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<b><span style="font-size:large;"><span>RubyOrganique</span></span></b> is up! Let's come up with some good ones for her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><br><i>If you could travel any where in the world, where would you go?</i><br><br><i>In what ways are you "crunchy"?</i><br><br><i>What do you have left to do to prepare for this new baby?</i><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<b><i>If you could travel any where in the world, where would you go?</i></b><br>
I've been to Scandanavia and Europe already, so I would probably choose the somewhere in the Middle East or Asia. What I love to see most when I travel are the true differences - sadly Europe has become very Americanized and everyone speaks English... I really love to 'live' in the place I visit versus just being a tourist. Of course, that really means visiting a place more than once, so if I could go to Paris again, I would do that in a minute. We had a great trip there, but it was filled with all the basic tourist/museum visits that you <i>have</i> to do when you're there, so I'd like to go back and just live the culture and lifestyle for a few weeks.<br><br><b><i>In what ways are you "crunchy"?</i></b><br>
I bring my lunch to work in glass, we typically belong to a CSA and I do a lot of our grocery shopping at the Farmer's Market (a 30 minute subway trip away). Its hard for me to use anything disposable. I soak beans instead of using canned. I handle my health care very holistically as well.<br><br><b><i>What do you have left to do to prepare for this new baby?</i></b><br>
Perhaps I'm feeling unnecessarily unprepared but since I don't know what to expect, I'm not sure of what <i>has</i> to be done before the arrival. Finish working - I would like a little time to rest and unwind. I need to follow up with the diaper service and the birth tub people, make some meals, stock the pantry and prepare the address list for announcements. Other than that, I think we're in pretty good shape.
 

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I loved this question you asked of Jenna. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?<br><br>
How did you come to MDC?<br><br>
What are you most excited and/or nervous about being a first time mama?
 

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<b><i>I loved this question you asked of Jenna. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?</i></b><br>
I do believe in ghosts and think I have an ability to feel the presence of spirits/ghosts, but I've never had an experience like she told us about. I definitely think there is an afterlife and hope that those spirits that do interact with our world are not in flux or unsettled. I am a motherless daughter and go through periods of time when I feel my mother is close by - particularly during this pregnancy, I feel she has walked with me. I've had dreams about her that seem very real, but I've never had a vision of her or an encounter that I would suggest was a ghost.<br><br><b><i>How did you come to MDC?</i></b><br>
I honestly don't remember how I found it. I had a lot of interest in holistic living and pregnancy well before I became pregnant myself, so I attended some related events and learned about Mothering Magazine as a resource. I spent a little time on some of the other boards before settling into our DDC and the homebirth board.<br><br><b><i>What are you most excited and/or nervous about being a first time mama?</i></b> I'm definitely nervous about having a solid maternal instinct - I have very little experience with children, so I tend to over read on birthing, parenting styles, etc. to try to compensate. But I've been told I do give off maternal energy, so I'm hopeful I do have a built in capacity!<br>
I'm most excited about meeting the baby and being a family. I so admire and love my husband and know he's going to be an absolutely fantastic father. I am excited to see our family be born!
 

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What is your favorite restaurant and why?<br><br>
If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?<br><br>
What is the oddest job you have ever had?
 

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<i><b>What is your favorite restaurant and why?</b></i><br>
Currently, it's a little French place just outside Manhattan. It's got a very personal atmosphere and they make the absolute best cafe au lait, which is my one infrequent indulgence in dairy... But we are planning a nice dinner to celebrate the coming baby and I haven't picked a place to go yet. I'd like to try something new. We're so fortunate in the city to have endless choices of really amazing restaurants.<br><br><br><i><b>If you could have a vacation home, where would it be?</b></i><br>
Probably a cabin on a lake in the Catskills if I had to maintain our current professional pursuits. If money was no object, someplace in Europe where we could enjoy clean living, lots of culture and a beautiful landscape.<br><br><b><i>What is the oddest job you have ever had?</i></b><br>
This is a great question! I got hired to do an impression of a SNL character for a party at a wax museum. It was a blast! And definitely my most unique job.
 

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<i>How did you find yourself living in NYC (born there, moved because of something...)?</i><br><br><i>What hobbies do you have?</i><br><br><i>If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?</i>
 

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I hope I'm not digging too deep or asking a question you don't want to answer... In which case, ignore this one! Can you tell us anything about your mother?<br><br>
What has been the most challenging thing about this pregnancy?<br><br>
What have you enjoyed the most?<br><br>
Are your toe nails painted? If so, what color?<br><br>
Is your hair long or short?
 

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<b><i>How did you find yourself living in NYC (born there, moved because of something...)?</i></b> I'm originally from the Midwest in the suburbs. I always wanted to live in a big city - even as a kid I was attracted to the anonymity. The first time I visited NYC, I cried over pastrami and pickles because it wasn't the place I had created in my mind. But I decided to move anyway. I came initially for college and have found it difficult to live other places ever since. But I do go through cycles where I wonder why I choose to spend so much money living in a crowded, dirty place that can be very challenging! Right now, I'm in a pretty good place because we're blessed with an awesome homebirth community and lots of excellent support/resources.<br><br><b><i>What hobbies do you have?</i></b><br>
Honestly, our lifestyle doesn't allow for a lot of excess time for hobbies. But, I like to sing, knit and read. I love yoga and cooking with local foods. When I get the opportunity, I love to dance ballroom style with my husband, but that's usually limited to weddings!<br><br><i><b>If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be?</b></i> This is such a tough one! I really admire those who have no fear and seem to have crystal clear intentions. I would really like to meet Ina May Gaskin - sounds a little cliche for this board, but I'm fascinated by the way she chose her vocation and has become such a force in unconventional ways. She has, for many including me, transformed my view of birthing and motherhood. If she had taken the routine road through nursing or obstetrics, I'm sure her impact would have been diminished.
 

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<b><i>I hope I'm not digging too deep or asking a question you don't want to answer... In which case, ignore this one! Can you tell us anything about your mother?</i></b> Not digging too deep at all! She was only 50 when she passed of skin cancer and I only knew her for a small portion of my life, so sadly most of what I know is through stories from my father, siblings and other people. She married later in life than was customary for her time, traveled the world and seemed to be ahead of her time in her independence. I often wish I could have known her more deeply and wonder how different a person I would be if we had had more time together.<br><br><b><i>What has been the most challenging thing about this pregnancy?</i></b><br>
I have been so wonderfully surprised at how fantastic I have felt physically, I hesitate to complain about any of it. The most challenging thing would be the amount of faith I have learned is a part of this process - from the very beginning of wondering whether the pregnancy would "take" to now wondering whether or not everything is okay in there - it all takes an amazing amount of faith and a release of control. These are two things that have challenged me in life before, but I've been able to navigate differently because the stakes weren't as high.<br><br><b><i>What have you enjoyed the most?</i></b><br>
The true union I feel that has been created with my husband and soon the baby. I'm completely in awe of the idea that both of us are inside of me and have really embraced the warm, amazing feeling of how love can manifest into another human being. I had approached getting pregnant very practically, so I have been surprised at the spiritual aspects that have come up and captivated me.<br><br><i><b>Are your toe nails painted? If so, what color?</b></i><br>
They aren't at the moment, but if they were, I would choose a raspberry sorbet color. Especially since the only shoes that work for me right now are flip flops, I should probably put some effort into a pedicure!<br><br><b><i>Is your hair long or short?</i></b><br>
Currently, long because I've been too lazy and too cheap to get it cut. Haircuts here can be a serious investment. Plus, with all the change approaching, I figure leaving it simple, and being able to throw it into a pony tail, is probably a good idea for the first few months of the baby's life.
 

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Bumping up for more questions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<b>What is your favorite fruit, vegetable, candy?<br><br>
What kind of toothpaste do you use?<br><br>
What are you wearing?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></b>
 

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<b><i>How did you meet DH?</i></b><br>
We met on a bus 15 years ago. We were both dating other people and ended up going to a movie 'as friends' which led to a long and beautiful love affair. Sheesh! Time flies<br><br><i><b>What is your favorite dessert?</b></i><br>
Anything dark chocolate which is made even better with fresh raspberries. A flourless chocolate cake would be pretty high on my list!
 

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Thanks for the questions!!<br><br><i><b>What is your favorite fruit, vegetable, candy?</b></i><br>
Fruit: raspberry Vegetable: avocado Candy: lime jolly ranchers<br><br><i><b>What kind of toothpaste do you use?</b></i> Currently Tom's of Maine without fluoride, but I keep my eye on the EWG's cosmetic database to make sure whatever we're using is as safe as possible.<br><br><i><b><br>
What are you wearing?</b></i> A very sheer (?) short sleeve, navy blue maternity dress. Most of my maternity clothes are office-wear. Not sure what I'll be lounging around in once I'm done with work - my pajamas and my husband's boxers, I guess!
 
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