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02:20 pm: Getting to know you meme
1. Leave me a comment saying you want to do the meme.
2. I'll respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You should update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You should include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

these questions are from swingchickie:

1. is there anything that surprises you about motherhood?
Oh man... Now? Not that much, 'cause I'm expecting constant surprises. Early on? EVERYTHING. And I mean EVERYTHING. No matter how much you read or talk to friends or witness other people, it's just plain different when it's your own. In approximately chronological order, I was surprised by the ease of labor before Pitocin, the pain of labor after Pitocin, the instantaneous bond I felt with my new baby, the love, warmth, and discomfort of nursing, the exhaustion of the early months, the constant change ever since, the sheer joy of witnessing my child develop, how annoying such a small person can be... Yep, everything.

2. same with marriage -- what do you like most and least about it?
The most: Someone who knows me so well that he can predict how I'll react to things and help me through the parts with which I have trouble. The least: Someone who knows me so well that he can annoy me more than anyone ever has in my whole life (except our realtor).

The most surprising part about marriage to me was learning that being right means nothing. It's all about what helps, what's productive, and not at all about who's right. Having spent most of my life being right (you can imagine how much fun that was for people around me), I found this to be a huge wake-up call.

3. what is one of your strongest memories of the whole swing/lindy resurgence?
Social awkwardness. My own and others'. All these wonderful people, so many incredibly talented, musical, fabulously smart people who were totally fucking socially hopeless (with very few exceptions - you being a beacon of light in the deep, dark shadows of social ineptitude)... and yet who came together every night (or every week or whatever) and actually managed to hold each other's hands and sometimes make something beautiful.

That, and a whole fuckload of black t-shirts.

Or if you want one specific memory, instead of the amorphous blob left in my brain... The Ithaca lindy exchange, seeing Skye and Dawn dance together. To me, seeing those two people dance embodied the spirit of lindy.

4. what exactly do you do for work? are you where you feel you belong at this phase in your life?

My title is senior knowledge management consultant, which tells you almost nothing. :) I'm responsible for the KM function at my company, both managing the configuration of the software and the execution of the process. So I'm a geek who enables people in a learning consultancy to collaborate with tools like document/content management, wikis, blogs, threaded discussion, etc.

I've always kind of straddled the technology-business line in my career, and I like it that way. I'm socially retarded for a business person, but I'm frickin' smoooooth for a geek.

I'd thought at one point that I'd be a CIO, but I'm not politically savvy enough for that, and wouldn't like the managerial BS that comes with it either. I'm very happy with my job and the company where I do it. So yes, I think I'm where I belong. It feels good.

5. you have 2 days all to yourself, peter has whisked teddy away for daddy/son time, and you have unlimited funds. what do you do?

Unlimited funds, but only 2 days... So traveling far would be a waste, 'cause I can't get someplace interesting and get anything done in that time. I'd probably go to the Vineyard with my brand-new, highest of high-end snazzwah Mac laptop and do some online shopping (pay off the mortgage! buy a hybrid! pre-pay a personal trainer!), plus a whole crapload of anonymous contributions to charitable causes. I'd alternate time on the computer with time in front of a fire or on the porch (depending on the season) reading something fabulous and with pampering - massages, mani/pedi, facial, etc. And I'd probably call Peter and Teddy every few hours just to hear their voices.

That ought to do it!

I'm sorely tempted to pay off the national debt (are my funds that unlimited?), after Obama's in office, but I suspect that would actually not be A Good Thing for the country. We need a kick in the ass, sadly enough.

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