Is it considered tacky to start ones own Spotlight thread? Oh well. Here goes! (Sorry for the novella, but you all know I write a lot... You can skim it!)
- Backstory! Tell us about you, where you came from, how you got to where you are now.
I'm originally from upstate NY, but went away for college and grad school. When I finished my PhD I got a job teaching at the university in my hometown (Rochester, NY), which was a little weird at first but turned out wonderfully. I met my husband after I moved back and he and I have been together for three years and are now expecting our first. He had also moved back to the area after being gone for a long time (he's a former semi-professional athlete, so he traveled for most of his 20's), so now we have both sets of grandparents in the same city ready to dote on the Ninja Fetus when it becomes a Ninja Baby.
My path was pretty straightforward as far as academia is concerned. I always knew I wanted to write, and this is one of the only jobs that will actually pay you to produce manuscripts on obscure 19th century British political philosophers. I did take some time off the academic path between college and grad school to move to Ecuador with friends, which was probably the best decision I ever made. We lived down there for 7 months and our adventures included five days on a pig boat on the Amazon, so I think we made the most of our time there. When I finally got a job and got married, I felt like my 20s had been perfectly spent and I could have kids without any regrets. I'm really glad I took that time for myself.
2. What are you craving right now?
Sugar, sugar, and more sugar. I just ate a piece of cookie cake for breakfast. Ahhhhhh! I have also had a lot of cravings recently for tangy foods like stuffed grape leaves and hummus, so I'm hoping I can get away from my cookie obsession to something a little more healthy for both of us.
3. If someone handed you $1000, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
Probably put it into savings, sadly. Having wracked up enormous (for me, anyway) credit card debt during my move from grad school to teaching (there was a lag of about 9 months were I just didn't have a paycheck), I have become extremely gun shy about debt and spending. DH leaves the money stuff to me and we sock away 20% or more into retirement and a monthly amount into a money market. I'm totally freaked about having a nest egg and a financial safety net. That being said, we also don't have a lot of financial needs right now. DH got a job a few months back after finishing his grad program, so we're finally in position where we can breathe. It feels great.
4. What's your favorite type of soup?
New England clam chowder! I love it so much. The creamier the better. I love soup in general though, so I can rock a seafood bisque or an awesome split pea if need be. Not super picky on the soup front.
5. Talk about your house a little-- are you happy where you live? Best part about your house? Worst?
Our house is wonderful. It's a little city house that was originally built in 1860 and then pieces were added on here and there. It's basically a "shotgun" house in that you can pretty much see from the front to the back. Since it's been added on to over 150 years, there are hilarious little quirks like different height ceilings and door heights throughout the first floor and DH was almost driven insane when installing the floors that there are no 90 degree angles in the entire house. When we first moved in, we had wall to wall carpeting and kind of terrible wallpaper. We've finally finished installing hardwood floors, a wood burning stove, and beautiful slate tile entryway (all done by DH), so it finally feels like OUR home now. I love it so much. It's in a very cool up and coming area of our city where we can easily walk to the river, to parks, and to the little "downtown" area of our neighborhood with shops and restaurants. I really love it here. The only problem is that the city schools aren't great, we can't homeschool, and so at some point we'll have to move to the burbs. We also only have one bathroom and no room for another, so I assume that will become an issue as we have more kids. For now, at least, it's pretty much perfect.