Hope you all had a great holiday weekend! I can't believe it is my turn already, I was so far down the list . . .
- Backstory! Tell us about you, where you came from, how you got to where you are now.
I grew up mostly in the Bay Area in California, although my family is originally from the Northeast. Then I went back east for college and stayed for 12 of 13 years (with one year after college in California and Mexico doing human rights work), for a lot of school and some jobs. Initially, I was going to get a PhD in Biochemistry, but I decided that a life a research wasn't going to be fulfilling, and I left with a master's and headed to law school instead. I meant my amazing husband in law school, and after a few years of following me around for clerkships, we moved back to San Francisco. I love San Francisco for a lot of reasons, but number one, especially now with kids, is that my family is there. Both my parents and sister and her husband live in the city, and my grandparents are just 45 minutes away. It's wonderful to have that support around. My first daughter is now 2, and the light of our lives. My husband is a public defender. I work at a large firm as a patent litigator. I like the job in a lot of ways, although even at "reduced hours" it is still a constant struggle to keep my hours reasonable, but I keep trying and the firm is luckily supportive at least in principle. I find a lot of the debates recently pitting "attachment parenting" v. working moms particularly ridiculous, since I never could have gotten through these two years working as much as I have without things like co-sleeping, extended nursing (I think we'll be tandeming since she's wanting to nurse more and more recently), lots of carrying and baby wearing etc.
- What are you craving right now?
Hmm, probably dairy-free chocolate cake. And I pretty much have a constant craving for dim sum when I'm pregnant, especially any kind of dumpling.
- If someone handed you $1000, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
Weekly pre-natal massages sound absolutely wonderful at this point, so I'd have to go with that.
- What's your favorite type of soup?
My mom's chicken soup--hands down.
- Talk about your house a little-- are you happy where you live? Best part about your house? Worst
I love our house--well, it's a condo really. The best part--It's amazingly convenient. We can walk to downtown and along the water to the Ferry Building farmer's market, and are just a block from the train station that I take to work and a block from the highway. Yet despite being so close to all the city stuff, we abut a little canal that leads to the Bay, and there are these peaceful walkways right out our front door that will be perfect for learning how to bike ride and things. The condo itself is pretty large by city standards (although probaby small by most others), and just really comfortable. Hard to say a worst part--besides that real estate in the Bay Area is just absurdly priced--although I do wish it had a bath tub--there are only showers-- and it would be nice if it had a third bedroom or extra room for an office.