|Buckwheat pancakes with peanut butter, banana & maple syrup.|
- My vocabulary & writing ability. I may be wordy, verbose, garrulous with an over-fondness for adjectives but I know how to spell all the words I use.
- My volunteer work. Though I can be competetive, I do like to share & help other people. That's why I volunteer as much as I do & one of the reasons I blog here.
- Making things. Unfortunately, what goes along with this creativity is the fact that I can be really disorganized (my sewing room, aka "The Heap" is ample proof of this. Well, actually, my whole house is evidence of my lack of clutter-busting skills). It's kind of awesome when someone compliments me on something & I get to say, "I made it myself!"
- When I do something, I really do it. I'm one of those people who's pretty black or white about things. I love it or I hate it. I'll jump in with both feet or I won't even bother. I blog once in a while or I blog every single day of the year. Though lately the blogging isn't what I've thrown myself into--it's the full-time Public Relations Certificate program I'm doing at SFU.
- I'm a good mother. I get frustrated some days, feel lazy other days & often wonder if I'm doing it right, but I love Sprout & he knows it.
- My weekend breakfasts. Breakfast & the occasional bit of baking is practically all the cooking I do, but I make great French toast & awesome pancakes (how about coconut chocolate oatmeal?).
- As much as I can, I try to walk the walk. I think we (in most developed nations, particularly in Canada & the US) need to drastically cut our energy consumption & waste production. So we don't have a car: we bike or walk or take transit most of the time. We recycle everything we can, compost, eat organic & try not to buy anything we don't need. I'm not perfect & my carbon footprint is bigger than I'd like, but I'm working on it.
- I'm good at saving money. A lot of the time it's just because I'm indecisive & wait to buy, but it's also because I'm just cheap. I hate paying full price & I like getting stuff for free.
- I gave birth on my feet without any pain medication. I know that luck & privilege definitely contributed to my ability to have the birth I wanted. I'm generally healthy; I live in a wealthy country with socialized medicine; I had my choice of care providers in my neighbourhood; I had the means to afford great prenatal education & doula support during my birth; Sprout aligned himself head-down, facing the right way. I'm not judging women for choosing different births & I really sympathise with those who didn't have much choice in their birth. Most of all, I feel for the women whose experience with pregnancy & birth is loss, because I've been there too. But all that said, I am proud & I've never felt as powerful as I did after I gave birth.
- Sprout. I couldn't write this entire list about me, could I? I'm very proud of my little boy. He's bright, outgoing, affectionate & pretty articulate for a two-year-old. I'm even proud of his eating habits--he actually likes vegetables, loves fruit & will even (sometimes) turn down things like cookies or ice cream in favour of healthier foods.
|Didn't want granola bar, stuffed his face with cherry tomatoes.|
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