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Hot Seat - 10/17 - 10/23 - Potter75

Potter75 - you are in the Hot Seat!

What did you major in in college?
I know that you like to stay healthy and fit - do you have any secret "junk food" loves (example: Cheetos, Ring Dings, et cetera). No fair saying red wine, that has health benefits. I want REAL junk food. LOL
If you could give your daughter just one important message when she grows up, what would it be? How about for your sons?
What's for dinner tonight?

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Yay, Melis is up. Smile

Has a debate ever changed your mind on an issue?

What is one characetristic you love about each of your kids?

Who would play you in a movie about your life? Who would play your husband?

What is your biggest vice?

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If you could live somewhere else (state, timezone, country etc), where would it be and why?

Is there a sport/workout you've never tried but would like to?

Where did you go on your favourite vacation ever?

Skipping WAY ahead, what are you most looking forward to about your senior years?

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Oh, fun. Have not done a hot seat....well....ever, maybe?

What did you major in in college? Playing hockey (field hockey), smoking pot, and flirting with boys. I was to be a journalism major, but dropped out a month into my Sophomore year as I was really ill and had to be hospitalized. I am going to go back to school when my DH finishes, probably for creative writing.

I know that you like to stay healthy and fit - do you have any secret "junk food" loves (example: Cheetos, Ring Dings, et cetera). No fair saying red wine, that has health benefits. I want REAL junk food. LOL

I love Ben and Jerrys cherry garcia frozen yogurt and believe that a pint is the proper serving size. I love Spicy Thai Kettle chips, also believe the bag to be the proper serving size. Sweet potato fries with a chipotle aoli. I could go on and on. That said, I don't think of them as vices, but as awesome delicious special treats that I deserve and savor. Oh, also, red wine Wink

If you could give your daughter just one important message when she grows up, what would it be? How about for your sons?

Oh man, this is so hard. I would hope to teach my daughter to choose the people that she surrounds herself with very wisely. I would teach her to stay away from small minded, jealous, or insecure people ~ to surround herself with those who can love her because they love themselves ~ people who have confidence strengthen everyone around them ~ I want for my daughter to be able to trust her mind and her heart and her soul because she sees the people she surrounds herself doing just that. With that sort of confidence I think that it becomes easy to lead a very authentic life.

My sons? I want them to know that "being cool" is defined by doing the right thing. I want them to learn from their Dad how to respect and love and honor women, because he is great at it.

What's for dinner tonight? Pasta Fagioli. We do soup every monday in the fall and winter.

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What did you think your grown-up life would be like when you were a kid?

Where did you meet your husband?

What is your favorite outfit to wear?

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Has a debate ever changed your mind on an issue? Lots! I came to the debate board a waffler on abortion, I am now firmly pro choice. Ditto White Privilege (you got me!). Oh! And skinny jeans and boots (though I blame them more on finally not being pregnant for a year more than the debate board :).

What is one characetristic you love about each of your kids?

My son is one of the kindest boys I've ever met. He instantly thinks of his sister and brother every time he may get something ~ even at school, when he comes home with a party bag he instantly divvies up the goods with the others.

My daughter has a really nimble and quick mind. She remembers EVERYTHING. Her ability to pick up on nuances or inconsistencies astonishes me.

Jake is the huggiest, most affectionate baby I have ever met. He races to his sibs every time they wake up and smothers them in hugs and kisses. He loves to cuddle, and hearing "love ya!" in his sweet little 16 month old voice just slays me.

Who would play you in a movie about your life? Who would play your husband? Boy, I suck at this. I'm SO not into TV or movies. Honestly? I have no idea!!! Do I pick them based on how they look? Or on roles they have played that remind me of me? Or on how they "seem" in real life?

What is your biggest vice?
All of them! I don't say no to much. Laurie and I could hang out anytime Wink I love chocolate, I love wine, I love a good old filthy dirty martini. I have a few friends who I may still grab a cigarette with one night for fun, I've been known to smoke a cigar on the golf course a few times a year, I love to run too far, too fast, I love to push myself physically like its a drug......I could never just pick one vice!

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If you could live somewhere else (state, timezone, country etc), where would it be and why? I'd love to live in Italy, though there would have to be a time limit on it. I've begged DH to accept a PM (Project manager) position at Avignon ~ I'd take the kids there for 2 years in a hot second. That said, I would not choose to raise my kids on a different continent from our families, so it would be a short term thing. We have recently decided to move once DH is done school ~ but it's a ways off so we aren't really putting it out there yet to family or whatnot. Lets just say we have chosen someplace that will allow to raise our kids to love the outdoors like we do Smile

Is there a sport/workout you've never tried but would like to? I'm doing my first triathlon next summer. I'm going to run a marathon. And I have a secret ambition to do at least a 1/2 Ironman, maybe a full.

Where did you go on your favourite vacation ever? Italy.

Skipping WAY ahead, what are you most looking forward to about your senior years? Playing golf all the time. Enjoying my grandchildren. Owning a home somewhere warm. Traveling a LOT. Staring into my handsome DH's eyes over a candlelit dinner somewhere tropical and saying "It's been a great ride, babe".

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What did you think your grown-up life would be like when you were a kid? I don't really remember!!! Is that weird? I've had a lot of phases of life (jock, "good girl", hippie, "bad girl" etc and I think that my version of my "big girl life" shifted a lot with each phase.

Where did you meet your husband? I was 18 and at college. My brand new best friend (who I fell in love with in pre season, she didn't make the team though) had grown up with him. He was playing football at another college and used to occasionally come visit us. He wa a jock and I was a hippie. Fast forward to her wedding 9 years ago in France ~in this 14th century French abbey ~ and DH was there ~ I was there.....and the rest is history.

What is your favorite outfit to wear? After being pregnant for 3 of the past 4 years, I just did something dramatic. I threw away all of my ill fitting, cheap, wildly different sized clothing and took some money out of a savings acct from my old working days. I hired my sister as my personal shopper ~ we just went shopping all day friday! I've never done anything like this before! I hate shopping, but was so sick of going to my closet and having NOTHING to wear that I felt good in. So, now? I don't even know! Saturday night we went out, wore a white shirt, green cardigan, skinny jeans, tall brown boots and a skinny belt. Felt happy Smile In general, I tend to wear a lot of workout clothes. I like to get really dressed up like wedding style. Other than that, I struggle.

(ETA for clarity ~ I didn't throw them away, I donated them. And I'm not actually paying my sister, she is one of my best friends, so don't take "hired" literally. )

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What is your favorite book (or one of them anyway)?

What kind(s) of music do you listen to most?

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Simple one - what's your favorite color?

Favorite flower? Why?

Favorite season?

(Yup, I go for the simple ones. Simple mind and all).

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What is your favorite room in your house?

What is your favorite way to spend time with friends?

What is the scariest thing you've ever done or experienced?

Have you played golf on any famous or well known courses?

If you were able to leave for a week tomorrow, no strings attached, to go on a vacation to anywhere you wanted, what place would you choose right now?

What is your favorite time of year?

Do you have any strange quirks (like double jointedness)

How about quirks of the mental/personality kind (pet peeves? Odd habits)

Do you have a green thumb?

(on a side note, my mind is so curious! I want to know where you've chosen to move to!)

ETA: Oops i see i have some duplicates from Christina, we were posting at the same time! I'll have to think of some more Wink

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What is your favorite book (or one of them anyway)? I love to read. My favorite book is probably "The Brothers K" by David James Duncan. I love all of his books, so much so that I was this dork who baked him a loaf of bread when I was staying in Missoula for a time, brought it to his door and introduced myself. I love him.

What kind(s) of music do you listen to most? I'm all over the place ~ Adore Bruce Springsteen, Ani Difranco, Gillian Welsh, OAR, Dropkick Murphys, Jude, Van Morrison, Eminem, Patti Griffin. I probably have every Dylan CD out there. Used to be a Dead head.

What is your biggest pet peeve? Flakyness. I'm a big planner. People who don't plan well and flake out on things drive me nuts.

Simple one - what's your favorite color? Green.

Favorite flower? Why? Hydrangea. Simple, big, dries well, not showy.

Favorite season? My whole life it has been fall, though now with three kids I can't help but remember that after fall comes WINTER and three thousand hats and coats and gloves and colds and darkness etc etc. I guess still fall. Though having kids has really made me appreciate spring more, so she would be the runner up.

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Any musical skills?

Favorite subjects in school growing up? I know you mentioned you would like to do writing, so were there other favorites besides that?

Least favorite subject?

Favorite childhood memory?

Biggest accomplishment (other than motherhood!)?

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What is your favorite room in your house? Probably my dining room. My dining room is a great color green above the chair rail, and I love the table/chairs and chandelier. It has 4 huge windows and great mouldings/wainscoting. I had friends over for dinner this past week and with the candles, the chandelier dim, and the warm wood of the table and the chairs it just feel incredibly cozy and intimate.

What is your favorite way to spend time with friends? Eating and drinking. Love going to new restaurants, or entertaining or being entertained. Many of my favorite times in my life have involved good food and good friends.

What is the scariest thing you've ever done or experienced? I went kayaking down a river in costa rica at night to see crocodiles. I was too "cool" to admit that I had never kayaked, at the time (I was like 22). The one guy had to go ahead to check for barbed wire, because the local farmers string it across the river to keep their cows on their land, so there was a risk of decapitation. And there were all these islands, so the other leader kept being like "STAY RIGHT! STAY RIGHT~!" but it was dark. At one point I didn't see a small island, and started to go to the wrong side of it. Panicked, got my kayak turned sideways, and ended up wet up against the island. Mind you, this was a crocodile tour, at night, when they feed. And I was in the water. And then there was a lightening storm. I was staying with a friend who was opening a surfing/ecology school down there ~ this was offered to us free as a way of courting my friends business once his school opened.....needless to say after that terribly run, dangerous trial expedition my friend NEVER used that "company". Smile

Have you played golf on any famous or well known courses? I've played Sawgrass, the White Witch (in Jamaica, about 20 times :)), Aronimink, and Calusa Pines, and several other TPC courses. I've walked TPC Scottsdale, Congressional, Merion.

If you were able to leave for a week tomorrow, no strings attached, to go on a vacation to anywhere you wanted, what place would you choose right now? Right now I'd go to the costa del sol in Spain with DH. I would drink wine all night, eat nothing but ceviche and grilled fish, lounge topless on the beaches all day, and simply soak up time with DH. He is getting his MBA in an executive program (so it is just more condensed ~ 21 months and very intense work wise) and I miss him terribly. I'd forego golf or hiking or skiing just to soak up him and some sun for a week. Sigh.

Do you have any strange quirks (like double jointedness) None that I can think of.

How about quirks of the mental/personality kind (pet peeves? Odd habits) Oh, I have more pet peeves than anyone I know Smile I'm super quick to get annoyed, super slow to get truly angry or offended. Odd habits? I probably have lots of odd habits, but they seem normal to me Wink

Do you have a green thumb? I do okay. I really love to garden, and am learning more and more every season. That said, I don't have a lot of vision when it comes to landscaping and have to hire someone for the big things. I can keep house plants alive.

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"Potter75" wrote:

What is your favorite room in your house? Probably my dining room. My dining room is a great color green above the chair rail, and I love the table/chairs and chandelier. It has 4 huge windows and great mouldings/wainscoting. I had friends over for dinner this past week and with the candles, the chandelier dim, and the warm wood of the table and the chairs it just feel incredibly cozy and intimate.

What is your favorite way to spend time with friends? Eating and drinking. Love going to new restaurants, or entertaining or being entertained. Many of my favorite times in my life have involved good food and good friends.

What is the scariest thing you've ever done or experienced? I went kayaking down a river in costa rica at night to see crocodiles. I was too "cool" to admit that I had never kayaked, at the time (I was like 22). The one guy had to go ahead to check for barbed wire, because the local farmers string it across the river to keep their cows on their land, so there was a risk of decapitation. And there were all these islands, so the other leader kept being like "STAY RIGHT! STAY RIGHT~!" but it was dark. At one point I didn't see a small island, and started to go to the wrong side of it. Panicked, got my kayak turned sideways, and ended up wet up against the island. Mind you, this was a crocodile tour, at night, when they feed. And I was in the water. And then there was a lightening storm. I was staying with a friend who was opening a surfing/ecology school down there ~ this was offered to us free as a way of courting my friends business once his school opened.....needless to say after that terribly run, dangerous trial expedition my friend NEVER used that "company". Smile

Have you played golf on any famous or well known courses? I've played Sawgrass, the White Witch (in Jamaica, about 20 times :)), Aronimink, and Calusa Pines, and several other TPC courses. I've walked TPC Scottsdale, Congressional, Merion.

If you were able to leave for a week tomorrow, no strings attached, to go on a vacation to anywhere you wanted, what place would you choose right now? Right now I'd go to the costa del sol in Spain with DH. I would drink wine all night, eat nothing but ceviche and grilled fish, lounge topless on the beaches all day, and simply soak up time with DH. He is getting his MBA in an executive program (so it is just more condensed ~ 21 months and very intense work wise) and I miss him terribly. I'd forego golf or hiking or skiing just to soak up him and some sun for a week. Sigh.

Do you have any strange quirks (like double jointedness) None that I can think of.

How about quirks of the mental/personality kind (pet peeves? Odd habits) Oh, I have more pet peeves than anyone I know Smile I'm super quick to get annoyed, super slow to get truly angry or offended. Odd habits? I probably have lots of odd habits, but they seem normal to me Wink

Do you have a green thumb? I do okay. I really love to garden, and am learning more and more every season. That said, I don't have a lot of vision when it comes to landscaping and have to hire someone for the big things. I can keep house plants alive.

Good lord, after reading your scary story i have decided that i have never done anything truly scary in my life LOL.

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Any musical skills? Oh, Becky if you heard me sing you would cry! I played flute, piano and violin growing up. Tried to play guitar when I was a hippie ~ don't play anything today, or aspire to ~ my strengths are decidedly NOT in the musical arena!

Favorite subjects in school growing up? I know you mentioned you would like to do writing, so were there other favorites besides that? US History. Biology.

Least favorite subject? I hated, HATED Geometry. I did fine at math, NOT Geometry. I hate rules and geometry was allllll rules!

Favorite childhood memory? My family christmas. We have done a huge 7 fish dinner every year around christmas my entire life (with my extended family on my Dad's side, they are first gen Italian. Second Gen? Whatev, my grandparents moved here as little children) Seeing the faces of my loved ones around the table with a veritable feast of homemade fish laid out, a 3 or 4 hour meal, etc is and was one of the highlights of my year.

Biggest accomplishment (other than motherhood!)?That is hard. The year I married DH I was the top sales person in my division within Citigroup. I got to go on their "Circle of Excellence" trip ~ got to treat my DH to a week at the Ritz in Jamaica because of my hard work (and good luck). I was really proud of that, moreso because of the 20 people or so in my business unit from all around the country who qualified, I was the only woman. Representin' as a chick made me really proud.

Recently it was completing my first 1/2 marathon at a time that I dared not even hope for Smile

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Jeez Louise to the Costa Rica crocodile trip. I agree with Kim - that sets the bar for "scary" way too high. I think the scariest thing I've ever had to do is drive in a bad snow storm. LOL

What is your best physical feature?
What is your best non physical feature?
Describe your living room.
What is your favorite way to unwind?
What is the "weirdest" food you have ever eaten? Did you like it? Would you eat it again?

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[QUOTE=Alissa_Sal]Jeez Louise to the Costa Rica crocodile trip. I agree with Kim - that sets the bar for "scary" way too high. I think the scariest thing I've ever had to do is drive in a bad snow storm. LOL

It's one of those things that I look back now at (as a parent) and think WHAT THE HELL WAS I DOING? The leader counted 86 crocodiles that night, we had headlamps on and you could see their creepy eyes all red and glowing. I'm glad I got most of my crazy out in my 20's and lived to tell about it. Smile

What is your best physical feature? I have nice teeth.

What is your best non physical feature? I am an extremely loyal friend. I will do anything or be anywhere for a friend.

Describe your living room. We have one of those new construction open type downstairs floorplans. My kitchen/kitchen table/living room and (oneday sitting room, current playroom) are all open to one another. It is great as the kids can play in the playroom while I cook, or I can watch football while I cook or do a project with the kids at the table. Our living room furniture is comfortable and decidedly not fancy. There are two decks off of the family room/kitchen, and all french doors and windows, which overlook the 7 acre field that is part of the hobby farm next door. We have a great view and I get a lot of comfort at looking out over a bit of land.

What is your favorite way to unwind? Going for a long run. Or taking a long bath with a magazine. Or sitting on the back deck with friends and wine.

What is the "weirdest" food you have ever eaten? Did you like it? Would you eat it again? Hm. I've eaten any sort of raw fish you can imagine, I love sushi and sashimi. I had tripe in Italy, which is pretty gross, and have tried Haggis. I had duck feet. The only thing I have ever tried that I won't try again is liver. It just skeeves me. Anything else is fair game.

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How cool about doing a marathon, triathlon, and even "thinking" about doing an iron-man (woman?:))! I haven't been running for that long, less than a year, but it's hard for me to imagine ever running anything more than a 5K right now.

If money was no object, what kind of car would you drive?
What brand of running shoes do you use? (Have a vested interest in that one Lol
How long have you been running?
What do you like most, and least, about running?
Do you have any physical issues with running (such as a bad knee, joint issues, etc.)?
How tall are you?
What's the highest, and lowest, weight you've ever been as an adult? (Don't have to answer if you don't want to ;))

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If money was no object, what kind of car would you drive? I like my car given the reality of my life with three young kids. It's a yukon XL. It is big but we don't have to drive all that far to get to most things in our life, and DH works from home so spends next to nothing in gas. It balances out nicely.

What brand of running shoes do you use? (Have a vested interest in that one Lol Brooks.

How long have you been running? I started in February. I will say though, that I have played sports all my life so it isn't like running was foreign to me as I grew up incorporating it into sports. I say february because that is when I started training for a race that I had chosen as a goal (A 10 mile race in May, to celebrate one year since the marathon birth of my third kid).

What do you like most, and least, about running? I love how quiet is is. It is the perfect opportunity to work out things that may be bothering me, or to just enjoy the silence of three people not yelling "MOM! MOM! MOM!" I love how social it is, it is a great thing to do with your girlfriends. It is so efficient and cheap, I can duck out (like I did an hour ago) and get in a quick few miles while my kids are sleeping and DH working here at the house. There is nothing I don't like about it, truthfully. OH! I don't like running on the treadmill.

Do you have any physical issues with running (such as a bad knee, joint issues, etc.)? Dealing with my first injury ~ an ingrown toenail. Sitting here soaking it in hot water and tea tree oil as we speak. Sounds so stupid (a freaking TOENAIL) but it is really painful. I have another 1/2 to run out in AZ in a few weeks so I need it to heal asap.


How tall are you?
5'3

What's the highest, and lowest, weight you've ever been as an adult? (Don't have to answer if you don't want to ;))[/QUOTE] I stay away from scales in general ~ I'm much more focused on being strong than on being "skinny". Smile I'm happy with my weight today. I think that I was almost 160 lbs 40 weeks pregnant with my 9'2 baby 16 months ago, that is by far the heaviest I have ever been. I'm 40 lbs less than that today.

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What do you like most, and least, about running? I love how quiet is is. It is the perfect opportunity to work out things that may be bothering me, or to just enjoy the silence of three people not yelling "MOM! MOM! MOM!" I love how social it is, it is a great thing to do with your girlfriends. It is so efficient and cheap, I can duck out (like I did an hour ago) and get in a quick few miles while my kids are sleeping and DH working here at the house. There is nothing I don't like about it, truthfully. OH! I don't like running on the treadmill.

Ditto the quiet thing. And I do some of my best thinking while running. Ditto treadmills, too, do.not.like.them. I would much rather be outdoors anyway, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. When it's bad weather, I just don't run.

Do you have any physical issues with running (such as a bad knee, joint issues, etc.)? Dealing with my first injury ~ an ingrown toenail. Sitting here soaking it in hot water and tea tree oil as we speak. Sounds so stupid (a freaking TOENAIL) but it is really painful. I have another 1/2 to run out in AZ in a few weeks so I need it to heal asap.

I've heard that ingrown toenails are pretty painful. Hope it heals quickly!

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If you had to pick one sport or physical activity, which would it be?

Are your kids taking part in organized sports? If so, which? If not, which are you most likely to do with them?

What's your best non-physical attribute?

Enjoy housework (laundry, clean-up, etc), despise, or somewhere in between?

If you could choose, would you rather be a night owl or an early bird?

Do you ever miss your job? Or, if not your specific pre-motherhood job, WOH in general?

What's your favorite part of mommyhood?

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If you had to pick one sport or physical activity, which would it be? Golf, because I can do it for the rest of my life, and it is something wonderful and outdoors that DH and I share a passion for.

Are your kids taking part in organized sports? If so, which? If not, which are you most likely to do with them? Not at the moment. They participate in a lot of (free) things at our gym like kickball or tball, but I am resisting the urge to sign them up for organized sports at this point. My friends all have their 4 year olds in soccer, and honestly it looks miserable to me from a selfish perspective. DH and I have strong feelings regarding the abundance of forced specialization and pressure we see many of our friends in this area applying to their kids, and wish to avoid it. Down the road, I want to play tennis and golf with our kids, and we are big rugby fans, so if our kids get into that we are all for it. Many "sports" we see at the young ages that our kids are seem to be more like herding cats than actual sports. That would bore me terribly to watch, and to entertain the others on the sidelines sounds awful.

What's your best non-physical attribute? I'm funny.

Enjoy housework (laundry, clean-up, etc), despise, or somewhere in between? I do. I need the house to be organized and neat. I can't stand chaos, so I keep up with things on a daily basis......but I'm not one to be found scrubbing grout with a toothbrush. I have a cleaning person every other week, which helps with the deep clean stuff. Laundry relaxes me, though I am great about washing and folding it, putting it away can be a real drag as my cleaning time is generally at night or at naptime, but all 3 kids are in their rooms at those times, so I do a lot of picking the days clothes or pajamas out of clean folded laundry baskets in our upstairs hallway.

If you could choose, would you rather be a night owl or an early bird? Super early bird. I love to get in bed at 8:30 when DH is away or studying. I get up at 6 or 6:30, about an hour before the kids, and that is my time to drink coffee, empty the dishwasher, and be disagreeable on here Smile

Do you ever miss your job? Or, if not your specific pre-motherhood job, WOH in general? Yes and no. Of course I miss my income. I miss the immediate reward of success and income. I don't miss it as it relates to my actual life in the sense that I would not be a happy mother dropping my 3 kids off at daycare every day ~ when they get up at 7:30, the baby goes to bed at 6:45, and the bigs at 8, I would never get to see them (I worked about a 50 hour week in my career)! Couple that with my husbands travel and NO.....I don't miss the reality of what work would be like given our personal circumstances. That said, Motherhood is a long haul ~ I can work so hard but have no idea as to the reality of how these people may turn out ~ whereas I knew exactly how hard I had to work to be rewarded on a month to month basis in my career. Sometimes I miss the feeling of having just one job and knowing exactly how well I was performing it. In being a SAHM, I can work my as$ off, but not know how it is going to turn out in the long run. That is difficult for me, at times. I love instant gratification.

What's your favorite part of mommyhood? Just seeing them. Just looking around the dinner table and knowing that we have been so freaking lucky to have made and to love these people. I feel so lucky to have had my kids at an age where I know how very quickly life passes, so I feel like I treasure these days with them because I know how fleeting time is.

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"Potter75" wrote:

What's your favorite part of mommyhood? Just seeing them. Just looking around the dinner table and knowing that we have been so freaking lucky to have made and to love these people. I feel so lucky to have had my kids at an age where I know how very quickly life passes, so I feel like I treasure these days with them because I know how fleeting time is.

I feel exactly the same way. Exactly.

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You know I love my weird little mini-poems. Can you make one up for me?

Here's a little haiku to get you motivated:

Long days shorter nights
Laughing, silly, beautiful
Brevity of Child

No need to haiku - that was just a kick start Smile

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Today I get
to see my ute
up close and personal,
I hope it's cute.

It grew my babies,
big and strong.
But lately its clear
that somethings wrong.

I've never heard
such a word,
as "biopsy",
it's so absurd.

I'm nervous now
but breathing deep
I plan to spend
the day asleep.

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Sending you my good thoughts. It'll go just fine.

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You make me proud, Melissa !!!

Oh and :bighug: KUP on how things go if you can. Healthy happy thoughts your way.

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And afterwards, you can have some wine!

(see my rhyme?!)

Hope it goes well and all is clear!

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"b525" wrote:

And afterwards, you can have some wine!

(see my rhyme?!)

Hope it goes well and all is clear!

Ditto that!

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I hope all goes well Melissa! Deep breaths...it'll be ok! Let us know how everything goes when you get a chance.

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Just dropping in to confirm that Melissa has the most beautiful teeth in the history of the world.

And I'm still waiting for a picture of the skinny jeans.

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Sending healthy thoughts your way, Melissa. Please keep us posted!

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Totally OT, but Kim, you have the most gorgeous family!!! Love the new pic.

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Hope it goes okay, Melissa.

You gave me some food for thought on the organized sports thing. I have never really thought of it in that way. H is not part of any organized sports yet, but I'm sure it will come up soon.

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Thanks friends for the good thoughts.

I get to spend the entire rest of the day in bed on painkillers, so please entertain me with questions if anyone is around and bored Smile

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What kind of painkillers?

What's the last concert you went to?

What movie have you seen more times than any other?

What were you like as a kid?

If you could kill any current fashion, what would you kill?

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What kind of painkillers? Vicoden and Toradol. My husband went with me for the procedure and took the day off to watch the kids, and we have a sitter here tonight as he is at school. So, I don't qualify for the "bad mom because she had to take painkillers" award (today, anyway Lol

What's the last concert you went to? Hmmm......Mark Knophler, last year. After seeing the dead and Phish about 60 times in my early 20's i've really slowed down on the concert thing

What movie have you seen more times than any other? The princess bride. The other day Luke ran downstairs and said "Mom, I want to watch that movie with the black guy!" My head nearly popped off as we generally shy away from racial qualifiers at this point. Started laughing out loud when I realized he meant "the man in black" from The Princess Bride!

What were you like as a kid? I was a nice kid (kid to me is elementary school?). Social and all that. Really, really into sports even as a little girl (like, I used to fall asleep listening to the flyers games on the radio in elementary and middle school and Sunday was my favorite day of the week, laying around watching Golf and Football with my Dad) and I loved to read. I loved school, though frequently was told things like "talks too much", a little "boy crazy" and "does not work up to her potential." Had a good relationship with my parents etc. I was very, very much a tomboy. HATED dresses and all that jazz.

If you could kill any current fashion, what would you kill? the boys haircuts where it is all up in their face with the long bangs in their face and whatnot. I think that they look so awful!

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Yay Melissa - so glad that it doesn't look like cancer. How scary!

Do you believe in ghosts/UFOs/the paranormal? If you do believe in ghosts and such like, have you ever had a spooky experience?
If you could meet one famous/historical person and ask them anything, who would you want to meet? What would you ask?
What is your favorite holiday? Why?
What was your first job?
Have you ever been to a demonstration/protest/rally? If so, what were you protesting against/rallying for? Do you still believe in that cause?
Do you think I should cut my hair? Hehe.

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Yay Melissa - so glad that it doesn't look like cancer. How scary! Thanks hun, it has been a scary week dealing with all of this.

Do you believe in ghosts/UFOs/the paranormal? If you do believe in ghosts and such like, have you ever had a spooky experience? I think of them sort of like I think of God. If people want them to be real, they can make themselves believe that they are, and maybe they can in fact make them real. And maybe they are, but I don't care. Like, UFO's and stuff just don't interest me in the least. No spooky experiences here. We just discussed this this week at bookclub as we read "the Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson, which I recommend!

If you could meet one famous/historical person and ask them anything, who would you want to meet? What would you ask? That's tough. I think that I would love to meet Gandhi. I'd like to ask him EVERYTHING. I'm awed at people who are both courageous and incredibly serene. I lack serenity and would love to have a personal tutor to teach me how to be more that way.

What is your favorite holiday? Why? I want to say Christmas, as the lights and the excitement really gets me with little kids...but it is SO much work.....but truly I love Thanksgiving. The beautiful fall weather, the delicious food, the football, and we have a ton of thanksgiving traditions I adore. I like the non gift/pressure/10000 parties/rushing around aspect etc.

What was your first job? Babysitting. First official job was at 14 being a hostess at Uncle Bills pancake house in Cape May NJ where I used to live in the summers.

Have you ever been to a demonstration/protest/rally? If so, what were you protesting against/rallying for? Do you still believe in that cause? Lots, used to demonstrate a lot of environmental issues (logging in particular) in Olympia WA.

Do you think I should cut my hair? NO. I almost chopped all of mine off this summer (like, boy short), and I can tell you I'm so glad I didn't (you and I have very similar hair, I think, thick and very straight?) I'm growing it back long. I had chopped it from super long to above my shoulders last pregnancy and am now enjoying growing it back out. You have pretty hair and I think that very short hair is awesome in summer (with a tan or whatnot) but harder to pull off in the winter.

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Melissa, check out the reunion issue of Entertainment Weekly, big article on reuniting the Princess Bride cast with great new photos. More content on their website too. It's great stuff.

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THanks Laurie, will do. I miss Andre the Giant. Smile

To this day when DH is annoying me and I'm trying to keep it light I just answer "as you wish". Goes a long way.

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Glad to hear it probably isn't cancer! KUP.

Hmmmm questions, questions.... let's see....

What do you like to do with the kids on a rainy day? (I saw this question elsewhere and loved it.)

What's your favorite kind of salad?

Do you supervise/give approval to what your older kids wear, or let them wear what they want as long as they aren't wearing their shorts on their head?

You mentioned maybe taking a Creative Writing course. Do you hope to write a book someday? What type of book? If not, then what type of writing do you want to do?

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What do you like to do with the kids on a rainy day? (I saw this question elsewhere and loved it.)
We go to the gym, or to a friends house, or have friends here, but only entertain here if DH is traveling. One of the hard things about having him work from home is that it limits the "playdates" (I hate that word) that we host. Kids are loud and his office is on our first floor. When he is traveling (which he does a few times a month) or at school (which is every other weekend and every tuesday) I do a lot of late afternoon/dinner get together's with friends and their kids. Our gym is like this insane kid heaven ~ they have an entire gym full of moonbounce things, a whole tube/climbing/cargo net thing called spider mountain, art classes, cooking classes, tball, kickball, etc etc for the kids. They have ballet, karate, gymnastics, swim lessons and a swim team, basketball, and flag football there. It's like a mecca for young families. They even offer "parents night out" every other friday where they will entertain the kids from 6-9 as part of our membership. We used to do a lot of please touch museum/playgroup type things but with one in school 4 days and one in school 3 days, and 3 who all nap from 1-4, we have really cut back on those sort of rainy day adventures. All of my friends kids are in school now, so late afternoon get togethers have become the norm as mornings are out. The library is a good short quick rainy day afternoon jaunt.

What's your favorite kind of salad? Mixed greens, balsamic, grape tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, blue cheese and either a grilled filet or shrimp on top. I'm an olive oil and balsamic fanatic ~ currently I'm into a blood orange olive oil with a cinnamon pear balsamic. This summer it was habanero olive oil with either a pineapple or peach balsamic. I love olive oil, and I could drink balsamic. We have a store near us that carries hundreds of varieties, It is one of my few splurges.

Do you supervise/give approval to what your older kids wear, or let them wear what they want as long as they aren't wearing their shorts on their head? I pick. My son could care less, he is just happy to dress himself. My daughter sometimes has opinions, and I give her two choices, and let her pick what she wants from there. The baby would prefer to be naked all day. My daughter loves to pick how she wants her hair done. I adore doing her hair. For someone as bad at doing things like hair or makeup or looking nice personally, I'm actually pretty okay at doing her hair, and we really enjoy it as our "girl time".

You mentioned maybe taking a Creative Writing course. Do you hope to write a book someday? What type of book? If not, then what type of writing do you want to do? I'd love to write a book. More than that I think that I would enjoy writing short opinion pieces on parenting or pregnancy or motherhood from the perspective of someone who thinks that Motherhood is the best thing that I have ever done......but not the only thing I will or have ever done. I want to empower women to do more than just define themselves as human pillows or enabling codependent parents living vicariously through their children. I don't really even know for sure. I have two blogs ~ one for my kids (I've been keeping that one since my first was an infant) that is just fly by the seat of my pants, and one where I try to actually think before I write and put thought/editing into it. I'm still figuring all of that out. I have had a lot of interesting (some amazingly wonderful, some very terrible) things happen to me in my life, so I feel as though I have stories to tell.........one way or another.

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Love your answer to that last question. I'd love to read what you write.

Why 'Potter75'? Is there any meaning behind it?

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Why 'Potter75'? Is there any meaning behind it? I've had three user names on here. I had never joined a message board before, let alone knew that they existed (and don't currently belong to any other ones), and when I first signed up I picked "natesbear" as my user name. Nate is my husband, and we call one another "bear" (long story). Once I had Luke the name felt silly, so I changed it to "MamaMelis"........then after having my second kid I was uncomfortable just defining myself as "mama anyone"......so I changed it to Potter (because I make wheel work pottery) and 75 as that is the year that I was born. Smile

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Oh pottery!!! I don't have steady enough hands for that kind of work but I would LOVE to see something you've made!!

Is there any way you could post a pic of one of your pieces?

(the correct response is "as you wish" Wink ) BTW - when DH is sucking up to me that's what he says. It's one of our fav movies. And I miss Andre the Giant too.

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Poor Melis, I hope you are feeling better and I am glad you have an answer and it's a good one. I'm putting out good vibes and thoughts for you.

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"LiveFreeOrDie" wrote:

Just dropping in to confirm that Melissa has the most beautiful teeth in the history of the world.

The better to bite you with, my dear.

I promise you a pic of the skinny's, Robin. You and my sister are like my skinny jean/boot mentors. I can't believe that it took me so long to listen to you.

And thanks, Lana. Christina I don't share pictures on here, but I will try to take one and send it to you on FB. I'm nothing special...its just a hobby and they make good gifts. I won't be out selling my work anytime soon :)I can make functional and fairly pretty mugs, bowls, lidded canisters, pitchers etc. It's very relaxing to me. I'm not in a class this fall, as I had no idea what life would look like with DH starting school this past August, but am looking forward to starting up again in January.