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What 3 things are you most passionate about in your life?
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Originally Posted by MadiMamacita View Post

What 3 things are you most passionate about in your life?

 

Oh, it's so funny that you would ask me that! It's actually a tough question for me, and I always feel like it's easier for other people. I've always, always, always been one to dabble in a number of things rather than to get really into one in particular, to the level of devotion it seems like people are talking about when they say something is their passion. But I've thought a lot about this, and I think another way to see passion is in terms of what makes you really come alive- and if we look at it that way, I'd say social justice work, teaching, and my relationships with friends/family.

 

The social justice and teaching work have been concentrated in the area of education, specifically with and for students from linguistic and cultural minority backgrounds, though I also do pro bono translation work for asylum/refugee cases.. It's funny, because I've done almost all my teaching at the post-secondary level (also do training for in-service teachers), and while I really love it when I'm doing it, it's part of the academic work that makes me feel more distanced from 'making a difference' piece- and that's probably going to mean a career change before too long. The relationships piece is self-explanatory, I think, though it's also something I look forward to with the baby- I'm an INTJ, in my head a lot, but I am actually very loving and look forward to letting emotion lead, being able to express that love more openly than you can in a lot of situations.

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Are you a morning person or a night person?

What's your favorite dessert?

What is your one achievement that makes you the most proud?

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Are you a morning person or a night person?

What's your favorite dessert?

What is your one achievement that makes you the most proud?

 

I'm an incurable morning person! Under normal circumstances, if the sun's up, so am I. And I very rarely compromise my 9:30-10:00ish bedtime- it just almost never seems worth it. This makes me incredibly boring for night people, but what can you do, right?

 

My favorite dessert.. hmm, ice cream generally (cookies'n'cream, mint chip, or cookie dough) and in the cakeish realm, cheesecake.

 

This is a goofy thing to still be proud of, but: I shortened my time in undergrad by almost a year through CLEP credits, where you take an exam and if you pass, the institution gives you credit for the (typically general ed) course. I don't remember most of them, but the college algebra one was different. I had this iron wall of 'I can't' around my brain, but I bought an 'algebra for hopeless idiots' book and sat with my nose in that thing doing exercises for two weeks straight, hitting up the tutoring center for things I still didn't understand. I didn't kick the test's ass by any means, but when I finished and the computer told me I'd passed it felt like such a huge victory. I think it stands out from other achievements because it was in an area that wasn't easy for me and I had to work so hard for it.

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Loving your responses so far especially regarding ice cream and CLEPS exams - I can relate to both ;)

Where are you living, and what do you like and dislike most about it?


What foods are you drawn to at the moment, and what would you normally be eating this time of year? 
 

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Are you more of a 'country girl' or a 'city girl'?

 

Sorry, I really wanna participate in those and I always read the answers but I can't come up with good questions LOL.

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Originally Posted by MIrandaM View Post

Loving your responses so far especially regarding ice cream and CLEPS exams - I can relate to both ;)

Where are you living, and what do you like and dislike most about it?


What foods are you drawn to at the moment, and what would you normally be eating this time of year? 
 

 

Ice cream and CLEP tests.. who would've thought that those go together? But they're both pretty great.

 

I'm now in Dallas. I don't really like Dallas as such, but I love my house to death. I never thought we'd actually end up here- hubby moved here for work at the same time I started my PhD program, and for a long time I insisted that once I got to the point where I could move we'd both relocate to a third location. On one visit last year we found this neighborhood, totally by accident- a bunch of affordable WWII-era houses, tons of old trees, just a generally funky vibe. I'd looked for real estate before but didn't think anything like that existed here--the DFW metroplex is tough on anything old and big on McMansions--and something about it just captured me. When I told my husband I was interested in this house, he didn't hesitate- he loves his job and jumped at the chance to stay here. I still tell him we're not here forever, but in the meantime we are finding things about the city that work for us. It's really not awful, I don't mean to imply that, but I just don't click with it the way I do when a place is right.

 

Foods.. really, everything is just normal! I don't have any specific cravings, and I'm eating the same way I always do. If anything, I guess I really feel the need for protein more strongly.

 

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Are you more of a 'country girl' or a 'city girl'?

 

Sorry, I really wanna participate in those and I always read the answers but I can't come up with good questions LOL.

 

I always feel exactly the same way. Sometimes I can't come up with any question at all, and then I feel bad for not participating. But I always read!

 

I'd have to say a little bit of both. One of the reasons I'd like to move somewhere else is that I grew up in St. Louis, around tons of wooded areas and rivers, and I'd like to get back to that. (Dallas has.. grasslands? Closest thing to what I long for is a couple hours away in northwest Arkansas.) When I lived in Puerto Rico, which is the last place I really felt grounded at at home, I lived in the very southwest corner, close to a small town but the house was in a relatively rural area. And it was the most beautiful, most peaceful place you could ever hope to live. I loved it. But.. every once in a while, I definitely got an itch to go to a nice restaurant, or to a play or concert or something, and while there were kind of local versions of those things, they didn't quite hit the spot. So.. countryish girl who likes to visit the city? :-p

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Hey! I'm from MO smile.gif Originally from the bootheel, went to school at Truman, and now live in Columbia. DH and I taking DD and meeting some friends at Grant's Farm weekend after next.

What's the last book you read for fun? And for work/school? Birth-related?

Do you have any pets?
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Hey! I'm from MO smile.gif Originally from the bootheel, went to school at Truman, and now live in Columbia. DH and I taking DD and meeting some friends at Grant's Farm weekend after next.
What's the last book you read for fun? And for work/school? Birth-related?
Do you have any pets?


Grant's Farm! Man, I loved that place when I was little.

 

Last book I read for fun was Peggy Orenstein's Cinderella Ate My Daughter (weird sense of fun, I know).. Work/school, I'm waist-deep in journal articles that I don't even want to think about.. Birth-related, Birth Matters. I do so much reading online that it's nice to have a book in my hands once in a while! I was a book junkie as a kid, and somewhere along the line that just fell off.

 

I have a 9 y/o dog, Chihiro (no real info on breeds in that mix, but something shepherdy). I call her a cat dog because her personality is really more like that. She's friendly but mellow and likes her time to herself, which is kind of perfect for a dog of mine. Hoping the kid turns out more like us girls than dad, actually.. duck.gif 

 

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Aww - that's a cute furbaby smile.gif

I read the first 54 pages of Birth Matters and passed it off to DH. I'll finish it when he gets done.

I've assigned the NYT article "What's Wrong with Cinderella?" a few times -- I should probably read the whole book!
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When I lived in Puerto Rico, which is the last place I really felt grounded at at home, I lived in the very southwest corner, close to a small town but the house was in a relatively rural area.

I lived in Vieques when I was 13-14, (about 1997-98 I think) and then every summer until I was 18. I have thought about taking my family to Rincon for a year when the kids are a little bigger (but not teens, because i got into a good amount of trouble down there as a teen..) I haven't been to Rincon but it seems like it would be right up my alley. where were you living? what did you do there?
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I lived in Vieques when I was 13-14, (about 1997-98 I think) and then every summer until I was 18. I have thought about taking my family to Rincon for a year when the kids are a little bigger (but not teens, because i got into a good amount of trouble down there as a teen..) I haven't been to Rincon but it seems like it would be right up my alley. where were you living? what did you do there?

I remember from your spotlight thread that you'd lived in PR! I did my MA in San Germán and lived there for a year, then lived in Cabo Rojo for another four- commuted to Yauco where I worked as a professor at one of the tiny colleges there. I never spent much time in Rincón, didn't really want to get into the expat thing and am actually not a huge beach junkie, but the times we did go to the beaches up that way it was gorgeous- I'm sure your kids would love that. And maybe the concentration of people from different places would mean the schools would be a little different in terms of the rough treatment you got (I think I'm remembering that right?)? I would kill to move back but there's just not work in my husband's field, which makes it a financial no-go. Sigh.

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Originally Posted by crystal_buffaloe View Post

Aww - that's a cute furbaby smile.gif
I read the first 54 pages of Birth Matters and passed it off to DH. I'll finish it when he gets done.
I've assigned the NYT article "What's Wrong with Cinderella?" a few times -- I should probably read the whole book!


Thanks!

 

High five to your husband for wanting to read the whole book. Man, if I can get mine to read the 10 pages of Chapter 7 before September I'll consider it a success. :-p

 

I bought CAMD used for cheap and am happy to pass it along if you'd like it--just let me know!

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Your husband reads books?! jaw.gif lol

 

What has been your favourite baby-related purchase so far?

 

Are you a good cook? 

 

What is your most dreaded household chore?

 

I always have a hard time coming up with good questions too!

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Your husband reads books?!  lol

 

What has been your favourite baby-related purchase so far?

 

Are you a good cook? 

 

What is your most dreaded household chore?

 

I always have a hard time coming up with good questions too!

Sneaking to answer this before the new posts go up, I know my week's over! These were great questions.

 

My husband reads the news, and my old history textbooks, and atlases.. Childbirth stuff is another story. ;)

 

Favorite purchase.. I'd say clothing stuff in general, but probably my single favorite item has been this. I don't generally do Disney stuff, but had to make an exception there, because how is that not the greatest onesie ever made?

 

I HATE CLEANING FLOORS. Can't explain it. But I will clean the kitchen, scrub the oven, wipe down the toilets.. just don't make me sweep and mop. Vacuuming's not so bad.

 

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Thanks, everyone! This was fun.

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Super cute onsie!  And I'm right there with you on the floors.  I don't know how anyone can enjoy cleaning floors. 

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And maybe the concentration of people from different places would mean the schools would be a little different in terms of the rough treatment you got (I think I'm remembering that right?)? I would kill to move back but there's just not work in my husband's field, which makes it a financial no-go. Sigh.
Yes, good memory! Luckily my husband is dark skinned so my children would fit right in smile.gif
My husband works in a restaurant so his skill set is pretty useful in a touristy area, but not so much in a small town setting. I am something of an entrepreneur and I think I could make a go of it almost anywhere. Being a bilingual family makes it easier. When my family moved to Vieques my mom and dad didn't speak any spanish so that made finding work a challenge.
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