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.