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a. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question. Must, huh?

b. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

I'm not gonna tag anyone. Do it if you want to. :P )
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From [livejournal.com profile] siobhankha

The CONTROVERSIAL meme

Would you do meth if it was legalized?
No.

Abortion: for or against?
What a stupid way to ask that question. Who is for it? I don't think it's any man's place to tell any woman what she can and can't do with her body, nor any other woman's place either. The way to end abortion is to give people education about and access to birth control that works for them, so that there are no unwanted pregnancies, not to make women criminals for taking care of their mental and physical health.

Would our country fall with a woman president?
Another stupid question. It's falling with a man president. How is gender relevant at all?

Do you believe in the death penalty?
I believe it exists, yes. I also believe it's wrong.

Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
If alcohol is legal, marijuana should be too.

Are you for or against premarital sex?
Premarital sex FTW!

Do you believe in God?
Yes.

Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Do I think all consenting adults should be given the same rights to legally commit to their partner of choice, regardless of gender? Of course. Duh!

Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are moving to the USA?
The hell? No, but I think it's wrong that so many Anglophones are moving to the USA.

A 12-year-old girl has a baby... should she keep it?
I think it very much depends on the girl and the situation. I don't think it's my place to tell her what to do with her body or her child. If she were my child, I'd support her in making her decision either way.

Should the alcohol age be lowered to 18?
No. It should be raised to 30.

Should the war in Iraq be called off?
We should never have started it, but now since we took away all their infrastructure and order, we're stuck for a while.

Assisted suicide is illegal... do you agree?
No. I think you should be able to end your life if you're terminally ill. I've seen too many people die slow, painful, agonizing deaths.

Do you believe in spanking your children?
No. Never have. Never will. Not even for endangering themselves or others. How does hitting them teach them anything? Now here's something REALLY controversial: I also don't believe in punishing them or heaping empty praise on them. No "Good job!" around here.

Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
They may. But that's more about them than about me.
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From [livejournal.com profile] fairoriana

Post 3 things you've done in your lifetime that you don't think anybody else on your friends list has done.

See if anybody else responds with "I've done that."

Ask your friends do this in their journals to see what unique things they've done.


1. I've piloted a gondola in the Grand Canal in Venice

2. I've sold pantyhose or socks to Sally Field, Mariel Hemingway, Patricia Wettig, Ken Olin, and Paula Poundstone. (I was also robbed at gunpoint in that store.)

3. I took a picture of Annie Liebowitz taking pictures of the crowd just behind the seated section at Bill Clinton's first inauguration. Unfortunately, my film got ruined on the return trip. Boo!

Bonus: I've sailed through the Panama Canal and I've held a week-old ostrich chick. (I know at least one person on my flist has done the former and I'd bet someone has done the latter, but they're just really cool things to have done!)
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] fairoriana

http://www.bankrate.com/bos/news/pf/20080603_new_necessities_a1.asp

Here's their list of the 12 new necessities... how many do you fall into?

1. Daily latte -- nope. MAYBE I have one on the weekend, but since I gave up dairy (mostly) I just don't like them anymore. I don't really care for soy lattes either. I do generally have an iced tea daily, but I often make it myself or have it with my lunch.
2. Cable TV -- Yep. And we definitely get our money's worth. The ability to skip commercials alone probably saves us hundreds of hours and dollars of missed child begging.
3. Manicure/pedicure -- Hmm, I had one on my anniversary last year and I took Bob for one with her friend last fall. I think the time before that was when my brother got married about three years ago.
4. Botox -- Heh. Um, no.
5. Bottled water -- We do buy the large 2.5 gallon containers for the fridge. We're in the process of deciding which filter system to have installed on our kitchen sink though, so that will soon be a thing of the past. I have a glass and carafe at work which I refill several times daily with the filtered tap water. Trying to reduce my family's ecological footprint as well as our exposure to plastics.
6. Second car -- Yep. And we need it, because we work different hours and have two kids to shuttle in two different directions.
7. Cell phone -- I admit, I could not survive without it.
8. Lawn service -- My condo complex has lawn service, but I'm on the board and we've reduced watering and banned chemicals.
9. Clothes -- I never buy ANY clothes full price EVER, except for the Circo brand at Target for the kids, which is super cheap already. Edgar wears about 95% hand-me-downs from her sister, and I still have shirts I bought in college. We probably spend about $500 on clothes for all four of us annually. The only thing I spend money on for me is shoes. With my foot problems over the last year, I've been trying to find a pair of shoes that will help or at least will not make it worse. Payless just doesn't cut it anymore. KEEN, Teva and Propét seem to be the ones.
10. Private school -- Nope. One of the reasons we live in such an expensive-property town is because the schools are world-class. Bob's school is everything I'd ever hope for in an elementary/middle school and Edgar will go there as well.
11. Childhood parties -- We have only ever done one that wasn't at a park, a relative's house or our home. Usually we just go to the park and have a BBQ and a piñata.
12. Pet grooming/walking -- Luckily, cats don't require walking. They play enough Kitty Racetrack (tm) every day that walking them would be redundant and annoying. I groom them with the Furminator and am constantly amazed at how much fur I get off of them with that thing.

Also ganked from Oriana : which other things do you think belongs on a list of newly invented necessities but which you, personally, are doing without?

Energy drinks, vitamin water, flip-flops
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Is it twisted that the only reason I'm doing this meme is so I can answer #4?

Three little words:
1. Where is your cell phone?
In my pocket

2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend?:
Don't have one

3. Your hair?:
Stripey and orange!

4. Where is your father?
In the ground

5. Cheesecake?
Dear me, no!

6. Your favorite thing to do?
Sleep, sleep, sleep

7. Your dream last night?
I don't remember

8. Your favorite drink?
water is best

9. Your dream car?
a hybrid minivan

10. The room you're in?
My lovely office.

11. George W. Bush?
worst president EVAR!

12. Your fears?
Losing my kids

13. Nipple rings?
No thanks, really

14. Who did you hang out with last night?
Just my family

15. What you're not good at?
Being on time

16. Your best friends?
[livejournal.com profile] llnaughty, Bob, Edgar

17. One of your wish list items?
my own trampoline

18. Where did you grow up?:
In suburbia, mostly

19. The last thing you did?:
Read some email

20. What are you wearing?
Glasses, badge, clothes

21. Tattoo on the lower back?:
Not lower, no

22. Ketchup?
No thanks. Ew.

23. Your computer?
What about it?

24. Your life?
Happy and fun

25. Your mood?
Bored and sleepy

26. Missing?
Lots of money

27. What are you thinking about right now?
This meme. Duh.

28. Your car?
Yes? My car?

29. Your work?
It pays bills

30. Your summer?
Walt Disney World!

31. Your relationship status?
Married and happy

32. Your favorite color(s):
Depends on day

33. Last time you laughed?
Five minutes ago

34. Last time you cried?
Watching a movie

35. High school?
All done, thanks

36. This quiz:
Kinda lame, no?
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How to Win a Fight With a Conservative is the ultimate survival guide for political arguments

My Liberal Identity:

You are an Eco-Avenger, also known as an environmentalist or tree hugger. You believe in saving the planet from the clutches of air-fouling, oil-drilling, earth-raping conservative fossil fools.

erbie: (Default)
I like this meme, so I will do it. There was no explanation when [livejournal.com profile] nadyezhda did it, but I think what you're sposed to do is bold the places you've been. It's really rather US-centric, but that makes it easier for those of us who are in the US )
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Questions from [livejournal.com profile] earthmoon

1. What is your job? I can never tell from the context :D
Department Administrator. I do inventory management and administrative minutia and superviser the admin asst for the publishing department in a company that does research in several fields. Vague enough for you? Ask me again at class on Thursday.

2. How old are you? (yes, nosy parker that's me)
I will be twenty nine again on my next birthday, thereby finally becoming younger than my husband. ;)

3. Where would be your dream place to live (anywhere in the world, no money issues, no language issues) & why?
I pretty much wouldn't want to live anywhere but where I do. My family is all here. If they would come with me, I think I'd like to live in Ireland for a while. I think I'd also like to live on the Mediterranean coast, maybe the islands of Greece.

4. Excluding parenting (cause we all know it wins) what is the hardest process you've ever done? (learned most, hurt most, whatever)
Putting myself through college. I had no help from family, except moral support, and it took me nine years to do it because I had to work alternating quarters. I'm also pretty darn proud of myself for doing it.

5. What was the best thing about your childhood that you loved at the time? What was the best thing now that you look back on your childhood with adult judgment? Same questions about the worst :)
I loved the freedom I had. I'd leave the house in the morning and come home for dinner on the weekends. Looking back, the relationship I had with my maternal grandmother. We were very very close and she was an incredible person.

Worst would be how my mother allowed my brother to treat me. I don't think it was good for either of us. I hated it at the time and now that I have kids of my own, I can understand it even less. He'd be hitting me and I'd go to her to get him to stop and she always told us to work it out between ourselves, which just meant I had to give in to whatever he said or get hit. I'd be watching TV and he'd come in and change the channel and if I so much as expressed disappointment, he'd hit me. We're not close, even as adults and I think a lot of that has to do with our relationship growing up. I see my husband and his sister and what a lovely relationship they have and I wish I could have had a nice relationship with my brother. At this point, we're too different to be close.
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[livejournal.com profile] fairoriana is good with the questions!

1) What aspect of your character do you most work on? (Eg. you're trying not to lose your temper, etc.)

Being judgmental. I have a real problem with that and
I don't like that about myself.

2) If you were doing a triathalon (running, swimming & biking) which would be the hardest leg for you to do?

Running, absolutely. I detest running. I enjoy biking and I love swimming. I was on the swim team in high school and I was a pretty good swimmer. These days I imagine it would be a lot harder, as I've not swum in a while, and certainly not competitively, but it would be easier than running. And biking is just fun!

3) What's your favorite "thing" Bob is doing these days? Edgar? What do you miss about Bob that she's grown out of?

She's learning to read and it's so much fun watching her figure out a word and get so excited about it.

I love how Edgar is getting more interactive. She's babbling all the time now. Even when she gets upset, she babbles as she fusses and it's just the cutest thing.

I miss how Bob used to pronounce certain letters before she could say them properly.
She used to say L as D or Y and it was really cute. There were a few words that she used to mispronounce or say a similar word but now she says them all correctly and I really miss certain mispronunciations. When she wanted me to sit next to her, she'd say "Mama sit a you" or "Mama next to you." The way she said her name was adorable. d's for l's. When she wanted to be picked up, she'd say "Mommyup!"

4) What qualities most attract you to llnaughty?
His gentleness and sweetness. And his cute butt. And dimples.

5) If you were given the option to do something really cool -- like go on a fact-finding expedition in Borneo or something for two months, all expenses paid -- but you couldn't take your family with you, would you go? What would that "really cool" thing have to be?

I wouldn't leave them for two months right now no matter how cool something was. Edgar is too young and still nursing, and even for Bob, it would be too hard. If they were older, like 7 and 12, then I'd go, but it would have to be something REALLY cool like following humpbacks on their migration and interacting with them, or going to the space station or the moon. I really have no need or desire to be away from my family, even for a short amount of time. When [livejournal.com profile] llnaughty and Bob went to New England last summer for nine days, it nearly killed me. Though I did have a VERY clean house... ;)

If anyone still wants to be interviewed, post a comment.
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1. With K. I had no other child at home so it was easy to spend lots of time in the NICU. HOW did you manage it? I know you just do what you have to do, but where did you find the reserves?
I don't know. I just didn't know what else to do. My baby was there. I had to be with her. Bob was in preschool most of the day, and they kick parents out 6:30-8:00 pm, so I went home and spent the evening with Bob, and then sometimes came back to the hospital in the evenings.

2. What did you want to be when you were little?
A marine biologist. But then I went to college and checked out the reqs for that major and went "Chemistry??? Screw that!"

3. Tell me about a beautiful day.
It's the weekend, the weather is warm, but not hot, sunny. I'm with my kids and my husband and we're spending the day just doing whatever strikes our fancies. Checking out open houses, going to the farmer's market, walking around town.

4. Do you see yourself in your children? Do you see your husband?
Already answered in comments on another post.

5. If you could go anywhere at all for a vacation (money is no object, time is no object, and of course you can take the kids!) where would you go and why?
I think I'd like to go to Hawaii. I've never been. There is a lot of gorgeous scenery there, and a lot to do. And a lot not to do. I could relax on a beach with a book, a drink with a little umbrella, and a cute cabana boy to bring me guava juice. Or I could go snorkling and check out all the undersea life. Or I could take a helicopter ride all over the islands and maybe find the Lost set. ;)
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1. On your journals, you and llnaughty use code names for your two adorable little girls. What made you choose boys' names rather than girls' names?
When Bob was a baby, she did this bobbing thing when she wanted to nurse. I had called her Bob as a baby, and when [livejournal.com profile] llnaughty started posting, I didn't want to use real names, so I suggested he call her Bob. For Edgar, it was just the first name that popped into my head when I was deciding what to call her for a prenatal name. With Bob, her prenatal name was Waldo, because a friend of [livejournal.com profile] llnaughty's put a Where's Waldo face on the ultrasound pic we had sent. Edgar's prenatal name jsut stuck.

2. Tell me about a food that really horrifies you.
Huitlacoche.

3. What is one place you would really like to visit? Money, time, and kids are no consideration--sky's the limit.
So many places. I've been to a lot of the places I wanted to go to. If I had to pick a new one, I think I'd go with Egypt.

4. When did you know llnaughty was the one for you? (Or is that still in doubt? ;))
I knew by the end of the first week of my two-week trip to meet him in person. (We met online, 12 years ago.) We'd already been talking on IRC and on the phone for several months and the meeting in person thing was just a formality. He's definitely the one for me.

5. What are your feelings on supernatural phenomena (ghosts, ESP, etc)?
I believe that certain things exist. I do believe in ghosts, spirits, ESP. I have esperienced mind reading being done to me by a couple different people.
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1. Everything I've heard about your job and co-workers (other than your boss) sounds like a bad dream. Assuming it were financially feasible, have you ever been tempted to go the stay-at-home-Mom route?
It's really not that bad. The co-workers I bitch about are not in my dept, they just sit near me. I would absolutely love to be with my baby all day. I don't know if I could take it having both the baby and Bob after school, unless I was able to go someplace with them just about every day. Bob gets nutty when she's at home and bored, and I get nutty when she gets nutty. She's at the stage where she NEVER. STOPS. TALKING. and even for an extrovert like me, it's hard to take a five year old yapping in your face for hours at a time. When we're out, it's less intense and less focused on me. What I'd love to do is work part time in the evenings so the baby woudln't have to go to daycare and get sick all the damn time.

2. You and I are both older than our husbands; have you found any interesting effects from the age difference?
Mostly just pop culture stuff, where I grew up in a different pop-culture era than he did. Certain musical groups and tv shows were never in my awareness, but played a big role in his childhood.

3. Is it strange at all to have two biological children whom, while beautiful and cute as a jar of buttons, look a bit more like llnaughty than like you? Do people give you odd looks, etc.?
Not strange, no. They're just my babies. In person, Edgar looks a lot more like me than she does in the pics. She looks a lot like I did as a baby, with different coloring. I've never gotten any looks out here, but when Bob was a baby and we lived in SE CT, people would ask me about her all the time when I was out without [livejournal.com profile] llnaughty. Once, a teenager in Sears at the Crystal Mall asked me where I got her from. I played dumb and she kept trying to clarify "No, where did she COME from?" "From here." "No, I mean where was she born?" "Norwich." She just couldn't get it through her head that she was my biological child. A few times out here, people have said that they look mixed, or asked if they were mixed, but never with any sort of malice. Usually the person has mixed kids of their own.

4. What is the ideal life you see yourself living in five years versus what do you think you will actually be doing in five years?
Ideally, we'd have a house with a yard, I'm in business with my brother with our own successful bakery. Reality will probably be that we're still in our condo and I may or may not still work here. Probably not.

5. Clear this up for those of us who are planning to have children: does sex really cease to exist because of parentood?
No. For the first year, especially with breastfeeding, there are hormonal issues that make it more difficult to do certain things. But with some creativity and less emphasis on traditional ideas, there's plenty that can be done. The hormones CAN cause a loss of libido, but they don't always, and not in everyone. I know some people who were doing it in the hospital after giving birth. That's not the norm, but it does happen. I think the more common scenario is gradual return to pre-baby levels, over the first 9 months to a year. And even with co-sleeping, there are plenty of places in the house to have sex. Also, when baby is little, they likely sleep through any bed movement or noise, and even if they do wake up, it's not like they know what you're doing.
erbie: (me)
1) What is your all time favorite recipe - one that you yourself can make?
My grandmother's chocolate cake. Yum!

2) You always seem so sure of yourself (not in a bad way!) - are there ever times when you're just terrified?
Hahahaahahahaahahahhhahahaaaahaha!
*ahem* Sorry.
Yes, there are. Any time I have to make a decision that impacts my children or our financial situation, I'm terrified that I'm not making the right decision. When it's the middle of the night and Edgar is wheezing and I'm not sure if I need to take her to the ER, I'm terrified. Especially since once, she was admitted when I took her in.

3) What's your dream job? Why aren't you doing it?
Lactation consultant or baker. Not doing LC because I don't have the education and I'd have to go back to school and become a nurse. Not doing baker because I have to pay the bills, but my brother and I are talking about it. He's also a fabulous cook.

4) Would telling you we miss you horribly make you move back to this coast??
No. Sorry. I miss you all too, but this is where my family is and where we have jobs and a great school for Bob, which Edgar will get into as well.

5) What is the best present that anyone has ever given you?
Hmm, I don't know. [livejournal.com profile] llnaughty is a great present-giver, and he always gives me really great presents. I don't know that I can single one out. I do love my engagement ring though.
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Questions from [livejournal.com profile] claris

1. Now that you've had two children, would you ever want another? And given the health consideration involved for you, would you adopt instead? If so, is there a nationality you would want to try to adopt first?
I have always wanted three kids and before having Edgar, we had planned to have three kids. I do want another. But I will not be giving birth to another. I would love to adopt, however it's quite expensive, so it's not likely unless we get some huge windfall or a child falls in our laps. If I were to adopt from outside the US, I'd like to adopt a Chinese or Vietnamese baby. Gender doesn't matter. I'd prefer to adopt inside the US, however from what I understand, the hurdles are higher and it's even more expensive. All those kids needing home and so many roadblocks for the people who want to do it. A friend of mine has gone through all the steps and has now been waiting for a baby for over a year.

2. Considering your boss, once both girls have reached school age, would you think about switching to another job?
Heck, I'm thinking about it now. I applied for one a while back but didn't get an interview. I may keep looking. Have to see how things work out here over the coming months. I do really like my boss though and I'm learning a lot from her. If she were to leave, I'd want to follow her.

3. As your girls get older, what do you think you will do in your household to try to instill in them a sense of ethical responsibility & world awareness that is a major part of your life?
I already try to teach conservation and doing good. (Good, not well.) We recycle, we have recently started saving scraps for the compost bin at school, I go around turning off lights and bitching at the people who leave them on about saving electricity. I talk to the older one about not wasting things, reusing, reducing our impact. As they get older, I will talk to them about how life is in other parts of the world. We donate things that we no longer use. She helps me pick out toys she doesn't play with anymore and we take them to the bins for children without as much privilege as she has. There was talk last Christmas about skipping the party this year and having hte whole (60-person) family go to a soup kitchen and help out for Christmas. I'd like to do stuff like that more often with them and show them that we really do have a lot and that there are a lot of people who don't have what we do.

4. Do you think your family will ever go vegan?
No. They like meat too much. I have been vegetarian in the past, but not strictly vegan. I didn't eat meat, fish, fowl, milk products, eggs, but I wasn't as conscientious about things like sugar, etc. I don't tend to eat a lot of meat all the time, but ever since I was pregnant with Bob, I've been more into meat than before. Psychologically, I'd like to cut down or even eliminate beef in particular. Practically, I find it difficult, and I'm anemic and I've been having more issues from that lately, so it may not happen.

5. Just because I tried it for the first time last night - Green Tea ice cream... yay or nay?
YAY!

Want me to put the old interviewers Light on you?

1. Leave me a comment saying, "I too am an egomaniac."
2. I'll then respond by asking you up to five questions. You will answer them, because you like talking about yourself.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
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