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june non-challenge: jobs

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.


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june non-challenge: lesbian family

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.


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june non-challenge: mother’s lessons

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!


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june non-challenge: teaching

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.

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june non-challenge: favorite meals

Day 7 – What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner? If you have children, what are their favorites?

Breakfast: Vanilla latte, egg scramble (with turkey bacon, cheddar, tomatoes, onion), hashbrowns, and a little bit of a waffle. Mmmmmm…

Lunch: Amy’s Grapefruit Salad. A local restaurant favorite. It has lettuce, sliced avocado, cashews, shredded chicken, grapefruit, and a sesame seed dressing. So delicious!

Dinner: My sweetie makes a delicious dish of cabbage, turkey meatballs, potato, carrot, onion, and lima beans in a tomato sauce. My fave meal!

Breakfast: Strawberries, banana, and oatmeal or Rice Krispies

Lunch: Grilled cheese, fresh fruit (berries especially), Soycatash (from Trader Joe’s – has edamame, corn, and red peppers)

Dinner: Pasta with (turkey) meat sauce, broccoli or asparagus (he loves both), garlic bread (this child LOVES bread), yogurt

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june non-challenge: new things

Day 6 – When was the last time you tried something new? What was it and what was the result?

I was going to skip today as I really can’t think of anything to talk about. However, I just can’t bear to skip so here I am! I tried beets for the first time around Christmas and I LOVED THEM! Yum, yum, yum. Other than that, there are always new things in terms of parenthood. I learned that getting on baby’s level and talking in a very soft voice (almost a whisper) causes him to stop having a tantrum to listen to what I am saying. Sometimes he returns to his tantrum after we’ve “talked” and sometimes he doesn’t. Interesting, no?


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june non-challenge: birthdays

Day 5 -What do you prefer to do on your birthday? If you have children, what do you prefer to do for their birthday?

My birthday has been a super low-key event for quite a while. The last blow out birthday I remember was my 21st and I just turned 41 (Mama old!). These days, it’s usually a few gifts from family and DW always makes me a chocolate cake (YUM!). Pre-baby, sometimes we’d go out with a couple of friends for dinner or drinks. Nice.

For Monkey’s birthday, we had a party at home with family and friends (let me know if you need the password). This year, we are planning to do the same but the guest list will be pared down to only people with kids (plus Grandma, of course). Our place is small and we want to make sure this  year’s party is all about Monkey. Last year was our little celebration, too. By the way, we already have Monkey’s party theme. We bought these at Target as they were on clearance and we knew they were absolutely perfect!

Now to come up with activities and snacks to match… And how freaking cute is this cake I found Googling???? WANT!



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june non-challenge: parenthood surprises

Day 4 – What has most surprised you about parenthood?

I’m going to be a bit redundant with others and say I had no idea just how difficult the sleep deprivation was going to be. I used to wake up frequently in the night and would always say how having a baby would just be more of the same in that department. WRONG! It’s not just the frequent wakings, but nighttime parenting, too. Trying to get the baby back to sleep, trying to get the baby to nurse (oh, those early days are so rough), and it just goes on and on.

The amount of attention a baby brings to your family was also a surprise. We are always getting approached by people to look at, talk about, interact with Monkey. One of our cranky old neighbors is now actually really pleasant and shares interesting stories about raising her son. We’ve made friends with waitresses and waiters at the restaurants we frequent as they love to play with baby. I didn’t realize how just how much people love babies.

And finally, I was totally surprised at many aspects of breastfeeding. First, that it would be so so so hard to get started. Second, that I would LOVE it so much (I was pretty apprehensive about it when I was pregnant, thinking of it more like something that was necessary but not enjoyable). Finally, that I would still be BFing at almost 18 months with no sign of slowing from Monkey. Never would have predicted that one.


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