Pay It Forward – reader appreciation

A loooooong time ago, the wonderful Penny at Walking Upside Down chose me to be the recipient of a PIF or Pay It Forward meme. She made me a cool eco bag and also gifted me with a wonderfully-smelling bar of soap. Since then, Isil at Veggie Way has also chosen me for a PIF. I haven’t received her gift yet, but it is a hand cranked music box that plays “Imagine.” Love that song. :)

Now it’s my turn to (finally) return the favor. The way it works is I will send a gift (something handmade or something bought – I don’t make much myself so it will probably be something bought) to three random people who leave a comment on my blog. The only thing you have to do in return is “pay it forward” by making the same promise on your blog or some other form. So, if you like this idea and a bit of fun mail, please leave a comment on this post (and make sure I have your email address so I can contact you and get your mailing address)! Also, I have one additional stipulation, to be eligible for this PIF you must be at least a semi-regular commenter on my blog. I’d like to use this opportunity to show my appreciation for my wonderful readers/commenters who come back week after week by giving a few of you something back in return.

Thank you! :)

Also, just want to add that I don’t have any restrictions on whether or not you are a US resident for this giveaway, especially since the two PIFs I received came from overseas. :)

Two memes and an award

Farrah at Baby Loves Slings tagged me to write 7 True Things about myself, so here goes:

  1. I am left-handed.
  2. I have green eyes.
  3. I have a not-so-secret love affair with chocolate.
  4. I would love to give birth to another baby, but am unsure if more than two children is right for our family.
  5. I don’t wear antiperspirant, just deodorant.
  6. My first pet was a goldfish named “George.”
  7. I’m a perfectionist by nature, but have had to relax a bit, OK, a LOT since having kids.

I’m not tagging anyone specifically, but please feel free to play along if you’d like and let me know that you did so I can come read more about you. :)

Cristina at HomeSlice tagged me for the 4 Things meme.

4 Jobs I have had:
– Sales associate at K-mart
– Tech support rep for an ISP
– Office manager at a newspaper
– Customer service rep at a bank

4 Movies I love to watch over and over:
– The Princess Bride
– Napoleon Dynamite
– Bridget Jones’ Diary
– The Breakfast Club

4 Places I have lived:
– Clawson, MI
– Mount Pleasant, MI
– Oklahoma City, OK
– Colorado

4 TV shows I enjoy watching:
– The Office
– LOST
– Uh, I can only think of those two. Oops.

4 Places I have been:
– Cancun, Mexico
– Key West, FL
– San Francisco, CA
– Chicago, IL

4 Websites I visit daily:
– The Weather Channel
– iGoogle
– Maya’s Mom
– Yahoo! Groups

4 Favorite Foods:
– Avocados
– Chocolate
– Grapes
– Mexican food

4 Places I would rather be:
– Sleeping in my bed
– On a tropical beach
– At a spa
– On a massage table

Again, I’m not tagging anyone specifically, but please feel free to play along and let me know if you do. :)

Community Blogger Award

And lastly, Phyllis at Ima on (and off) the Bima recently gave me the Community Blogger Award which was designed to “celebrate people who reach out and makes the blogger community a better one.” I’m so honored and felt so touched by what she wrote about me. Thank you, Phyllis. :)

I would like to pass the Community Blogger Award on to Kristen at Green Style Mom. Her blog may be fairly new, but I think she is already doing an awesome job to raise awareness about the importance of doing your part to go green, as well as providing a lot of great resources to help you on your way. She is trying to make the world a better place and that makes her a community blogger in my book. I hope you will check her site out. :) She also has some super cute Christmas cards with a great green message for sale.

fall y’allOK, one more thing. The Fall Y’all Bloggy Giveaway is almost here! If you haven’t yet heard about it – go check it out! The fun starts on Monday, Oct. 29. The summer bloggy giveaway was HUGE and I’m sure this one will be even bigger. I will be posting my giveaway on Monday, so be sure to check back.

An interview with yours truly

Jenny at Mommin’ It Up was recently interviewed by another blogger and had so much fun with it, she decided to carry it on herself. I told her I was game to play along so she sent me my own set of questions. Here they are, with, of course, my answers.

If you’d like me to interview you, leave me a comment stating you’d like to be interviewed and I’ll send you your own set of questions. :)

1) You are the Crunchy Domestic Goddess. How did you get to be so Crunchy?
While I think I always had some crunchy tendencies, they really didn’t start fully emerging until I became pregnant with Ava. At that point I started becoming more aware of the foods I was eating and how they would affect my health as well as my baby’s. I learned about organic foods for the FIRST time. I started researching natural childbirth and eventually took Hypnobirthing classes. I also learned about attachment parenting, which felt to me, like a natural way to raise my children. Over the past three years, I’ve become progressively crunchier as I’ve learned more about various things like vaccinations, homeopathy, home birth (which I had with my son), acupuncture, placentophagia, growing my own organic garden, composting, natural cleaning products, cloth diapers, baby wearing, the DivaCup (which I haven’t tried yet), and the list goes on and on. I really feel my kids were the impetus for letting my crunchiness blossom.

2) You met your husband on the internet. What was your first “face-to-face” impression of him?
Uh, my very first impression after I flew across the country to meet him was – “Oh my gosh, what have I done?” ;) Honestly, it was very awkward for the first several minutes and I started wondering if I could somehow get an earlier flight home. But after we hung out for the first hour or two, the awkwardness faded and we completely hit it off. In fact, I ended up extending my visit for a few more days because I did not want to leave him. That first meeting was almost 10 years ago now.

3) You take some amazing pictures! Do you have one or two all-time favorites you can share with us?
Aww, shucks. Thank you. :) Share one or two? You’re kidding me, right? Do you know how many photos I have on my computer?! Well, neither do I, but the point is – there are a LOT. A LOT! OK, OK. Just for you, I will try to narrow it down and find a few of my favorites. ;)

This sunset picture is definitely one of my favorites and I got it by being in the right place at the right time AND actually having my camera with me. I find it’s often hard to have everything come together like that, so I feel I lucked out.
Colorado Sunset 2005

I have tons and tons of pictures of Ava that I love, so it’s really impossible to choose a favorite, but I really like this one from when she had just turned two. She just looks so sweet and innocent. I actually had it one blown up to a 16 x 20.
Ava - age 2

Here’s one of my favorites of Julian – in a cup – from when he was 4 months old. Hard to believe he’ll be turning 1 next month!

Julian 4 mos.

4) You seem to be passionate about a variety of things – breastfeeding, attachment parenting, photography, etc. If you could only choose ONE thing to advocate for, what would it be?
Again with the choosing just one thing. You like to make this tough on me, don’t ya?
If I had to choose only ONE thing to advocate for, it would be for an overhaul of the current childbirth system in our country. I would advocate for the normalization of birth and a serious decrease in the over-medicalization that has taken over the institution.

5) Tell us, O Crunchy Domestic One, what’s your favorite non-mommy, non-blogging related thing to do for fun?
Sleep. Seriously. I miss my sleep. If not sleep, then definitely photography. :)

Now it’s your turn. If you want to be interviewed, leave me a comment including the words “Interview me.” I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions. If you don’t have a valid email address on your blog, please provide one. You will update your blog with a post containing your answers to the questions. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

The face behind the blog – a meme

The Face Behind the Blog and Throwback Thursday all in one!

Elizabeth at The Whole Family tagged me last week for The Face Behind the Blog, so here’s a look at me over the years – AKA more pictures of Amy than you could ever possibly care to see. ;) In other words, I don’t think anyone is required to post this many pics, I just got a little pic-postin’ happy.

Scroll to the end to see if I tagged YOU!

10 months old and ready to go (1976):
Baby Amy 10 mos. old
Exhibiting early dorky tendencies at age 8 (1983):
Dorky Amy 8 yrs old
Nine years old and all dressed up with my younger sister and brother for my uncle’s wedding (1984):
Amy (9), Paul (7) and Carrie (5) - 1984
Dressed up as a hippie for Halloween at age 16 (1991). See, I already knew what I wanted to be when I grew up! ;)
Amy the hippie wannabe at age 16
Jody and I at a wedding a few months after we met in person for the first time (1998):
Amy and Jody at a wedding 1998
At our own wedding on April 20, 2001:
Amy and Jody get married 4/20/01
Ready for some snorkeling in the Florida Keys (2003):
Getting ready for some snorkeling in the Florida Keys 2003
Hiking in front of the Flatirons with Jody and Ava (2005):
Hiking the Flatirons with Jody and Ava - Feb. 2005
My 30th birthday with Ava (May 7, 2005):
My 30th birthday 5/7/05
36 weeks pregnant with Julian (Oct. 2006):
36 weeks pregnant with Julian - Oct. 2006
My family (June 23, 2007)
My family (6/23/07)
Me and my friends at a going away party for my good friend B (July 2007):
Me and the girls July 2007
Nursing Julian (Aug. 8, 2007):
Nursing Julian (Aug. 2007)

OK, I’m tagging:
MB at Misplaced Mama because I don’t recall seeing very many pictures of her on her blog;
Christina at Momology because she’s always behind the camera;
and Jenny at Mommin’ it Up because I don’t know if I’ve EVER seen a picture of her.
Thanks in advance for playing along, ladies. :)

More Throwback Thursday sponsored by the girls over at Pinks and Blues

8 random things about amygeekgrl

Jen at One Mom’s World tagged me to tell you 8 random facts about myself. :) Since I have accumulated some new readers lately (hi, new readers!), I thought I’d share some things that the newbies might not yet know about me, in addition to some things that might be news to the old-timers as well (hi, old-timers!). ;)

1) I had a planned home birth with my son, Julian in Nov. 2006. He was 9 1/2 lbs.

2) I am quite reserved and shy in real life until I get to know someone pretty well.

3) I’m the oldest of three kids. I have a sister who lives here in CO, and an estranged brother who lives in MI.

4) I met my husband Jody on the Internet.

5) Jody and I had our pictures taken with the Stanley Cup while we lived in Oklahoma. See? (Yes, that’s what Jody looks like with hair!)
Amy & Jody with Lord Stanley’s Cup

6) I won a piece of the Berlin Wall in a contest I entered through my German class in high school.

7) I’m seriously overwhelmed and bothered by the amount of clutter in my house, but I’ve yet to do anything serious about it.

8) I’m allergic to cats, some pollen and mold.

I tried to dig up more pictures to go along with this (to make it a bit more interesting), but it just wasn’t happening. We had a long day of hiking up in Rocky Mountain National Park and I’m going to bed now. Zzzzzzzzz.

I’m tagging :
Heather at A Mama’s Blog to do when she gets back from vacation
Chelle from Crazy Thoughts by Chelle
Elizabeth at The Whole Family
and Isil at Veggie Way

I apologize if you’ve already done this meme. Just let me know by linking to your post so I can go learn more about you (or come up with 8 more random things). :)

8 things about me

I’ve been tagged by Tanya at The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog to tell you 8 things you don’t know about me, so here goes.

1. I spent the first 18 years of my life living in two different houses on the same street. When I was about 12 years old, my family moved from a ranch on one side of our street to a two-story house on the other side of the street. I’m not even sure we needed a moving van since everything just had to go across the street.

2. I was pre-engaged once (and even had a small diamond ring to prove it) to my first serious boyfriend. We were together for 3 1/2 years – from when I was 17 to 21. It didn’t last, and I ended up pawning the ring to buy a ring for my next boyfriend (which also didn’t last). I should’ve just kept the darn thing.

3. I took Polish dancing lessons when I was growing up. And I was darn good. :) Ask my sister. She’ll tell ya.

4. I was a Girl Scout through my senior year in high school.

5. Even though I was a Girl Scout for all of those years, to this day I’m not fond of tent camping. (Much to Jody’s dismay.)

6. During my sophomore year in college, I took court reporting classes. It seemed like relatively easy work that I could do from home (the transcribing part, not the recording part which takes place in court), and made good money. After a semester and a half, I decided that was NOT the career path for me, and it wasn’t as easy as it looked. You gotta be damn fast to be good in that business.

7. I have a horrible habit of being late. I’m sure I will be late to my own funeral.

8. I’ve always secretly wanted to be goth (or at least dress that way).

I’m tagging Heather G., Mama Saga and Melody. :) But if you aren’t Heather G., Mama Saga or Melody and haven’t done this meme yet and feel the urge, do it! Then let me know that you did so I can read more about you. :)