Yay, I get to go first! :)
1. Where did you grow up?
Hmm, well, we actually moved A LOT growing up. I've lived in something like 32 different places at this point. I have lived mostly in Eastern Oregon, Portland, Southern California, Maine and Alaska. I spent the most time in Eastern Oregon growing up, as my dad still lives in the same place.
2. What is your favorite place you've lived and why?
Portland, OR is by far my favorite place. I love the variety of geography, the progressive culture and people and all the local activities that were close at hand.
3. What is your education in (degrees, certifications, skill training, etc.)?
I have an AA degree in business from a community college that I finished when I was 20. I've never used it and probably would have to start over again if I ever went back to college. I had plans on going to school to become a Naturopath, but then I got pregnant with Cyan and decided that was more important.
4. What is the last job you held prior to becoming a mother?
I worked at Radioshack for several years before I had Cyan. Since then I have not had a conventional job. Although for several years before I got married I did manage to support myself from home by selling things on Ebay and being a nanny a few days a week.
5. If you work now, what do you do specifically? If you stay at home, what are a few things you do every week with the kids and around the house?
I stay at home. Right now, our lives are so flighty that it's hard to have a routine. I try to involve my kids in food preparation and Cyan has many chores that he helps with. A lot of my time is spent in the kitchen preparing all of our food from scratch. When we had the puppies he was very involved with that and took care of a lot of the daily maintenance.
6. Do you consider yourself religious, spiritual, philosophical, etc.? If so, how would you describe your beliefs and/or traditions?
I would consider myself agnostic. I believe that meditation and positive energy will only help increase the positive aspects of life.
7. List two things you know a lot about:
Nutrition and natural birth.
8. List three things you love to do:
Garden, travel, learn about nutrition and health.
9. Do you currently adhere to a special kind of diet? If so, what and why?
Yes, the GAPS diet. We started the diet to help heal and cure my husband of IBS and Bipolar. I also have some minor health issues that I think can be addressed through a better diet.
10. What is your favorite form of exercise?
I'd say either walking outside or an elliptical machine if inside.
11. If you could change anything about your current life, what would it be?
We would have our FOREVER home and start building some stability and schedule.
12. Name one goal for this summer:
Earn and save as much money as possible.
13. If you could magically have all the training and skills necessary for a different profession, what would you want to do & why?
I would be a midwife. I've always be fascinated with birth and helping women birth naturally.
14. Name one thing on your bucket list:
Move to South America!
15. Do you have a random talent? Explain:
I'm pretty sure that I do have a random talent, but recalling what that talent is is not my talent...
16. Describe two family traditions you practice (these could be daily, weekly, monthly, or annually):
On Christmas morning we put lottery tickets in our stockings. When we are with my IL's, after they say a prayer at dinner, everyone holds hands and loudly says, "HAPPY FAMILY!"
17. What color makes you feel good and why?
I tend to be drawn to reds and browns.. I'm not sure why?
18. Assign 2 adjectives (positive or negative!) to each of your children, your partner, and the 2 most common adjectives you hear about yourself from others:
George: Thoughful, Anxious
Cyan: Linear, Outgoing
Olivine: Smart, Serious
Coralie: Comedian, Snuggler
Me: Sarcastic, Even-keeled
19. Name a book, movie, song, or other piece of art that really speaks to you and tell us why:
The Clan of the Cave Bear book series is one of my all time favorites. I love it because the writer does such a great job at researching and recreating a very believable story about what life was like 1,000's of years ago. I've always secretly wanted to live in a tribe and be away from all this modern stuff.
20. Describe the meal/recipe that you eat most frequently and why you eat it so frequently:
Chicken soup. We eat this a lot because broth is very important on the GAPS diet and chicken bones are the easiest to come by. Also, it's simple to make a huge pot of soup and eat it for a couple of days. It's one of the ways that I cut down on making everything from scratch at every meal. My soups are always a little bit different though, as I tend to use whatever random things I have in my fridge.