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post #41 of 112
I spent two summers during graduate school camping in the mountains in Montana (one day the forest service put a “Warning: Grizzly bears have been frequenting this area” sign above my tent – that made for good sleeping) studying pikas(here's a picture). I loved living up there spending all my time hanging out with critters under the open sky, though I missed my then-boyfriend now-husband. I always felt so weird on my weekly trips into town about talking to people, washing my hands, sitting on a chair instead of the ground, peeing on a toilet… but I was always happy to get a cold beer. I love to re-read my journals from those summers.

I’m intensely afraid of heights. Standing near the edge of a cliff, or walking across a really tall bridge, my hands sweat just thinking about these things. Oddly, I like rock climbing and don’t feel afraid when I’m tied on a rope.

I can’t tell left from right. I have to put both hands out in front of me with thumbs touching, and the hand that makes an L is the left hand. I have Left and Right written on my bike handlebars, so if we’re on a trail and DH shouts out “there’s a big drop-off coming up on the right” I don’t have to take my hands of the handlebar and look for the L. I write and do many things with my left hand but there are some tasks I do only with my right hand. My brother and his daughter are left handed. I’m curious to see if Cailan has a hand preference.

I get really into playing games, but I am very competitive. I once got in a serious argument with a guy at a party because of a trivial pursuit question (it was a biology question and the answer on the back of the card was more general than my technically correct answer). My husband had to talk me down. DH and I love to play Scrabble but don’t do it very often because the games can be too intense – and with a 6-month old, who has time to play Scrabble anyway. When Cailan was a newborn and nursing all the time, I did sudokus while he ate.

I love to cook and to bake, bread and pies especially. I haven’t been doing as much of it since Cailan was born. I have this happy fantasy of us both in the kitchen, me making bread while he sits on the floor emptying the Tupperware drawer.
post #42 of 112
We're mostly no-TV, too. We watch it during dinner, which I suppose is bad, but we don't watch it at all otherwise. We don't watch any sitcoms or dramas. The only thing we turn on is ESPN (our daily dose of propaganda, as DH calls it) or Free Speech/Link TV and documentary or public television (our anti-propaganda!). Oh, and we do watch local sports games if we're in the mood. I don't want to let Stuart watch TV at all for a long time--when he gets old enough, I'll find some quality programs and get them on DVD so he doesn't get exposed to all the commercials. DH and I always comment on the stupidity of the commercials when we are watching, so hopefully that will rub off on Stu. I really want him to grow up able to see through the horrible advertising strategies that companies use. My particular favorite right now is the "I am man" commercial for Burger King--you have to eat this burger to be a man, I guess! :
post #43 of 112
You guys don't know me that well since I joined MDC in January, but I thought it would be fun to participate anyway.

1) I'm terrible at baking.

2) I'm an in-the-closet gourmet.

3) My cats drive me crazy:!

4) I was called JP in high school.

5) I'm a jock.
post #44 of 112
I would love to go mostly TV-free (I love the Daily Show and a few other things) but I think it would be a deal-breaker for dp. His family always has it on - in fact, they have TVs in every room. We just have the one in the living room, so that seems like an ok compromise. We always comment on the stupid commercials too

I am so envious of you mamas who do/have done all kinds of exciting outdoorsy stuff! We lived in the Ocala National Forest for a bit when I was a kid, and I did a fair bit of hiking that summer, but mostly I am unhappy outdoors unless I'm in or on the water. I've always loved swimming, snorkeling, and all kinds of boating. I dated a surfer for a bit and tried to surf. I was horrible at it but it was still fun. I suspect I'd enjoy the outdoors more if I could experience it in a different climate. It's always so freaking hot here.

Oh and I love wasabi and salsa and Thai curry and really anything strongly flavored too!
post #45 of 112
more fun...

i am a horrible cook. not that what i cook is so horrible, but its just not natural to me. Rachel Ray is helping me out with this problem.

i have OCD and so am compulsively organized. but also have ADD. so, if things get out of hand, i get really freaked out b/c i NEED things to be organized. compulsively so. if things are not organized, i get overwhelmed and shut down. i have to talk myself down from it at times.

i have been married 3 times. obviously, i am not good at it.

i have 3 boys. obviously, i am good at that.

i am obviously addicted to MDC.

we have 3 cats. one is a very expensive Siamese cat that i adopted from a friend who had allergies. i hate the cat b/c she is so anti-social with kids and other cats. i hate her, then i feel sorry for her...its a love/hate r/s. we have another cat that my son refuses to allow me to have fixed so he goes around all day wailing that he wants to get laid!!! then we have a "baby" cat (shes about a year old now) that loves to lie on top of my head and kneed my hair. she is most affected by teh baby.



i always watch Big Love, The Sopranos, the Daily Show, West Wing, Commander in Chief and RAchel Ray. if it weren't for these shows, and cspan, i wouldnt care if i had a TV or not. i never used to watch tv shows until i got prego with Ethan and had a lot of pain so i was in bed alot earlier than usual.
post #46 of 112
Ooooh, more fascinating factoids about you guys. It's such a privilege to be part of this cool DDC!

My kids think our house is TV-free - it is never on when they are awake. The only exception is they get to watch carefully selected DVDs if they are sick and need to be immobilized, and I'm unavailable to read to them at that moment. For this reason, they actually like to be sick. I think I'm doing something wrong here...

DH and I, OTOH are hopeless Law & Order addicts. That's about the only hour all week the TV is on, unless there's something sports-related that DH is into. He's really good about curtailing the sports-watching, though. He mostly keeps up with his fave teams by way of print media or radio in the car on the way to work.
post #47 of 112
DH and I went cable free first last summer when I was pg and now we only have old fashioned rabbit ears in a room with one chair. That way, there is one show worth sitting on the floor for, etc. it keeps our tv watching to a true minimum, an hour a week. We have another tv that is only for dvds. We do netflix and wath a movie together about once a week.

I want to start a tradition of Friday night movie night with dd, renting all of the old classics, when she is older as a family. That way, the little she sees will be a family activity for us to enjoy together.

We rekindled the habit of reading to each other in bed most nights after dinner. We read the latest issue of the New Yorker out loud and dd goes right to sleep at the sound of my voice. Or if she is feeling chatty, we are right there to enjoy her show.
post #48 of 112
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Minnow_
I spent two summers during graduate school camping in the mountains in Montana (one day the forest service put a “Warning: Grizzly bears have been frequenting this area” sign above my tent – that made for good sleeping) studying pikas(here's a picture). I loved living up there spending all my time hanging out with critters under the open sky, though I missed my then-boyfriend now-husband.
so you've gotta tell me where i can go to see those cute little critters! i live in missoula.
post #49 of 112
gosh, andrea, i totally forgot you were in missoula -- that's on my short list of 'places i want to visit soon' (sounds nicer than places i want to visit before i die ). i always hear about cool things there while listening to npr (we get the best reception from the montana station... for whatever reason the wyo. one doesn't come in up here!)
post #50 of 112
jen -- which version of law and order? dh and i will end up watching criminal intent at mil's house -- i'm completely in love with vincent d'ornofrio (gah... i'm sure i butchered the spelling.... but, no time to look it up on this ol dial-up... besides... i'm heading to my parents' house for crab spaghetti for my birthday dinner!! none of it is organic, and i'm sure it's quite terrible for you ... but it's delicious... and i figure i'll balance it out with the dagoba chai organic chocolate bar )
post #51 of 112
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Originally Posted by judybean
gosh, andrea, i totally forgot you were in missoula -- that's on my short list of 'places i want to visit soon' (sounds nicer than places i want to visit before i die ). i always hear about cool things there while listening to npr (we get the best reception from the montana station... for whatever reason the wyo. one doesn't come in up here!)
where are you, judy? i used to live in cheyenne and my dad lived in sheridan.

come visit!!! that would be so much fun!
post #52 of 112
ooooooooooh i love SVU. i love vincent d'onojlksdjricsrjsldzpwfrio too, but for some reason i'm not as into CI as i probably should be. : but SVU. wow. i loves me some SVU.
post #53 of 112
You want to know something? I don't even know what TV shows you are talking about.
We recently got cable, but I grew up without a TV, and have no urge to watch it. Though I do get Netflix and I recently watched the first season of Lost, which was cool. I am waiting for the second season to come out on DVD.

See what having no TV in your homes will do? LOL I am the product of that upbringing! :
post #54 of 112
i grew up without a TV too. i used to have a rule that no TVs could be in teh bedroom until dh came along...now our TV is on way too much. my ds2 has a TV in his room at his dads but i refuse to allow him one here. ds1 has a TV in his room for his Xbox and he has a DVD player hooked up to it but i refuse to hook the cable to it. he's been begging for 3+ years.

oh, and i love CSI too. i like the boss!
post #55 of 112
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Originally Posted by judybean
jen -- which version of law and order?
I'm an old-fashioned gal, it's the original series that floats my boat.
post #56 of 112


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Originally Posted by michelemiller
i love vincent d'onojlksdjricsrjsldzpwfrio too
post #57 of 112
Andrea,

You can usually find pikas at or above treeline. Look for them on rocky slopes that are near meadow-y type vegetation.
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i live in missoula.
We're thinking about vacationing in western Montana this year - it would be geographically between us and MIL and she's joining us to watch Cailan so we can take a few bike rides. Where would be a good place to go?
post #58 of 112
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Originally Posted by allnaturalmama
DH and I, OTOH are hopeless Law & Order addicts.
DH and I could be falling-down tired and we'll STILL watch L&O (any of them) if it's on. Damn that Dick Wolf!
post #59 of 112
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Originally Posted by mariposita
where are you, judy? i used to live in cheyenne and my dad lived in sheridan.

come visit!!! that would be so much fun!
i lived in cheyenne for the first 10 years of my life then moved here to *worland (asterisked for paranoia purposes )... i's just over the mountain from sheridan a bit (um, like 2.5 or 3 hrs i think... maybe just two? gosh, i was just in sheridan last year but can't recall!!)
post #60 of 112
ok, im bored and waiting for E to get tired...

i grew up in North Carolina. my parents are from New Jersey. i moved to Louisiana when i was 18 and then to Boston when i was 28...then to New Hampshire when i was 33....

when i go to the south, they tell me i have a northern accent. most of the time, no one in the north can tell any difference, but there are a few words i say that make ppl turn their heads. lol!
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