been AGES since I've been to a show. My DH has been in bands, so I've been to a bazillion live music shows featuring his bands, and many of them were just amazing (his most recent band, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? was great fun to dance to.) A few of my other favourite shows (now that I think about it, I've been to so many, it's hard to pick!) were Hank and Lily, Danielson Family, Sound Stories, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Sufjan Stevens.  All because of energy, and sometimes theatrics, and in Sufjan Stevens' case, the ability to take me there - when he was singing his songs about Illinois I thought I was driving across that state on an epic road trip. But shows here never even start until after 11pm, and goodness I need to be SLEEPING by then. My baby gets UP at 4am, I can't be out watching music until then. Besides, single income means loss of disposable income, so no more fun things that cost money. Though I could host my own shows in the middle of the day if I were motivated - we once had a friend's band play in our attic for Robb's birthday tea party. 

 

Sigh. This has been a fun trip down memory lane. Do you miss your life before being a parent? I had to make Robb change our screen saver just after Oren was born because it was showing all pre-kid photos, and it was making me too nostalgic.

 

 

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Not to bump Kali's thread at all, but there were two things I wanted to ask you and never got back on. We can have simultaneous spotlights, right...? Anyway, how did you get started in teaching crafting workshops/ classes? That sounds so interesting! It's something I've thought about before.

Can you describe your city living situation a bit more? I know you are car free... Do you live walking distance to a lot of things? Are you really in the middle of the city? That is so cool! And how does it work when you need to use a car?

I live in a car heavy city. Not only that, but it is looked down upon to have a family in an apartment or condo. Families live in houses. When I was buying my second home, I really wanted a town home right in the city. I could have walked to so many places! But every single person I talked to seemed horrified at the idea of my kids not having a yard. So silly!! I think it is the culture here. Atlanta is definitely a McMansion/ SUV kind of place. So I am fascinated and envious of families who live in the city!
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So are you a Canucks fan?! My DH is really into hockey and the Canucks are the closest team to us, so he's adopted them as his own. He just loooves hockey. And we like to say Rhyko has some Canada in his blood as he was conceived in Victoria... love.gif

 

Do you live in downtown Vancouver? Or in a close suburb?

 

 

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Not to bump Kali's thread at all, but there were two things I wanted to ask you and never got back on. We can have simultaneous spotlights, right...? Anyway, how did you get started in teaching crafting workshops/ classes? That sounds so interesting! It's something I've thought about before.
Can you describe your city living situation a bit more? I know you are car free... Do you live walking distance to a lot of things? Are you really in the middle of the city? That is so cool! And how does it work when you need to use a car?
I live in a car heavy city. Not only that, but it is looked down upon to have a family in an apartment or condo. Families live in houses. When I was buying my second home, I really wanted a town home right in the city. I could have walked to so many places! But every single person I talked to seemed horrified at the idea of my kids not having a yard. So silly!! I think it is the culture here. Atlanta is definitely a McMansion/ SUV kind of place. So I am fascinated and envious of families who live in the city!

 

I started teaching workshops right out of high school, when I worked at the art gallery in our town. Then, in art school I had a summer job as the Art Director at a summer camp (a Jewish, zionist summer camp modelled on a Kibbutz, so it was really budget and hands on which was awesome.) I also taught adult craft workshops through the craft collective I was in, Seamrippers. Then I ran an afterschool program at the Jewish Community Centre, and because of that they started hiring me to teach craft workshops too. And then on from there... I would say that all you need to do to get started teaching workshops is have experience in teaching SOMETHING, and experience with crafty things. And a lot of motivation. Plan workshops, write out workshop outlines including age ranges, length of series, class, materials, cost for materials, learning outcomes, facility needs (like do you need a sink, storage, access outside etc) and send them around to community centres with your CV. Or find your own venue and advertise, or run them from home, or contact a homeschooling group. The options really are endless. If you are teaching to kids, make sure you are offering workshops that appeal to the kids (things that are novel, messy, or making something themselves that they would normally buy) but also the kinds of things that parents would not normally be doing at home with their kids. And of course, fostering creativity not just having them assemble something. It's a delicate balance. Oh, I could go on. Feel free to PM me if you have more questions. 

 

And yes, we live pretty much as downtown as you can get, without having to do the downtown condo thing. Walking I could be downtown in about 10 mins, and to the centre of City Centre in 20. We live in a co-op, in a townhouse with a small courtyard. But lots of the neighbour-families around here live in houses (or really, a suite in a house) with yards for the kids (though lots of families I know live in apartments without yards too - if Atlanta is McMansions and SUVs then Vancouver is Victorian conversions-to-apartments and Priuses). And we can definitely walk to everything, and what we can't walk to is a very short bus ride away. Vancouver public transit is really fantastic, and it's very accessible so there is (usually) never a problem taking the stroller on the bus. And that's the trick for me, and I know that many AP families don't use a stroller for babies, but my stroller is like my car. It schleps my groceries and diapers and kids around, walking or on the bus. And really, after hearing everyone talk about how they deal with screaming babies in the car, I am glad I go everywhere on foot. If I don't need the cargo, or toddler harnessing, I just go with baby in the Ergo, but if I have to take the stroller, the Ergo comes too and no matter where we are, if the baby starts to cry I can pull him out of the stroller and he's on me and nursing in just a minute. 

 

We belong to a car co-op if we need a car, and DH can sometimes use the company car. But that's just weekends, since DH has to do the driving. I don't have my drivers' license, so it's all legs all the time for me and the kids. And honestly, we don't need a car that much, this city is really easy to be in without a car (no freeways in town, good LRT and bus system, lots of walkable neighbourhoods, fantastic bike routes.) And DH rides his bike to work every day, rain or shine (and I did too, when I worked). It's a good thing too, because if we had to have a car, living here would not be financially viable. The cost of living is almost insupportable as it is. 

 

 

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So are you a Canucks fan?! My DH is really into hockey and the Canucks are the closest team to us, so he's adopted them as his own. He just loooves hockey. And we like to say Rhyko has some Canada in his blood as he was conceived in Victoria... love.gif

 

Do you live in downtown Vancouver? Or in a close suburb?

 

 

 

I am too emotionally fragile to follow sports. I was a big playoff-bandwagon jumper one year, and we lost of course, and I was so crushed. I couldn't get that involved again! But my DH is a fan, and most everyone else I know is too. Hockey is our sport, after all. I have national pride in hockey in general, does that count?  Rhyko definitely has some Canada in him! 

 

We are as urban as you can get. Our neighbourhood is considered inner-city, and is quite... hmmm... colourful. Gritty. But amazing. A super close-knit honest-to-goodness community, full of kind, passionate and compassionate people, and if I wanted to I could be surrounded all day and night by people who parented like me, or who can challenge me by being more crunchy. Or not - our neighbourhood is incredibly diverse - we're right next to Chinatown, and part of Vancouver's infamous Downtown Eastside (that's where the gritty comes in, as the DTES is where you will find most of Van's population suffering from addiction and untreated mental illness and poverty.) This place where I live is beautiful and raw and alive, and I love it.

 

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Kirsten, thanks so much for sharing all of that! I really appreciate it. thumb.gif

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I'm hijacking my own thread, but oh well....

 

What is your favorite Decemberists song?
 

I love Amelie! 

 

What does sustainable/green living mean to you?  How does it manifest in your life?

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Favourite Decemberists song - the one where they are inside the whale, Mariner's Revenge.That one was amazing to see live, and I've loved it ever since. I'm a sucker for a song featuring an accordion.

 

I wish I could be more eloquent on what sustainable/green living means to me, but considering the environment factors into every decision I make. Sometimes it's a big thing, like choosing to not own a car (which also means choosing to live in a very urban area - though it was kind of a chicken/egg thing for us, the carlessness and the urbanity) and sometimes it's small, like using hankerchiefs and cloth napkins and unpaper towels. 

 

I'm having a hard time answering this, and I don't know why. i think I feel like since I chose to list it as my cause, I should be in Greenpeace and volunteering at our Sustainable Building Centre, but the real truth is that I am not very political, and I suppose that was my answer because many of the things I feel strongly about (having a chemical-free household, buying mainly second-hand, eating organic, whole foods, cloth diapering, love of nature, avoiding corporations, among others) can really be placed under that broad heading. 

 

I do dream of one day having a super green small footprint or net-zero house on an acreage, with chickens and goats and a big garden. But then we'd have to buy a car, and that would be a big step for me (I'd have to get my license!)

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I loved reading your answer!  love.gif  I'm not very political either, though I wish I was!!!  Just  doin' my small part over here FWIW!

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