Day 19 – How do you (and your partner if applicable) feel about PDA?
We are not real PDA kind of people. The only exception is when we see bands – I have a couple of beers and get pretty cuddly 🙂 I have always associated live music with cuddles. Don’t know why.
Day 20 – What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you? Did you repay the kindness?
One that immediately comes to mind is DW’s family letting me move into their house for a month when my ex went nutty and I was looking for a new place. I think I have repaid the kindness in many many (MANY!) ways since with my MiL (FiL passed away in Jan 08).
Day 17 – (for parents) What is your favorite thing about parenthood? Your least favorite?
My favorite thing is watching him discover the world and learn new things. It’s so cool to see him becoming a person. I also love when we snuggle at night. He is such a huggy, touchy-feely kind of guy ❤
My least favorite is dealing with the sleep stuff. Not sleeping through the night, nap transitions, not wanting to go to bed at night…ugh!
Day 18 – How do you feel about astrology? What’s your sign, baby, and do you think it matches your personality?
I'm not really big on it. That said, I am a Taurus and must say that it does match my personality. Stubborn!
Day 15 – What was your college experience like? Were you involved in any clubs, groups, etc?
My college experience was loooooonnnnggg. I applied to schools in South Carolina and none in California as my plan was to go back “home.” Of course, by the time I was accepted into a couple of those schools, I considered CA my home. So I unhappily went to our local community college. After a year, I transferred to another CC down in San Diego. Then I transferred to SDSU, where I was completely miserable. So not my scene – blonde Barbies and frat boys. I dropped out and lived by the beach in SD for about a year. Then I moved back to LA and decided I didn’t want to be a receptionist for the rest of my life and got back into school. I finished in a couple of years at a local state school where I met my lovely wife.
I so hope Monkey gets the true college experience as I feel like it’s something I missed out on (dorms and the like).
Day 16 – How many friends do you have in real life that you talk to regularly? How many friends do you have that you feel are ‘true blue’ and how long have you known them?
Maybe it’s not that healthy, but I don’t really have any super close friends outside of DW. We are best friends and have been for 15 years. I wouldn’t want to travel or go out with people without her there. It just wouldn’t be as fun to me. We have several couples that we are friends with, one that we are pretty close with. I moved a lot when I was a kid, so I don’t really have long-term friends. Is that weird?
Day 14 – How do you typically dress? How do you (or would you) like to dress your kid(s)?
I wear jeans every. single. day. When I go to work, I pair them with a a nice shirt or sweater and flats, wedges, or boots (I am a shoe fiend – love them!). At home, I pair them with a comfy t-shirt and flip flops or Converse.
For fun, here is a super rare shot of me in an actual dress!
Monkey dresses very similarly to me on my comfy days (and Mommy on all her days). Jeans or shorts with a cute t-shirt and tennis shoes (he has a pair of black Converse and navy Vans that he wears constantly). We are huge fans of Baby Gap and buy tons of stuff there off the sale rack, so that is usually what he is wearing.
Day 13 – Tell us about the best job you ever had, and the worst
The job I enjoyed the most was working as a textbook editor for a major educational publisher. I worked on art and health texts for middle school and high school. It was so much fun! I got to do a little bit of everything, from editing and writing to selecting art/photographs to page layout and design. Loved it! So why did I leave? Low pay and no long-term career advancement opportunities (glass ceiling for women there, for sure).
And the worst job? When I was in college, I worked nights running reports for a telemarketing company (groan). I showed up when they finished their last shift (around 10PM) and was there alone in the building running reports until around 1AM. A couple of times, the printer/software/etc. wasn’t working so I had to call a troubleshooting hotline and stay even later. Once I managed to lock myself out of our offices without my key to the building – meaning I was stuck in the hallway! These were the days before cell phones. I freaked out! Lucky for me a couple of guys I worked with had gone out for drinks after work and left one of their cars in the lot. I got their attention and had them call my house so my roommate could bring my spare keys. I could easily have been stuck there overnight. Did I mention this was a crappy job? Ugh.
Day 10 – Share your favorite recipe (or two)
Yeah, I skipped this one as I am not worth much in the kitchen.
Day 11 – In what ways does being a lesbian/2-mom family impact your experience of parenting?
So far, it’s been mostly the constant “coming out” to others (“Are you sisters?”). I think as baby gets older, it’ll have more of an impact. At this point, though, I think our experience is very like a straight couple’s. We have a pretty insular family unit, several 2-mom families that we connect with, and baby stays home. I expect lots of changes once baby goes to pre-school. Hopefully not too many negative ones.
Day 9 – What is the most important lesson you learned from your own mother (or other primary caretaker)?
Well, my mom was a young mother who loved me unconditionally and always made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind to. She also taught me (by example) that you “catch more flies with honey” (being nice gets you further than being angry). I love my mom and think she’s a great person, but we are such different people in our beliefs that it’s hard to come up with actual lessons, you know?
In other news, I finally bought the Signing Times DVDs as they are on babysteals today! Woot!
Day 8 – If you had to teach something, what would you teach? (If you DO teach, when did you discover your love for teaching/the subject?)
I would love to teach first or second grade. The thought of helping kids learn to read (and develop a love of reading) and build a solid foundation for their school careers is so wonderful. If the pay were better, I think I probably would have pursued it. Sad.