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I'm a 29 year old stay-at-home mother, definitely not your typical domestic type. Occasional part-time college student & life-long learner. Creatively inclined, day-dreamer, almost always lost in the moment. ;-)
My partner is a 30 year old work-at-home software developer & papa to our :
5 year old, precocious daughter. She's shy at first... But talkative and friendly to people who give her some space, esp. those who are friendly and silly. (She has an equally silly & goofy mother. So, beware of the silly things that might happen when we think no one is looking (!!!) or if she becomes really comfortable with you during your stay.... ;O )
We also have two cats, a neighborhood park, small backyard and some very friendly neighbors. ;-)
You can read more about our lives & his musings on my boi's blog :
Live with passion, love & compassion for your fellow human beings. Strive to find balance in all areas of my life... family, friends & time to oneself; exploring the outside world & having quiet, relaxing times at home; being idealistic, hopeful, dreamy & optimistic, but also grounded & practical when needed; etc. ;-)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
We live close to downtown Portland in a funky, urban, family-friendly neighborhood in the "inner SE" in the Hawthorne / Belmont area. We are close to tons of shops & restaurants and are an easy, 10-minute bus-ride to downtown and many other locations. Portland has one of the best public transit systems in the US and is very bike-oriented. It's rated one of the top bike-friendly cities in the US; one of the most livable cities in the US, as well as other bragable designations, I'm sure. ;-)
I hope that we can share our fantastic city with you and tell you about some of our favorite things & places in and around Portland! =)
We are happy to host or meet with people for coffee, tea, beer, food, a jaunt around town, etc.
I'm new here and have yet to experience having couch-surfing guests or being one in another person's home via this web-site.
I don't have any memorable couch-surfing experiences from my youth to share here. But, we love having guests and are looking forward to making some new connections with people here. :)
Trying to find new & interesting ways to live an ecologically-sustainable lifestyle, build community & friendships and learn about the people around us - in our lives, local community & around the world.
We also love working in our organic garden and enjoy local, natural foods and going to the farmer's market and local farms when we can. We also like cooking & baking, discovering new foods (!!!) and being involved in the local AP (attachment parenting) / natural family living / earth-loving & local communities.
We also love the outdoors and love to hike, ski, bike, travel, do yoga, read, etc. We have the *best* bookstore here in Portland (Powells) as well as many other independent book stores and other businesses! =)
I love to play my djembe (african hand drum) with friends and at drum circles. We also have a 100-yr old vintage piano that I'm starting to learn to play again, as well as a couple of other miscellaneous instruments around here that could use some more love! :)
- outdoor activities
Music, Movies, and Books
We have eclectic tastes in music with some darker tendencies (bauhaus & front 242 on the more mainstream end of it, for instance). We love hearing music from around the world... as well as some American folk music & zydeco to Johnny Cash & Tom Waits (yum).... and electronic music of nearly every type & variety... as well as a few other things thrown in for good measure. :)
Movies... Well, we don't watch too many of those these days now that we have a busy family life. ;-) But, we do enjoy off-beat, quirky movies... dramas, foreign films, documentaries, comedy, classic horror films, the occasional fantasy / sci-fi flick, indie films, etc. Of course this includes some of your classic cult films like Monty Python, the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari & quirky things like Invader Zim, Tim Burton films, etc. There are too many others to mention, of course! :)
Books... let's see, do we even have room left for that??? =) Our tastes are eclectic in the book realm as well... But, some of my favorites of all time are the works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Red Tent & Wicked (the book), as well as natural birthing, gentle parenting books.
My partner's book queue is up on his blog at : http://kevin.scaldeferri.com/blog
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Big Sur, California (and the surrounding coastline) & the Puget Sound of northwest Washington are two of the most beautiful natural places that I've seen yet. The Redwoods, the Rockies & Grand Teton National Park are also among my favorites. Some day I hope to see much more of the natural & man-made beauties that surround us every day all over the world!
Teach, Learn, Share
Amateur Portland tour guide!
Natural Family Living (I have a wealth of knowledge and can point you to some awesome resources to learn more).
My partner got his BS in mathematics & physics and a masters in particle physics from Cal Tech. He's also a senior software developer and happy to "geek" out with like-minded people in the field. For details on his geekery you can check out the topics on his blog (above).