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post #101 of 302
Jeeze gals, I'm blushing.

How long have you and your Sara been together?

4 years.

What were your inspirations for you kids names?

With Osha I had a dream that his name was Osai and we called him Osh (long O). Osai rhymed with his middle name so it became Osha. My partners came up with the other names. I told everyone Shay was going to be Riot if he was a girl.

 
Do you have any siblings?

I have an older brother on my dad's side by marriage/adoption. A younger brother who went back and forth with me and a much younger sister on my mom's side. My brothers both live far near their wives families far from where I live.


And Ash, smart ass is probably the number one thing other people say about me. How did I forget that one?
Edited by seraf - 4/3/13 at 5:45am
post #102 of 302
Thread Starter 

Okay, we need to settle the spelling of your name again...  I SWEAR in the beginning that I thought it was Sara and it was actually Sarah and that your partner's name is Sara no h.  So, once and for all, how do you spell your name??? 

post #103 of 302
We are both Sara. H is in the bible and I'm an athiest if that makes it any easier to remember.
post #104 of 302
Thread Starter 

Omgosh, I feel stupid... I'm not sure how this got so confusing.  You totally could have corrected us at any time!

post #105 of 302
Don't feel stupid. I know I've misspelled your name.

I'm used to it, there are millions of Sara(h)s. my SIL has my name but with an H. I also go by Seraf. My name is spelled right on the first page.
post #106 of 302
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I'm used to it, too, but I always take it as a sign of care and respect when people take the time to get it right, you know?  So, I'm sorry for constantly spelling your name wrong!  I really do care, but apparently ny brain has been unable to assimilate this piece of information for over a year now!  duh.gif

post #107 of 302
That's interesting how you can up with the name Osha. I have a sister names Ocia, which is pronounced the same way. It's an old family name that my mom liked. There aren't too many Osha/Ocia's out there!
post #108 of 302
Lol, Jaimee, I don't even know some people's names yet. You're doing fine.

Osha is also a medicinal herb. And the Apache word for bear. Most people think it's Ocean without the N but over the last decade I've learned a lot about it. There's also an Oshun and an Osho related to different religious traditions.
post #109 of 302
Thread Starter 

Amanda

 

 

1.  Where did you grow up?

2.  What is your favorite place you've lived and why?

3.  What is your education in (degrees, certifications, skill training, etc.)?

4.  What is the last job you held prior to becoming a mother?

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?

6.  Do you consider yourself religious, spiritual, philosophical, etc.?  If so, how would you describe your beliefs and/or traditions?

7.  List two things you know a lot about:

8.  List three things you love to do:

9.  Do you currently adhere to a special kind of diet?  If so, what and why?

10.  What is your favorite form of exercise?

11.  If you could change anything about your current life, what would it be?

12.  Name one goal for this summer:

13.  If you could magically have all the training and skills necessary for a different profession, what would you want to do & why?

14.  Name one thing on your bucket list:

15.  Do you have a random talent?  Explain:

16.  Describe two family traditions you practice (these could be daily, weekly, monthly, or annually):

17.  What color makes you feel good and 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:

19.  Name a book, movie, song, or other piece of art that really speaks to you and tell us why:

20.  Describe the meal/recipe that you eat most frequently and why you eat it so frequently:

post #110 of 302

Just got back to town...LOVE this thread.

 

Sara, I agree with everyone else.  I love your responses, you have great insight, and I feel like you have so much warmth!!!!   Plus, in my book, you've taken on near-mystical, heroic, legendary status as a mom of two babies. 

 

I had a friend with a son named Ojiah.  I always loved that.

 

Jaimee, I just turned 37!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Yay Amanda!

post #111 of 302

1.  Where did you grow up?

I grew up here in Georgia. We moved here when I was 8, and I've been here ever since. I grew up in a suburb of Atlanta, lived all around the city when I was on my own, and am now in a close in suburb (like 15-20 min to the actual city).

 

2.  What is your favorite place you've lived and why?

I loved living in the actual city of Atlanta. I could walk to coffee shops, restaurants, stores, Piedmont Park (the big central park), etc. That's not at all practical with a family, though. Houses are like $500 k+ around there.

 

3.  What is your education in (degrees, certifications, skill training, etc.)?

I have a BA in English. I did a teacher training program after that, no degree. I also have part of a MA in Literary Studies, and part of a MS in Information Design and Communication. Too bad there's nothing you can make from two sorta Master's degrees...

 

4.  What is the last job you held prior to becoming a mother?

I worked at a fancy dog boarding place from 19-21 while I was in college. I taught high school English for four years, but I was a mom then. 

 

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 work in the investment group at the major children's hospital system in Atlanta. It's pretty cool. I'm kind of in a hybrid position. I do some executive assistant stuff (travel arrangements, keeping track of stuff), but I do a lot of project work. Recently, I wrote a huge Request for Proposal, and am now coordinating the review of the proposals, figuring out a way to judge the groups, etc. It's actually interesting! I do a lot of research and work with data, too. I'm going to work towards becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst so that I can become an Investment Analyst.

 

6.  Do you consider yourself religious, spiritual, philosophical, etc.?  If so, how would you describe your beliefs and/or traditions?

I am not at all religious. I am agnostic. I don't think I'm spiritual, either. Even the Unitarian church is too much for me. 

 

7.  List two things you know a lot about:

Writing (like essays, business writing, technical writing) and cooking.

 

8.  List three things you love to do:

READ, drink wine, do crossword puzzles.

 

9.  Do you currently adhere to a special kind of diet?  If so, what and why?

I am a vegetarian and have been for 17 years. I aim for vegan, but miss a lot. Like always. I feel like it is wrong to kill animals for food. I also feel that factory farming is terribly damaging to the earth. And (in *my* personal views on health that do not apply to anyone else don't shoot me!!!) I think that a plant based diet is the healthiest. 

 

10.  What is your favorite form of exercise?

Yoga and hiking.

 

11.  If you could change anything about your current life, what would it be?

I would get decent sleep. Or at least a solid block of 3 hours. 

 

12.  Name one goal for this summer:

Learn to balance working full time with being a mom and wife. Again. 

 

13.  If you could magically have all the training and skills necessary for a different profession, what would you want to do & why?

Be a reporter on NPR. Because what is cooler than that?! Oh wait, I know. I'd be in a bluegrass band. That is cooler. 

 

14.  Name one thing on your bucket list:

Be in a bluegrass band. 

 

15.  Do you have a random talent?  Explain:

I make a very realistic chimpanzee cry.

 

16.  Describe two family traditions you practice (these could be daily, weekly, monthly, or annually):

Family movie night on Fridays with homemade pizza (most of the time it's homemade anyway). Going crazy decorating for Christmas on the first weekend of December.

 

17.  What color makes you feel good and why?

Blue. Because it's calm and peaceful.

 

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:

Bella (dsd): quiet, thoughtful

Mabel (dd1): intense, brilliant

Elsa (dd2): lovable, kind

Jasper: cuddly, curious

Michael: goofy, hard-working

Me: intelligent, sensitive

 

19.  Name a book, movie, song, or other piece of art that really speaks to you and tell us why:

Any early, angsty, feminist-y Ani Difranco. Like, hmmm, the song "Talk To Me Now". I got into Ani when I was 16, and she was the soundtrack of my life until I was at least 27. Still love her. But yeah, part of my whole angsty feminist awakening! 

 

20.  Describe the meal/recipe that you eat most frequently and why you eat it so frequently:

The big winner for this last year was Red Lentil Thai Chili. I kept making it. So yummy, vegan, filling, and has coconut milk. Mmm. 

post #112 of 302

What is it like being a high school teacher?   I cant even imagine.

post #113 of 302

Ani came to play at my college; it was so much fun.  I loved it when she san 32 Flavors.

 

You didn't explain the bit about making a realistic chimp cry!

 

I've heard the CFA exam is intense.  And with a toddler:  bow.gif

post #114 of 302
I got my son Phoenix's name from 32 Flavors.
post #115 of 302
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Originally Posted by dashley111 View Post

What is it like being a high school teacher?   I cant even imagine.

It was pretty cool. The students are fun, IMO. They are still kids. Just big kids. You can joke with them. They typically don't cry and never have potty accidents. Lol. And you get to teach them real stuff.
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Ani came to play at my college; it was so much fun.  I loved it when she san 32 Flavors.

You didn't explain the bit about making a realistic chimp cry!

I've heard the CFA exam is intense.  And with a toddler:  bow.gif

I've seen Ani many times, but it's been a while. I don't get out much anymore. I think the first time I saw her was in 96. Sigh.

My chimp impression is amazing. That's pretty much the extent of that talent!

I've heard that, too. But I'm getting a jump on studying. They recommend 6 months per level. The next level one exam is in Dec, so I'll get more than 6 months. Plus, my bosses said I can study at work. Yay!
post #116 of 302

I can help you with the veganism thumb.gif  I'm serious- once Katie gets that pate' recipe out in the open, it will be all you ever eat.  OMG.  eat.gif  Plus, Katie can vouch for my vegan cheeses.  What other animal product trips you up?  Eggs?


What's your drink at Starbucks?

Top five kitchen utensils or appliances?

If your house were on fire, what would you grab first (besides family members)?

post #117 of 302
Mmm Ani.

Can you point me toward your red lentil Thai chili recipe? I think red lentils are my favorite food besides coconut and chili and Thai. So yeah.

How old are you?
post #118 of 302
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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

I can help you with the veganism thumb.gif  I'm serious- once Katie gets that pate' recipe out in the open, it will be all you ever eat.  OMG.  eat.gif  Plus, Katie can vouch for my vegan cheeses.  What other animal product trips you up?  Eggs?

 

Actually, what gets me is convenience. Like, I'm on my way to work and need breakfast. The only vegan option anywhere is oatmeal, and I get sick of that everyday! Or lunch, not many options. If I was better at staying on top of making food at home, that would help. Plus, I'm cooking for everyone, and they are not vegan. It's just easier to make a quick cheese and mayo sandwich than to make a healthy salad, kwim? Convenience and laziness...


What's your drink at Starbucks?

 

Since I gave up half and half (and all other dairy in my drinks!) I've been drinking soy mistos. Yum.


Top five kitchen utensils or appliances?

 

Super boring list: my saute pan, stockpot, bamboo cutting board, good knife, and peeler. 

If your house were on fire, what would you grab first (besides family members)?

 

Do pets count as family members? Sadly, probably my phone and laptop. I think they'd be helpful in getting things taken care of afterward. Maybe some pictures I don't have copies of. 

 

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Originally Posted by seraf View Post

Mmm Ani.

Can you point me toward your red lentil Thai chili recipe? I think red lentils are my favorite food besides coconut and chili and Thai. So yeah.
Here you go. It's from The Post Punk Kitchen: http://www.theppk.com/2010/12/red-lentil-thai-chili/ 
The only tough thing about the recipe is the Thai red curry paste. It's like $5 for a tiny jar. But it's worth it and one jar will get you through 3 meals.
How old are you?
I'm 32, 33 in July. For some reason, I think you are the same age... am I making that up?
post #119 of 302
I'm loving this thread too!
post #120 of 302
Thread Starter 

Where is the most amazing place you've hiked?

 

What is your favorite high school topic (e.g. specific novel, type of writing, etc.) to teach?

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