Tuesday, October 21, 2008

15 minutes of Mom's Club fame

There have been a lot of things I have thought of writing about, but haven't found the energy. So, I'll post this: I belong to a MOM's Club. Mostly I am too lame and/or lazy to get out to many of the activities (actually it is because they are always at naptime and I am a nap nazi). I am a lush though, so I usually make it to Mom's Night Out. Anyway, the newsletter editor asked me to be the "scoop of the month" in which I tell my story based on a list of questions. Here are my answers. I hope all of the people who DON'T read this blog enjoy them.

How did you meet your husband? I went to Santiago Chile after college to teach English. He was one of my students. I ended up living there a lot longer than I had planned.

Where were you born and where did you grow up (if different)? I was born in Mesa, AZ. I was raised in Utah and then moved to Oregon for my last year of high school and college.

How long have you lived in Austin? For seven years

What did you do before you became a mother? Traveled more, slept in more, went out more, ran more, read more... Everything else, like teaching and graduate studies I continued after having kids.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom? There are things about the baby phase that I love: toothless grins, the looks of adoration, and incessant drool, but when that phase is over, I am relieved. I love the movement and sense of independence that comes with toddlerhood. My favorite part thus far has been linguistic development. Nothing beats having your child applaud and say “you did it” every time you go pee-pee. It has been especially cool to see Gabi’s bilingual development.

What has been your biggest parenting challenge and how did you handle it? I have had quite a few challenges but the biggest two have been breastfeeding and being a stay-at-home mom for now. I handle all frustrations by having a teeny-tiny breakdown and by being a teeny-tiny bit mean to my husband—thank gawd he has the patience of Jude and absolutely NO memory—he loves me the next day anyway.

What are your hobbies and interests apart from being a mom? Running, wine, baking… I am really into making bread right now. . . do you want some?

Tell us an interesting tidbit about yourself. Tidbits—yes; interesting—hmm? I have 6 brothers and sisters; I ran away from home a lot as a kid; and I love fossils, I look for them everywhere I go (can you say GEEK?).

What are you most proud of (besides being a mom)? I am dangerously close to finishing my Ph.D.

What is your favorite food? I have a pretty versatile palate: Thai, Italian, Greek, Cuban, Mexican etc. But the only real craving I ever have is DQ fries dipped in ranch

What is your favorite restaurant? I love Vespaio and Trattoria Lisina

What is your favorite movie and why? I have always loved foreign movies: Il Postino, Delicatessen, Strawberry and Chocolate, The Motorcycle Diaries, and Amelie are a few favorites that come to mind.

Where is your favorite vacation spot? The Chilean coast: 3000 miles of breathtaking views and the best seafood in the world.

What is your favorite TV show? I really appreciate some of the programs on KLRU (PBS): Frontline, NOW, Washington Week, Nature. In non-nerd TV--I’ll watch almost anything if I am bored or avoiding work but I especially like “The new adventures of old Christine” and “Life.”

What is your favorite reading material? Back in the days when I read for pleasure: Barbara Kingsolver, Jorge Luis Borges, Herman Hesse, Stephen Jay Gould, and any good poetry.

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