I was tagged by Nikki, over at stitch.tac.sew to respond to these “get to know your resident blogger” questions. I debated dragging my heals in response, but since I already have several blogs that I have promised to write, including how I found out I was pregnant with number two and what exactly I do as a doula, I thought that I should get ‘er done, today. No time like the present!
1) What is your dream occupation?
This is tough. I would like to say the work I’m doing now as a doula, childbirth educator and a birth assistant. I think this is the closest I’ve come to finding my dream occupation. The hours are long and tough, it’s emotionally draining even when births go perfectly and it’s frustrating to work with those whom you pour your time and energy into, but barely regard your service (To be honest, this is very rare). I guess I’m a bit of a nit wit for picking it apart, but besides those few tiny set backs, I’ve got my dream job right now. Now, if I we’re paid just to sleep in, read, shop for clothes and hang out with my family, that would probably be it.
2) What is the best dish that you can cook?
I’m not known for my cooking. Oh, I can cook a meal for sure, and I’m not bad at it…but I’m not inspired ever to cook or bake. Thank God for Peter, my husband, who enjoys cooking and does most of it in our house. However, when I need a quick go to meal for guests I usually make beer chicken (a recipe given to my by my Sister-In-Law a long time ago) which involves tomato sauce, onions, garlic, chopped peppers (really any veggie can work) a can of light beer, a can of olives with the juice, and chicken – cut up and placed in a slow cooker. I serve it with couscous. Or, if I really want something yummy I’ll make lasagna from the Pioneer Woman’s recipe.
3) Have you ever been mentioned in the newspaper? What for?
Yes, I have. When I was three my entire family went to Italy. My mother was at a gathering in Rome to see Pope John Paul, she was near a crowd of nuns who saw me, swooped me out of my mom’s arms and passed me right to the Pope. He held me in his arms, while I cried my eyes out, and blessed me. The Italian papers were all over it, featuring a big black and white picture of me in the Pope’s arms. It’s a cool picture. I wish I had it to show you. Other than that, in high school I worked for the Newton County Times and wrote a weekly article featured in the County paper.
4) What’s the worst and/or most memorable job you’ve ever had?
Ugh. Probably worst and most memorable all at once was my first job ever, working for a po-dunk “theme park” (overstatement of the year) called, Dogpatch USA. I worked at Hillybilly Hamburger Hut, serving up hot fries and a cool drink with a smile. I made about three dollars an hour until they went under shortly after. They still owe me money.
5) When you were a teenager, at what age did you envision yourself getting married? How old were you in reality when you got married?
I envisioned myself getting married around 23, the same age as my mom. It took me a little longer, though. Mostly because I was globe-trotting and didn’t settle in one place till I was 26. I met Peter when I was 27, on-line, through Eharmony. I was 28 when we married, and we are about to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary!
6) What’s your most hated household chore? What’s your favorite?
Probably cleaning the bathroom. Scrubbing the toilet – especially now that I’m pregnant, just grosses me out. I don’t have a favorite, other than the satisfaction of getting it done, well, maybe making my bed. It’s quick and easy and makes a big difference.
7) What’s your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is of my mom holding me in her arms and singing me to sleep. I was a tiny little thing and I’m surprised I can even remember it, but I do, as clear as day. You know, they say your earliest memory can have significant meaning and affect over your personality. I’m glad that my earliest memory is that of security and peace.
So, now I tag:
Michelle: Who is a new doula in Austin, TX, a mom to a lovely little girl and one of the first friends I made when I moved to Austin.
Robin: Who is funny as a whip and smart to boot, plus she’s got a talent for writing that makes me wish she blogged more.
Ann: Who is a brave girl on a road to her dreams – dreams that are as deep and wide as her personality.