Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Let's Get to Know Fairly Odd Mother

Didn't you all love getting to know DesignherMomma a little better? I think we should go ahead and get to know some more of my favorite internet friends!

How about Christina from Fairly Odd Mother? She's funny and smart and another home schooling mom like me! Let's do this thing!
Hi Christina! Please introduce yourself.

My name is Christina, aka The Fairly Odd Mother, and I've been blogging for about 4 1/2 years. I'm a 40-something homeschooling mama to three kids, ages 6, 8 and 10. We've tried a gazillion different math programs, and I've learned that I'm a very lazy teacher. Luckily, my kids are pretty smart and can figure things out in spite of me. We tried a Virtual Public School this year and crashed and burned through it.

We live in Eastern Massachusetts which has lots of trees, four seasons and isn't too far from the ocean. I'm not sure I could live anywhere else. OK, maybe France. Twist my arm.

In my spare time, I'm training to run a 10k. I work part time for Cool Mom Picks/Cool Mom Tech---the best job in the world for me. I also strive to cook every meal in under 30 minutes, partially out of necessity.
If there was ever a Circus of the Blogging Stars, and you were in it, what act would you perform? (FYI, I'd totally juggle flaming batons!)

If there ever was a Circus of the Blogging Stars, would I even be in it? OK, let's just pretend Dooce and Ree and all those other "first name" bloggers are out of town and I'm there: I'd be the one leading the trained dogs in a routine. I'd never want to be high in the air (heights! ack!) or doing something too dangerous (I'm a wimp), but getting little puppies to jump in the air, beg for treats or even stack themselves into a pyramid? I'm all over that.
My washing machine is making a weird noise. Can you come fix it?
No, I cannot fix your washing machine. But, I can blog about it (I did it here.) which means I will get a bunch of different pieces of (conflicting) advice as to the problem with it. But, then I'll send my husband over and he'll figure it all out.

What skills do you have that would surprise us?

I can find almost any bit of information online. I can run four miles. I can say, "Just a Minute!" to my kids for an hour and they believe it. I can decorate cakes despite having no creative gene. I love to plan birthday parties (as long as I don't have to make any crafts for it). I can read really fast. Oh, and I can swallow an oyster whole (see photo).

We're both homeschooling moms. How did people react when you told them you wanted to take that path?
When I told my husband I wanted to homeschool, he said, "I always knew you'd figure out a way to avoid going back to work." My mother said, "WHAT? Why would you want to do that?" So, yeah, mostly disbelief and skepticism. Now, 5 years later, they still think I'm crazy. But, my kids are doing really well and I haven't had a nervous breakdown, so they are (mostly) supportive.

Thanks to Sarah for letting me take up her space! Please stop by my blog and say hello---I would love to meet some new people.

A pyramid of dogs? See! I told you she was smart! Well, as always, that was fun. And feel free to answer any of the questions yourself in the comments. I totally need to know if you can fix my washer.

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